BBG 1.0 Complete

Friday I finished 12 weeks of BBG training. I have to admit that I didn’t finish Friday strong. I stopped 7 minutes early and I was pooped. I just was finished with it. That’s totally not okay, but hey it happened.

I decided to redo BBG 1.0 instead of starting BBG 2.0. The workouts seem similar from 1 to 2, but I want to get to week 12 and not feel like quitting. While I gave it my all, I don’t think I’ve gotten all that I could have out of the program. I started following Kayla’s meal plan a little late in the game. I also don’t like her meal plan. Unless I’m reading it incorrectly, it says 6 servings of grains a day. That is quite a large amount. I could basically have 3 cups of pasta per day and be cool on her program.

Initially I was all for it. Bring on the buttered rolls! I soon realized that that’s no way to live.

Instead, I decided to go back to the 21 Day Fix meal guide.

Last summer, Kevin and I attempted the program. While I stuck with the workouts for several cycles, I didn’t stick with the nutrition. I felt restricted and angry. I quit day 4 (or 3, or 2?). Kev did it twice and he did a wonderful job on it. I think he had one beer for his birthday and that was it for falling off the wagon.

So, in order to prepare for the upcoming months and the rest of my adult life, I decided to start working out at 6am again. I won’t always be able to do daily workouts at 11am. Not to mention, there is something to be said about having your cup of coffee and knowing that your workout is done.

Today, I awoke at 5:45 and waited until 6 for the alarm to wake Kevin. We started our workouts at 6:09. He is doing the 21 Day Fix and I’m doing BBG 1.0 again. At first I was feeling lame for not graduating to BBG 2.0, but that all disappeared about 3 minutes into the workout. I’m not sure why, but 15 jump squats followed by 15 squats, followed by 24 walking lunges and 24 knee-ups was EXHAUSTING. Also, let me just say that I absolutely LOATHE cardio in the morning. I get lightheaded. I get quite pissy, really.

I’m not sure how to possibly get better at it so early, but I imagine getting into the routine of working out at 6am will just have to do it. I’m glad it’s over. Now I can relax or maybe do a little yoga if I feel like it later.

Okay, and the meal plan?

Bleh!

Two eggs with one medium tomato and a teaspoon of feta cheese. This was actually great. For my snack, I had three strawberries and a bit of honeydew. I had to share some of my strawberry with Mogli, because it wouldn’t fit into the fruit container. Woe is me.

And as for lunch…I couldn’t decide what to eat. At first I was going to do a carb container and a chicken sausage. That’s when I realized that chicken sausages are NOT on the approved food list. No, sir. It’s probably because of their whopping 27% sodium amount. Yah. So off they went, back to the freezer to never come out again.

I didn’t have chicken thawed yet, and I wasn’t into the idea of just a plain salad. Tuna fish sounded okay. Tuna fish is actually kind of nasty. I had it with some romaine lettuce and a bit of onion. No dressing, no mayo, no bread, no crackers, no soul…

This might be my least favorite thing I’ve ever eaten, so it’s safe to say that I’ll never have this particular concoction again.

I’m on glass 4 of water. I had one cup of coffee with one tablespoon of unsweetened almond milk. I also added a teaspoon of cinnamon because cinnamon is a free food according to Autumn (my girl from the fix).

Yeah, so I don’t know what I’m making for dinner. Chicken with maybe the leftover pasta we have. A side of an APPROVED veggies (head-desk).  Preeeetttty sure we can’t have alfredo so this will be gr8.

Sooo yeah, welcome to the next 12 weeks of my life.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m looking forward to this challenge. The more you look at food as sustenance and not something rewarding or like not viewing it as though it’s more than it is, I think it will become easier. I hope anyway, because all I ever really want to eat are warm cookies and fudge and gummy worms and soft-serve ice cream with the hard shell and maybe some chopped nuts.

Siiiigh, well, here’s to a healthier lifestyle.

I guess.

Unrelated Rant on Lazy People

People, let’s just get one thing straight: being lazy or unwilling to learn is not a good quality. In fact, it is right up their with just being a plain old douchebag.

