Welcome to my new blog!
Howdy folks! I’ve decided to start a new blog here on WellnessReboot.com because I need a place to share my workouts, talk about my struggles and successes with training for a triathlon and getting ready for the Naturally Fit Super Show and to discuss nutrition for training. My other blog over at TheBlissfulChef.com didn’t seem like the appropriate place and since WR is all about fitness, food, and fun it made more sense to start it here.
I will try my hardest to post at least every other day about my workouts and what I’m eating. This will also be a place where you can share what you are doing in your workouts and with your diet. I still consider myself a baby athlete so we can all learn so much from each other!
My friends Chad of Beyond Fit and Austin of Solid PT have been in the fitness world for many years. I’m leaving my training in their capable hands. Today after my workout at Beyond Fit I had a nice chat with Chad about nutrition. Here are some tidbits he gave me.
– Fasted cardio in the morning will burn more fat. Don’t eat before working out.
– The first meal that you have after fast cardio should be low-glycemic. This means no sugar, processed food, fruit, etc.
– It’s best to have sugar (and protein of course) after your weight training days to restore glycogen in the muscles. If you know you have a heavy lifting day coming up eat higher glycemic foods (fruit) the night before.
So today’s WOD was pretty rough. On Wednesdays we often do what is called AMRAP, as many reps and possible. This means that you do a series of exercises in a timed period and push yourself as hard as you can (duh).
I always find these very challenging because it’s all about strength not really how fast you can go. I used a red and purple band for the pullups and 16KG kettlebell for the squats. It’s an amazing workout and a great sense of accomplishment when you are done!
I started working out at Beyond Fit in November last year and I have seen amazing results in my strength, agility, and in my muscle gain. I have a small frame and often get frustrated that I can’t lift as much as some of the other women at the gym. It’s a constant struggle to find the fine line between pushing yourself hard enough or not overdoing it. We can’t compare ourselves to others ever, especially in fitness, because everyone is on their own personal journey. This has been one of my hardest lessons to learn in becoming an athlete.
Today after the gym I had a nice bowl of bean stew with baby kale, broccoli and red quinoa topped with cherry tomatoes. Following that I had a small protein shake with blueberries, almond milk, and PlantFusion Vanilla Bean (my favorite brand of protein powder is PF). My goal for the next few months is to eat clean, reduce the amount of starchy carbs and high glycemic foods I eat (except fruit!), go gluten-free, eat smaller meals throughout the day and fuel my body with the healthiest food possible. I will be allowed one meal a week where I can eat whatever I want. People call this a “cheat meal” but I really hate the term cheating. It makes what you are doing “bad” and honestly I never feel bad for the things I eat. I follow an 80/20 Rule and it has never let me down!
In the evening I went to a spinning class followed by a kickboxing class. That’s two hours of non-stop heart rate-raising activity and I was the best in both classes. I’m turning into a beast. The classes at 24 hour are kind of becoming boring and not advanced enough after working out at Beyond Fit. My middle name is CARDIO for the next 3 months!!
So, thank you for tuning in! This blog will be an expose into my fitness life. If you have no desire to learn about fitness or sports nutrition you may not find this new blog very interesting. But if you do want to read about those things I invite you to subscribe to this blog and leave comments sharing your own journeys!!