Getting Back Into It

With the holiday weekend that meant 3 days of no gym classes. And, well when you go 6 times a week and take 11 classes a week, going 3 days without those classes messes with you.
I’m happy to say that I really enjoyed yesterday’s classes. I attended yoga and belly dancing. Usually Tuesday’s I go to Krav after yoga however, my friend who I attend class with is on vacation so no Krav class until she comes back. But, I was okay with that because I attended my second belly dancing class.
First, though I had to get through power yoga. Man, I don’t know if it was the extra day off from doing yoga, or if the instructor was just making us work for it, but the hour class was a bit brutal. I was definitely working up a sweat and had a bit of a shake going at times. It was a great workout, but I definitely was feeling it.
And, well that hour class was immediately followed up by an hour of belly dancing. The thing I like about the class is that it’s a ton of fun and the entire time it doesn’t fee like a workout, but let me assure you it is. My abs are a bit sore today. They are definitely feeling all of the work they did yesterday. It’s a great class and a ton of fun and so worth the hour spent in class.
It feels really good to b going to class again. I miss it when I can’t go or the classes are cancelled. I’m looking forward to today’s Zumba and slow flow yoga class today.
I also completed Workout #8 of the Fit In 15 challenge I’m doing. Which means that I’m more than half way through that challenge. I need to start thinking about what February’s challenge is going to be. And, I’ve got a week and an half left of my DietBet.
This past weekend away definitely hampered the DietBet results a bit, but I’m confident that I’ll get there. I’ll be eating more Whole 30 meals instead of Paleo/Primal meals next week which will hopefully also help to shed the last couple of pounds I need to lose. I can do this.
When we got home I did get on the scale and it went up but as I got on it this morning and I was back to where I was before I think it was a bit of water weight from eating a lot of salty food. I also had some inflammation going on as my ankles and feet were swelled up a bit. Probably a combination of salt, water retention, and a bit of gluten ingestion. So, I’m confident that I can get to my DietBet goal.
Happy Hump Day

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YouTube To The Rescue

Today was supposed to be the return to the gym and fitness classes after the long 2 weeks of holiday time off. However, life has occurred.
However, it’s okay. I knew on Saturday that o wouldn’t be able to attend my classes so I made a plan, and I followed through with it.
I was going to be using YouTube today anyway, because today is the first day of the FitIn15 Challenge that I am taking part in. And, well it’s done on YouTube.
If you’re interested in joining the FitIn15 challenge it’s not too late. Log on to YouTube and subscribe to JessicaSmithTV and join the challenge. Today’s workout was great. It was just 15 minutes long hence part of the name FitIn15 not just for 2015. It was a cardio workout, but my legs definitely got a workout too. They were starting to feel the burn. She is great with the way she does her videos in offering variations for all levels. She shows how to keep it low impact or for those seasoned fitness enthusiasts how to take it up a few notches. I found myself doing some lower impact stuff and other moves at a higher intensity. It’s so simple and easy to switch from the varying degrees of difficulty. I’m looking forward to the rest of this challenge.
I followed up my 15 minute workout with a 60 minute playlist by Club Fitz. If you haven’t checked her out on YouTube yet, you should. She teaches a hip hop fitness class in Oklahoma and tapes new dances and puts them up on YouTube. They are a lot of fun. I of course need to watch them a million times to pick up the choreography but that’s okay because I’m moving the whole time. She’s also created a few playlists and I did one of her 60 minute playlists. And, yeah I’m pretty sure I’d die in one of her classes because it was 60 minutes of working my legs, abs, arms, and dancing my butt off. It’s a lot of fun and I was sweating my butt off by the end. I think I want to find a hip hop fitness class to try out from time to time here in VA.
Finally I finished off my YouTube marathon with a 60 minute Yin Yoga workout. It was a workout that focused on the spine. This workout is wonderful it’s very low impact and with yin yoga we held each pose for 3 minutes. I of course find myself deeper and deeper in the pose as the minutes progress. This is one of my favorite workouts. It’s relaxing and I definitely feel my spine elongated and the muscles around my spine relaxed a bit after this workout is complete.
So, even though I wasn’t able to hit my fitness classes I still did the types of workouts that I would of attended in class. It’s all about keeping that appointment with yourself.
And, today I did. It felt good to really workout after 2 weeks of not doing much.

