Day 10 - 20 Days to 25

So I wrote this post and then it got eaten (GRRR ARGH!) so I'm writing again with a bit of venom now.

I was pretty much dreading today's workout just from the stills in the YouTube videos alone. 

I was definitely right to be scared.

These videos are technically yesterday's but I decided to give myself an entire rest day yesterday. That meant no exercise, taking a nap, and playing video games until a relatively reasonable hour.

I'm so glad I gave myself a day to reboot. 

Today was wicked hard but I feel like it would have been even harder had I not had a bit of a break. I thought the first video was going to destroy me but I ended up doing more than I thought I would. The second video I only stopped once, for about five seconds, then I was right back into.

I fell apart during the third video. 

Two out of three ain't too bad and I think I'm getting a little better actually believing that it's okay that I can't do it all. I'll build up to it and one day I will be able to finish all three videos, one after the other.

Anyway, today's post isn't too long, just a mini-update as there is a Fangirl Friday coming up later on today. If you do want your body to die, definitely try the videos below. 

Later days!

Day 8 - 22 Days to 25

I feel like I'm not giving myself quite enough credit for sticking with this routine of writing and exercising.

Every morning when I wake up and I get stuck in the middle (or even the beginning) of a workout, I give myself a bit of a metaphorical slap and wonder why it's so difficult for me.

It's because I'm still learning. But, apparently, this fact is unacceptable to me.

I always expect myself to "get" things very quickly and if I don't, it's not worth pursuing. 

This is a pretty bad life decision to make at such a young age. I'm also potentially denying myself the joy I'll feel when I finally achieve what I'm setting out to do.

I'm going to try and take a page out of The Academy Is... playbook and just tell myself:

"Alright, alright, sloooooow down."

If I'm not sitting idly doing nothing, I'm in a rush. There is rarely an in between state for me anymore. I want to get back to that place where I would start an assignment weeks in advance so I could take my time with it and not scramble the night before to get it done. I want to get back to a place where I'm not running out the door to catch my bus/subway/ride (actually, I don't think that place ever existed for me. I'd like to create that place).

I think the basic thing I'm trying to say is, I need to stop trying to rush and catch up and understand the pace that I need to take. If that means I have to wake up earlier to get everything done in a more relaxed way, that might be what I have to do. If it means letting myself learn at the rate my body is going to learn, I have to stop berating myself that I'm not doing better. 

I just have to remember what Joey once said:

No, Joey. A dinosaur wouldn't do that.

Time to take my time.

Here's the workout for today. It was all butt, all the time, and woof, did my booty ache after it was all over. If you want to make that butt shake, definitely check out these videos below.

Later days!

Day 7 - 23 Days to 25

ONE WEEK DONE!!!!!!! CAN YOU GUYS BELIEVE IT? MY ABS CAN!!!! THEY HURT LIKE HELLLLLLL!!!!!

But before I get into the workout, I need to talk about how it took me two hours to get in to work today.

I feel like this city could benefit from people being more in the spirit of "We're all in this together." Everyone is suffering from the subway delay, everyone is suffering by overpopulation, everyone is doing the best they can, but when you push and shove and make it all about you and you alone, you make the experience even worse, even dangerous (seriously, I ended up so close to the edge of the subway platform because people wouldn't let me move backwards). We all have to co-exist; can we all just make our lives a little bit easier and stop trying to make other people's lives more difficult?

Anyway...

Today was all about abs and it was definitely tough. I don't really have much to say about each individual video except to say that there was a bit too much repetition for me (three videos had double-leg lifts and reverse crunches. Are there really only so few ab workouts?). I definitely am feeling my abs right now so I know that these videos are working. I am slowly getting more excited to do these everyday but only one rest day a week is pretty tough for me. At least it's done for the day and I can spend the rest of the day thinking about getting up early for tomorrow's workout! 

Here are the videos in case you'd like to burn through your abs too!

Later days!

Day 6 - 24 Days to 25

Day six and still going (somewhat) strong! Yesterday I went into a bit of a food rabbit hole, and had pizza for dinner then ice cream for dessert. Luckily, I shared both of these things with my dad so I did not consume everything like I once would have. That being said, that is a habit I'm working hard on breaking. Cooking is something that still doesn't appeal to me the way it does to other people and I often err on the side of convenience instead of on the side of health.

Anyway.

Today was all about Spring Cleaning (so it's kind of funny the first workout today is called Spring Leaning!). I had the day off, made a list of everything I wanted to accomplish, and made a GIF. 

I LOVE TICKING THINGS OFF LISTS! 

But because I got all this done, I was already pretty exhausted by the time I actually got around to working out. I mean, I start off pretty strong...

