I’m always big into new/fancy/improved things for losing weight and working out. I have an umpteen amount of DVDs, bands, weights etc. and truthfully I rarely use any of them. For Xmas I wanted Kettle-bells and being a bargain shopper I looked around to find the best price. I found these @ TJ Maxx for $8 and $10 respectively:
So, they’ve been sitting under my desk since Xmas just waiting to be used.
Oh, and I got this DVD to go with them (which I still haven’t done….review coming soon):
After getting my usual strength training work out + cardio in yesterday I decide to try the kettle-bells. I go online and find a few moves that look easy enough from Shape Magazine, Kettlebell Workouts Dot Com and the paper that came with the weights.
I can’t lie- I was SORE. I would consider myself a strong-ish person….these little weights kicked my ass! This morning it hurt to lift my arm over my head, and my thighs were aching. I’d call that a good workout!
Anyone out there have some good kettle-bell moves they want to share? Bonus points if you include stick-figure drawings! 😉
On the food front, I am happy to report that I really love the Points Plus! I was leery, having been a drop-out of the program many times before….but I think this may be the time that actually works for me! I am full everyday – with a few points left over (I know you’re supposed to eat them ALL – but what’s 3-4 points between friends?). I’m tracking my activity and surprised to see how many points I’ve earned (the ladies in the last meeting average 8-10 points a week….I’m at 30 so far!).
While digging in a box of books for something else, I came across 2 interesting books I must have purchased around the same time: Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 and Eat Clean by Tosca Reno. I had to laugh at the juxtaposition here – one book has low calories snacks and meals using a fair of amount of processed “diet” foods (low-calorie, low-fat, sugar-free) and the other was about eliminating all processed foods. Thumbing through the HG book I got some good ideas for snacks – but was disappointed to see so many “diet” ingredients. I would much prefer to have a little of something made with sugar than a lot of something made with artificial sweetener. Now, on the other side of the coin I have a lot of friends who adopt an “eat clean” diet – and love it. But, looking through Tosca’s book I’m not sure I could ever con myself into eating things like bee pollen and flaxseed.
I was on Shape magazines site and saw an article about a 7-day Eat Clean challenge. Sounds interesting, I think I’m going to try it starting Feb 1st. I mean, I could start this weekend….but it’s my birthday and I plan on having cake, and a margarita. Hey, you only turn 29 once! 🙂
Anyone else out there eating clean? Was the adjustment hard?