Health & Fitness: Week 43, 2020 – Chloe Ting Challenge

Week 43 runs from Monday 19th October — Sunday 25th October, 2020.

For more information on what, why and how I’m tracking everything, including my health & fitness goals, please click here. To skip to the end of week summary, please click here. This is my second week doing Chloe Ting’s Get Peachy Challenge.

The Week in Fitness & Food

10/19 – Monday. Rest.

I had a pretty busy and productive day today so ended up not doing a workout. However, I did do laundry and some additional cleaning. Not quite the same, nor even similar, but I’m really happy with the amount of stuff I got ticked off my to-do list today.

Also, these arrived!

They’ve been on my products wishlist for a while, and Jacky saw that they were on sale for $189 at Woot.com last week so said I could buy a pair. I had a bit of a rough start with them as the case wasn’t charging properly and it wasn’t pairing as well, but after a quick Google search on what to do, I reset my AirPod Pros and the charging case and it’s working great now.

I love the noise cancellation and look forward to going for walks with these in future!

Last night I didn’t sleep enough (we got distracted playing Sudoku till late… yes, that’s right, the numbers game… yes, we are geeks) but surprisingly I wasn’t feeling particularly fatigued during the day. It was a struggle to get up, but after I was up I was fine. There was no change in my weight between yesterday and today.

Food-wise, I had a pretty large breakfast, some leftover curry for lunch and then hot pot again for dinner. I also realised, after having a sip of diet coke for the first time in a while, that it’s possible my previous headaches could have been from diet coke withdrawal too.

I’d been drinking at least one every day for some time before suddenly cutting it out of my diet (we were running out). Then after not drinking it for couple of weeks or so my body got used to not having it again. Not sure. Anyways, I don’t plan to drink it again for some time. We only have 1 can left and Jacky and I agreed we wouldn’t buy anymore 35 can packs from Costco again.

I’m looking forward to finally doing Chloe’s Hourglass workout for the Get Peachy Challenge!

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02:2008:456hr 25min4hr 20minNoneSomewhat rested120.4lbs
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Health & Fitness: Week 42, 2020 – Chloe Ting Challenge

Week 42 runs from Monday 12th October — Sunday 18th October, 2020.

Image Screenshot: Chloe Ting Get Peachy Challenge

For more information on what, why and how I’m tracking everything, including my health & fitness goals, please click here. To skip to the end of week summary, please click here.

The Week in Fitness & Food

10/12 – Monday. Chloe Ting Get Peachy Challenge Day 1 – Completed 11:34.
Videos completed: Natacha Oceane 10min Warm Up, Chloe Ting Best Booty Workout, Pamela Reif 15min Daily Stretch.

Today, I have officially started the Chloe Ting Get Peachy Challenge! After a few months of not doing Chloe Ting, I am back to the woman who kicked off my current fitness journey. And I’m excited again! I purchased weights and resistance bands especially for this and I think it’s renewed my excitement for working out.

I think I was beginning to lose motivation when my health started to wane in the past couple of weeks. Plus I wanted to do reps-based workouts and there weren’t any follow alongs. I guess Chloe must be a mind reader because she released this program at the most perfect time for me. Brett is also very reputable so I fully trust that this will be a good challenge to do.

I don’t follow her warm up or cool down videos – she’s not very flexible so she doesn’t hold the stretches long enough for me, but I’ll be following her actual workout videos. I personally love Natacha’s warm up video so I’ll be using that one for the duration of the challenge. Depending how I’m feeling after, I may follow a shorter cool down video instead.

Today’s video felt like a nice way to ease into and be introduced to this program. It was a perfect length to start and get used to the moves as well as figure out the right weights to use, in my opinion. I realised I wasn’t feeling challenged when she said “your glutes should be burning” and mine didn’t hurt at all, so I started adding in a resistance band then slowly increasing my resistance band weight.

Unfortunately the heaviest dumbbell I have is 10lbs, which I was using the entire time. I didn’t realise I’d become strong enough to need more! Yay! My arms are weak so when I was carrying the dumbbells with arm strength during time of purchase I was dying already haha. Maybe I can buy some heavier weights next time. For the meantime, adding heavier resistance seems to work well.

I think I finally got the resistance right just before the last movement because my glutes were burning but I was still able to do the movement with good form. I went from X-Light to Medium haha. I was considering going up to Heavy but Medium was enough because of the short rest time for the last move.

My one complaint would be that Chloe moves a bit fast for the second move. I didn’t realise she was going so quickly so I stopped when she said so, but in reality I hadn’t completed the appropriate number of steps for some for some of the sets. So if you’re following along too, I’d recommend ignoring her beeps and counter or you may end up short-changing yourself.

Overall, I really enjoyed day one. I’m still waking up with headaches but I can ignore them for the sake of doing exercises that I love and look forward to. We only do this exercise once a week, which is a liiittle disappointing! But that’s okay, I guess I can just do it again in my own time haha ;)

Because I did lose a little more weight recently, here are some updated physique photos:

Yes – my black sports bra is definitely too large for me now but I’m still losing weight so don’t plan to buy any new ones yet heh heh. My green one is in the wash so this one will do.

