Operation Get Moving: Day 40 Results!

My 40 day Operation Get Moving challenge is finished and what a learning process!

For the last week, I ran 3 times for about 2-2.5 miles each and I went rock climbing once. I’m getting better at running more consistently and building my endurance. As for rock climbing, we’re starting to get more into lead climbing v. top roping, but it’s way more challenging since it feels like we’re starting all over again. For top roping, I can climb about 5.10c/5.10d routes and for lead, I climb5.9/ 5.10a ones. Hopefully, I’ll improve more as the weeks go by.

Overall, I kept up my rock climbing schedule and added a few other events in between like hiking, jogging, and P90X Kenpo. Getting 3 workouts in a week isn’t too difficult since I only require 30 minutes of exercise to count and rock climbing usually takes up 2 of the workouts.

Here’s the workout breakdown:

  • Week 1: 3 workouts
  • Week 2: 4 workouts
  • Week 3: 0 workouts
  • Week 4: 2 workouts
  • Week 5: 4 workouts
  • Week 6: 4 workouts

Total: 17 workouts in 6 weeks

If I average it out,  it’s almost 3 days a week of workouts. I’m short one day, so I didn’t succeed 100% but that’s pretty darn close! Since I went on vacation during Week 3, I think the sightseeing made up for the lack of regular exercise anyway. This first phase of Operation Get Moving is to get by body used to having a regular exercise schedule.

The next round is to pick up the pace and really start getting some results. For the next 40 days , I’ll try to complete 4 workouts a week. I’m hoping to improve my cardiovascular system and build endurance. So far, I can run about 2 miles but I can be better. By the end of the next challenge, I hope I can run a 5K without taking a break to walk it out.

As for body changes, there wasn’t a significant difference but I didn’t expect it to change soon. Perhaps after the next round there might be something more noticeable. Here’s to the start of another round to GET MOVING!

My short term and long term goals

  • Have a regular exercise schedule
  • Finish lead climbing class and climb outdoors
  • Finish this 40 day challenge – 2 times this year (finished once)
  • Be able to run a half marathon by Dec 2013
  • Slim and tone body, reach goal weight (lose 5-10 lbs)

Current Stats

  • Height: 61″
  • Weight: 109.2 lbs (gained 0.5 lbs)
  • BMI: 20.6 (normal-increased 0.1)
  • Blood pressure: 106/63 (low normal)
  • Bust: 31″
  • Waist: 25″ (decreased by 1″)
  • Hips: 34″
  • Arm: 10″
  • Thigh: 18″
  • Calf: 13″
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Operation Get Moving: Day 34

planet granite lead belay rock climbing

It’s been almost 3 weeks since the last update but that doesn’t mean I’ve been slowing down!

The first week, I didn’t workout at all since I was recovering from my travels in San Diego and my friends were out of town. The second week, I spend one day rock climbing and another day, I went jogging for 3 miles. Then last week, I tried to pick up the slack by doing 4 workouts in one week.

I passed my lead climbing certification test so since then, I spent 4 days rock climbing: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

Today, I went jogging for 2 miles instead of rock climbing. I do want to improve my cardio exercises so I’m really trying to go running more often. I’m not that great, but every time I’m out there, I get better. So there’s plenty of room for improvement.

Only 6 more days until the end of the 40 day Operation Get Moving Challenge! The results will come in on June 17!

Operation Get Moving: Day 1

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I always get excited about challenges. It gives me a goal and something to work towards. Even though I am not often successful, as long as I keep going, then it’s a good experience. I’m pretty good about what I eat but when it comes to exercise, I tend to be more lax.

For the past 9 months, I have gotten into rock climbing and I love it. I aim to go twice a week, but I don’t always follow through. Plus, I need to add a little cardio into my routine. So, I gotta bump it up.

For the next 40 days, I’m going to work out 3 days a week (at least). It doesn’t matter what I do as long as I keep moving for 30 minutes of more. I’m keeping track via GymPact and Runkeeper.

My short term and long term goals

  • Have a regular exercise schedule
  • Finish lead climbing class and climb outdoors
  • Finish this 40 day challenge – 2 times this year
  • Be able to run a half marathon by Dec 2013
  • Slim and tone body, reach goal weight (lose 5-10 lbs)

So for the first day of Operation Get Moving, I did finished the hour long P90X Kenpo program. It was fairly easy and it kept my heart rate up. I have no martial arts training so my technique is absolutely horrible but I’m only doing it for the cardio. As long as you’re moving, you’re doing something. Even though it’s not a perfect program, it does the job of getting me off the couch and into the “workout” zone.

