26 Weeks to Change – Day 12: Switching Up the Workouts

Pilates

Pilates, like yoga, is another workout I love to strengthen and tone

Today is another day where I have to be out the house early.

I wanted to do something a little different from my normal yoga routine, so I went with Winsor Pilates.

I did the 20-Minute workout only since I was crunched for time.  It’s a great go to workout whenever I need to do something but don’t have alot of time or options.

New to Pilates?

Check out this great workout I found online:


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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 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 10 – Nothing New

Today’s update is quick as I’m super busy and a little frantic, but all is well.

Definitely will have a better update tomorrow:)

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62 Days to Change: Day 9 – Staying Aware

Frustrating to Fruitful

Life is all about studying in one way or another. All of our studies should be fruitful instead of frustrating.

On this personal journey to change, I’m discovering how important staying aware of my thoughts & feelings, at all times, truly is!

I must admit overcoming my internal resistance to studying in a particular area as well as forming new habits has been more of a mental challenge than a physical one.  The old adage is true: Change is simple, but it isn’t necessarily easy.

Today I was determined to study for several hours for my professional certification, and to start I did something unheard of…I went back to the beginning of the book!

Yup, that’s right, I started re-reading the material from the very beginning of the book.  This was symbolic to me as being a fresh start and dealing with any anxiety I was experiencing while things were very simple.

It helped!

Is it a perfect solution, no, but it was helpful for me.

I started taking notes and creating acronyms to help me study from the table of contents which helped me to better plot my study strategy.

Now on to the workout, it was fantastic today and I felt good getting it in.

Yes, today was positive and I look forward to tomorrow being even better!

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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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62 Days to Change: Day 6 – Back in the Saddle…Sort Of

Feeling Groggy

This is how I felt after my carb overload in a misguided ‘cheat meal’ from yesterday…yuck!

After my ‘Carb Encounter of the Worst Kind‘ yesterday, I was back in the saddle and working out today.

I’m a little disappointed in myself for being unable to finish the complete workout I’d planned but I’m happy I did something.

There were still many lingering effects from the ‘cheat meal’ mis-adventure, including fatigue and grogginess.

Other than that, I’m still toughing through establishing my other new habits!

 

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