Fitness & health routine #2

Fitness & health routine #2

A change up from the usual food related posts, but since I find that fitness & health also involves food, I thought: why not place this type of post in this category too. In 2013, I was quite possibly in the best shape of my life. Until… life happened and it all had to go down the drain in 2014. These past few months I’ve been working on getting back in shape and slowly but surely, I feel I’m getting there again.

Fitness & health routine

Food:

Let’s start with food. I write about my food intake quite often, as I have been on a wheat free diet for the past 2 years now. And not much has changed in that department. I am still eating mostly wheat free meals every day of the week and when I don’t I still get stomachaches. Thankfully, my reaction to wheat isn’t as strong anymore as it used to be. I no longer get sick to the point where I can’t do anything anymore. Mostly I feel very drained and tired and experience some discomfort, but no more cramps so bad that I would wake up in the middle of the night.

The only thing I could do better on I feel, is my sugar intake. I have mentioned many times before that I have a major sweet tooth and I have come to accept that this will mostly likely be a continuing struggle for me. So for 2015, the food part of my fitness & health routine is pass up on sugary sweetness as much as possible. I want to stick to fruits and home baked goodies mostly. Of course I will still get to snack, but I will limit that to one or two moments a week. I have done this before and know I can do this. I just have to start making it a part of my life, rather than only doing it for a few months.

Other articles in which I have written about my eating habits:

How to stick to a diet

My food philosophy

Wheat free diet 1

Wheat free diet 2

Work out:

Secondly there’s workout. The main reason why I got out of shape was because I simply stopped working out. I went from 4 – 5 workouts a week to only dance class, to none for an entire month. Then I collapsed and was only capable of doing either dance class or BodyBalance once a week. I’ve been building up my work outs as time went along and eventually managed both classes a week, then struggled adding spinning classes and weight training. It’s been 9 months in the making, but for the past 2 – 3 months here’s what my workout schedule has been like.

  • Monday: BodyBalance
  • Wednesday: Dance class (Jazz/ Broadway/ Musical intermediate – advanced level)
  • Thursday: Personalized weight lifting routine focused mainly on upper body and core strength.
  • Friday: Spinning class

On top of that I get a ‘free workout’ every day when I go to work. In total, I take a 45 min walk every day with a 5 kg backpack. And I do that 4 days a week.

I have sometimes been skipping the odd workout here and there. The main reasons are being sick, tiredness or due to train problems. But this has been pretty steady going for the past few months. I have lost weight as a result of being more active on the daily and the building up of my work out schedule. My strength is improving but I am nowhere near the level I was at in 2013 and I would like to be. I know that will just be a matter of time as long as I keep going. On the agility front, I am scoring an A+. The other week (before I got sick last week), I found myself capable of doing splits again on both my right and left leg. Mind you, I am naturally quite flexible but I hadn’t been able to do them in over a year. I could usually do one leg, but not the other, so that’s a win for me.

Other articles in which I have written about my fitness routine:

Fitness & Health Routine #1 (2013)

Getting back in shape

What is your fitness & health routine?

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