#UpYourGame 2017 – It’s Over!

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.

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#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 45(?)

I’m beginning to suspect the universe is low-key conspiring against me.  Except, really, I am the one to blame!

Last weekend was supposed to be my quick reset button/juice detox situation.  Then, I realized that I have a cocktail show hosting gig this week, which obviously means drinking alcohol.  Which obviously means I’d be retoxing within a day or two of detoxing.

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#UpYourGame 2017 – Day 39

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!

#UpYourGame 2017 – Day 17

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

#UpYourGame 2017 – Day 2

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This bowl of chili is a ghost. It was demolished shortly before this blog post. 

I have to say, day 2 went much better than expected. On the other hand, the beginning is nearly always much easier than the during. I’m happy to have the juice detox under my belt, I took some “before” pictures early this morning, and I’m generally feeling very excited to be taking care of myself, again.

I had scheduled a morning workout, knowing full well that there was a 97% chance that I wouldn’t actually do it until this evening. But, I got up around 6:45, took RayRay out for her usual first walk of the day, and rather than get back in bed, I thought about how much nicer it would be to come home from work tonight, knowing that I wouldn’t have to do a goddamned thing– that is, if and only if I just sucked it up, and did my wod there and then.

So I did. It wasn’t even awful! I’ve had this epiphany about morning workouts 423,231,945 times before, give or take, but if you just drag your ass out of bed and get it over with, it is ALWAYS worth it. Especially since I’m currently working out at home, which makes it even more doable. Let’s face it: Lying in bed for another 30 minutes isn’t ever going to make a positive difference in my energy level throughout the day.

I’m really going to work on forcing myself to get back in the habit of getting my workouts done before work, because by mid-morning, it’s like it never even happened! You don’t feel like you missed out on any sleep, plus, you get to enjoy your entire day without having a sweat session looming over your head, fucking up your opportunity to have a much nicer evening of watching YouTube videos and eating that batch of chili you FUCKING NAILED making yesterday– the aroma of which was still wafting through your apartment this morning, while you were doing bear crawls. Okay, for a lot of that, “you” is very clearly and specifically me, but me get the idea.

#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:

#UpYourGame 2017!

Well, here it go.  It’s January 1st.  I’m sure a lot of us are taking this day to recover.  I actually didn’t get turnt last night.  Like, at all.  I had every intention to go hard in the paint and have a classic, sloppy NYE.

But, it was really rainy and cold in LA (I’m not being a little SoCal bitch, either, it was actually decently cold– 44 degrees fahrenheit, when I checked at one point last night).  My enthusiasm for partying waned as the day went on.

By night time, I decided it wasn’t worth slick roads and drunk drivers, and I realized I would be happiest at home in sweatpants, with my dog.  I popped over to my friend Gavin’s place for a small get-together, while everyone else there was pre-gaming.  And, I was back home by 11pm.

Anyway.  Up Your Game 2017!  I teased it in the video below on why people need to stop with the whole #FUCK2016 thing, and now it’s time to get started with our fitness and health challenge, to start the year off right.

 I have to get my diet and workouts all planned out, which I’m going to do this evening.  But, I’m uploading a YouTube video as I type this blog post with all of my 2016 hair favorites, so I’ve been straight grinding with shooting and editing that all day today.  But, here are the pertinents for the challenge:

Challenge begins Monday, January 2nd and ends on Sunday, March 26th.  Yes, you read that right.  We’re going for 12 weeks, y’all!

This has two benefits.

1.) 3 months is a long time.  (Wait, is that a benefit???)  It’s certainly long enough to make significant changes both in our habits, and in our bodies.

2.) It gives people who find out about the challenge later on to still join in, and feel like they have a good amount of time to get something out of it.

Last year’s challenge rules were very loose, in that I left it up to each of us to come up with our own rule(s) for the duration of the challenge.  Mine was simply “28 in 28,” meaning 28 workouts in 28 days, which nearly killed me.

This time around, I’m setting up something a bit more specific that I think is doable for anyone, while still being scalable for your own activity level and diet.

But, as last year, the goal is to step things up from whatever you’re doing now, and UP YOUR GAME in your workouts and commitment to eating healthfully (whatever that means to you).  Rules time!

  1. 4 workouts each week, no excuses. Workouts must be challenging enough to break a sweat, and must be at least 20 minutes long.
  2. Drink a glass of water (not a puny 8 ounce glass, give me 12 or better) upon rising, before each meal and at bedtime.
  3. No added sugars. That means exactly what it says.
  4. IF YOU CAN HANDLE IT, one cheat meal per week. NOT one cheat *DAY* per week.  If you tend to go off the deep end, like I do, ZERO CHEATS, unless it is a special occasion.  (My birthday will fall during the first week of month #2, so I’m definitely going to cheat for that.)
  5. If counting calories, no going over your daily budget for the entire challenge.  If your cheat meal puts you in the red, you have to “earn it” by burning extra calories that day.  (I haven’t been counting calories for the past several months, and I have not yet decided if I’m going to start again.  I probably will have to, to some extent, since I’m finally going to experiment with tracking my macros.)
  6. Participants must designate one physical challenge/feat of strength that (s)he cannot do currently, then devise and follow a plan to work toward being able to accomplish said physical challenge by the end of the 12 weeks.

And, thanks it!  So, now the question is, who’s coming with me?