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Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year my darlings!

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This is where I will be spending my New Years Eve:

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Like I said, nothing crazy, I am actually thinking of taking driving duty, so definitely no drinking. This may sound like a big, fat lie, but I really do not like alcohol. I actually get mocked for this very reason all the time at work.

Backing up a little to the beginning of the last day of 2009, I woke up much after my alarm hit off at 7 AM. I am seriously fearing Monday morning – it is going to be hard to wake up early!! I had breakfast first (some flavour-less cereals I got in Germany – blah). I made sure it is light because doing INSANITY after having oatmeal for breakfast is not a very good idea!

I did Pure Cardio today – this is an intense, kick-butt workout. There aren’t as many breaks as in the usual INSANITY workouts so I actually had to hit ‘pause’ a bunch of times.

I believe I am getting much stronger. I do not know whether it is psychological, and whether its just that good.

After that I did P90X’s Legs and Back, but I skipped all of the exercises involving the pull up bar, so that made it shorter.

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Overall this was a good workout, I love all the squats variations, and I definitely felt my calves. I will be able to tell you more about it tomorrow (assuming I will make it home tonight!), hopefully I shall be sore!

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My lovely Hots and Fits, thank you for sticking with me in 2009, and I ask you now to do the same through 2010!

May your year be full of love, happiness, health, laughs and fitness!

I wish the very best to you and all your loved ones! May 2010 be the best yet!

Yours truly,

Sig


Almost 2010!!!

Hey Hey !!!

How’s your day been? Wow, tomorrow is the last day of 2009. Is it just me, or do you guys also notice that as you get older time goes by much faster?

Such a bummer, I don’t want to get old (sort of, there are benefits, though!)

Tomorrow I know will be hectic (there are always last-minute errands) but I do not actually have any major plans for NYE. The majority of my BFFs are, unfortunately, out of the country, visiting their families who reside abroad, and I am pretty much stuck here. I do have some plans to head into town with some friends for the count-down, but I do not wish to do anything too crazy….see? this itself is proof that I am getting OLD!

I did want to show you some of the other goodies I got yesterday. Some, because I got a whole load of other things which are already nice and cold in the freezer/fridge

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Tons of Greek yogurt (it was ridiculously cheap compared to where I live, like 4 containers for $1.50), Philadelphia Cream Cheese (with mushrooms…they were out of salmon), Tzaziki (heart this!) and Gnocchi.

Yes, Hots and Fits, I actually bring in food from abroad. What can I say, there is a foodie deep inside of me dying to come out.

This morning I woke up to snow which was all watery (temps are high, so its melting) so that meant a lovely INSANITY sweat session. Did Plyometric Cardio Circuit. Some things never get old.

I also had this thing to provide some comfort:

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I am not a huge cocoa fan, as a matter of fact I cannot remember the last time I drunk it, but this was good. Reminds me of the years I was young and cute.

I also got a resistance band yesterday but I did not get a chance to use it today. Errands, errands and a whole lot of procrastination.

 

Anyhoo, I am going to try and hit the hay earlier today, because I desperately need to get back into my sleeping routine. Anybody in the same situation? Too many holiday late -nights? I do fear Sunday night!

 

See you tomorrow!!!

 

Sig


Guten Tag!!!

Hello my lovelies!

I had such a fabulous time in Germany today! Regardless of the fact that I was in a beautiful city,

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with amazing shops,

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I just can’t properly depict how nice Germans are.

As a shopper (hahaha), it is a completely different experience being treated by a German salesperson than a salesperson from where I live at the moment. So nice and helpful – really brings up the whole idea of “the customer is always right”

So without further adieu, here are the goodies I got today:

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Brooks running jacket. It seemed awfully thin to me, but the woman at the store said it should help up to -10 C so I am all hopes!

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Runners’ Point Thermal Running Shirt. The moment I put this on, I knew I was getting it (I wasn’t even planning on getting one actually). Wow, I could really feel the heat my body was generating staying at the same place! The edge of each sleeves also rolls in so you sort of have gloves too!

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Runners’ Point Thermal Running Tights. There was a huge variety, and they all ranged around the same price (Nike and Adidas were about 5 Euros cheaper), so I had to check these carefully. But they are good, although I have no complaints about the ones I use at the moment.

