More weight loss & 30 Day Shred

imageIt seems I just found the answer to my own question re: rest days.

In the past five days I’ve only been to the gym twice.  I found my cardio routine on Monday really difficult because of the heat.  Apparently the trainers at the gym had forgotten to turn on the air conditioning until later in the day.  Anyway, I couldn’t finish. I just felt… spent.  The next day I felt too energy-less to go.  I did my weights day on Wednesday which was fine, but again the next day I felt too energy-less to go to the gym.  Not sure what’s up with that… maybe I’m not eating enough.  It’s hard to get the right balance of taking in enough energy to work out, but having a big enough deficit to lose weight.

But I am losing!  A week ago I weighed in at 96.2kg and this week I am 95.6kg.  I’m pretty happy with that!  Eating fresh-fruit  smoothies, and my resolution not to eat fish ‘n chips for the month of January seem to be paying off!

imageRecently my cousin told me about a DVD she got – Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. I obtained it myself and tried the first workout (Level 1) today.  Phew, that thing’s tough! I managed to get through it, but my legs were like jelly afterwards and I was sweating like a pig.

There’s a reason this DVD rates so well – it’s really good!  The workouts are only 20 minutes long but they’re intense and non-stop.  It follows the 3-2-1 model which is 3 minutes of strength, 2 of cardio and 1 of ab work.  For me this is a great alternative to using EA Sports Active 2 because there’s much less hassle (less finicky) and in my opinion just as effective.  I don’t care if it’s targeted at women.  This is my new "rainy day" workout.  But whilst I don’t doubt that it’s effective doing it every day for 30 days,  I’m happy with my current gym workouts.

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