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Gotta Make Up for Yesterday! πŸ˜ƒ πŸ˜„

Hello beautiful people! 😘

This post should’ve gone out yesterday, but I totes forgot that yesterday was Monday (this is a blatant lie, but you can’t blame me for trying)! 🀣

Seriously though, I owe you an update on my 3rd weekly challenge and the revelation of my 4th and final weekly challenge for the month.

So here we go …

… but before that, let’s warm-up to my favorite exercise video. I guarantee we’ll have fun 😁😁

 

 

 

Okay, are we warmed up now? πŸ˜€

So my 3rd weekly challenge is to eliminate mindless snacking. I picked this as a challenge because I’m trying to be vigilant about weight creep … wait, what is weight creep, I hear you ask? Well, that’s when our weight slowly creeps up, usually inadvertently on our part, due to certain repeated counterproductive behaviors that often become habits. Mindless snacking being one of them.

Snacking mindlessly has got to be one of a SAHM’s bane, because the circumstances are just so conducive for it. In my case, the fridge is always loaded because we are a family that L❀️‍VE sweets!

calorie sirens

To me mindless snacking is like weeds in your garden. They grow back, so you have to be watchful and ready to remove them so the garden remains pretty.

When I decided to take this up as a weekly challenge last week what I had in mind was to understand my natural rhythm so I could manage cravings and make better food choices without feeling deprived & miserable.

The steps I took:

1.Β  I first identified the times I felt naturally hungry.

There’s no point working against natural hunger, especially when like me, you’re exercising on most days. Trying to deny it just makes us focus on food all the more.

I was able to identify that I was naturally hungry at 9AM (breakfast), anywhere between 12N-1PM (lunchtime), then again at around 3-4PM (big snack), and around 7PM (light dinner).

2. I also took note of what I liked to eat during these times.

I don’t know about you, but denying myself something because it’s high on the Glycemic index even if it’s what I want at that particular moment leads to baaaaaad, uncontrolableΒ  cravings later on. I’ve experienced this SO many times already that I’m now schooled in honoring my tastebuds. I found out I needed simple carbs (like rice, bread, pasta) and protein in most meals or else I just wouldn’t be satisfied.

Oh and, a sweet treat from time to time is also a secret to success. (Ladies don’t be in denial, when that PMS rears its stubborn head, hell knows no fury …. Am just keeping it real!) πŸ˜„

3. Plan accordingly without sacrifice.

With information on when and what, I am able to plan my meals accordingly. Eating at designated times, even if I wasn’t really that hungry (but adjusting to my level of hunger), kept most cravings, mindless snacking & even over-eating at bay.

I noticed in the past that if I didn’t eat at regular intervals and just waited for my stomach to snap at me, I’d graze on readily available convenience food. I would end up eating too much empty calories and still over-eat at the next meal 😒

coffee and cinnamon

So that was my 3rd weekly challenge for April. How about you, do you ever take on a self-imposed weekly or monthly challenge? Tell me about it! πŸ˜ƒ

And now the 4th weekly challenge is a blogging challenge; a 3-day Quote Challenge which I shall begin tomorrow.

I hope! πŸ˜‰

But before I let you go, places everyone! All that talk about meal planning has gotten me in the mood to dance – let’s get our money now, shall we? πŸ˜„

 

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Fitness & Vanities

Zumba Is Addictive (You don’t say?!)

I want to start this post by saying I’ve made it official πŸ™„

Amidst cheerful encouragement from my fitness-classmates, I finally bought my first pair of Zumba uniform*.Β  Voila (sorry for the creases, they’re fresh out of their plastic wrapping):

zumba wear

The Case For Fancy Clothing

I thought I could stick to your average black workout capris and plain, body fit tank tops. But no, those are just too ‘meh’ for Zumba. You should observe my fitness pals ~ notwithstanding what they have on at the time, they still crowd around the instructress like moths to a flame, gushing and carefully inspecting whatever new Zumba gear she wore to class that day XD πŸ˜›

Secretly, I thought they were all being silly. You don’t need to wear that in order to dance!!! πŸ™„ I came here to exercise, not for a fashion show!!! πŸ™„ πŸ™„ πŸ™„

But now I carefully retract those thoughts. Which would you rather dance in, I ask? This or this?

I know, right? πŸ˜€

 

Loca Over Anything Zumba

Here’s another proof of Zumba insanity – one day we noticed our instructress drove this ‘mobil’. Can you guess what happened before AND after class?

zumba mobil

Right! We took pictures with the car like the car was Beto Perez himself! XD

 

Fevah!

So anyways, I know I caught the Zumba fever myself when I created my first playlist on YouTube over the weekend – to use in the pleasure of my own home on days where there’s no Zumba class. In short, I now Zumba Mondays to Fridays, for at least one hour.

And then I lift weights.

But back to Zumba.

 

A Different High

It’s not that I was oblivious to Zumba in my previous life, I just never gave much thought to cardio exercises in general. You jog, brisk walk, skip rope, do jumping jacks, a few (too-complicated-for-a-non dancer) dance vids here and there, whatever – just get your heart rate up. (No wonder I couldn’t do cardio for more than 20-30 minutes)!

Now with Zumba an hour can go by and you don’t even notice it. Because dancing to infectious beats is so much fun. And learning the easy-to-follow choreography is so engaging that by the time you’re done you feel some sort of accomplishment at having memorized the steps to an entire song πŸ˜€

And so I leave you with my favorite at the moment. Give it a try. Be warned, it’s addictive! ❀

 

* must be the same as with other ladies in the class, excluding color & size πŸ˜‰

Fitness & Vanities

Do You Dance Sexy Hip Hop?

I’ve always admired those who can dance.Β  If God would’ve given me the privilege to choose my talent, dancing would be it.Β  Unfortunately, I never really got to explore this art when I was a student because I was either too busy proving myself academically or starving myself so I could show off those clavicles and hip bones during commercial ramp modeling gigs.Β  (I didn’t know any better!)

Well, the passage of time has not dampened that desire πŸ™‚ I still want to learn how to dance, albeit on a part time and less serious-more playful scale. There are of course a multitude of ways to learn how to dance but my chosen mode for now is in the comfort of my own living room and as a fun addition to my daily workout routines.

Imagine my pleasant surprise then to have come across The Fitness Marshall on YouTube, a new channel which features hiphop and pop inspired workouts that are guaranteed to sweat you sexy πŸ™‚

When choosing videos to work out to, I’m quite particular about video quality and I also don’t like videos crowded with too many people.Β  I’m glad The Fitness Marshall passes the test and, Caleb Marshall’s energy and sexy ‘tude definitely amps up the fun factor πŸ™‚

How about you, do you have plans to spice up your exercise routine in 2015?Β  Do you know of any other dance fitness channel that’ll teach me some fun and graceful moves while getting a good sweat going on?Β  I’d love a few recommendations πŸ˜€