Polar FT4 & Fitmiss Delight Protein Powder

Jason had some insomnia the other night and bought me some things via Amazon.  They’re all things I’ve talked about getting and I think it’s super sweet he did that for me.  It was delivered as a total surprise!

I’m always borrowing his tools and half the time I can’t find what I need so now I have my own set.  And they’re pink which pretty much guarantees that they’ll stay mine… 😉  haha  I know this has nothing to do with working out but it was in the picture so…

I’ve wanted to try some more protein powder but I just hadn’t yet.  (I had tried some years ago but I had never liked it.  The flavor was always off and it didn’t mix well into anything.  I’d heard that it had come a long way so I was ready to try it again.)  He bought me the Fitmiss Delight Vanilla Chai with two shaker bottles.  Let me tell ya…this stuff is great!  It mixes better than anything I’ve ever had before, the taste is spot on and it’s only 90 calories a serving with 16 grams of protein.  It’s also gluten free for those who need that.  It is good to mix with water, almond milk or skim milk in the shaker bottles or to throw in the blender to do a smoothie.

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I have been eyeing a Polar FT4 for quite some time now.  I have a Garmin 110 for running but I wanted something specifically for weight lifting, gym classes, etc.  I’ve seen a lot of people with the FT4 on Instagram and different blogs that I follow.  I found this one on Amazon.  I think I paid between $50 and $60 for it.

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My first time using the watch and I burned 570 calories!  I love knowing what I’ve burned and the fact that I can look back and compare.  I’m also keeping a food & exercise journal.  In it I make sure to write about how I feel physically, what I’ve eaten, if I took a class or not and whatever other exercises I’ve done.

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Last night’s workout!  This makes a total of 3 times I’ve used it and it seems to be working great.  It’s easy to set up and navigate through the options.  I love being able to look down at it during a workout and knowing how many calories I’ve currently burned.  It makes me push harder.  I want to do more and more.

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Workout Update

I had to take 3 weeks off from Zumba because of work and remodeling.  I’m back now and I’m so glad!  It is so hard for me to get back into something once I get out of the habit of going.  Once I start again though I’m good.

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Headed to Zumba this morning!  Ready to go!

My usual instructor is pregnant (Yay!!! I’m so happy for her!) so this is her last month until she has the baby and recuperates from that.  This month in conjunction with her regular class they are adding two classes with the lady that will be doing Zumba until she comes back. So now I’m taking Zumba 4 times a week right now and I’m loving it!  They’re talking of keeping it up…I hope they do!

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I don’t look great after a workout but I sure do feel great!  The feeling I have after physically working hard is like no other.  I don’t really care how I look as long as I feel good.

That’s what I strive for not only after working out but also in every day life.

This week coming up I’ll be trying some new protein shakes and a cleanse.  Hopefully they’ll help get and keep me on track.

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Workout Update

So I’m still going to Zumba twice a week.  I still love it!  Once last week and Monday of this week they have substituted R.I.P.P.E.D. for Zumba.  I wish I could do R.I.P.P.E.D. twice a week too (they offer the class) but I’m already pulled in too many directions.

I’ve lost 10lbs so far and toned up all over.  I know that muscle weights more than fat so I’m trying not to get discouraged when I don’t see the scale budge.  Its getting harder not to though, I have to admit.  I feel great though, I really do!  I have a lot more energy and I can tell that I’m building my muscle back in my left leg (it had gotten really weak after my injury).

Its time to do what I always dread when it comes to getting in shape: altering my eating.  Ugh…  I know that I need to start watching what I put in my body in order to see the results that I want to see.  I love healthy food, I love non healthy food….I just love food!  And, like everyone else in today’s society, I feel like my time is stretched thin as it is so meals need to be quick.

So this weekend I’m going to get a plan together and go grocery shopping (in between working on our rental, working on our home, etc.).  I’ve been reading up on meal planning, eating clean and IIFYM.  I’m going to ease myself into all of this.  Honestly, there is so much information out there on everything and I’m a little overwhelmed.  I want to play around with some things and find what works for me.  Everyone is different.

My plan thus far:

  • Weekly Meal Planning/Prep  (So that I can have more control over what I eat and not be tempted to eat bad when I’m in a pinch)
  • 2 Zumba Classes a Week
  • Walking in the morning 3 times a week (I’m thinking Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, weather permitting)

Once I get in a decent routine I’ll do an update on all of it.

 

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YMCA

A friend of mine texted me this past weekend to see if I wanted to start going to a Zumba class with her at our local YMCA.  Of course I was interested!  This is something I have been thinking about for months but, I am embarrassed to say, I was afraid to go by myself.  I had anxiety.  I didn’t want anyone to see my fat jiggle and wonder why I couldn’t keep up.  Having a friend go really helped me get over that.

Last night was our first class and I was not disappointed!  It was great!  The teacher was fun and she explained things thoroughly.  She was also very encouraging.  All of the staff and members we met were just wonderful.  They were all very sweet.  I am officially a member of the YMCA now and I am excited to see how well it works out for me as time goes on.

We ended up taking half of a cycling class after our Zumba class was over and we plan on doing it after Zumba every Monday.  It felt so good to work out again!  I am definitely feeling good this morning and I’m ready to do it again.

Our next class is Wednesday and I can’t wait!

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