The tights and the shirt both had this little note attached to the price tag:

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So I am all hopes.

I actually planned on getting just a jacket, but I ended up with two more items. Two reasons for this. First, I had a 30 % off, which significantly reduced the price of the Brooks jacket. Second, I figured that I might as well be ready as I possibly can for this winter. I have a feeling this is all going to go well! 🙂

I also got these gorgeous boots for a ridiculous price:

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Would be a nice change from all the Converse I wear. These actually accompanied me today:

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They were fabulously comfortable till it started to snow. It still is snowing, actually. Heaps. Not sure what I will do tomorrow.

 

Alright darlings, this girl is wayyyy past her bed time. I am hitting the hay. I will see you in the AM with some other goodies I got in Deutschland


Off to Germany, Back Later!

Morning Hots and Fits!

This title may seem a little strange. But I am off to this lovely city:

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I shall spend the day there, hopefully get a whole load of running gear, fabulous shoes/boots and clothes, then come back at night and let you know all about it!

And if you haven’t yet, please check my Insanity Reviews, The Hot and Fit Game Plan for 2010 or My Swedish Delights

 

Peace Out!

 

Sig


The Hot and Fit Presents: Game Plan for 2010

Morning sunshines!

This holiday is flying by FAST! It has already been a week, and I definitely need to get back into my sleeping habits. I would hate for Sunday to roll around and I’d not be able to doze off till midnight! I can imagine how my 5 AM wakeup call the following morning would not take place.

This morning I went on another run, same distance as I did two days ago. I am still finding it quite difficult, breathing and leg-pain wise. I doubt 10 days off running could enforce such an effect, especially since I have been working out intensely. I also need to re-evaluate my half marathon + marathon training plans, since I had more than a week off and I am using this week to get back into the game.

Speaking of re-evaluating, then, I found an interesting article about steps we must take in order to plan our fitness goals effectively for the following year. Of course, this doesn’t have to be a new years resolution(s) (I don’t do the whole new years resolutions thing, but I know it works very well for some of my friends!) – I can even see myself using the method for scheduling my marathon training!

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Begin with goal setting


ImageWhen I was in university they kept drilling the concept of SMART into our heads. Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. So don’t just try and lose 20 pounds, but try to lose 20 pounds in 6 months and also throw in a bunch of strength goals, like doing 20 consecutive pushups or running an 8-minute mile.

 

Take Action

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So we got the goal, and now we need the game plan as I like to call it. You want to run but its cold outside. Well, first step would be to get a gym membership or get some cold-weather running gear. Then start running or elliptical-ing for 45 minutes 4 days a week, and don’t forget intervals, cause they increase your metabolism. The second step would be to incorporate some strength training two days a week so that you can do those 20 consecutive pushups in 6 months time. The third step would be to eat often, and eat clean, raw, foods so that you will support all the hard work you are doing. And the fourth step would be to take a day off. Because we all need to rest.

 

 

Focus on overall fitness and health


ImageThis is a hard one. It took me a long, long time to get to this point, and there are times when I am still not completely there yet. You gotta think outside the box. Outside the “I want to lose weight/inches/fat” etc. Your goal should eventually change into a lifestyle, because this is the only way to maintain your results, and to never have to be in the place again where you need to lose something!

Find some purpose in it

Running for charity.

Running a marathon.

Teaching classes at the local Y.

Or maybe just wanting to be a better competitor at some sport. You really have to want to do it, and want to be better at it!

Re-evaluate your goals


Maybe its only been 3 months and you can already do your 20 consecutive pushups (kudos!) Or maybe you already lost your 20 pounds and you ran your first half marathon.

Well, put up some new goals!

Run at a faster pace.

Try one-leg pushups.

The variety is endless.

So what can you eat?

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I used to focus so much on what I cannot eat rather that what I should eat. I would have a sort of “bad-foods-list” which included anything that would cause my eating habits to freak out. That’s a seriously wrong attitude. There are no bad foods. There are simply foods that are not as nutritious as others. So instead of thinking about what you shouldn’t eat, think about how you can enjoy a little bit of everything.
I like tuna. But I used to completely freak out from the concept of eating tune in vegetable oil, because I was too consumed in calorie counting. So now, if I have no tuna in brine/water, I will have a smaller portion of the tuna in oil and enjoy the taste. Tomorrow, when I get my butt to the store and buy some tuna in water, I can have a larger portion. See? I am having the best of the fish world!