If you are a human being, then you are capable of learning.

“Wah, but I’m not good at X!!!”

Totally fine. 100% fine. I’m not good at a ton of things! I didn’t start good at anything, actually. I learned. I taught myself how to do things! I took the advice of every single english teacher I’ve ever had. And truthfully, I’m still mostly ad-hoc-ing my entire life. Everything is a work in progress.

God bless the person who makes it their duty to teach me something. If someone is taking time out of their day to show you how to do something, be respectful and pay attention. Replicate it. Never ask for help on the same thing again.

Why wouldn’t you want to be competent at something?

So maybe you don’t care. “If I need something, I’ll just ask someone who knows how to do it to do it.”

Fine.

But here’s the thing: one day you’re going to get what you asked for, and that’s it. You won’t get all the bells and whistles you could have gotten had you taken the time to learn it and customize it. You won’t wow your boss. “Hey, is it possible to…?” you’ll ask.

“No, sorry.” And maybe the person on the other end is telling the truth, but maybe they’re not. The worst part is that you’ll never know, because you never took the time to learn anything new.

Too bad, so sad.

It’s been a while…update

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Hey there! So I’ve kept up with the program, mostly just so I could finally say that I did a round of BBG. I’m currently on Week 10. I usually feel like writing about my experience when I’m in the thick of the workouts, but then I get super sweaty, and then I’m in the shower thinking of what I want to write, and then I make a protein shake and I just decide to update WordPress later.

Which brings me to now.

The workouts get progressively harder. Every week I literally text Kevin and tell him that this week is by far the hardest week. I never imagine it getting harder, but then it does.

The way it works is you repeat week one for week three. Then week four is the same as week two. Week five and six are brand new, but week seven is a repeat of five and eight is a repeat of six.

Being that I am on week 10, in two weeks, I’ll be repeating this week as my 12th, and I will be finished. I have skipped one day–last Friday. We were celebrating our anniversary, it was ab day, we drove down to Monterey, and I said F it. My abs are the least of my concerns, so I didn’t do it. Yes, I skipped ONE day. Moving on.

So, in between workout days, you’re supposed to get a 30-35 minute walk in, and that’s supposed to help you. I have been doing 30-35 minute walks almost every day anyway, so this isn’t really a workout to me.

In terms of results so far, I can’t really comment without a little asterisk.

***The BBG program is not just an exercise regimen. It’s also paired with nutrition. Considering the fact that I am fairly thin, seeing “results” on me would absolutely have to be paired with the eating program. I have to admit that I have not followed it at all. That’s not to say I’m some slob that ate cake and burgers every day. That is to say that I did have an occasional drink, I did have two bowls of cereal in one day sometimes. I actually had a donut and a half yesterday thanks to friends bringing them over! Gah! Overall, I didn’t focus on my nutrition. Don’t get me wrong, there were days of plain oatmeal and two egg lunches followed by baked chicken and brown rice with some green beans. Those days are nothing compared to the fact that it’s been nearly three months of just whatever I want. Again, I don’t eat shit, but I could definitely scale back on the random stuff.

With all of that taken into account, I don’t look much different. My arms are a little more toned. I see definition without having to flex. As for my butt and legs, they’re not Kayla Itsine’s perfectly sculpted butt and legs.

And that’s okay, because I knew that without really being strict, that I was only getting stronger, but not necessarily too visually different. So, much to my dismay, I probs won’t look like a super fit vixen on the beach. Thankfully, the weather in San Francisco will never be warm enough to prance around on the beach half naked, so. MEH!

And while I accept that, and I understand it, I am kind of annoyed. I drip sweat and feel sore three days a week for the last 10 weeks, and I have nothing to show for it. All because I wasn’t disciplined enough to meal prep and focus on nutrition!

Gah!

So, I haven’t decided whether to do BBG 2.0 or repeat 1.0 with nutrition implemented. I’ve already decided that I’m going to workout for the rest of my life. I can’t not without feeling like a slob. I want to start running again, too.

I want to repeat 1.0, because I feel like I could get stronger. I also want to do it right (with nutrition); however, I don’t want to go backwards. I feel like it might not be challenging enough. So, I haven’t decided yet.

