15 Days

I am 15 days into my goal of trying to loose 10 lbs and I feel am doing great at keeping up with a workout routine. I have lost 5 lbs at the half way point and to me that is a good track record.

To me the first 5 lbs was the easy part, the next 5 lbs it what is going to be the challenge. More reps will be needed to keep this weight loss going.

Time to keep of the good work!!

 

 

10 Pounds

 

My goal this month is to be down 10 pounds.

Last month I got myself into a good workout routine. Now that I have started that my next plan is to started a good diet and to pick up the routine so that it will help me start to lose weight and build muscle.

For the month of June, I am going to try the advance 30-day challenge. I am hoping that I can complete this and with a balance, diet loses the 10 pounds.

I will do weight ins weekly to let you know how the challenge is going. Wish me luck because I am going to need it.
To be honest I have never been able to complete a weight loss. I have gotten close to the goal weight and then end up failing. As I will be having to check in, I am hoping this will keep me going as sometimes I need a little push and this blog will be it.

Let’s go 10 lbs, you can get lost!!!

Kyra

My Fitness Challenge

 

As the month comes to an end I am almost finished with my 30-day fitness challenge. The highlights from this challenge for me is that my stamina is a lot longer. I can now last the reps that are required and feel like I can do a few more. I am also not finding it so hard to get started and that my body wants the workout.

During this past couple of weeks, the Easy 30 Day Challenge wasn’t enough so I also added in a beginner 8 pose yoga routine. This routine was a combination of the child’s pose, downward- facing dog pose, cobra pose, warrior pose 1 & 2, cow pose, Garland pose and the bridge pose. Doing these two routines together really helps with building my strength and balance. I also added a weighted ball to my routine just to give some resistance.

I am going to keep this routine up until the end of the month and move on to the next challenge level. With the next level, I am hoping that I can start losing some weight and building some muscle mass. I knew that wouldn’t come with my first month, as I really just want to build a stamina and be able to get through a full month of working out and enjoying it. now that I have almost accomplished that I can move on and set a new goal.
       

Kyra

From the Desk

Working in an office all day has a big downfall for when trying to say fit as the cubical life is really not made for an active body.

I have been doing a little research on the best ways to keep the body moving during the day. There are some great ones out there, but when you work in an office where you are all in one area some of the exercise could get a little distracting to others.

Here are a few movements that can keep you moving and not distract your fellow employees while sitting in your chair.

  1. Leg Lifts; Lift your legs so they are straight. Hold for 10 seconds and slowly bring them back down. – You should feel a good stretch in the back of you legs. Do about 10 reps of these with pointed and flexed feet.
  2. Legs Lifts; Part 2; This is similar to the above leg lifts. Lift one leg straight. Hold for a 10 seconds and slowly bring the leg back down. Switch Legs. Do about 10 reps of these with both pointed and flexed feet.
  3. Heel Press; Put your feet in a position like you would be standing on the balls of your feet. slowly Press your heel down with one foot then switch. Do 10 to 20 reps of these.
  4. Knee Bends; Lift your legs up and slowly bend your knees towards your chest. Do about 10 reps of these. This is excellent for the abs
  5. Knee Press; Lift one foot to the Chair (if you do not have a skirt on) wrap you arms around you leg and slowly press towards your chest. Hold for 10 Seconds. Release and do the same with the other foot.
  6. Body Twist; Slowly rotate your body from side to side holding for 3 seconds on each side. Do 20 Reps of these.
  7. Arm Lifts/Swings; If you are OK with attracting a little attention hold your arms straight out to the side of you and slowly swing them to the front hold and then back to the side. Do about 20 reps of these.
  8. Arm Stretch; Lift arm above your head, lock your fingers together and stretch towards the sky. hold for 5 Seconds and release. do 10 reps of these.

 

Now you can feel better about yourself and body and you are keeping active through out the day while sitting in your chair.

If you have any other good ones that are discrete, please share as I would love to hear and try them.

Kyra

 

Long Weekend Fun!

Can working-out while away be a difficult?

This weekend is Victoria Day long weekend and my family and I will be heading to our home away from home. Our little weekend get away place.  Or as most of you would call it our summer trailer.

Most summers I just try to relax and enjoy myself while I am away. This summer I am making it my goal to stay active!

Being at the trailer should really be the easiest place for me to stay active. My family and I are outside most days and usually play down by the water.

My goal this summer will be to go for a walk every morning. A little hike around the park to see whats going on. I am also going to plan to swim every day as well. They say swimming is one of the best exercise and I am going to use that to my advantage. Plus it will keep me cool on those hot day. I may even play a little soccer with my boy to keep the heart rate up. They love to have fun and why not stay fit while doing it!

