Fran asked: do you have to do your fitness exercise 7 days a week or do you get a "day off"?
The exercise program is set up so that we exercise 6 days a week. M, T, Th, F, Sa we have an upper body exercise, a lower body exercise, and a core exercise, followed by cardio. The daily strength training alternates between pushing exercises (like a chest press) and pulling exercises (like a chest row). Wednesday we get a break and get to do cardio only and Sunday is a complete day of rest. I have to admit I'm looking forward to Sunday.
Karen asked: Are you going to work your Muay Thai kickboxing workouts into the challenge's workouts...or will kickboxing be in addition?
I will be doing my Muay Thai in addition to the other workouts. When I did my very first workout I was thrilled to discover that I'm much stronger than I thought I was and I give all the credit to Muay Thai. Having said that, I thought I was going to D-I-E at Muay Thai on Tuesday night. I didn't realize how much that extra hour of exercise Tuesday morning would affect me!
Lori said: And strength training every day? I don't think I could do that.
Yes you could Lori! Because it's only 3 exercises per day and they work all different areas... not at all like the strength training you usually do! This morning I did supersets of Dumbbell Shoulder Presses, Standing Calf Raises (1 set of 25 each then rest one minute and repeat). Finish with 5 sets of 10 Seated Knee Raises with 20 seconds of rest between each set.
And many of you are looking to find out more about the Paleo food plan. I think the best way for me to share with you will be through some of my recipe experiments, but basically, Paleo does not include grains, dairy, gluten, sugars of any kind. If you really look around the internet, you'll see most Paleo eaters use coconut flour, almond flour, etc. No wheat! The emphasis is on lean meats, healthy oils, fruits and vegetables. In my search to find more definitive information, I came across this website which actually has lists of foods to eat, to be moderate with and to avoid. Click there if you'd like some more information.
Again, while I know this will not be something I want to do forever, I am hoping that by trying it as strictly as I can for a couple of weeks, it might jump start my weight loss. Having said that, I am not willing to buy odd ingredients that I won't use in the future nor am I willing to substitute certain things (I'm talking to you, spaghetti squash). Honestly, I'd rather have no pasta at all until I'm ready to re-incorporate it.
Based on how I've been feeling these past few days (
Look for my first weigh-in on the Zero Scale on Monday. As curious as I am even today, I'm going to keep my weigh-ins to once a week. Before the end of the challenge, I will be able to offer a discount for anyone who wants to purchase the scale so keep your eyes peeled for that!