|So I got through 10 days of Insanity...and then I got a cold. WTF. Since I was coughing, sneezing, and fevering up a storm, I decided to stop my work out and now I'm kind of at a loss for what to do. I think I've decided that I should just scrap my 10 day attempt (which was actually going quite well) and try again starting tomorrow. I think I"ll skip the fit test and start right in on the exercises because, well, I really like having the first day on Saturday so I can have my break day on Friday, which is usually the day I am least likely to exercise. |
In conjunction to this (re)start of Insanity, I've decided to try a juice fast. I can't decide if I want to do 3, 6, or 10 days, but I think 3 days is definitely doable. I'll probably start it on Tuesday, since I'll be out with people tomorrow and the day after, so I'll see how many days I can make it.
Also, I got a food dehydrator! Super excited! Just purchased a jerky gun (I know, wtf) and a couple fruit rolls sheets to make jerky and fruit rolls (duh :p). They'll be in by next week and I hope that I'll have my first batch out when Dusty comes home ^^ I've set up a batch of pineapple and apple overnight...though I'm worried that they will become too dry. I'm going to really try to be healthier about food. If I can't do this juice fast, I hope I can at least do a vegan fast. Let us see how long this will last. I will try to document as best as I can.
I definitely feel crappier since I've stopped working out. It's not easy to not be able to exercise. I hope I'll be okay to do plyo cardio circuit tomorrow >.<
Dusty leaves for his trip early Monday morning! I miss my boyfriend already :( He'll be gone for an entire week, which means I get no pick-ups from work :( I'll probably end up staying home a couple of nights. I know I'm going back on Monday and I'll probably try Friday as well. I hope he can survive 5 whole days with his dad. This will be interesting :p
|I guess I'm destined to reupdate this blog every few months. One major life goal has been accomplished: I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED TO MEDICAL SCHOOL!! KUSoM Class of 2015! And I graduated with my Masters in Dietetics and Nutrition. In four years, my name will look like: Cicy Li, M.S., M.D. I will have more initials than other doctors :p|
Aside from that...Dusty and I are still going strong ^^ My parents and I are on good terms. I'm still working my shit job as a lab bitch for Dr. Edward Stephens, and I've embarked on yet another attempt to do an exercise program, which I will be documenting here since this might motivate me to continue working out >.<
So I've tried a few exercise programs (P90X, various Jillian Michaels) and I've decided that so far, I like the one I'm currently doing the best. Tomorrow will be my trek through Day 6 of the Insanity Program! It's a 60 day program (10% done by tomorrow!) and I'm really looking forward to the results. Ever since I moved in with Dusty about a year ago, I packed on 10 lb in a few months. This always happens when I stop living with my parents. Every fucking time. I'm sick of it, so I'm hoping to finish Insanity, move onto Insanity Asylum, and reach my goal weight of 110 lb by the time I go back to China so my relatives will not tell me that I've gotten fat and I'll be able to take couples glamour shots with Dusty and actually hang them up in our house.
Oh yes, Dusty is coming with me this summer. He's going to meet my extended family. This is going to me HILARIOUS. I can just picture the whiplash he'll receive from all the culture shock of having his personal bubble completely blasted apart by dozens of loud, impolite, gropy Chinese people (i.e. my family). And they'll make fun of his shorts because men don't wear shorts in China. I think we're going to stop by Beijing and Harbin over the course of two weeks. I can't wait!
So, back to Insanity:
Day 1: I did the fit test and here are my results-
Switch Kicks: 52
Power Jacks: 57
Power Knees: 92
Globe Jumps: 6
Suicide Jumps: 16
Push-up Jacks: 20
Low Plank Obliques: 30/side
This kind of sucked. My legs hurt a lot the next day and I was definitely winded, but I'm glad I got through the whole thing.
Day 2: Plyometric Cardio Circuit
Holy Mother of God. This was so hard. I thought I was going to die. Definitely a lot of high intensity.
Day 3: Cardio Power & Resistance
Not good. Legs were so sore from past two days, so everything hurt. Not as cardio as the last one tho.
Day 4: Cardio Recovery
THANK GOD I MADE IT. Some of the holds were hard considering how sore I was, but it wasn't bad.
