Sunday, April 23, 2017

Change

Change, evolve, adapt...

Stress is the motivator for change.  I was diagnosed at 19 years old with hypertension.  So young to have this problem.  I was trying to get into nursing school at that time and started taking medications to help manage this problem.  After my complicated pregnancy, I change my eating habits, started exercising and was able lose weight which help decrease my blood pressure.   I had permission from my doctors to stop my medication.  These past few months I've been going through a lot of work related stress.  In October the doctor said I had to restart medication because my blood pressure was high again.   This made me upset because I had maintain my 50 pound weight loss so I couldn't understand why my healthy lifestyle was no longer helping me managment my blood pressure.

Stress?  Genetics?   I had lost motivation in my health.  I am still working out and eating healthy but a little bit of me feels like giving up... but my original reason for getting healthy is for my family so I know I need to stay healthy!

I am catholic but did not participate in Lent, but on Good Friday I did abstain from meat.  I started thinking if this is something worth practicing.  I've been following a low carb semi paleo lifestyle these past 2 years.  I have cut back on process foods, rice, bread.  I'm wondering if the amount of meat I've been eating may be the reason my blood pressure got high.  That Sunday I watched Food Choices on Netflix and  I really felt inspired to explore plant base lifestyle.  Can I give up meat?  I don't know but I want to decrease my meat intake and fill my diet with more protein rich vegetables.  Will it help my blood pressure?  I hope so.  If I'm cutting back on animal protein that may improve my cardiovascular health in the long run!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Hello 2017

My insurance offers a free gym membership that starts this year, 2017.  UFC is not part of my insurance's approved gyms.  So I discontinued my UFC membership.  I was paying about $90 a month and not making use of the ultimate membership.  The only reason why I like to go was because the gym was close to my work.

Right around the time I decided to stop my UFC membership, I had an ankle injury.  I haven't been in the gym since October.  Then I went to Disneyland with my family, enjoyed the holidays, my family and I got sick, and indulge during the birthdays of my fiance and mom.  My workouts and eating were wack!  I gained almost 12 pounds.  I was at my lowest weight at 128 and went up to 142 pounds 😢

After my mom's birthday I told myself lets get serious now.  I signed up for 24 Hour Fitness.  I paid $200 initiation fee, which is not too bad because I do not need to pay a monthly fee.  The nice part of my insurance is if you work out 45 times in a year you get your initiation fee money back.  Not a bad deal.

I created my own workout plan using an old guide I made when I was going to 24 Hour Fitness over 4 years ago.  It uses information from: Bodybuilding.com The Female Training Bible.  I plan to go the gym in the morning before work and lift weight 3x a week, incorporate HITT or running at least 2-3 x a week.  I am still doing the GAR on President's day.  I signed up for the Honolulu Marathon so I need to start training for longer runs!  Maybe I will sign up for a half marathon too 😀  If I can't make the gym I will still do my workout at home. 

As far as nutritional program,  I am carb cycling, using Chris and Heidi Powell's guide.  I will keep my carbs low during the week, and my carbs will be high on Friday and Saturday.  This week I recorded my calorie intake because it has been awhile since I did this and it is good to see how much calories and macro nutrients food contains.  I was doing the 21 day fix portioning, which is convenient and helpful, but maybe I was still over eating...I dont know but if there is no change, need to do something different right!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Try something different: UFC Championship

These past few months I am been in a runt in my health and fitness.  I started Hammer & Chisel and lost more weight, but afterwards work stress started to catch up with me.  I have not been in the mood to workout, keep up with meal plan and eat healthy.  I feel like all I want is to be alone.  I feel stressed out =(  I love my family but I just want my me time.

Then I get the comments about how I dont look good.  I look better fat.  I guess I lost too much weight too fast.  Then again this past week I have not been feeling good.

So I use to go to the gym.  I was a member of 24 Hour Fitness when I first was trying to lose weight.  I cancelled this membership and signed up for UFC, but as a new mom and working full time, this gym did not work for me.  I started to workout at home with Beachbody programs.  They were very convenient and help me lose the weight.   I use to work out at 5AM, then got ready and dropped off my daughter to daycare.  Now that I am a charge nurse and work 7AM to 3:30PM, I have not found a good workout time.  I used to work out at 6PM, cook dinner, eat then go to bed by 9PM.  I feel like this routine is not working for me.

So I signed up for the gym again, this time UFC Championship Membership.  This membership allows me to go to UFC at Waiklele or Kakaako, do functional fitness like boxing and Daily Ultimate Training (crossfit style workouts), MMA training, jiu-jitsu, and group fitness classes like Cize, Insanity, PiYo,  Turbokick, Bare, Yoga, Zumba.  I will need to wake up at 4AM, leave my house to get to the gym by 5AM, work out for 1 hour, get ready before 6AM and start work at 7AM.  I think this is possible.  I just need to make the time and commitment.  I love Beachbody, but I need my me time.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Master's Hammer & Chisel Results

I enjoyed weight lifting with Sagi in Body Beast and Autumn with 21 day fix and 21 day fix extreme so when I heard that they collaborated and made a program together I could not wait to try it!!!

H&C program has 12 different workouts about, 30-40 minutes long and incorporates stabilization, strength and power.  It comes with 21 day fix colored containers with expanded food list and more recipes, no repeats if you have their previous programs.  

January 11, 2016 before H&C
Weight 141
Chest 34
Arm  11 right 11 left 
Waist 29
Hips 34 
legs 19 right 19 left

March 21, 2015 after H&C
Weight 130
Chest 33.5
Arm  10 3/4 left 11? Right 
Waist 28.5
Hips 33.5
legs 18.5 right 18.5 left

This program reminded me of p90x3.  I still enjoy doing the weight lifting part.  I realize I hate endurance training 😳