Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Look what the cat dragged in

Hello , look what the cat dragged in ...Me.... Wow its been over 6 months from the last post and of course a year has flown by. So without much adieu "haapy new Year" to all my readers and blogging friends.I know its weird to wish you'll mid of April, but what the hell. I missed you'll too.The million dollar question would be where were u and the answer is simple work and more work. The last blog I mentioned about the new job and while its been good but crazy busy .
Natuarally I fell of the health wagon because of the constant travels and and vicious deadlines on projects. I know that is just an excuse and there isnt one that is good enough for all the bad eating and not taking out time to be healthy.Hmmmm...but did I realize somewhere along the line that I needed to fix it....Did I?????????
Well as always I needed a jolt and that I got with my blood work. I got a ton of test done to see how my body was doing....the result . A high body fat percentage and cholestrol level that was boderline high.........Oh my god!!!! my exact expression when I was reading the report sitting in a hotel room with food around me....lots of it ...oily greasy u name it... I was in shock  but I knew I had to do to something  What was I doing wrong.... After the sulking I decided it was time I take control.

So the first thing I did when I got back home was to join Golds Gym and hire a personal trainer for a month and get a diet prescribed.Not that home workouts are not good and I still advocate it but by the time I got back home I dint have the energy to do anything and a gym at the business park that I worked helped. This was Jan and the the result for the effort was a drop in 5% body fat reduction ,
increase in lean weight and 10inch loss all over. But a personal trainer is tough on the pockets so had to do away with him.

This month I am back to working out on my own ofcourse at the gym with a workout plan, but the efforts are not like before .  A personal trainer is good becuase there is a lot of attention on the form, your body type, specific health requirements and the variations in exercise and ofcourse accountability.
When working out on your own the missing factor is all this and majorly the accountability. how does one make sure that we eat right and hit the gym or exercise everyday.The answer for me was blogging, diet diary and setting short term goals. I have always noticed better results when I follow all three

Finally I decided to get over the procrastination and start again........ So what is the future plans..... well on a whim hubby dearest and me have chalenged each other for loosing 6kgs by July 14th (my birthday)... this is the short term goal along with also also loosing another 6 inches and 10% body fat. As for the diet diary I am back to cooking on my own so better diet and my
fitness pal will help me with my diary. Last but not the least is to blog regularly... to start off with atleast twice a week....
Thank you guys for all the sweet messages for when I was not around ....... and I promise you will see a lot of me. An more on the exercise plan in the next post.....

Friday, 26 July 2013

Fitness Inspiration – The Workout Mamma

I am usually scrounging the net for fitness blogs and enthusiasts, checking out personal weight loss journeys. And mostly my searches are for postpartum weight loss. In one such search I found the blog ,’The Workout Mamma’. I was impressed by the posts and certainly wanted to read the beginning which led me to the about section. I was in for a shock, for here I met the beautiful Tamara .
Her blog describes her as Christ follower wife to a firefighter, mother to Cadden, personal trainer, blogger and yoga Instructor.. But what makes her a true inspiration is way beyond all these titles. Her story is that of woman who is fighter. Her exceptional journey of fighting paralysis and getting back to being fit truly left all my excuses at shame. I sat at my desk reading her incredible recovery story, one straight read for a hour . It felt like I was reading fiction, but it was real. I had tears in my eyes when I read certain sections and smiles when I reached the end. The one question I asked when I finished reading was whether I could share her story with my readers and she agreed.
Tamara was affected by a rare neurological disorder called Guillain–BarrĂ© Syndrome that left her paralyzed neck below at the young age of 23.  I cannot imagine the physical let alone emotional trauma that she faced.  If it were me, I would still break down, but not Tamara. She researched everything she could about the disease and with faith and family as her ammunition decide to battle this disease out.
Then the change in diet, the physical therapy and yoga. To quote from her blog
In addition to my biblical based diet, juicing, chiropractor/massage appointments, and physical therapy, I implemented two more items to myself made recovery plan: water exercises and yoga. From late spring until early fall I was in the pool daily walking and stretching my arms and legs. I would have two pool noodles with me and would push them across the top of the water for very minor resistance training. The noodles also made my parents feel better to know I had two easily accessible floatation devices near me in case I became overly tired. Once the weather became cooler I began a gentle yoga practice at home. I checked out yoga DVD’s from the library and would rotate through their selection every two weeks. I could barely balance but I did what I could and over several months began to see improvement.”
The fight lasted for a whole two years but at the end of it Tamara won. Since then she has completed her teacher training in yoga, run a half marathon and stood second in a trilithon.
Her amazing story is certainly a reminder to let us know that if you have the will and faith then nothing is impossible.  You can read Tamara’s incredible journey here
Thank you Tamara for letting me share your story on my blog.
PS:
Her blog is an great resource for all fitness enthusiast and want to be fit yummy mummy


