Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thinking Out Loud #1

This is my first time participating in the Thinking Out Loud linkup with Amanda at Running with Spoons. Since the theme is always something random, I figured it was a perfect fit for me! You can learn more about the linkup here.

For my strength training workout, which was back, biceps and abs heavy, I signed up for another round of Bodypump at The HIT Room. After being away from this class for a couple of months, it feels good to be back (minus that I was seriously sore after my first class last week). I'm still trying to figure out the best times to take classes to "match" my carb cycling workout schedule, but I think Bodypump is going to fit in there.

Even though we receive hot weather warnings every day here, if it is cloudy I try to walk to and from class. Without the sun, it is a nice walk and I won't want to take a walk after I get cleaned up. I hate getting sweaty after I just showered.

I never burn as many calories in Bodypump as I do Bodystep (which is one reason I love Bodystep), but I have to remember that strength training means building muscle and as muscles repair themselves throughout the day, I'm burning more calories for longer after class. This is one of the key parts of carb cycling and I want to keep moving in the right direction after my sneak peek at my results the other day. 

(If you are interested in joining the FASTer Way To Fat Loss program, use my affiliate link (no extra cost to you, but it will let Amanda know that I referred you!) to join and start carb cycling with me! Click here).

I spent the rest of the day inside working at my volunteer job (we have another US Naval ship coming to visit Hong Kong), reading (I'm loving this new book on my Kindle about being a fitness junkie) and eating!

Broke fast earlier than usual. The last time I went to Bodypump I felt a little lightheaded during class, so mrC recommended that I eat a little something before class. I chose PB&J apple cinnamon rice cake.

Lunch - our groceries from the American store were delivered and we splurged on Cheez-its. The go great with chicken breast and cheddar cheese sandwiches. Not pictured: Greek vanilla yogurt with some chocolate sauce.

Dinner - Buffalo chicken quinoa and corn. This is one of my favorite meals.

When I'm not working, eating or reading, I like to window shop internet style ---> browse all my favorite online stores and fill my shopping bag. Sometimes I will eventually buy something, but often times things just sit in my bag. Athleta is having a HUGE sale and I couldn't resist placing an order with these prices! I already have one high neck chi tank and I love it!

How do you schedule your weekly workouts?
Do you internet window shop like I do?


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fitness Restart and Positive Sneak Peek!

My big plans to jump into post-vacation carb cycling 100% to start off the week fell apart before the week even got started. Here's why:

1) I realized that I had round three of laser hair removal on Monday. If you have had this before then you know that the doctor recommends not sweating or being in the sun for 24-36 hours. I wish I could workout without sweating! Heck, I wish I could do anything around here without sweating! Not going to happen. That meant no low carb day workouts. Instead I ran some errands (including finally getting my hands on this cute HK tee from The Gap) and got my nails done.

I figured I would still EAT a low carb diet on those days, but...

2) we brought back some Hawaiian sweet rolls from the US and decided it was a good time to make crab dip ---> and we finally found all of the ingredients. It is not low carb but serious deliciousness. I guess you could say we splurged a little ;)

So my carb cycling re-start didn't go exactly as planned. It wasn't a complete failure though. I did continue to shorten my eating window and extend my fast each day.

On Tuesday afternoon I figured it was safe enough to go for a walk. We decided to check out a couple of villages (aka different residential development phases) that we haven't really explored yet. It was a beautiful day and we found some great views.

Just because things didn't go as planned doesn't mean I was giving up. Today I was back with a regular calorie day and a strength training workout. I did a double warm-up: first a 15 minute walk to the fitness center and then an easy run on the treadmill. I planned to run 10 minutes using 4:1 intervals, but after the second interval I just finished the mile.

The workout was a mix of legs, chest, triceps and shoulders. Today was the first day I was feeling back to normal after my big return to Bodypump last week. I made sure not to go too heavy on the weights.

On our way out the door, mrC decided to do a weigh-in, so I did too. I'm down 6 pounds from my carb cycling start weight back in June! I'll be taking full measurements in about a week and a half, but I'm excited by the sneak peek. This program really works ---> if your interested in more information or want to join the August group, use my link.

I really liked today's workout. It was a perfect way to jump back into strength training. A little post-workout cool down at the pool was also nice. It's so hot and the sun is so intense that I can only read about two chapters (and they're short) of my pool book between dips in the water and it's a really good book. It's my pool book because I only read paperbacks at the pool. I'm actually reading a different book on my Kindle app.

Here's a look at my regular calorie meals:

Broke fast around noon: turkey and Swiss roll-ups and pb&j apple cinnamon rice cakes.

Dinner: gluten free spaghetti and meatballs

Snacks: 3 mini York Peppermint Patties and some vanilla greek yogurt.

Have you ever had to restart a fitness plan?
Do you read two books at at time?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Runday Favorite Moments

If more than a week goes by between runs, I start to get anxious. I shared my last run with mrC and dC at the Cape on Instagram. I love running with the kiddos, but hate when it's the last one for awhile.

Fast forward to today. Tropical Storm Roke threatened Hong Kong this morning. Every few minutes a new alert would ring through the apartment: high wind warning, tropical storm warning, ferry service suspended. I knew that if I was going to run, I had to do it before the bad weather actually arrived.

