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.