“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” (Og Mandino)
Hey there lovely!
The last two days have been filled with a lot of joy, work and loads of internet browsing :)
I am going through a lot of changes at the moment and am doing so much mental processing that I have headaches from it. (And I always think I am not doing anything!) One of the biggest changes today, was importing this blog from blogger to WordPress. In general, I like the way things are done in blogger, but I just hate how the formating is constantly messed up. It was not the clean and professional look I was going for (I make enough mistakes on my own, I don’t need a program to help me), so I decided to take the plunge.
As most of my decisions seem to happen between 10 and 12 PM, I don’t have enough time to properly customize it yet, but I hope you can forgive me for that. I know that the glamour of this blog is very low, and that many people might feel that it’s not worth reading (which would be sad), but I am focusing on writing and getting my thoughts out into the world now.
The other thing I am thinking about a lot is my purpose in life, and figuring out where my passion lies. I’ve suffered over my inability to draw lately and have realized (once again), that drawing is an interest that I am pretty good at, but not my passion. It used to be my passion, before it was replaced by writing. And what happened to this passion? Well, I started learning so much about writing that I got scared and lost all trust in my abilities. Trying to get this courage back and practicing is one of the reasons for this blog. It enables me to hone my writing skills, and produce great content with the immediate feeling of accomplishment. It is my start to writing and producing daily. (so far, it is working :))
Anyway, back to topic: Tracy Anderson.
As you might have read in one of my last posts, last week was not my best workout week. I was a victim of my depressive mood, and exercise didn’t come easy. Even though I’ve done at least 18 days of consecutive workouts, it was still too easy to fall back to doing nothing. But, even though I didn’t manage to blog about it, I did manage to get a bit done yesterday, and all of it today (hurray!).
My inability to face the workout the last couple of days has had one good thing though: I am getting more and more relaxed, and the thought that this is just some thing that I have to work off, is fading. At first it is easy to get into some sort of religious fanaticism with things like this, and you start beating yourself up about it, when you fail.
I’ll tell you a big fat juicy secret: I am not perfect.
Ha! You didn’t expect that now did you? (Although you’re not going to get much for this little piece of gossip from the magazines)
That’s it, I am not perfect, but I can do my best. Slowly this mindset is really sinking in. After a long time of self-neglect, I have really invested into myself during the last month, and I am proud of that. Even if I missed a day, or part of the workout: It will all build up over time. I am doing an average of four days of exercise a week and I think that’s really not that bad.
I am much more relaxed about myself. I have stopped forcing myself to have to apologize to you for missing a day or whatever I feel I am not doing right, because there is no need for me to defend myself. We all have our difficulties, and I started this entire challenge in the first place, to show you (realistically) how it could be going in someone elses life. So why am I beating myself up? If I miss a day, it is lost to no one but myself. This is not a green-card for slacking, but it does give me some relief. :)
So, on to the second review! (Chakaa!)
I bet this is the one section most of you are looking forward to reading, because it’s less garble from lala-land and all about RESULTS!
Because I don’t weigh/measure myself during the 10 day intervals, this day is just as exciting for me, because I want to see some good numbers for all my work.
- Weight: 64 kg
- Arms: 30,5 cm
- Chest: 93 cm
- Waist (bellybutton): 77,5 cm
- Waist (center of fat): 85,5 cm
- Thighs: 59,5 cm
- Weight: 62 1/2 kg
- Arms: 28,5 cm
- Chest: 91,4 cm
- Waist (bellybutton): 74,6 cm
- Waist (center of fat): 83,5 cm (After eating. I’m just not that smart sometimes)
- Thighs: 57,2 cm
Wow! I think those numbers say it all! If you’ve read the other posts then you’ll know that the last 10 days really weren’t top-notch. Yet, I’ve still got some great results, and I’ve come a long way from the 15th of January. My weight was what surprised me the most today, as I had already given up to see any changes on the scales.
The workout of the last 10 days was really more about the butt than the legs, and due to my injured foot, I missed loads of cardio. Still, my thighs are getting smaller, which is one of the most important things for me. They feel lovely and firm on the outsides, and I can see where the toning is starting on the insides, and where the flab is hanging on for dear life. (I’ll get it sooner or later, take it outside, and smack it up!)
Definition is getting more and more visible all over my body, and I am feeling increasingly confident about myself as the challenge goes on.