In terms of running, I’m going to aim for 3 miles a week. That’s 1 mile on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings.

In terms of nutrition, I’ll meal prep. I’ve done it before, and it really isn’t difficult once you get into the swing of things.

So yeah. In two weeks, I’ll update with which BBG I end up starting, and I’ll keep a weekly blog progress.

Update on BBG

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I am officially on week three of the program. Last week, I had to do 30 jump squats. I believe on Monday it was just 15, but then by Friday, they increased to 30. I almost had a heart attack when I saw 30. How could I possibly do 30 when I was struggling to do 15?

Pretty easily.

Okay, maybe not easily, but I did 10 jump squats, took a three second break, did another 10, and then another ten.

Kayla’s workouts push me to the limit with every workout. Straight-leg jackknife? Here, do 15 of them. Good luck.

My abs were on fire.

On Thursday, I actually did the Fix’s Pilates to lengthen and strengthen. I felt like I just was sore all over.

On Saturday, I had two scoops of ice cream at the Japanese Festival, so I decided I had to work that off (along with the sushi). So, I re-did Friday’s workout (yes, the 30 jump squats, 10 burpees, and who remembers whatever else there was).

Sunday was relaxing, and yesterday I jumped back into week three.

After this week, we are going to start going for runs on Tuesday and Thursday, as well.

Honestly, the exercising isn’t hard. It’s physically hard, sure, but you get over it.

Unless you’re a big old pus, which you could be. My apologies to your lazy self.

That aside, the only hard part is trying to maintain a healthy diet.

All of the exercises in the world aren’t going to change what you look like if you don’t change your diet. You can’t have two scoops of ice cream on Saturday, Cocoa Puffs on Sunday, and Jelly Beans on Monday if you don’t want your workout to be in vain.

That’s the difficult part. Kevin’s mom sent us an easter basket with those little cosmic brownies, some jelly beans, and all sorts of goodies. I’ll admit, I had some pretzels with the honey mustard jelly, but that’s it! The only reason I’m even writing this is to keep my unhealthy tastebuds in check.

No, you will not go to the cabinet above the stove and have chocolate brownies or chocolate chips.

Nope!

Salads, grilled chicken, fruit and veggies are all that I need. My goal is to eat a whole bag of spinach in four days. It’s not terrible raw. I think I just loathe cooked spinach, because the texture is disgusting. Anyway, food is supposed to be sustenance, not to indulge in. I mean, I’m sure there’s someone out there shaking their head going, “Actually, I savor my hamburger and pizza.”

Congratulations, but I want to look SLAMMING at the beach this summer.

On the real, though: I’m happy with this workout plan. I like that it gets increasingly difficult. I like that it challenges me. I like that I sweat. I like that I feel stronger.

I also love my playlist, which I’ll leave right here.

Destructo – Bodyback
Destructo – Dare You 2 Move
Destructo – Techno
DMX – Party Up
DMX – X Gon’ Give it to Ya
Big Data – Dangerous, Oliver Remix
Destructo – Catching Plays (Will Clarke’s Cuddle Club Remix)
Fabolous – You Be Killin Em
Flo Rida – My House
DJ Khaled – All I Do is Win

 

 

New Workout Plan

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Long time no see!

Rest assured, I’ve been doing the fix every day, except for three weekends, due to friends and family visiting. An excuse? Absolutely, but there it is!

As I said previously, I’ve been doing the 10lbs dumbbells, but it got boring. I didn’t feel like I was getting a real workout anymore. It was only challenging due to the heavier weight, but I was bored.

We went back home to Jersey last week and I decided to do a different workout guide. Two years ago, I started doing the Kayla Itsines workouts. They were intense, and I don’t think I got past week 5 or 7. I don’t remember. I remember feeling sore every week, though.

Last Wednesday, I did day 1.

Yo.

21 Day Fix has nothing on Kayla. If you’re torn between which workout to do first, you should absolutely do the fix to prepare you for this beast.

