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…

Carrot Orange Juice

Here is another great recipe  for those beginning their vegetable juicing journey: 3 medium oranges 3 medium carrots Juice the ingredients, using your favorite juicer.  Dump in a couple of ice cubes for that chilling effect. A simple but refreshing drink.  Sweet, light and delightful!  You can add in a handful of lettuce or kale…

Beginner’s Green Juice

In celebration of Women’s month, here is a refreshing juice recipe that helps in preventing breast cancer: 3 medium apples 1 lemon 1 large orange 5 handful of spinach 1 cucumber 1 medium-sized broccoli head Apples, lemon and cruciferous vegetables are known to lower risks of breast cancer.  If lemon is not available, I use calamansi. …

Yoga Pose for the Month: Crow Pose

September was a blast.  Our practice focused on the hamstrings and hips, freeing up our body; getting rid of those negative emotions and stress; and working towards the monkey pose.  As predicted, I have yet to come into the full pose but it was such an incredible journey of being open and free.  And noticeably,…

Why Rest Days are as Important as Cheat Days

So you have a regular routine for physical activities.  You follow it religiously.  And you feel good as you feel the fats burning each time you work out.  You want to lose weight pronto.  Who has time to rest? Resting is very important in your exercise regime.  It allows muscles to repair, rebuild and strengthen. …

My Top Cheat Foods

This is probably one of the most difficult top favorite things I have yet to post.  I am a lover of junk food.  Yep, yep, yep, I am.  I love burgers, fries, cakes, chips, steak, and all sorts of junk out there.  So you can imagine how difficult it was to turn to healthier choices.…

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…

Why Yoga is Good for Runners

I love running.  Yes, I do.  But when I started  my weight loss journey, I was hesitant in resuming my regular running schedule because I was worried about my knees.  I was fully aware that not being careful with a running regimen can expose me to injuries:  knees, hamstrings, lower back.  The repetitive nature of…

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…