Day 5: 14-day Flat Tummy Challenge

Hello everyone!
So I just realized that the videos I’m “following” for this 14-Day Flat Tummy Challenge are not daily videos and mostly have advise and motivation. I mean duh! It’s just planks πŸ˜‰

I didn’t go up to the 25 seconds yesterday but will be trying that today and see how it goes. So far the planks are coming along fine. Still trying to work on the diet — it’s just so hard when there is so much around you in the house! I’ve been back home for 2 weeks now and have been drinking soda (P.S. I would only drink soda on VERY rare occasions when I lived on my own) so I was thinking this morning that my first goal to work on a good diet is to eliminate soda again. If you are into sodas too, let’s do it together!

Something to ponder about:
Sugars cause your body to go to work to prevent high blood sugars that can cause you to die. So your body can either 1. use it up as energy (possible if you are active and working out), 2. store it in the liver (if the liver sugar storage has been depleted by using the previously stored sugars), or 3. store it as FAT.
Amount of sugar that your blood can hold at any given point in time to be normal = about 12 grams
Amount of sugar in a can of coke = 33 grams

Therefore, NO MORE SODA for me AND YOU!

Happy Saturday!

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Day 4: 14-day Flat Tummy Challenge

I’m later than normal for today’s post but that’s because I used the morning to chat with my sister over breakfast and spend time with the best nephew anyone could ask for!

Here’s the Day 4 video:

The video helps with becoming more aware of your body’s positions in order to improve and better your planks! Holly talks about getting rid of the “hunchback”. It mostly is related to strengthening your upper back and thus improving core strength. The video suggests that you incorporate a yoga position called the cat-cow stretch. I remember doing this in yoga class and it doesn’t just help you but it also feels good doing it so try it out!

Updates on me:
Did my planks just once yesterday instead of twice — 2 planks, 20 seconds each.
I was super bad with dinner — burger and fries.. but OMG they were good!
Like I mentioned yesterday, I had my appointment with a trainer at the gym. It was good to have that since it gives me a goal to work towards. My weight and measurements were not bad but I was quite disappointed about my body fat percentage. However, I am now determined more than ever to work hard and get that body fat percent down. The plan is to do cardio at least 4 times a week and weight training at least 2 times a week. I’ll keep you all posted on that every month!

Happy Friday and Happy Valentine’s Day — just don’t forget that it’s not the only day in the year to show your love.. do it every day!

Day 3: 14-day Flat Tummy Challenge

Hello friends,
So I haven’t been able to find the Day 3 video but I decided I would still write my update anyway.
Holding the planks for 20 seconds each hasn’t been too too bad.. I’m thinking of going up to 25 seconds but debating whether to do it starting today or wait till tomorrow :S

So far, I have done my planks for 2 days as well as a Kickboxing class and a Zumba class! I think I’m doing good and back on track with my “obsession” to work out Β πŸ˜‰ Thought I would put that in there since the recent news about hating on Rachel, Biggest Loser 15 Champ, made me upset! Yes, being underweight is as much of a bad thing as being overweight is but if she is obsessing about exercising to maintain her weight rather than weight loss, what’s the problem there?

Oh well, so I’m doing good on the exercise part but not too crazy on the diet. I feel like I can either obsess on exercise or on my diet.. can’t seem to do both.. lol! But I LOVE food and have always seen that as long as I eat in moderation and exercise at least 3-4 times a week, weight maintenance is no problem! I’m quite satisfied with where my weight is right now, however, I definitely want to/need to tone up πŸ™‚ So, since my brother added me to his gym membership (and I love him for that!!), I get a free personal trainer session to start off with. I have set up my appointment for today and will be getting measurements taken and a plan set for my goals! I am super excited πŸ˜€

I’ll follow with personal trainer session updates tomorrow!

P.S. I had the best raspberry chocolate cupcake last night πŸ˜‰

Happy Thursday!

Day 2: 14-day Flat Tummy Challenge

Here’s the Day 2 video:

Great advise on how to do the plank correctly. Focus on stability, your core and quality over quantity!

My two friends and I are dedicated to keep each other in check and motivated through this challenge. I hope you can join us or form your own group to do something fun and healthy!

P.S. feeling sore this morning after 2 sets of 2 planks each for 20 seconds each + Cardio Kickboxing at the gym yesterday! Feeling good though πŸ™‚

Happy Wednesday!

Day 1: 14-day Flat Tummy Challenge

Ok freinds, here’s the Day 1 video from Holly Rigsby:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyiout236x0

My biggest challenge today will be to switch back to clean eating since although I’m watching what I’m eating since I got back home from Virginia, I am not eating very clean. Had to remind myself not to touch those thin mints on the kitchen counter as I made my coffee this morning!

Took some pictures for the before and after if I muster courage to post them when this is done..
And off to my rotation in a few.. planking when I’m back πŸ™‚

Happy Tuesday!

14-day Flat Tummy Challenge

After completing my Low-Carb Challenge for the month of January, I lost about 5-7lbs and have been able to maintain it so far since I have been staying active for the most part. My diet has gone somewhat down the drain but I am most definitely watching what I eat and balancing it out with activity. My favorite part is of course my cutie-pie nephew who plays a key role in keeping me on my feet when I’m not at my rotation or studying.

I hadn’t thought of this but since one of my best friends asked if I would like to join her in this 14-day flat tummy challenge, I decided that I’ll try to do something different every month in order to remain focused on getting a healthier me as well as change it up for my body so it doesn’t get used to the same routine for too long.

So February will be this 14-day challenge which begins tomorrow. I’m not sure if I’ll be posting any before and after pictures yet since I am a little too conscious about that but who knows, I just might.. especially, if I get followers doing this with me πŸ˜‰

It’s basically a plank challenge in order to engage your core.Β The Challenge is created by a mom who is a weight loss coach helping busy moms get fit. Her videos are on YouTube and she also has a Facebook page. My friend who suggested this is a mommy herself but this is a great plan for anyone (like me), trying to fight that belly!

These are some pointers to prepare you for Day 1. I’ll post the video from her tomorrow.

— 90% clean eating, 10% indulgence

— remove sugars from your diet

— eat at least 100grams of protein per day

— get your leafy green vegetables in your diet

— at least 3 full body strength work outs and 3 interval training work outs per week

This is the link to the Facebook page:Β https://www.facebook.com/FitYummyMummy

I hope some of you decide to do this with me and my two best friends!

Poll: To start or not to start an online support group for weight loss and management?

Wish I had the option to actually have a poll on my blog but I’d appreciate comments and suggestions.Β 

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now and decided I could use my blog as a means to help anyone who would like some support, feedback, accountability for losing weight. I’ll try to post something related to help with weight loss once a week but having feedback will be great!Β 

And if you have a story to motivate people to live healthy, eat right and stay active, please send it to me or post it under any of my posts πŸ™‚

P.S. I am a 4th year medical student and I am interested in Family Medicine. I want to focus on preventive medicine because I feel that I need to be able to help my patients live a healthier life in order to avoid some serious conditions that can be avoided by making some lifestyle changes.Β