I haven’t posted since the beginning of the year, so I sincerely apologize for that. I would say that I promise to never let that happen again, but you know what? Sometimes life just happens. I will, however, try to be better!
Well, this semester finally seems to be in full swing, and I have already gotten into a weekly routine, which leaves me at ease as a serious creature of routine.
I never technically posted about the final results for that so called “challenge” I put myself up to, but boy am I pleased! Weight training 4-6 days a week for approximately 3 weeks during winter break seriously paid off.
Being able to notice the changes in my body, whether it be my tighter abs, lifted glutes, more defined legs and arms, or any of the other wonderful differences, made getting up at 5:25 AM to go to the gym before my internship so worth it.
Here are the workouts I followed over winter break that gave me such great results (created by Ryan, my trainer boyfriend)! As you can see, there are only 4 workouts here. Most all weeks I did two leg days, as that is definitely my favorite, and therefore my preferred muscle group to work. If I were to workout for a sixth day in the week, I would do a cardio day.
With time, I have added sets and reps to these workouts, since I’m gaining strength. Once that super intense workout becomes less challenging than before, that’s when you know you’ve gotta step it up! Ya gotta feel the burn or you’re not doing it right!
Well, those three weeks of winter break just weren’t enough for me. Now that I’m in the swing of this weight training business, I can’t stop. And I won’t stop. 😉
After being early to bed (10PM-ish) and early to rise all through out break, it made the transition to early morning, before class workouts a breeze. I have been doing my very best to get up and head straight to the gym, usually around 6:45 AM–a whole 1 hour and 20 minutes later than what I had been doing! Working out first thing in the morning allows me to get my workout over and done with (although I enjoy it when I’m there) and feel nice and energized for my day. Feeling the soreness from my workout earlier in the morning gives me such a sense of accomplishment as I go through the hustle and bustle of my day. Plus, its an excellent way to beat the mid-day and evening crowds! I know I’m not a fan. I highly doubt you are either.
I would say the hardest part about getting up at wee hours in the morning has been the cold weather. The walk from my apartment to my car and then my car to the gym has been the biggest struggle, especially during record lows. It’s all worth it though!
Since I’ve been back at school, I’ve been working out 5-6 times per week at about 1 hour and 15 minutes per work out. I always begin with sprint intervals on a treadmill or on the track and go at that for about 10-15 minutes. This way, I get my supercharged cardio warm-up in, burn tons of calories and build muscle all in less than half the time of a prolonged endurance run. Afterward, I head to the weights to begin my muscle group workout for the day.
It’s a great little routine I have going on. I have a feeling I will probably stick with it for a while!
As far as food, I’ve been keeping with my deliciously nutritious plant based diet, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have been meaning to try some new vegan recipes lately, but haven’t found time in the midst of sorority recruitment, classes beginning, sorority new member events and being President of my business fraternity, but I will make time soon, don’t worry. Otherwise, I have been eating lots of the usual oatmeal, nuts, nut butters, beans, lentils, fruits and tons of veggies! Same old yummies.
Here are a few foods I have prepared since I’ve been back at school.
All of these food pictures above were snagged from my newly created healthy living Instagram account @chowidohealth. I figured it was about time to separate my personal account from my high passionate health posts. Feel free to follow and enjoy!
Well it’s getting to be past my bedtime here in Blacksburg. I have my all time favorite muscle group, legs, to work tomorrow, so I gotta get some shut eye!
See ya soon, but Chow for now.