My Awesome Mix Vol. 1

August 21, 2014

Pretty sure I’m the last person on the face of the planet to have seen Guardians of the Galaxy, but I finally saw it and it was great!

There are two things that stuck in my mind after the movie:

1) The quote “Everybody’s got dead people! But it makes no excuse to letting everyone else around get killed along the way!” -Rocket Raccoon

It was a hard hitting line that was delivered during quite an emotionally tense scene and that made me step outside of my head for a moment of reflection. I LIKE it when sci-fi movies do that to me!

and

2) How much I relate to Peter Quill’s Awesome Mix Vol. 1.

awesome mix vol 1

In my world, music comes and goes but I always have a playlist on standby full of the songs that have stuck with me through the ever changing phases of my life. This is the mix I listen to when I’m sad, happy, need to get pumped up, during workouts, etc. These songs never get old and have earned their spot in my own Awesome Mix Vol. 1. They vary from simply having a fun beat, to songs that may not be interesting to other people but have a huge emotional connection with me. Peter Quill’s music not only reflects a deep emotional connection because of his mother, but during the opening scene we can see that it’s his game-time music. When it’s on, his focus is 100% and there’s nothing he can’t accomplish.

I thought it would be fun to share with you guys my personal Awesome Mix Vol. 1 playlist, since I work out to a lot of this music (some of it is even in my Anime Aerobics classes!).

Here’s a little YouTube playlist I put together:

I have a pretty weird taste in music so I’m not expecting rave reviews, but it’s important to note the things that motivate and drive us, so I guess that was the exercise for today. ūüėÄ

Do you have your own Awesome Mix Vol. 1 playlist? Do any songs in your life give you an instant boost? I wanna know!!

 

To Be Continued

Press Start to Update

June 13, 2014

So back in October I said I had some amazing news to announce and it’s taken me this long to sort things out…

I, along with Fandom Fitness, have moved to Australia!

 

Yeaaaaaaaaah it’s been a heck of a journey to get here but things are starting to settle down. Still trying to get a feel for the convention scene here. There’s one called Supanova this weekend that I’ll try to attend and then another called SMASH! in August.

Fandom Fitness has been on quite the hiatus because of my move (which if you were curious, had to do with a job opportunity…AND ADVENTURE!). I really really REALLY hope to get it back up and running ASAP.

Until then, please enjoy this sweet sweet Okami remix that I’ve been working out to lately. If you’ve never played Okami,¬†STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT NOW AND PLAY IT. RIGHT NOW.¬†And don’t forget to exercise regularly and takes breaks while playing! :3

 

 

Later, mates!

 

To Be Continued

When it works, it works.

January 13, 2014

Hello lovelies!

It seems to be a common occurrence that when the season changes, so does my interest in whatever exercise regime I’m up to at the time.¬†This fall was tough, temperatures have been super low and work has been very insane. Finding the time to exercise is always a priority in my life but when it’s hard, it’s hard.

About a month ago a friend introduced me to¬†Jillian Michaels. OK, so I knew who she was…but I had never explored any of her work. I was skeptical at first but let me tell you, her programs pack a punch! Long story short, the program I decided to try out was her 30 Day Shred and it consisted of three difficulty levels (you’re meant to do each level for ten days spread out over a month).

Each level is just under half an hour and it works you hard. Jillian has a great sense of humor when it comes to fitness (no fake smiles or gloating) and she knows just what to say to keep up the motivation. It’s only half an hour, so I can sneak these in daily with no problem. She also offers different intensity options for each exercise in case you’re a beginner or injured.
You might be thinking “hey, half an hour isn’t long enough!” In certain circumstance, you’re right…but the aim of this program is to gradually get you up to a decent fitness level and it’s been a great maintenance routine for me. Each level includes strength, cardio, AND core work. Nuff said.

Without getting into too much detail, I can say the program does focus on high reps/low weight, which is associated with being strong and slim. I definitely noticed areas of my body that were strong and bulky gradually become more defined without losing the strength. In fact I feel stronger and quite agile and I’m totally cool with that!

Here’s a great pro/con article written about the program:

http://www.amodelrecommends.com/2013/06/26/30-day-shred-the-pros-and-cons/

I recently finished the 30 days and wowsa, I feel great. Now I’m continuing the workouts (starting over) but I’m also doing my own, self-built strength routines here and there to keep things interesting and to make sure I don’t become complacent with the same thing over and over. My self-built routines tend to be more low rep/high weight, so alternating the two gives my body plenty of challenges.

