What happened to me when I took 10 days completely off of exercise? And what did I do, anyway? Are two really popular posts in the “rest series”(I want to call it) that happened in March. This is likely the third and final post in the unofficial series describing what I did to jump back into fitness. I figured March break would be as great of a time as any, since there’s no school, I could sleep in and have more time to exercise(yay!). It all started with Sunday.
On Sunday I did two Insanity workouts. I didn’t plan to do two initially, but I’m glad it turned out that way. I was so ready to get my game back on with Shaun T, I missed a lot him that last rest week.
I did power cardio in the morning and at night, pure cardio. That sh*t is real!
I booked sessions at Good life. I checked out their classes intensively and decided to do as much as I could in those days to make the most of my classes. After all, the main reason why I want a gym membership is to get out of a fitness rut and try some new routines. A few classes in particular I looked forward to was Bodypump, the circuit training ones, and a few cycling ones.
It turns out you have to be 18 to use the 3 day free trial! What a bummer! My birthday was literally just a month away. The manager at the time was nice enough to let me in on a one day pass and made it so that I was “18” on the pass so I could enter. That was very nice of her. 🙂
The virtue of the RPM class which I’ve never tried at goodlife: I do not like cycling because it hurts my butt and it’s hard adjusting the bike to my limb sizes. I liked bodypump, body combat is martial arts infused cardio kickboxing without any equipment and body attack is moderate intensity cardio. At least for me, someone who has a high fitness base or someone who’s done HIIT or someone who’s experienced with endurance training would find the class to be moderate. Everyone else was more or less a newbie and found it really sweaty. And because I can brag, I’ll say it: I love being the star of the class. 😀
Body pump and RPM were back to back from 9:30-10:30, and 10:30-11:30, respectively(I learned that term in math). I have a theory–the lighter you weigh, the less amount you increase each time you turn that knob on the spinning bike, am I right? I think you are at an advantage if you are heavier because you can use your body weight to shift side to side to pedal, but when you’re lighter, you can’t do the same because you don’t weigh as much. As least, that’s what I’ve noticed in my healthy weight loss. What do you think, am I right?
After RPM, I walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes while texting friends to stay active doing “sedentary activities”(i.e. reading, talking, etc.). I called my friend Chelsea to rekindle with her and she said yes when I asked if I could come over! Initially I was going to stay at the gym for all the afternoon classes, but I didn’t want to be A) burnt out for the two classes I really wanted to try in the evening, aka bodycombat and bodyattack, the two most calorie-torching classes, and B) staying at goodlife doing more bicycle classes because my butt hurt.
I bused to her house where we ate food, talked, lounged around, giggled over the little things going on at my old school. You see, she’s a friend from my former high school until I moved to my current artsy one. Guess what I ate? Lots of cheese. Half a 270g of white cheddar, 250g of cream cheese and to hydrate–I can’t believe I did this, oh my gosh, I’m terrible–2 cups of 35% whip cream(I have a thing for whip cream).
Again, I’m terrible.
At least I followed a 18/6 IF protocol, so after that meal, I wasn’t hungry for the rest of the day. I burped a few times during body attack class at goodlife when I returned in the evening and I tasted whip cream in my throat and was reminded why I can’t do dairy.
Tuesday March 17th(St. Patrick’s Day!) I was debating hard when I woke up whether or not I wanted to do Insanity, or some pilates. Originally I planned an intense week of training after my intense week of rest but I was feeling meh; I blame it on not getting 100% quality sleep. But I nonetheless talked myself INTO it instead of out of it, and I am so happy I didn’t chicken out of HIIT, because halfway into the workout, I felt reborn and knew, just knew that my body needed this. It craved this. The burn in my heart and the burn in my legs. That day I also planned to meet up with a friend to jog around and do pilates, and then head to the theatre to watch The DUFF(Dumb, Ugly, Fat Friend…oh my gosh, how I could relate all my life).
Grace ended up ditching me for “unplanned homework” AGAIN(eventually, we got to hang out on another day). I sighed when I got her phone call 10 minutes before I departing to her place. A part of me had a feeling that was going to happen because that’s what always ended up happening in the past when we tried to make plans. Another part me of just shrugged and said, “well, you have a lot of things to blog about anyway, right?”
Thank god I didn’t skip my intense workout that morning because I wasn’t going to be doing one with her in the afternoon. I spent the day eating bone marrow, catching up on videos, texting friends, and spending 2 hours online writing blog posts! I think it was a productive and yet restful day.
I have a theory–the lighter you weigh, the less amount you increase each time you turn that knob on the spinning bike, am I right? I think you are at an advantage if you are heavier because you can use your body weight to shift side to side to pedal, but when you’re lighter, you can’t do the same because you don’t weigh as much. What do you think?