My butt was on fire. ON FIRE. Here I thought that I had been gaining muscle, getting stronger, you know–the usual. While I definitely was, I felt like Kayla kicked my entire body at once.

Because I knew that I wouldn’t have a lot of time, I actually did the next day’s workout on Thursday (Arms and Abs). That wasn’t too difficult, but after that… I hate to say that I didn’t do anything else. Again, in my defense, I didn’t have a lot of time. Kayla’s workouts require you to wash your hair Every Single Day. I just didn’t have time to let my hair air dry every day. We were hanging out with family and friends, and really it was a vacation. Excuses, excuses, excuses–I know.

SO!

We got back home on Tuesday evening. I’ll have to write a whole entry on our two plane trips from PHL to SFO, because they’re pretty ridiculous.

Wednesday I decided that I wasn’t going to fart around anymore. I was going to do Kayla’s workouts all the way through week 12. I did day one, and let me tell you, HOLY SMOKES! I dripped sweat. I only ever REALLY dripped sweat on Autumn’s Leg Day. The rest of the fix was kinda ehhhh light sweat*

Upset that he was going to get fat, Kevin decided to force me back into morning workouts. So, Thursday morning, we got up at 6am, and I hustled him out of bed to do day 2. This was arms and abs. My abs are okay, but my upper body strength is still nowhere near where I want it. I’m trying to do pushups correctly, and they are much harder than your typical push up. MEH.

Today we woke up at 6:10 and did Total Body, which is day 3.

The way the program is set up is like so: Monday is leg and cardio, Wednesday is Arm and Ab, and (right now) Friday is optional as Total Body. In between these you should do LISS or HIIT workouts. So, walking for 30-45 minutes at a steady pace or sprinting 30:30. I’m not big on sprinting (lol), so I’ll probably just walk Mogli (which I do almost every day for 30 minutes anyway). Maybe we’ll run up the hill to our house for an extra little kick.

The reason I did the circuits (day 1, 2, and 3) in order is because I really just wanted week one to be over. I just didn’t want my excuse to be “Well, I have to wait until Monday to start.” I really hate when people say “I’ll start tomorrow.”

That’s a lie! Unless it’s 8pm today, you really could start today. There’s no excuse. If you JUST did your hair and makeup, fine. FINE. I get it. But if you’re just being lazy, that’s being lazy and you should own that.

So, I owned it, and I decided to start Wednesday.

Tomorrow, I’m actually going to do some yoga, because I feel like I need to stretch. On Sunday, I’ll do pilates and maybe a very short run.

Then on Monday I’ll start week two.

My thoughts so far?

Pros:

  • I get to listen to my own playlists. I like that I have workout playlists. When I did the fix, I watched the videos over and over that I eventually memorized all of the words  and I started to resent some of it. I actually couldn’t stand Cat by the end of my stint with the fix.
  • I get to challenge myself. I can write down how many times I cycle through the exercises. While the fix promotes counting your reps, it’s not something I felt compelled to do.
  • It seems to go by quicker than the fix, which is nice. I know they’re actually the same length, and if I’m warming up, Kayla is longer, but it feels shorter.
  • I like that it’s not every day. Again, going for a 30 minute walk is already part of my everyday, so if that counts as my LISS on Tuesday and Thursday, YNRWg
  • I actually feel like I’m working out. The Fix kind of became more of a dance. I definitely still did it, but I just got bored. It wasn’t challenging. This is in no way reflective of the fix, but just my attention span on something I’ve done for three months without pause.

Cons:

  • While it’s also a pro, I don’t like that I don’t exercise every day. I’m still going to, but it’s not really a part of the program.
  • There’s a lot of reading involved up front. I like to read, but I’m not crazy about how-to’s.
  • It’s twelve weeks, and I know that it gets increasingly difficult.
  • I previewed week two and I don’t love jump lunges. I just hate them.

 

So, side note in regards to food. Having friends visit, having visited home, you can imagine my nutrition suffered a bit. We had sushi several times, and I love my sushi, but the only healthy roll we get is the rainbow roll. So it’s kinda healthy, right?Not-Sure-How-To-Feel-About-This-Castiel-In-Supernatural

Then of course we had pizza, ice cream, cake and Chinese food, because why not?