Day 22

22 days and I’m now planning a New Years Day party. I got another amazing cookbook called Paleo Happy Hour

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And, well I’m loving the recipes in it I had a hard time narrowing down which recipes to make. However I’ve picked 7 recipes to make. The recipes I picked are great since there is a little something for everyone. I am even going to try my hand at making a few Paleo treats.
Needless to say I’m creating the shopping list for the party, and on Wednesday I’ll be making my shopping list for the rest of the week. Plus the husband will be home on Sunday from being out of the country for the past couple of months, so I’ve got make a menu of stuff that he’ll eat. Which is all meat but some veggies he’s not to fond of like broccoli and cauliflower, which are 2 veggies I love.
Today’s breakfast was 3 ingredient pancakes. Super simple to make, 1 banana, 2 eggs, and some cinnamon. Mash/mix it all together and pour batter into a skillet. Cook just like any other pancake. After Whole 30 is over I may add a touch of maple syrup over them. Although, the banana makes it pretty sweet and it doesn’t really need syrup. But, seriously quick, easy, tasty breakfast you should try especially if your missing those breakfast foods.
Lunch was salad with bbq chicken and clementines.
For dinner I was going to try out a new recipe. Piña colada chicken. It consists of some coconut milk, pineapple, and jerk seasoning. However, I was meeting friends and running late so I ate leftover fritters and will make this tomorrow night. I found the recipe in another one of the cookbooks I’ve recently purchased.

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I have both Well Fed cookbooks. And, I believe this recipe is from Well Fed 2. I plan on trying a couple more recipes from these 2 cookbooks this week. I’ll let you know how they come out.
I skipped yoga and Zumba class today because I was going to the holiday lights on the boardwalk down on the oceanfront. I however, did an hour Zumba YouTube video, which you can check out here, followed by an hour yoga YouTube video, which you can check out by clicking here. So, I didn’t attend class, but still did the workouts.
I also did some more organizing, rearranging, cleaning of the house.
It’s been a productive day.
Tomorrow will mark 1 week left of Whole 30, craziness.

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More YouTube Awesomeness

Last night I was cruising around YouTube looking for some new exercise videos. I’m always looking for cardio videos to do. I like to change-up my cardio, because I have a tendency to become bored rather quickly. So, with this I find myself turning to YouTube a lot to help combat this fact.

In the last week I’ve done a Taebo workout, hello welcome back to the ’90’s. I had forgotten how much of a workout that is. I had done Taebo way back when and of course over the years have moved onto other things. Well the other day I did a 40 minute Taebo workout and thought I’d nearly die. I’ll be doing it again. In addition to Taebo I’ve done walking videos, aerobics boot camp, hip hop dance, and even a cardio barre workout.

Last night I found a channel that I instantly fell in love with. It’s Lauren Fritz, and well she’s a Zumba instructor, that does dances to tons of current songs playing on the radio. Wow! I was definitely impressed. Of course the videos are of the finished product so it’s going to take me a while to learn the moves to each dance, but hey I’ve got time and why not work on my moves for the club. Oh wait I live in Wyoming we are pretty much lacking on the clubs. Anyway, this morning in addition to my run training and yoga I added in a few of her videos and ended up doing 20 minutes worth. Can we say work up a sweat, uhmmmm yeah we can.

Anyway, it’s something else for you to check out if you are looking for a little change-up in your cardio workouts. Enjoy!

YouTube Is A Wealth

YouTube is an amazing little site. Along this journey I’ve discovered that YouTube is much more than a place to watch videos of kids saying funny things, pranks, and cute animals. It’s also a place where you can find great workout videos for free.

That’s right I said FREE! Over the past 11 weeks I’ve turned to YouTube to help me get my daily steps and activity in. I’ve done walking videos with Leslie Sansone, which I thought were going to be boring as all get out, but have been quite enjoyable, Zumba, which has become a new favorite, I limit it to once a week, because I would do it every day, and well than I wouldn’t have a very diverse group of workouts would I, I’ve found dance workouts, boot camps, barre routines, and even a little Jillian Michaels.

All of these workouts lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to well over an hour have helped me become a fitter, healthier, leaner, and lighter me. I like that I can say I’m in the mood for XYZ, and find something to fit that need on YouTube. Plus, there are so many different videos that come up that I know that I won’t become bored, I will always have options.

When I started on this journey I was considering joining a gym, but I’m glad I didn’t because I can pretty much find a video on nearly anything and have my own private class at anytime of the day I choose. And, well I was already paying for internet anyway so my monthly costs haven’t gone up any.

How about you any favorite YouTube workout videos that you have?

Walking Videos Who Knew

I did my first walking video on Sunday. There are plenty of them out there, I just was never really interested in them. On Sunday, I was feeling absolutely, positively sick, so I did nothing but lay in bed until 4:30 in the afternoon. So needless to say I was nowhere near reaching my daily step goal. I knew that I didn’t want to not reach my goal, and really it wouldn’t take more than an hour. And, well I feel much better after exercising usually, so I decided I’d get up and move.

