In praise of the micro and the nano also beginning weightlifting

Pacific Rim Locandina

Pacific Rim Locandina (Photo credit: Debris2008)

Sorry I have been so quiet but life has been keeping me busy.

Even though I have been busy with studying and work, I have been able to fit in some workouts due to NanoWorkout.  Which has several good ideas about how to incorporate exercise into daily life.  I personally like the ones to do while brushing your teeth and the ones for walking up the stairs.  They are light quick exercises that can be done by almost everyone.

http://nanoworkout.com

The other thing I have decided to do is to start trying weightlifting.  This has been something I have been wanting to do for a while but felt especially pumped up to do after watching Pacific Rim in 3d (watch it).  The music as well as the amazing fight scenes really energized me.  That being said I didn’t really know where to start so I googled and found a very clear guide with a lot of advice from bodybuilding. com.  It offers general tips as well as a detailed 12 week program that offers different workouts for each day of the week in 3 to 4 week blocks.  It also allows for 3 days off a week to do cardio, to relax, or to make up for a lost day.  So far I am 2 days in and I am really sore but in a good way.  After lifting I feel charged and kind of bad ass even though I have only been lifting lighter weights since I am just starting.  I have been using my ipad to help me keep track and to also watch the demo videos.  To help me feel charged I like to listen to the soundtrack for Pacific Rim and Dredd.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/womans_lean_sexy_bible.htm

I also feel like mentioning some things I have recently become a fan of.  I loved Pacific Rim, even though I feel like there could have been more female characters.  The other thing is the podcast Welcome to Night Vale.  A pleasant dessert community served with a side of Lovecraft.

Remember to Hydrate

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Fit Fat Ballet: The End and Going Forward

English: A performance of The Nutcracker balle...

English: A performance of The Nutcracker ballet, 1981 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welp, I have finished Prevention Magazine’s Ballet Boot Camp. I feel like I made progress to becoming

fitter even if I didn’t lose any weight. I have still been doing walking and swimming. Sadly, the other day I while walking I wound up getting a combo of heat and fat rash. One of my friends shared an interesting on how to prevent it. Rub some deodorant on the spots where it is prone to happen. I shall try this next time I go walking after my rash has healed and I’ll let you know if it works.

One thing I really liked about the ballet boot camp was the working out plan which laid out a solid plan for alternating work outs with cardio. I think that it is a plan which I will keep even if I am doing other toning exercises. One I am planning on doing is one from the magazine Cosmopolitan which I just started randomly getting. Also, I have been working on the healthy eating idea and hope to share that with you in a couple of days.

Let me know if you have any ideas about plans I should try next.

Sometimes a banana is just a banana.

 

Fit Fat Ballet + Sore Day 21

Personal trainer showing a client how to exerc...

Personal trainer showing a client how to exercise the right way and educating them along the way. The semi-spherical device is a BOSU. Category:Fitness Category:Fitness_training Category:Personal_training Category:Stretching Category:Challenges to physical balance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are nearing the end of the 25 day boot camp. I find it hard to believe that it has been 21 days since I started this blog. My health has been fluctuating between feeling fitter and feeling sicker. The sickness has nothing to do with Prevention’s workout though. Just my overall health, which I feel is made worse by overall weight and eating habits. I have found that even though I slacked off a bit during my bouts of illness that writing this blog has helped me to keep working out even when I didn’t feel like it. I have been working on improving my eating habits. Over the weekend I held a dinner party with friends and I made sure to make healthier foods esp. since one of my guests is a diabetic.

Recently I had some lessons from my former personal trainer driven in. She always emphasized warming up before and doing something to cool down after. I really haven’t been doing enough of that. The other day I was just stretching a little in bed when I suddenly felt intense pain in my left leg. It left me in agony for what felt like hours and afterwards it was difficult to walk. I did some research and one possible cause is not stretching properly after a work out. The other lesson came tonight while doing the swimming exercise when I suddenly had a sharp pain in my back. This could have been because of not warming up or due to poor form.

As for cardio I have mainly been doing a lot of walking. I also did one more workout from the app, workout trainer by skimble. I choose a random cardio workout. This one was challenging but doable. The major flaw for me was that this one did not even have a short video it just flashed slowly onto the images of how the exercises were to be done. Before I did this one I was going to give one of the other apps, Fitstar, a chance but I took a moment to read the terms and conditions and they really scared me off of trying that app. Maybe I was wrong to discount but I really did not feel comfortable with agreeing with what it said.

I’m sorry for only doing one blog last week. It is my goal to do at least two a week.

Life is too short for you to be embarrassed by the things you love.

