Hi, my name is Tirtza and I am a sweataholic. Sounds gross? It is. If I am not dripping sweat at the end of a workout I just don’t feel like it was worthwhile. This means that I often choose to walk into high intensity gym classes like kick-boxing, interval training, or spinning. But lately, despite my five-days-a-week sweaty workouts, I am noticing that my body is not as toned, as strong or as fast as it was even a year ago. I have also slowly gained ten dreaded pounds. I could chalk it up to getting older, the weather, working more hours sitting in front of the computer than I used to, but the fact is that I am in a fitness slump. Sure, I keep to a routine, but it’s the routine culprit that has caused me to reach this plateau. AND SO, with three months to go until swimsuit season, I have decided to embark on a fitness challenge to get my toned body back!
This is the 90 day fitness challenge that I am going to follow. It is based on my past experiences and positive results for getting in shape:
- Food intake: Restart the food diary. Even though I have done this enough times in the past to be able to calculate pretty much everything I eat in my head – it helps to see in writing (or rather on the screen). FYI, I really like Fitday Weight Loss and Diet Journal fitday that I have been using on and off for years. It’s FREE and easy to use.
- Lift (heavy) weights: Seeing results means heavy lifting is in order, and not those puny 2 lb pink weights. Incorporate weight lifting sessions to my workout at least twice weekly.
- Interval training: Instead of running for 40 minutes, do 20 minutes of sprint intervals. Right after is a great time to follow with the weight-lifting session.
- Cut out processed foods as much as possible: You know what they say: “You are what you eat.” Limit snacks to fresh fruit, veggies or yogurt.
- Lose the fitness routine: No more sticking to the same classes every week. Time for a major routine overhaul in order to maximize results and get stronger.
- Get enough sleep: This is tough. I usually don’t get more than 5 hours of sleep. But all the experts say that this is a very important factor in getting fit and staying healthy. I will try really hard to get 7 hours.
- Drink plenty of water: I am pretty sure that I have coffee running in my veins. I drink 5 cups of coffee a day and this is a habit I KNOW I should break. Start drinking at least 8 cups of water per day and cut coffee down to 3 cups a day for starters
- (Debating) Posting my workouts: I am not quite sure if I am ready to do this on a daily basis, although I know that many people do post their workouts on social media. Research shows that social sharing of health and fitness goals increases the likelihood of those goals being achieved. This is why I am sharing this post with you! BUT daily check-ins? TBD.
Do you have any fitness tips or full body toning workout exercises to share? Even better, anyone want to join me on this challenge? Let me know in the comments!