Summertime Sadness

Oh how time has flown. It’s July 1st, and a few things have happened since the last time I posted. Let me explain in bullet form:

  • I did 8 weeks of Kayla Itsines’s Bikini Body Guide
  • I graduated from my MBA program
  • I traveled to Jamaica, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, NYC, and Chicago (Chi-town was for a conference though)

While I have been doing some type of exercise every day, I’ve really stopped doing plyometric/strength training workouts and mostly have just power walked instead over the past couple of weeks.

Holy. Crap.

I can’t believe how much this has made a different in my physique (for the worst!). I am significantly more fluffy around my stomach area, and my love handles are creeping back. I can’t believe it makes that much of a difference! Granted, I have been eating more sugar than I normally do, but really it’s not that much more than what I used to eat while on Kayla Itsines’s BBG.

Lesson learned, 26 year old body. The type of exercise I’m doing greatly affects me. 

Therefore, I am starting Kayla Itsines’s BBG again. I really have no choice. I want to go back to feeling how I did in April, which was amazinggg. People noticed my abs, it was awesome.

I’m having issues meal prepping. Mostly because (a) I’m very slow at chopping/cooking and (b) I end up getting tired by the end of shopping and cooking that I don’t actually put my meals into separate containers. Will try to work on this.

 

Back Dimples and also, I’m still alive.

It’s been a while, but yes, I’m still here, and I’m still doing the Bikini Body Guide.

First, let’s talk about back dimples, aka Venus dimples.

The other day, I did an amazing back workout which I found in Self magazine. The next day, I was surprised to see two little dimples on my back. The only other time I had back dimples was when I was doing Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno consistently, (which I highly recommended by the way).

IImage thought it was pretty neat that I had back dimples, since I legitimately thought that people were just born with them, but obviously not! Little did I know how much back exercises could help these little buggers pop out. Recently I’ve been working on strengthening my back because it is so weak, which subsequently means my posture is absolute sh*t.

On the left is the workout from Self magazine, and I plan on doing it 1-2 times a week on top of Kayla Itsine’s BBG.

So I took a two week break from Kayla Itsine’s BBG because I was sick for one week which resulted in zero BBG workouts for the first week, and then the second week I was just plain scared to do her workouts because I felt like I couldn’t do it. Yes it was hard, but I jumped back on that wagon. I’m now on Week 7. :)

I have to provide a disclaimer here though: I am actually not sticking to the plan very well. Yes, I know it’s my fault, but I stopped cooking my own food and just get salads every chance I get, which is not part of her nutrition guide. Additionally, I can’t find the time (slash motivation) to exercise twice a day at different times of the day. So for example, I’ll definitely do one workout like Legs & Cardio, but will neglect to power walk later on in the day. It’s probably because I have an abnormal schedule (night classes 6:30pm – 9:30pm on Mondays and Tuesdays) which throws off the rest of the week. Once I start my full time job in June, I plan on being very regular with my workouts, so I’m pretty psyched about that.

I will try to update more regularly. Night guys!

Week 3; Post San Fran Vacation

I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I have, in fact, been working out this week. 

There was kind of a break in my fitness routine because I traveled to San Francisco this past weekend. It was only from Friday to Sunday but man it wore me out! While I was there though, I got a chance to try a bunch of vegan restaurants which I was pretty excited about since I can’t eat dairy (lactose intolerant). Below is the Wild Wild West burger with sweet potato fries at Nature’s Express in Berkeley. So yummy.

Burger and Fries at Nature's Express

I wasn’t able to work out in SF but I did walk around a lot. Should have worn my Fitbit to see just how much I was walking around. 

Monday came and I was still so exhausted from the weekend (delayed flight, therefore came in at 1am) so I didn’t work out on Monday. By Tuesday evening I basically told myself, “It’s either now or never. If you don’t work out today you’re probably going to jump off the fitness band wagon again.” I glanced at the calendar posted on my wall and decided it was worth it for me to X out another day.

So I put on my big girl pants, went down to my apartment gym, and did the Legs & Cardio workout. So glad I did it, because I’ve been faithful since then and have power walked/did arms & abs today. :)  Below is a gym selfie for proof. (Cause I know you want to see that… lol).

gym selfie

I’m technically on Spring Break so I have more time to get my act together and buy groceries to make a full week’s worth of food. It’s so useful to have my meals done ahead of time when I have classes/working because it leaves less room for me to cheat. 

Night y’all.

Days 9-11: Week 2, Power Walking, Arms and Abs

Day 9: Power Walking

I didn’t post day 9, but basically I just did the same ole’ power walking thing. When I power walk I go to the gym at my apartment complex because it’s literally right there and way easier than driving to 24 hour in the morning. Every time I have gone, someone has left the TV on in the middle treadmill which really bothers me. I mean, can you just turn it off after you’re done?!

