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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Week 1: My Health and Weight Loss Journery to Get Fit and Lose Weight!



I started my fitness journey to get fit and lose weight last Friday, so today it's one week since I started, and I promised to post workouts for the week and any results.

If you missed the first post starting this journey, you can find it linked here.

Week 1 workouts:

Day 1- Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 (level- week 1)
Day 2- Same
Day 3- Same
Day 4- Same
Day 5- Monthly visitor- workout ruined!
Day 6- 30 minutes on stepper 
Day 7- Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 (level - week 1)

The Jillian Michael's workout that I did this week is HIIT (high intensity interval training) style. She does 3 minutes of strength (I used 5 lb weights), 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs. Total workout is 30 minutes. 

I found the Jillian Michael's workout challenging but doable. I had a hard time completing abs and push ups. I haven't worked out in so long so I'm pretty out of shape.

It will be interesting to see how much harder week/level 2 is compared to week/level 1.

I have always been the kind of person to workout at the end of the day. This time I have started working out first thing when I get up. One reason is because I figured if I got it out of the way, I couldn't find excuses later. The second reason I did this is because I thought that I may burn more fat if I workout after fasting. Since my body wont have food to burn as fuel it will use my fat instead. WRONG! After doing some research on this, it's not the way to go. From what I've read, you risk losing muscle and slowing your metabolism if you don't fuel your body before a workout, you also wont have as much energy for your workout. Also, eating before a workout can speed up your muscle recovery after your workout.  From now on I will try to have a small snack before a workout. It's okay to workout after a fast occasionally but not a good idea to do it all the time.

Here is some great info and suggestions on what to eat before and after your workouts from fitnessmagazine.com

I weighed myself first thing in the morning on an empty stomach last week and I did the same this week. 

Pounds lost- 1 lb  
fat lost- 1%

I do feel stronger, like I'm building muscle. I've heard that muscle has memory and as I mentioned in my last post, for most of my life I have done some form of exercise.  

I have a long way to go to tone up the way that I want to but I feel like I am slowly starting to and that's pretty motivating. 

It's all up to me whether I want to be fit and firm or out of shape. I choose fit and firm and I will do my best to get there and stay there.

If you want to start a journey to get fit or lose weight or both, it's never too late! Join me if you like. Let me know what you are doing to get into shape. You can also find me on Instagram (link at top of page).

Amy
xoxo

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for all The important information. I need to lose weight so bad. I have gained so much due to my back injury. I was a small person all my Life, ate what I wanted and worked hard, so I maintained good muscle. Praying I can get motivated. Kudos to you. Wishing you much success xoxo

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    1. I know the feeling. I used to be able to eat anything and stay slim without even trying. Sorry to hear you had a back injury, I hope it's getting better. I had a lot of physical therapy after I was hit by a streetcar while crossing the street. Broke my pelvis in 2 places and had my arm screwed back together at the elbow. It was a long time ago, and I guess I was lucky because eventually I could walk again. I cannot do certain exercises like pilates due to my pelvis. But, I'm lucky I can do most other exercises. I just stay away from movements that bother my pelvis. If I can get motivated you can too! Create a plan, no matter how small. My workouts are only 1/2 hour a day and I keep track of it in a calendar and only weigh in once a week. I hope you can join me in this. Just do what you can. Thanks for coming by and I hope you'll join me! Amy xo

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