Friday, 26 July 2013

Fitness Inspiration – The Workout Mamma

I am usually scrounging the net for fitness blogs and enthusiasts, checking out personal weight loss journeys. And mostly my searches are for postpartum weight loss. In one such search I found the blog ,’The Workout Mamma’. I was impressed by the posts and certainly wanted to read the beginning which led me to the about section. I was in for a shock, for here I met the beautiful Tamara .
Her blog describes her as Christ follower wife to a firefighter, mother to Cadden, personal trainer, blogger and yoga Instructor.. But what makes her a true inspiration is way beyond all these titles. Her story is that of woman who is fighter. Her exceptional journey of fighting paralysis and getting back to being fit truly left all my excuses at shame. I sat at my desk reading her incredible recovery story, one straight read for a hour . It felt like I was reading fiction, but it was real. I had tears in my eyes when I read certain sections and smiles when I reached the end. The one question I asked when I finished reading was whether I could share her story with my readers and she agreed.
Tamara was affected by a rare neurological disorder called Guillain–BarrĂ© Syndrome that left her paralyzed neck below at the young age of 23.  I cannot imagine the physical let alone emotional trauma that she faced.  If it were me, I would still break down, but not Tamara. She researched everything she could about the disease and with faith and family as her ammunition decide to battle this disease out.
Then the change in diet, the physical therapy and yoga. To quote from her blog
In addition to my biblical based diet, juicing, chiropractor/massage appointments, and physical therapy, I implemented two more items to myself made recovery plan: water exercises and yoga. From late spring until early fall I was in the pool daily walking and stretching my arms and legs. I would have two pool noodles with me and would push them across the top of the water for very minor resistance training. The noodles also made my parents feel better to know I had two easily accessible floatation devices near me in case I became overly tired. Once the weather became cooler I began a gentle yoga practice at home. I checked out yoga DVD’s from the library and would rotate through their selection every two weeks. I could barely balance but I did what I could and over several months began to see improvement.”
The fight lasted for a whole two years but at the end of it Tamara won. Since then she has completed her teacher training in yoga, run a half marathon and stood second in a trilithon.
Her amazing story is certainly a reminder to let us know that if you have the will and faith then nothing is impossible.  You can read Tamara’s incredible journey here
Thank you Tamara for letting me share your story on my blog.
PS:
Her blog is an great resource for all fitness enthusiast and want to be fit yummy mummy


Monday, 22 July 2013

Happy Post

This is a happy post cause I wanted to  share some happiness.
When I started the blog I mentioned how I was stuck in a rut professionally and needed to make some changes. The big news is that I have a new job,  professionally excellent and  its a big move getting me closer to my dream role. I have never confessed but I am ambitious and power and the corner glass room excites me. For a while I have been lazy and the fire within had kind off quitened but with this news its back again in full blaze.
I am enjoying some last quite moments in my present job so I am fully charged for the new challenge.
The other happiness is weight wise I have dropped another 2 kgs so I am getting closer to my goal weight slowly .I was so thrilled to se the scale move, alas the hardwork is paying off. Jillian this wouldnt be possible without you  so a big thank you

This month was also my birthday month and age wise I have moved on to the big 35. The birthday itself was amazing because hubby dearest threw in a surprise party on a helipad and the Marriot Chef preparing a special cake for me .It was certainly a wow moment. He also gifted me the jewelry and a  Google Nexus Tab 7, making blogging so much easier. I dont feel technologically challenged any more. I wanted to  share all this loveliness with my amazing blogger friends.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Workout Updates - The Jillian DVD Rotation


This is gonna be a quick post .The last post I mentioned how I have changed the workout schedule and I happy that I made this change. The muscles are sore; I feel worked and love the pace. Jillian is a true task master and circuit trainings are amazing because you work multiple muscle groups at the same time with zero rest. There is so much packed in the 30 min or 50 min workouts that you achieve more in lesser time.
Trying new dvds to workout at home has made me realize that I like fast paced workouts and circuit trainings works best on my body. Guess we all have things that work for us and some that don’t so whenever you chose a workout routine try everything and when you find something that works for you stick to it.
Just a quick reminder of the schedule

