More Cardio, Less Hardio (+my workout schedule)

This week has been a light-switch-week for me. My workouts have been more intense and for some reason running has become so much more natural and easy!

I know that last week I complained about using the treadmill, but I think with the strange beginning to summer that we’ve been having in Australia, and the many many Vlogmas videos being posted to YouTube, I am actually coming to appreciate the Treadmill.

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My new theory is that I can do things in ten minute increments. I run for ten minutes as a warm up then see how I’m feeling,  if I’m feeling limber and  (which I usually am after a nice ten minute warm up) I continue for another ten minutes. This then goes on until I’ve done around 3-5km.

It’s magic!!

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Sooooo anyway, that’s been working, so here’s my current workout schedule:

Monday: Arms & Shoulders

  • 10-30 min treadmill
  • 10-20 min StairMaster
  • Shoulder press
  • Row
  • Alternating bicep curl
  • Overhead tricep extension
  • Alternating lateral raise
  • 10 min cool down on the Treadmill

Tuesday: Legs & Butt

  • 10-30 min treadmill
  • 10-20 min StairMaster
  • Squats
  • Goblet squats
  • Static lunges
  • Leg extension
  • Glute bridge
  • Extra 10 min StairMaster
  • 10 min cool down on the Treadmill

Wednesday: Chest

  • 10-30 min treadmill
  • 10-20 min StairMaster
  • Chest press
  • Incline chest press
  • Fly
  • Pushups
  • 10 min cool down on the Treadmill

Thursday: Cardio

  • So much treadmill
  • As much StairMaster as I can
  • Heaps of rowing
  • More treadmill

Friday: Arms & Shoulders

  • 10-30 min treadmill
  • 10-20 min StairMaster
  • Shoulder press
  • Row
  • Alternating bicep curl
  • Overhead tricep extension
  • Alternating lateral raise
  • 10 min cool down on the Treadmill

Saturday: Legs & Butt

  • 10-30 min treadmill
  • 10-20 min StairMaster
  • Squats
  • Goblet squats
  • Static lunges
  • Leg extension
  • Glute bridge
  • Extra 10 min StairMaster
  • 10 min cool down on the Treadmill

Sunday: Blissful rest / LISS

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What does your schedule look like?

 

 

Recapping the Day

Delicious Keto protein shake recipe for lazy people (like me)

Wednesday

I woke up late, rushed around to try to eat something and get to work on time (Wednesdays are the new Mondays). I had packed my gym bag the night before, and had some lunch ready to go, then my colleague messaged me to tell me we were getting Turkish for lunch, so then the prepped lunch went out the window (not literally, we ate it for dinner, it was delicious).
I arrived at work on time even though the traffic was literally past my house, and I took a stupid way to work thinking it would help me avoid traffic. (Note to self: don’t do that)
Had a staff meeting, then spent most of the morning debating post grad studies with a colleague.

Delicious Keto protein shake recipe for lazy people (like me):

2 scoops protein (chocolate)
Vanilla Almond milk (unsweetened)
Dash of thickened cream (1-2T)
A drop of peppermint essence

OMG this is seriously the best protein shake I’ve ever had. If you’re a fan of mint chocolate then this is going to blow your mind!

At the gym:

I got to the gym with every intention of doing legs, but they were still sore from a couple of days ago so I decided not to push it and worked my chest in stead, which was a good idea because today the ladies are feeling it!

I then did 5km running on the treadmill, and 10min on the StairMaster, whom I am currently attempting to woo so she can become my bitch.
Current goal: 20 mins on StairMaster without dying.

All in all, it was a good day!! I did things, went to the gym, and didn’t have to cook dinner!

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So now I am sitting here at work sipping on a flat white and a protein shake simultaneously (who am I?!) and hoping for as good a day today as I had yesterday.

 

Flu and Exercise? /Going to the Gym While Sick

In case you didn’t know, I got the flu.

It sucks.

I wrote about how to fix it here. (My tips don’t work, but try them anyway! It’ll be funny)

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So the day before I got sick, I went to the gym for the first time in AGES, and it was actually the best time I’ve had at the gym/exercising in such a long time that I got super excited about exercise again and was so inspired that I just wanted to go to the gym again!
Then I woke up feeling like death herself.