A good break ^^
Day 5: Pure Cardio
This was the one I dreaded the most, and for good reason. The 9 minute warm-up was bad enough, but the 15 minutes of non-stop jumping/cardio nearly did me in, but I made it all the way through! Yay ^^
I'll post again after my next day of Plyometric Cardio Circuit, which I am dreading. Then I'll have a day off on Friday to go see a CAGE FIGHT. Yay!
As for how it's affected me so far, I feel like my arms and legs are stronger and my arms might have gotten a bit slimmer. I should take measurements before I get too far into it. I have noticed a definite increase in energy though, so I'm happy about that.
I'm also going to try Hip Hop Abs (I know, it sounds crazy to do more, but that's the point of Insanity, no?) on my off day or maybe in conjunction with another exercise. Well, we shall see. I'm really apprehensive about the second month. All of these "Max" exercises scare me >.<
|It's been months...I've been so bad about keeping up with this thing >.< I think it's because so much has happened since my last "life" post. |
If you've been keeping track of my xanga habits, you'll see that I like to make lists of things that have happened after long hiatuses. Here is a prime example:
1. I moved in with Dusty around the end of February.
2. I finished my thesis, though I still haven't graduated.
3. I got waitlisted for med school and I missed getting in this year by ONE PERSON.
4. I started working for Edward Stephens and KUMC.
5. Dr. Stephens has a crush on me. It's creepy as fuck. He is the same age as my dad.
6. I went on a cruise!!!!! SO AWESOME
7. I applied for med school again, got an early interview, and will be finding out in a week if I get in or not >.<
8. I got a new keyboard/piano for my b-day! It's awesome and I'm finally picking things up again ^^
9. I hate being a lab bitch. Research = not for Cicy.
10. We had a Mormon roommate for a week. It was interesting.
11. I've recently discovered a love for yoga, Jillian Michaels style!
In general, I'm pretty satisfied with my life.
Tomorrow, I am going to Dr. Stephens's dad's funeral. AWWWKKKWAAAARD...
For now, I will go to bed because it is 1 am and I am a pussy now that I have to work in the mornings.
Oh, and I got bangs again! Here's a pic ^^
|So I've recently been perusing through Lovelyish.com (after a long hiatus) and I've suddenly remembered why I stopped looking at Lovelyish:|
The Body-Weight Image Arguments!!
I am so sick of seeing essentially the same three arguments:
1. Someone says someone in a photo is fat (usually a celebrity), which is immediately followed by someone someone defending them, and then there's usually a back and forth between someone defending non-stick thin, "heavier", "curvy" women and someone saying that "fat" girls are lazy and need to lose weight
2. Someone talks about how thin someone else looks, which is usually backed up by people saying how gross that is, and then a similar back and forth (see above) occurs, except reverse.
3. Someone talks about how it's awesome to be "curvy" and how we should all "love our bodies" and then someone else comments about how that's discriminating against thin people, yada yada yada.
I propose that we just stop talking about body weight image for a bit. Let's say a week. There is no winning the above three arguments. People are going to get offended and get up on their soapbox about one side or the other no matter how convincing of an argument anyone makes. Let's just avoid the unhappy feelings and the pointless arguments and talk about something else that has to do with beauty besides weight!
However, I would like to end with these points, now that I have just completed my Masters in Dietetics and Nutrition.
A BMI of 25-30 is considered overweight
A BMI of 30-35 up is considered obesity
A BMI of 35 or up is considered morbid obesity
These three conditions are associated with many negative health implications (hypertension hyperlipidemia, diabetes, etc) and weight loss should be considered if you fall into these categories. Go see your doctor and talk about your health and your options.
If you would like to lose weight/maintain weight, the plan that works the best is a combination of diet change, exercise, and behavioral therapy (though prevention is still the best "option"). This is going to be a lifestyle change and it is difficult, especially in this day and age. 68% of Americans are obese or overweight, so it's common. However, this is one case in which it is not okay to be the norm. It's your body, and your health should be more important than your perception of your body or other people's perception of your body.
On the other hand, a BMI of 18.5 or less is considered underweight. People who are underweight should make sure than they consume the proper amount of nutrients to promote brain/body function. Also, keep in mind that once you lose ~50% of your normal muscle mass (which happens with anorexia), you basically die because you can no longer breath.
There's no point trying to argue with each other about what looks best. Everyone is entitled to their opinions. Just be healthy.