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Needless to say, I’m back on a cleaner diet. I think at the end of the day, especially when I am sore and sweating every day, I’m not inclined to have a scoop of ice cream. Everything in moderation, but I’m working on less processed foods.

I’ll update this at least once a week with info on my doings.

*Disclaimer: I am not at all a sweaty person, so this says more about me than the programs. The Fix was incredible, and I’m really glad that I have it, that I’ve done it, and I will absolutely return to that someday. I think it’s good to have variety, which is the only reason I switched to Kayla. Also, ’cause I wanna get ripped.

jk but not really.

Guns 2017.

ps: I’m finally caught up on Supernatural. 🙂

Workout Updates + Foam Rolling

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So, yesterday was week two of round two of doing the 21 Day Fix. I have been substituting Cardio Fix day with running instead.

I went for a run with Kevin and Mogli on Sunday, and I’ve been pretty out of commission since. My shins were on fire (understatement) for days. I will say, I have terrible running form, and I smack my feet on the pavement. Not to blame Mogli, but running with a dog that is constantly tugging is extremely difficult. He just wants to sprint, while I want to slow it down and go my pace (a ten min mile, thankyouverymuch).

We did 1.1 miles, so it wasn’t crazy difficult, but it was strenuous on my shins.

Still in pain on Tuesday, I ordered a foam roller.

I wish I could describe how much joy this thing has brought me.

I watched the 13 minute video recommended in the Amazon comments, and huzzah!

I never realized how tight my butt, thighs, and legs were. I actually rolled twice yesterday. Once around 2pm, and then another time at 6. The second time was after our mile walk around the neighborhood. I intentionally took the mountainous road, with the intention to roll when we got home.

Boy did I.

My calves and shins still hurt. The tops of my thighs–right above my knee–hurt pretty bad too. Once I finished, though, I was so loose. The best way to describe it was the way I told Kevin. When you pick up a heavy milk gallon, you use all of your force and you’re prepared to carry the weight. When you pick up a milk gallon that’s empty, when you expect it to be full, it practically flies out of your hands. That’s how my legs felt. I never realized just how heavy my legs and butt felt until rolling. Last night when I walked, I felt gelatinous. It doesn’t sound fun, but it is so comfortable. I just felt loose. I felt like all of my stressors were gone. In my legs, anyway.

I also did yoga on Tuesday. I know it’s hard to believe but chair pose was okay! I didnt hate it. I also…drumroll please…was able to touch my toes! Autumn does sun salutations three times before getting into yoga. Normally, I can reach about halfway down my calf. This time, I felt the floor. I definitely have a long ways to go before I’m Gumby, but this is progress!!

Oh, also, I have upped my weights from 8lbs to 10lbs. I figured, hey why not. I might as well get stronger.

Unrelated, but life news!

I am now a registered driver in California! That’s right, I passed my test! My vehicle passed the smog test. I have to put the tags on my car, and my license will come in the mail two weeks from now.

Yay!

Also unrelated, my cooking is getting a little better.

I made some vegan mashed potatoes on Valentine’s Day with lobster tails.

They were garlic and chive mashed potatoes. I Googled Almond Milk Mashed Potatoes, and it was one of the first hits.

Boyfriend and I don’t drink real milk, so I worried we wouldn’t have potatoes, but we can!

I also made 4 ingredient fudge. Oh yah!

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Round 2 of the Fix

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So, I finished the fix pretty strong.

On my last day of yoga, I actually did a butt/leg workout I found on Pinterest, and that definitely hurt.

It’s been raining here from Saturday to Thursday, so it’s been kind of dull here.

I have, however, started the fix again. I might even do a third rotation, but I definitely don’t feel like I am where I want to be. I still do some modified versions of things. I was once able to do 20+ pushups, now I can do 3-4. Granted, I am doing a different pushup, not your wide shoulder BS that anyone can do. I’m keeping my elbows in, and this is infinitely harder for everyone. I was never able to do 20+ of these.