DAY 1 – 6W6P LEVEL 1
DAY 16 6W6P LEVEL 2
DAY 2 - 6W6P LEVEL 1
DAY 17 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 3 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 18 – 6W6P: LEVEL 1 & 2
DAY 4 - 6W6P LEVEL 2
DAY 19 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 5 - BANISH FAT, BOOST METABOLISM
DAY 20 - BANISH FAT, BOOST METABOLISM
DAY 6 - QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 21 - OFF!
DAY 7 - OFF!
DAY 22 - R30 : LEVEL 4 & 3
DAY 8 – R30: LEVEL 2
DAY 23 - QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 9 - R30: LEVEL 3
DAY 24 - BANISH FAT, BOOST METABOLISM
DAY 10 - QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 25 - QUICK TROUBLE ZONES & 6W6P: LEVEL 2
DAY 11 -  R30 LEVEL 4
DAY 26 - OFF!
DAY 12 - BANISH FAST, BOOST METABOLISM
DAY 27 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES & 6W6P LEVEL 1
DAY 13 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 28 - BANISH FAT, BOOST METABOLISM & QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 14 - OFF!
DAY 29 – R30: LEVEL 3 AND THEN LEVEL 2
DAY 15 - R30: LEVEL 2 & QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 30 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES

The 2 new entrants in the schedule is 6 weeks 6 pack and Ripped in 30, both workouts boast about attaining that surf board abs but are not just core centric workouts. As Jillian says there is no way to spot reduce, if you want surf board abs you got to work your entire body and overall fitness.
All of Jillian‘s workout have a central theme of Super Sets and circuit. Super Sets are when you are working on 2 muscle groups at the same time like a bicep curl with a Lunge. The dosage of cardio is quick and intense in most circuits like burpees or mountain climbers. As I reach the end of the schedule I see immense change in my ability to do the different moves.  Also there are wins; stamina has increased and I have dropped 2 pounds on the scale.
In the next post I will update my next schedule and share some of the moves from Jillian’s DVD.
Are them some favorite workout dvds or techniques that you prefer , let me know.


Monday, 24 June 2013

Workout Updates and New Beginnigs

 The regularity of updating my workout journal hasn’t been that great but I promise to change that from this week. So without much adue here is the update on the past few weeks.
Week 2 of Rushfit (10th to 15th june)
The last time I posted I mentioned how I was doing the GSP Rushfit Intermediate Schedule. This is how Week 2 schedule is laid out
Day1: Fight Conditioning Workout DVD
Day2: Cardio + Stretch and Flexibility bonus DVD
Day3: Fight Conditioning Workout DVD
Day4: Strength and Endurance workout DVD
Day5: Cardio + Balance and Agility bonus DVD
Day6: Abdominal Strength and Core Conditioning DVD
For Cardio I did Jillian’s Banish Fat and Boost Metabolism and No More Trouble Zone.

Strength and Endurance workout and Abdominal Strength and Core Conditioning are the same as the Week 1. Let me give you low down all the exercises in both these DVD’s.  Both the DVDs , actually all the workouts in Rushfit have a common warm-up  and cool-down  which are ach 5 minutes longs. The format of the each workout is that it is divided into 5 rounds of circuit workouts with 1 minute break between the workouts. Strength and Endurance Workout   have these moves.
Round 1: air squats, Isolated squats, hands-off pushups, back extensions, and pop-ups
Round2: air squats, squat thrusts, pushups, burpees, and side planks
Round 3: lateral lunges, rotating overhead presses, rotating bent-over rows, upright rows, rotating curls
Round 4: around the world, one-leg single-arm rows, diagonal presses, single-arm swings, dumbbell high pulls
Round 5: twisting floor press, half get-up, prone alternating dumbbell row

The Abdominal Strength and Core Conditioning contain the following moves
Round 1: Single leg dumbbell squat, Dumbbell uppercut, Dumbbell situp, Side to side lower body rotation, Bicycle abs
Round 2: Dumbbell swing, Dumbbell woodchop, Prone dumbbell side press
Round 3: Power sit up (normal situp, swinging hands),Glute bridge, Leg raise, V-up,Leg raise,  
Round 4: Opposites (bird dog – not on knee), Lateral plank, Straight sit up,
Round 5: Back bend (hands and feet on the floor, belly in the air), Navasana / Sit thru / Hindu push up / Sit thru, Mountain climbers

The Fight Conditioning workout like the name suggest is about fight moves, these are basic moves in MMA . GSP teaches you some of the fight moves, front kick, round kick and all the works.
There is a lot of coordination involved, which to me was a little too much because I didn’t want to be a fighter or learn martial arts; all I want is a good workout.  
To be frank I did'nt feel worked out at all. I was messing up big time because I was paying too much attention on how to get the moves right. The first time when I did it, half way through I got frustrated and wanted to shut the video and move one but I battled through. The second time over wasn’t any better, I was still flopping around.   

