So I literally started this new monthly subscription two weeks before they came out with the new concept. They changed from PV Body, where they sent out two pieces of fitness clothes from other fitness clothing companies to Ellie, where they offer two pieces where you choose, of their own brand.
I decided last week that I was going to do this challenge! Evey since I first found this website a couple of months ago on Pinterest, I’ve been routinely using their videos as part of my daily fitness. But this time, Lisa’s challenging everyone to a 30-day fitness.
I’ve been meaning to write about this personal issue for a while now, but couldn’t either find the time or courage to do so until now. It wasn’t that I was ashamed of the way my former self look, but rather why I made such a change in my lifestyle. You see the reason why I started working-out was due to pure boredom. Yup, I know, boredom.
You see, about two years ago I started a my job with the newspaper in my hometown. It’s a small town with about 2,000 residents and not much entertainment or many stores. Along with that, I moved in with my parents to not only help them out with the property and their small Asian store, but also to save money. Mind you, it being a small town and the house being more than 6 acres of land outside of the main part of the village, they didn’t have cable or internet connection at that time.
So I had to find other ways to keep me busy and entertained. I could only do so much with my computer and the antenna only picked up about 4 good channels. I did other things: reading, drawing, baking, etc. Anything to work the boredom away. One day I walked by the spare bedroom that my parents had turned into a home gym/extra closet space and saw the unused, dusty old treadmill. I decided to see if it worked and since I wasn’t really doing anything, started walking. And then I walked the next day after work, and the next. I started upping the pace and walking turned into jogging, that then turned into running.
Before I started walking, I really wasn’t paying attention to what I was eating. Home cooked Filipino meals was always available since my mom’s sells it in her store. But somehow after I started walking/jogging I started reading up on what to eat. I found that one of the best thing I found to help me with my diet was reading on living a healthy lifestyle. I always go online to read FitSugar.com They have tons of great advice and short but effective workout videos. I also now subscribe to Fitness and Self magazine.
One of best thing about having an iPhone: the apps. They have tons of fitness apps to use. When I started watching what I was eating and wanted to make sure I was getting enough calories with my exercise I turned to use Lose It! I really help me. Now I use several other apps like Nike+GPS and Nike+ Training. I recently downloaded MapMyRUN+ since I’m starting to run outside (the weather is getting better).
So after almost a year (July to exact), I went from 190 lbs to 135 lbs. I run almost everyday (I try for at the most six days a week) and try to run at least two miles if not more. At the moment I’m training to run half-marathon, so I’ve been putting in a lot more miles and a lot more cross-training, but I always take one day break from that to let my body rest.
There’s more clothing in my closet and I have a section dedicated to just my workout gear. I keep getting more training DVDs, buying workout clothes and checking out the next best thing for running.
So Happy National Running Day! I run because it’s an obsession.
As gifts for myself (and I had already planned on buying them), I brought myself two new workout DVDs. I’m quite happy with this purchase, as the last time I brought some workout videos, I ended up giving them to mom, as they were a bit too beginner for me. I really wanted to get Jillian Michaels Kickbox FastFix once I saw that she some coming out with a new video. This video has three 20 minute kickboxing routines: Workout 1 -consists of toning your upper body; Workout 2- sculpting and toning of lower body; & Workout 3- Ab work. So far I’ve tried Workout 1 & 3, and its a great cardio burn! Love Kickboxing! Love Jillian!
Since I was buying it on Amazon.com, I also saw some great reviews of Personal Training With Jackie: Xtreme Timesaver Training. I must say, they were right. This one nearly killed me. I had to stop using my 5-lb weights and just do the workout without it. The plan is to buy 3-lb weights this weekend so I can ease my way up to 5, then maybe 8. But for now, I’ve got to go lower.
Jillian’s video feel more a cardio workout while Jackie’s is more toning and strength training! I like them both, and starting to plan to add them to my weekly routine of 2+ miles runs, and my other three favorite workout videos: Women’s Health Look Better Naked, Hip-Hop Abs with Shaun T, and Celebrity All-Star Kickboxing Burn. Gotta get ready for Hawaii in the Fall!