Shredding it (Part 2)

(You can read Part 1 here)

First day of yoga, I managed all of three surya namaskars (three on each side I’ll have you know) and was bushed. I was appalled with self, how does Kareena manage 100! But, I persevered, after a week or so, I was up to ten. I felt more flexible, could bend and touch my toes, my joints didn’t creak like an old woman’s anymore. I was feeling pretty good about myself. But then I got bored! It was too slow, too much concentrating on breathing, I would go a few days without doing yoga. This would result in losing all that new found flexibility and nimbleness and I would be back to square one. Also, there were no immediate results when it came to weight loss, though my stamina did increase.

I know yoga has vast, long term benefits, and I should be patient and go through the motions. But, I was getting too bloody bored. So after about a year of doing yoga very sporadically, I decided I needed something faster, something to make my heart  race, something to make me feel young. And so I turned to the Insanity workout  (a couple of people I knew had done it and had really good results, so did more research online and decided to try it).

Never has a workout been so aptly named! I decided on the fast and furious, 20 minute insanity workout. It is 20 minutes of hell. Jumping jacks, push ups, planks, running on the spot all done at a frenetic pace, with the trainer screaming at you to go faster, push harder. My body was way to out of shape for it. I got tired watching the video of the workout! After two minutes of halfheartedly trying to keep up, I decided to look for something a little less scary. I handed over the Insanity video to the workout crazy husband. He seems to be enjoying it, I hear him thudding and jumping around the guest room every morning, hopefully doing the workout, while I sleep in.

More research followed online, and I came across the 30 day Shred  by Jillian Michaels. Jillian was one of the trainers on ‘The Biggest Loser’, and known for her toughness. Though in the 30 day shred (30ds) video she seems quite reasonable and lovely. Anyway, 30ds consists of three levels of workout, each level done for ten days. The workout is only about 25 minutes, so easy to fit in and consists of cardio, ab exercises and strength exercises. All you need is a mat and a set of weights, though I am doing the strength exercises without the weights at the moment, easing myself into it. I am done with 5 days of level one, and I love it! It is not an easy workout, it’s hard and pushes you. I was in pain for two days after my first time doing it, but it is far more manageable than the Insanity workout for someone like me, who has never really worked out ever.

And I see results, by day three I was not collapsing after the workout, I was feeling more active, fit and energetic. I could feel my muscles toning up. My body felt a bit tighter. This workout seems quite popular, lots of before and after pictures, testimonies about losing inches and pounds are available online. I don’t really buy into those normally, but after five days, I have to say, I could become a believer in 30ds.

I am eating as usual and not following any diet plan. Most people do it continuously for 30 days, but at the moment, I am not feeling too well, and have decided to take a day off from it.  I also plan to take a couple of rest days in between, if required, I don’t want to overdo it. That being said, I love the feeling post-workout, pride that I managed to do it, knowing I am that much closer to being fit and the rush from the endorphins.

I am actually, for the first time ever, looking forward to working out and annoyed that I am not feeling well enough to shred it.  Wish me luck. Will keep you posted on my progress.


Shredding it (Part 1)

So for the first 24 years or so of my life I was a skinny thing– flat as a board, collar bones jutting out, and the thinnest arms imaginable. I ate like a horse, and didn’t put on a gram of weight…aah the days of high metabolism. That is not to say I had a model figure, my practically nonexistent upper body was  coupled with large hips and pretty solid legs. But still, I was skinny! I could wear tight and tiny tops and get away with it, and the hips added some curves to my body. Though at the time I never appreciated it, I wanted boobs, I wanted to be well-proportioned. I actually joint a gym to put on weight (that lasted all of three months).

Fast forward to four years ago, I moved away from home, and was living and working in another city. I started eating at odd hours, more often than not my meals were oily dabbas or maggi with cheese. And once in a while, in an attempt to eat healthy I would order a sub, with all vegetables on it.

I finally started putting on weight. Which, I thought was a good thing, initially. But, over a period it didn’t feel right. From skinny I had become slim, but I could feel the extra fat sitting on my hips, making itself at home on my belly and thighs. So , while I was far from obese, I was beginning to feel unhealthy. And never being a particularly athletic or even active person, I had no idea on how to go about losing the excess weight or even toning up. There were attempts made to join a gym, and by attempts I mean looking up gym locations nearby. But, nothing came of it. Also, living away from home meant more drinking out, which didn’t help in the calories department.

Finally, a year and a half ago, I decided enough was enough and something had to be done about my burgeoning belly and hips. This decision was a result of me squeezing myself into my jeans, and sucking said belly in so I could zip the jeans up. It was excruciating, I couldn’t breath, I had a very unattractive muffin top and I could feel the rolls of fat on my stomach. I wore tops that were loose around my stomach and hips, to give the illusion of slimness. I had to rectify this situation immediately. I decided on yoga!

Considering my sedentary life, yoga seemed like a good way to ease myself into the whole business of getting fit. I learnt  the surya namaskar and I was inspired by tales of Kareena Kapoor doing a hundred a day and becoming a size zero. If she could do it, so could I. One could dream…. (end of part 1)


Giving it one more try

This is my third attempt at blogging, in case my blog title and sub head didn’t give that away already. This time I hope to stick to it. I am famous for starting things and giving up halfway; this includes workouts, mundane house work and even jobs. Hopefully all this will change! I have started the 30 day shred and I am on day 4, woo hoo! I freelance and hence don’t have a regular job, so cannot quit one. And since getting married and setting up a home of our own, I have slowly started cooking, cleaning and have even developed an obsessive need to vacuum every time I see a dust bunny. How long this will last, who knows? Given my previous track record, it doesn’t look good. But here’s hoping.