I don’t buy into the 30 Day Calendar Challenges where you are repeating the same exercises over and over again and just increasing the reps. That doesn’t work, especially if you are using it as your main workout and not as an extra added workout bonus. Anyway, I’ll get off my soapbox now.
For this round of workouts I decided to try Melissa Bender’s 30 Day Ab Challenge combined with her Bikini Competition Workout (3 months). In her first day of abs she first explains the moves and then does 1 minute intervals of each. (Had I thought this through properly I would not have done my own set of 210 abs last night). She does this move called Down Dog/Up Dog which not only works your core, but it also works your shoulders. After the interval I was felt it (I will be doing this again)!
So far the Bikini Competition Workouts are good (I have three months of different workouts to do), I have been doing two rounds of them (she says you can do 2-3 rounds of them depending on how your body feels). I do them depending on what else is going on that week – do I have a game? A 5K? Am I training on the bike?
How am I doing this? I can stream Youtube from my TV (thankfully) and there are a ton of workouts from everyone under the sun. I’ve even done a few kettlebell workouts and the free TapOut one with Mike Dolce.
Week 2 is in the books, although its been rough this week with working later hours, recovering from riding 35 miles and softball. I will say I got in a great workout today: Bikini workout + abs + T25
Speed 2.0 + batting cages which might have contributed to all the pent up frustration of people ‘accepting’ work related meeting invites for 8 pm EST and then not showing up.
Example of what I ate in Week 2:
Breakfast: 1 egg white + 1 egg, multi grain toast with almond butter or Kashi Go-Lean Crunch cereal with FF Milk, plus 1 cup of coffee w/almond milk
Lunch: Homemade Turkey Burger with brown rice and garden ground string beans + H2O
Snack: Celery sticks with hummus
Dinner: Baked Salmon with low sodium soy sauce and steamed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots) + H20
Snack: Arugula, baby spinach with almonds, black olives and carrots w/homemade dressing (Grapeseed oil, white vinegar and garlic pesto spices)
**Protein Shakes w/ FF milk or Almond Milk w/ cinnamon, flax seed on workout days only or if I have a sweet craving.
Cheat Day - Saturdays: which really isn't a cheat day for me except that I have alcohol and maybe dessert!
This is my neverending journey to continue to be fit and healthy, not everything I do may work for you. If you want to be fit and healthy you have to start somewhere and continue the lifestyle. It will be challenging at first, but with the support from those around you, and perhaps if they embark on that journey with you will make it rewarding.