Why do people get tattoos of their family name? Yeah, sure pride and everything, but honestly? Your last name? Is that some sort of premonition for alzheimers that you’d forget your name in the future? C’mon! At least get something original and something meaningful. And no, I don’t mean a Japanese/Chinese character (unless you’re of ethnicity). I hate it when people do that too. "Oh hey, I’m going to get an asian character for the word ‘love’, lololol."Ugh. Might as well put hearts and unicorns all over it (not that there’s anything wrong with unicorns).
Sorry for the rant. I haven’t been posting as much, and I come back with this angry post. I’m just surprised at how many people make ridiculous decisions.
There are a few things from highschool that I can’t believe were “cool”. Like people wearing bandanas around their necks, 24 frikking 7. Huge thick-framed non-prescription glasses (if I could, I would drop kick every one of them). People wearing pacifiers around their necks and shoelaces in their hair…?!?! And just for kicks, crocs…I hate them with a passion.
We were going to watch the parade, then possibly go watch the fireworks. But, instead we played 2 long hours (minimal breaks) of tennis, plus a doubles game with these new people we met. Because we’ve only played doubles once, we obviously lost. But, on the other hand, I got a few good aces in. I was surprised at how well I was serving, too. Good rallies, and a damn good tan.
Man, if I could go pro in any sport, it’d be tennis, for sure. One of my buddies at the gym is a coach/personal trainer for tennis, maybe I should ask him for a few pointers, heheh.
Speaking of tennis, why do players grunt like they do? For example, Azarenka’s so called grunt, ISN’T even a grunt. I don’t even know what it is, other than f-cking annoying! I was glad she didn’t make it to the finals. But, now we’ve all gotta put up with Sharapova and her big mouth.
No, but in all honesty, it does kill. Yesterday I did a 4 round plyometric circuit (9 exercises) with very minimal rest. I was surprised that the jump lunges I did got a tad easier as I got to the 3rd round. Since my legs got murdered, I did upper body tabata today.
6 rounds of each exercise. 20min @ maximum effort, 10sec rest, repeat.
Body Row Side Burpees Prisoner Get Ups Monkey Push Ups
I was pretty consistent with the Burpees and Get ups, but the Body Rows and Monkey Push ups torched my muscles. I can feel my everything hurting right now. The best part? It only took me 15min to complete it…actually, a bit longer since I took a longer break during the Rows, I couldn’t help it :(
This part of the whole thing has probably got to be the hardest for me. I can come up with workouts and tweek exercises, no problem. But when it comes to food and planning my B, L and D, plus snacks, I think I do well, but in reality I’m either taking in too little and end up mucking up afterwards, or I take in too much and hinder any progress. I know I’m never going to be 100%, but I’m going to try anyway.
Currently, I’ve planned all my meals for the whole week. This way, I just grab it out of the fridge and reheat, rather than open the fridge and think of what’s good to eat. So, I’ve made those ‘Turkey Meatloaf Muffins’, and will have those for snacks (hey, they’re only 80 cals a pop and high in protein).
MEAL 1: 4 eggwhites & chopped bell pepper, 1/2 cup GF oatmeal with blueberries
PRE-WOS: Turkey meatloaf muffin, 1 slice Ezekiel bread, apple
So I went to the gym after work today, because I had the time.
Just 40min of HIIT, no biggy.
If there’s one thing people complain about when not being able to make it to the gym or fitting in a workout, it’s time. I believe that everyone always has time to work out, but they choose not to make it. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, after lunch, before dinner, in the evening, there’s always time, even for a light workout. A workout is a workout. Doing something is better than doing nothing at all. People nowadays are just good at making excuses. Well, I’ve got a message:
Make all the excuses you want. But, when the time comes that you complain about not being able to climb a flight of stairs, not fit into your clothes or wish you could be a bit more toned, you’ve only got one person to blame, and that’s yourself. You’re only selfish to want and expect things if you haven’t made the time and effort to change. So quit complaining and DO SOMETHING.
Don't you hate it when you get phone calls from people you don't really want to talk to, but never get calls from people you do want to talk to?
I’m kind of creeped out.
On a side note: Workout was so-so today. I did my Sandbag workout today, but only did 2 sets each of the 3 circuits. Afterwards, I could only do 12min of cardio because I had a wicked cramp on my side, to the point where I couldn’t move and instead hunch over for a few minutes. It was a mighty b—ch climbing up the stairs with the sandbag with the pain. Oh well, yesterday was enough cardio. I think tomorrow I might take a rest since I’ve got to head over for a family get-together after work. Sunday will take place of Saturday’s workout. Done and done.
