I’ve been guilty in the past of thinking about becoming more health conscious, eating nutritious foods, exercising daily, but being too lazy to actually act upon it. Either that or I do like a couple days of it and give up. I’m not what you call fat. I’ve just been out of shape and wanted to lose some chunk in my trunk and wast line so to speak.
In the past I have lost drastic amounts of weight but not in a healthy way. Plus losing weight suddenly always gives me stretch marks. Anywho, so my boyfriend and I are doing a long distance thing where we will be meeting each other after a year… he will be coming down and spending a month and a half with me… I’ll be taking leave for the days he comes to visit me… and obviously to impress him and look my best I’ve been motivated to make healthier choices for my body.. So for the past two weeks I’ve been working out and eating healthier. Since I’ve started working from home it’s given me a LOT of time to myself. The lots of free time actually sparked my interest in doing something with that time. I was getting bored and irritated with sleeping late getting up late and having nothing exciting to do day in and day out. From past “exercise expeditions” I’ve learned that I hate jogging and walking I just don’t have the patience to work on my stamina that way or wait for the results… I find it boring and I feel like it doesn’t do much for my body. my loss of interest in jogging or running could have something to do with the fact that my ipod died and I havent replaced it yet.. I can’t imagine jogging without music… its just an unheard of thing for me. My main areas of focus are my butt, my love handles and my stomach. I’ve been working up to 100 crunches/sit ups and working up to 80-100 squats every morning…
I actually have to work up to squats a lot more slower than sit ups because the first day i worked out I did 60 squats and literally couldn’t walk properly for a whole week.. That was so extremely painful and so I’m working up to 100 more gradually. For now I’ve been doing 20 squats a day… But I’ve noticed succch a big difference in my stamina with just the sit ups alone. I started the first day with 50 sit ups, doing 10 sit ups taking a tiny breather and continuing with each set of 10 till I did 50. Then last week I did 60 sit ups and was able to do them 20 situps at a time without stopping. This week I was able to do 80 sit ups, 40 at a time without stopping. I was pretty proud of myself. The thing I love most about sit ups is that you get immediate results on your tummy. This exercise just makes it so tight and flat… I just love seeing the results. I went to pick up my paycheck last week from my office.. I have not seen my colleagues from work for over a month and every single one of them commented on my weight and how much weight I’d lost and how good I looked. I was of course really pleased to see that I wasn’t the only one who could see the results. heheh… Anyways it doesn’t end here…
I also have been doing yoga in the evenings along with my morning situps and squats. My sister has raved about yoga for the past couple of years and I find it comical that I’ve not tried it when I’ve been living in India for the past 6 years!! lolll… so anyways I tried it this past week and have enjoyed it.. Discovery Travel and Living has this show called “Namaste Yoga” which I find very interesting but it’s never on when I’m ready to exercise, so I got the first season dvd for their show and I do one episode in the evening every other day. It’s too soon to see any significant results but I have noticed how it stretches out my thighs and my arms. I have a feeling it will help tone my body out nicely. Its almost like stretching out or warming up as an exercise but in a way that helps with the flexibility of your body… Yoga is really appealing to me so far. I don’t think I’m interested in doing anything too complex but as long as I can work my body out and become more healthy I’m happy.
I alternate yoga with aerobics in the evening… I always found aerobics to be a funny activity. It never seemed to have any substance to it and all the videos I’d seen just seemed so cheesy and pitiful.. lolll. Dorky music, aerobics instructors who all seemed to be high on something, badly put together outfits, overly peppy personalities yelling at people to exercise as if their life depended on it… I wanted NONE of that…. i wanted to start doing aerobics but I wanted something fun and entertaining and not so lame…
I mean would you seriously trust people who looked like this and acted like this to help you become fit??? I wouldn’t!!!
So then I did some hunting and found Carmen Electra’s Aerobic Striptease Collection, and so far I absolutely love it!! I’ve never much cared for Carmen Electra. I mean I’m not a guy first of all and definitely not into ex playboy bunnies or something. So anywho I wanted to see what her videos were all about and they turned out to be super awesome. She combines teaching striptease with aerobics to give you a great workout. I loved it. I learned something to help me in (cough) the bedroom *blushhhh*, and I was working out my body too. The music isn’t cheesy, she explains the steps without screaming or yelling at you, and its FUN!!! I have never seen such an improvement in my body till now.. I can’t wait to try my new moves when my chulo comes down to visit me… hehehe… yes I know naughty naughty… hmmmm….
I have to admit all this exercise during the day does make me a lot more hungrier than I normally am but I’ve learned to mold my eating habits to my advantage by eating at the right times and remembering to drink a lot of water. If I stick to healthy food I don’t limit myself or starve myself. I stick to pulses which are high in protein and filling. I stick to healthy breakfasts like oatmeal and I try to eat fruits and take a multivitamin supplement. I know (ugh.. oatmeal??) you’re thinking. but if you add a dollop of honey (natural healthy sugar) and a sprinkle of cinnamon it tastes pretty good. And just because I’m focusing on becoming leaner and healthier it doesn’t mean I go overboard. I do relax and eat what I want on the weekends. I use the time on the weekends to eat things I love when I go out or even laze a little and skip on exercising. But when my weekend rolls to an end I get back to exercising and eating right… I feel so much happier being healthier and active…I’ve come to enjoy the dull ache in my muscles at the end of the day that lets my body know they are exercised and worked out. I’m pretty stoked about my progress so far. hopefully I’ll have some progress updates later on to write about… Let me know if anyone out there has some tips on healthy eating or exercises you enjoy working out to. I’d love to hear what works for others out there.. till then… this light is turned off..
Currently listening to Room Service