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 2 - 6W6P LEVEL 1
DAY 18 – 6W6P: LEVEL 1 & 2
DAY 4 - 6W6P LEVEL 2
DAY 21 - OFF!
DAY 7 - OFF!
DAY 22 - R30 : LEVEL 4 & 3
DAY 8 – R30: LEVEL 2
DAY 9 - R30: LEVEL 3
DAY 11 -  R30 LEVEL 4
DAY 26 - OFF!
DAY 14 - OFF!

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

Monday, 10 June 2013

A week of GSP Rushfit and Eating Right

In my last post I mentioned how I am back to my workouts .What goes hand in hand with workouts is eating right and an almost clean diet.Its suprising how I always end up eating right when I workout.
Rushfit  is good and has been taxing and some points have lost most of  cause months of binging has messed the endurance I built. Like I mentioned in my last post I am following the intermediate schedule and this is what the 1st week looked like
Day1: Strenght and Endurance workout DVD
Day2:Abdominal Strenght and Core Conditioning DVD
Day3:Cardio + Stretch and Flexibility bonus DVD
Day4:Strenght and Endurance workout DVD
Day5:Cardio + Balance and Agility bonus DVD
Day6: Full Body Strenght Conditioning
For Cardio I did the Brazil Butt Lift Cardio Axe on one day and 4 kilometer walk on Day 5. As much as I would have loved to follow the advanced schedule I realized my body wasnt up to it yet. May be the next time I do this I will follow the advanced  calendar.
The eating is ok with trying to eat more frequently , 2 snacks and 3 meals. There is long way to go but I need to start somewhere. Guess once I am back to my food diary on MY fitnesspal, it will get better.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

No Junk June

June is a beautiful month cause in India it brings respite from the awfully hot summers. It marks the beginning of the monsoons, lovely breeze and Mother Nature bringing in the greens. This has always been my favorite season because I love the rains, getting wet in the showers brings me immense joy.

This is also the month when cravings are at its peak and all one wants to do is lounge around and enjoy the weather with some mouthwatering pakoras (deep fried snack) and piping hot chai (Indian tea).
And from my last post you must have realized that my tolerance level for carving has reached zero.
So the beginning of this month I decide that I needed to get of the gluttony vehicle and get back on my fitness journey, so this month is the No Junk June. 
So what is junk, Merriam Webster defines junk food as “food that is high in calories but low in nutritional content, or something that is appealing or enjoyable but of little or no real value”. What really stuck was the phrase “no real value”, so true.
So is all high calorie food junk, no not necessarily, high calorie is not junk but low nutritional value is junk. Most of us know these monsters, there are always high on salt, sugar, refined flours and fat. The funny thing  is the more we tend  to avoid them the more they are thrown on our face, with TV ads, huge posters, brochures sent home, stuck to the windscreen and marketed everywhere.   So how does one stay away from all this, it is difficult yet simple. Generally a tendency to binge only comes when your body is starving. Picture this, you skip breakfast and driving down to work you see this huge poster of fried chicken or ohh so lovely burger and the friendly number besides it to deliver it wherever you are in record time…..does sound extra tempting. This is just one of the scenarios that happen on a daily basis. There is also peer pressure or family pressure to try just one and then one becomes unstoppable. All it takes to stop this is to say No to it in your head, plan and organize meals, ok it is easier said than done

I realized the havoc that these foods have created only when I was back on my workout routine. Oh yes I am back to exercising and living healthy but more on that in the next post .So I wanted to continue my Rush fit advanced schedule but come the first routine I felt nauseated and giddy. That’s when the light bulb struck that junk food had destroyed most of the hardwork of last year. I certainly need to work back my stamina and endurance, lesson learnt.  Anyways on the workout front I moved to the Intermediate schedule.
But that’s what junk food does to you, a study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny at the Scripps Research Institute in 2008 suggested that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a manner similar to addictive drugs like cocaine or heroin. After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure. After the junk food was taken away and replaced with a healthy diet, the rats starved for two weeks instead of eating nutritious fare * (source Wikipedia). No wonder one can’t stop at one piece of a French fry.

Ok all this most of us know yet we continue to binge and eat junk, so how does correct or better still treat the addiction. Here is my plan to for the No Junk June

·         Plan my meal, yes I know that was no brainer, but the less hungry I stay the less the chance I will reach for that fat dripping piece of chicken. It is simple as putting up a menu in your kitchen of what you will have for each meal for the entire week at the beginning of the week. This also makes grocery shopping simple. If you are a more computer savvy person then use online menu planners or better still some cool app on the phone. Whatever your choice do it now, I love writing stuff down so put up an empty poster on my wardrobe and put my menu there. It also helps me remove the anxiety of thinking what to cook each morning.
·         Eat 6 times a day, no it isn’t tough, we all have our three meals and the in between snacks can be either a handful nuts, or small sandwich or a fruit. Something that is easier to even carry in your jacket pocket. I have a small box of my favorite nuts in my work desk drawer. Now instead of heading off to the cafeteria to binge on god knows what junk we just meet at my desk and snack on some lovely nuts and go nuts over some office gossip.
·         Drink 3lt of water. Hunger and thirst signal are controlled by the same part of the brain. So when you think you are hungry, it actually maybe just thirsty. I personally don’t drink so the 3lt, 1lt in the Morning after I wake up and the rest throughout the day. This is surely going to be the toughest thing, but if keeps those burgers and gulab jamuns away, I ought to do it
·         Choose healthier foods when I eat out. Friday’s lunches at work are usually days everyone eats out. We got to fancy restaurants and eat all the not so healthy stuff. Every Friday from now I promise to eat healthy and eat in moderation no matter what the pressure. My journey is way precious then any of the stuff on the dessert counters.
·         Follow my plan to the T but not get into the mindset of everything or none. What I mean is if I falter once, I will not turn that into a eating fest. So if I do give into eating a scoop of ice-cream I will not consider that as failure and finish the entire tub. I will trust my self
So come join me on my journey of No Junk, Know Health. Drop a comment if you are in on it with me  or just leave a word of encouragement.