About a month ago, I started reading up on nutrition & fitness, just in general to be a tad healthier. I’ve had way too many work trips to Texas over the last 6 months and turns out, eating cheese covered cheese doesn’t do you any favors. I’ve never been a workout person, unless buying ungodly amounts 80’s workout gear counts. So all of this is pretty new to me.
First, I read this book called Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle, by Tom Venuto, which I came across randomly on the web. But everything he said made sense, and it has so much good, rich information, explaining how we use food, and the interaction of calories, metabolism and exercise. After reading this, I started eating 5 meals a day, which was a pretty big change since I typically never eat breakfast, and skip lunch on some days. I’ve been doing it for about 4 weeks now, and it’s pretty great. Just preparing my meals instead of eating out for every meal is probably a huge improvement, but overall I have more energy and think it’s sped up my metabolism, but who ever really knows with that.
Next, I started taking a few cardio-strength classes at my gym, in addition to my regular weekly ballet class. I knew I wanted to incorporate more strength workouts, but didn’t want to do the full out weight lifting yet, or at all. Then I came across this trainer’s website, Kayla Itsines, who only trains women. I was wary of the “bikini body” title, which immediately made me think of the girls endlessly running on the treadmill at the gym, but after reading through, I realized her plan wasn’t that at all. The workouts are a nice mix of strength and plyometric (jumping) circuits, mixed with low-impact and high-impact cardio. And, you can pretty much do everything at home, with a weight or two. She created the plan after training women who wanted a specific but common result (thin and muscular without being bulky) that other trainers weren’t really adapting their typical routine for. I think it’s pretty tough to get bulky in general, and probably impossible for me, but I really liked her approach. I just started it today, and it’s intense! My face was beet red for a good 45 minutes afterwards and now my legs are pretty much useless. So good so far! I’ll let you know how much first week goes…