New video! This was so much fun, even the burpees! I can't believe I can say that but yeah, seriously, what a fun workout.

But things sort of go downhill pretty quickly.

I lost all of my energy in this video. I half-assed a lot of it. Part of me thinks that it must be because of what I ate yesterday, that it's weighing me down. Another part of me feels that it's I'm just losing endurance. However, I kept waiting for the endorphins to kick in but they never came...

...not even during the third video. I had never done Arms on Fire before so that was kind of nice to have something new to do but it still felt like torture. Then again, one thing that made me feel quite proud is I was finally subjected to the dreaded Oil Riggers... AND I COULD DO THEM! My arms are still hurting from the many days of arm exercises and I think I pulled something in my left bicep by carrying 7 kg of kitty litter. Seriously, why is it so huge? And it doesn't last that long. I only have one cat. I can only imagine how much litter people go through who have multiple cats. Le sigh. Alright buttercup let's suck it up and continue.

I started playing the fourth video and I literally went for one minute and paused it and lay down. (I wrote this post lying on my back using the iPhone's voice dictation, which actually works really well!) I will get back into the work out in a few minutes but I'm allowing myself a breather. I had a very active morning with cleaning the entire apartment and running back-and-forth between the laundry room about 80 times. I don't really feel that bad about it but it still kind of sucks that I can't do it all the way through like I usually do. I guess is just going to be one of those days.

After the breather, I finally get back to it. 

I definitely got my spirit back a little bit with this routine. I actually really like butt workouts, funnily enough, but yeah this one went a lot easier. Booty was still on fire  and they were about a gazillion reps but I'm pretty happy. I'm also thinking about what I'm going to do after the workout is done which obviously includes a very nice shower. 

Alright here is the final video let's end this shit strong.

I really don't have much to say about this video other than I was glad it was the last one. It was definitely a lot easier to go through than the previous ones (I was actually distracting myself with my phone during this, so if I could do that, I obviously wasn't too challenged). 

Working out in the afternoon is simply not my jam. It's either first thing in the morning, or just not at all. I'll be back to my regularly scheduled workout program tomorrow! Later days!

Day 4 - 26 Days to 25

Well, hello again!

I slept at my mom's place last night as we left the Sedar quite late and it was easier to stay up north. It was nice to get a full night's sleep with no cat interruption (I slept til 11:00am!) but I'm happy to be home once more.

Yesterday I definitely did my fair share of eating at my Passover Sedar. I honestly didn't mind and didn't feel guilty about eating any of it. 

What I did feel guilty about was that I lost my Metropass. Three days into the month. 

Fuck.

The transit system has no way of replacing my pass or helping me out in any way and because of that, I've been feeling pretty stupid and I've been emotionally beating myself up a little bit because of it.

"Why did you put it in your back pocket, when you know it could easily fall out?"

"Don't you know how expensive these things are?"

"God, you lose everything."

Basically, super unhelpful stuff that doesn't get me anywhere, let alone a new Metropass. 

I know that at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter. I know that I can afford a new pass (and that I'm lucky that I'm able to do so). I know that this has happened to many friends of mine and so I'm hardly the only one that's gone through this. But still... it sucks.

I try to be organized, but I do find it difficult. Luckily, I have Monday off as well, and I have no plans (I'm so social!). The apartment is officially getting a makeover.

Anyway, enough complaining, let's get on to the workout!

REST DAY! God, I needed this video so badly. It felt soooo nice to unwind my muscles and just let them relax. There's really not too much to say about it other than it made me feel really good and ready for tomorrow's more high-intensity workout.

When I saw this video come up, I pretty much thought I wouldn't even bother doing it. I used to do gymnastics in the past, so head/handstands are nothing new to me, but it's been many years and I don't really have a free wall to use as a balance, so I thought I would sit this one out. Instead, I pushed away a table, took down some art off the wall, put my yoga mat against the wall and sucked it up.

It was so much fun. 

As I said, I haven't done this kind of stuff in years but it really brought back a fun, youthful excitement that I remember feeling when I used to go to gymnastics classes. I got back into the swing of things pretty easily and I was even able to balance without the wall for a little bit. Obviously, this is something that I will have to build up again, but considering how much I enjoyed doing it, I can easily see myself taking the time to keep working on it.

Alright, it's dinner time for me now which means ALL THE PASSOVER LEFTOVERS!!!!! So much yum, and then since I know I'll be craving something sweet after dinner, I'm going to make a yogurt/raspberry/chocolate chip parfait in lieu of spending my hard earned dollars on two guys named Ben and Jerry.

Later days!