Hello everyone! So, this is my first fitness post and I would like to start by sharing with all of you my weekly fitness related routine.
|Monday:||Some light salsa dancing|
|Tuesday:||Usually a 2 to 6km run|
|Wednesday:||Kettlebells class at Mosaic Dance (more details below), and some light to vigourous salsa dancing|
|Thursday:||Salsa performance team training|
|Friday:||Salsa dancing plus other random activity (like running etc, to replace the kettlebells class that was shifted)|
|Saturday:||Salsa performance team training, and some light to vigourous salsa dancing after|
Across each week, my regular food items (stocked up on from grocery stores) consumed usually include about 5-10 eggs (I usually try to eat either a hard boiled egg or 2 soft boiled ones for breakfast), 5 bananas, a punnet of strawberries/blueberries, plain organic oatmeal, Sweet Home Farm Maple Pecan granola (tastes sooo good but there’s too much sugar in it! need to switch brands soon), some plain yoghurt or skimmed milk, 100% natural almond butter, fresh raw almonds/walnuts/pine nuts etc, multigrain bread, watermelons, snow pears, grapes/lychees/whatever fruits look exciting to me that week.
I’ve also been buying lemon and either parsley or cucumber to infuse my water with about 3-5 times a week, since a few weeks ago. And I usually consume lots of chicken, vegetables (both cooked and uncooked), and soups too.
And though I manage to stay off regular processed carbs (specifically, white rice, white bread, white/yellow noodles) most of the time, I am still unable to resist eating a lot of junk – like ice cream, potato/tapioca/multigrain/brown rice chips, cocktail nuts, kopi/teh siew tai, kaya toast (a big weakness of mine), salted egg yolk anything, and the occasional McDonalds/fried stuff indulgence.
All of which I am trying to cut down on, I swear! Having some treats is good for my sanity though. Luckily, I don’t fancy soft drinks too much.
Anyway, more about the fitness part of my routine. Though for my weekly run, there’s not much to talk about really, because it’s just plain old running. Like I said, I used to hate it, because I thought it was just so monotonous and boring. But these days, I find that a run really helps me to destress and gives me some ‘me time’ to think about things. I’m still not too fond of the panting and sweating like a dog part, but hey at least I feel like I’ve worked out a little.
For the Wednesday kettlebells class at Mosaic Dance, I’m similarly not that fond of the panting and sweating like a dog part – but I am really passionate about the lifting weights part. It gives me utmost satisfaction to be able to lift decent weights, sometimes the same amount that some of the guys are doing (though not at the same speed, I admit). And to see my muscles slowly grow and get more defined across time, that too is immensely gratifying.
I truly think that starting kettlebells was the breakthrough for me, when I started to develop a bit more muscles and lose a bit more fat. I do know that I still have a long way to go and that if I want to build more muscle and get those damn abs and ass, I really ought to be doing weights more than just once a week (and eating much cleaner). So am now looking into either signing up at a gym or doing weights at home. I already acquired a pull up bar for my door some time back, and have been trying to do a pull up on it (still unsuccessful but I think there’s some progress).
Whatever it is, I will try to make sure its sustainable.
So anyway, that’s roughly what I do in relation to fitness and a healthy(ish) diet on a weekly basis for the last few months, to try and trim the flab and mitigate the weekend feasting I do so love (which can be seen from many of the food posts on my blog lol).
What do you think – is this too little, enough, or just nice? Appreciate any thoughts and comments you might have! 🙂