If you ever doubted my love for Mexican food, you won’t after this post.
I headed over to the gym today for a BodyFlow class. If you haven’t taken the class before, it’s a mix of Tai Chi, pilates and yoga.
Yoga mat, how I’ve missed you.
I was really looking for a bit of stretch today for my Livefit-induced soreness, and Flow delivered. Those hip openers were some of the most painful/awesome things I’ve felt lately.
And for inflexible people that think they can’t do yoga – believe me, you can. I’m the most inflexible person I know (I’ve gotten a little better, but a few years ago, trying to touch my toes I could barely reach my shins) and I’ve benefited so much from it. Before Livefit I was going to a flow yoga class once a week – I think I need to start that up again!
Another rotisserie chicken salad? Don’t mind if I do.
I went with a Mexican theme – romaine, shredded chicken, salsa, sour cream and guacamole.
I wanted some crunch on top, so I broke up a couple of whole wheat pretzel sticks. They did the job.
My afternoon was spent doing –what else- packing. I swear, when did I amass so much stuff? I don’t even want to try and figure out how many boxes we’re filling.
There was one of the sweet potato and black bean veggie enchiladas left, and it had my name all over it.
Topped with more salsa and guacamole, with sour cream on the side.
Definitely more sour cream than I would normally use, but I figured I might as well finish off the container. The most annoying thing in the world is going to pull thing from the cupboard or fridge (milk, cereal, ketchup, ect.) and discovering that there’s like, less than a spoonful left. First world problem.
Yesterday I finished Phase 3 of Livefit Trainer. Aka – the program is now done. I’ve done reviews of phase 1 and phase 2, so I figured I’d give a review of phase 3 before doing an overall review of the program.
While phase 2 focuses exclusively on muscle building, the focus of phase 3 is to maintain muscle while burning fat with lots of cardio.
The first 2 weeks killed me, actually killed me a little. Picture lots of supersets, triple sets, and active rests. The cardio portions were 30 minutes of 30 seconds sprints. I did sprints on the treadmill for 2 days and elliptical for the other 2 – I don’t know how anyone could do treadmill/running sprints like that 4 days in one week. My legs would actually give out.
So the first half was not my favourite. I ended up skipping the last cardio workout because I just couldn’t handle it anymore – my body was fatigued and I was mentally burned out. Some of the workouts were taking more than an hour and half to complete, which is way too long for me.
The second half of the phase? I LOVED. It utilized circuit workouts, which I’m a huge fan of. You get an awesome workout in a short amount of time, and it adds a cardio element as well.
The cardio was the participant’s choice, which was a nice change. It was nice to be able to pick and choose what I was feeling that day – sometimes I did intervals, sometimes I did a slow jog. It also utilized one full hour of cardio once a week, which was an awesome way to get in some long runs that I’d been missing for a long time.
Overall, once I got to the second half I loved it. The first half was a huge challenge but I’m proud of myself for managing to get through it.
Tonight, I’m enjoying my last night in London and watching The Princess Bride – is it bad that this is my first time seeing this movie?
<—What’s a fitness challenge you’ve undertaken lately?
<—Have you ever done Tai Chi before? I thought a Tai Chi-inspired class would be odd the first time I took a BodyFlow class, but I actually really enjoyed it.