What kids of tips do you have for staying fit and active while away?

I can tell you that there will be no yoga on the field as I am a little shy to be doing it in public yet. Maybe one day i can get to it.

Happy Victoria Long weekend to my fellow Canadian friends!

Enjoy!!

 

Kyra

Yoga Newbie

I wanted to add a little more to my workout plan and thought that yoga would be the perfect fit as it is strength and stretch all in one. I have done some yoga classes in the past but let put it this way I am still very much a beginner.

So being a beginner in the yoga world I have been on the hunt for some great first-time yoga tips and I have to say I have found some good ones that I want to share. all of the ones I have found can be done in the comfort of your own home. So no need to worry about having a crazy life and feel like you can’t make those classes. Or thinking that everyone in the class is going to be better than you. This way you can work at your own pace and build your strength and flexibly.

Here are some of the top yoga poses for beginners that most yogis recommend.

  1. The Child’s Pose
  2. Downward Facing Dog
  3. Upward Facing Dog
  4. Warrior Pose  1 & 2
  5. Triangle Pose
  6. Wide Leg Forward Fold
  7. Superman Pose
  8. Chair Pose
  9. Bridge Pose
  10. Plank Pose

All these poses are great and you get a full body workout.

I was able to get them to all flow into a really nice routine and had a good hold on each pose for around 10 – 30 seconds depending on my flexibility. I started off with the Childs pose as that was a good one to work into the rest and get the muscle loose and warmed up. When doing your routine try to do a few reps of each pose to get the full effect and don’t forget to do both the right and the left side when needed.

Happy Posing

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Kyra

Don’t Forget To Breathe

Today is the 5th day on my workout road and I am taking it as a rest day. Rest days are just as important as workout day I feel. Today is a day that my body needs so it can process and think about what it has been working on. The stomach muscles it has been using, the leg muscles that we have been strengthening and all the stretches that my body is not used to doing as it hasn’t done in a long time. I am also going to use this day as a breathing day.

Breathing exercises are just important for a full body workout and are excellent for your core muscles. How to take the breath in, how to control the breath and where to hold the breath in the body is very important to know.

It is the best way to do your breathing exercises are in a quiet place with your eyes closed. This way you can fulling think and control the breath and the movement of the body. I like to do them sitting down as that is how I feel comfortable.

Breath in through the nose hold the breath in your lungs for about 3 seconds and let it out through the mouth. Try this a few time and see how you feel. Don’t forget to relax the face and body while you do this.

Kyra

Time for a Challenge

My step one has been finding something that I feel may work for me. I have done diets in the past, joined gyms for a month and tried to do pay as you go yoga classes. My problem is that once i have a week off because of something I may have had to go to for my children or myself like a school dance or sports game then it throws me all off my grove.

This time around I have decided to try an at home app for some easy training. I am trying the 30 day fitness challenge. I started on the first of May and am now on day 3. It has been the perfect amount of exercise to start me off with. The 20 minute workout I have started is their Easy full body workout and I have also have also added in a couple of stretches at the beginning and end of each workout. It’s first couple of days it has been pretty good. Different strengthening technique along with a bit of cardio. I think I may want to move up the cardio part a bit but other than that It has been real good and my muscles have been feeling it the next day.

I will keep you updated on how it goes and what i find for uping my cardio.

 

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Kyra

 

Day 1

This week has been step one of my road to a healthy, happier life.

I am starting this blog as my push to get fit, get toned and most important to be happy!

I am not a heavy person and would defiantly put myself in the average body type. I am also not unhappy with the way I look i just would like to feel more comfortable in my own skin and not always look at it as the the ugly mom body.  As summer is just around the corner I would like to feel a little more comfortable wearing my shorts, t shirt and of course my swimsuit. I have noticed as I have gotten older I have done a lot more covering up than I used to. I guess that comes with age and maybe being a mom could have something to do with that too!

So here it goes. My time to change and be happy with me and how I am and am going to be. My goal I am looking to achieve, is to feel more active and get out a whole lot more. I want to spend time with my boys running around and playing. Taking them on adventures and not having to worry about getting tired doing it. Not that this have ever happened to me in the past but you never know, tomorrow could be that day where I just cant keep up with them and I really just don’t want that.

My other goal is to look for tasty recipes that are healthy for me and my family. They will have be fast one as my week day evening don’t have tons of time.

I would also love to hear from you. All you fitness freaks with amazing workout routines, you foodies with great cooking ideas and all you extremely happy people, please share as I would love to hear what works for all of you.

I want to end this with a great quote i read “The best project you will ever work on is You!”

Waves

 

Kyra