June 2013 Squats Challenege + My workout Calendar

Hey people!
What’s going on!?

I’ve gotten so interested and distracted by fitness related things, sorry for the lack of posts. I do have some in the works, I’ve just been lazy about it.

But anyway, before I post this months Squats Challenge, I just want to say I kind of don’t do them any more. Don’t get me wrong, squats are great- Buuuuuut, the workouts I’m doing now pretty much incorporate a lot of squatting exercises in them AND weights, so I’m over the challenges. If you want to stick to the Squat Challenge, good luck, I’m still rooting for you! :D And if you’d like to try out what I’m doing… Good luck! Hahahaha!!

Make sure you are eating right. I was complaining to myself about how I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted from Insanity (1 week left!! thank goodness- am debating on starting another round or going into P90x), and that reason is my fault for not eating properly the first month. I was still occasionally eating a lot of junk, basically whatever I wanted. I immediately changed that the 2nd month. I even stopped drinking alcohol. x__x
I eat lots of grilled or baked chicken/fish, hella vegetables and fruits, egg whites, oatmeal, TONS of water, and fruit/veggie smoothies. Yep, it’s all I eat/drink now. (Occasionally I’ll have a protein bar- I can’t afford protein shakes yet, and I can’t use my dad’s- it’s specially made for people with diabetes *sigh*)

And I’ve been going to bed on time now. 10 PM-ish, waking up at 5 AM-ish to run on my treadmill or neighborhood. You get so much more done when you wake up early. o_o

One more thing……. I’m not a freakin’ fitness instructor or anything like that. Consult your physician/speak to a professional fitness instructor before attempting these exercises. I’m merely sharing what *I* do and tips on what MIGHT work for you too.

Basic Squats Challenge Calendar:
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Squat:

Personal Workout Calendar:JUN Calendar

Tools Needed:

  • Dumbbells (should gradually move up to heavier dumbbells)
  • Treadmill (or jog around your neighborhood! I do this too. :))
  • Leg Extension Machine
  • Barbell + Weights (should gradually move up to heavier weights)
  • Intense workout program like Insanity, P90X, Brazilian Buttlift, etc (*cough*torrent anyone? *cough*)

Deadlift:

Hip thrust:

Leg Extension:

Dumbbell Squat:

Dumbbell Lunge:

Have fun, and don’t give up!

This shouldn’t just be a one time/month thing, it should be a lifestyle change~

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May 2013 Squats Challenege

This is a scheduled post.

Couldn’t leave you guys hanging for the month of May, now could I? I’ve gone ahead and created a new Squats Challenge calendar!

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Good luck!
-Pete
xoxo

Bring on the Pain!

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Let’s talk fitness!

Summer is nearing and I’m sure many are working hard for their ideal swimsuit bodies!

I know I am.

Aside from the “Squats Challenge”  (added 10lb dumbbells because my body had gotten use to regular squats, heh) I started this month, I’ve also been running on my treadmill 15-20 mins a day, and…. I’ve started the Insanity Workout on Monday (04/08/2013). I’m 4 days in now, and my body is really hating me. My calves are sore, thighs are sore, arms are sore, shoulders, even my back! I would be content with just lying in bed all day lol. At least the Squats Challenge gives rest days!

Whenever the topic of working out comes up with a friend or whoever, I always hear the same bullshit: “But you’re already skinny, you don’t need to blahblahblah…” 

Pause.

I don’t want to just be skinny, and just because someone is skinny doesn’t mean that they’re healthy! Oh man, and don’t even let me mention anything about wanting to gain a few lbs…

I actually want to be more toned, get a little more muscle (, and I’d like to be on the thick/curvy side lool). Only in my stomach (Abs!) and lower body  though. I pretty much refuse to work out my arms. My arms have always been toned for as long as I can remember. I’m pretty sure I can find toddler pictures, and you’ll see that my arms have some kind of definition…. -_- I’m not even joking!  Whenever I wore a tank top or something, of course a friend or family member would comment. Not necessarily insulting but… eh, I just didn’t like the attention.
So, I use to be self conscious about it, but I don’t care as much any more… I just don’t work them out. I don’t think there is anything wrong with a woman having muscular arms, I personally just want mine to appear more feminine haha. The only thing I have to figure out, I guess is… How can I build strength in my arms without building muscle?

So far I was told to lift heavier weights and do less reps. e__e I’m just like, err… I don’t know… We’ll see. I’ll have to look into it more myself, but tips are of course welcome.

Back to the Insanity workout. Insanity is basically an intense workout created by fitness trainer, Shaun T. It’s supposed to last 2 months, and you can see here: http://theinsaneworkoutprogram.com/about-insanity/insanity-workout-schedule/ what the workout schedule looks like. I’m pretty sure you can buy it anywhere online like amazon or ebay, or even at a nearby Target store. Or, you can gothetorrentingroute .

When it comes to actual dieting…. I’m not on one, haha! I mean, I eat healthy in general already. Chicken and fish, are usually baked (I rarely eat fried foods), salads, boiled eggs, or tuna from a can is usually what my lunch is like. I drink helllllaaaa water. I like vegetables and fruit. I don’t drink soda, don’t drink milk, and I don’t eat at fast food joints. Occasionally I will pig out on chips, pizza, ice cream, etc. and I still drink alcohol occasionally. But… yeah, for the most part I feel like I eat healthy enough and I personally don’t want to really get mixed up with dieting and being that strict on myself.

Anyway, I took a couple of photos. Although they were taken like, a day apart (C’mon, I wouldn’t have changed within a day), I’m just going to consider them both my “DAY 1” pictures (eventually will be my “before” photos). I think everyone should take pictures to show how much they progress. It’s fun and interesting to see and it can be inspirational to other people. And in the end, I think it’ll just make you feel good to see how hard you worked towards your goal. I haven’t decided on how often I will take photos, perhaps once a week or every two weeks. Update 04/14/2013: Scratch what I said about taking a photo every one/two weeks. I was told you won’t see your results if you take photos too often, so taking them every 31 days is best.

DAY1

One of the left was taken on the 7th one of the right on the 8th.

So yeah, pretty normal. If I tighten my muscles they will show through a little as you can see, but I want to be able to just stand around naturally and my abs show through on their own. So, hopefully I’ll see some results when I’m finally finished with all of this.

And Hey! Whether you’re plus size or thin, don’t let anyone discourage you from getting the body that you want. So long as you’re being healthy about it, fuck everyone else’s opinion. It’s your body, and the only one that has to like it is you.

So, keep on and work your ass off~

Now, tell me about your fitness goals, share your stories, share tips: I’d love to hear. :)

April 2013 Squat Challenege

I have a confession….

 

I didn’t complete the Squat Challenge I set for myself! Hahaha!

I could give you a few reasons as to why I didn’t (lazy, consumed by school) but, one reason NOT being because it was hard. Like I said, I just fell off of my routine. I got about halfway through.

With April quickly approaching I set out to find a new challenge and this time I’m determined to stick to it! And I’ll take before and afters to see if there is any change.

I’m going to post two calendar versions by the way. The first is definitely more hardcore (I’m going to do this one), but for those who want something that starts off a little easier, I went and put one together (because I couldn’t find anything anywhere!) Same rules apply!

 

So here they are, whose with me!?

 

Hardcore version:

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Normal version:

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We can do this! :D