I am doing three 30-Day challenge and while it might sound crazy it really isn’t – truly it isn’t. 🙂
Challenges in no specific order are:
30-day Ab/Booty Challenge (every day)
Here is the explanation of how to do each exercise:
- Flutter kicks – lay flat on your back and elevate your legs off the ground. Make a small scissor motion with your feet. 🙂
- Leg lifts – lay flat on your back and lift your legs to a 90° angle. Keep your legs straight.
- Heels to heaven – lay flat on your back with your legs straight up at a 90° angle and push your toes up to the sky. You are trying to lift your but up off the ground will keeping your toes pointed to the sky.
- Toe taps – lay on your back with your feet straight up and do a crunch to touch your toes! Make sure to connect every time to get the full effect!
- Heel taps – are like a normal crunch but touch your fingertips you your heels. 🙂
- Fire hydrants – on your hands and knees lift one leg to the side with a bent knee and lift your leg up and down.
- Donkey kicks – on your hands and knees put one leg out and with either a straight or bent leg lift your leg from the ground up. If your knee is bent comment your knees and pulse up. If you do straight leg. Touch your toe to the floor and back up.
- Single leg squats – self-explanatory just remember not to allow your knee to go past your ankle go prevent injury.
- Pulsed sumo squats – get in a wide squat position and pulse squats.
30-Day Yoga Challenge (every day)
30-Day Get Fit Challenge – Level 1 with AJ Draven (every other day)
It’s 8:30 pm and I am feeling tired. I didn’t start out the day feeling tired but by 7 pm I was ready to go to bed. Who goes to bed at 7? Old people and I don’t want to feel like I am old. So, I am staying up! Lol
But now it’s almost 9pm and I can’t fight it anymore. I am exhausted.
I think the reasons I am tired is due to a combination of my bootcamp workouts and my pre-cleanse food intake. I promised him that if I was hungry I would eat and I’ve been keeping this promise. It’s just that I am not hungry in between meals so maybe I think I should add more protein to my meals.
It also could be something completely different and not related to my workouts at all.
I’ll make some changes and see what tomorrow brings.
On a different note my workout today nearly killed me but the competitive girl in me wants to continue because I believe that one day I will be able to complete this and other workouts!
One day. 🙂
Can you tell it’s whole body day
The Camp HB
After workout snack
Snack on the run
First half of dinner
Second half of dinner
I survived my first day and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I was a bit hungry at times especially after my bootcamp workout but adhering to their tight schedule wasn’t too bad. I didn’t start when they started I had to start earlier and at times I was an hour late but overall I like the structure and routine. 🙂
Let me tell you our trainer Stephanie worked us at The Camp. My legs were wobbly from all the squats and pulses she had us do in-between sets!
According to my Fitbit I used up 460 calories in 50 min. Tomorrow my legs and butt will be sore.
I was thankful that my next meal was a protein bowl. I was one starving girl.
Overall it was a good day. The drinks didn’t taste bad at all and they reminded of the healthy juices my mom used to make when I was a little girl. It sure brought back memories. Lunch and dinner was very good and I was happy because I never made a protein bowl or cooked salmon the way they told me to.
I wasn’t tired and was happy that I didn’t feel like I needed my afternoon coffee.
I survived Stephanie’s lower body day
Green Drink on the go
Salmon over a bed of edamame and spinach pasta
Most people hold a dysfunctional breathing pattern that gives only partial inhalation of oxygen and holds onto much of the carbon dioxide in the lungs. This creates a toxic breathing exchange instead of a balanced exchange between oxygen and carbon dioxide. This creates more stress in the body and mind, a weakened energetic state, a cloudy mind and a host of other problems, including fat storage from elevated cortisol levels.
• An important part of the 21-Day Detox is the Breathing Exercise explained below which should be performed 1-2 times/day from 3-5 mins each time:
• Draw the inhale softly and slowly in through the nose. Visualize a feather in front of your nose, and as you breathe in, try not to disturb the feather. Draw the breath all the way down to your stomach (abdomen). Your stomach should expand OUT when you breathe IN. Next, hold the breath for a pause, and try to really feel it in your body. Then breathe out through your mouth as you use your stomach muscles to squeeze out every bit of the breath. The trick here is to do a FULL EXHALE, not a partial exhale like we usually do.
This exercise will engage your diaphragm instead of just the primary respiratory muscles: the intercostal muscles (aka the muscles that lift/expand your ribcage). It’s a much more powerful form of breathing used by singers, martial artists, Olympic athletes, and meditation practitioners. To take this exercise to the next level, visualize and FEEL yourself drinking in new life, new energy as you inhale. Make it a physical, mental AND emotional breath – not just physical. As you breathe out, visualize any tension, anxiety, or stress that you have being expelled from the body. Just let everything go!
“Let’s get started today is Tabata Tuesday.”
Our trainer yelled out as was trying to pump us up.
I never heard of this word and I was intrigued. He went to explain that we will be doing each station for 20 seconds as hard as you can and then rest for 10. We would be doing 6 set.
That didn’t sound so bad. How bad could 20 seconds be?
OMG, did I found out. Those were the longest 20 seconds of my life!!!!
I never knew how hard 20 seconds could be.
I am going to be one sore girl tomorrow.
Yesterday was my first day. I recently moved and decided to check out this new place. I was so nervous but determined.
This Camp is smaller than the one I previously attended and when I walked in there I was greeted so warmly. They all knew it was my first time there and I felt so bashful.
That quickly went out the door as soon as he started our “warm-up” – I put warm-up in quotations marks because I was huffing and puffing by the end of it. It was a work-out.
As the title said today was upper body day and by the end of the workout I had noodle arms.
I was tired and sore but still I left smiling — I had forgotten how good it felt to workout.
Total Calories: 1200/1400
Exercise: 50 min circuit training (calories 550)
Total Steps: 8,098 (my Fitbit died during my workout 😭)
Water intake: 56 ounces
Sleep: 7 hours 36 min
Oh yes, I could do this all week long. 😀 Too bad I can’t.
That’s me in a nutshell and what this blog will be about — eating, drinking (two of my favorite activities) and exercising (not one of my favorite activities) –striving for harmony.
Women and wine, in my opinion, it’s probably the closest and most fun relationship out there.
My affinity with wine is stable, strong and reliable.
Wine is always here to comfort me in the toughest of times and the most exciting of celebrations.
Whether you are drowning your sorrows from yet another miserable day at the office or celebrating your most recent promotion, you know exactly what you are doing at the end of the day — that’s right, cracking open (or twisting off the cap of) a fresh bottle of vino.
The same goes for my love affair for food. Good food is healthy food. Food is supposed to sustain you so you can live better, not so you can eat more but while in theory that makes sense to me I am not the type to want to eat to live. You could say that I live to eat but not for the reason you might think. I rather skip a meal or even starve for many hours than having to succumb myself to eating horrible tasting food.
Overindulging or not eating aren’t good things and I am going to try my hardest to overcome these shortcomings and strive to have a better relationship with food.