Oh Fitness Blender, You Got me so Sore

I was pretty ecstatic to start this new program and to get my sore on, but man did it burn!

Day 2 of Fitness Blender’s 8 Week Fat Loss Program Round 5 was a HIIT training session along with a glute/thigh workout. I was pretty sore today which actually hasn’t happened in a while because I was pretty good with my leg workouts. It’s kind of nice to get back into working out because for a while I felt completely out of shape! I can always tell when I’m out of shape because that time of the month will be particularly painful as it was last week. Sometimes it sucks being a girl (but for the most part, I enjoy it).

I have to say, I really appreciate all that Kellie and Daniel, the power couple behind Fitness Blender, does for us. They are so ridiculously creative with their workouts! They make exercising fun and interesting while creating such a huge library of various workouts – not an easy feat.

On another note, I just moved in with one of my best friends from high school and the experience has been amazing thus far. Yesterday we created our lunches for the week – well, sort of. I was supposed to make turkey meatballs but I got lazy. I’ll have to do it tomorrow instead. I plan on making turkey meatballs and pairing them with quinoa salad and steamed broccoli.

We went to Costco and bought a huge packet of chicken and holy crap, those chickens must have either been the fattest chickens on the face of this earth or they must be on all kinds of hormones because they were humongous. We opted for the non-organic (aka “natural”) kind, but I think next time we will go with the safer route of eating non-genetically modified chickens.

Here was my food intake for the day:

Breakfast: Homemade chocolate shake
Lunch: Homemade Asian BBQ Chicken with Asian salad and broccoli
Snack: Kind Bar
Dinner: Leftover Greek food – chicken shawarma, tabouli, mushroom, etc. (wasn’t that much, ate most of the leftovers before)
Snack: Hummus and cucumber**
Fage 0% Plain Greek Yogurt with Kiwi

**Tip: if you love hummus but don’t want the carbs of regular pita chips, cucumber slices are so delicious with hummus! Bell peppers work too. :)

I weighed myself today after quite some time, and I’m at 104.4 pounds. Really would like to gain some weight in the form of muscle. I sometimes think I’m incapable of eating a lot which prevents me from gaining muscle. I envy those that can gain muscle so easily.

Good night!

Fitness Blender 8 Week Program Round 5

After many weeks of aimlessly finding workouts to do with no clear path, I have decided to start Fitness Blender’s 8 Week Program Round 5. I need some direction in my life and I absolutely love Fitness Blender!

The first day they ask you to do a small fitness test, which is what my workout was today. At first I didn’t think I would get that great of a workout, but that 1 mile run really did wear me out!

Here’s the link to the fitness test and here are my stats:

Age: 26
1 Mile Run: 9:32 at 6.4mph
Push Ups: Full – 5, Half – 17
Squats: 45 (bodyweight only)
Full static plank: 40 sec
Sit and Reach: 0.5cm

Looking forward to seeing my stats at the end of the program!

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