I'M BACK! Y'all have sent me so much feedback since I've been "gone" that I had to come back and give you guys another post earlier than I'd originally planned. Here's an update on my fitness life. If you haven't read Mission Britney Body...You Better Work B* and Mission Britney Body Part II...Now I'm Stronger Than Yesterday, do so before reading this post. You can find them in my "Health and Fitness" tab.
MY WORKOUT PLAN
I've luckily mastered the increased workout plan I posted in Mission Britney Body Part II...Now I'm Stronger Than Yesterday. I did want to modify it a little bit, though. I am finding that my ab workout is really boring. So, here's the updated version of my workout plan. Remember, I have a knee injury. If you can work out more intensely than this, by all means, go for it.
-6 miles on the elliptical, high resistance
-4 miles on the bike: 3 high resistance, 1 low resistance for cool-down
[end of cardio]
-15 minutes of stretching...stretch your WHOLE BODY really well. here's a good link similar to my stretching routine:
-Planks: 30 seconds, 45 seconds, 60 seconds, 45 seconds, 30 seconds
-Butt-Ups for 4 songs, no break.
*If you're unclear about what "butt-ups" are, they are a really awkward series of thrusting to tone your lower back, your thighs, and your butt. Keep your hips even and your butt as high as it can be while keeping your head and back on the ground. Also, move your knees in and out to tone the inside of your thighs. It looks so ridiculous but gets rid of your cellulite*
-Abs for 4 songs, no break
*Instead of just doing crunches, try something different. If you're anything like me, you get bored quickly. Here's an idea*
-40 laterals on each side with 15 pound weight
-100 reps with the 5 pound weights in each hand...half up and down, half in and out (alternate after 25)
The first Mission Britney Body listed only Britney songs, and the second Mission Britney Body listed only non-Britney songs...let's mix it up and have the third include both!
I Got That Boom Boom - Britney Spears
Up n' Down - Britney Spears
Freakshow - Britney Spears
Boys (The Co-Ed Remix) - Britney Spears
Me Against the Music - Britney Spears
Chris Cox Megamix - Britney Spears
Tom Ford - Jay-Z
Replay - Zendaya
All Me - Drake
The Language - Drake
Show Out - Juicy J
Bounce It - Juicy J
Stronger - Kanye West
Here's a continuation of the things that I picked out in the last Mission Britney Body...
This Mission Britney Body article is called "Body Ache" for two reasons. First reason: "Body Ache" is an awesome song from her new album...listen and download if you haven't already! Second reason: I've been having some trouble with my fitness life lately. A true body ache. I did lose a lot of weight, and I feel healthier than I've been in a long time, and I'm proud of that, but I've really struggled to lose the rest of the weight that I set as my goal. So, since I'm having some trouble, I put together a compilation of things that inspire me to keep going, and hopefully they will inspire you, too.
ALWAYS HAVE A WORKOUT PLAN INSTEAD OF MINDLESSLY WANDERING AROUND THE GYM.
Whether you follow me in Mission Britney Body, or you have your own workout plan, have something. This way you can keep track of your progress, set the bar higher, and really push through. Not to mention, don't you feel sorry for those weirdos who run on the treadmill for ten minutes, look around, and then leave? They don't know what they're doing. YOU DO. Hopefully..
Additionally, I think working out to a workout plan and NOT stopping when you get tired but stopping when you are FINISHED is a metaphor for life. If you give up in life when you feel like it, you will never accomplish anything. You will half-ass your life, and you will be miserable. Exercising teaches you discipline. It teaches you to stick to something, to persevere, and to try your hardest. Modify your workout if you have to, that is perfectly okay. It doesn't always go the way we want it to. Just don't give up.
HAVE A LONG TERM GOAL AND A SHORT TERM GOAL.
Sometimes, I think working out can be tough if you feel like your goal, while important to you, is unattainable. I like to set short term goals in addition to my long term goals because they allow me to view my progress in baby steps. For example..."I want to be able to run X number of miles in this time by the end of this week," or "I'm going to drink X number of water bottles today." Little things like that will help me to achieve losing X number of pounds by this date.
MAKE IT A LIFESTYLE CHANGE.
This is really important. "Diet" should pertain to what you are eating, not what you are not eating. Just because you've lost a bunch of weight does not mean it's all over. Does this look glorious? Yes...
Some of my favorite accounts to follow on Twitter are @BeFitMotivation and @FITNESS. Follow them so that you can see inspirational pictures on your timeline every day!!!