The Experiment

Pinterest. Where we spend countless hours pinning projects we’ll never finish, recipes we’ll never cook, and workouts we’ll never do. Until now. If you’re anything like me, you have some sort of fitness or health board on Pinterest. At last count I have 782 pins on my board. I’ve probably only ever done one of them. To be fair, many of these are motivational quotes (we see how well they’re working). But the movie Julie & Julia gave me an idea (and it wasn’t just about using copious amounts of butter in my cooking). I’m going to systematically go through all of the workouts that I have pinned one by one and try them out and then report how it went.

As one of my many pins says, “If you spent as much time working out as you did pinning workouts, you’d be in shape by now.” (It’s not verbatim) Now, let’s put it to the test. Somethings will have to be modified. I don’t have much equipment – just a few resistance bands and some jugs of water. I’ve been using 6L bottles of water with handles to do  weight lifting. We’ll see what we can do with what we’ve got. Also, I won’t be doing any running. Reasons: (1) It’s very hot and humid here (2) I don’t have a treadmill to run indoors with my air-con on and (3) I don’t particularly enjoy it. So all of those interval treadmill exercises are off the table. And as for 30 day butt/ab/etc… challenges, they will be postponed until another experiment. Everything else I will make work as I go.

Scheduling. I’m starting at the top. I’ve created a second board for all of my completed exercises. As I finish one, I will move it from the old board to the new one. At the moment, my goal is still to workout Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Anything else is bonus. After I feel comfortable in this routine, I’d like to add another day to the mix. Gotta stick to realistic goals right now.

Motivation. The last couple of days I’ve felt less than excited about sticking to these changes. I’ve got to give a shout out to @getfitwjessica on Instagram. I’ve found her journey super motivating and looking through a few posts today helped re-energize me for my upcoming workouts. So many times I’ve given up quickly after not seeing immediate results and ended up right back at the beginning. Her story has been inspirational because she has persevered and has seen the fruits of her labor.

So, today being Thursday, our workout is:

Abs, Obliques & Transverse Slim Waist Summer Workout for Women  Slim Waist

First and foremost, I was very impressed with Spotebi. When I followed the link through to the website I found more than just an infographic. After the visual, there were written instructions for each exercise. And then, best of all, they had it all set up. Push play and the timer counts runs automatically, each exercise is announced, and I didn’t have to think. Having to time circuit workouts is one of my biggest deterrents to doing them. Spotebi made it super easy. Thanks!! I will be returning to them in the future for more workouts. They even had a playlist from Spotify ready to go. Unfortunately,  Spotify hasn’t launched yet in Thailand. I can deal with that.

When it came to the actual workout, I survived. I’m still at the beginning of this process, so some modifications were made. For the ‘toe touch’ my legs just couldn’t make it to 90°. Not yet, anyways. I took more breathers than were probably intended, but kept up pretty well. I keep reminding myself  that the mind is the master of the body. If I tell myself I can do it, I can. And I did.

One Pin down, countless to go. Check back Saturday for Leg + Bum day.