62 Days to Change: Day 20 – Feeling Disconnected

Feeling Disconnected

This is exactly how I feel at the moment…disconnect from myself

I don’t know what’s come over me today, but I had no desire to workout.

It wasn’t just the procrastination type feeling we all get, it was something much deeper.

It felt like a listlessness or a restlessness that is signaling to me dissatisfaction with the workouts I’ve chosen.

Maybe I’m being dramatic, but I don’t think so.

The time maybe to take all of my attention off the physical and start working on the inside first.

Sad to say, no workout today:(

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62 Days to Change: Day 19 – Back in the Saddle

Today was a very blah…

I felt very uninspired to workout and only got about 20 minutes of kickboxing in and then had to stop due to total lack of motivation.

Since I was feeling a little “low ebb” on energy, motivation, and inspiration, I decided to go to YouTube and watch a few videos from my favs including Bob Proctor and Wayne Dyer.

 

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62 Days to Change: Day 18 – Official Rest Day!

Working Out Cycle

This is what I was NOT doing today…

Today was my official first rest day!

Not much to say today, just have errands to run and want to start working on a new project.

I’ll keep you posted!

 

 

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62 Days to Change: Day 17 – Re-evaluation of Priorities

Fat Meal

Meals like these have made my life miserable this past week!

Today was a day of absolute reflection.

Even though today was my 6th consecutive day of working out (yay!) – which is really an accomplishment for me since it’s something I haven’t done IN OVER A YEAR!!!

Yeah, that’s right, I’m definitely making some changes internally that are showing signs in the physical.

Now for the bad news…

Since my eating has been completely horrible for the past week, I also realized I’ve gained weight over the past week!

It seems that the HIIT Jump Rope Training that I’ve been doing is a double-edge sword.  At least in my case, I’ve found that it causes weight-gain if you do it and eat a high-carb diet.  Therefore I’m going to try to still do the HIIT Jump Rope Training next week, except I’ll be following a low-carb diet (a la Atkins Phase 1) eating plan.

I think then I’ll start to get the results I’m after.

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62 Days to Change: Day 16 – Clearing the Haze & Plan Update!

Green Smoothie

Green smoothies truly are the perfect thing to add to a healthy diet…

Today was a little better than the past two days have been foodwise.

I broke my fast today with a green smoothie and that helped ease the tension.  I didn’t automatically revert to a starving beast, which I’m excited about.  However, I did still make some poor choices in my 12-4p.m. eating window.

Let me start from the beginning.

I woke up around 8 a.m., took my pre-workout supplement, and had a great workout.  I didn’t do any HIIT training today because I was feeling a bit off.  Likely my body is still trying to digest all the crap I’ve put into it over the past two days.

Workout Slogan

This sooo needs to be my new workout slogan…

Now onto the changes I was referring to in my last post.  I’ve been considering adding a PM cardio workout to my mix.  So far I really enjoy both the Winsor Pilates and the Jump Rope HIIT training in the morning.  However I have a good bit a weight to lose and feel adding a 30 minutes cardio routine will help.

I’m not quite sure yet what to add.

I’ll keep you posted:)

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62 Days to Change: Day 15 – Still In Food Madness

Cheese Danish 2

“Hmmm…cheese danish” (Homer Simpson voice)

Ughhh…

I thought today would be better, but it’s a bit of a repeat of yesterday so not much to add today.

Once this food haze clears, I’m adjusting my plan.

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62 Days to Change: Day 14 – Eating FAIL!

Pizza

Yeah, I ate like 3 personal frozen pizzas today…I can’t really breath right now, ughh!

For some ridiculous reason I thought I could jump into an extreme diet program and be ok.

I was SOO WRONG!  The background story is that I tried to follow an eating protocol where I only eat four hours a day and my body is in a fasted state the remaining twenty hours of the day.  So being so sure I could handle it, I worked out this morning and had BSN Amino X every two hours afterwards until I broke my fast.  If you’re confused, I’m referring to information I learned in Dr. Sara Solomon’s Intermittent Fasting E-Book.

I decided 12-4p.m. would be a great time slot for me.

Guess what happened when noon hit…

Cheese Danish

Oh, but I recovered in time to also eat 2 cheese danishes (so hanging my head right now)!

I went HAM on my fridge!  I swear I ate everything in sight, even things that normally wouldn’t tempt me to that extent.  I ate a couple personal frozen pizzas, cheese danishes, the works.  In about 20 minutes, I had eaten myself into a mini food coma!

Now I’m not saying this eating protocol doesn’t work, but it’s not something you can jump into.

Anywho, I’m still in recovery from all the crap I ate today.

Better luck tomorrow:)

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62 Days to Change: Day 13 – Still Jumping

Pilates moves

I love rolling like a ball in Pilates, it’s a great massage for the spine and works the core!