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So I took a day off, let my body recover a little, drank heaps of water and tea, and hoped that I would be feeling better soon.

Yesterday I went to work after having slept since 6pm the night before, and I felt like my fever had broken! My cough was still around, but everything else seemed OK! So I braved the gym again.

I am seriously not a smart cookie, OK? We’re aware of this.

I tried. I tried so hard. I got on the treadmill to do a warm up 1.5km, and after 2 minutes I was sweating buckets (guess that fever hadn’t broken like I thought), and my head was starting to spin a little, my nose started running, and my chest started to ache…. *thumbs up*

I slowed things down to a brisk walk and completed the 1.5km warm up. (Taking the time to sanitise the areas I had come in contact with  thoroughly)

Moving on, I started my upper body workout as planned.

It didn’t go as planned.

I think the phlegm induced paranoia set in at this stage, and it felt like every man (why are there still only men in weights rooms across the globe?) in the room was staring at me as I picked up my (delightfully) light dumb bells and began.

Eventually I had to just stare straight ahead of me and ignore it (good advice for all the ladies of the land), and I finished my scheduled upper body workout relatively unscathed! None of the bros in the room approached, and I skipped out of there delighted that I didn’t have to stop for a coughing fit.

I approached the StairMaster with trepidation, telling myself I would take it easy and only do 5 minutes.
I only did 5 minutes, didn’t die, and didn’t push it.
*success*

Here’s a picture of me after being at the gym. I don’t look as happy as I really should that I didn’t die.

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So there you have it. I went to the gym with the flu, possibly sweated enough to fill my comically large water bottle, had some weird paranoid delusions, and my fever broke! YAY!
I also kept a good thing going by allowing myself to take it easy, while maintaining my interest in the gym.

Do you workout when you’re sick? Have you had any bad experiences at the gym? Disaster stories?? Share them in the comments!!!

Fasted Cardio / Not Eating Before Working Out

Today I went to the gym in a fasted state.
I did 45 minutes on the treadmill alternating between jogging and sprinting.
I then did increasing squats from 8kg – 15kg, between regular squats and sumo squats.
I did a total 1 hour in the gym.

And it felt good!

…But would it have felt better if I’d eaten?

This is the eternal struggle. Is it better to eat before training?

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I know that there are some pros to doing fasted workouts, and I sometimes practice intermittent fasting (16:8), but would I reap more benefits from working harder after having sustenance?

It makes me wonder if I should begin doing multiple workouts per day: one morning cardio run in a fasted state, and one in the evening after eating for more explosive workouts like lifting weights or sprinting.

Considering one of my goals is to lose body fat, potentially this kind of commitment may be necessary to reap the maximum reward.

Here is an interested study indicating the differences between fasted and fed for weight loss. It shows that the women in the study that fasted before workouts (in conjunction with healthy diet) lost more weight than those in the study that did not fast before workouts (also with a healthy diet).

INTERESTING!!!!

So maybe I will test this out for myself and see what happens! I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, here’s a gif of my new tights that I bought and love.

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Do you practice fasted cardio for fat loss?
Do you also include weight lifting?
Let me know in a comment if you’ve seen any positive results from fasted cardio!

Keeping It Real

Last week I only ran 16km.
Sad days.

So I am currently not at my goal for the November running challenge, but I am OK with it. It will all be ok, and there is no point getting down or feeling upset about it. I will get back on the horse, and run because it feels good, not because I have to.

BUT!!!!!!!!! I am buying new runners. Super exciting because my old ones are finally giving up. I have actually worn a hole through the back of my left heel.. Which is probably trying to tell me something about the way I run.

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Just a lil sneaky peaky

Theme of today is to love ourselves, not punish ourselves for being human, and NEW RUNNERS makes everything better.

Do you self-flagilate for not being perfect? How do you overcome that

 

 

 

Why I Eat Low Carb / My Struggle With Weight

I am on a low carbohydrate diet. Not because I am some health goddess, but because I am currently trying to lose body fat. I want to lose body fat so that I can run more efficiently. Eating low carb/keto helps me to lose body fat. Win!

