Hi All !!
While I’m super happy with my weight, of course there’s still areas.. mainly my tummy… that I wish were firmer. Also, if you’ve followed me over on fimum23, you know that I LOVE toned arms.
So, it’s my new plan to up the strength training in these areas. Yes, I know… I’ve said this before.. and it’s not like I didn’t do any of it… I do. But I clearly need to do MORE in order to get the specific results I’m after.
There’s a couple of practical/housekeeping things I’m needing to sort out in order to make these changes as optimally as possible… but that’s in the works.
1. I need to sell my X-trainer as I literally NEVER use it. I used to really enjoy it, but now… not so much. I know that it’s probably a seasonal (kinda) thing and I may come back around… as is proven by my now LOVE of my treadmill, which I did once detest the idea of getting on. There’s also the undeniable aspect that the X trainer gives a full body workout.. and seeing I’m wanting to improve my upper arms, it would seem like a great plan to actually use it regularly, but the fact of the matter is, if you don’t enjoy being on there.. you simply won’t get on there. (proven by the fact that I haven’t stepped on the darn thing in like 6mths). It’s also a rather bulky item to have in your rumpus room being unused. At present it sits kinda under the workout cage, making it not 100% useable itself. So…. that is a MUST DO item for next weeks ‘to do list’. Advertise X Trainer !!
Achieving #1 will make #2 actually happen. Using my workout cage to it’s full capabilities. I absolutely LOVE doing weighted squats…. they just make me feel crazy strong (LOL). I used to do them with my PT all the time (because it’s obviously way easier when someone can hand it to you…. or better still, place it across the top of your shoulders). But, doing them on your own is harder… and throw in the element of me having rather garbage balance due to my eyesight… basically impossible.. or at most… a rather bad idea. Having the added safety of being able to pick up your bar at your optimal height and place it back in that same position… just so great.
It’s hard to see in this image, (as this isn’t actually my cage), but there are holes top to bottom, so you can place your bars at whatever height suits. This is super handy in my house seeing I share with my son, who is 194cm tall. 😂
Another thing I’m yet to achieve, and REALLY want to, is early morning workouts… As much as I try… I just love sleeping in the morning too much. I also KNEW that this was going to get even harder as the mornings got cooler, so I really wanted to have achieved this BEFORE winter. I do still have time for this, so I”m being optimistic and saying I’ll reach the goal.
I’m still loving my smoothies…. to the point where I am pretty bummed that I actually didn’t have one today. (I mean seriously.. look at just a couple of smoothies I’ve concocted … pretty darn appealing) I made my son the Healthy Mummy chia choc chip pancakes a couple of months ago, and he LOVES them…. so that’s what was on the brekky menu for today. Then, of course, I had a healthy hamburger craving at lunch… so there’s that… and then for dinner… I did actually have a smoothie, but just a simple meal replacement one, as I was crazy busy making stovetop lasagna for the fam, so needed to down my dinner before it was too late.
I absolutely LOVE (yeah, I know.. I capitalise a LOT) (See what I did there? 😂) finding different ways to get extra nutrients in by way of staying hydrated. I’ve started making both cucumber water (which I actually fell in love with onboard Pacific Aria last March), and also Celery juice.
When I went to make the Celery juice for the first time, I was bummed to realise that I needed a nutbag to strain, but I’ve found that my Norwex dish cloth does a fantastic job. (Yes, a shameless Norwex plug.. I have re-activiated my account too. LOL)
OK… just a quick update for now…. I’ll make an effort to blog more in the days to come.. as I have soooo much info to share. My niece has just given me two apparently fantastic books to read…. ‘Diet for a new America’ by John Robbins (I’ll just read ‘Australia’ every time it says America..lol.. and ‘Food for life’ by Neal Barnard, MD. I”m super bummed to get into them as they do seem packed with great info, even just by flicking through briefly so far.
Continuing to #respectthetemple peeps !!