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Day 1 of 21 Day Challenge: Start At The Very Beginning

March 24, 2014 3 min read

A very good place to start. My stomach was absolutely a jumble of nervousness when I woke up this morning. I really don’t know why I would be feeling so anxious about this challenge, it’s not like I’m accountable to anyone else, and it’s only myself that will be disappointed if I fail horrendously. Okay, well maybe that does make sense as to why I’m so nervous then – it’s all down to me to succeed or fail. WORKOUT: Video used: Equipment needed: a153b9dfbfc46afd638423f1a5920605   Click here to get your kettle sandbell sandbag_FB Click here to get your sandbag equalizer_fb   Click here to get your equalizer   Timer_FB Click here to get your Hiit timer And some weights

Workout breakdown:

20 exercises + skip/high knees

30 seconds work - 10 seconds active rest

*skip/high knees*

1) Mat jump & step cross push-ups

*skip/high knees*

2) Bicep curl, hammer curl, & open out

*skip/high knees*

3) Frog box abs

*skip/high knees*

4) Legs out chest press

*skip/high knees*

5) Squat tricep push-up

*skip/high knees*

6) Elevated push-ups & touch toe

*skip/high knees*

7) Knee behind clap push-ups

*skip/high knees*

8) Star abs touch toes

*skip/high knees*

9) Wide leg frog jumps

*skip/high knees*

10) Elevated L pike push-ups

*skip/high knees*

11) Star push-up & touch

*skip/high knees*

12) Star surfer jumps & push-up turns

*skip/high knees*

13) Push-up, clean & press

*skip/high knees*

14) Push-up, row, spider twist

*skip/high knees*

15) Overhead abs & C sit centre press

*skip/high knees*

16) 3 point ab knees: 8 high, 8 high fast, 8 mountain climbs

*skip/high knees*

17) Right side plank knee elbow touch

*skip/high knees*

18) Left side plank knee elbow touch

*skip/high knees*

19) Tricep dip and knee lifts

*skip/high knees*

20) Plank & punch

    • I don’t have the equipment (yet) so I just used what I had around the house – weights, a piano bench for the tricep dips, and some books and pillows for the sandbag.
    • Being a bit of a beginner I kept it pretty simple: didn’t do elevations, and although I didn’t have to go to my knees for any of the push-ups, I did take them pretty slow.
    • For the plank punches I just imagined I was Bender in the last shot of The Breakfast Club – not exactly a modification, but believe me, it helped.
FOOD: Started my morning with tea, and although there were pancakes keeping warm in the oven I stayed strong and had some scrambled eggs with peppers and onions instead. Snacked on a couple of cookie dough bites (don’t judge me, it’s just cashews and medjool dates, I promise!). For lunch I had a delicious salad chock-full of veggies and topped with dried cranberries, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds (I like my salads to have a lot of crunch to them). My dinner was a lovely vegetable stir-fry with chickpeas on brown rice with a curry sauce made from crushed tomatoes, coconut milk, curry powder and cumin. It’s not one of the recipes from the guide, but it still follows the guidelines – and it was mighty tasty. Plus I made a bunch of extra for leftovers, it will probably be my lunch tomorrow. THOUGHTS:
    • The prep is important, make sure you read through what the workout will involve before starting so that you can have everything ready to go.
    • I want to be on a beach so badly. Why am I living in the frozen tundra that is Canada right now?
    • I really need to get groceries, eating healthy is almost as tiring as the workouts. Not really, but I DO need to stock my larder with some almond milk, beans and chickpeas, and a ton of other food, to stay on top of my healthy eating – I don’t want to be stuck in the house with a frozen pizza as my only food option.
    • Last thought: I did it! Now I just have to keep doing it for 20 days.
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