I have seen lots of people talking about walking videos on the various Fitbit groups I belong to on Facebook. I’ve seen them on YouTube and decided why not give it a try. I found several Leslie Sansone videos on YouTube and decided to give one a try. I did her advanced 5 mile walk that was a little over an hour. Let me tell you it was actually quite enjoyable. You don’t just walk in place for the entire time she does different stepping moves, sidesteps, kicks, hamstring curls, and she even adds some resistance into the walks so you’re working your upper body.

Now, I love my treadmill, but this video was just something a little different and a nice change from busting out an hour-long walk on the treadmill. It’s definitely something that I will be doing again. Plus, I’m happy to know that they are something that I can enjoy, because when I travel there isn’t always a treadmill available, and with these videos I can work out in my hotel room, or wherever I am and still stay on top of my exercise regimen.

I like having workouts that are portable because I’m really concerned about falling out of the habit of working out, and when traveling that’s when it will happen. So Leslie Sansone walking videos are pretty awesome, not something that I would want to do every day, but definitely something that I can use as a substitute or just something different when I need it. Here’s the video I did if you want to check it out, or you can click on the member and find other videos by Leslie Sansone if you’re not quite up to doing 5 miles. Enjoy!

It’s Time To Zumba

I’ve been doing Zumba for a while here and there.  I’ve been doing with the help of YouTube. I haven’t actually been to a class. I mean why would I when there are some great videos on YouTube for free. I shared the one that I usually do a while back, and I’ll share the link for you again in case you missed it. Hull College Zumba. It’s a fun workout that’s 50 minutes long, and gets the heart a beating. The thing I really like about it is that the person doing the class gives a quick break down of the steps that you will be doing in each dance. So, you kind of know what you are doing.

Last week after finishing the Hull Zumba there were recommended videos.  Well on a whim I decided why not do a bit more. And, well let me tell you this girl is insane. I was exhausted after doing Zumba with her for maybe 5 minutes. She has several videos posted on YouTube and the longest being about 35 minutes. The entire time you are moving, and I mean moving. There is no resting or slow songs in her arsenal, well unless it’s the cool down. I am definitely huffing a bit after finishing a video of hers. But, I love it.  I mean that’s why I’m doing it.  I want the cardio and fat burning benefits of a workout. The only thing I don’t like about these videos is there is no introduction of the moves. She just goes, so I had to just jump in and pick them up as we went.  It’s still a ton of fun and I look forward to doing more of her insane Zumba videos. You can check out her videos here.  That link will bring you to one of her videos or you can follow her at Linda Edler. She’s pretty rocking when it comes to getting you up and moving.

How about you have you found any videos on YouTube that you enjoy working out too?

ZUMBA!

Zumba.  You’ve all heard of it by now I’m sure, it’s been around for a while, and has even added some new elements to itself over the years. If you haven’t actually tried it yet, I highly recommend you do it’ sa ton of fun. Dancing around for an hour and getting an awesome workout in the same time is AMAZING. I mean really something so much fun shouldn’t be called exercise surely. But, trust me it is.

I actually never really knew how much of a workout it was until today.  I mean yes every time I do it I’m sweating and guzzling water and ready to collapse after the hour, and I’ve heard the stats burns “x” amount of calories in an hour, but I never had any proof of that for myself. Until today that is.

I slept in late today, as the dogs were rather ridiculous last night waking me up several times. By the time I had got around to getting myself moving enough to workout today I had only logged around 500 steps on my fitbit, but after completing a 50 minute round of Zumba I was already at 4,555 steps.  What in 50 minutes dancing around with Zumba I had moved 4,000 steps. WOW! I was shocked, then I also so the calories burned already for the day.  Now I know my fitbit is not 100% accurate it’s more of an estimation, but still that’s a lot of movement and calories to be burning in 50 minutes and to be smiling the entire time I’m doing it. Along with the fitbit help 50 minutes of Zumba logged into Fleetly gained me 28 points, holy crow. Needless, to say I think that I will be doing more Zumba throughout the weeks to come.

Now, I actually did Zumba at home for free.  I found this amazing video on YouTube, that is killer, and well a lot of fun. I know that it’s more fun to do it in a class with other people, but well I’m not as coordinated as I would like to think I am, and the other thing is I’m not quite ready for other people to see me shake my thing.  Maybe in a few weeks I’ll be more confidant about my coordination, and join a class or two.

Anyway, I’m providing the link to the workout onYouTube, or you can always search Hull College Zumba on YouTube as well.  I didn’t post the video because are you really going to watch 50 minutes worth of video from my blog.  I mean I guess there are some that would, but it’s just easier to provide the link.

Hope you’re enjoying whatever workout you have planned, and also enjoying your Saturday,  I am going to go out and enjoy the nice fall weather that we are experiencing here in Wyoming.  Finally a day with no snow.