My History

So, here’s a quick run-down of my history with weight, and how I ended up here.

I was quite an athletic kid up until I hit puberty when it became unladylike to be sporty, (plus I’m not a super co-ordinated person with a very co-ordinated sister that I could never beat) and I was deemed the smart and effeminate one in my family, so I stopped doing any kind of activity that wasn’t walking or reading (I know, right?).
Plus, my mum isn’t athletic, so I thought it was ok to take after her (even though she was a notorious dieter and terrible at exercising, and she always struggled with her weight).

So then I was 18, I had just returned from my student exchange program where I’d gained about 15kg and I weighed about 82-85kg. I had gained it so gradually while overseas that I didn’t realise how much weight I’d put on until I saw my family for the first time in 10 months. Their reactions said it all.

Fat me

When I got home I began eating healthier and going for long walks, and I ended up losing around 15kg’s of the weight I’d gained within a year.

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This happened repeatedly after that. I gained weight, then lost some weight, then I would end up in a relationship, and I would gain weight again. Repeat.

This has kept going until about a year ago when I decided to start focusing a bit more on being healthy not skinny. I had been a vegan for about 4 years, vego for 7 years, and it had STILL been a struggle for me to control my eating habits. I ate so many of the bad things, as well as the good things, it turned out I actually just had a bad relationship with food! No magical new way of eating was going to fix my terrible relationship with food until I started to acknowledge it.

I started eating everything again. I ate everything that I had restricted for years. But once I got over the excitement of eating everything again, I started to focus on balance, finally.

Now

A little while ago, my boyfriend and I decided to try out the ketogenic diet (info here and here). It seems to be pretty controversial in the health world, but it does work. We both decided to try it to lose some weight, and to our surprise, we did!
He lost nearly 10kg by eating a diet of 60% fat 30% protein and 10% carbs. I lost 4kg by eating around the same macros and by running sporadically (in one month).
Then came his birthday, and we indulged slightly too much on the sweets and the carbs, which meant that we both stalled slightly, but we are back at it.

It’s pretty basic, and I know it’s not the most exciting, but we both seem to thrive off it. So we will keep going until we don’t feel as good eating this way anymore, and if that happens, we’ll stop.

So I obviously still weigh a lot more than I think is optimal for my own performance, but I am not uncomfortable in my body anymore, and I feel a lot more confident than I have before. I’m also a hell of a lot happier than I have been with myself before! I am also more aware of my relationship with food, and how I use it to treat my own emotional struggles.

We shall see!

 

Progress! Week 1 results! (And how I’m feeling overall)

Smashing goals, challenging thoughts, cramping feet and getting those KM’s!

This morning I checked my emails and saw my “progress from last week” email from Map My Run. I groaned. I was sure I didn’t make the km’s I needed for last week.

Well!
29.9km!! To say I was shocked would be an understatement.  (To see my progress overall check out my post here)

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So now week 1 of madness is complete, and it’s time to start looking at completing week 2 and trying to get past that 30km mark for the week. Honestly, I think I should be able to make it. 😉 *fingers crossed*

I have just returned from Day 8: 5km steady pace. Which was mercifully easy compared to some of my runs last week. Which made me think about how different each run can be. No two runs are the same! Sometimes it’s your legs that refuse to co-operate, and other times it’s your head. There are many runs I’ve cut short because my head just wasn’t in it.
This morning, I ran. It was simple! I got ready, walked out the door and ran. I didn’t overcomplicate it, and that meant that I wasn’t overthinking the run either. My body co-operated with my head, and the run went smoothly. What a lovely change! It could have been because of the rest day I had yesterday, or the extra stretching I did after my long run on Saturday, who knows! My only complaint today was the cramping in my right foot that set in at 4km 😦

So I think I will have to try to keep in mind how simple it can be for those days that I really don’t want to.

How is everyone else’s Monday going? Have you started your weekly mileage? Does your head ever get in the way of a potentially great run?