Fitness Check In #6

My first fitness post in 2016! I must say that it’s true. What is? The gym is so packed in the beginning of the year! November and December were so quiet, I could have the whole gym to myself. Now, I gotta wait to use the machine? Crazy. Let’s see how long this lasts. I’m giving it ’til March until their resolution wears off. Hahahaha! I talked about how I did more high intensity cardio in the last post, and even gave you some examples of my exercises <here>. Everything is well and good, until I decided to incorporate weight lifting again. I lost a lot of strength! I had to go back to pushing myself real hard to do heavy squats and deadlifts and it’s tough. I’m about a month into it now, and muscle memory is an amazing thing. I’m about 90% back to my previous strength. If you follow my Instagram, you’ll see a few videos of me in action.

 

 

My fitness journey chloeash

 

 

My workouts are really simple. They target bigger muscle groups to burn more fat and higher repetitions for a good cardio as well. Before I start, I’d warm up on the treadmill (jog) for about 5 minutes. After my workout, I’d do a proper stretch and warm down by walking. If I want to get more cardio in, I usually jog for another 15 minutes at the end of the workout. When it’s a rest day, I’ll do about 3 x 5-minute HIIT sessions. I’ve also been enjoying doing intervals on the treadmill. 30seconds at intensity 5, another 30 seconds at intensity 7 and another 30 seconds at intensity 10. Repeat 10 times. If you’re fit, you’ll want to up the sprint session to make it 30:30:45.

Let’s now talk nutrition.

I suck at it. I fell off the bandwagon for a few months. I crave bad foods just by the smell of it. And I did cave. I am in no position to be lax with myself, so if I didn’t give myself a clear plan of food intake, I’d probably either starve myself or just binge. Yup, I’m that bad. Some people say, eat moderately. You don’t have to count calories. Just eat more vegetables. Yeah, but what is moderate? You might over or under estimate if you didn’t know your portion size in the first place. So, I NEED to count my calories and macros (carbs, protein and fats) to know what I’m fueling my body with, according to my weight and activity level.

It’s getting boring, apologies for that.

So yeah, many people have fitness goals, but we’re all different. There is no one fixed way to get there and what works for me might not work for you. My end goal is to size drop and increase muscle mass, so proper macro intake with calorie deficit is the most important, followed by workouts that complement my goal. It’s a new way of life to a stronger body. Age is just a number and I don’t want to use it as an excuse.

Also, while that’s the end goal, the short term goals tend to divert my route a little. So it’s been up, down, left, right, sometimes a halt, but it’s been fun nonetheless and not boring at all 🙂 I still can’t do an unassisted pull up. It’s so bloody hard. But I can do different variations of push ups which I’m quite proud of.

I tried doing a headstand, but being upside down, having the blood rush to my head made me all woozy. I freaked out. I freak out easily. When I freak out, I yelp. Don’t be like me. Be calm 😉

I just typed all that in 10 minutes, so excuse the brain fart. I’m not going to proof read either because it’s past midnight and I want to head off to bed. I hope I didn’t bore you too much. I needed to write it down, rambly thoughts and all, so I can track my fickleness and see if I’m still heading in that general direction.

Cheerios for now!

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

  • I record what I eat, because it helps me keep track of nutrients (how much protein? how much carbs?), and also because it helps me to look at overall trends. I don’t really think about it on the day to day, but sometimes it helps me to look at the total for the week (and the breakdown of fat, carbs, protein) and then try to plan to compensate that day or the next day. For example, if I see that I helped myself to ice cream every day for the past five days (LOL), then maybe I will skip it that day finally, haha. It doesn’t stress me out and I’m not obsessive about it, but it’s kind of just like another thing to do – just a way to stay focused and make sure I eat well. I don’t think it comes naturally to many people, and why should it be easy? It’s just like everything else – maintenance is required, and I don’t agree with people who want to shame you for that. EFF them. I get pissed when people try to tell me what to eat or not to eat. My favorite is when people tell me that I should let myself have dessert every now and again. Trust me, I do – you’ve seen my Instagram, right? LOL. But everything in moderation, man!

    • Lily

      LOL I do indulge myself now and then – and lately, especially when it’s so close to Chinese New Year, all those amazing cookies and tidbits are hard to resist. So, I set aside calories for that. Hahaha!

  • urgh I’m exactly the same way with food — I will literally eat food because it exists, not because I’m hungry. That probably needs to stop.

    • Lily

      Some people just won’t put on weight no matter what they put in their body! Are you one of them?

      • LOL fo sho not. If I exchange a glance with a Haagen Dazs bar my thighs expand an inch.

        • Lily

          Hahaha! Saw your latest vid, and your no sugar challenge is WOW! I can never do it. I love my fruits too much!

          • OH LORD NO — I’m going vegan for 90 days, so that means I’m basically eating 80% fruit! I’m a legitimate fruit addict 🙂

            I actually did no-sugar for about 10 days a year ago, still eating fruit but cutting out all processed/refined sugar, and my friends told me I got mean in that time.

            • Lily

              Oops, sorry Jenn! I must have heard you wrong. Doing vegan is definitely much easier than doing no sugar. I’d die. Just thinking about it. LOL!

  • Go Lily GO!

    • Lily

      Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Yes I bet you’ll be able to enjoy an emptier gym in March, or maybe before that hahaha! I’m very proud of you that you can do push ups. I don’t think I’ve done a “real” push up in maybe 15 years, crikey! Maybe I should incorporate that within my goal too. I have to say though, regarding standing on your head, really, I wouldn’t bother… (It scares me!).
    With regards to food, while I’m exercising I usually think about what I want to have for dinner. Is that normal?

    • Lily

      Hahaha it’s not the first time I hear that. So, I’m sure you’re normal to think of food when you’re exercising!

  • Whoa mama, you are strong! I used to do weight training and cardio too, spending 1 1/2 hours, 6 days a week in the gym and then had my little one and everything went kaput. Haha! I have been doing lots of yoga though and it helps lot, I actually think I’m stronger now. Back when I was a gym bunny, I thought yoga was easy but I was so wrong, it’s actually tougher than I expected! And I respect anyone who can stick to a certain food plan or count calories because I can’t. I am lucky that my metabolism is still pretty fast at my age (37, waaah feel so old) so I can still snack and eat whatever I want.

    • Lily

      I only spend an hour at the gym. Don’t really like to stay that long. LOL! And lately, I’ve been going very regularly too. I love yoga! I’m naturally more flexible but my husband is very stiff, so it’s very funny to see him stretch, let alone do yoga. ROFL. I follow Yoga with Adriene because I find her funny and her videos are easy to follow. I don’t have the time to go to a class, with a fixed time and all. Baby seems to dictate my schedule. Hahaha! I’m 38 and my metabolism has never been kind to me. Darn.

  • 10mins?!! You’re amazing Lily. I’m trying to get my household to eat healthier this year but it’s so hard. Most weekends now I’m exhausted and cooking is the last thing on my mind. But if I let the boys choose, it’s prata for breakfast, McDonald’s for lunch and pizza for dinner!! *rolls eyes*

    • Lily

      It’s not easy to eat healthier because it means cooking at home. It’s better now that I’m not working, but still, it IS hard in a way. Planning it is difficult. So, I just make sure I have lots of veg and eggs and fruits at home for snacks 🙂

    • Lily

      ps: I type very fast!