Cruising with my “mini-me.”

Finally! Our Alaskan cruise is currently underway until my daughter and I found out that we didn’t have any “sea legs.” Our first day in the cruise was us medicating on Dramamine!

As virgin cruisers we definitely learned the following;

1. Bring Dramamine even if you think you can handle a bout of motion-sickness. It beats having to pay the cruise rate of nearly $7 with a pack of 3 tablets!

2. A 10 day cruise for us is far too long on a boat. Our future cruises would have to be less than 10 days.

3. Bring cash since most establishments has a policy of minimum card purchases of $5. At other times the connectivity might not let you charge your card at all.

4. Even if you are sailing to a cold climate bring a swimsuit/bathing suit. The cruises now have indoor swimming pool and hot tubs for everyone to enjoy.

5. Do take advantage of the room service especially if you do not feel like dressing up just to eat.

6. You can take food inside your room just be mindful to leave your plates and/or tray outside your room for servers to pick up afterwards. You can’t risk having an investation inside your room.

7. Wash your hands every chance you get. Being in closed quarters with other passengers can be disastrous if symptoms of any type of sickness is left unchecked.

8. Do take advantage of working out in the gym. Classes such as spin and yoga are taught so it doesn’t mean that a cruise should hinder you from working out.

9. Pack a lot of patience and a sense of humor. Be mindful that lot of retirees and disabled are also on-board, trust me you are not the only one as excited to get on the cruise. (Of course, kids by default are always included).

10. Teens will be teens, remember you were once a teenager so give them some slack.

11. At the beginning of the cruise do attend the safety briefing because it is a requirement. Yes, it is your vacation but so is everyone else on board.

12. Do try the local cuisine, its now or never.

13. The cruise staff are there to serve but they are people too so keep the self entitlements to yourself.

 

14. You can have fun even on a budget.

15. Be kind to yourself specially as you meander through the buffet lines. Food should not be a chore or a form of self pity so eat up, drink up and be merry!

 

 

 

 

Low-key changes towards losing weight.

Working out in the hopes of losing weight is not enough for my body to shed unwanted pounds, so I am slowly changing my diet but still feel full and not cheated of calories my body craves.

Low-key but healthy changes for me does not include fad diets, cleansing concoctions, calorie counting or fasting. Just mentioning such things makes me hit the “easy” button of taking fat burn pills or quiting altogether.

Let me share ways of what I started so far:

1. Small changes by adding veggies to my meals and snacking on freeze dried fruits. Nothing too drastic but I know it will become a routine.

2. Not cutting on alcohol, just being picky about what I drink such as strictly sticking with red wine.

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3. Sunday is cheat day so my body does not feel deprived too much.

4. Continue with my 5 day work out routine. Alternating days of weight training days and cardio.

5. Pack lunch with healthy snacks in between.

6. Purge my pantry and fridge of old or expired meals/ingredients, this includes spices.

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7. Bulk buy only when its a staple ingredient/supply.

8. If possible, invest in the upkeep of your home, such as professionally cleaning your AC units and installing water purifiers. It pays off in the long run, your health would thank you.IMG-20190202-WA0007

9. Surround yourself with those who trully support and motivate you. Avoid or cut out those who only drag you down.

10. Keep up with your bills, the last thing you need is stressing about keeping your account current. Stress only limits your ability to lose weight.

 

Goal: Working out through the holidays.

‘Tis the season to workout for a reason.

Easier said than done! Like everyone else I make up excuses such as the  weather being gloomy, I woke up too late or I’m too tired. Bottom line is: my only excuse should be when the gym is closed due to the holiday season.

Did I overcome my excuses? Not really, in fact my gym partner and I finally went today after 4 days of non-gym days. With more days being missed, the more creative the excuses. For instance, my gym partner worked late so we missed on going, I was not feeling well enough (maybe due to all the junk food I ate) so we missed out again, on and on the excuses went.

Sure, I could always work out on my own or why rely on the gym work hours when I can workout at home! I have a set of exercise bands and a workout CD from when I did the 21 Day Fix Challenge, in which I gained a pound! (I was told I gained muscle weight and not fat…..uhhhh, sure why not!)

Of course, I could just watch what I eat. Meaning, I would watch my food as I place it inside my mouth. (That’s my take of “watching what I eat.”)

So tell me, what excuses do you use?

 

 

Gym wear faux pas

I tend to people watch in between workout sets and I can’t help but notice patrons having gym wear faux pas. Granted, yes we are not there for a fashion show and yes I should focus more on exercising but I can’t help it.

Disclaimer: I am in no means an expert on what is proper gym wear so what faux pas I might mention below are merely my observations.

Gym wear faux pas:

1. Skimpy gym wear worn by millenials to baby boomers. Nothing against those who are bold enough to  flaunt their fit or non fit bods but we are in an enclosed space, usually bombarded in loud music with scents mingled in sweat. Please do not add more to my sensory overload.