Beginning Stats

  • Height: 61″
  • Weight: 108.7 lbs
  • BMI: 20.5 (normal)
  • Blood pressure: 106/63 (low normal)
  • Bust: 31″
  • Waist: 26″
  • Hips: 34″
  • Arm: 10″
  • Thigh: 18″
  • Calf: 13″

If you have your own challenge or workout schedule, let me know what you do to stay fit and let’s motivate, inspire, and encourage each other! 🙂

Why I Don’t Eat “Bars”

Almost every health and fitness blog or article has some mention of bars.

Some to build muscle, some to keep you going, and some just because it’s “healthy”. But unless you’re doing something really specific, I don’t think the majority of us really need it.

Personally, my body doesn’t know what to do with bars.

Is it real, is it fake? Energy, fat, protein? What the heck is it?

Usually after consuming half a bar, my body has an adverse reaction and it doesn’t make me feel very good afterwards. So I only have eat these in extreme circumstances like during a race or a long run. Honestly, they taste like sickly sweet chalky cardboard to me no matter how much chocolate, peanut butter, or whatever flavoring is added onto it. There’s no way they could taste good but then again, most people who eat them probably don’t care anyway.

Instead of bars, I have home made granola that consists of oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. I don’t add any sweeteners because it doesn’t need it. The fruit is sweet enough.

Bars are another category on the grocery aisle that I don’t need to visit.

Where Have All The Good Fitness Blogs Gone?

I love reading blogs, it’s one of  my favorite past times aside from watching movies. I love reading a variety of topics but when it comes to fitness, exercise, and health…it’s oddly lacking.

Maybe I’m being a stick in the mud or maybe I’m old fashioned, but I just don’t like reading about people’s new fads, new diets, new products. I don’t want to read about female body builders, Ironman triathletes, and the like. I want to read about average people doing and accomplishing amazing things.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get in shape. You don’t need to buy subscription style meals to eat healthy. You don’t need a new-fangled monitor to track the steps you’ve taken, your heart rate, or even your calories.

These things are helpful, sure, but it just comes down to 3 things.

  1. Work out regularly…aka EVERY SINGLE DAY.
  2. Eat balanced and healthy meals.
  3. Take care of yourself: stay healthy, decrease stress levels, get enough sleep, and stay hydrated

There are some amazing blogs out there and maybe I just haven’t found them yet. So if you have ideas, please let me know.

But for now, here are some that I find pretty interesting:

Latest Status Update

In April, I went to Coachella.

I was doing pretty well with P90X and I felt relatively fit and healthy. The photo is from April.

I spent a month afterwards being a total bum and eating super unhealthy. I mean fried chicken, cheese everyday, and fast food kind of unhealthy. But then I was reminded that exercising and staying healthy is a LIFESTYLE choice, not temporary option. So GOYA won.

Fast forward 2 months and instead of doing P90X, I’m getting into rock climbing twice a week at a local gym. Once a week, I do Plyometrics and maybe a jog too. I’m working with a friend to figure out what the next steps should be to attain my goals…by the end of the year, I should be at the level of fitness that I want to maintain for the next few years.

I hope this works.

Weekly Update IX

Exercise Plan

It’s the tail end of the Recovery Week and the start of Phase 3 of P90x Doubles. I felt a bit under the weather and took a 3 day break…sigh. Another delay in completing the final phase of P90X, but hopefully it will be the last. Instead of doing cardio exercises three times a week, it’s being bumped to four days a week. So I’ll be alternating between Plyometrics and Cardio X for my cardio workouts so I don’t overwork my body.

  • Core Synergistics: Finished it in its entirety but it still feels difficult to complete.
  • 3 Day Break…I don’t remember how this happened!
  • Yoga X: I’m getting better at the Right Angle Pose, Twisting Half Moon, Wheel, Crane, and other more advanced poses. Surprisingly, the yoga belly section is getting easier and I can actually feel my abs “engaging.” I like it.
  • 1 Day Break
  • Plyometrics: It’s been challenging completing all the exercises, but it was done. I got to finish Phase 3 strong, so no more breaks!

Food Plan

Made a pact to avoid eating at chain restaurants after spending a dinner a California Pizza Kitchen, CPK.

I’ve been eating pretty sporadically but now, I’ve been planning meals and made some great meals for the next week.

Photos

PB&J Pumpkin Pancakes, 1 Hard-Boiled Egg, Nonfat Frozen Yogurt with Berries and Flaxseed Meal

Carrot Bread with Raisins and Walnuts and Sorrento Salad and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Japanese Vegetable Curry with Sorrento Salad and Steamed Rice

Chipotle BBQ Chicken with Fusilli and Sorrento Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Udon with Scallions and Quail Egg