Sleep-wise, my watch says that I had disrupted sleep twice. I definitely remember the second disruption, but I’m not sure about the first one, which apparently happened around 4:30am and lasted about 15min or so. Actually – I just remembered a second disruption during the night but I don’t recall staying awake for 15min.

Either way, I could not get up this morning when my alarm sounded. I was so tired. My bad for sleeping late last night even when I was already exhausted, really. I will certainly try to sleep earlier tonight or take an afternoon nap.

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01:3009:207hr 30min4hr 25min2xTired119.4lbs
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Health & Fitness: Week 41, 2020

Week 41 runs from Monday 5th October — Sunday 11th October, 2020.

For more information on what, why and how I’m tracking everything, including my health & fitness goals, please click here. To skip to the end of week summary, please click here.

The Week in Fitness & Food

10/5 – Monday. Cleaned apt.

I’m not sure what is up with my sleep app but it’s still acting up. I managed to get some of the data from my Watch app before my phone app, once again, wiped all the data clean. I slept decently last night and awoke feeling decently rested too.

Today I had plans to clean the entire apt, which is something we’d been putting off for a while, so I did just that. Cleaned, vacuumed, tidied, did a load of laundry and the dishes too. Not quite a workout, but still moderate ‘cardio’ to a degree. I worked up a sweat anyway.

I had a greek yoghurt bowl for breakfast, a bowl of jajangmyeon from the Korean place we went to on Saturday for lunch, a scallion and egg pancake as an afternoon snack, then for dinner we ordered a feast from our favourite local Burmese restaurant. I plan to blog about that! But needless to say, I ate quite a lot today lol.

I feel a bit thrown off my diet this week, I think it’s because we’ve sort of run out of wrap ingredients and I haven’t really been craving wraps the past few days. I hope my weight will be around the same tomorrow, but I am expecting it to increase a little.

I’m really pleased I went back down to 120.4lbs today though :) I hope and expect to drop below 120lbs this week!

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00:4008:357hr 55min5hr 25minNoneDecently rested120.4lbs
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Health & Fitness: Week 40, 2020

Week 40 runs from Monday 28th September — Sunday 4th October, 2020.

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The Week in Fitness & Food

9/28 – Monday. Rest.

I had the best of intentions to exercise this morning, really, I did. I woke up decently early. I woke up somewhat rested, I guess? But I ended up being very productive in different ways instead: I did 3 loads of laundry, 3 sets of washing up / putting away dry dishes, cooked, cleaned the kitchen and Swiffered half of the apartment.

My knee still hurts and I realised that I may have put too much stress on it when I jogged a little on Saturday, then I put extra strain on it during my workout yesterday. As such, resting today whilst doing light exercise in the form of household chores was the right way to go.

I’m back on track with my usual healthy foods diet and I’m loving it. I loved eating a bunch of mixed greens and vegetables in my wrap and having protein in every meal. I think my weight should remain stable tomorrow.

Sleep-wise, I wonder if my poorer sleep in the past week could have also been attributed to poorer diet. I have been eating a lot of junk lately that my body is probably not used to anymore. I’ll see if my sleep is better tonight.

My sleep app is still not tracking properly, but I’ve noticed many recent reviews for sleep tracker apps saying there have been problems since the recent iOS update.

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23:5008:458hr 55min????Somewhat rested122.4lbs
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Health & Fitness: Week 39, 2020

Week 39 runs from Monday 21st September — Sunday 27th September, 2020.

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The Week in Fitness & Food

9/21 – Monday. Completed 16:44.
Video completed: Trifecta Pilates Full Length Pilates Class.

Today I woke up with a mild headache again, which was probably caused by me falling asleep with my hair wet… again. I usually shower at the end of the day even if I work out earlier because it’s so hot that I end up sweating in the afternoon again anyway, but I’m so sick of the constant headaches (pun intended). I showered at 8pm today and blow dried my hair so we’ll see tomorrow if that helped.

Anyways, coupled with some mild soreness from yesterday and general fatigue from PMS, I decided to take it easy and try out some lighter pilates so I can still exercise without going too crazy. I also hoped the slow and controlled motions within pilates would be able to help my form.

I found a bunch of pilates channels but ended up trying out this one because the instructor is licensed. I feel like the instructor was clear in her instructions and helpful with explaining where you should be positioning your body etc. Thanks to that, I realised my form did improve for certain ab exercises. I liked that there was plenty of stretching throughout the workout so I didn’t need to do a separate warm up or cool down. As intended, it didn’t push me very hard but I still got a decent workout from it and felt energised after.

Unfortunately, I also found it a little long and boring. I stopped the video half way through because I got bored, so I decided to do my weekly pushup count to give myself a change of exercise and pace before finishing it. I wouldn’t do this video again, but I will try pilates again because their movements are excellent for core training, which I still need. The instructor has other, shorter workouts too, so I may try one of those next time.

For my weight, well… it kinda doesn’t surprise me either haha. We ate a lot last night. Jacky’s increased even more than mine did. I ate my normal diet again today (oatmeal, wrap, protein bar, leftover Thai food) so I think my weight should be the same tomorrow, and start dropping back down again later this week.

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00:1008:308hr 20min5hrsNoneSomewhat rested122.4lbs
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