Fitness Junkie


Doing More…
December 14, 2008, 11:40 pm
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“Fear less, hope more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours.” –Swedish Proverb

Does this mean that if I do more high intensity strength training sessions, more interval cardio workouts on the elliptical, more ab crunches and more yoga, a good body will be mine to have?  I hope so.  Having a fit body doesn’t only mean doing more fitness activities, it also means doing more in all other aspects of life:  eat more vegetables, take in more protein, more smiles than frowns … in other words… more mindfulness in the things we do.

Today, my mind was focused on supplements.  Do I need more? 

As a regular reader (and occassional writer) for bodybuilding.com,  I came across an article written by Jaime Filer “Top 6 Supplements for Cutting” that made me take inventory of what I’m taking now…

  1. multivitamin – check
  2. whey protein – check
  3. glutamine – definite check
  4. fat burner/thermogenic – check
  5. BCAAs – have read about its advantages but haven’t used
  6. preworkout l-arginine/nitric oxide booster – never thought of this

BCAA’s are known to speed recovery after a gruelling workout, minimize fatigue, promote protein synthesis and foster vasodilation.  It’s popular feature is that it helps retain muscle mass even when taking in lower calories.  Arginine seems to do the same thing as BCAA’s but also has the ability to produce nitric oxide, scavenge free radicals and help regulate salt levels in the body. 

Other supplements I am currently taking:  Omega 3-6-9, creatine, acidophilus/probiotic, dandilion root/milk thistle, MaxGXL and for a preshoot prep natural diuretic, Watertight.  Is there a need to do more?  If I want to achieve the goal of gaining more muscle mass, then yes, it seems that   I need to be doing more…

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Which Celebrity Workout is Right for You?
November 10, 2008, 2:36 pm
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For the heck of it, I took a quiz this morning to find out which celebrity workout is right for me.  After responding to 10 questions, this is what I was told.  

You are a “spiritual seeker”.  You are a spiritual soul, in search of higher meaning in life.  You are looking for a fitness routine that will help you explore the sacred relationship between body and mind.  You’ll enjoy workouts that nourish your spiritual side while strengthening your body, like these celebs’ favorites:

  • Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston do Pilates
  • Britney Spears sculpts her body with dance classes
  • Madonna, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow swear by yoga
  • Other workouts to try:  Tai chi, karate, cross-country skiing, meditation and swimming

The sun sets today before 5pm.  Yes! 5pm.  Having motivation to get myself to the gym seems harder and harder and lately, I just haven’t been going.  I have, however, taken a bigger interest in working out at home and doing more Bikram yoga sessions.  I finally bought a few at home items like the ball, resistance bands and balance board to keep me from making excuses. 

I can pretty much agree that at this point in my life, I am seeking for a more solid relationship with my body and mind.  Making moves to go back to Peg City and start a personal traiing/lifestyle consulting/freelance writing business is an exciting step in my life.  Yet moving towards the direction of dreams is often an anxiety producing feeling…  And the Libra that I am, I am seeking now for balance and calmness before my mind goes crazy with 10 million thoughts and 0 action.

By setting short term goals and long term dreams, I can remain focused.  But with work, holidays, everyday to dos, it’s really hard to maintain and even harder to stay focused.  Yoga has helped me tremendously and I can’t wait to be with my Pilates instructor/best girlfriend Linda to get my core training in December.  In preparation for the upcoming holidays and cold winter weather,  all I can do to feel small accomplishments is set weekly goals.  I spent the last week resting from the work, training and diet for the FitnessLicious shoot.  I ate whatever, drank til I got drunk and worked out only two times.

This week, I’m back at it.  Yoga, ab training, strength training using a push/pull regime and taking up a new activity.  What that will be yet, I dunno.  Time for new adventures and new challenges. 

 

“NOW” is the operative word.  Everything you put in your way is just a method of putting off the hour when you could actually be doing your dream.  You don’t need endless time and perfect conditions.  Do it now.  Do it today.  Do it for 20 minutes and watch you heart start beating”
Barbara Sher



Vote: Female Celebrity Abs

I hate training my abs.  I find no excitement in doing crunches, leg raises, oblique bends or planks at all!!  But if I want that 6 pack, I gotta work them out.  It takes a lot to get me to the gym alone never mind working out to get Maggie Diubaldo abs!!

In search of motivation I found a contest (it’s the competitor in me….) asking me if I want to make $1000.  Hell ya !  $1000 during the Christmas holidays … of course!!  Robert Kennedy, editor of Oxygen magazine, has an abs challenge contest for anyone willing to do it…   First prize $1000.  Second prize $500.  Third prize $250.  He wants before and after shots of abs …I need your help with some motivation and a daily hit….

With the voter rater turnout in this year’s 2008 Canadian election being the lowest ever in history… (did you vote???)… it’s time to cast your vote here on your favorite celebrity abs.  Don’t disappoint me, vote… who’s our favorite?