Monday, 22 July 2013

Happy Post

This is a happy post cause I wanted to  share some happiness.
When I started the blog I mentioned how I was stuck in a rut professionally and needed to make some changes. The big news is that I have a new job,  professionally excellent and  its a big move getting me closer to my dream role. I have never confessed but I am ambitious and power and the corner glass room excites me. For a while I have been lazy and the fire within had kind off quitened but with this news its back again in full blaze.
I am enjoying some last quite moments in my present job so I am fully charged for the new challenge.
The other happiness is weight wise I have dropped another 2 kgs so I am getting closer to my goal weight slowly .I was so thrilled to se the scale move, alas the hardwork is paying off. Jillian this wouldnt be possible without you  so a big thank you

This month was also my birthday month and age wise I have moved on to the big 35. The birthday itself was amazing because hubby dearest threw in a surprise party on a helipad and the Marriot Chef preparing a special cake for me .It was certainly a wow moment. He also gifted me the jewelry and a  Google Nexus Tab 7, making blogging so much easier. I dont feel technologically challenged any more. I wanted to  share all this loveliness with my amazing blogger friends.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Workout Updates - The Jillian DVD Rotation


This is gonna be a quick post .The last post I mentioned how I have changed the workout schedule and I happy that I made this change. The muscles are sore; I feel worked and love the pace. Jillian is a true task master and circuit trainings are amazing because you work multiple muscle groups at the same time with zero rest. There is so much packed in the 30 min or 50 min workouts that you achieve more in lesser time.
Trying new dvds to workout at home has made me realize that I like fast paced workouts and circuit trainings works best on my body. Guess we all have things that work for us and some that don’t so whenever you chose a workout routine try everything and when you find something that works for you stick to it.
Just a quick reminder of the schedule

DAY 1 – 6W6P LEVEL 1
DAY 16 6W6P LEVEL 2
DAY 2 - 6W6P LEVEL 1
DAY 17 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 3 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 18 – 6W6P: LEVEL 1 & 2
DAY 4 - 6W6P LEVEL 2
DAY 19 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 5 - BANISH FAT, BOOST METABOLISM
DAY 20 - BANISH FAT, BOOST METABOLISM
DAY 6 - QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 21 - OFF!
DAY 7 - OFF!
DAY 22 - R30 : LEVEL 4 & 3
DAY 8 – R30: LEVEL 2
DAY 23 - QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 9 - R30: LEVEL 3
DAY 24 - BANISH FAT, BOOST METABOLISM
DAY 10 - QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 25 - QUICK TROUBLE ZONES & 6W6P: LEVEL 2
DAY 11 -  R30 LEVEL 4
DAY 26 - OFF!
DAY 12 - BANISH FAST, BOOST METABOLISM
DAY 27 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES & 6W6P LEVEL 1
DAY 13 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 28 - BANISH FAT, BOOST METABOLISM & QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 14 - OFF!
DAY 29 – R30: LEVEL 3 AND THEN LEVEL 2
DAY 15 - R30: LEVEL 2 & QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 30 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES

The 2 new entrants in the schedule is 6 weeks 6 pack and Ripped in 30, both workouts boast about attaining that surf board abs but are not just core centric workouts. As Jillian says there is no way to spot reduce, if you want surf board abs you got to work your entire body and overall fitness.
All of Jillian‘s workout have a central theme of Super Sets and circuit. Super Sets are when you are working on 2 muscle groups at the same time like a bicep curl with a Lunge. The dosage of cardio is quick and intense in most circuits like burpees or mountain climbers. As I reach the end of the schedule I see immense change in my ability to do the different moves.  Also there are wins; stamina has increased and I have dropped 2 pounds on the scale.
In the next post I will update my next schedule and share some of the moves from Jillian’s DVD.
Are them some favorite workout dvds or techniques that you prefer , let me know.


Monday, 24 June 2013

Workout Updates and New Beginnigs

 The regularity of updating my workout journal hasn’t been that great but I promise to change that from this week. So without much adue here is the update on the past few weeks.
Week 2 of Rushfit (10th to 15th june)
The last time I posted I mentioned how I was doing the GSP Rushfit Intermediate Schedule. This is how Week 2 schedule is laid out
Day1: Fight Conditioning Workout DVD
Day2: Cardio + Stretch and Flexibility bonus DVD
Day3: Fight Conditioning Workout DVD
Day4: Strength and Endurance workout DVD
Day5: Cardio + Balance and Agility bonus DVD
Day6: Abdominal Strength and Core Conditioning DVD
For Cardio I did Jillian’s Banish Fat and Boost Metabolism and No More Trouble Zone.

