Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cardio Blast

I met my trainer this morning for the first of our 2 sessions this week. He planned a cardio based work out for me. I started with 2 exercises that I did for 30 reps: plyo push-ups and assisted pull-ups. After, I moved onto my cardio portion. Each exercise was performed for 20 seconds: sprints, plank with arm reaches, 180 jumps, 3 cone drill, star jumps, and burpees. It was tough and it really got my heart rate up. I repeated the cycle again, starting with 20 reps of each exercise and followed by the cardio portion. I did it for a last time for 10 reps and then cardio.

I repeated the whole process again while changing the 2 exercises. I started with 30 squats and 30 bicep curls, followed by the cardio portion. I repeated it again for 20 and 10 reps. I was pooped by the end of it. My legs were tired and I was out of breath. I ended the session with a short ab circuit.

It was a great way to start the day. I felt refreshed and I had energy all day. I don't have to worry about work out again since I already did it. I feel wonderful!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Post Work Cardio

Now that I have a specific plan given to me by my trainer, there's no more making excuses. I have to follow it if I want it to work. Even though I finished working at 10, I still had to stay to do my cardio for the day. My cardio involves interval training. I warmed up by doing a 10 minute jog on the treadmill. I decided to do my intervals on a spin bike. I did 30 seconds with no resistance, 30 seconds at a moderate pace with some resistance, and 30 seconds at a full sprint with resistance, for 10 rounds. I find the worst part is during the 3rd and 4th round were its getting tough and you realize you still have so many rounds to go. I timed the intervals so there was no leniency. I was getting tired by the end but I got through it. I feel really good about working out even though I was tired. I'm fully committed to my goal so no more excuses!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Partners In Training

I feel a lot better than yesterday. I think it was really good that I acknowledged that I was struggling and now I'm 100% committed to making myself better. I wasn't tempted by any food today and even if it did cross my mind, I would tell myself I have a goal and I won't cheat on my goal. I feel a lot better and I hope I keep it up.

Today was one of my low carb days. I only had 31g of carbs but 50g of fat so I was still feeling full. I felt tired mid afternoon but it went away once class was over. I went to the gym around 9:30, once I cooked my dinner and did a little homework. I did the full body circuit my trainer sent me. I started my work out with a warm up using the battle ropes. I stretched and then did some sprints on the treadmill to get my heart rate up. I did the circuit 3 times. I did 2 rounds with Makaya who is also training with Anthony. It was fun to do it with someone and we motivated each other to get through it. I was able to get through it no problem and I didn't feel fatigued. I burned 755 calories during my work out.

It feels great to have a program to do on my own. I stuck to my diet today. It was a great day and now I just have to keep it up.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

In Need Of A Little Motivation

I need your help. I need to regain a little motivation. I don't know how. I've tried a lot of things so far. I've read other fitness blogs. I've posted pictures in my room and on my phone of fitness models. I tried posting a calendar in my room and tracking my diet and workouts. I've tried setting short term goals for myself. I don't know how to get back the motivation I had this summer.

I think one of the biggest problems I have is that this fitness competition is no longer my biggest priority. I have so many other things going on: school, my internship, work, and homework that training is put on the back burner. When I get home, I'm tired or I have homework to do so I don't go to the gym. I have different priorities now. If I go to the gym, I have less time for homework while if I focus on my work, I'm too tired for the gym. It's hard to find the right balance.

I also need to get rid of the cheats I have on the weekend. It seems I can't stick to my diet on the weekend since I don't have a regular schedule. During the week, the thought of cheating doesn't cross my mind. I'm so strong and determined to stick to my meal plan. On the weekend, however, that voice in my head disappears and nothing stops me from eating what I want. I don't know how to fix that. I don't know why I've been able to stick to my plan to not drink any alcohol for a year and resist temptation without any problem but I can't resist the urge to have dessert on the weekend. I need to learn to resist temptation.

My goal is to lose weight. It's not easy. I'm going to do it through a good diet and exercise. I know I can do it. I always achieve any goal I set for myself. I just have to start reminding myself that my goal is too lose weight. I'm not going to be able to do it without dieting. My boyfriend brought up an interesting idea that might help with my motivation: the fear of failure. I don't want to fail at this. If I keep cheating, I'm going to fail. I'm not going to achieve my goal and I won't be able to compete as a fitness model. I also have to start asking myself before I eat anything I'm not supposed to, is this going to help me achieve my goal? Is it worth it? I hope it helps and I re-gain motivation. I'm open to ideas that you may have as I'm in a bit of a funk right now.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Family Dinner

I had a family dinner tonight. My mom's family came over for dinner and game night. Playing cards after dinner is something that we always do and it's a lot of fun. My aunt and my uncle are vegetarian so my mom made a lot of healthy dishes. She made a kale salad, a lentil stew, roasted vegetables and trout. It all looked so delicious, I couldn't resist. I didn't want to cheat on my diet as I followed it all day. I even made my own salmon for dinner. I was just curious as to what the food tasted like as it all looked so good so I tried it. It was really good!

It's not a bad cheat but it's still a cheat on my diet especially as it was supposed to be one of my lower carb days. I was torn because I knew I should of stuck to what I had to eat but part of me wanted to try the new food. It's all healthy so what's the harm?

I was going to have some of the dessert too but my boyfriend and my cousin stopped me. They didn't want me to feel guilty and regret eating that much food. I'm happy they stopped me and guided me back into the right direction. I feel bad for cheating but it's also hard to not participate in the family dinner and eat the same thing as everyone else. My small piece of salmon wouldn't of been enough compared to all the food they were eating. I need to start changing my mentality and remind myself I have a goal in mind. Yes, I love food but my goal is too lose weight so if I want that to happen, I need to start making sacrifices. If I want my diet to work, I need to stick to it 100%. This is just a prep for when my real pre-competition diet will come. If I can't do this, I'll never be able to hit my goal. I need to re-focus and always keep my goal in mind whenever I feel the need to cheat on my diet.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Night Lights

It's Friday so that means it's football day for me! The Concordia football team had a game tonight versus McGill. It's their second game of the season. It was a great game as McGill is one of their rivals. The game was at 7 at McGill.

It was a great game! Concordia won 41-7!! It was really exciting. There weren't too many injuries so it was a quiet night for me. It was just really cold on the sideline (where did summer go??).

I had to work out in the morning since I knew I would be busy all night. I just went for a 30 minute run in the morning. I love running in the fall since the weather is cooler. It's very refreshing and the leaves changing colours is beautiful to see. I was more organized for this game and brought all my food for the day. I didn't cheat today and stuck to my diet. Overall, it was a great day and I'm going to bed happy and really proud of myself!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Full Body Circuit

I had another training session with Anthony tonight. We went over the work out I would be doing on my own. I started with intervals using the ropes. I moved onto intervals on the treadmill. I have to walk for 30 seconds, jog for 30 seconds, and sprint at 100% for 3 seconds, for 4 rounds. I did really well with the sprinting. I felt strong, fast, and I didn't have any difficulty keeping it up for 30 seconds.
I moved on to my full body work out. I have to do 12-15 reps of each exercise along with a 30 second rest. Some of the exercises included clean & press, plyo push-ups, assisted pull ups, medicine ball slams, dips, etc. It's a long circuit but it uses my whole body. I was sweating. My heart rate was always above 80% and most of the time it was in the 90s. I burned over 600 calories with my work out. I can't wait to do it again on my own. It'll be tough but I felt great after my work out. I hope I'm not too sore tomorrow!