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“I know you feel that little knot in your stomach, that is your body getting stronger. That is fear leaving the body right there.” – Jillian Micheals (during a core exercise)

SO GROOD. MUCH QUOTE. VERY INSPIRE.

If you’re looking for a follow along exercise program that is time-efficient and a little different, I highly suggest this one. And stick to it! So many people give up after 5 days but trust me: keep going! If you’re struggling at first don’t be afraid to alternate a day on and a day off (I did this for level three because it was intense). Even if it takes you more than 30 days to do all of the levels, it’s better than not doing anything at all!

Here’s a link to level one. Take a look! If this is your style, the 30 Day Shred dvd is something crazy cheap like $10.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Pc-NizMgg8

tl;dr: I really recommend Jillian’s 30 Day Shred if you’re looking for something cost/time efficient but still works you hard for amazing results. Although it focuses on slimming down, the strength exercises in the program won’t disappoint when it comes to building muscle.
Just remember: Stick with it, work hard but within the limit of your abilities, and have fun. Fun is the most important part IMO…which is why I change things up all the time!

Till next time!

P.S. This program does seem quite female oriented, but I need to say that I have a few male friends who loved and got great results from it. Like I said, this isn’t a regime you’d follow to pack on the Kenshiro muscles…but for cutting weight efficiently and building muscle? Bang on.

To Be Continued

White (misty) Mountains

July 21, 2013

Hello, loves.

A little late updating these pictures…but it’s cool because I climbed a mountain. This gallery is sort of a photo journal of my trip to the White Mountains, where I climbed Mount Jefferson and spared with a dragon. True story.

The friends I went with let me choose their nicknames…so I went with Aussie Battler, Hot-Rod, and Princess Moon Fire. They will learn not to let me pick. ‚̧

 

What will my next adventure be?

To Be Continued

Man, I really want to play some Guild Wars 2…

But I’m supposed to do my strength training today…

HEY. I should just work our RIGHT NOW…then I can GW2 it up all I want, guilt free!

*puts sneakers on*

 

To Be Continued

Spartan Race Pictures

July 3, 2013

Here’s a gallery full of pictures from my Spartan Race adventure! Some are my own pics and the rest were taken by a Spartan Race staff photographer. WEETABIX! YEAAAAAH!

The charming troll you see in some of the pictures is my good friend, the Aussie Battler. (I let him pick his nickname…he thought it was funny…yeesh.) He is one of many friends that accompany me on my fitness journeys!

 

 

To Be Continued

Pac-Man

HA-OOH!

June 22, 2013

Hi guys!

It’s been a craaaazy week for me so I’m a little late on my weekly post.

HOWEVER.

I’m excited/proud to say that last Sunday I competed in the SPARTAN RACE!!!¬†HA-OOH!
It was a 6.7km/15+ obstacle race, in which 50% of the run was spent ascending steep, muddy ski hills. Yikes!

It took all of my physical and mental strength to get through, but I gone and dun it.

So there was a pretty difficult obstacle at the summit of the second hill. I was exhausted and ready to collapse but then this amazing thing happened…it was even documented!

Check it out!

………….Ok, so that was Luffy…and pretend that Blueno is the obstacle…but the emotions and yelling were essentially the same. SIDE PUNCH! *puts hat back on*

Seriously though…it was intense. I will post more about the experience at a later date but for now, enjoy this picture of me post-race.

YATTAAAAA

gomu gomu no…

Until next time!

To Be Continued

May 10, 2013

Halfway through my workout today I noticed I had accidentally worn Portal socks.

portal socks

#deeply ingrained #time for laundry #who needs matching socks anyways?

To Be Continued

See you later, Wheat.

March 23, 2013

A few weeks ago my super awesome roommate gave me a book to read called Wheat Belly. I’ve always known that reducing the amount of “carbs” I consume is beneficial to maintaining a healthy body weight, but this book BLEW MY MIND.

I won’t bombard you with the nitty-gritty details but I WILL recommend¬†the read. Who knows…it might inspire you to pay more attention to what goes into the foods you consume!

Although I’m not allergic to wheat, the science behind the book has convinced me to back off of the grain quite a bit. It’s worth a try, eh?

If anything, I can make up for the lack of eating bread by getting one of these adorable cuties!

bread

 

Dawwwwwwww. ‚̧

 

 

To Be Continued