Posted by Corallista | Posted in Weight Loss Diaries | Posted on 19-01-2013
Hope you all are doing great! I’ve been bored of the food I’ve been eating lately especially since I decided to stick to home cooked food, even when I want to cheat, I need a challenge to try out new recipes and break out of this monotony! Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I’ve been stuck on eating toasted brown bread/cereal for the longest time I can remember now – I’m going to do a 7 Day Breakfast Challenge. So for the next 7 Days, I plan to cook myself something new, something nice for breakfast. The aim to eat something different each day and if possible, something I haven’t tried before. Can think of no better way to start my day
At the end of the 7 days i.e next Saturday, I’ll be posting my 7 Breakfasts along with the links/recipes which I used to make them. I would love it if you guys can join me in this Challenge, it’ll be a lot of fun seeing what we come up with everyday! I’ll be tweeting pictures daily of my breakfast and you can tweet me a picture of your breakfast too, my Twitter name is @corallista.
The 7 Day Breakfast Challenge
Posted by Corallista | Posted in Weight Loss Diaries | Posted on 12-01-2013
I took a little break from everything around New year’s but this weekend onwards I’m back to a rigorous routine! I ate without restraint in the past few days and barely exercised which is why I’ve decided to not cheat at all with my diet in the coming 2 weeks and increase my workout time and intensity.
Having completed Jillian Micheals 30 Day Shred in December, I’m now moving on to a new workout – Jillian Michaels Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism workout. I’m also doing the 30 Day Shred again. So basically, I’ll be exercising twice everyday – the 25 minute 30 Day Shred in the morning and the 55 minute Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism in the evenings.
I’ve done only 1 Day of this routine so far and I feel pretty sore since I’ve had a nearly 2 week break from exercise. But it feels really good to be working out again! If you want to know my experience with Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, you can read my review HERE.
New Year, New Workout!
Posted by Corallista | Posted in Weight Loss Diaries | Posted on 22-12-2012
Those who follow this space would know that I’d been doing a home workout called Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I’ve nearly finished the workout (I took nearly 45 days to do it, still have a day left!) but its the right time to tell you my experience with this workout.
Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Experience
What is The 30 Day Shred ?
Its a 30 Day exercise program which has 3 levels, 1-2-3, and each Level is to be done for a period of 10 days. You can either purchase the DVD of the workout from flipkart.com or any bookstore or get the video on Youtube HERE. The workout itself is roughly 25 minutes only but it is intense! The instructor is Jillian Michaels who demonstrates the exercises herself with the help of 2 girls – Anita and Natalie. Anita does the modified moves for beginners while Natalie does the same exercises for the advanced crowd. I mostly stick to Anita’s workout since they felt hard enough once I started out though once in a while I am able to do the advanced moves too.
Now each 25 minute workout has 5 stages – Warm up, Circuit 1, Circuit 2, Circuit 3 and Cool Down. Each Circuit starts with 3 minutes of Strength Training targeting the muscles which is followed by 2 minutes of Cardio-vascular exercises targeting the lungs/heart and the circuit ends with 1 minute of Abs. According to Jillian, this combination is the fastest and most effective way to bust fat and tone the body. Now the absolutely awesome thing is that even in those 3 or 2 minute of Strength/Cardio, the exercise changes every 30 seconds so there is no chance of getting bored or feeling tired of the same move. Before you begin to really realize that the move is really hard and is beginning to tire you out, she moves on to the next move.
What do you need for this workout ~
- A Yoga Mat (for the floor exercises), you can manage without it as well like I did for some time though its nice to have one.
- A pair of dumbbells ~ I started Level 1 without the weights but after 5-6 days, I started doing it with 2 pound ones (for each hand). Some of you may find even 2 pound ones heavy if you’ve never worked out before, in that I’ll recommend you start with 1 pound ones. I purchased mine from flipkart.com.
- Exercise gear ~ This is not an essential but I always wear my exercise gear while working out. It makes me feel good and in mood for exercise. I skip the shoes since my floor is tiled and a little slippery so doing the jumps etc. isn’t safe in shoes. But I do wear my fitted track pants and top, it always energizes me. I’ve heard a lot of people say that its a home workout, who’s watching etc. you could do it in your pajamas as well but I think that defeats the whole purpose of a workout. Plus, this is a workout that is quite energetic so it always helps when you’re dressed in something that makes you feel fit and athletic.
Posted by Corallista | Posted in Weight Loss Diaries | Posted on 16-12-2012
One of my readers sent me a link to a TV show where the discussion was about why veggies should always be consumed in cooked form. This is a concept rooted in Ayurveda and talks about how raw salads increases the ‘vata‘ of the body which in turn increases the air in the body which causes the cells to age faster. And this ‘ageing’ process manifests itself in faster appearance of wrinkles etc. Slightly steaming or sauteeing salads can take care of this.
Are raw salads bad for you?
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Posted by Corallista | Posted in Weight Loss Diaries | Posted on 01-12-2012
Hope you all had a good week. This weekend feels like an accomplishment because I completed Level 2 of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred yesterday! Its not an easy workout for me but in these 20 days (with a few gaps in between), I’m seeing my body change and my endurance levels increase. I no longer huff and puff while climbing four floors of stairs, I can do a full set of abs without needing to pause in between and I feel much much lighter! I hope those of you who started this workout are able to keep up with it. Don’t worry if you’re not able to exercise some days, just don’t more than 1 day’s gap and don’t stop working out!
I also experimented with some recipes/foods this week. I tried out a Mushroom-Capsicum curry (based on Sia’s recipe), Besan Bhindi, a home-made Wheat base pizza (no cheese, just a bit of mayo- the white stuff you see) and Masala Oats from Saffola (the taste is exactly like Maggi masala!). I was also skipping the eggs since some days but then I remembered what Rujuta Diwekar says about having protein after workout - If you can’t give your body Protein after exercise, don’t exercise at all! I keep some boiled eggs in the fridge and eat 2 after working out.
Mushroom Capsicum curry
Home made pizza on wheat base