Get ready to face some problems
Illness.

Injury.

Vacation.

Family.

Work.

The Economy

This is where we need to lose the “whole or nothing” concept (another one which I have been guilty of and sometimes still am!). When you know something is going to impose a difficulty for your plans, have back up. Always plan and always have back up!

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Can’t afford the gym? Get some home DVDs.

Don’t have time? Wake up 30 minutes earlier.

Injury? Focus on strength training.

Same goes for your eating habits. You are on vacation, then hit the local grocery store daily and purchase your fair share of fruits, veggies, granola bars and some source of protein. Packed sandwiches, salads, wraps and sushi work well, too.

Get a workout buddy

This can be great for motivation and consistency. I wish I had one where I lived. Fortunately, I think I found one with this amazing young lady! She is my fitness inspiration, and totally motivates me to work harder! I also heart these fitness gurus – they take it up to a whole new level!

In the words of Nike – JUST DO IT

It may sound cliché, but seriously, just get your behind out of bed, brush your teeth, get dressed, and get the hell out. Give it about 10 minutes to get used to the movement, and then you are a goner.
I have these mental battles often. Especially now. Darn it, I wanna sleep. “Push it to the afternoon”. Yea, not such a good idea. Something always pops up.

 

Do you have anything that tends to hinder your attempts at being Hot and Fit? Maybe many different things? Tell me! I really want to know!

 

Sig

 

 

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Get Hot and Fit: Insanity's Cardio Power & Resistance

I think that thus far this is my favourite workout. Although you must know I am only on week one (sort of, I take some days off…)

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I like how the workout combines both kick-ass cardio and some strength training. And no equipment is involved.

The Hot at the moment is my favourite move which is inverted “V” pushups. You do those by starting out like you are doing a normal push-up on an incline, but instead, walk your hands closer to your feet until your body looks like an upside down V. Do the push-ups from there. And I get a whole new sense of appreciation towards Tricep Dips. Yes, I will be feeling my triceps tomorrow. Oh, and of course, the last sequence involved 3 repeats of 8 squats 8 pushups. Wow. Just wow. The Spit is that I did this 3 hours after breakfast and I still wanted to vomit occasionally. It’s that hard. And we also must consider the fact that I am a morning exerciser. My body is used to work out on an empty stomach.

Also, I do have to pause occasionally to lengthen the break. Shaun T keeps mentioning how important it is to let your heart recover. It takes me longer than 30 seconds. Man, even the stretch session has me dripping!

 

Anyhoo, I am off to shop but I am really wanna know what have you done this weekend!

Peace out for now!

Sig


Swedish Delights

Morning, Host and Fits!

Hope your Sunday is off to a good start. Mine – not so good. I could not drag myself out of bed this ad when the alarm went off, fell asleep again, and woke up two hours later. Consequences? Workouts are postponed. I am a morning exerciser, but being on holiday totally messes everything up for me. Oh, and I need to head to bed earlier.

Like I said, yesterday I headed to the mega family shopping center known as Ikea because they were having a massive Christmas sale, and well, we really didn’t have anything else to do.

I was surprised at the amount of people there. After all, it was the day after Christmas and its still the weekend.

We left with no furniture (cause we didn’t need any, although one of my home dwellers was seriously tempted to buy something) but we did buy some food. See, the youngest home dweller in this house hold is currently obsessed with Köttbullar, which are Swedish Meatballs

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So we got a bunch of these, and of course, they would be incomplete without the following:

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  • Lingonberry jam
  • Gravy
  • Potatoes

 

The final dish ended up looking like this:

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*My youngest home dweller was in heaven*

I am not a big meat-eater (and also not a vegetarian, just hanging somewhere in there) but I did have my fair share of the jam.

 

 

Fun IKEA facts

  • IKEA is an acronym comprising the initials of the founder’s name (Ingvar Kamprad), the farm where he grew up (Elmtaryd), and his home parish (Agunnaryd, in Southern Sweden)
  • Kamprad was 17 years old when he founded IKEA in 1943
  • The Kamprad family is now controlling the company from The Netherlands, where its headquarters are located

 

Off to do a whole lot of nothing, and then workout!

Sig