This better be a good thunderstorm…yesterday was a bust. I kind of like the weather like this. Maybe it’s the sound of the thunder, or the sound of the rain dropping, or the wind blowing—Wait, OH YES, there’s the thunder!
This morning I felt like chilling in my bed and relaxing….but instead I ate breakfast and shimmied my way over to the gym.
All week I’ve felt like running, so I laced up and ran my heart out. I warmed up for a mile at 6.0mph, then I did interval training, max at 8.7mph. It was definitely tough, since I haven’t been running as much as I would like to. But, it was even tougher since my friend was trying to converse with me at the same time. But I managed.
I hope this thunderstorm that’s suppose to happen won’t be weak. I hate rain that just drizzles down and is constant throughout the day. When I expect a thunderstorm, I expect a big bang.
I was very close to having a very bad day yesterday. I was feeling really low and just had no motivation to do anything. It felt like I was reverting back to my old self, and knowing that was a big blow to the face. These emotions ultimately lead me to make unhealthy decisions throughout my evening. Luckily, I had work last night, so I couldn’t continue the horrible habit.
Strength. It’s funny how the short-term decisions we make can roll over to a long-term effect on our mood and self-esteem. Nowadays with me, a slight adjustment to my eating habits could throw me and my stomach off. I’m so sensitive to so many foods, that I’ve got to carefully plan everything. It sucks, but at the same time it challenges me to have self-control and self-discipline, which was very opposite of what I was before.
Once I started to move around last night, I felt my mood turn around. I was surrounded by an awesome group of people last night, and I think that’s what I just needed.
Loner. I’m the type of person who likes to be alone most of the time. I like to do my own thing without being bothered. But at the same time, when I am by myself, I often get destructive, not in the physical sense. It’s like my mind crumbles. Now, what I realize is that I need to surround myself with the right people.
When you’re with people who enjoy (sorry for being corny) life and being around other people, your mood will elevate and in turn, you’ll understand why people who like to be by themselves are lonely and lack motivation. That person in me, is pulling ME back from any achievements. They’re the ones who discourage us and tell us we can’t do it, and who make us terrified of ever reaching our goals. I admit, I am still learning. I’m taking baby steps. I know what it takes to have a healthy mind, body and spirit, and I’m sure everybody does to. Unfortunately, the hard part is applying the knowledge.
I used to be a heavy drinker. Drank 4-5 times a week, 6 beers, heavyweight, and I still worked out like a maniac. I had stopped last year, just because I wanted to and I could. I never craved it, but it was something I’d go do with friends. I had such a high tolerancy. I recall my first date with A, we both had 6 beers each and I was perfectly fine. Jesus, the bill came up to $EXPENSIVE.00. Anyhow, I drank two and a half beers last night (the last one A and I split). I was pretty ripped. I was even feeling it after I had consumed just 1/4 of my first pint. What a lightweight.
The beer I had last night. A’s second pint as well, since it tasted so good. Kind of reminds me of Blue Moon beer. The lemon adds a nice touch. It went down pretty damn fast, I’ll tell you that.
This morning I woke up with a headache/slight hangover. The only cure for me? I worked my ass off at the gym. I wasn’t feeling too well, but as soon as I started moving, I felt great.
Clock Lunge 3 x 18 Chest Fly Push Ups 3 x 24 Single Leg Deadlifts 3 x 20 Side Throw w/ Lunge 3 x 15 Kettlebell Swing 3 x 20 4-Way KB Pass 3 x 12 Balance Squats on Bosu 3 x 15 Elevated Tricep Dips 3 x 20
Ab Ripper X (TBH, I haven’t done it in a while, so this murdered me)
I definitely had to keep myself hydrated throughout my morning. I skipped HIIT afterwards since I was just drained, and I’d be going back to the gym for volleyball later on tonight anyway.
That was going through my mind as I did my circuit yesterday.
As you can clearly figure out, I kind of…stopped P90x. Don’t get me wrong, I like the workouts, but I think it just wasn’t for me. I still do Ab Ripper X, Cardio X and X Stretch from time to time, but I found that doing my own workouts were better for me. I still have love for Tony Horton, though. That gorgeous man.