All in all, I think that I am on an upwards trend. I am starting to eat more vegetables, drinking more water, and eating less junk (although it’s still there in abundance).
Yesterday I didn’t really eat much during the day but the random tidbit, as I was glued to my research, and for dinner I was so inspired, that I wanted to go all out. I had read up on veganism and going raw all day, and I felt a surge of energy and passion for life. Reading up on something that interests me and writing a 14 page blog post about it, felt empowering!
Stuffed Baked Courgettes: (It’s the simplest thing to prepare in the world)
1) Slice courgettes and remove the flesh. Pre-heat oven to 190° C
2) Chop the flesh with other vegetables of your choice (onions, garlic, peppers, carrots etc.)
3) Cook gently for approx. 10 minutes
4) Fill courgettes with the vegetables and place in oven for 25-30 minutes
5) Optional: Cook rice or prepare other side-dish
6) Serve and enjoy :)
I am a little weary of vegetable based dishes (I just love my sauces and pasta), but this was really good. I only seasoned it with some lemon juice and salt, while P. added some creme fraiche. (I forgot to make vegan sour-cream yet again). Turns out this is a really satisfying and doesn’t numb you after eating. Do you know how you get all lethargic and tired after eating large meals? Not with this one. I was bright awake and felt very active, which might be the reason I stayed up working until 6AM. ;)
For today we had another meal that was heavy on the vegetables, although it’s neither vegan, nor vegetarian. We still had some bacon and joghurt in the fridge, and even if I want to watch what I am eating, I am not going to throw anything away that I have already bought. This called for one of my favorite meals at a nearby restaurant that I figured out for myself.
2) Chop vegetables of your choice (I used courgettes, onions, garlic, yellow and red peppers)
3) Cook vegetables in pan until onions are starting to brown
4) Mix natural yoghurt with vinegar, balsamic, and herbs of your choice
5) Chop some salad and serve on a plate with the potatoes and vegetables
6) Drizzle yoghurt-dressing over the salad and potatoes (optional: place bacon on top)
I really tried to make this a dish full of vegetables, so that the bacon and yoghurt would be counterbalanced. P.’s empty plate said all about the taste and I’ve still got some bacon left for sandwiches tomorrow. (I’m evil, I know)
As I spent most of my time in bed and on the internet yesterday, I didn’t get any proper Tracy Anderson going. I did feel psyched for fresh air and some exercise though, so I went out for a short run/walk, while the courgettes were in the oven. (Now don’t get your knickers in a twist: P. was there to watch the food ;) ) It was amazingly refreshing to be out in the fresh air (I don’t leave the house if I can avoid it, at the moment) and return looking like a snow-man. I think it was somewhere between -4 and 0°C and this made it difficult for me to breathe while running. Of course I wasn’t prepared at all, and I haven’t been running for at least half a year. Nevertheless, I came home bursting with energy and dripping water all over the apartment. It was totally worth it.
Today I mustered the courage to pop in the Total Cardio Workout DVD and I felt that I had missed some days. Endurance is a fickle friend. After every dance combination I took a short break and aired the room. I know that Tracy doesn’t want you to train in an air-conditioned room, but with the heat I just can’t breathe.
After running yesterday and the cardio today, my legs are killing me now.
I am really excited about the workout for the next few days. I am able to do all movements without destroying my workout mat, and the level is starting to challenge me in a good way.
The arms part looks just like the others, but I noticed mid-way that it’s much harder. The movements are more precise and varied than before, and the different angles really tire out the big muscles quickly. I managed to do bot standing arms and arms with weight without bigger problems, although it got really hard to keep the arms up sometimes.
The abs section was as good as ever, and I managed it without problems. It is challenging but definitely doable.
The legs section was what made me happy the most today. As the last 10 days seemed to be more focused on the bum and hips, this week is entirely about the thighs. If I do it regularly I think there will be some visible improvements by week. The movements kept me interested throughout the workout, and I didn’t dread having to do the entire thing on the other leg too. I popped in my Harry Potter audiobook and listened to it while doing the workout. This way I wasn’t distracted, but had something to listen to, while doing 40 repetitions of a move.
I am very grateful for the amazing results I had today, even though I didn’t do the entire workout regularly. The week was a real challenge for me, but the way I feel at the moment and with the new workout section I think the next week will be way better. (Let’s see if I can walk my talk ;))
This is it for today, and as always: Leave me a note if you have any questions, or want more information!
I hope you got some helpful insights,
I send you all my love,