After years of neglect, I think it’s nigh time that I revive my health blog! My healthy escapades didn’t end (and if you read my last blog post, even though I never posted my results, I’m pretty sure I did stick to my fitness challenge), but somewhere along the way my blogging waned. Recently I’ve reminisced about the good ol’ blogging days, which always helped me stay motivated and focused, and so I thought… well, why not start up the blog again! What better time than now! Then I let two months pass.
But now I’m here and that’s what counts! So what’s been up in my “fit” life?
Well, for the most part, a sad lack of focus on health and fitness. After moving from Tucson (with an amazing rock climbing gym, Bikram studio and YMCA) to NJ (with… well, none of those things, plus a lot less free time) my healthy lifestyle took a nosedive. I’d workout a few times a week, and sort of think about eating healthy while chowing down on delicious east coast pizza.
I noticed, though, that it wasn’t just my healthy lifestyle that had bit the dust. Even though I may have not looked too different, I felt different. I gained about 5lbs, lost almost most of my muscle, and just felt unattractive (in a way that no amount of supportive-boyfriend-compliments could help). So last month, I decided to stop making excuses and start to change my lifestyle.
One of my biggest challenges is time. Driving to/from the gym adds a precious extra twenty minutes to my workout that I could spend… well, working out. And during the week, I’m pretty limited in my free time. I also HATE getting up early to workout, in a it-makes-me-feel-like-hurling kind of way– especially if I try to do cardio. So that’s why I opted for a home exercise plan. After reading lots of reviews, I decided to go with:
Now, if you want, you can order the DVDs from their websitefor about $120. I definitely DO NOT condone downloading these for free on a torrent site, and I DEFINITELY paid full price for them. In all honesty, if you’re not sailing the seven seas of the internet like a pirate, $120 isn’t really too bad in comparison to the cost of a gym membership.
In addition, you’ll need some equipment, most of which I already had:
As of this weekend I’ve survived my first month! While I did take before pictures, I’ll only reveal those if there’s a notable difference at the end of the 3 month program. However, this month I did drop about 2 lbs and a total of 3 3/4 inches (plus I gained a 1/4 inch on my flexed biceps)! I also can officially do 4-5 pull-ups again, back to the same number I was at when I moved here six months ago!
- Variety! There’s a different workout everyday for the first three weeks: three strength, two cardio, and one yoga. If it’s nice out, I’ll sub out a cardio workout for a 5.25 mile run around the park. Next month, I’ll be switching out two of the strength videos for two new ones. Beach body calls this “muscle confusion.” I call this not getting bored with the same stupid video over and over and over again. Either way, it works well.
- Results! I can do pull-ups again. I can see my upper abs. I feel stronger. I can run faster. Yes, I have to push myself, and no, the workouts aren’t easy, but I consider those to be pros because otherwise, I’d just be bored.
- Convenience! I love that I can do this workout on my own time, at home. I can’t blame class time available or traffic for not doing my workout, and I have complete control over my schedule. Yes, the workouts are time consuming (six days a week for 1-1.5 hours a day), but because I know and can plan my schedule around this (and not have to add on any travel time) it totally works.
- Space! I live in an apartment in NJ. It’s not super small, but it’s not super large either. Having to move my coffee table every time I want to work out definitely gets old. So does having a limited amount of space for a few of the workouts. For instance, core synergistics has me rolling all over the floor, which inevitably results in me covered in cat hair and bumping into the couch.
- The diet! I started this thinking I’d follow the diet, and I did for three whole weeks. Not only did I not lose a pound, but I also felt like it promoted unhealthy binging during a once a week “cheat” I’d grant myself. I found that, in trying to cram in the amount of protein the diet prescribed, I’d actually be eating more than I wanted– and instead of eating one square of dark chocolate or a cup of froyo when I craved it, I’d binge out once a week on a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and a bag of chocolate chips. This week, I’ve dropped the diet and just practiced healthy, mindful eating, and I’ve lost almost 2lbs. I’d say the diet is definitely more geared towards dudes who want to “beef up.”
- The cheese! Specifically, Tony Horton’s incredibly cheesy lines during the workouts. Usually, I don’t mind it– it’s ridiculous and terrible, but laughing at him can sometimes help me work through the pain. But when he quotes Forest Gump during yoga– in the stupid voice and all– it kind of kills it for me.
The program is three months long, so I’ll be posting my progress over the next two months! I also talked a friend into doing it along with me, so if you’re interested in the male perspective on these workout videos (which, in my opinion, are geared towards men), I’ll report on how he progresses as well!