I know it’s hard to see, but that’s okay. I’ll explain it.
The blue are the classes I’m interested in attending at my gym in North Carolina.
The pink are the classes that my bff/long distance workout partner is interested in attending in New Jersey. [Her name is Caresse. You might as well know this. I’ll do a proper introduction shortly.]
I’ve been struggling. If you read the few posts I’ve written, you know this. If you’re new: Hi. My name is Dani. I’m 23. And I’ve been struggling with patience & my scale.
I decided I can no longer be down about this for two reasons.
- It took me approximately a year [ish] to put these 5-10 pounds on. Going the way I’m going, it will take me less than a year to get myself into good shape.
- I don’t have a lot of overall ‘body fat.’ I do not have a percentage. This is just by knowing what my body looks like. The more fat you have on your body, the quicker your scale will move if you change your lifestyle to sedentary to active. For me, it’s as though I’m already starting at a plateau. And what do you do when you’re plateau-ed? I’m glad you asked.
Here’s what you do:
You kick your butt into shape. You make your body have no choice but to change and bend to your every whim. You find new workouts, faster speeds, higher resistances; you push yourself.
My work schedule means I’ll either be working the mornings, or in the afternoons. Somedays this leaves me with options. Other days this forces me to be creative.
- Morning-> Zumba 8:30-9:30 followed by Hardcore Abs @ 9:30
- Afternoons-> Spin or Zumba @5:30-6:30 followed by Yoga @ 6:30-7:30
- Mornings-> Fit Pump 8:30-9:30 followed by Spin @9:30
- Afternoon-> Get Creative! HIIT on elliptical/treadmill, weight training, circuit training, abs
- Morning-> Creative with HIIT & weights, P90x
- Afternoon-> Zumba! 6:15-7:15
- Morning: Spin 8:30-9:30 followed by Pilates 9:30-10:30
- Afternoon: Yoga 6:30-7:30
- Morning: 30 Minute 6 Pack Abs 9:30
- Afternoon: Zumba After Dark 6:15-7:15
- Morning: Spin 9:00-10:00 followed by Hardcore Abs
- Recovery day. Enjoy myself. Treat myself. Walk the dogs. Play badminton with Topher. Take the dogs to the park. Work in the garden/on the house. Clean.
I need to start making this blog more personal. So here goes.
Yesterday I did spin class for the first time. Woot. I had been intimidated by it for the longest time. It did not look like something I was capable of doing, but I did it! And this spurred my long distance work-out buddy to do the same :) It’s definitely something I plan on sticking with.
I’ve also been eating better. I’ve been eating “healthy” since March 1st, but I was a little too low on calories I found out [budget: 930 net]. Now I’m attempting to net 1200 by the end of the day.
Unfortunately I don’t think my body has adapted to this change, causing me to gain a pound rather than lose.
Also I don’t know what I’m doing wrong that everyone else seems to be doing right. I keep seeing people progressing after 3-4 weeks where my body seems to be stuck at the same level.
My muscles feel stronger & I can notice a slight difference in leg tone. But honestly, not too much. And of course I notice it. I’m the one killing them at the gym every day!
But I definitely know I have to be patient. This is being done the healthy way. So who knows.
I’ve started taking vitamins. Fish Oil 2x a day, Biotin 1x a day, Probiotic Acidophilus 2x a day, & AcaiTrim 2x a day. I also bought Flaxmeal for an extra punch of Omega 3 but have yet to try it.
Basically in 4 weeks I have yet to lose a solid 2 pounds. My body isn’t completely out of shape, and I don’t have a lot of fat on me. I’ve been told that will be difficult to lose.
So I’m upping my workout regimen. Stay tuned for that post :)
Gah I really wish I could honestly answer yes to that. My body type is in between that before & after picture, so I could relate to it & that is why I posted it!
I used to have abs that were defined [a ways back] so I can still list some tips for you!
What you eat is super important. If I had a dime for every time I’ve heard “Abs are made in the kitchen, not at the gym” I’d have enough to pay a personal trainer!
Avoid sugars, sodium, processed/canned foods, & limit your carb intake. Don’t get rid of carbs altogether though! You’re body needs them. If you eat bread make sure it’s whole grain. Whole wheat is better than white, but whole grains are the best.
Some belly fat fighting foods: almonds, cherries, berries, grapefruit, oranges, green tea, oatmeal, olive oil, eggs, beans, lean meats/fish, peanut butter, greens, low fat milk, avocados, tea [iced-made with tea bag, or hot]… high proteins & good fats.
I also recommend vitamins. I picked up some at the grocery store just yesterday. Some good ones I’d look into are Fish Oil, Flaxseed Oil, & Biotin. The oils give you healthy fat in the form of Omega 3 & Biotin helps the digestion of proteins & carbs.
Exercises: I like to do P90x 2-3 times a week to focus mainly on abs. Cardio is great for getting rid of that stubborn layer of fat on top of the abdominal muscles [or anywhere really!]. HIIT [high intensity interval training] is great for that because it confuses your body causing you to work harder. Do it on the elliptical or treadmill by alternating resistance, hills, or speed, or take a spin class!
I hope this helps :)
GW: Toned, in shape, badass.
Age: 23 [in 22 days]
I did it this morning for the first time! I’m very proud of myself. I was completely intimidated & the bike I had someone help me out adjusting was messed up, so I had to switch bikes mid-class so it was a little more uncomfortable than if it was fit to me. I definitely kept switching the resistance levels & always pushed it when the instructor told us to.
But it was a great work out & I can definitely still feel it in my legs! Thanks for the tips, I really appreciate it!