un-paleo exercise

Because of Crossfit i fell in love with Paleo… And I’m scared to admit this… But i don’t think i really like Crossfit. (waits for 20 burly men and women to kick my arse). At the time i adored it, i loved feeling like i’d had my arse severely kicked, to the point where i couldn’t walk home, and i could feel my heart pounding in my head and my toes. But i didn’t like the pain that followed, my knees were always sore, constant muscle fatigue and i’m going to sound like a whinger, but hell Crossfit in an Australian summer is bullshit, i remember doing one WOD on a friday nite, that was mostly running. It was hot, windy and dusty. So dusty that i’d actually lost my voice at the end of the WOD. I still have moments of, man i need to get back to crossfit, but then i remember how competitive i am, and when that happens ┬ámy technique flies out the window, i hurt myself and then i have my Osteopath husband tell me off. So i guess i don’t hate it, but i don’t know if i have love for it. But what else is out there? I hate running, and the idea of lifting at a gym doesn’t float my boat either.

So I’m going against the grain (pun intended) and embracing spin… I know there’s people out there that find it ludicrous that someone will drive to a gym to hop on a stationary bike, now i love going for bike rides, but the idea of donning lycra and padded butt shorts does not excite me at all. I guess being a barista at a cafe that cyclists flock to, has really really put me off. So once or twice a week i go to my local gym and do a night ride class (dark room with black lighting, loud music) and i really love it. I enjoy getting so sweaty that it literally flows down my back. I leave that class feeling spent but so very alive. But i feel like i may be the only paleo chick doing that kind of exercise! My exercise routine last week was varied to say the less! Burlesque dancing monday, body balance thurs and spin friday. And of course walking to work everyday and a bit of heavy lifting. Doesn’t sound very “paleo” tho does it!

It was the first time in months i actually did more than a bit of walking, and i feel bloody amazing! And i’ve lost 1kg so thats a bonus. As soon as i have a exercise routine happening, my eating improves and i maintain a 90-95% paleo diet. So one week on, i can feel my body transforming already, energy levels are way back up there. I know that diet is a main contributor to weightless but teamed up with a little bit of exercise then BAM! Body loves you!

So don’t hate me for my un-paleo exercise, i’ve never ever really fitted in with anything, and have always added my own spin on things. So fingers crossed i can loose these last 10kgs with all my new exercise classes.

Burlesque? Yip i’d say thats exercise.

I’ve been a bit lazy on thee ole exercise front for the last few months, right, lets be honest its been longer than i care to admit! I’ve still been active, walking to work 4 days a week, and retail and hospitality are a work out. Making coffees for years has given mostly defined arms. But its been yonks since i’ve felt like my body has worked its muscles. So with that came the realisation i need to get my arse into gear. So wifey (one of my besties) and i are on operation “get our guns back”. It always seems better to have a partner in crime, someone that relies on you, so theres no backing out at the last minute, because someone is waiting for you at the gym.

So our plan started yesterday, with a conscious effort to get moving 3 days a week. And to make it more interesting so we don’t get bored. So our Monday night workout was burlesque! Wifey has been going for awhile, so i was the new girl on the block. I was dried mouth, nervous and had no idea what to expect. I thought it would be a lot of gyrating on chairs with come hither eyes (there was that!!) but my gosh what a workout! Im feeling muscles i forgot existed, that hour class didn’t leave me puffed, but i worked up a sweat, did some hand/chest stands on chairs and made sure i had pointed sexy toes! I was out of my comfort zone, i’m a pretty shit dancer unless i’ve had a few rums then I’m amazing (just ask me!) but it was nice just to try and let go and feel the movements, and for confidence, it was just what the doctor ordered. I have some mystery bruises today across my stomach and a huge one on my inner thigh. Every muscle from my ears down feel tight, god i love that feeling!

So now its rest for a couple of days, and onto Cage Fitness. Which i’ve always loved, combined Mixed Martial Arts and heavy lifting, and chuck in a bit of sprinting. Half hour work out of pure sweat and punching. Can’t wait! And we’ll be finishing off the week with spin. At our local gym in Bendigo (fit republic) they have night spin which i like to call rave spin. Its in a dark room, with black lights and loud music, you really get into the zone, and forget there’s 20 other people in the room, and i literally feel the fat slide off my body. Im excited about getting my fit on, and hopefully in a month i’ll be brave enough to go back to cross fit. So i’ll be sharing all my achy stories and hopefully my plateau weight will come down a few kilos. And if all else fails, at least i’ll have a happy hubby who’s wife is a sexy amateur burlesque entertainer!