Weight Loss Diaries Vol. 16 : New Year, New Workout!

 

Hey everyone!

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!
New Year, New Workout!

 

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Weight Loss Diaries Vol. 15 : Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Experience

 

Hey everyone!

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
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 ~

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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Weight Loss Diaries Vol.12 : This week so far

 

Hey everyone!

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
Mushroom Capsicum curry

 

Home made pizza on wheat base
Home made pizza on wheat base

 

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Fun Saturdays Vol. 19 : 5 Things I’m loving this week

 

1. Game of Thrones

 

I love this show! There is a lot of violence, brutality, bloodshed etc. with the historical battleground backdrop of the show but the storyline as well as the characters are so well-written and so well-developed. It doesn’t get boring or predictable at any point! The sets are magnificent like any other good historical movie but its the really the story and its execution that is great here! I can’t wait for Season 3!

 

Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones

 

Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones

 

 

2. Deep, dark nail colors

 

While I’m thankful that it doesn’t get too cold and chilly here in Mumbai, I do enjoy wearing rich, dark shades in my clothing as well as makeup! I’m loving deep nail colors at the moment and right now I have this one on from Maybelline ~

 

Maybelline Colorama Nail Paint - Vinho Reserva
Maybelline Colorama Nail Paint – Vinho Reserva

 

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Weight Loss Diaries Vol.9 : 5 Tips to avoid weight gain during the Festive Season

 

Festive season is the worst time for someone who is trying to lose weight. There is hardly any concept of healthy sweets in our country and every home has truck loads of sweets brought in for the festivities! With traveling to home towns, visiting relatives and family gatherings, the diet and exercise routine goes for a toss. The worst part is that small part of yourself that is looking for an excuse to gorge on those sweets (we all crave them secretly!) and then blame the festive season for the weight gain!

 

5 Tips for healthy, sensible eating during the Festive Season
5 Tips for healthy, sensible eating during the Festive Season

 

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