Ok so I took the plunge. Day 1 complete! (Also I realised that insanity is actually 63 days. I feel slightly ripped off! :P)
I did the fit test, and it wasn’t as bad as I had expected. You have to take note of how many reps of each of the 8 exercises you can do in 1 minute.
Here’s my starting numbers:
1. Switch kick - 40+ (I lost count halfway through haha)
2. Jumping jacks - 65
3. Power knees - 87 (I was so uncoordinated doing this. I ended up rotating like 180 degrees)
4. Power jump - 40
5. Globe jump - 9
6. Burpees -16 (this sucked)
7. Push up jacks - 23 (this also sucked)
8. Low plank oblique - 48
I’ll post a starting ‘before’ photo before the end of the week. Looking forward to getting my ass beat for the first proper workout tomorrow! And its deadlift day as well :S
I love how beauty bloggers always have interesting tags. Let’s not let them have all the fun!
1. Envy - what’s the first body part you admire in another person of the same sex?
Mine would definitely be legs! You can pretty much tell everything about a person’s fitness from them :D
2. Pride - you’re sexy and you know it. What do you like to flaunt?
Legs (haha). Even though I’m super short.
3. Gluttony - It’s your last meal. What’s in it?
Sashimi platter, minestrone soup, sushi, tapas, steamed fish, dark chocolate with almonds and pistachios, baklava, macaroons in every flavour, oatmeal with PB and apple and cinnamon, neapolitan ice cream, muesli + berries and honey in yogurt, pad thai, mushroom and spinach risotto (and that’s it…maybe)
4. Lust - what body part of your preferred sex do you sneak a glance at first?
5. Wrath - what exercise activates your beast mode and gets you going?
6. Greed - what fitness related stuff do you buy too much of?
Shorts - booty shorts, running shorts, yoga shorts, any form of shorts…
7. Sloth - what is your least favourite exercise? What body part do you often neglect?
My least favourite would probably be any steady state cardio. Give me intensity or give me nothing! I try not to neglect any part of my body in my exercise routine, but I often forget to tense my core during certain exercises.
I TAG YOU!
I’ve received a lot of questions from people on how I lost 22kg/48lbs. Since the whole 10 month process won’t fit nicely on a 50 word tumblr graphic, I thought I’d make a post here ;)
Looking back, I probably went through 3 distinct ‘phases’ of weight loss. I would recommend you to follow this if you’re looking for similar results to me, since it was all about making a series of gradual lifestyle changes rather than diving straight into any regime or diet. For example, I never completely cut treats outs, and for the majority of my weight loss, I never counted calories. I rarely felt like I deprived myself.
Phase 1: Making better choices
You’ve set yourself up for failure if you decide to cut all your favourite ‘junk’ foods out and eat only ‘healthy’ foods that your taste buds have not yet become accustomed to.
Before you start to cut anything out, add in more healthy meals and whole foods, like salads and fruits and veggies and lean meats. Whilst this may seem counterintuitive to eat more and not cut out anything ‘bad’, you’ll end up filling up on all the goodies that are coming in, and have less junk food without consciously denying yourself. You are also giving your body time to adjust your taste buds.
This time last year, I would’ve loved nothing more than to devour a bag of salt and vinegar chips. Now that I’m pretty much in maintenance, I could probably eat it without worrying about calories. But the taste just doesn’t appeal to me anymore!
Phasing in healthy foods whilst phasing out junk foods is the key to still enjoying your food and not feeling deprived.
Once you’ve found some healthy foods that you love, feel free to incorporate these healthy choices into your eating habits. Choose a few a week to add in. Don’t overwhelm yourself by adopting it all at once. Whenever healthy eating becomes less conscious and more habitual, you know it’s time to add in some new challenges :)
- make it a point to say no more than yes when unexpected snacks and treats are offered to you by others
- drink water first thing in the morning
- bring a 1L bottle of water around with you and make sure to keep it in sight
- have fruit as dessert
- stop using butter in your sandwiches
- switch from white to whole bread
- have fruit for breakfast
- have less cereal
- drink green and/or peppermint tea
- have huge portions of veggies at lunch and dinner
- buy healthier options from fast food joints
- reduce the amount of times you eat fast food
- minimise anything that comes out of a foil packet
- minimise anything that comes out of a box
- minimise anything fizzy
- find fruits and vegetables that you love
Don’t start worrying about calories or portions yet - feel free to absolutely stuff yourself with fruits and veggies! The important part of sustainably cutting out junk food is to not feel hungry or deprived.
The whole time I was cutting out junk food it didn’t really feel like I was cutting out junk food. There was just so much other good stuff to eat instead!
So this is my progress. Journey’s not over yet but I’m proud of how far I’ve come :)
I think that all too often when looking fitspo/thinspo, and at the ‘long/slow/worthwhile/difficult journey’ ahead of us, we forget how far we’ve come.
So here’s a list of 5 things that I can now do that I couldn’t in 2011:
1. See my arm and leg muscle definition when I work out
2. Have arm and leg muscle definition full stop
3. Touch my toes
4. Get into crow pose for 1 second before losing my balance
5. Full wheel pose
Reblog with your 5 things that you’ve achieved! :)
Who’s willing to take the pledge with me?