It’s been a while since I’ve updated on my fitness, however I continue to work hard to stay in good shape. I know a lot of people have been complaining about gaining weight during the COVID-19 quarantine, I absolutely refuse to let that happen. If I didn’t let cancer, chemotherapy, and early menopause do it to me…then COVID-19 isnt going to either! It’s not meant to be a judgement of anybody else, I don’t care if other people exercise or not, or are overweight or not. However for the last 10 years I have taken a lot of pride in being average sized (after years of being plus sized), and fit, and it is not something I’m prepared to give up. I also have no interest in buying a whole new wardrobe!￼ Lastly, I am well aware that being overweight increases my risk of a breast cancer recurrence, so I am very motivated to not that that happen￼. As my posts and pictures show, just how fit and toned I am tends to change a bit, however I continue to maintain the weight I lost in 2010, with a few pounds and centimetres of leeway here and there￼.
For new readers, picure from way back in 2010 when I first realized that I simply needed to get my weight under control￼.
Unfortunately spring exercise has not looked as I planned. I was registered for the Sporting Life 10K, but of course it was canceled. It doesn’t really matter though! I’ve only ran twice the spring, and both times I had excruciating heel pain for days afterwards. I could probably try to figure out what’s wrong, but instead decided to focus on different kinds of exercise. Running just doesn’t feel like my thing this year!
What I have been doing:
-For my main workouts I have been alternating spinning/biking￼, a circuit training. For circuit I have recently been doing the Les Mills body combat workouts, which I love!￼ For spinning I use the Peloton (free for 3 months) and Sweat Studio apps…however I recently discovered this Gabriella Guevara on YouTube, and love her!￼ She also has her own site and app, which I will probably subscribe to eventually in order to support her content. ￼I do between 20 and 50 minutes a day most days￼.
-I have been throwing in some short yoga and weight training workouts￼. Usually 10-15 minutes a few times a week.
-I currently have my Fitbit steps set at 8500 steps a day, which is enough that I definitely have to make sure to get some walks into my day, but not so much that I feel like I cannot take time to do lower step activities like strength training, yoga, and spinning/biking￼.
-Like many families, we have been experimenting with some new recipes and cooking during this time, as we find ourselves at home more. Although I am still working as much as ever, I do have more time to work on meals because I finished my workday at home instead of 40 minutes away from home, and my kids have taken over some of the meal plan. However we have been looking at healthy meals! Cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, peppers, brown rice, rice noodles, artichokes, chickpeas, black beans, sweet potatoes, and squash are some of our favourite ingredients￼! ￼Although we certainly do make some delectable treats, for the most part we are also trying to make desserts that are full of fruit, nuts, and limited sugar￼.
Here are pics from New Years, and today. I’m feeling pretty good!
How is everybody else doing? Any tips or tricks to stay in shape during this unusual time?￼