10min warm -up
Hip Adduction (75lbs) 3 x 15 Arm Pull-over Straight Leg Crunch (10lbs) 3 x 15 Push Ups 3 x 20 Walking Lunge MB Twist (15lbs) 3 x 16 Assisted Pull Up (90lbs) 3 x 12 Side Plank Hip Raise 3 x 15 Renegade Row (15lbs) 3 x 20 Lateral MB Hop (10lbs) 3 x 20 Squat to Press (12lbs) 3 x 12 Stair Jump Squats 3 x 1 full flight Back Extension (100lbs) 3 x 15
Plus, I get more motivation when I work out among other people. Sort of gives me that extra push, since I know people are watching. Is that a bad thing?
Well, today’s cardio day, and I’m hoping I can squeeze in some tennis as well. I feel very tempted to buy new shoes, specifically the Reebok Zigtechs (damn, they’re nice). But, I know I’ve got to save cash -_-“
Set out to go strawberry picking with my girlfriends at Whittamore’s Farm, only to find that we were 3 days too early from when they make their strawberries available for picking. We were bummed, so we bought straight goods from the market.
Don’t know if this is any good, but I doubt it’ll top the very first strawberry-rhubarb pie I had in Maine. Just sayin’.
Biked outside for a good while, then headed to the gym for HIIT. Such a good sweat, and what I needed. Tomorrow’s rest day, but I think I’ll stretch out these sore muscles. After the sandbag workout, I’m definitely still feeling it.
Currently looking for luggages and [legit] travel packs. I’ve confirmed that I will be going to Europe for two weeks with my two friends. We’re hella excited, and I swear this trip is what we all need. Hopefully everything will be a go and I get to spend my birthday in Paris, WHUUT!
So, I haven’t been on lately because my computer was in for fixing. It had that 'Windows XP Restore' virus, which actually had levels of severity, and mine had it bad. They had to reformat my computer and reinstall a few programs (for free ;) good to have connections), but others I had to do on my own.
Not only did my computer have a virus, but I was sick with a wicked cold. I had numerous sleepless nights, because I was so congested. And, as if it couldn’t get any worse, I got shin splints. I was doing too much, too soon, too quickly. I was playing tennis 2-3hrs 2-3 times a week, working out with full body circuits and plyometrics, plus I was running 2-3 times a week. My body couldn’t handle it, but in my mind I felt like I could. So, I toned it down quite a bit. I’m still playing tennis, but instead I’m taking it easy. I’m not running for a while, since I don’t want to further injure myself. So, I’m biking instead. Workouts are still intense, but no more plyometrics. I’m sticking to smooth, clean movements. So, I brought back the sandbag (that’s right, I have a sandbag c/o Ultimate Sandbag)
10min warm up + stretch
Circuit 1 x 3
Clean to Reverse Lunge x 8 each leg
Squat to Press x 15
Single Leg Deadlift x 12 each leg
Shoveling x 30sec
Circuit 2 x 3
Lateral Lunge x 10 each leg
Bent-over Row x 15
Get-up Bridge x 5 each side
Sandbag Ab Iso x 15
Circuit 3 x 2 (I could only bust out 2, I was so tired)
Windmills x 8 each side
Shoulder Lunge Press x 10 each side
Around the World x 30sec
Marine Burpee & Squat x 12 (probably my favourite exercise)
23min cardio HIIT + stretch
SO done. Just lugging around the sandbag is a workout. Probably going to go for a bike ride after lunch.
Work was tiring today. As soon as I got home, I made myself a banana protein shake, settled down for a while, and took a half hour nap…woke up, then slept again for another 15 (don’t judge me), hehe.
BANANA PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
1 medium banana
1 scoop Kaizen Natural Unflavoured Whey
3/4 cup soy milk
2 ice cubes
1 tsp ground flaxseed
It was so frothy and delicious.
Went to the gym for my circuit workout and HIIT. My shirt was so drenched, my face was bright red and heart was racing. A lot of plyometrics and balance movements today…Oh, how I missed them. Tomorrow’s going to be an easy run, and hopefully some tennis, if the weather permits (it’s suppose to rain tomorrow, supposedly). The past three days, A and I haven been playing tennis for 2-3hours. I’m a lot stronger with my forehand, but I’ve really got to work on my backhand. So, since I’ve been playing a lot of tennis, I’ve been incorporating a lot of exercises to help me train for the game (not that I’m planning on going pro or anything, but it’s just fun to do).
