Last Monday was 4 weeks until #TeamSeanandJenny become #TeamNakamura and I haven’t been entirely happy with my body in the last few weeks. Now, I’m not saying that I want to loose a ton of weight and go crazy, just tone up a bit, especially since I haven’t really been eating as well as I should be. I’ve been eating a lot of french fries lately ;).
So I decided to use the wedding as a way to get myself back on track. When we were at the beach last weekend, I got out my 21 Day Fix & Suja Juice Solution books and read them both over. I purchased the 21 Day Fix way back in March but have never officially done the program, mostly because those containers are so freaking small! and I’m not sure I like the idea of being so restricted in the portion sizes.
But I took a little from each of the books and here’s what I’ve come up with that will work for me.
* As soon as I get out of bed, I drink about 8 ounces of water. Then drink my coffee, no sugar, just a little soy milk.
* Smoothies. I got a basic blender for my birthday, I’d love a Vitamix but they are a little out of the budget when you are planning a wedding so I’ll make due with this Oyster one that works really well.
* Eliminate most dairy. I haven’t used real milk for years because of a minor lactose issue, but I love cheese and yogurt but they don’t love me.
* Cut out most processed carbohydrates. I am eating bread or pasta at one meal, but trying to not eat it at every meal & snack.
* Eating more fruit & vegetables
* Add in more healthy fat
* I haven’t been eating a lot of dessert lately, but definitely limiting the treats.
* And most important, drinking way more water
On the exercise side…
I joined a gym so that I was able to do more cross-training on the bike and possibly start swimming as well. And while I’m not a huge fan of heights, this gym has a rock wall and I’m really excited to try that out as well.
So starting on Monday, I got back into the plank challenge, it was a bit tough that first day and I only made it 3 minutes, but by Thursday I was at 10 minutes. I incorporated more core/ab work as well as adding in some arm exercises with weights and short yoga session. In the afternoon I did 40 minutes on the bike and then an Insanity Max30 session.
Tuesday, I did 2 miles of run/walk with Sean and plank.
Wednesday was a little slower as I was having a massage so I didn’t want to ruin all the work that was done. I did an 8 minute plank, 100 squats and some stretching.
Thursday, I started off with a sweaty 10 minute plank, the myrtle hip routine, arm exercises with weights and 100 ab exercises (20 crunches, 40 bicycles, 20 single leg scissors, 20 double legs up and down.
Thursday evening, Sean & I hit up Mission Bay where we were just going to do a quick 2 miles but I needed to do a 10k at some point over the weekend for my Nuun #runridehydrate virtual race, which I’ll be reviewing in a separate post, so after 1.5 miles we made the decision to keep going.
Friday, both Sean & I were off so we decided to go out to Cowles Mountain to get some hill training in, I went up twice before I decided to call it a day. 5.5 miles, 1,700 of elevation. 5 mins of plank, stretching my priformis and hip myrtle routine.
Saturday, we did 6 miles at Lake Murray and then hit up the beach. I planked twice, once for 3:55 when Purrums, one of my kitties, started attacking me, unprovoked I might add, and when a 16lb cat starts biting your biceps you stop planking ;). I did another 7:30 before I couldn’t handle it any more. Hip myrtle and arm weights called it a day.
Sunday, we had a lot to do yesterday so we just did a short run with some faster strides at Balboa Park. I took a rest day from the rest of my exercises and will get back on them tomorrow.
I will say that I’m feeling a lot better and I tried my dress on Wednesday and I don’t really need to do much because I don’t want my dress to be too big, but overall just making these small changes, especially eliminating grain/potato carbs at every meal and drinking a lot more water has started to make a big difference as far as bloating and feeling tired all the time.
On to next week!