Day 7: Challenge Completed

Finally!  Day 7 has arrived.  By next week, I can go back to my 2-3 times a week circuit routine and concentrate on Ashtanga and Yin Yoga!  Yay. For today’s workout, Coach Lester prepared a full body routine that works on cardio, triceps, shoulders, thighs, butt, and legs.  I had a very long day, so…

Day 5: Abs Attack. I Surrender.

In today’s circuit class, Coach Lester prepared another core challenge, similar to Day 3’s routine.  I was all energized and ready to really work it out and I had my old pink shoes on. There was a total of 8 stations.  3 circuits, 30 seconds each station.  We had limited props.  We mainly used the mats.…

Day 4: I Wanna Die Challenge

  Today was particularly challenging.  I was recovering from stiff neck and shoulder.  The pain wasn’t so bad after my massage last night and after applying topical pain killer on the affected areas this morning. I missed my asana practice so much after the 3-day intensive kids yoga training (more of that later) that I…

Day 3: Hardcore Challenge

Today’s session focused on the core again.  It was particularly challenging since I did a powerful yang practice during the lunch break…Good thing Coach Lester decided to have pity on us and just provided 30 seconds each station for the three sets (with a minute or two break in between each set).  After warming up,…

Day 2: Core Galore

In today’s lunch session, the circuit challenge focused on abs.  I decided to ask Coach Meynard to document the stations that Coach Pau prepared since I was practicing yoga, focusing on back bends. Of course, I didn’t skip the circuit challenge.  I attended the afternoon session instead. Coach Pau prepared a grueling core sequence:  Total of…

Day 1: Total Body Workout

Today’s class was a total body work out with focus on the core – a total of 8 stations.  But since there were 12 of us, coach Heman added 4 “wait stations” to complete the circuit. The entire session was supposed to be 3 sets/rounds, devoting 30 seconds to each station in round 1; and…

Hardcore Green Juice

I’ve been juicing for some time now but I have yet to train my taste buds to like pure green juice.  I still prefer mixing a lot of fruits, especially orange, in my daily concoction. Here’s a recipe that I’d try out in the next few days, just to mix things up a little: 2 handfuls…

BoxFit

Today, I decided to incorporate cardio and strength training back into my  exclusive yoga routine.  So I joined a boxfit class scheduled at our office gym.  The workout touted to lose around 1,000 calories per session.  Incredible.  I kept an open mind. After just the first two rounds, I felt like I lost 5 pounds.…

3 Tips to Keep the Weight Off

So we have  found an effective exercise program for our weight loss journey.  We started counting calories and made sure we burn more than we eat.  We kept track of our progress by monitoring our body composition.  We jotted down in our journals.  We lost weight and achieved our goals.  Next question is, how do…

Why We Need Cheat Days

Let’s face it.  Undertaking a weight-loss regimen is no fun.  We are told to control our diet, count our calories and make sure we burn more than what we eat.  More often than not, we need to restrict ourselves and cut out those empty calories from food we love so much:  burgers, fries, steak, coffee…

Keeping a Weight Loss Journal

In your weight loss journey, it is essential that you set your weight-loss goals, research, consult your doctor, develop an effective exercise program and complement this with a dietary plan.  The hardest part, really, is implementing all these things, tracking your progress, and motivating yourself to sustain these activities to achieve your goals. As part of my weight…

Setting Weight Loss Goals

So, I made a new year’s resolution to lose weight.  How do I go about it?  In my youth, I could easily lose weight by simply going to the gym regularly.  Run, do a little strength training, and generally increase my physical activities.  This time, however, I knew I need to do a little bit…

How My Journey Began

Following the birth of my second child, it has been a struggle for me to lose the weight I have gained.  While I have lost most of it in baby KB’s first year (thanks to breastfeeding and moderate exercises), by the time KB was 2, I still had 20+ more pounds to go before I…