Anyway, so here’s the circuit workout, for those who are curious:
3x1min Football Feet (on Step) 3x15 Arm Pull over Straight Leg Crunch (10lbs) 3x10 Burpees 3x16 Walking Lunge Torso Twist (15lbs) 3x15 Wide Grip Pull Up 3x15 Side Plank Hip Raise 3x16 Renegade Row (15lbs) 3x20 Lateral MB Hop (10lbs) 3x12 Bosu Squat to Press (12lbs) 3x40 Mountain Climbers 3x15 Back Extension (100lbs)
Yeah, I’m spent. Time to watch GAME 3. Get ‘er dun, Canucks!
Volleyball Wednesday night was bo-ring, but fun with the teams we had there. Earlier on in the game, I had set the ball and as I was looking up, this 6 foot something guy came up from behind, attempting to spike the ball, instead muay thai elbowed me on my head. I collapsed to the ground and tears started collecting in my eyes. I took 2 minutes to recover, and I was back.
I’m tempted quite easily. It’s pretty tough since my parents do like the “bad stuff”. And by “junk”, I mean the processed, deep fried, and sugary crap. Even some whole wheat stuff is bad, I find with me. My parents like pandesal, which is a filipino sweet bread, and I swear…once it hits your mouth, you’ll realize you want another piece even without finishing the first.
Soft and chewy?! But, that’s the best kind! My current calling.
Through my errors, I’ve found that eating pasteries, cheap chocolate, breads, some pastas, deep fried foods, and even the healthy cereals can really alter my mood. I feel sluggish, unhappy and depressed. It’s all sugar and carbs, really. Now, I’m not saying that I don’t eat carbs, I love my fruits and vegetables, but all they really are, is sugar.
Foods like white bread, cookies and chocolate, once eaten, sends you into a ‘feel good mood’ (serotonin - our basic feel-good hormone). I know when I’m in a bad mood, I often turn to food (yes, I’m an emotional eater). But that ‘feel good mood’ doesn’t last very long, and leads you to crave even more since what they are, are essentially simple sugars. What’s more, is that the amount we consume causes our bloodsugar levels to elevate very quickly causing our pancreas to produce a lot of insulin just to metabolise it. In other words, our bodies have to work harder to digest these foods. This could ultimately lead to diabetes.
I’m not a perfect eater, nor am I on a diet. I try to consume enough lean protein and good carbohydrates through fruits, vegetables, wild rice and some grains. But, I do try to avoid as much of these junk foods because it does affect my mood.
Although my upper body was kind of sore, after all the pre-stablatic stretching (yes, that’s right, I said “stablatic”), I was ready to bring it. My triceps were spent by the end of ‘Lying Down Tricep Extension’, to the point where I was grunting to get in the last rep. Attractive.
I have Ab Ripper X pretty much etched into my mind, so instead of listening to Tony telling me he’s going to “check up on the kids”, I decided to blast my own tunes. Gave me an extra pump, and I felt like a million bucks just knowing that I finished all that. But that wasn’t over. I did cardio afterwards, because I felt I had enough energy. I love a good sweat anyway, even on the hottest of days.
After today’s workout, I can only sum it all up with this: Life is sweet.
Sun like this only begs me to tan. Happy training!
One word to describe today: SWEA-TY. It was hot, but fortunately there was a slight breeze. Went for a morning run. I was running a little slower under trees and whatnot just to stay in the shade a bit longer, but as soon as I hit the sun, I started running harder.
Cardio X in the evening after dinner. I figured, I didn’t want to workout while it was hot out. My legs were done after ‘Tires’. Again, I don’t know where the energy came from, but during ‘Steam Engine’ I kept reaching my knees up to my elbows a bit further. Felt good to be done. My chest and biceps are still hurting from Monday. Well, tomorrow’s workout should be fun.
Chest and back was ridiculous, but for some odd reason during the second round I was able to bust out more standard push ups. Dive bombers were killer. I used to do them before when I was following Zuzana’s workouts on BodyRock.tv, and compared to then and now, they’re equally as difficult. I realized, doing these P90x workouts, that BodyRock has very similar exercises. I don’t know if Zuzana has done P90x and has sampled some of the exercises, but I wouldn’t be surprised. I love Zuzana, she is my ultimate girl crush.
Damn, it’s hot out. Days like this call for watermelon.