26 Weeks to Change – Day 19: Keeping Up The Consistency

Pilates Rocks!

Pilates kicked my tush today, but I’m happy I did it anyway:)

Today’s Workout:

I felt a little tired doing the cardio portion of my workout today.  It was like trying to fight through water.  In case you’re wondering this is entirely normal when you try (or at least when I try) to do cardio after Pilates.  Pilates may be gentle on the body, but you’re taking in large amounts of oxygen to perform the moves and have to exert excellent muscle control.

All in all, my workout was great.  I just have to remember to do Pilates in the evening as it tires me out more than cardio!

That’s all for today, chat with you tomorrow:)
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26 Weeks to Change – Day 6: Upping the HIIT!

Jump Rope HIIT

Jump Rope HIIT training is so awesome…can’t wait until I’m actually good at it!

Today’s Workout:

Today I challenged myself to complete 2 HIIT intervals of jump rope with a 2-minute rest in between.

I definitely felt like falling over once I was finished, but it was great!

My goal within the next 3-4 weeks is to work up to completing 5 HIIT Jump Rope intervals, with 2-minute rests in between, every other day.

Monster endurance and a major calorie burn is what I’m after!

I was sure to stretch after completing the intervals, hoping to reduce the pain I was experiencing in my right ankle.

It helped but the ankle was still a little stiff afterwards 😦

Tomorrow I’ll do a brisk walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes with no incline to get in my “steady state” cardio. Just in case you’re wondering, I don’t use any incline because I have no desire to bulk up my calves.  I already have large calves and any incline on a treadmill will bulk them further.

Oh yeah, I started making my salads in a jar and breakfasts in a jar.

They are super easy and convenient. They also really help keep me on track calorie wise.

Signing off until tomorrow.

 

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26 Weeks to Change – Day 4: Mixing In Some Pilates

Today’s Workout:

 

Back on Track!

Yes! I’m back on track and feeling great today:)

Today’s workout was in the evening and a fairly pleasant one at that.

It took me about an hour total to complete.

I had to go to the grocery store today and while there I picked up a pair of Dr. Scholl’s For Her Ball Of Foot Cushions to use inside my athletic shoes as extra support for my HIIT workouts.

The inserts helped even with the standing gliding motion of the Gazelle Glider.

Now on to my next mission…salad in a jar (seriously, this is a game changer for portion control and building healthy eating habits!)

 

Chat with you tomorrow:)

 

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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 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 8 – Moving in the Right Direction

Focus

Focus is necessary in an task ahead of you.

I woke up this morning at 4 a.m., tossed and turned until 4:30 a.m., then finally got up to work out.

Taking my pre-workout supplement, I did my 20 minutes of visualization of me with my perfect body and felt pumped & ready!

The first part of my workout was done with ‘The Secret’ playing in the background, which is my automatic “white noise” whenever I don’t like the music to a workout video.  Being that I spent the first 40 minutes of my workout doing Winsor Pilates, it worked out perfectly!

For those of you who’ve never done Pilates, you may not understand how exhausting it truly is.  However I find it:

  • very calming to my mind,
  • effective on my body, and
  • an all-around gentle yet effective workout I respond to well.

The last part of my workout was Turbo Jam (of course;) and I struggled for about the first 20 minutes to get my focus together.

After that, I was fine.  Also, I’ve started with some heavy duty binaural training to help me train myself to focus.  So far I believe it’s working.

To use binaural beats, you must follow the following instructions:

  • Must listen with headphones, as different signals are purposefully sent to each ear,
  • Use for at least 30 minutes (in my experience) before you start feeling the desire to focus more,
  • Use daily

I wanted to give you a snippet of what I start my day with, so please plug in some earphones and check out the binaural beat below:

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