At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 7

An at-home fitness routine featuring free content from YouTube. Each week will provide new workouts and moving meditations following this guideline:

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

For an in-depth explanation of the type of each workout, please visit My At-Home Fitness Routine.This is a personal routine and things are subject to change if I feel my body wants to move differently than the prescribed day or needs to rest.

Monday

Tuesday

Wenesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Happy working out!

Love and light, 

Ze 

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine. Where applicable, consult with any physicians necessary before embarking on any fitness journey.**

30-Day Summer Series Challenge – Day 29, Day 30 & Results

Let’s get right to it, shall we? Below are the FINAL two days for the “It Takes Grit Summer Series Challenge.” We made it! There were days when I struggled to get up and move, but I managed to push myself and do the workout. (Also, having a blog currently posting about a challenge serves as great motivation) After Day 29 and 30 are complete, scroll down to view the results I got from following this program.

Week 5

Day 29

Day 30

The Results are in…

After 4.2 weeks of working out with Rebecca Louise, here we are- at the end. We all come into these 30-Day challenges with goals we’d like to achieve. Mine was to feel better about myself and to tone up a bit. Judging from how I’m feeling mentally and physically, and seeing the progress in the photos below, I’d say mission accomplished. My mentality has gotten back to a more positive state, and my overall confidence has improved. Truth-be-told, I was feeling a little down about myself last month, which is why I chose to participate in this challenge.

If you have been doing these workouts along with me, you may have heard Rebecca mention the nutrition plan that went in conjunction with the videos. I did not follow that. I like to think I eat pretty well. During this month, however, I did make it another goal of mine to enhance the quality of food I eat. I focused on getting more nutritional density from food and relying less on supplements.

Now, on to the before and after photos! *drumroll, please* 🥁

From what I’ve observed, the changes (aside from getting a haircut), though subtle, are slimmer arms, thighs, and love handles, a more defined butt, and reduced back fat. I’ll take that as a win.

Final Thoughts

After spending so much time with Rebecca- albeit a one-sided, virtual experience- it’ll be strange not hearing her voice every morning. Given the slowly lifting lockdown policies, I’ve seen her more than any other person I know in the past three months. All-in-all, it’s been a great 30 days- we’ve danced together, laughed together, and maybe even cried a bit.

In regards to the ITG challenge, I enjoyed Rebecca’s innovative ways to compile moves we have all done a thousand times and keep the workouts engaging. I believe my success was attributed to the more rigorous workouts six days a week as opposed to my usual three. One thing for sure is: I will be revisiting these workouts when I go back to my regular schedule- I miss yoga. So much. I will, however, be adding in an extra day or two of body weight/strength training workouts on top of what I typically do. I want to keep my body toned and my mind happy- who doesn’t?

To view Rebecca’s channel, click here.

To view the ITG Summer Series Challenge workouts all in one place, click here.

Thank you all for following along. We now return to our regularly scheduled programing. 😉

Love and light, 

Ze 

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.*

30-Day Summer Series Challenge – Week 4

This is it- the home stretch guys! If you’ve been following along, I hope you’ve been feeling more confidient in your body and mind as you push through the final days of the challenge.

If you haven’t already, please check out Weeks One, Two, and Three before continuing.

Enjoy week four, stay tuned for the final two days, and the results I had from this workout challenge!

Week Four

Day 22

Day 23

Day 24

Day 25

Day 26

Day 27

Day 28

Love and light, 

Ze 

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.*

30-Day Summer Series Challenge – Week 3

It’s official: we are halfway through this challenge- and the month of June for that matter! If you are just joining us, head over to Week One to learn everything you need to know about the “It Takes Grit” summer series challenge followed by Week Two for the continuation of workouts.

If these workouts are kicking your butt and leave you feeling sore a couple of days after, check out Rebecca’s tips for optimal recovery:

The Podcast

On my ride home from work, I’ve picked up listening to Rebecca’s podcast that goes along with this series. Starting back in 2019, “It Takes Grit” divulges about her life, her struggles, and her journey to the person she is today. Unlike most podcasts, each week is themed and Rebecca leaves her listeners with tangible steps they can take to accomplish their dreams and endeavors. Below is the most recent podcast:

Week Three

Day 15

Day 16

Day 17

Day 18

Day 19

Day 20

Day 21

Love and light, 

Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

30-Day Summer Series Challenge – Week 2

This is week 2 of our June fitness challenge. If you are just joining us, head over to Week One to learn everything you need to know about Rebecca Louise’s “It Takes Grit” challenge.

Thoughts so far:

Rebecca is an inspiring, engaging, and upbeat coach. She fosters a community amongst her followers and encourages everyone to reach out and congratulate one another on a job well done- cultivating a positive mind and creating a safe space for everyone.

After finishing week one, I can say “I can feel the burn, Rebecca”. I feel a little sore in all the right places, and I can keep going the next day. With a combination of cardio, dumbbell, and bodyweight training, this series is great for any level of fitness. It demands a certain amount of strength, stamina, and grit. One reason I love doing workout challenges is that I surprise myself with how much I can do without stopping. I am greatly looking forward to what week two has to offer.

Week Two

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13

Day 14

Love and light, 

Ze 

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

30-Day Summer Series Challenge – Week 1

At least twice a year, I like to shake up my workout routine and do a 14-Day or 30-Day challenge. When I take part in a challenge, I get to see how strong my body has become by doing things I normally wouldn’t choose for myself.