Strength and Endurance workout and Abdominal Strength and Core Conditioning are the same as the Week 1. Let me give you low down all the exercises in both these DVD’s.  Both the DVDs , actually all the workouts in Rushfit have a common warm-up  and cool-down  which are ach 5 minutes longs. The format of the each workout is that it is divided into 5 rounds of circuit workouts with 1 minute break between the workouts. Strength and Endurance Workout   have these moves.
Round 1: air squats, Isolated squats, hands-off pushups, back extensions, and pop-ups
Round2: air squats, squat thrusts, pushups, burpees, and side planks
Round 3: lateral lunges, rotating overhead presses, rotating bent-over rows, upright rows, rotating curls
Round 4: around the world, one-leg single-arm rows, diagonal presses, single-arm swings, dumbbell high pulls
Round 5: twisting floor press, half get-up, prone alternating dumbbell row

The Abdominal Strength and Core Conditioning contain the following moves
Round 1: Single leg dumbbell squat, Dumbbell uppercut, Dumbbell situp, Side to side lower body rotation, Bicycle abs
Round 2: Dumbbell swing, Dumbbell woodchop, Prone dumbbell side press
Round 3: Power sit up (normal situp, swinging hands),Glute bridge, Leg raise, V-up,Leg raise,  
Round 4: Opposites (bird dog – not on knee), Lateral plank, Straight sit up,
Round 5: Back bend (hands and feet on the floor, belly in the air), Navasana / Sit thru / Hindu push up / Sit thru, Mountain climbers

The Fight Conditioning workout like the name suggest is about fight moves, these are basic moves in MMA . GSP teaches you some of the fight moves, front kick, round kick and all the works.
There is a lot of coordination involved, which to me was a little too much because I didn’t want to be a fighter or learn martial arts; all I want is a good workout.  
To be frank I did'nt feel worked out at all. I was messing up big time because I was paying too much attention on how to get the moves right. The first time when I did it, half way through I got frustrated and wanted to shut the video and move one but I battled through. The second time over wasn’t any better, I was still flopping around.   

When I completed the week 2 schedule something that was clear in my head was I didn’t want to do Rushfit . I dint like it. Don’t get me wrong it may be a good workout but it not for me, at least for now. Sometimes no matter how good something is, it may not be the right thing for you. At this moment I am not looking at being an athlete, I just want to get to certain level of fitness.  Rushfit is a good workout if you want to tone and maintain your endurance and do it a slow pace. But if you are like me who wants fast paced stuff cause you are always crunched for time and want to pack in more in every hour then I suggest you look elsewhere.
The slowness of the workout, the common warm-up and cool-down, So many common moves in all the dvds , just got downright boring for me. So I decided that before I quit working out completely because of boredom I need to make some changes. And this is what I did, I knew I loved Jillian’s workout, so put together a workout schedule for 30 days for myself. It is basically a rotation of couple of her videos.
This pretty similar to Jillian’s 30 day Slim down plan on Exercise TV. I posted the original plan here in June and planned to follow it but as always did something completely different so much for planning. What do you think about my workout changes?

 This is how my schedule looks like
DAY 1 – 6W6P LEVEL 1
DAY 16 6W6P LEVEL 2
DAY 2 - 6W6P LEVEL 1
DAY 17 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 3 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 18 – 6W6P: LEVEL 1 & 2
DAY 4 - 6W6P LEVEL 2
DAY 19 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 5 - BANISH FAT, BOOST METABOLISM
DAY 20 - BANISH FAT, BOOST METABOLISM
DAY 6 - QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 21 - OFF!
DAY 7 - OFF!
DAY 22 - R30 : LEVEL 4 & 3
DAY 8 – R30: LEVEL 2
DAY 23 - QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 9 - R30: LEVEL 3
DAY 24 - BANISH FAT, BOOST METABOLISM
DAY 10 - QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 25 - QUICK TROUBLE ZONES & 6W6P: LEVEL 2
DAY 11 -  R30 LEVEL 4
DAY 26 - OFF!
DAY 12 - BANISH FAST, BOOST METABOLISM
DAY 27 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES & 6W6P LEVEL 1
DAY 13 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 28 - BANISH FAT, BOOST METABOLISM & QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 14 - OFF!
DAY 29 – R30: LEVEL 3 AND THEN LEVEL 2
DAY 15 - R30: LEVEL 2 & QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 30 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES

I have already completed the 1st week’s videos and will post the update in part 2 of this post. This one is way too long but if you have lasted this far, please don’t forget to add in your two cents in the comments section

Friday, 21 June 2013

A year of being yummy mummy

It’s been a year of blogging and what a wonderful one . Last year when I started this blog the one thing I set out to achieve was to start loving myself again. Of course there were a list a list of things to do but all of it led to that one mission of looking in the mirror and not hating the reflection. I also realized that is not just me wanting to be a yummy mummy for my princess but for me.
Well one might say is it really that difficult to love oneself. Maybe not for everyone but for me it has been one uphill journey. It still is because I have my days of self-loathing and anger. Somewhere along the way of being a daughter, wife, mother I lost my identity and respect.
 Today I have come a long way from that point. There are good days and bad but the best part is after a bad day I get up and start from where I left. The confidence is back and so has the feeling of warmth to myself.  I have lost weight but gained strength and fitness and a ton of confidence. I feel I have redeemed myself from the rut of procrastination, laziness and self-destruction.
 A lot of this possible because I started writing this blog and there is a certain amount of accountability towards the wonderful readers. Not to forget the encouragement I get from my lovely Blogger friends.
Love you all and hope you keep encouraging me in this journey of being yummy mummy