I didn’t wake up early to workout, as you all know I’m fighting to establish this behavior as a habit, but I did workout in the morning:)

I took my pre-workout supplement, did a guided visualization, and went about my merry way.

 

Since I’m a beginner when it comes to HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) I’m starting S-L-O-W-L-Y.  This doesn’t mean the speed or the intensity of my workouts is slow, it means the increments I practice at are minimal until I build endurance and strength.

Make no mistake, my intervals are brutal, but I’m ok starting with doing only 1 HIIT interval at a time and building as I go.

  • 1 HIIT Jump Rope Interval = 4 minutes
  • 20 seconds jumping rope as fast as you can
  • 10 seconds rest
  • repeat 8 times

My goal is to do 1 HIIT interval, six consecutive days in a row, for three weeks at a time before adding on another interval.  Getting my level of fitness up to the point where I can do a 20-Minute HIIT workout with the Jump Rope is the ultimate goal.

Here’s the breakdown of what I’d like to achieve

  • Weeks 1-3: 1 HIIT Jump Rope Interval
  • Weeks 4-6: 2 HIIT Jump Rope Intervals
  • Week 7-9: 3 HIIT Jump Rope Intervals
  • Weeks 10-12: 4 HIIT Jump Rope Intervals
  • Weeks 13-16: 5 HIIT Jump Rope Intervals

Dr. Sara Solomon offers some awesome YouTube videos of her HIIT interval training sessions.  At the moment, the videos are too advanced for me, so I just use an app on my phone (or a Gymboss Interval Timer & Stopwatch) to do 4 minute intervals until I build up the stamina to do more.

Also, it’s VERY IMPORTANT to remember to stretch after these workouts.  I combine my stretch and cool down session in one.  This is the only way I can effectively catch my breath and slow down my heart rate at the same time.  It also prevents cramping and bulking of the muscles.  This is really important if you want a lean slender look.  There isn’t any warm-up or cool down during HIIT intervals, so I always make it the last part of my workout after I’ve done my Winsor Pilates, which more than adequately warms up the muscles in the body.

That’s all for today:)

 

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62 Days to Change: Day 12 – Mother’s Day, Sunday & All That Jazz

Mother's Day Gift

Today was Mother’s Day, did you get your mom a fabulous gift?

This beautiful Sunday morning was Mother’s Day!

No, I’m not a mom, but I had to get up early to call my wonderful mother.

I called and wished her a happy mother’s day, told her she should be getting her card early next week (yes, I forgot to mail it in time), and asked her plans for the day.  My dad and sister were taking her and my grandmother out to lunch, which is our common family tradition.

After speaking a bit to my mom, I got up and took my pre-workout supplement, did my visualizations, and I was off to the races!

Seriously, I was pumped and ready to go.  Below is what I did:

I’m starting to feel sluggish and stagnant with my kickboxing workouts, so I decided to try HIIT Jump Rope Training again.

Click the link to read a great article that will introduce you to the concept and gives a basic workout.

Jump Rope HIIT Training

Jump rope HIIT training is an effective way for me to burn fat and get my cardio in.

Oh and Dr. Sara Solomon is a BEAST when it comes to this type of training.  Her free YouTube videos are wonderful.  Her personality is a bit quirky, but I like her style, her products and recipes.

Speaking of Dr. Sara, I decided to take the plunge and order her e-book Intermittent Fasting – Fast Fat Loss.  Since I’m fairly disciplined with the low-carb diet I’ve been on, but I’m not seeing the results I want, I decided I have nothing to lose from trying out this information.

I just started reading the ebook today, so as I implement it into my lifestyle, I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going!

Want a taste of Dr. Sara now?

Check out her 1st video about HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training):

 

 

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62 Days to Change: Day 11 – Weekend Laxness

Grocery Shopping

Grocery Shopping: This is what I was doing at 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning…I avoid the crowds this way:)

I woke up this morning really early to do my grocery shopping.

I’m talking about 5:30a.m, so I could be out the house by 6 a.m. to grocery shop.

Yeah, I know that’s super early but I had a lot of shopping to do and I like to go to the grocery store when there are relatively few people and no crying, screaming kids about.

I got up, refined my grocery list, grabbed my coupons and was out the door!

I finished my shopping and was back in the house with everything put away by 8a.m.

Since I was still so tired, I climbed back in the bed for a couple more hours of shut eye.

Well that was all great, but it threw my timing off for tasks I needed to complete for the remainder of the day.  With that being said, I didn’t workout today.

No harm, no foul.  I’m just moving forward.

Anywhoo, I think my body needed the rest.  Besides from the fact it was a beautiful Saturday, I was able to relax and enjoy the work I had to do.

I’ll be back at it again tomorrow:)

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