#UpYourGame 2017 – Like, 10 More Days Left?  YOU Do the Math.

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!

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#UpYourGame 2017 – Day ??? Let’s Just Say “Week 10”

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.

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#UpYourGame 2017 – Day 1!

And, we’re off!  I wound up deciding to use day 1 as a day to do a quick juice detox.  You know– a “hard restart,” but for my guts.  I’m debating over doing a second day, since I do usually do 2-3 days.  But, I’m heading back in to work tomorrow, and I’m far too busy feeling depressed that the holiday break is officially over to stack having to juice all day long on top of it.

I didn’t work out today, on account of the juicing, but I just finished planning/scheduling my workouts for the next 4 weeks.  It may require some tweaking in the 3rd and 4th week, since it’s looking like I’ll be heading out of town, for work.  I’ll worry about that later.

To keep things simple (I prefer workouts and programming where someone else just tells me what the fuck to do), I’m going to be trying out Mark de Grasse’s Fitness Is Function 4 week bodyweight program, which I downloaded about two years ago, and then NEVER DID IT.  I also downloaded the kettlebell one, and NEVER DID THAT ONE EITHER.

I was probably just too busy doing other workouts, because I had been working out consistently at the time, and kept it up until the dog came around.  So, I guess I shouldn’t feel too bad about letting these ones sit on the shelf my hard drive, collecting proverbial dust.  Better late than never!

I’m also in the midst of making some turkey vegetable chili, at this very moment.  It’s simmering on the stove, the aroma taunting me, whilst I sip on green juice.  With this batch of chili, dinner is sorted for the whole week in one fell swoop, which is super dope.

Breakfasts will be eggs, as usual, since that’s all I ever seem to have time for (and, I often don’t even have time for that).

Lunches will be salads and other healthful choices from places near work.  I’ve got plenty of options.  It’s L.A.  Ideally, I’ll be brown bagging my lunch, once I get more on top of meal prep.

The primary objective is just to get back on a schedule, with my meals.  I think the only reason my poor diet hasn’t completely destroyed me is, I typically have only been able to have one or two meals, per day.  I haven’t had breakfast in weeks.  Yesterday, I worked all day on my 2016 hair favorites video, and didn’t eat until around 8pm at night.

I had a steak sandwich, in case you were wondering.  Last hurrah, and all.

Oh, and since that  mention of my last video segues so perfectly into a shameless plug, here it is:

#12DaysOfFitmas – Day 10

So, I lied AGAIN, in my last post, when I said I was going to double up on that particular day, to make up for missing day 3’s workout, early on in this challenge.  But, it turned out, that was also a day that I would lock myself out of my apartment, rushing to take Miss Ray out for a bathroom break, and not being in my right mind, during the mad dash.

It was well over an hour before I was able to get back inside, and I was underdressed for a chilly night– chilly, even for L.A.– during the wait.  Boring story made short, I was in no mood to do a second workout, by the time we were finally able to get back into my cozy apartment.

The following days were a series of false starts on making up that workout, but I finally did it!  Like, literally just now!  I started off the morning with a bodyweight circuit from MBody Pro, and then for the evening I did the quick Fat Burner workout from Lauren Brooks’ first Ultimate Body Sculpt DVD.

I leave for San Diego tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to not having any extra workouts to have to do, on the last two days of this challenge.  It truly has been a bit of an albatross, throughout this year’s Fitmas.  The hotel at which I will be staying does have a gym, so I’ve already worked out what one of my workouts will be, but I’ll still have to sort out the other.

I’m really pleased to be getting sweaty on a regular basis again, even though it’s fucking miserable, during the process.  And, once I start eating right again after Christmas???  GIRRRRRRRRLLLLLLLL.

In the video above, I allude to a YouTube channel that I’ve discovered that has been a massive help in me wrapping my mind around the tedious, complicated process of counting macros.  And, I finally feel like I’m equipped to take a crack at it, in the new year.  I’m genuinely excited, which is weird, because it’s still going to suck dick.  I think I’m just excited to finally be empowered to tackle this, and to see if this will yield the results that have proven to be so elusive for me, for the past 2 or 3 years decades.

Anyway, there’s a good chance I won’t have a chance to post again until after #12DaysOfFitmas is over, so just in case I’m right on that, happy Christmas!  xx

#12DaysOfFitmas – Day 4

Which lie did I tell?  Because there was the one lie, where I said I was going to stick to bodyweight only workouts, and that went out the window on day 1.  Then, I also told you guys that I was going to do a 2 day juice detox before #12DaysOfFitmas began, and that also went out the window.

I realized that all of the holiday parties that would happen during the challenge–not to mention celebrating on Christmas and NYE themselves, right afterward– made it a bit less-than-smart to detox, only to turn right around and retox a few days later.  Instead, I’ll be doing a detox to start off 2017 for a couple days, then I’ll get real about eating properly.

In the meantime, I’m just trying to not eat like a complete idiot.  Though, my office Christmas party was last night.  There were tacos.  There were cupcakes.  There was hooch.  There was karaoke.  I indulged in all.

Which brings me to the third lie, wherein I actually didn’t get a workout in yesterday, on Day 3.  I’d planned to do it in the morning, before work.  But, I just didn’t have enough time, because I had to do a full beat on my face for two Facebook Live shows that I host on Thursdays.  Then, with the party after work (there was no going home in between, as the party was at our office), the dog and I got home pretty frickin late, and slightly turnt.  Especially the dog.

So, now I have to do a makeup workout, which isn’t a huge deal.  After all, in my previous Fitmas challenges, the feat has always been to do 12 workouts in 12 days.  I did always stipulate that if you want/need a rest day, it simply meant making up for that day’s wod with a double on some other day.

Still feels like I copped out, though.  Mainly because I didn’t say that explicitly for this year’s challenge.  Oh wells.

In any event, I got an a.m. workout in today, I’ll do an evening workout tonight and order will be restored.  My day 2 workout was the one you see in the video above, from Marcus Martinez.  I did modify it a bit by cutting it to 4 rounds instead of 5, for my currently-unfit-ass.  I’ve done this wod before, so I knew modification was going to be necessary.

Today, I did this circuit that I made up on my own:

4 Rounds

  • 20 swings
  • 5/5 clean + front squat
  • 8/8 rows
  • 20 Russian Twists
  • rest 60 sec

Pretty much the moment I picked up the kettlebell, the dog bolted, and hid out in the bedroom until I let her know it was over.  This is perfect!  As long as she stays freaked out by my workouts, I won’t have to worry about her safety.

Tonight, I’ll (finally) do an all bodyweight circuit, from MBodyPro, since I have that membership I bought years ago, and I haven’t used those workouts in forever.

Need food now.  Gotta go!