Fit Fat Ballet Day 15

I really do like this workout and feel like my flexibility has improved even though I still wobble.  I dislike the

sballet-swimwimming exercise.  It looks and feels silly.  I occasionally have to squeeze my workouts into work, and that one would be the one I would be most embarrassed to be seen doing.  It calls for 2 minutes of it.  I usually do a minute of it before switching to another ab workout.  I am looking forward to doing different workouts as sustaining one work out is a bit boring after the first two weeks.  I am still working out to Digster’s dance workout mix on Spotify, although I may make my own mix soon.

Also I would just like to say hello and thank you to my new followers.

One thing I have been planning on doing is to test out some healthy recipes.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to share that project with you soon.

If the chance to workout was a snake, you’d be dead.

Fit Fat Ballet + Cardio day 12

English: MAdonna performing "Holiday"...

English: MAdonna performing “Holiday” on DWT (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m actually not really sure if it is in fact day 12.  I have kind of gotten my days mixed up lately.  I have been keeping up and pushing harder with both cardio and Prevention’s Ballet Boot Camp.  My feet have started to kink up during some of the exercises which rather hurts the flow of them.  My balance is still pretty bad and I often wobble.  I don’t have a barre to stand with so I use chairs and walls to steady myself.  I do however feel that my balance is getting better.

For my cardio, I have been swimming like crazy.  I have been hitting the pool for an hour to an hour and a half.  I did find one swim workout that I have enjoyed.  It includes some fun exercises like spider manning, where you run up the wall.  The only hard part is that it tells you to run back down the wall, but each step up pushes you away from the wall.  So, when you reach the top you are floating several inches away and when you try to run back down you wind up awkwardly failing in the water.

http://www.lifescript.com/diet-fitness/articles/m/make_a_splash_8_pool_exercises_to_burn_fat_fast.aspx

Holiday, Celebrate” Madonna.

Fit Fat Ballet Day 10

English: Classic ballet-dancer Español: Bailar...
English: Classic ballet-dancer Español: Bailarina de danza clásica (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi, I haven’t been doing as lately as I would like.  I feel like I haven’t been doing these exercises to their fullest potential because I haven’t been feeling well and I am already growing bored with them.  I do like that the plan allows you to choose your own cardio which does allow for changing things up a bit.  I haven’t been pushing myself all that hard since the end of last week.  From here on though I plan to work harder.  My cardio mostly has been walking quickly.  I suffered a bit for that today due to the 93 degree temperatures.  I think for the next cardio I may go swimming or do something indoors.

 

Also, the voting for reasons to lose weight are in and the favorite was to be healthy.  Which is a very good reason.

 

Remember no matter how tough working out is, it is still better than a sharp stick in the eye.

Fit Fat Ballet + Cardio day Day 5

Skimble's Workout Trainer for Android!

Skimble’s Workout Trainer for Android! (Photo credit: mariachily)

 

The results are in 3 people voted for dance as their favorite workout music.

Yesterday I did just the Ballet Boot Camp.  It is getting easier to do the exercises.  The scissors and carousel  horse are still the most challenging.  I am not feeling as much strain to my legs as I did after the first day.

Today was a weird day and I wandered through most of it in a fugue state.  I made quinoa cereal based on a recipe from Martha Stewart’s website.  It recommended way too much milk for the amount of quinoa.  Today was just cardio.  I walked around town for a while.  I thought about calling it quits with that, but I downloaded 3 random free apps for my IPad.

The one I chose to use for today was Workout Trainer.  It asks you to make an account or sign in through facebook.  I tried to do it through facebook but it didn’t work.  So I made an account it also ask for d.o.b. and what your goals are.  It doesn’t ask for weight.  It selects two workouts based on your goals or you can select others from its library.  The first one was a 12min cardio video.  It gives you the choice of three trainers to guide you through it.  One is a person, which is part of the premium package, the other two are computer generated.  Being broke I went for one of the computer trainers.

The workout also allows you to play music from your ipad which is a nice touch.  The voice guiding you through it sounds very robotic.  It tells you how to do the workout, how much time you have left, which exercise is coming up next and offers general platitudes.  The actual exercises are basic but challenging.  Things like star jumps, side planks, and others. It does allow for one 30 second break to grab water and get to a mat as you transition from standing to ground work.  Each exercise is shown through a couple of seconds of recorded videos.  If you are trying to keep pace with the video, it is easy to get thrown off track and it blips out in order to restart the video.  Once finished you set set a reminder to do it again tomorrow or select a new workout.  It will promote the premium package several times after using the app.  Overall, it is a surprisingly decent free app.  The workout was in the moderate range which I asked for while putting together my workout.

