First up: I have absolutely no idea what this video is about. While I’m writing this is actually the first time I’ve ever seen it.
It’s super sad to know that the singer of this band actually committed suicide a few years ago. RIP Charles Haddon.
Dance The Way I Feel – Ou Est Le Swimming Pool
This sounds a lot like a Havana Brown song to me. Maybe it’s just me…
Braveheart – Neon Jungle
There’s got to be some level of irony in this song being my workout/gym song of the day when it’s so far from a fitness themed song. It’s such a classic song though, and the video/event is sort of like Zumba on steroids…
Eat Sleep Rave Repeat (Calvin Harris remix) – Fatboy Slim, Riva Starr & Beardyman
On my gym/workout playlist on Spotify, I actually have the version without Fergie. I added the wrong one accidentally, and I’ve got to say Fergie really makes this song!
Gettin’ Over You – David Guetta & Chris Willis ft. Fergie & LMFAO
This song is definitely up there with some of my favourites. Got to love Australian talent!
Vitriol – Bluejuice
I’m almost two weeks in to my latest round of Shortcut To Shred, so I thought I’d post a little update if how it’s going.
First up, I have been ridiculously tired these last few weeks. I don’t even think it has to do with the crazy workouts or anything else in my life. I’m really hoping I’m not getting sick or anything, but I guess we’ll see. I’m just taking it one day at a time and making sure I don’t completely run myself into the ground.
I had almost forgotten how much of a challenge the STS workouts can be. I think my fitness level had definitely improved since my last round, but I still find myself drenched in sweat and totally exhausted by the time each workout is done. Jim Stoppani, you are crazy.
Nutrition has been a struggle when I’ve been feeling so run down. I didn’t get a chance to prep lunches and snacks last Sunday so I had to cook on Tuesday night and buy prepacked snacks and lots of fruit to get me through the rest of the week. This weekend I am definitely going to make a few batches of healthy slices and snacks that I will actually enjoy. The photo at the top of this post is actually the prep I did on the day before this round started. It was only half the food I had prepared!!
Progress wise, I am definitely heading in the right direction. My work pants are getting loose and I can’t keep them up properly. I recently bought new gym pants that are now too big around the waist. I had forgotten how good this program is for my shoulders too. In such a short space of time they have become much more defined and shapely. I am loving it. I’ve definitely got more muscle definition all over, which I guess is as much from fat loss as it is muscle building.
On some sort of side note, I realised a few days ago I never measured myself before I started this round. Rookie error. I guess all I have to go off is photos now, but somehow that’s quite a liberating feeling.
So these are the things I am going to work super hard on improving over the next week…
Number one – I am scheduling myself in a relaxed weekend and at least one big sleep in. I feel like I haven’t had a sleep in for a very long time so maybe it’s exactly what I need to get back to feeling good. I am also planning to get a good dose if vitamin D and sunshine, which is certainly something I have lacked lately.
Number two – I need to work on the nutrition side of things more. If the choice had no consequences, I would more than likely choose a schnitzel and chips over steak and veg every time. I need to work more on self control and beating cravings.
Number three – not directly STS related, but I think I am going to start journaling more (offline). Mental health is just as important as physical health, after all!
That’s everything for now!! If anyone else out there is doing STS or a similar program, I’d love to hear how you are doing!! x
An oldie but a goodie….
Audacity Of Huge – Simian Mobile Disco
I am a big fan of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). I’d much rather work harder and faster than spend hours on treadmills and elliptical machines. The below infographic by Greatist gives a good insight into the various types of HIIT training, including my personal favourite, tabata training.
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Today marks the start of my next round of Shortcut To Shred. Even though it’s not the first time I’ve done it, the first workout was a challenge. 745 calories later, I was ready for nap, but unfortunately my day was just beginning. My gym gets painfully busy around 5pm, so I don’t really have a choice but to train in the mornings, or go later at night (which I know I won’t stick to). My biggest struggle this round will probably be staying organised, but I’ve prepped as much food as possible and really just need to kick my butt into gear.
I have been trying to think of something to get myself as a reward at the end of the 6 weeks. It’s not something I usually worry about, but I think it’d be nice to have an extra incentive. So I need some ideas – what have you bought yourself as a reward?
Save Rock and Roll has become one of the staple albums in my life. I loved Fall Out Boy’s first album, got lost along the way and now am in love with them all over again.
I am only about 75% sold on Courtney Love in this song, but it’s a good song for the gym and a good song in general, so here it is….
Rat A Tat – Fall Out Boy ft. Courtney Love