When I completed the week 2 schedule something that was clear in my head was I didn’t want to do Rushfit . I dint like it. Don’t get me wrong it may be a good workout but it not for me, at least for now. Sometimes no matter how good something is, it may not be the right thing for you. At this moment I am not looking at being an athlete, I just want to get to certain level of fitness.  Rushfit is a good workout if you want to tone and maintain your endurance and do it a slow pace. But if you are like me who wants fast paced stuff cause you are always crunched for time and want to pack in more in every hour then I suggest you look elsewhere.
The slowness of the workout, the common warm-up and cool-down, So many common moves in all the dvds , just got downright boring for me. So I decided that before I quit working out completely because of boredom I need to make some changes. And this is what I did, I knew I loved Jillian’s workout, so put together a workout schedule for 30 days for myself. It is basically a rotation of couple of her videos.
This pretty similar to Jillian’s 30 day Slim down plan on Exercise TV. I posted the original plan here in June and planned to follow it but as always did something completely different so much for planning. What do you think about my workout changes?

 This is how my schedule looks like
DAY 1 – 6W6P LEVEL 1
DAY 16 6W6P LEVEL 2
DAY 2 - 6W6P LEVEL 1
DAY 17 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 3 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 18 – 6W6P: LEVEL 1 & 2
DAY 4 - 6W6P LEVEL 2
DAY 19 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 5 - BANISH FAT, BOOST METABOLISM
DAY 20 - BANISH FAT, BOOST METABOLISM
DAY 6 - QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 21 - OFF!
DAY 7 - OFF!
DAY 22 - R30 : LEVEL 4 & 3
DAY 8 – R30: LEVEL 2
DAY 23 - QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 9 - R30: LEVEL 3
DAY 24 - BANISH FAT, BOOST METABOLISM
DAY 10 - QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 25 - QUICK TROUBLE ZONES & 6W6P: LEVEL 2
DAY 11 -  R30 LEVEL 4
DAY 26 - OFF!
DAY 12 - BANISH FAST, BOOST METABOLISM
DAY 27 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES & 6W6P LEVEL 1
DAY 13 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 28 - BANISH FAT, BOOST METABOLISM & QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 14 - OFF!
DAY 29 – R30: LEVEL 3 AND THEN LEVEL 2
DAY 15 - R30: LEVEL 2 & QUICK TROUBLE ZONES
DAY 30 - NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES

I have already completed the 1st week’s videos and will post the update in part 2 of this post. This one is way too long but if you have lasted this far, please don’t forget to add in your two cents in the comments section

Friday, 21 June 2013

A year of being yummy mummy

It’s been a year of blogging and what a wonderful one . Last year when I started this blog the one thing I set out to achieve was to start loving myself again. Of course there were a list a list of things to do but all of it led to that one mission of looking in the mirror and not hating the reflection. I also realized that is not just me wanting to be a yummy mummy for my princess but for me.
Well one might say is it really that difficult to love oneself. Maybe not for everyone but for me it has been one uphill journey. It still is because I have my days of self-loathing and anger. Somewhere along the way of being a daughter, wife, mother I lost my identity and respect.
 Today I have come a long way from that point. There are good days and bad but the best part is after a bad day I get up and start from where I left. The confidence is back and so has the feeling of warmth to myself.  I have lost weight but gained strength and fitness and a ton of confidence. I feel I have redeemed myself from the rut of procrastination, laziness and self-destruction.
 A lot of this possible because I started writing this blog and there is a certain amount of accountability towards the wonderful readers. Not to forget the encouragement I get from my lovely Blogger friends.
Love you all and hope you keep encouraging me in this journey of being yummy mummy