Today was leg day, and I was able to do Split Squats for a whopping 30 seconds and also 40 seconds. I used to be unable to do more than 10 seconds. I’m sure that by the end of these 21 days, I’ll be able to do them in their entirety. I’m kind of excited.

On Sunday, Kev, Mog, and I went for a run around the neighborhood. Because Mogli was so excited and because I haven’t done it in forever, I had a case of Lead Foot Syndrome. Every step my feet would pound the pavement so hard. This was obviously horrible, so within a few minutes, my shins were on fire.

Kevin explained how to bounce off the foot instead of slam down. It was easier, and it was also easier because by now Mogli had used about 75% of his energy (and mine, thanks).

My fitbit, for the first time, actually measure that I had 10 minutes of cardio. Normally, I’m in that “fat burn” section, but I guess running had me in the cardio.

I’m excited for daylight savings time. I would love to go for runs after work, but right now it’s too dark when Kevin gets home. I could go alone or with Mogli, and maybe I will, meh! We’ll see.

One thing that has suffered, and I’m not sure why, is my sleep. Maybe the Eight Sleep is defective, or maybe I just suck at sleeping now, but I’ve gone from “Good Sleep” to “Average.”

I think the real reason behind it is the rain. So, I’m a lot less active when it rains. The last whole week has been raining, so I haven’t been out, and I kind of am sedentary (outside of my 30 min workout at 6am). Over the weekend, we stayed in and watched Naruto all day, so we didn’t really NEED this ultra sleep that we normally do after hiking.

….Just looked outside and it’s definitely drizzling.

Anyway, one thing that has finally turned around…drumroll!!!

My resting heart rate! Yay! Finally. Starting Feb 2, my heart rate was 59. Then 2/3 – 2/6 my heart rate was 58. Then, from this past Tuesday until today, my heart rate is finally 57bpm!!

I also had my annual doctor visit, and I was actually 3.5 lbs lighter than last February.

I’m not sure if that really says much, because of a couple of things: 1. I probably had a jacket on last year since NJ –> snow. 2. I wasn’t working out at all. 3. I really don’t care.

I am really happy about my pulse, though. I’m happy that I’m doing the workouts every day (even when I complain about getting out of bed).

Also!! I cooked a Ground Chicken Lasagna Casserole Spinach Mix. IMG_4235.JPGIMG_4236.JPGIMG_4237.JPGIMG_4238.JPGIMG_4240.JPGIMG_4242.JPG

I chopped onions, garlic, and green peppers. Sautéed them with a little olive oil. I steamed the spinach for 2 minutes (lightly wilted). The penne was 10 minutes boiled. I cooked the ground chicken on the stove and once it was done, I mixed it with about a cup of ricotta cheese. Lined a glass pan with some alfredo sauce (ok, not everything has to be healthy every time). Did a layer of the penne, layer of ground chicken, layer of the spinach, and sautéed stuff, and then added another layer of penne. Topped with some cheese!

Baked at 350 for 35 minutes, and voila!

Added some garlic powder and yum. IMG_4208.JPG

This was from Pinterest…sort of. The photo was of just a regular egg on top of a tomato inside of a green pepper. So the photo inspired me. I actually had the green pepper on the stove for ten minutes or so. I made scrambled eggs separated and then stuffed the peppers with the scrambled eggs. The eggs have chives, spinach, and onion in them. I also always garnish with fresh tomatoes, because tomatoes are my fav.

Not too shabby.

 

Update on the Workouts!

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So, I’m almost done the fix. I have three days left and I’ll have completed 21 days of exercising.

I’ve definitely come a long way, and it’s nowhere near as hard as I thought the first day. I can’t stress enough how difficult the first week was for me. My butt was sore every time I sat down and my legs were pained with every uphill step I took.

It’s been worth it, though. I don’t feel AS flabby anymore. I have a long way to go before I am as toned as I’d like to be, but this is a start. My heart rate has been consistently 60 bpm, and on Thursday, it was finally 59 bpm. I was pretty thrilled about that.

My sleep has improved. I’m consistently getting “good” sleep, according to Eight Sleep. My highest score was 94 (out of 100). That’s incredible.