Also, I am a huge fan of The Pintester and on my other blog I participated in The Pintester Movement.  I tested several cooking pins and the fail coffee hair removal pin.  Well, she is trying to get fit and lose some weight by teaming up with Slimfast.  Way to go girlfriend.  I am hoping this may lead to her testing some fitness pins.  Anyways, she wanted people to blog about their wackiest reason to try to lose weight in exchange for a $1,000 SpaFinder card, which would be pretty sweet.  Anyways, when I was younger I tried to lose weight in order to join the navy.  I never lost the weight, never joined the navy, and now I am too old to.  It is not all bad though since I am pretty happy with my life as it is now.

 

http://pintester.com/2013/06/slim-fast-sweepstakes-and-the-real-reasons-i-want-to-lose-a-few-pounds/

 

http://kwillstrive.blogspot.com/

 

We should all aim to be like the Gummi Bears.  Dashing and daring, courageous and caring, faithful and friendly, with stories to share. 🙂

 

Remember to moisturize.

Fit Fat Ballet + Cardio Day 3

English: Cardio-kickboxing Français : Cardio-k...

English: Cardio-kickboxing Français : Cardio-kickboxing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m still doing the Ballet Boot Camp fit fat style.  The workout plan Prevention magazine recommends is one that alternates cardio with their exercises.  On the 1st day you do just the routine, on the second the routine + some type of cardio, and on the third just cardio.  For the day with just the cardio I choose to engage my favorite form of exercise, swimming.  For the routine + cardio I choose to do Jilian Michaels’ Cardio Kickboxing.  Doing all this cardio has helped to increase my endorphins which are helping me to fight off the Game of Thrones blues.

I haven’t watched one of Jilian’s videos in a while, but in this she felt rather flat.  Her interactions with the back up exercisers was stilted and kind of unnatural.  It got marginally better at the end but not by much.  There was also the cheesy synth music that is so common in workout videos today.  The exercises were ok and it was very possible to do them in a small space.  However, when it came to punching and kicking it felt more like just failing in the air rather than kicking and punching in form and with a purpose.  She also never allowed room to stop and take a water break.  There were maybe three stops, once when she fixed her hair, once towards the end when she high fived the backupers, and then at the very end before stretching.  Physically doing these modified wasn’t too bad, I did get a stitch in my side and at one point on of my knees was not willing to cooperate.  I would rate this at the mild to medium challenge level.

On this second day my legs felt rather stiff and sore.  I had expected my lower back pain to be worse but there really wasn’t any.  I chose to do part of the work out listening to Digster’s workout rock mix and the other part to their workout dance mix.   The dance mix was more suited to this type of workout.  I actually feel like I sweated more doing the work out at my pace than doing Jilian’s cardio.

Swimming has also been something I love and esp love my local pool because it has a lazy river.  I like to walk, run, and lunge against the current.  I also do push ups against the wall where I lift myself out of the water with nothing but my arms.  This is tough but rewarding., I feel tough doing it even though I probably don’t look it.  I had a personal trainer for a while who encouraged me to alternate swimming and doing laps against the lazy river with treading the water.  Treading water always makes me think of summer camps and first time getting to swim in the deep end of the pool.  In order to prove you could swim there you had to tread water for several minutes.  I grew up near the beach and taking swim lessons so this was never a challenge for me.  It does bring back good memories, esp. since there was a father with his little girl at the pool.  He was trying to teach her how to swim.

Remember it does not matter how fast you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch.

Also don’t try to rub coffee and baking soda on your skin for a week in order to remove hair.  I tried it, it doesn’t work.

 

Fit Fat Ballet

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For my first workout review, I picked one randomly that I had pinned a while back but hadn’t tried before.  It is the Ballet Boot Camp: 25 day challenge by Prevention magazine.  Today was day one for me.  I am not really doing the diet part yet.  So I will not blame them if my results are not what they say they can be.  I am just looking at this as an overweight person trying to do their exercises.  As this was the first day doing it I did it without any weights, so that I might be able to get the physical movement down.

 

http://www.prevention.com/fitness/strength-training/ballet-boot-camp-barre-fitness?page=3

 

 

I could have used more stretching than the 2 minute marching in place they recommended.  The Carousel Horse and the Athletic First-Position Biceps Curls were challenging and hurt my shins.  I had some trouble getting into the rhythm of the Dancer’s Twist at first, but once I had done several it became easier.  The Triceps Lifts In Crescent Lunge, Oblique Twist, Standing Seat Work were all pretty basic and easy for someone who has had some experience with working out before.  The Swim and Ballet Leg Lifts were very weird to do movement wise.  I am still not sure that I managed to do the Ballet Leg Lifts correctly.  I have done Scissors before but they are always challenging for me.

Afterwards, I was walking weird.  It had strained my legs and back but had opened my hips a bit.  Overall it is a fairly light workout that didn’t take much room or time.

Ballet Dancer - Edgar Degas

Ballet Dancer – Edgar Degas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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