You guys! It’s time for another challenge! I hinted that I had something cool in the works, in my last post, and here it is. This is my first ever Mind, Body & Soul Challenge, and the best thing about it is that it’s in collaboration with Ghana Goddess, a.k.a. Michelle LeBelle!
This year’s #UpYourGame Challenge was quite the roller coaster, but I do feel that I came out of it better than I went into it. I remain a work in progress (FUCKING PERPETUALLY), and indeed, when it comes to challenges, I am on to the next one almost immediately. I want to keep the ball rolling, now that I’m in the right place mentally with my workouts and eating, so that’s just what I’m going to do.
Okay! It may have taken me almost the entire length of this challenge to actually get into the groove of things, but things have been great the past two weeks, or so. I’ve been working out with kettlebells, using that Lauren Brooks program I told y’all ‘bout, and I’ve been going to spin classes about twice a week.
I’ve also been eating pretty well!
Though things took a while to right themselves after my last post, I am finally back on track! For real, this time! I told y’all about the whole mole situation, and not being able to work out because of sweat, and all. Well, I went for my follow up appointment the following weekend, and had to get more moles zapped, which meant another week of having to let the scabs heal, and having to avoid sweating.
Once that was over, I decided to revisit Lauren Brooks’ program in her book, Kettlebells for Women. I did this entire 3 month program about two years ago. This time around, I’m only using the first month (or a portion of it), to help me ease back into exercise, since I’m essentially at square one again.
My! I have not updated in a very long time! To make a long story short, I pretty much have to start over! I kind of blew it! More exclamations!
It hasn’t been a complete shit show (for example, I made paleo chicken roti in my Crock Pot for meals this week!), but I’ve been indulging in draaaaanks, and pretty much anything else I want– just not for every single meal.
See, I went out of town for work at the end of January, like I told y’all. Not too long after that, my birfday came up. And thus, I was officially and fully in Food Vacation mode. And, since then (the birthday was last week), I just haven’t made it enough of a priority to get back on an exercise schedule.
I also have to hit restart on my elimination diet. Boo-urns.
So! This weekend. Juicing. Two days. (I think. I may decide to just do an all produce mini detox, instead.) From there, back to strict on the no sugar. The next week, I cut dairy. Then, the transition week from February to March will cut the grains, putting me back on my ideal way of eating, for the way my guts is set up.
The good news is, we’re not even halfway through this challenge, so I have a lot of time to make changes. I’m feeling excited to restore order, which is always good, though slightly fearful of the muscle soreness that’s in store for me.
Anyway. Here we go. Take 2!
You got your good news, you got your bad news. And, by “you,” I’m really talking about me, because none of this affects you at all!
The good news is, this morning marked workout 10 of the 18 workouts in the 4 week Fitness Is Function Bodyweight program that I’m doing. The bad news is, the workouts are still boring as fuck, because it’s the same goddamned moves every day, and worse still, now they’re longer. The average time went up from 35 minutes to 45, and there’s one on the horizon that’s over 50 minutes. Plus, weeks 3 and 4 have 5 workouts per week, instead of the 4 workouts in weeks 1 and 2. Ugh.
Worser. I’m going out of town on Saturday, for work, and I won’t be back until late next Wednesday. So, I have to shuffle around the workouts I’m going to miss, while I’m away, which cuts out my scheduled rest day this Friday. I’m making up one of the workouts I’ll miss before I leave, and the other one I’m making up after I get back. Double ugh. Continue reading
We’re creeping our way through week 2, and today got off to a much better start than Tuesday. With the 4 week program I’m following, I had two glorious rest days (Sunday and Monday), and then had/have workouts for Tuesday, Wednesday, today and tomorrow.
Tuesday morning’s workout was #5 from the series, and the workout was LIKE 85% PUSH-UPS?! I’m fine with doing some push-ups, but by the time we got to our third push-up variation in a row (which would already be 9 sets of push-ups, since each exercise is done for 3 sets), I was wondering what in the actual fuck was going on with that workout. The trend continued, and I was fully pissed off by the end stretch.
There was one point where I said aloud to the television/my dog, “If the next move is push-ups, I shutting this shit off.” The next set, was, in fact, push-ups. I did not shut it off, because I ain’t no quitter, just an idle threat-maker.
Coming back from some delicious rest days to resuming workouts that I already dread, only to have the comeback be little more than a ridiculous series of over 150 push-ups in different variations was not a great start to my Tuesday.
Wednesday’s and today’s workouts made up for it, in that they were far more varied. Wednesday’s was some conditioning movements that helped me work up a decent sweat. Today’s was a leg workout with some core work, and I’m fairly content to squat and lunge all day long. Real talk, though, I’m still thoroughly not enjoying this program and can’t wait to be done with it. Workouts #6 and #7 are good when compared to workout #5, but I will be perfectly happy to never do them again.
This series is just too boring. It’s obvious that they just recorded de Grasse doing 20-25 exercises for 3 sets each, and then edited them together in different sequences for each day. Now, that’s a solid way to build a program and progression, but it gets tedious extremely fast in a video format. I mean, you could’ve just written the shit down, man. Save us all a lot of aggravation.
But, I’m determined to get through these four weeks (I think! I may be a quitter after all!). So, onward we go, for now. I’ve managed to stay away from sugar without too much struggle. Now, I need to get more strict about cutting out the other stuff. I mean, I could say that I used this week to cut out soy, but I don’t really eat soy anyway, so I’m kind of juking the stats with that one. Next week, I’m going to get more strict with cutting dairy, which shouldn’t be too hard, since I barely eat that, too.
Can you tell that I’m procrastinating on cutting the grains, since that’ll be the hard one?