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Happy Galentines Day!

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Just dropping by to say: Happy Galentines day to all my lovely gals and friends out there! Also please check out this awesome video below. Every view raises money for Becky’s fund, an organization dedicated to Domestic Violence Prevention Awareness, and women empowerment. And don’t forget to share it. If you want to know more about Becky’s Fund, you can check out their website at: (http://www.beckysfund.org/)

Stay safe, and see you soon friends.

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Week’s Worth of Workouts

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I meant to post this last night, but I ended up heading to bed early instead. It has been a busy several days. Momma and I have been shopping trying to get everything ready for my upcoming India trip in a month and half. But in all this chaos, I still have found time to fit in a workout every day. I usually workout Monday-Friday, and take the weekends off. So here’s a recap of what my exercising week has looked like this past week:

killer workout week.

killer workout week.

I forgot to take a picture of my workout of the day on Thursday, but here is what we did:

2.7.13-Workout of the Day

Strength-
Back Squat Est. 1Rep max

WOD-
Annie was on the Shuttle
50-40-30-20-10
Double Unders (Double the rep count for Single Unders)
Sit-ups

(basically, 50 jump ropes, (I had to do a 100x because I’m not a proficient jump roper, yet), and 50 sit ups, 80 jump ropes, 40 sit ups, etc…)

Mostly a lot of crossfit. It was a lot of arm work this week. And unfortunately my scrawny arms and shoulder definitely paid the price. I do need to work on my upper body strength, so I guess I’m doing something right if I’m in this much pain, right? I’ve also tried to incorporate some of the yoga poses I learned from my Bikram yoga class on my own in the mornings. My muscles are so stiff and sore from all this crosffit, and doing yoga and stretching helps. Finally, I’ve resorted to using this nifty heating/cooling pad my momma found at Bed Bath & Beyond to help with the aching muscles. It definitely helps with the shoulder stiffness.

heat therapy for my aching muscles.

heat therapy for my aching muscles. (Earth Theraputics Anti-Stress Microwaveable Comfort Wrap)

Need some inspiring videos to get you motivated on your workout? Check out this video below. Exercise really is a mental activity as much as it’s a physical activity. It’s about determination. It’s easy to say, “Oh I’ll do it tomorrow. And I don’t feel like it.” But you’ll be amazed how good you feel when finish that workout. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9FSZJu448)

Stay safe, and take care Friends. See you soon!

Tea Thyme Tuesday

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I am big believer that a healthy mind plays a big part in a healthy body. And a healthy mind starts with positive thinking. Our actions are affected by our thoughts, and by having positive thoughts, we can not only be happier in our daily lives, but healthier too. This video definitely helped me to take initiative in my own happiness; and to look at the positive things in my life, rather than get bogged down with the little annoying and stressful things in life. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXy__kBVq1M)

So, join in every Tuesday for some virtual tea time, where I want to take the time from my busy schedule to look at the positive things in my life. If we were having tea, I would want to share with you how excited I am to be finally pursuing my dream of becoming a doctor. I start school in the fall. And I can’t wait. It has been an long journey in getting into medical school, but I am excited about the new possibilities and the challenges that await.

I am thrilled that I have this amazing opportunity to go to India for two months. This is the perfect little vacation before diving into the whole med school world. And I am really excited that it’s back to upper 70 degrees weather. I’m a Florida girl. I get cold when it hits 60s; and if the sun isn’t shining…then neither am I. It baffles me that I once lived in New York and braced freezing temperatures,and now I can’t stand being cold. It’s going to be awful when I have to leave this beautiful Florida weather.

winter sunset in Florida

winter sunset in Florida

What are you happy thoughts of the day friend? Do you think positive psychology works?

Take care, and see you soon!

Pros and Cons of Crossfit

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My friend dragged me to a week long trial of Crossfit at the beginning of January, and let me tell you…I’ve done Insanity. Crossfit? It’s on a whole another level. I thought Insanity was…well…Insane, but crossfit: it is intense. It is hard and at times, you curse, and want to cry, and give up. But the satisfaction and the endorphin rush at the end of the short workout is so worth the agonizing pain. It’s been three weeks since I’ve started, and I can honestly say that as much as I dread walking into class, I love every single minute of the torture. But I can see why this type of workout is not for everybody.