2. Ill fitting gym shoes. At least with the local gym I attend to I noticed some patrons in the weight room wearing converse shoes. I guess I’m so used to wearing running shoes when working out that seeing non-athletic shoes seems odd.

3. Gym bags. I myself is an offender of this because I use a cheetah print handbag as my gym bag since I only carry my accordion wallet, hand towel and keys. Also, I shower at home after my workout so I don’t need to use a typical gym bag. 20181110_141349

4. Gym wear accouterments such as weight belt, weight gloves and various gym pads. Clearly, these are needed to the comfort and safety of the user but it gets expensive. Thankfully, our gym offers some of the accouterments to be rented for the day but non-availability and sanitary issues is a personal inconvenience so I don’t even bother.

5. This pertains to the selfie generation. You already know you look good in your outfit but please don’t use the gym as your personal runway by taking more selfies and hogging the mirrors more than working out itself.

 

 

 

 

 

Gym How Tos & What Not To Dos…

5 days a week, my gym partner and I hit the gym every morning for a 45 minute weight lifting routine. After some time you notice who are the “regulars” and their gym mannerisms. Unfortunately, a pair of regulars have no regard to other patrons since both like to literally drop the weights after each set causing unnecessary annoying clankling sounds. It doesn’t matter if its from free weights or stand alone machines. I don’t know what their deal is but if its their way of getting attention, they definitely got mine…. in a very bad way.

I only made mention of it because I want to share tips on what to do and NOT to do in the weight room of a gym.

1. DO NOT drop any weights because over time it will damage the weight/equipment. Plus its a safety hazard not only for the user but neighboring weight lifters. Not to mention, it brings undue attention from users such as myself.

2. Listen to your body. If you attempted to lift a particular weight but you clearly can’t finish a set, try to safety re-rack so you can adjust the weight. Pushing yourself often lead to injury but if you must push yourself, then ask someone to spot you.

3. Bring your own towel. I don’t know how bougie the gym you attend because the ones I’m a member of do not have available towels. This is a must for me since I sweat like a pig.

4. Wear gym outfits that work for you. For instance restricting clothes are uncomfortable and it shows because the wearer constantly fidgets/adjusts every so often. Its time wasted from every routine, clearly not suitable when you’re short in time.

5. Have fun with your routine by changing the exercise or adding a different routine. If you don’t, you would get bored leading to you quitting and end up wasting your gym membership. Don’t become a statistic!

6. If you’re gym rat, please try not to hog the machines, bench and weights. Other patrons are trying to work out too. As a regular, clearly you have an idea when the gym is packed so either try to limit your weight usage to 30 minutes or come at a different time.

Did I miss any? Let me know what are your pet peeves when working out in the gym.

 

 

I look “swole.”

“I look swole,” this came from a co-worker who is used to working out with clients who he himself participated in body sculpting competitions. A part of me was flattered, yet a part of me got worried because do I really look different?!? I mean ever since I’ve been diligently lifting weights for over a month now, I do look forward to the burn and avoid cardio exercises in preference of lifting instead. Mind you, I do see results when I flex during workout sessions but actually getting recognized for my results only amp’d me to lift even harder. Now I have to admit that its easier for me to lift and carry boxes or move huge items by myself, but what surprised me was it was easier for me to power through some cardio in short distances; thanks to various leg workouts. After all this time, I thought lifting will slow you down but I experienced the opposite.

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Sadly, I still need to curb my eating habits and this includes my alcohol intake since my midsection needs a lot of trimming, which I know can be quickly trimmed with cardio. Therefore, balancing my weight lifting to incorporate some cardio for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week is a must. In that way not only would “I look swole” but I would be all the way trimmed out and fast too!

 

 

BCAA virgin…

I never heard of BCAAs until I was given a glass of water mixed with pre-measured Strawberry Kiwi flavored BCAA. It resembled the color of pink Koolaid with a tad of sourness mimicking the flavor of kiwi.

First off what is BCAA anyway?

Well, I don’t want to bore you with the science behind it and since I am not endorsing any brand I can only share my experience and based on the short amount of time it took to feel a difference I only have positive reviews. To me, BCAA helped me alleviate my pain and soreness after a weight lifting session. Its as simple as that.

Unfortunately, my introduction to BCAA started out of desperation. After a non BCAA day with my first weight training, resulted in me being so sore that even my workout partner could barely walk the next day. Overpowered by the soreness and pain I took a chance by drinking a pre-measured BCAA mixed in water.

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Lo and Behold! My pain and soreness was dramatically reduced by the next day! Even my workout partner was sold to the product that I ended up stocking up when it went on sale. I just to want to make sure there is no painful repeat of my initial workout session.

All this time, I thought vitamin/health and wellness stores were merely selling hyped up products but after my BCAA experience, I’m definitely a firm BCAA believer.