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THE SUNDAY SLIMDOWN | LONGER AND STRONGER

I’ve still got a bit of ache on me from this week’s workouts and last night I went more intense but still on the safe side of things.  Little, tender me stayed wise and went with not shocking my body with a way too major routine at 0% fitness.  In my mind, a weak core could equate to a larger chance for injury if I decide to do fast workouts too soon.  I’ve decided to slowly build strength on my core and outer extremities before stepping it up.  This plan to get fit gradually is pretty much common sense getting its game on.  Last night I ticked the intensity a notch up with these two workout videos by Fitness Blender which together will function as the main total body workout for the first leg of my return to fitness.  Mat workouts are really my favorite for re-entry because you don’t need equipment or even shoes to begin your fitness journey. 

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For some reason I prefer the quiet instruction of Daniel and Kelli for evening workouts.  The Youtube video workouts I chose to do last night were Fitness Blender’s At Home Abs and Upper Body Workout (half hour) followed by their Intense Pilates workout for lower body and core (1 hour, it sounded scary but it was doable).  Warm up, cool down, and water breaks are included in these videos.  Read on about my memories of fitness re-entry (no judgement, guys, it happens to so many) and what I plan to keep on doing regularly for at least a month before making any Cirque Du Soleil-ish attempts in getting back into shape.

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SHAPE GOALS AND A SOFT RESTART

I’ve wanted to get back onto the fitness bandwagon since last year.  Wanting and prioritizing are two different things.  We moved, then Christmas happened, and my grandfather passed away just after New Year.  In our Quezon City space, to be honest, there’s no space do a decent burpee move without an imminent concussion.  Moving North (note Maginhawa chapter) meant eating whatever you make or are given, then we had Christmas with loved ones, (even more food right), then 4 days of funeral services with more loved ones and food like every 4 hours.   A week later I’m putting on my denim shorts and upon zipping up and trying to sit I’m like “Why do these feel like the seat of a rappel harness?”.  People tell me “Julia, you never gain weight” because they see my arms, my neck, my collarbone, and my waist which are small or at least defined.  Ever since high-school if anything at all does expand it always happens below the waistline, my hips, bum, and legs especially.  In spite of still shuttling between two locations (hopefully less now) I knew it was about that time to hit the mat again no matter what the circumstances were because I never really believed in dieting from a lifetime perspective.  So, how did I restart my fitness journey today?

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Let me quickly fill you in on the first two gentle full video workouts I decided were best to ease me in.  They’re great and low impact so I don’t suffer too much the next day and risk less injury, but long enough to rotate those joints and stretch your muscles.  These beginner workouts are free, led by professionals on YouTube and all I need is myself and a mat. I hit FIT before (5 months of constant workouts 3-4x a week, no gym account, no personal trainer, you’ll see that in a bit) and I’m confident I can do it again.  Read on to see which routines I did first to get me back and see my simple first objectives and shape goals.

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SAD? Spend VDay at Spectrum Fair MNL, Feb. 13-14

Oh, stop those tears!  Go to Spectrum Fair MNL, Dears!  Kick spending hearts’ day alone at the mall up the backside and join team Spectrum for the fun at Whitespace MNL, Pasong Tamo Extension from Feb.13-14, 2016, SAT/SUN 10am-9pm.  Also, my cousin’s Shape Shop #SOLAathletica activewear line I mentioned several posts ago will be there at the fair! PhotoGrid_1454983818752

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Meet, greet, and share a treat!  My cousin Ella (@ellapangilinanx) is releasing her personal activewear line named #SOLAathletica with Shape Shop there at the event.  Hope to see you there (and hope nothing in real life disrupts my plans to go LOL).  Watch Spectrum Fair Manila’s behind the scenes and see its well-loved supporters pass on the cheese.

Behind the Scenes: Spectrum Fair Manila from Raymond Teraoka Dacones on Vimeo.

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United Colors of 88 Nov.10 RUN , Last 2 Days to Register – @ Mizuno Outlets or Xavier

I owe my aunt an apology, this got railroaded by products and events and today is the 2nd to the last day for United Colors of 88’S NOV.10 RUN registration,  for today you can proceed to the following Mizuno outlets to register: Eastwood, Shangrila, or Alabang Town Center or at a special reg booth at Xavier School beginning today till tomorrow Nov.8.  The following alma maters, Maryknoll/Miriam College, La Salle Greenhills, Xavier, St. Scholastica and Ateneo have partnered to make the batch of 88 run possible for this Saturday, November 10.

If OCHO-OCHO was your batch you may see a lot of familiar faces while breaking  a sweat!  Choose from routes as short as 3.88k or as long as 21.88k!  The run will be kicking off at BGC Fort at I’ve included the race route maps by distance below.  The longest distance group, the 21.88k runners should assemble at the start of their race route by 4am, the rest of the runners for the 10.88k distance and below will assemble at 5am.

RACE ROUTES BY DISTANCE (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Whether you were batch 88 or not, the run is special because it is open to beginner, intermediate, and advanced runners as well.  I was invited (but no won’t be running, keeping my sked open because of TVC shoots), and neither am I from any of the participating schools nor am I batch 88 so feel free to “gatecrash” as an outsider…but AHEM, just register before you do.  For registration venues refer to the selected Mizuno outlets I mentioned above or if you miss registering tomorrow you have one last chance on November 8 to hop over to Xavier and sign up at the Admin area, outside the AAXS office.  For more information Like the United Colors of 88 page on Facebook.

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THE Elizabeth Arden Speaks on Proper Posture – 1932 Pathe Archived Video

Most of you know of her and you know the cosmetic range that bears her name.

Watch and hear this ancient video of Elizabeth Arden herself speaking on the eradication of old 1890’s Victorian style posture and the renaissance of posture in the new century with the support of proper exercise.  What a gem of a video and I couldn’t help but giggle at the way these women were exercising on the beach, but in fairness I do want to get my splits and handstands back eventually.  Temptation Island, anyone?

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“52 Little Life Changes for BIG Weight Loss” – A Super Good Health Feature

Yeah, I’ve been bit by the exercise bug.  Admittedly, it’s an itch I scratch almost everyday now.  However I know a lot of you out there are with me on the fact that physical exercise is one of the MAJOR life changes one must adopt in order to lose weight.  It is what it is, and nothing can change that whether we like exercise or not. For many it’s not something that’s easy to make a commitment to.

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Today while researching I came across a fantastic series of mini posts under the collective title “52 Little Changes for Big Weight Loss” from iVillage.  At first I muttered “One or two are redundant, why not 50 instead of 52…” then Mom was quick to point out “There are 52 weeks in a year…”.  Ahhh.  It all made perfect sense then.

Begin with 1 little life change in the first week  and add one every week as you go.  It’s full of clever truths and factoids that sum up to meet  my  “I-didn’t-know-that” quota for the day.  It’s really very insightful and I think all these little tips together combined with a moderate, weekly exercise routine will significantly impact someone with a weight loss goal, that someone isn’t me though…I’m more about “tone, sculpt, and strengthen”.  Like for instance, did it ever occur to you that eating off blue plates might psychologically curb your appetite and that McDonalds wave red & yellow which mentally increases appetite?  Did you know that eating away from the TV can dramatically reduce your food intake by up to 40%?  Or that chocolate milk (skim milk) is one of the best natural recovery drinks out there?  There’s a wealth of health and weight loss knowledge in this online series of mini articles, 52 Little Changes for Big Weight Loss” from iVillage, just keep clicking next to go through all.  Awesome post, I’m glad it’s out there.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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