Insanity Saturday

Today I did cardio power and resistance, admittedly there’s nothing interesting to report on that front except that power jumps are not getting any easier! I spent the majority of it holding my chest as my sports bra has lost its support and the jumping around was causing me discomfort. Do my lady readers have any suggestions for a decent sports bra?

Hope everyone has a good Easter!

Are you drinking enough water?

pints of water

We all know we should be drinking plenty of water, but how many of us actually drink the recommended daily amount? Pictured above is approximately four pints of water (around 2 litres) which is what has been suggested adults need to consume everyday to keep healthy.

I’m not going to lie, I am terrible when it comes to remembering to stay hydrated and then I wonder why I’m suffering with a headache or feeling tired. In my efforts to change this habit, I thought I’d do a post about water and its importance.

Wet facts!

  • Your brain consists of 90% water
  • Your entire body is anywhere from 55-78% water depending on your size
  • Muscle consists of 75% water
  • Blood consists of 83% water

Now can you see why you feel horrendous if you don’t drink enough? Studies show that if you are feeling thirsty, you are already in the minor stages of dehydration. It has also been proved that when you are thirsty sometimes it gives you that feeling of hunger, so you may be snacking on extra calories when really you just need a drink!

Just some of the benefits of water

  • Detoxifies
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Transports nutrients and oxygen into our cells
  • Protects and moisturises our joints
  • Helps our metabolism
  • Improves the appearance of skin
  • Helps digestion

Your body needs water to thrive and when it is deprived of fluids you are bound to suffer with headaches, dry skin and fatigue.

So drink up to stay healthy and drink more than the recommended allowance if you are working out as you will be sweating precious hydration out!

It’s not just activity; it’s a way of life

Due to my new tattoo and a busy weekend, I’ve not really been working out much except for short and sporadic bouts of yoga. I kept telling myself now my tattoo has finished peeling fully I can get my sweat on without worrying and I’d jump right back into it on Monday. Well, Monday came round and I felt sluggish, lethargic and generally wanted to go back to bed the entire day. I couldn’t muster up the energy to put Insanity on and kick my own ass so I did an hour of yoga instead. I learned a new pose called “the Dancer” at class on Friday and I officially sucked at it so I concentrated really hard on my balance and managed 8 seconds on both sides without wobbling and putting my foot back to the ground. Anyway, I digress…

Today I woke up absolutely determined to work out. I lacked motivation but one thing I’ve always been proud of is that 90% of the time I am very self-disciplined. So as I got to working out, I realised that it was so hard to get going again because I had stopped. It’s almost like a heavy wheel; the momentum of it will keep it moving but once it is stopped, it takes a lot of work to get it going again.

On Monday I would even go so far as to say that I was feeling blue and it occurred to me that it was because I wasn’t working out. Fitness has become such a huge part of me that I don’t feel right when I get out of my routine. It wouldn’t surprise me if the common consensus was that the less you work out, the more energy you have because you’re not expending it by pushing yourself, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’ve got 3 more hours on my thigh tattoo being done on the 6th April so once again I’ll be taking a break for it to heal, but at least I know now if I feel bad to just nut up, shut up and work out rather than put it off ’til tomorrow!

So today I did Insanity Max Cardio Conditioning and Abs and I found push ups so much easier to do today than I have done in the past, which means my shoulder muscles must be improving! I also found a new enemy in diamond jumps and ski abs I think they’re called (where you’re in a plank position and jump with your feet together up and to the side in a twist so your thigh comes up to your chest) and the one minute squat was about as fun as a funeral. But I did it, I killed it rather than it killing me and I have new body shots for you. Rather than looking at them thinking, “I have such a long way to go”, this time I actually feel like my dream body is so close that it’s within reach for the first time in my life. This excites me more than I could ever convey to you guys and I actually have the WP community and my readers to thank for all the support you’ve given me since I started out in March 2012!

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My plan now is to keep rocking the Insanity work outs until Dan moves up. Then Dan and I will clear some space in the garage so we can set up an area for weight training. Being a fitness instructor, I’m super excited to work out with him and for him to help me improve my form and physique. My goal for this summer is to be able to lift more than my own body weight (47kg) which Dan said is more than attainable. I’m so psyched for him to be moving up in 46 days. 😀

My day in food

Recently I’ve had a few folk show interest in what I eat during the day, mostly because of the limitations I’ve put on my diet. I don’t eat dairy, meat or fish and my priority is to fit as much veg into my meals as I can. So, without further adieu, this is my day in food from last week.

My protein breakfast

A protein-packed breakfast – 1 banana, 1tbsp of protein powder, 1 egg and 1tbsp of peanut butter (no added salt/sugar and organic) fried for about 5 minutes. Coffee with vanilla soy milk and another 1tbsp of protein powder. Before I ate I had about a pint of water.

Mid-morning snack – 1 date, nut and raisin bar.

Quinoa lunch
Lunch – quinoa, mangetout, carrots, apple and pok choi with another pint of water. Quinoa is an awesome powerfood because it has all 9 amino acids.

Mid afternoon Insanity work out – one and a half pints of water followed by a protein shake with 400ml of hazelnut milk.

20130313_192749Tea – a chickpea and mushroom burger, grilled cherry tomatoes, pepper, pok choi and asparagus. Eaten with another pint of water to drink.

Snack before bed – 7 grain nut granola and half a pint of water.

Food breakdown
Portions of fruit and veg consumed – 9 – asparagus, pok choi, tomatoes, banana, date bar, apple, carrot, pepper and mangetout.
Liquid – over 2 litres
Protein – approximately 55grams

And to round off this post, I’ll show you a bad picture of my awesome new tshirt!

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I may have cheated…

It’s been 5 days since I got my tattoo and I was meant to leave it longer ’til I worked out, but I just couldn’t wait. I did weights rather than insanity to try and reduce sweating yet I still felt gross because of the grease-like lotion I have to keep on the tattoo until it’s fully healed. I went easy on myself and didn’t spend too long working out, just enough to get my muscles nicely warm and aching a little. Once the tattoo has fully peeled, which I imagine judging by what’s left will be tomorrow or Thursday, I’ll either do weights again or insanity before I return home for the weekend, where insanity will commence once more.

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