Wednesday, June 28, 2017

OTF 6-week fitness challenge :: Week # 2 & 3

Ladies, hope your week is going well. I am half way through my 6 week fitness challenge so I thought I'd share some updates/thoughts/tips:
- I've been going to OTF 4 times a week for the past 3 weeks. It's not easy but I do try my best to work out at least 4 times a week. My husband is also doing CycleBar and it's very challenging to find a schedule that works for both of us. That brings me to my next point.
- It's important to find a schedule that works for you and your body. During the second week, I had to take a 5:00 a.m class and a 5:30 p.m class. I didn't do very well during those times. To take a 5:00 a.m class, I have to wake up around 4:15 a.m to get myself ready. I don't care what you do, nobody is ready for an intense workout class at 4:30 in the morning. For the 5:30 p.m class, after a long day at work and stuck in traffic, I didn't do too well either. Weekend classes are best for me.

- I've been doing these classes for over 3 weeks and never once felt they get easier. Not going to lie - I walk out of every session feeling exhausted. Their workouts are intense.
- I burn an average of 500 calories per session which is great.
- I suck at weightlifting. After 3 weeks, I feel like I am finally getting a hang of it and slowly building up the strength and endurance. Before the challenge, I can barely lift an 8-pound dumbbell. I am now consistently using 12-15 pound weights during workouts. My arms were so weak before that I couldn't do more than 5 push ups. I am now able to do 15 push ups in a row.
- I make no major changes to my diet. Before my workout, I usually have a protein bar (I love KIND bars). It's important to consume protein after working out. Your muscles need protein for recovery and growth. You need at least 10-20 grams of protein that will provide the right amount of amino acids to support lean muscle tissue. It's best to get this protein within an hour of working out.


- Last but not least, I love the enthusiasm of the coaches. They get to know me individually, text and remind me to schedule my sessions, keep me motivated and guiding me. Even though it's tough, I truly enjoy each and every time I am in the studio. As far as my numbers go, I honestly don't know where I stand. I will have an Inbody composition scan at the end of the challenge. I can't wait to see the results. I enjoy pushing, challenging myself and getting stronger everyday.



Anonymous said...

Hi Sydney, I'm impressed by your progress! Let me tell you: we have something in common -- weak arms! I have never been able to to push-ups.. only about 4 but on my knees rather than on my feet. Thanks for the motivation! I will try to workout again -- at least I already started eating better. :-)

I have 1/2 glass of homemade Kefir every morning (using raw milk) and also 2 tablespoons of homemade yogurt. I've said goodbye to my digestive issues by doing those 2 things and also making my own sauerkraut. It's truly amazing what fermented foods can do for your body!

I didn't know anything about Kefir until I saw the YouTube video featuring Donna Schwenk on How to make Kefir and another one by Tara Rosas on Kefir. Awesome videos that taught me a lot. I purchased my Kefir grains from and for my homemade yogurt (far better than commercial products) I got a super affordable yogurt maker on the YM80 model --less than $20.00! It's excellent !!! I also got the yogurt cultures on Amazon. The ones I recommend are the non GMO because you can continue to make yogurt indefinitely!!! One- time expense ..less than $20.00 bucks and you are set for life. :-)

I was incredibly miserable before.. felt as though I had daggers in my abdominal area! But I'm happy to report that it's no longer the case!

I hope this helps you or anyone reading this post.
ALSO: For those who have loved ones with Autism, have you researched the connection between Autism and a deficiency in Probiotics????

Now, changing the subject, I've been eyeing the white and blue striped skort you featured in one of your posts... sooo cute but I've read that some people complain about the material being thin? Is that the case? Is it see-through???

Xxxoooo. Jenny

Anonymous said...

Wow..I just checked the price of the yogurt maker and it's gone up. ...
Luckily, by just putting the milk with the cultures in the oven all night long ... you will have delicious yogurt!!!
No need for a yogurt maker.

Sydney's Fashion Diary said...

@Anonymous Thanks, Jenny! I will look into the yogurt maker. Sounds pretty awesome. As for the skort, I mentioned in my post that it's unlined. Yes, material is on the thinner side but not see through. I feel comfortable wearing it with nude colored undergarments. Take care <3