Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
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Happy New Year dearest readers! ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

It was a fun 2012 for sure, despite the problems that I encountered along the way. I think that the year 2012 was a good start on my road to self-discovery (not that I was even aware I started embarking on such a journey. :P) and I’ve been learning more about myself and my strengths and weaknesses. In my heart, I just know that 2013 will be more awesome that 2012 was. 🙂

I was deciding whether to include this year’s New Year’s resolutions in this entry but I think that I should reflect on what I really want to accomplish for this year. This year, I don’t want to make resolutions just willy-nilly. I want to be able to measure the success of this year’s resolutions so that I can gauge accurately whether or not I’m making progress. And it would be easy to determine what steps to take to be able to achieve that goal in case I’m behind.

For example, one of my goals for this year is to lose weight (as if it isn’t every year). But now I know that if I don’t include how many pounds I want (need?) to lose and by when I want to lose them, I’ll probably end up not fulfilling that resolution (again). I want my New Year’s resolutions to be like goals we set at work. I know that if I do that, the probability of me actually completing my goals are higher.

(Image borrowed from Pretty Presets for Lightroom's Facebook Page)

(Image borrowed from Pretty Presets for Lightroom’s Facebook Page)

I want to start 2013 right. And what better way to start it than by making sure this year’s resolutions are well thought of, right? Hopefully, with this kind of preparation and mindset, I’ll be able to fulfill most, if not all, of the goals I’ll be setting this year. 🙂 Yes to positivity and no to passivity. 😀

I’ve quite a bit of reflecting to do so I’ll take my leave now. Until next time dear readers. (^^)/~~

HAPPY NEW YEAR! o((*^▽^*))o

♥ Niece

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On the Road to Fitness: Insanity, Day 1

Shaun T's Insanity Program

Shaun T's Insanity Program: Get Fit or Get Out

My sister and I, on our journey to being fitter and slimmer, started Shaun T’s (of Hip Hop Abs fame) Insanity program today. Insanity is a 60 day high intensity (I kid you not when I say high intensity) workout. It consists of 14 different workouts: one fit test to measure your fitness level and is done every two weeks, and the 13 other workouts which are cycled within the two month span.

So for today, Day 1, my sister and I did the Fit Test. It consists of eight (8) exercises which are used to track your progress throughout the Insanity program. It was extremely tiring. I was already trying to catch my breath by the end of the warm up and I was about ready to give up by the end of the second (2nd) exercise. But I persevered and got to finish the whole fit test.

Since the fit test is designed to act as the measure for which to track your progress, here are my first day test scores:

  1. Switch Kicks – 60
  2. Power Jacks – 45
  3. Power Knees – 69
  4. Power Jumps – 20
  5. Globe Jumps – 7
  6. Suicide Jumps – 9
  7. Push-up Jacks – 3
  8. Low Plank Oblique – 30

My push-up jacks are pathetic. 😛 I only got 3 and I wasn’t even able to fully lower my body. But I’m hoping to get better with my push-ups. I’ll probably practice doing push-ups or try to strengthen my arms sometime in the day to be able to improve the number of push-up jacks I can do.

Now, I’ve realized one important thing from doing this fit test: I really need to become fitter. I really had to push myself to be able to do these and it definitely manifested after. My whole body felt unstable (I had to stop after every step while I was climbing the stairs to get to our room) and my head was throbbing (and my face was red too which were both probably due to the amount of blood flowing to my brain). Hopefully though, after the end of two weeks, my body will have been able to adjust to the intensity of the workout and I’ll be able to do the fit test more easily.

That’s really all for today. I’ll go wash my face and hopefully get my blood to flow more normally to my brain. Then it’s sleepy time for me.

Insanity Day 2, Plyometric Cardio Circuit tomorrow! Wish my sister and I good luck. 😀

♥ Eceined