So anyway, Tuesday  morning there was a girl on the treadmill, and I thought she was the culprit. She was done running and then stepped away from the treadmill without turning off the TV, so I said, “could you please turn off the TV?” but then she said “Oh yeah I’m coming back, I like to clean it.” Hmm… was she the girl, or not? Who knows. I’ll find out if the TV is on or not on Day 11.

Day 10: Arms & Abs

Anyhoo, I finished Day 10, doing arms and abs, and I didn’t feel too bad! That could be because I did the workout later on in the day around 5:45pm versus in the morning, but I had a final this morning so there was no way I was going to put myself through double torture consecutively. I can’t tell though if it was easier or if I just

I feel like I negated the effects of my workout by meeting my family for dinner at Pei Wei. Ugh, I never liked Pei Wei, why do I continue to try to like it and order too-sweet foods like the Ginger Broccoli Chicken entree.

All in all, the workout was great though

Day 11: Power Walking

Day 11 was not anything special. Just watched Supernatural while I power walked at 4mph. At around 25 minutes I tend to get this strong desire to lower the MPH because I just want to stop walking. But I kept going, all the way until 43 minutes! (Mainly because the show is around 40 minutes). Proud of myself.

Food-wise it probably wasn’t a good day: leftovers from an Asian place and sushi + miso soup for dinner.

Tomorrow I fly to San Francisco and have to get up very early… (6am is early for me guys), so I probably won’t work out. I’ll be doing a lot of walking in SF anyway.

Will catch up with you all on Monday!

Day 8: Week 2, Legs & Cardio

So apparently I’m a stress eater.

Because as I am typing this I am inhaling that damn froyo ice cream that’s been in my freezer for weeks. I have a final tomorrow and another one on Wednesday morning, and I think this is the point where I just want some ice cream after stressful days of studying.

Anyway I’ve finished eating the froyo and can now move on to the actual workout I did.

I went to the gym today because I don’t have a jump rope and this workout required one. Sigh, what else is there to say other than I hate leg days. Seriously. @kayla_itsine‘s training guide is so freaking hard! My whole body was shaking during the workout. I’m wondering if I should lift weights since I lack the muscle capacity to actually go through with all of the circuits in a timely manner.

Tomorrow is supposed to be power walking, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to because I have to study for these damn exams… #cantwaittograduate

Day 6 & 7: Turbo Fire and Power Walking

You ever have one of those days where you just do not want to get out of bed? In fact, you snooze the alarm at least 5 times hoping that too much time won’t pass while you get just a few more minutes of shut eye. That was my Sunday morning.

Yesterday (Saturday) I did Turbo Fire and the 10 minute stretch which felt soo good. In fact, I wasn’t even really tired! I had been doing TF a few weeks before starting BBTG but I had to actually stop the video a couple of times to catch my breath. Yesterday I didn’t have to! So that felt wonderful. My chest & abs were still hurting Saturday morning, but doing the 10 min TF stretch has all but extinguished the pain.

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I did a bad thing, however. Late last night, when I was sick of reading my law book, I ate this froyo ice cream that was in my freezer. It basically called my name. :( So to make up for that, I did a 45 min Power Walk this morning, even though Sundays are supposed to be “rest” days.

I power walked for 45 min at 3.8mph. I get bored walking on a treadmill so I started to watch Castle on my phone. I think I’ll start doing that from now on. Anyway, this officially marks Week 1 as DONE! Below is a pic of my nifty calendar. I take pleasure in taking a black marker and Xing a day when the workout is complete. That’s sometimes the reason I get up to do a workout, so I can take that fat black marker and write a giant X on the day.

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I took some pics last week and compared them with pictures today, and I’m pretty satisfied so far. I won’t be sharing these pics just yet, but maybe in the future. :) Stay tuned.

Day 4 & 5: Walking and Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno!

So I didn’t blog yesterday because I was so tired and frankly just didn’t want to grab my computer to write a post.

My chest and abs are still sore. I worked out Wednesday morning, it is now Friday night. Wednesday’s workout was Arms & Abs, but I feel it more in my chest rather than my arms probably because my chest is weak? I don’t know. Like I said, I probably did around 50ish push ups.

This morning was supposed to be the optional full body workout circuit from the BBTG (Bikini Body Training Guide) but I knew I wouldn’t be able to work out to my full potential because it involved more intense abs and push ups which I was definitely not ready for. Instead I opted for Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno, Workout 1. Putting “yoga” in the title is misleading because it really is more of a power yoga/cardio workout rather than a relaxing meditation type of workout, so I still got a great workout in.

Tomorrow is another power walking day, but I’ve decided I want to do Turbo Fire instead (pretty much my favorite at home workout ever.) The 30 minute workout with HIIT is my favorite. It’s got a little bit of dance in it so I always enjoy it, because dancing is truly the one thing that I never get bored with.

I’ll let you know if my chest/abs are still hurting tomorrow. Sigh.