Being a dancer, I have such a passion for health and fitness. Coming to college, though, I gained a ton of weight like many of my peers. In addition to all of the stress from being unhealthy, I struggled with depression and an anxiety disorder that prevented me from getting out of bed some days. I was not engaging in any healthy practices to stay in shape.
After getting the help that I needed, I am now back on track with my workout plan and have really stuck to it so far. With my knee injury (chronic patellar tendinitis in both of my knees), I have a lot of difficulty doing some forms of exercise, but after seeing my doctor yet again, I am on my way to recovery and working out in other ways in the meantime.
SO...about the title...what is Mission Britney Body?!
As some of you may know, I have an infatuation...an obsession...a true love for Britney Spears. If you haven't already noticed, my domain for this website is "love all things Britney." I will write a separate blog post for why I love her so much, but this blog post is about my mission to get healthy again, using Britney Spears as my inspiration. Mission Britney Body. Why not set the bar high, right? Who wouldn't want to look like her?...
I created a workout plan that is easy on my knees that I have been doing for about 2 weeks now. It goes like this...
THE GYM (3/4 days a week...every other day)
-3 miles on the elliptical, high resistance
-3 miles on the bike, high resistance...and then an additional mile for cool-down (low resistance)
-Stretch (a really, really good stretch...should last 15 about minutes)
-Crunches for 2 full songs, no break (should be at least 500 crunches)
-Butt-Ups for 2 full songs, no break
-Planks: 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds, 20 seconds, 10 seconds (5 second break in between each plank)
-40 squats with 15 pound weight
-40 laterals on each side with 10 pound weight
-100 reps with the 5 pound weights in each hand...half up and down, half in and out (alternate after 25)
I do that (yes, all of that!) as my workout routine. Normally, without my knee injury, I would also spend a lot of time on the leg press, running, and doing lunges. I have a lot of pain in my joints at the moment, so I have to take it easy. This workout plan seems to be working for me, though! I've already lost 6 pounds.
HOT YOGA (once a week)
At home in Maryland, I did yoga regularly at my gym, Health Unlimited (Mt. Airy), and hot yoga occasionally at a yoga studio down the road called Core Yoga (Main Street Mt. Airy). I LOVE yoga and find it to be a GREAT workout for the body and the mind and so relaxing at the same time! Tonight, I am going to my first hot yoga class in Mississippi at a yoga studio called Southern Star Yoga. If I like it, I plan on going at least once a week. You burn over 600 calories per class...
Now for My Playlists...
-Tik Tik Boom
-I Wanna Go
-I'm A Slave 4 U
-Till The World Ends
-Hold It Against Me
-Stronger (best ab workout song ever...duh!)
...to name a few! Even if you're not particularly a Britney fan...I'm telling you, these songs are awesome workout songs!
PS - I couldn't post the official Work Bitch video because of Copyright issues on this website. Check it out, though, if you haven't seen it. It's badass.
I have tons of other workout music, too, but since this post is called Mission Britney Body, I decided to keep the theme. Just ask me if you need more workout jams.
I decided that being the HUGE foodie that I am, and being such a lover of fast food and all kinds of other things that are terrible for me (just being honest), that I would vow to eat healthy 3/4 days a week and eat whatever I want the other days of the week. You can't kill yourself over it. I'm a big believer in fitting your diet/workout into your day as opposed to planning your day around your diet/workout. Health is important, but you shouldn't give up the things you absolutely love if it makes you miserable. Just do your best. So I came up with this...
Here's an example of one of my healthy days:
-Smoothie made with strawberries, banana, blueberries, Greek yogurt, orange juice
-A piece of multigrain toast with natural peanut butter
-Glass of water
-Kale salad with oranges, almonds, avocado, and light dressing
-Hummus and carrots
-Laughing Cow cheese with wheat crackers
-A glass of water
-1 chicken breast
-Assortment of colorful bell peppers
-Green beans or broccoli
I can't believe I'm about to do this, but I'm going to tell you guys my own personal homemade guacamole recipe! Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE guacamole/avocados, and I love making guacamole for my family and friends! To be honest, most guacamole recipes you find online or in cook books will be almost the the same. This is just how I make mine. Avocados are fat, but they are a healthy fat. They are also antioxidants, so they are good for your skin. You can eat this with any tortilla chips.
-1 red onion (optional)
-1 tomato (optional)
-1 package guacamole seasoning
Peel all of the avocados and mush them into guacamole texture in your molcajete (if you have one! I got mine for Christmas a few years ago). Squeeze half of the lemon and a quarter of the lime, and mix. Add the seasoning, the whole package (it says on the package to use 1 package for every 2 avocados...I disagree, I say one package to every 4). Add as much onion and tomato as you so desire...more if you like thick guacamole, less if you like thin guacamole. Add salt and pepper to taste. Done! Easiest, yummiest, healthy snack.
Alright everyone...enough blogging, it's time for me to get to the gym...I have a mission to accomplish...