Kevin and I started doing the workouts at 6am. I’m more of a morning person today than I was when we first started. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like the idea of doing it, but I do like knowing I’m done my workout for the day.

Today was Pilates – not nearly as hard. I only did one Kat version (the butt one).

Yesterday was Lower Fix. I still can’t do Split Squats, and I hate it. Otherwise, the workout made me sweat but I don’t feel sore today.

Before that was Upper Fix. I still did the majority of my pushups on my knees.

The day before was Total Body Cardio. It went by pretty quickly, and I can finally do the ab workouts for longer than 40 seconds!

So here, are some photos of what I’ve been cooking:IMG_4129.JPG
More protein pancake/crepes!

IMG_4130.JPGCan of tuna, tablespoon light mayo, red onion, spinach and toast.

 

IMG_4134.JPGSalmon, collard greens, onions, and corn with blackened salmon in a caper, pickle, and mayo glaze.

IMG_4192.JPGBuffalo chicken white pizza.

 

IMG_4191.JPGAlmonds and golden raisins for a midday snack today. 🙂

So, I’ve been learning to cook! I’m not the greatest, and I definitely dislike some veggies (I’m looking at you Collard Greens and Spinach), but sometimes things are an acquired taste.

As for the next steps to take: I’m going to do the Fix for another 21 days. Kevin didn’t get his full 21 days, so I figure I’ll do it again with him. After that, I’d like to do Fit Extreme or Beach Body Guide.

🙂

Hair Hair Hair

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Last April, I looked at photos of myself in 2014, and I really missed how versatile my hair was. During the summer, I wore it curly some days, and some days I wore it straight. It looked healthy, full, and (in April 2016) I felt that I looked good in 2014. After a heartbreak during that summer, I decided that straightening my hair was the only way I looked somewhat attractive.

It never fails to amaze me how heartbreak can completely screw with your head.

S0, in an effort to fix the heartbreak and/or win back the guy, I figured that my ugly curly hair was one of the reasons he and I didn’t work out.

Yeah. Settle down, Psycho.

Of course, in that stupid attempt, I fried the crap out of my hair. I used the 450 degree setting, did it almost every day, and never used heat protectant spray.

Don’t get me wrong, my hair looked great straightened. Then I started curling it with a wand. My poor hair really went through a lot. All of 2015, I just continued the straightened hair thing. No one likes curly hair. Who even has curly hair?

Fast forward to February or March of 2016. I finally got my haircut by Kim (Kevin’s stylist). She said my hair was a little fried and also that it was thin.

Thin?!

I used to have thick hair!

So, I mulled over on that for a month. I stopped straightening it for a few days/weeks, but my hair wouldn’t hold a natural curl. It sat limp and didn’t do anything. I asked Kim’s advice.

Chop. Dat. Off.

Now, I haven’t had short hair since 2010 or something. As I sat in her chair that day in April, I nodded and told her to do it. “How short?” she asked. “Chop all of the damage off,” I advised. “All?” she showed me how far up it went (about a half inch from my shoulders). She decided to cut it a little longer, maybe an inch past my shoulders. Before her first cut, she asked if I was sure. I told her to do it before I changed my mind.

There it went. All of my hair.

When I finally got home to wash it, it felt alien to me. I was used to feel hair on the middle of my back. My hair didn’t require nearly as much conditioner as before. Did it even need conditioner? This was foreign ground for me.

When it finally dried, I was shocked. “That’s it?” I wondered. My hair still looked limp. It was fluffier, sure. It was much shorter, all right. It was still not curly.

So began my journey of bringing my curls back to life.

Enter r/curlyhair. I spent a lot of time on the subreddit trying all of their techniques. I will say, I never did try the Curly Girl Method. I sometimes skipped shampoo. I sometimes used sulfate free shampoo/conditioner. Mostly, though, I followed Kim’s advice.

I used Beach Waves shampoo and Conditioner by Redken, as well as their spray. That gave me volume and some minor curls. Eventually, I got into a groove. This took MONTHS.

