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Fitness Experiments: What I've Tried, What's Worked, What's Next to Try

Posted Jan 06 2011 11:32am
Hi Friends!  How's your day going?  My past 24 hours has been a whirlwind! 

Recently I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Charlotte Andersen's The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything book

Charlotte is a doll, is a mother of five, she's gorgeous, she's super smart, she writes for the Huffington Post as well as writing her own blog, The Great Fitness ExperimentAnd looks like she's 21.  After 5 kids.  Pass your secrets over here, my friend!  

So when Charlotte spent a year trying a variety of different fitness experiments, along with her Gym Buddies, i.e. her team of ladies she works out with, and she reports back with her progress, her likes and dislikes, I take note.

I love the fitness experiments she tried each month, I enjoy her take on what she liked and what works, but I especially enjoy her honesty about what doesn't work or what she didn't like.  Amen for keeping it real.  This Picture of me while Blogging at the Hair Salon with foils in my hair is my idea of keeping it real.

 Thank you, Charlotte , for the book !  And I am super jealous that you and met up Katie the other day.  If only I could tolerate the snow and cold of my homeland, Minnesota, but I can't.  So you girls will have to come to San Diego!   Deal?

From my last post about Coconut Water and all the Coconut Recipes I shared, it was fun to hear if you're a fan of coconut.  Or not.  Most of you are, but like I mentioned in the last post, I wasn't always, either.  And then for some reason, that all changed. 

And many of you mentioned you love coconut water, but the price is steep.  I know.  Best I have for you is try (enter AVE630 at checkout to save $5 and free shipping) for your coconut water.

And at the regular grocery store (or WF's) the larger liter-sized bottles of coconut water are more cost-efficient than the little mini on-the-go drinks as shown below.

Did you catch my Coconut Water and other Coconut Recipes ?

Dessert: In honor of Charlotte , because I know she's made this recipe of mine and has told me she really liked them, I am posting my Vegan Creme de Menthe Bars (No-Bake )

  Vegan Creme de Menthe Bars (No-Bake )

Questions1. Have you ever done any Fitness Experiments? Or tried new Fitness things or types of new exercise paths?
Oh I sure have!

My Fitness Journey
1. I used to do tons of cardio growing up and in my early 20s.  Mostly running and lots of it.

2. Then, in my early 20's I found yoga and it changed my life.  I thought that was the only answer for me.  Forever. 

Here are two chock-filled posts on yoga.
Yoga FAQ's Post  
Yoga in the House Post

And I am adding to my Yoga Tab and will have tons of pictures of me doing yoga, all compiled very soon. 

3. I started lifting 14 months ago, did a fitness show in June of 2010.  I was hitting the gym hardcore, but neglected my yoga a bit.

My post Lift Heavy: Strength Training Myths & Facts discusses how lifting heavy is the way to go.  Well it was when I used to go to the gym and do more in-gym workouts than at-home workouts.  I am still a huge advocate of lifting heavy though!  Worked for Charlotte, here .  And Katie , April , Janetha, Julie , and Namoi to name a few others.

I also did a Fitness/Bodybuilding Competition & Photos Post

Abs - How to Get Them & Tough Love Post

After moving back to San Diego in June 2010 after 9 months in Phoenix, I was trying to lift, do yoga, and do a little cardio.  Way too time consuming and taxing on my body!  I love working out and all, but not that much.  Not to mention, I never felt like I was doing anything "well".  I was just taking on too much!

4. This post where I discussed how I have Streamlined my Workouts says it all. 

No more than 20 minutes of cardio + 20 minutes of indoor yoga/lifting/core work daily, i.e. in my garage with my pair of 12 pound dumbbells, my yoga mat and my exercise ball.  My Gym Workouts Tab explains this all.  Toward the bottom of the page.

That explains my fitness evolution, in a nutshell.   Life evolves, our bodies change and evolve, our dietary paths ebb and flow, so should our workouts and fitness regimes.

As I said here
"We all have to find what exercise and dietary and life path works for us.  Not everything works for everyone.  Not everything continues to work for the same person.  What I liked to do when I was 16 years old is not what I wanted to do when I was 7 months pregnant which is not what I enjoy doing now.  Life evolves, and so must our workouts, dietary choices, and everything else.

There is a balance between finding what works and being happy with that vs. stagnating and not being open to change things when they stop working or stop being as effective as they once were.  It's up to each of us to be mindful of this and to do our own homework, legwork, and just work, in order to figure it all out!"

Tell me about your Fitness Experiments, evolutions, changes, and what you've tried!  What have you have you really liked or has worked really well for you?

2. What hasn't worked or haven't you liked?  Why?

3. Is there any kind of fitness or workout activity that you'd like to try in the future?
I've never tried TranceDance or Zumba.  Gina can you help me?

I've never done Insanity or TurboFireor climbing Mount Everest.  I'd like to try those.  Halfway kidding on the Mount Everest, but I do love mountain hikes.  I love Northern CA for the great hikes!

Sometimes a nice power walk pushing your kiddo in the stroller is all you need, though.  White sandy beaches optional, of course.

Later kids!
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