I feel like my diet is great, exactly what I want it to be. I am thriving on a low fat, no added oils or nuts, plant based diet. My body naturally wants to store fat, so I really needed to cut out the fats to lose weight and hit a great weight goal for me (see My Transformation story for more details).
I like to go with the flow and pay attention when I am drawn to things or things flow into my life. Lately I have been drawn to bodyweight exercises. I have also been drawn to the topics of Minimalism and Tiny Houses. I was reading a minimalist website which talked about getting in great shape with bodyweight exercises. They had some great videos and information from Vic Magary.
Vic's instruction and exercises reminded me that I already have DVDs and a great book of bodyweight exercises from Eddie Baran. I actually have two of his programs, but Body Sculpting Bodyweight Exercises for Women is an excellent informative program with many different exercises and suggested workouts. The picture at the beginning of this blog post is from this program.
I have done these workouts in the past and the GREAT thing about them is you can do them anywhere. I used to do these routines when I traveled all over the world in my old marketing job. You can do a great workout in about 15-20 minutes or less if you are just starting. You can easily do these workouts in a hotel room, as the only equipment you need is...your body...as the term 'bodyweight exercises' implies. These are the types of exercises done by dancers, gymnasts, and those practicing martial arts. Those are some pretty well sculpted bodies.
One thing I did NOT do in the past, however, is combine my optimal diet with this workout routine. I do not agree with the diet advice given with almost any exercise program. The advice is usually some form of a low carb diet which I disagree with on many levels, the most superficial being that I would be crazy hungry all the time and wanting to eat the paint off the walls! I love my plant based diet that allows me to eat as much as I want of delicious comfort foods while staying at my goal weight. I am very curious to see how much success I can have given I am at my ideal weight and eating an optimal diet.
I have been going to the gym and doing a strength training routine on the machines and doing some rollerblading and biking with my dog. I have not been consistent, I get bored, and it can take a lot of time to get to the gym, get changed, do the circuit, put myself back together and get to whatever else I need to do that day. 15-20 minutes at home seems much more appealing to me right now.
July 1st seems like a great day to start a new routine and hopefully inject a bit more energy into my days. I will share my progress with this program as I move ahead. I plan to do a bodyweight workout 3-5 times per week and still do a bit of rollerblading as well. Wish me luck!