My brother had left a comment on one of my posts here mentioning Crossfit. I checked out the website, it looks awesome. And there is a gym here in my town (although I'm a little sketched out about exercising in front of people) it looks worth maybe visiting at some point. But I am such a weakling twiglet that I would feel strange going into any gym. But like I said, it's worth a visit anyhow. I actually have a friend who does this stuff and he seems to love it, he posts stuff on Facebook about it. Here is the Crossfit promo video, this pumped me up, I'm so excited to try this stuff...
Thanks Mikie for the suggestion, I can't wait to try it!
(originally posted on Facebook earlier this evening)
Truth: plain and simple- fast food places like McD's and even Wendy's etc. are NOT restaurants. We have to stop kidding ourselves. We have to look past the illusions that have brainwashed us - these fast food places are solely businesses! The bottom line is always: money - 'how much more money can we make this year for the stockholders and for ourselves?'. They do not care what the "food" contains so long as it is selling. Pay attention to ingredients and nutritional information of the food you eat. No joke, the reality is that they are selling "edible food-like substances" - Toxic Products. It's questionable whether or not they should even be considered 'edible'. Nutritionists will tell you they shouldn't be. For example, in Supersize Me, Morgan Spurlock asked a great number of nutritionists how often should people be eating fast food, most said never (even some pedestrians he asked on the street said they probably should never be eating fast food). Fast food places are not at all a food service, you might as well be eating preservative-soaked plastics or cleaning products. This is of course all contributing to the health problems here in America and the culture of poverty (just watch Food Inc.) - and don't get me started on America's twisted health care system (see Michael Moore's SICKO for starters). We have to take the blinders off and realize the truth about corrupt industries like this. Be your own person, make the choice to not give into twisted business.
Wake up: everything is about money, who is using it correctly?
*Some of you probably already know about this stuff. And I know that some fast food places have tried to improve their menus, but in the end they are still just a business and still owned and funded by the same people - don't let them trick you*
[And don't get me wrong, we all deviate at times, especially when we are unaware of who a business really is. But the point is to be always mindful of your actions to your best abilities - know where your food is coming from (and remember: what I said also goes for many grocery products too)]
Please also see my blog post about taste: http://wearebullets.weebly.com/1/post/2011/01/my-burrito-revelation-moment.html
Posted this on YouTube today..
The other day I tried out some of the newer videos on the SixPackShortcuts channel. I thought they were pretty good, I especially love the leg and core one, I think I'll throw that into the mix once in a while too in order to keep my body challenged. And I really needed some leg exercises besides just riding the bike or walking during the week so I'm glad Mike put out a video for leg exercises too.
The leg workout was kinda tough, maybe because I hadn't been intentionally exercising them like this so much. But it was great. I love these exercises.
So, since I trashed the notes and the whole idea of trying to keep a detailed record of what I do and eat each day, I guess that means I won't have to number the blog posts. We'll be keeping track of my progress like normal people do - rotations of the earth (how many days or weeks or months I've been exercising). Up to this point I've been on my new exercise and good food regiment for about 3 months now. As I mentioned, I bought a pair of 5lb dumbbells, and I even double them up when doing some upper-body exercises in order to be pumping a total of 10lbs at a time. My mother also has a pair of 2lb dumbbells so sometimes I use those for drop-sets exercises or I'll add a 2lb and 5lb together on each side when an exercise requires me to use weight equally on both sides.
As far as what kind of exercises I'm doing - basically anything on SixPackShortCuts's youtube channel.
I've decided to take on this 6 week upper-body workout routine:
In addition to that I also exercises for my biceps triceps and forearms using the drop-sets technique Mike shows here: (the screen shot looks gross but that pic is not even in the video no worries haha)
And then I also like to do this next one cause it is a good full-body exercise that also really works your abs:
These are also great ab exercises I use:
Mike Chang tends to use exercises that help you burn lots of calories by using the after-burn effect. They are simple forms to master but they are intense and really work your body well. I love it!
On the food note, I've been doing well, it's basically the same story - I'm getting more fruits and veggies in my diet and I've been trying to control my portions by eating multiple small "meals" during the day and only eating when I'm actually hungry (cause I used to "graze" a lot and eat just because I was bored). In a typical dinner meal, if we are having pasta with veggies on the side, I will take a small portion of each item but I'll be sure that I have a lot more veggies on my plate than pasta if I feel like I'm not exercising enough for my body to burn off the pasta's energy correctly. And of course I'm always doing awesome with my fluids, I'm practically addicted to water, and since I gave up coffee I'm sure that I'm even more hydrated than before. And, like I mentioned in my "No more coffee" post, I've learned that pure coconut water is just as effective as having a cup of coffee in the morning. So I've been enjoying VitaCoco's 100% coconut water once in a while as a pick-me-up refreshing and hydrating drink.
That is basically it for now. I think my next exercise session will include some lower-body strengthening. I saw that Mike Chang added some great new videos on the youtube channel recently and I can't wait to make use of them. It is good to mix it up once in a while and not let your body get used to certain exercises for too long otherwise you plateau just like how they mention in the p90x videos.
So I decided to trash the notes because the pile was building and I was still finding no time to enter them All in on my blog, it's just ridiculous. It was getting impractical to be keeping notes if I wasn't going to post them soon afterwards. So the notes are gone and from now on I will not take notes on what I'm doing but rather just try and update you guys as regularly as I can and give you a general idea of what I've been up to.
These are the notes from your average couch-potato that is simply trying to fix it before it breaks!