No Meat Challenge Week 1: What Went Down

Survived the first week of No Meat Challenge!  I have to be very thankful for the fact that there weren’t that many cravings this week.  Fate is good to me.  Really really good.

For this week, this is the general tone of my meals:

Breakfast:  1 bowl Nestle Fitnesse Cereals OR 2 eggs and toast, 1 glass of nonfat milk
AM Snack:  1 banana, 1 apple OR high fiber crackers and orange juice
Lunch:  Tuna sandwich OR green salad with vinaigrette and feta cheese
PM Snack:  1 banana
Dinner:  Vegeroni pasta with pre-made sauce OR bowl of fruit and glass of nonfat milk
Indulgence:  1 Venti Starbucks Nonfat Latte, iced, with hazelnut

It’s still pretty boring at this point.  I didn’t really take the time to prepare for this challenge beforehand, so I had to settle for these things, most of them bought from the store.  I’ve read enough to know that if you didn’t make them, you don’t know what’s in them.  While there are some reputable brands that truly advocate clean and healthy eating, I can’t really say that access to those is easy here in the Philippines.  Not even in Makati, the central business district, where I work.

What I lacked in meal planning, I made up for working out.

This is my morning routine:

I especially liked this workout because it’s quiet.  My room is partly carpeted so it already absorbs a lot of the noise.  But still my mom sleeps sooo lightly, so this version really helps.  It doesn’t deprive you of the burn too.

Don’t forget this quick challenge!  Will definitely give you a good burn.

5 minute butt burner

For after office, I had about three days doing this combo:  some fun cardio, and butt and leg.

I have no other choice but to admit that Just Dance is fun!  It’s all because of my nephews and nieces.  It really can be addicting.  It wasn’t even until this year did I find out that there’s a workout option.  Unfortunately for me, I don’t have an XBox or a Wii to work with, but these videos helped just as much.

There is some downtime too.  I attended a yoga class sponsored by our company on Tuesday.  I’m quite lucky to have that option; I know these fitness programs are not a staple for all companies.  Because these are blast exercises, I was able to complete the four hours without taking too much of my time.  It doesn’t make me feel any less worked out though, however I do admit that at some point, I have to add more intensity to these workouts.  For now, you can only imagine how happy I am to have this rest weekend.

I did cheat.  I will not lie.  Being unprepared for this challenge grocery wise means you’re bound to run out of cereals at some point.  And I can’t imagine downing oatmeal, at least not yet.  But I had a couple of bites of a frankfurter and I confess to having done that and now it’s behind me so let’s move past it.  HAHAHA.

So… how was your week? :)

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Ten minutes never felt so long

I was supposed to do yoga yesterday, but the torturing heat here in Manila made it close to impossible.  Have you seen the temperatures lately?  It feels like we’re in an oven.

In the middle of setting up for yoga, I felt irritated and annoyed and it was very impossible to try to calm the mind and do my rounds.  So I went for the next best thing:  circuit training.

Actually, it’s the best exercise.  High intensity interval training guarantees maximum output at the least amount of time, provided of course that you execute it well.  Circuit training also makes sure that you burn after a workout.

Usually my source here is Back on Pointe but I needed some visuals.  So I headed over to Popsugar Fitness and found this:

I did this entire circuit twice and I swear my thighs and buns were burning.  I thought I couldn’t finish!  You just have to power through.  Don’t forget to end it with some yoga!

Hulk's Exercise

I wish you well on your health and fitness journey.  Do you have a favorite circuit?  Share it with me in the comments.  I would love to hear all about it. :)

 

Sore is the new sexy

I stayed off the ankle for about 10 days and it did not really do well for me. The entire time, I was just itching to run! The stresses of work got to me on Day 3 and the fact that I had to wait to be okay… let’s just say it pretty much challenged my EQ.

You can only imagine how happy I am to be running again. I have to admit though, it hurt to start again. That’s my problem whenever I stop doing something: when I start again, it hurts like a hammer to the head.

But… sore is the new sexy right? I’m just extremely thankful because this is the kind of pain I am happy about.

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Getting back on track

Normally, weight gain doesn’t bother me.

It’s a lie.  It feels magnificent.  Not having to worry about losing weight because your man loves you as you are?!  Totally reminds me of Channing Tatum’s first lines in his vow from the movie The Vow:

I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever.

That has to be the best line in their vows ever.  Anyway, moving on…

It’s different to have your family critical of you; I think it’s something that they normally do.  Like breakfast.  It’s part of being a family, criticism.  So it slighted me in the littlest manner possible whenever they would criticize about my weight.

Then it became lunch topic.  And a greeting.  “Oh wow, you’ve gained weight!” or “You look so… great!” I am assuming by ‘great’ people are talking about width.

And then…  it became an MRT pass.  A lady offered me her seat when she saw me.  I think she assumed I was pregnant.  I took it anyway, sayang e.  But it happened again.  A girl frowned at everyone and was like, “Here take my seat.”  Then… I realized it has been happening all the time.

Even at church!  I usually hear mass at the Bel Air locale every Thursday night.  Twice, I was offered to sit in the nursery.  Yes, the place where the moms with kids and pregger moms  sit.

Now, I only have one thought in my head.  This weight has got to go.

But then this is not my first foray into weight loss.  I’ve done Plana Forma.  Circuit training.  Yoga.  Weights.  I rekindled my love for running.  But my brother said I lacked one thing and it’s not determination.  It’s consistency.  I may be motivated and determined to be toned and all that but if I have too many rest days, the weight will just come right back.

I think that’s also one of the reasons why I gained faster this time compared to the time I managed to lose the weight.  I abruptly stop.

Anyway, moving on… I’m going to try out one of the workouts on Back On Pointe.  Been pinning a lot from it lately, and this workout caught my attention:

I like mornings.  I actually like waking up early.  I am kind in the morning, so it’s easy to associate me with the word ‘angel’ as long as it’s morning.  So yeah, maybe this kickoff would be a good start.

Plus of course, serious diet realignment.  More complex carbs, more protein.  Lesser sugar, lesser caffeine.  I challenged myself a few weeks back to not have coffee; I lasted a good five weeks.

Let’s see how long I can keep this up.  I figured this coupled with a good diet and maybe running at least five hours a week could eventually prep me for that big February 2013 event.  EHEHEHEHEHEEEEEEEM.

I’ll let you know how it goes.  Maybe this would be a good start for you too. :)

Day 12: Last Song

Day 12 is a song I last heard.

I am just a recent fan of Florence + The Machine since Gerald from the office told me to watch their SNL performance.  I immediately downloaded their Ceremonials album and fell in love with it.  The entire day, I’ve been playing it over and over, and this is the last song I heard before I started to write this post.

This is officially part of my running/workout playlist.  I always feel energized and optimistic whenever I hear this song and I’m quite happy to be caught with this song being the last one I heard. :)