Here are my Sunday Runday Favorite Moments:

2 miles using a 4:1 interval. This is such a big improvement for me. Not that long ago I was running 20 second intervals. PS ---> my face was on fire (almost as bright as my tank) because it was so humid!

Morning runs in our little neighborhood. Although the clouds were moving in quickly, it didn't rain at all during the run. Lots of people were out running and biking. We even saw the mad dash of people trying to get off the island before the ferry service stopped.

Neighborly doggie greetings. This little guy lives in the apartment next to ours. We usually only hear him greeting his owner, but today he said hi to us.

Lacing up my Mizunos. It always feels good, especially after a longer than normal break. (available on Amazon)

My running partner had a good run today. We probably would have made it to the top of the hill without stopping if I hadn't called for a walk break. His Mizunos are pretty sweet too (shown here in red).

Post run breakfast. Gluten-free protein pancakes. I use Bob's Red Mill pancake mix and add in BRM protein powder. Easy peasy and oh so yummy!

Biofreeze! My right bicep is soooo sore that I had to try this. It isn't a miracle worker, but it definitely allowed me to straighten my arm without bursting into to tears! (great price on Amazon)

Today was a great way to end my quieter than normal week ---> quick recap:

Monday - Got in an airplane in the US...

Tuesday - Got out of an airplane in Hong Kong (we lose a day when we return)

Wednesday - took a walk

Thursday - took a walk

Friday - Bodypump!

Saturday - Active recovery yoga

Tomorrow I'm diving back into carb cycling eating and workouts 100% to make up for my two weeks at the Cape. I'll be sharing my results after that.

BTW - it barely rained today. The tropical storm fell apart as it got closer, so by 2:00 things were back to normal around here.

Today I'm linking up with Tricia and Holly for the Weekly Wrap!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

What hurts most? Active recovery day!

My Bodypump workout left me dealing with DOMS. As the hours passed, the delayed soreness increased.

First it was my back muscles. I had a brief meeting in the morning and I just couldn't get comfortable while sitting in the coffee shop because everything was feeling so tight.

Then my biceps. I did some grocery shopping after my meeting and every time I reached out to grab an item, my biceps screamed at me.

Oh, my legs! I'm pretty sure it would be easier to just stand up all day.

Does any of this sound familiar? Midday I broke out the foam roller and yoga mat.

I did ten passes on my hamstrings, hips, glutes, quads and back. Then I did a nice and easy yoga flow to stretch out. This definitely helped my legs and back, but my biceps (and triceps) are still screaming today.

I wear my Oofos all the time in our apartment and I'm sure this helps the recovery of my legs too. I was excited to find so many options (including the style I wear) available on Amazon.

We are currently under Tropical Cyclone warnings here in Hong Kong as Tropical Storm Roke approaches a little closer than originally thought.

Hopefully I can get out for a short run!

Tell me about your worst case of DOMS!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Strength Training at Bodypump

I'm battling a terrible case of jet lag since returning from our amazing Cape Cod summer vacay (recap here), but I finally took the plunge and signed up for a Bodystep class. Turns out I was the only one. Summer in Hong Kong means that every is doing what we just did ---> taking a holiday.

Instead of not taking a class at all, I accepted the offer to be put into the Bodypump class.

Admittedly, I was a little nervous about going to Bodypump because it has been awhile, but it was a nice fit for my carb cycling workouts. 

Regular calorie day - the workout 

Warm-up - It was a nice morning, so I walked to the HIT Room. I went in knowing that I was going to be sore after this workout, so I thought it was the perfect time to wear the new workout tank that the kids gave me. I couldn't find it on the website, but I found this one that is just as good.

Strength training - On the weekly workout plan (that I'm sort of jumping into), day 3 is legs, triceps, shoulders and day 4 is back, biceps, abs. Bodypump turned out to be a great option because we did all that and more. 

It was a tough workout for me. Not only because I haven't strength trained like this in months, but I also felt lightheaded toward the end of the class. I don't know what caused it: jet lag, dehydration, empty fuel tank (I did the class fasted), the heat? It was semi-scary. 

Cool down - mrC met me after class and we walked to the Siena Club pool. I let the pool water cool my body down for an hour before heading home.

Regular calorie day - the meals

broke fast around 12:30 - scrambled eggs with ham, pb&j apple cinnamon rice cakes  (we smuggled them in our carry-on from the US ;) and watermelon.

lunch - frozen berry protein smoothie and pb&j apple cinnamon rice cakes. PS - I'm currently reading The Husband's Secret on my Kindle app and it is soooo good. 

Dinner - took mrC out to dinner to MooFish for his yearly big day ---> fettuccini carbonara with chicken plus a couple of strawberry daiquiris :)

Happy birthday mrC! 

I highly recommend this racerback cami from JCrew Factory 

Are you taking a vacation this summer?
Ever get lightheaded during a workout?
Do you prefer going out or staying home for birthday dinner?

Don't forget, there is a new FASTer Way To Fat Loss program starting in August. Use my affiliate link to join and start carb cycling with me! Click here.