What is crossfit? It is primarily a short, high intensity strength training fitness program. Most workouts usually last no more than 20 minutes; but those 20 minutes are hell. Most workout sessions consist of a combination of plyometric training in combination with some olympic style weight lifting usually for time or for as many reps completed within a certain time.

A gym? More like a torture chamber!

A gym? More like a torture chamber!

PROS:

  • Workouts are short. And you get a great workout overall. Most workout of the days(WODs) utilize strength, endurance, and flexibility and you push yourself as much as you want.
  • The trainers are Awesome. I had very limited knowledge of doing anything with weight lifting and the bar work (dead lifts, push press, etc) The trainers help you with your posture, and give invaluable tips to getting better.
  • I love the people I workout with. Usually I workout in the morning, to get it out of the way; but I choose to come in later to the 4pm crossfit class, because I love the people who I workout with. They are encouraging, and super supportive. When I am on my last round, and I feel like I cannot possibly finish the WOD, my team members will give out encouraging comments, or even do another extra round, to get me to complete the workout. I love them.
  • It really works.You definitely get stronger, and more fit, and you feel better overall. I started doing crossfit, three weeks ago, and I could barely lift the 35lb barbell. After 3 weeks, I feel stronger, and I can definitely lift the barbell,and even add 10lb weights to do dead lifts. Not only does crossfit make you stronger physically, but you are also mentally stronger as well. I am more focused, and determined to finish the workout each day.
Workouts can appear deceiving.

A sample workout of the day (WOD). Trust me, workouts can appear deceiving.

CONS:

  • High risk of injury. Honestly, if you don’t utilize the proper technique, you can easily break your bone, and hurt yourself. Listen to your body and know your limits. You know your body better than your trainer. If you are a beginner, and have never lifted, don’t start lifting 90lb+ because you want to show off to your sexy trainer. She’s probably going to come over and tell you to get lighter weight and focus on your technique. It’s all about maintaining the proper form while you finish the workout. 
  • Everyone does the same workout as you do. Luckily my trainers are awesome, and they will scale it down for beginners like me (usually fewer reps, and lighter weights), but it does not matter if you are male, female, an Olympic athlete  or a 60 year old woman; everyone has to finish the same workout.

CONCLUSION:

Even though it is a bit pricey, I love crossfit. But here’s my fitness story: I swam for 7 years, and pretty competitively for 4 years. Most of college, I tried to go to the gym regularly and I run occasionally, and do yoga; I love Bikram Yoga. I tried crossfit because I needed to focus on my strength. (I am a hypochondriac, and I am convinced I am going to get osteoporosis before I turn 50. It doesn’t help that I am asian, and I have a family history of osteoporosis). Crossfit definitely helps in the strength training and conditioning department. I will occasionally supplement it with yoga, and a run here and there, but I look forward to my daily 4pm crossfit class. Even if you are a beginner, definitely try it. It is challenging and physically demanding; but it is worth it…especially to see yourself progress and grow stronger both physically and mentally week by week.

Addicted to endorphins. I have a problem.

Addicted to endorphins. I have a problem.

Until next time friends. Take care!

Thyme for Change

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Welcome to ‘Cardio Thyme!’ After two years of debating on whether or not I should start a blog, I have finally decided to dive into this blog world. And what better way to start than on this brand new year of 2013…it’s still January, and thus still relatively new, right? I can’t think of a better reason than right now to start a blog as so many changes await. So bear with me, as I still figure out the kinks on this whole blogging thing. Don’t worry, we won’t be doing cardio all the time. I believe in a holistic approach to a healthier body and healthier mind. So be prepared for some enticing recipes, and the occasional run here and there.

Stay safe, and take care friends. Until next time.

“Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.” -Dan Millman