Aye! What a better time to pick this back up!

Hey-ya, cool cats and kittens (shout out to my friends who’ve seen “Tiger King”). So yeah, I haven’t posted on here in quite awhile, but I figure this is perhaps the BEST time to get back into the swing of it.

So I’m a little older. I’m a little wiser. I’m going to try to keep this up and perhaps add in some more fun content. Maybe a lil cooking tutorial??? As most of use have been doing, I scroll through Facebook now all the time looking for something interesting to take my mind off of going to have a snack, watching another episode of some God-awful reality show through Hulu, or worrying about my students. Yes, this is a hobby for me, but I’m hoping it can also break up some of the monotony for ya’ll.

To recap since my last post, I signed back up to WW in November. Prior to that I tried Noom and WW again before that. Current weight is 170 lbs! My goal weight is only 20 pounds away, but holy pudding-covered Cocker Spaniel, folks, these last 25 pounds have not come off easy. I’m always looking for ways to switch it up to see the scale move.

Then of course the Coronavirus strikes, shelter-in-place is ordered, and my gym routine is all thrown out to hell and I’m home around food all day long. So many of us are in the same boat. What do we do? Here’s a few things/ideas I’ve been trying:

  1. ONLY keep healthy foods at home! If you have some junk food laying around, it will get eaten. I’ve got a pint of Peanut Butter and Jelly Halo Top waiting in my fridge for my once a week binge on it, that’s all. I’ve been trying to bake healthy versions of sweets to help me out here.
  2. Go out for walks every day. Not only is walking just plain old solid exercise, but it’ll lift your spirits and get you that much-needed vitamin D.
  3. Find a strength-training routine you can do at home. Right now, with all the gyms closed, there are tons of sites for free workouts popping up. Here are a few that I’ve tried:
    1. Team Body Project is my favorite right now. You pick the plan and the workouts you do are different every day and are easy to follow. It’s built around the idea of interval training. You do a squat+side leg raises for 45 seconds, 15-second break, then do another exercise, then repeat this for 3 sets. Also, the folks on it have British accents!
    2. Les Mills Home Workouts was offered through my gym Chuze Fitness when they closed down. Les Mills is the maker of group classes like Body Pump, Body Combat, and Grit. These workouts are intense, but awesome! I’ve done the Grit and HIIT workouts and they do a great job of showing you compound exercises that get your heart rate up and strengthen your body.
    3. Leslie Sansone’s Youtube channel has a lot of low-impact walking-based workouts.
    4. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, there are TONS of workouts on Prime Video. 21 Day Transformation is one that I’ve tried that keeps you going.
    5. I also use an app on my phone called 30 Day Fitness Challenge. It has beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels to target the areas of your choice (full body, upper body, lower body, abs, butt. There is NO EQUIPMENT needed for these workouts as they are focused on using your body weight for resistance training.
  4. If you’re in a snacking mood, try to snack on protein-rich and high-fiber foods. Keep some hard-boiled eggs, lean deli meat, fresh snackable veggies, berries, etc. in your fridge for a snack.
  5. Practice meditation or mindfulness. I got myself a year subscription to Headspace to focus on coping techniques for my anxiety or to practice some gratitude meditation. You can sign up for a free 10 days. Also, if you’re a Denver Public Schools teacher, you can get a free subscription!
  6. Keep yourself busy!

As you know, I’m not an expert here, just a real person trying to make the best of the situations I’ve been handed. Hopefully there’s something here you can take! Be back soon!

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