Monday, May 2, 2016

Workout Update

Post Green Smoothie Cleanse

Ladies and Gentlemen! It's been a little over a month since I finished the 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. I vowed to do three things so I wanted to give an update on where I was with those three goals.

1. I want to get down to 145 pounds.

I did not reach this goal and I blame not having a concrete plan. I got too relaxed with my diet so that threw me off track a little. Now I have a plan to help me reach this goal. My diet looks nothing like it did a few years ago. I've made improvements for the better, but there are still a few more things to tweak.

Weight and fat percentage measurementsInitially my plan was to occasionally drink smoothies for breakfast. Now, I've decided to drink smoothies for both breakfast and lunch until I lose a little water weight. I AM NOT approaching this like it's the 10-day cleanse. I'm not restricting my snacks or dinners. I have a healthy diet, I just want to be even more mindful of what I'm eating.

I'm not far from this goal. I'm actually happy with my weight. The issue is the small pudge in my stomach area. Getting my weight down between 145-150 eliminates the pudge. I just want that wiggle room.

2. Switch it up.

The DVD & kettle bell I use to help me with indoor cardio & strength trainingWhen I started exercising, I was only lifting weights AND only focused on my lower body. I've added more days to my exercise schedule, but I'm still working to create the best schedule for me. My current schedule involves exercising three to four times a week. Day 1 is a 3 mile walk outside in my neighborhood; day 2 is a 30 minute Jillian Michaels cardio workout; day 3 is lower body weight lifting; and day 4 is an optional workout of my choice, but it's usually upper or full body weight lifting (this day is optional since it's usually on the weekend and I'm often out of town).

I haven't been as consistent with this schedule because it's been a busy year! It seems like I'll be out of town more weekends than I'll be in town, which always throws my weekly schedules way off too! I feel like I've lost some muscle because my body doesn't look like I think it used to look. This could be a mind thing, but I know what I want to look like. It's up to me to work towards reaching that goal.

3. Do one pull-up and one (REAL) push-up by the end of the year.

This might seem like a silly goal to you, but to me it's serious! I've never been able to understand why I can't do either of these. If I think about it, it actually makes sense. I'm heavy! Pushing my body weight up on my weak elbows is a task, just like pulling all this weight up over a bar is too! So I've practiced both with a little help!

One way I prep the squat rack to help me with pull upsI use a squat rack to for my pull-ups. I place my feet on the barbell, positioned halfway the rack, and do pull-ups from there. Only having to pull my body up halfway the distance helps me activate the muscles I'll use for doing an actual pull up. It's the same with push-ups. I do knee push-ups to work out the muscles I'll need for full push-ups. I have a lot of issues with my left elbow when doing push-ups and I haven't quite figured out how to remedy that, but it's still a work in progress.

Remember, I'm not a videographer yet, but here's proof that I've accomplished doing one real pull-up. I'm still working on that push-up!

Take Home Message

There's always work to be done, even if it's just maintenance. I need to stick to my guns if I'm going to see the results I want. All I can do is take things one day at a time and use my time wisely. This is an extremely busy year, but how bad do I want these things?

What do you do to keep yourself motivated?

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    1. I don't have an eating plan per se, I just watch what I eat. I eat minimal carbs; good proteins, greens, and fruits; minimal fried foods/junk foods/etc. My fiance is always body sculpting in one way or another so my diet usually matches his to a certain degree. I don't overdo it but I'm not really strict with it!


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