My current routine is: wash with the Redken. After the shower, wring my hair once in the sink, then apply Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and scrunch. Then apply Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel and scrunch. Then apply the Redken spray and scrunch. Then apply John Freida frizz Ease and scrunch. Air dry for about two hours. Scrunch out the crunch with a bit more John Freida Frizz Ease.

It took me a long time.

I recently bought a mousse for volume. I also changed shampoo and conditioner for added thickness. Literally started these two a few days ago. The shampoo is OGX Biotin and Collagen. My sister swears her hair is thicker from using it. She has always had thin hair, and I’ve noticed the thickness. She also takes biotin supplements, so it’s probably a mix of both. I’m sticking to just the shampoo/conditioner for now.

I decided last week that I wanted to straighten my hair again. For old time’s sake, you know?

I bought heat protectant spray. I’ve been looking longingly at photos of my long straight hair. It wouldn’t hurt once, right?

So, I sprayed the crap out of it with the spray. I let it dry, because I read you shouldn’t straighten when your hair is wet (with anything).

Then I started with my 200 degree iron.

It took me 20 minutes to straighten, but it had that fly-away, fluffy straight. So I re-straightened with 250-300 degrees and called it a day.

It’s as long as it was nine months ago (in fact, a little bit longer). It feels stronger and healthier.

So, was it worth the 30 minute ordeal?

Absolutely not.

I can’t believe I used to do this regularly.

I can’t say it isn’t nice, because I do like it. I feel more conventionally pretty with straight hair. This also might have to do with the fact that it’s longer when I straighten. I easily lose 3-4 inches (at least) when it’s curly.

I also feel more like me with curly hair. It requires a lot less effort, too (which is fantastic).

So what’s the verdict?

I’ll straighten it occasionally. Not on “fancy” occasions, because then I’ll start to view it like McDonald’s–like some kind of silly, inaccurate reward. (You know when you’re a child and you get McDonald’s once a month or something and you feel like you just won the lottery, when really, you’re totally ruining your body and it’s not at all good for you.)

So, today, January 31, 2017, I have straight hair. Tomorrow, it’ll be curly again, because I’ll get all sweaty from Total Body Cardio.

That’s the other thing: when I work out and get sweaty, I have to wash my hair. I work out every day. I get sweaty about 4/7 days a week. I don’t want to straighten my hair 4 days a week. Once a week is fine. Maybe on yoga days, when I don’t get nasty sweaty.

Then again, maybe just stick to curly.

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Dirty 30 and Yoga

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Okay, so it appears that Eight was just taking its grand ‘ole time, and our stats are actually now available. Since I’m not sure where I left off, I’ll give the last three days.

Friday: 79
Saturday: 89
Sunday: 92
Monday: 93

Yeah! 93, yeah buddy!

I think this is kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy. If my sleep score said 60, I think I’d feel crappy because of the number. If I end up getting lower numbers, I’ll try not to look for a while, because I don’t want how I feel every day to be dictated by a number.

So, yesterday was Dirty 30. It was definitely hard, but I much prefer it to Cardio Fix. I can’t stress enough how badly I hate Cardio Fix.

Today was Yoga. Kevin woke me at 6am. Because I didn’t get up at exactly 6, he decided to snooze it 10 minutes (twice) and let it just go forever. I hate alarms. I especially hate his alarm.

We got up and I had every intention to do yoga. For some reason, my entire body was so stiff. Downward dog was nowhere near as deep as I normally go. So…2 minutes in, I quit. I took a nap on the couch while he did yoga. HEH!

I had breakfast, worked for a few hours, and took a break to do my yoga. I felt the stretches deeper. I’ll try to do Total Body Cardio tomorrow morning, but I think yoga is best saved for when your body is awake and warm. Not cold and sleepy.

I do feel better now that week 2 is over. I only have 7 more days of the fix and I’m done. I have three options once it’s over.

  1. Start again
  2. Get 21 Day Fix Extreme
  3. Do Kayla’s Beach Body Guide

I’m inclined to start again, but seeing as I’m already nowhere near as sore this week (hardly sore), I think I should do Kayla or Extreme. Doing the same exercises is better than nothing, but I don’t feel challenged.