Gym and Kitchen Reset

Chris is in CO this week for five days of corporate inprocessing and indoctrination at his new company, so I am taking the opportunity to toss out the crap in the fridge and pantry and get myself back to clean eats. In some ways my good habits have rubbed off a bit on DH, but in the process some of his bad ones have rubbed off on ME. So he is a little better than he used to be, but I am a little worse when it comes to diet. Pfft.

I’m resetting myself this week, and poor DH will just have to deal with it when he gets back on Saturday.

So, like Kyra, I think I’m giving up on the Chalean Extreme DVDs for the time being and going back to the old training notebook and TV-less workouts I know work for me. I am tired of smothering my dislike of DVD workouts to do this program just for the sake of doing it, and frankly, I don’t like the exercises. I don’t think that the combination moves are as effective for me as non-competing supersets or straight sets. With the hybrid moves I don’t seem to concentrate on the targeted muscle groups as well as I could with more traditional lifts, especially those that are supposed to work my lower body. What it boils down to is that I feel like I am only putting 50% of my attention and effort into each half of these combination moves, and therefore only (literally sometimes, because I am so quad-dominant that I need to really THINK about engaging my hamstrings and glutes in lunges, sumo squats, and squats) half-assing them.

I also can’t get into the two included cardio workouts, but I’ve already mentioned that in an earlier log.

Jillian Michaels’s 30 day “Making the Cut” book was recommended to me a while back by one of my blog readers, and I think I will give it a go starting Monday. I’m going to take the next three days to familiarize myself with the exercises and do 20 minutes of HIIT daily before launching into a full Monday start on 3/23. I’ve been slacking off enough on CLX that just about any regular program and cleanish eats should start sloughing the fluff off pretty readily.

In somewhat related news, I had my annual GYN appointment yesterday where I discussed the possibility of switching from the low-dosage Lutera/Alesse pill I’ve been on for the past few years to the copper-based Paraguard IUD. Alas, since I have NOT had kids yet and tentatively plan to try spawning a mini-me sometime next year, my doctor said that she recommended against it for both financial (it would cost more than a year supply of pills) and medical reasons (heavier TOM bleeding, possible issues when I decide to have kids, etc.). I am seriously bummed because I’d really like to try a cutting cycle without the influence of BC to see if progress is faster without the extra chick hormones in my system. And I’d get to take one less pill in the morning with my 2 fish oil capsules, multivitamin, calcium + D, and digestive enzyme. I do admit that I’m not really eager to have all the myriad joys of a Pill-less menstrual cycle back, though.

I guess I’ll just have to do my spring cut the old-fashioned way and simply work my butt off!

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TODAY’S WORKOUT
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– 10 familiarization reps each of all of the exercises in Day 1 and Day 2 of the MtC plan
– HIIT run (20 min)

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TODAY’S MENU
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M1: 60g oatmeal and raisins, 2 whites/1 whole egg omelette with 1/2 c. spinach and 1/2 c. tomato slices
M2: 3/4 c. yogurt lassi (4 fl. oz. plain yogurt, 2 fl oz. water, 2 packets Splenda and 1.5 t. sugar)
M3: 6 pork and leek dumplings, 1/2 c. brown rice, 1 c. broccoli & cauliflower mix, 1 T. spicy garlic soy sauce
M4: 1 hardboiled egg, 1 egg white, 1 apple
M5: 3.5 oz. chicken breast over 3 c. spinach, baby greens, and tomato salad, 2 T. balsamic vinaigrette
M6: 14g almonds, 1 scoop protein

3 thoughts on “Gym and Kitchen Reset

  1. Hi Maggie,

    Sorry to hear CLX wasn’t a good fit for you. I haven’t tried it yet, but from all I’ve read about it, I doubt it will be one of my favorites when I do. It’s just not a style I enjoy, but I think I will like the Push circuit the best.

    I know you’re going off videos for now, but wondered if you had tried any of Cathe Friedrich’s strength stuff? She has muscle endurance type, stuff, gym style, slow and heavy, etc. Several of her older workouts are on FitTv. They are called Cardio Blast, but at least half of the episodes are strength training. She also has her newest system, which offers a little bit of everything, from the looks/sounds of it:
    http://chrstp1.securesites.net/sts/

    Amy Bento is another good one for strength training. Both gals also have challenging cardio, but their complex style isn’t something I enjoy. And wouldn’t call either of these two similar in style to Chalene.

    Cathe has lots of clips on youtube, but here’s another site that has clips of eveything they sell, including Amy Bento: (great service, too!)
    http://www.totalfitnessdvds.com/

    Anyway, sorry to ramble, just wanted to put a Cathe bug in your ear for the future, as I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts on her workouts!

  2. I have about the same sentiments for the P90X program. It was OK for a short time, maybe 3-4 weeks, but then it got old fast. I think I was sick of the stringent schedule and felt like I couldn’t abandon it to simply go to the gym and run/lift weights or go outside for a jog. I also despised the yoga and the plyometrics really messed up my knee.

    I was intrigued by the Chalean system, but I don’t think I’ll buy it for now. I like to have some cardio with my strength, and I’m not sure Chalean delivers that. I guess I’ll parrot the previous commentor in that, while I’m a big fan of video workouts, some of the Beachbody products don’t stack up to those made by Cathe Friedrich. The only exception to this rule is Turbo Jam. I really enjoy TJ. Honestly, I’m wondering if strenuous weight training just isn’t my thing. It may be something to do 2x per week and combine with cardio and core strength.

    I am different in that I really enjoy complex routines, having been a dancer and in colorguard (squad) when I was younger. Amy Bento and Cathe step programs are right up my alley.

  3. Hey there,

    I suggest that you check Cathe’s STS.
    It is right up your alley.
    Supersets, drop sets, straight-up heavy and hard weight lifting.
    You can take a look at the STS workouts on Cathe’s workout manager site.
    http://www.thecathenation.com/workout/

    However, I do enjoy Chalean’s cardio workouts. ; )

    Cheers!

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