While I stopped the Weight Loss Survival Tips Posts, I have really missed the weekly waffle about weight loss so I decided to add it back in. While I like mentioning my workouts in my Friday Weekly Weight post, I feel that is more of just an accountability post to keep me motivated so don’t just throw in the towel mixed in with a post-game recap for the week. That way I feel I’ve done something even if the scale doesn’t move that week (or moves in the wrong direction).
This is just more of a chat really.
So lately, I have been doing some of the Chloe Ting Work outs from YouTube. I know there seems to be a huge number of people following along with her programs. But they are good programs and they are free, I started doing the 28 day shred and sort of pared it down. I’ve been starting the mornings with her warm up and one full exercise video and then I’m kind of done. (there are 4-5 videos recommended per day in the shred program). I was trying to do them, but it was a bit much for me to do them all.
I’ve reached the conclusion that I am not a person who shreds.
I chip away. Like a sculptor. A curmudgeonly one who can only deal with so much perky before my coffee. And man is she perky.
Yes, I do the workouts before my coffee. I’ve found if I get up, go to the bathroom and put on workout clothes before I’m actually consciously awake, then I can just go into the workout before I’ve realized it. Then halfway through, I promise myself buckets of coffee if I complete it without stopping. It’s how I get them over with each morning. (I still walk during the day, which I like, it is just the work out vid I have to tackle while half asleep)
Trickery and bribery folks. It’s a winning combo.
I can’t honestly say I miss the gym, but I will say that I do miss scheduling leaving my desk. Plus, I did kind of like the machines. They were unnatural, but gave me story ideas for torture devices and provided people watching opportunities.
Although I am pretty sure that’s not supposed to be the point.
While I have been walking a lot lately, when it isn’t hot enough to melt the skin off my bones (yet oddly enough leave the fat behind), I’ve also been playing around with my leg weights. I actually picked up a set from ProsourceFit (I’ve linked them below if you are interested, they carry all sorts of fantastic home workout gear. I’ve been steadily adding to my collection since the arrival of Covid) and they have been a life saver. I got the medium size leg/arm weights because they fit both my ankles and arms and instead of leaving them in the sunroom with my workout gear, I take them into the office with me.
I allow myself to drink coffee only until ten in the morning. But the coffee pot is in the kitchen, not my office. So I keep the leg weights on as long as I am drinking coffee. Sometimes I do extra leg kicks and lifts (standing ones) when I move between kitchen and office.
After ten I take them off and feel light as a feather when walking around. Oddly enough, I find myself moving around a bit more just to enjoy the sensation while it lasts.
Then throughout the day, I use the weights for my arms. I don’t wear them constantly, that would be a bit much. But sometimes I need to think through some wording or plan out a phone call or something and then I put them on my wrists and either do arm circles or arm lifts for a minute while I’m thinking. My arms still look a little chicken wing-esque, but I think it is helping. I know when people think of weights they generally tend to go kettle bells and dumbbells and weight balls, and I do use those, but I also really like the ankle/arm weights.
I am collecting a lot more home workout gear during quarantine actually. Some, good, some bad. Some I bought on a whim and now love, like the leg/arm weights.
It somehow doesn’t feel like I’m using weights with them, if that makes sense. When they are on my legs I just feel like I am slogging through a heavy snow or something.
And yes sometimes that comes with one of the old nature show voices in my head
…And here we see the wild Mimsy as she makes her way across the frozen tundra in search of the elusive caffeine, a necessary component for her survival. She will make this trek repeatedly, replenishing her inner storehouse so she can survive yet another day of seemingly endless conference calls discussing at length an issue that can be summed up in two sentences because others have become addicted to video conferencing…
With the arms it just feels like I’m trying to distract my brain so I can think up the right words to use for whatever it is I’m actually doing, even if my muscles are sore the next morning. I’m sure it doesn’t burn a whole lot of calories, but I can feel it in my muscles and I’m pretty sure the wobbly chicken arms are wobbling less.
So that’s something.
Plus when you take them off the Velcro makes a very satisfying ripping sound (without actually ripping anything). I have no idea why that is so satisfying, but it really is.
Now, if only I could get my baby doll to stop bringing home piles of snacks every time he goes out then I’ll be okay. We were doing really good before Covid about not getting snacks, but stress and shopping once a month made each visit out of the house feel like an excursion. When the two of us go together it is fine, but when he goes out alone, he comes back loaded with things not on the list. For a while I was doing good resisting, and then the sneaky snack foods started creeping in a few bits at a time. I think that is why even with increasing my workouts, my weight loss had plateaued during lock down. Now that I’ve realized it, I’m starting to get it under control so hopefully soon I won’t feel like I’m standing still anymore and the weight will once again start to come off.
So there you have it, my first Workout Waffle. I’m going to try to post these once a week, either Tuesday or Wednesdays. Mostly because I really miss talking to you about weight loss and workout stuff now that I’m not doing the weekly tip. I hope you enjoy them as well.