Monday, 10 June 2013

A week of GSP Rushfit and Eating Right

In my last post I mentioned how I am back to my workouts .What goes hand in hand with workouts is eating right and an almost clean diet.Its suprising how I always end up eating right when I workout.
Rushfit  is good and has been taxing and some points have lost most of  cause months of binging has messed the endurance I built. Like I mentioned in my last post I am following the intermediate schedule and this is what the 1st week looked like
Day1: Strenght and Endurance workout DVD
Day2:Abdominal Strenght and Core Conditioning DVD
Day3:Cardio + Stretch and Flexibility bonus DVD
Day4:Strenght and Endurance workout DVD
Day5:Cardio + Balance and Agility bonus DVD
Day6: Full Body Strenght Conditioning
For Cardio I did the Brazil Butt Lift Cardio Axe on one day and 4 kilometer walk on Day 5. As much as I would have loved to follow the advanced schedule I realized my body wasnt up to it yet. May be the next time I do this I will follow the advanced  calendar.
The eating is ok with trying to eat more frequently , 2 snacks and 3 meals. There is long way to go but I need to start somewhere. Guess once I am back to my food diary on MY fitnesspal, it will get better.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

No Junk June

June is a beautiful month cause in India it brings respite from the awfully hot summers. It marks the beginning of the monsoons, lovely breeze and Mother Nature bringing in the greens. This has always been my favorite season because I love the rains, getting wet in the showers brings me immense joy.

This is also the month when cravings are at its peak and all one wants to do is lounge around and enjoy the weather with some mouthwatering pakoras (deep fried snack) and piping hot chai (Indian tea).
And from my last post you must have realized that my tolerance level for carving has reached zero.
So the beginning of this month I decide that I needed to get of the gluttony vehicle and get back on my fitness journey, so this month is the No Junk June. 
So what is junk, Merriam Webster defines junk food as “food that is high in calories but low in nutritional content, or something that is appealing or enjoyable but of little or no real value”. What really stuck was the phrase “no real value”, so true.
So is all high calorie food junk, no not necessarily, high calorie is not junk but low nutritional value is junk. Most of us know these monsters, there are always high on salt, sugar, refined flours and fat. The funny thing  is the more we tend  to avoid them the more they are thrown on our face, with TV ads, huge posters, brochures sent home, stuck to the windscreen and marketed everywhere.   So how does one stay away from all this, it is difficult yet simple. Generally a tendency to binge only comes when your body is starving. Picture this, you skip breakfast and driving down to work you see this huge poster of fried chicken or ohh so lovely burger and the friendly number besides it to deliver it wherever you are in record time…..does sound extra tempting. This is just one of the scenarios that happen on a daily basis. There is also peer pressure or family pressure to try just one and then one becomes unstoppable. All it takes to stop this is to say No to it in your head, plan and organize meals, ok it is easier said than done

I realized the havoc that these foods have created only when I was back on my workout routine. Oh yes I am back to exercising and living healthy but more on that in the next post .So I wanted to continue my Rush fit advanced schedule but come the first routine I felt nauseated and giddy. That’s when the light bulb struck that junk food had destroyed most of the hardwork of last year. I certainly need to work back my stamina and endurance, lesson learnt.  Anyways on the workout front I moved to the Intermediate schedule.
But that’s what junk food does to you, a study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny at the Scripps Research Institute in 2008 suggested that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a manner similar to addictive drugs like cocaine or heroin. After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure. After the junk food was taken away and replaced with a healthy diet, the rats starved for two weeks instead of eating nutritious fare * (source Wikipedia). No wonder one can’t stop at one piece of a French fry.

Ok all this most of us know yet we continue to binge and eat junk, so how does correct or better still treat the addiction. Here is my plan to for the No Junk June

·         Plan my meal, yes I know that was no brainer, but the less hungry I stay the less the chance I will reach for that fat dripping piece of chicken. It is simple as putting up a menu in your kitchen of what you will have for each meal for the entire week at the beginning of the week. This also makes grocery shopping simple. If you are a more computer savvy person then use online menu planners or better still some cool app on the phone. Whatever your choice do it now, I love writing stuff down so put up an empty poster on my wardrobe and put my menu there. It also helps me remove the anxiety of thinking what to cook each morning.
·         Eat 6 times a day, no it isn’t tough, we all have our three meals and the in between snacks can be either a handful nuts, or small sandwich or a fruit. Something that is easier to even carry in your jacket pocket. I have a small box of my favorite nuts in my work desk drawer. Now instead of heading off to the cafeteria to binge on god knows what junk we just meet at my desk and snack on some lovely nuts and go nuts over some office gossip.
·         Drink 3lt of water. Hunger and thirst signal are controlled by the same part of the brain. So when you think you are hungry, it actually maybe just thirsty. I personally don’t drink so the 3lt, 1lt in the Morning after I wake up and the rest throughout the day. This is surely going to be the toughest thing, but if keeps those burgers and gulab jamuns away, I ought to do it
·         Choose healthier foods when I eat out. Friday’s lunches at work are usually days everyone eats out. We got to fancy restaurants and eat all the not so healthy stuff. Every Friday from now I promise to eat healthy and eat in moderation no matter what the pressure. My journey is way precious then any of the stuff on the dessert counters.
·         Follow my plan to the T but not get into the mindset of everything or none. What I mean is if I falter once, I will not turn that into a eating fest. So if I do give into eating a scoop of ice-cream I will not consider that as failure and finish the entire tub. I will trust my self
So come join me on my journey of No Junk, Know Health. Drop a comment if you are in on it with me  or just leave a word of encouragement.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Forgive me for I have sinned.....

