Happy Happy Thursday!
It’s been just over 2 weeks now since I first started my 8 week fitness challenge and I just wanted to fill you in on how I’m doing and what I’m learning (for those who are interested!)
I thoroughly enjoyed my first week of the challenge and found myself energised, determined and motivated. I felt that I needed a change from my usual exercise routine of BodyPump and HIT training classes as I had grown tired of repetition and needed some new motivation in my life. I decided to limit the classes at my old gym and sign up to Guavapass to try out some new classes. I have had such great fun trying out a variety of classes, from TRX on a trampoline to flipping tyres and dead rowing kegs. It’s been great getting back into it and being able to workout with friends also completing the 8 week challenge.
Week 2 started off with a bang and even included a 45 minute self-made garden HIT circuit whilst away in China for the long weekend. It wasn’t until the end of the 2 day trip that it all went udders up! Even though I packed a few Vegan snacks, our supposed hour long car trip turned into a 4 hour one due to traffic, which meant, these saved snacks rapidly decreased at the rate of frustrated, tired 3rd cultured kids. Mainland China is probably the least Vegan friendly place on this planet and I ended up eating bread for every meal with either a bit of fruit or a couple vegan sausages. With these bad food choices and 5 days of restless sleep, I got hit with the flu. It’s been 3 days since I’ve exercised and I’m itching to feel better and carry on with my new routine.
- Slow and steady wins the race. I found that not going completely mad on exercise (more than an hour a day) for the first couple weeks was not only wise on my energy levels, but also allowed me to correct and revise proper technique without running myself down and risking injury. As the weeks go by, I will start introducing more cardio sessions during the week.
- BEARCAMP @ URSUS (think strong man) and BOUNCE LIMIT (cardio on a rebounder) are now my two favourite studios/gyms in Hong Kong!!
- It’s important to keep a food journal. There’s nothing more irritating than having to write down the shitty, processed, meal you just endured.
- Leaving exercise to the afternoon can leave you feeling sluggish and can turn into a cycle of having to muster all of your willpower instead of watching reruns of Jerseylicious.
I set myself the below goals for week 1&2:-
– Exercise 6 times a week (one of those days being either dragon boat training, hiking or yoga) √
– Use the Elle Active Get bendy stretching guide + foam roll 3 times a week. X I only completed one long stretch session (not including 5 min after class stretching)
– Listen to my body and give it the rest it needs. √
– Eat the rainbow. Double my veggie portions and cut out the bread. √
– Try tofu as a soy protein source. √ Yuck, Yuck, Yuck..Not a fan.
– Practice my headspace 7 days a week. A healthy body and mind go hand in hand. √ + X – only practiced 4-5 times this week but still better than none at all!
-Lose a kilo or 2. √ -2.3 kg :)
Week 3 & 4
– Set your alarm to 5:30am every morning and exercise before work. Attempt to make this your new routine as the post work sluggish feeling isn’t motivating!
– Exercise 6 days a week, and exercise morning and evening (cardio + weights split) 2-3 times a week.
– Enjoy everything you’re doing. Don’t do a class you don’t enjoy even if it may be a big calorie burner or if everyone else is doing it. If you enjoy it, you’re likely to be in it for the long haul.
– Stretch and foam roll MORE!
-Leave the bread for a weekend treat, no matter how much you love smashed Avo on toast!
-Keep tracking your protein on MyFitnessProtein but don’t become obsessed with calorie consumption.
-Raise more donations for the BaliKids cause. If you’re interested in supporting this amazing cause, please donate to HERE :)