Well I am almost 2 months into my “get healthy” plan and I am discovering so many things. Like for instance, to
chuck the fucking scale in the trash stay off the scale. I am not kidding ladies…the scale is truly our demon and we don’t realize how much our bodies fluctuate throughout the month between hormones, stress, and all those other shitty things that come along with being a woman. So I have decided that I am officially staying off the scale for the entire month of April.
Currently I am doing something called carb cycling. But I changed it up a bit from what I learned about it on the internet. It goes in stages of 3 workout days and then a day of rest with some activity (mine’s usually house cleaning).
The first day is your hardest workout day. This is also the day that you consume the most carbs. I am really wanting to work my upper body and mid-section so on my first day of the cycle I do my back, chest, shoulders, arms, abs, and 20-30 minutes of cardio. I also start off with 200 grams of carbs on this day in which the majority are consumed around my workout.
The second day is butt and leg day. Now I hate doing leg exercises and tons of squats but I am determined that since I have seen actual results of someone who has the same crack in their back, aka booty, that I do, transform into an actual butt, then I shall not skip butt and leg day. On this day I take the carbs from the first day and cut them by a third. Again consuming the majority of them around my workout. Again I also do 20-30 minutes of cardio following my workout.
The third day is high intensity full body workout doing cardio using low weights with fast reps. And on this day I only eat a third of the carbs I started with the first day.
On the fourth day is rest day. And let me tell you, if you don’t hurt from head to toe on this day then you aren’t working out hard enough. I also try to stick to no carbs on this day or if I do have some it’s usually first thing in the morning. And the best thing about rest day is you should feel a burst of energy. Now, resting doesn’t mean lay around and do absolutely nothing. You still should be active. This is the day I usually try to catch up on housework, maybe walk to the park with the kids (that is if the weather is nice), eventually there will be some yard work and gardening thrown in there. But nothing high intensity.
Then repeat the cycle. I am going to do 4 cycles and of course will share my results with you when I am done. Also keep in mind that you can play around with your carb intake. If you are doing 200 grams on the first day but are feeling really sluggish and sleepy the rest of the day, after your workout, then you may want to consume more carbs or consume less around the workout and save some for later in the day.
If you are getting really tired and sluggish during the middle of your workout then this probably means you didn’t get enough carbs to keep you going throughout your workout. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Everyone’s body is different.
I try to do an ab workout everyday…even on my rest days because it is my least favorite area after having 3 kids. I was lucky enough to never get a stretch mark but I am determined to not have to go under the knife or get lypo just to obtain the midsection I want. If you want a great ab workout, click the video below. The first time I tried this workout I couldn’t cough or laugh for two days.
And I didn’t do it at the gym…I used my bed post.
I finally broke down and bought a vegetable spiraler. The first thing I used with it were a green and yellow zucchini squash. I spiraled one of each and then lightly sautéed the spirals in some olive oil, freshly chopped garlic, and seasonings (I was lucky and found a bunch of organic seasonings on sale and bought a bunch). I also made a little pesto to go with it using basil, spinach, lemon, pine nuts, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
I think next time I will probably just try the zucchini noodles sautéed by themselves as my side dish of veggies. I love pesto but until it starts growing in my garden I won’t be making it because I don’t like spending the 3 or 4 dollars that they want to charge for a very small amount at the grocery store. Basil grows like a weed, literally, and in the summer months I always have fresh basil.
My other favorite recipe was some sautéed shrimp lettuce wraps. Just sauté some uncooked shrimp in a little olive oil, fresh chopped garlic, a little chopped cilantro, and some garlic salt and then place in a romaine lettuce leaf. Sprinkle with some more cilantro, chopped avocado, and some thinly sliced jalapeños and enjoy!
Chow for now,