Dan Browns Inferno has got me hooked on Dante's "Divine Comedy", though I certainly want to hurl Inferno in the garbage or at Dan Brown because its a terrible read. I think the writer has lost his brilliance( more of that some other time). So coming back  to Divine Comedy, for those who aren't aware, it  is  Dante's epic poem about his journey from  hell to paradise. Inferno (the first part )in Italian stands for hell and Dante describes it as nine circles beneath the Earth.

So what has all this got to do with me or my health journey. Well according to Dante if I don't stop I will rot in the the third circle which is gluttony . This is for those who overindulge in food and drinks or any other form of addiction.

These past days for me has been my journey into hell, with tireless eating and binging of everything unhealthy and junk., cookies, doughnuts, biryani, pizza....you name it and I have eaten it.

I actually cringe while writing this, and I am burdened with not only the fat but also a ton of guilt . So how do I get out of this hell, I certainly don't want to rot in this slush. There is nothing religious about the guilt but the fact that I need pull myself  together again. My analysis is simple, I have lost my motivation and dedication and don't know how to get it back. Part of the problem is that there hasn't been any drastic changes, no inch loss or weight loss and part of it is that I am kind of getting settled with the idea of me being fat.

Dante describes in Purgatory that those who have gluttonous can repent by starving in the presence of trees whose fruit is forever out of reach. Well some of that makes sense , if I have to really get over the guilt I need to get back to eating clean and healthy and exercising like hell that would also mean giving up everything I like (sweets, deep fried stuff , desserts)

I am lost can you help me , leave a comment about how I can get back on my journey? Any ideas

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Mindful May


Summer at its peak and heat strokes, all you want to do is sit at home and drink loads of iced cola’s. Last thing on your mind is to exercise, god who wants the extra sweat when you are already dripping buckets because of the terrible heat waves.  


This month is also the month that most people have completely worn out their New Year resolutions and have gotten back to being their old selves, giving up all the good changes that they made and settled into previous habits ….No exercise, junk eating, no self-control , smoking and all the jazz. Really what most of us need is a jolt and fight this wave of getting to comfortable and renew our New Year Resolutions, to practice Mindfulness.
Mayo Clinic explains mindfulness as “The act of being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling at every moment — without interpretation or judgment. “


How can you practice mindfulness? There are loads of simple techniques but I prefer to do it while working out. So here is a low down on how you can practice, while you exercise.
Step 1:
Practice this before your warm-up .  Sit in a comfortable position with your back upright.
Close your eyes to remove all distractions around you. Think of that one thing you want to achieve in today’s workout and visualize yourself fit and fabulous.
Step 3
Take a deep breath, and while you do that start focusing on how the air moves from your nostrils to your lungs, the different sensations that your body feels and the movement of the stomach and diaphragm.
Step 4
Breathe out through your mouth, also concentrating on the entire process.
Step 5
Repeat this process for a couple of breaths before you begin your warm up
Step 6
Once you sufficiently zoned out all internal distractions start your workout. When you work out try to concentrate on your breathing and visualizing the muscles that you are working on. This will keep you away from rushing through the workout and clued into form posture and the exercise.

So, why would you need to practice mindfulness and does it really help? The benefits of mindfulness during workouts are numerous, the primary ones being
·         You get more out of each workout because you are focusing on each exercise and not rushing through it.
·         The quality will certainly improve because of focus on from and posture so better results.
·         It’s a meditation technique so you certainly improve brain function.
Every time you try exercising mindfully you will feel in total control of yourself and the satisfaction will be immense.

So do you want to work out mindfully?  If you’ll have questions about the technique, or suggestions or comments please leave .would love to hear what you’ll have to say