This morning as I pushed myself out of bed at 4:30am I thought to myself “oh hell no alarm clock”, but lucky for my first 30day goal challenge I am pretty much a zombie in the morning so as long as everything is planned out my body will just get itself ready while my brain takes another 10-20minutes to make its way to full consciousness.
Once I arrived at the gym I got on a stationary bike for 10minutes of cardio to get my heart going and wake me up followed but a ridiculous ab work out. Followed by 10minutes on the Stair Master. A short work out, but it definitely got me sweating up a storm.
Here is the ab work out for those of you looking for an intense challenge. Please note I got this work out from the NTC app by Nike.
While at the gym this morning I was realized that the first 30 days of my challenge are coming to an end, which means I will be moving on to my 2nd 30 day challenge, lets just call it level 2.
Looking at these challenges I am not sure if I am more nervous about fitting in the yoga, or getting back into the pool. I LOVE to swim I just haven’t done it in so long…four years to be exact, and the last time I did it I was out swam by a 68 year old man, it was shameful on my part. I have been looking around for a training schedule or tips on getting back into swimming and I haven’t really found much.
I am a total novice swimmer and besides just loving to swim and having all of my swim badges from childhood I have no formal training. I will definitely keep looking at what is out there because I not only want to improve my swimming abilities but I want it to be a killer work out too! Once/ if I find anything I will share it with everyone, but if you come across anything please do share.
I have also decided that I am going to add one more goal to the list. I am going to add eating clean. Now this doesn’t mean 100% because I can’t make that commitment right now or maybe ever, but what I mean is cleaner. So making my meals instead of buying them, getting organic when I can, cutting our refined foods and processed foods (anything in a box really) and trying out new veggies and fruits.
So the level 2 challenge will looks like this:
- Continue everything listed above.
- Commit to increasing my 5am workouts to 4 days a week so that I can add at least one day of swimming.
- Commit to a twice a week yoga practice (minimum)
- Eat as clean as possible. Cut out refined and processed foods.
I have a feeling my fourth goal is going to be the easiest. I love experimenting in the kitchen and finding new delicious recipes. Also if I can make all my meals look and tastes as good as they were last night I definitely don’t think this goal will be any skin off my back.
Delicious warm spinach salad with sweet potatoes, some bacon and red peppers, with steamed salmon. The salad was a first, and it was so so very delicious. I did add some chili pepper to the sweet potatoes and only used 2tbsp of oil for the whole recipe, also I only used one large sweet potato and felt that it was more than enough. I would love to find a sub for the bacon but the saltiness it adds is just delightful!
Now I have to start thinking up what my next set of challenges are going to look like for Level 3 (there will be 12 levels, that is the plan at least). Any suggestions?