Beyonce Abs

Beyonce Knowles, singer/entertainer

Janet Jackson, entertainer

Janet Jackson, entertainer

Mel B Post baby!!

Mel B Post baby!!



Physical Fitness = Healthy Mind
June 10, 2008, 8:14 pm
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“Physbical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity” — John F. Kennedy

 



Balance is Key
May 18, 2008, 7:31 pm
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“I need to be successful in my career to feel fulfilled, be surrounded by people I care about to share it with, and have my health to be able to do the things I love to do!” — Kiana Tom, television fitness instructor/host of “Flex Appeal”



Motivation = Success
May 15, 2008, 9:08 pm
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You read constantly in the newspapers, magazine articles and self help books about ways to eat right and get fit.  But why is it so hard to get to the gym or go outside for a walk?  Why is it not easy to eat the food we know is good for us?  Why is it so hard to keep your workout plan?  You may know the answers to these questions already or you may still be struggling at finding the reasons why.  But there is only one reason:  Motivation.

 

Jim Loehr, a sports psychologist and CEO of LGE Performance Systems in Orlando, FL states that those who succeed in achieving a healthy lifestyle create a habit that is seductive enough so their behaviour pulls on them rather than having to push it.  Motivation is driven by intrinsic (ie.  your motivation to play outdoor soccer is because you love it) and extrinsic values (i.e. you are motivated to work because of the financial rewards).  So to success, Loehr recommended the following to get you started on your road to success in achieving positive health outcomes.

Plan Your Work.  Know what you want.  Be passionate.  Find reasons you want to achieve success.  In other words, what motivates you?  To create the habits of success, by finding reasons, you explore your deeper values.  Maybe you want more energy at the end of the day to spend quality time with loved ones or maybe you want more confidence so that you can better enjoy your work, your relationships and life in general.  Take the time to write down your reasons to succeed right  now and jot them down. 

Make success your priority.  Put health on your “to do” list.  Its often difficult to change a long standing daily habit of going to work, eating, watching television.  But review your reasons why you want to change your habits into a healthy ones.  Some keep this list nearby along with motivational quotes to keep you going.  Mentally prepare yourself by becoming aware of your detrimental daily vices.  Lying on the couch watching your favorite soap?  Get up and reach your arms in the air.  Get into the habit of stretching often.  Going to meet the girls for a drink after work?  Suggest that you meet in the park (or even the mall) to go for a walk.  Consider ways in your day where you can put fitness/exercise in for this week without changing you routine entirely.  This is when your creativity and motivation play heavily here. 

Set Deadlines.  This is the difference between a dreamer and one who lives their dreams.  By setting a deadline, you force yourself to do what needs to get done.  By writing down what you need to do, you also form a “blueprint” for success and a visual reminder of your progress. 

Work Your Plan.  Be precise.  Stay disciplined.  Keep a log book that you can use to report your progress.  Did you walk for 40 minutes and reach your target heart rate level 3x this wk?  What have you eaten in the last week?  Did you meet your nutitional guidelines of recommended servings each day?  By reviewing this log book regularly, you can monitor your success and discover ways to improve and fine tune your fitness success plan.  Do something every day that moves you forward. 

Visualize Your Success.  Picture yourself going for more millimetres into that yoga posture.  Imagine the week when you are able to run 5km under 45min.  Think about a night where you have the energy to do that “one more round” of basketball with your child.   Review your plan regularly and visualize yourself always implementing you plan.  By visualizing your success, you move towards the directions of your dreams. 



Think Like an Action Heroine
May 15, 2008, 11:32 am
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Access all your resources. 
Superwoman.  Whether it’s her super strength, ability to fly high or even her heat vision, she is known to access every resource she had to overcome her obstacles.  Always remember what positive skills, knowledge and abilities you have and use them. 

Go for what you want. 
Catwoman was known as the full time thief and sexual predator who went after what she wanted.  Using her smooth feline moves to capture Batman and climbing buildings to steal unique jewellry, she went after what she wanted with no fear.  If you want to live a healthy life, know what you need to do to get there and then do it.

 

Brand your look.  
Where would Superwoman be without her cape?  Catwoman without her whip ?  Lara Croft without her lethal weapons?  Identify what makes you who you are and radiate that in everything you do. 

 

Face your fears. 
Like the Invisible Woman, able to generate invisible force fields, she attacked her fears head on.  Challenging situations, relationship problems, personal hardships are never easy, but by facing your fears, you develop a force field of knowledge, wisdom and courage to help you keep moving forward in life.

Know that you matter. 
All action heroines fight for what they believe in.  Always remember that you are resourceful, focused, unique and persistent.  When you believe that you make a difference in this world and that you matter, you become goal oriented and even more determined to keep on keeping on …