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 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!