For this month, I will be following along a Fitness YouTuber named Rebecca-Louise and complete her Summer Series 30-Day Challenge. Please note that this series went live on her channel in May and has already concluded. So sadly, the live videos and prizes she talks about are past date!

Summer Series Trailer

Before we get into this month’s movement challenge, let’s get to know a little bit about our trainer.

Rebecca-Louise’s Story

I try my best do these challenges without focusing on gaining a six-pack, losing inches around my waist, or shedding some fat on my body. I do these types of things to see what my body can do, what my mind can adapt to, and just to feel good about accomplishing something. If any of those things listed happens, then cool, but it is simply a side effect of the process- not the goal. While what I said above is true, there is still another part of me that still feels conditioned to think I need to achieve more with my body.

Let’s bring attention to the thumbnails and words used associated with this challenge and so many others. As we all have learned, toned, half-naked bodies sell. Pair them with words like “sexy, tight, tiny, burn fat,” and you’ve struck gold. As we have learned, Rebecca-Louise has overcome A LOT and is on her healing journey. I 100% support that. It is, however, images and words just like mentioned above that are nailed into our minds making us believe we have to achieve that in order to be wanted, loved, accepted. And when you think about it, really think about it, that’s just plain silly.

Our bodies are made by perfect design with many complicated systems to keep us walking and talking. It knows how to heal itself. It knows how to give signals to the brain when the body needs food, water, rest, etc. But you know what gets in the way of all that? Us, more specifically, our thoughts, our perceptions, and our impressions. These all come from society, other people, and when we ignore the inherent trust within us all. So please, remember that whenever you get triggered by images of “thin” and “fit” people. Remember that your body is perfect, that it loves you and just wants you to live. It’s up to you to honor it by your thoughts and your lifestyle. Treat yourself with love and respect. Because you are worth all the happiness, love, and joy in the world. 

One last note before we start: I’ve gone through my first month of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coaching Program, and let me tell you, I have already learned so much. One of their concepts is bio-individuality, which put simply, is that we are all different. One person’s food, workout, lifestyle is another’s poison. So, when doing this workout and any others, remember that results are unique to you and you alone. Also, please , if applicable, consult with any physicians necessary before embarking on any fitness journey. Without out further adieu, let’s begin!

Week One

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Stay tuned next for week 2 of our challenge!

Love and light, 

Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

CTL Book Club

Now, some of you may be more of a Gaston:

While others may be more of a Sam:

But since you’ve clicked on this post, I suspect you’re more like Sam. So let’s talk about books!

Reading is something that I adore. But, ever since I graduated from college, I no longer had hours to spend on a train doing that and the number of books I’ve read has plummeted. 

Short story: When I was younger, I hated reading. It took too much time and was so boring. I’d much rather be doing anything else. It wasn’t until high school that I picked up a book for entertainment’s sake. You could say I liked school as much as anyone (take what you will from that), but everything else seemed pointless to me, Most classes were borderline painful.

One day saw a friend reading a book with a tantalizing cover. It turned out to be a story about vampires (before it became a thing) and suddenly it was everything my 14-year-old brain wanted to be involved with. No, it wasn’t Twilight… that obsession came later on. This friend had a library in her locker and lent me the first book in the series. From that moment, I was hooked. Thus began my decade of reading and paying more attention to stories than the goings-on of a classroom.

Fast forward to my 29-year-old self who works two jobs (one being a book store) and is pretty okay at hanging out with people (pre-corona), I don’t read as much. With that being said, I still try to get a book in now and then. In the past, I wrote a book review on Spirits and Guides by DJ Conway (which you can view here) and I would like to continue to write reviews. This time, however, instead of doing one at a time, I’ll share short and sweet summaries of the books I have read over the past year or so.

You’ll need tissues when reading this book, but if you have ever loved and lost a beloved pet, this book will give you a different perspective on death- helping you to heal. Losing someone dear to you can leave behind guilt, pain, fear, and more, but after reading this sweet book, all of that will lessen.

Loaded with pictures of sound waves, you visually get to see the audio waves of positive versus negative words and truly grasp the idea that is vibration. People seem to either love or dislike Doreen Virtue, but putting that aside, this short book is unlike any other in which you are presented with the opportunity to see how you say affects you.

This book provides you with tools and a foundation to begin a spiritual practice – from remembering dreams to confronting your shadows. “The term quantum warrior is a metaphor for what is possible in our life, and around this metaphor we build am elaborate mythology based upon the truths that quantum reality reveals to us.” It teaches us wisdom as old as time itself: we are a part of consciousness and we are all one. Drawing parallels between theology, mythology, and the human experience we know today, I will be reading this book again.

Compiled of 111 different “vibes”, this book starts from the root chakra and works it way up with short blurbs and a meditation about how to align with your highest self. You can do one a day or use it as an oracle and flip to what the universe wants you to know immediately. This book is great for people who want to incorporate some type of spiritual practice into their everyday lives. Also, the cover is shiny. *_*

Sophia’s Tale is just as it states in its subtitle: a fairytale for adults. A retelling of the Gnostic myth, Pistis Sophia, our protagonist, Sophia, lives in the City of Rainbow Light and dreams of a prince. Once her father forbids her to go to him, she leaves her home to follow her heart. Thus her journey from child to woman begins as she uncovers truths about herself and the world around her. This novella is fast-moving and easy to read that keeps you wanting to turn the page. “Wisdom is a language. Silence, its tongue. Wholeness, its destination.”

The first in a series of seven, “Throne of Glass” is a book about Erilea’s notorious assassin, Celeana Sardonthian. Saved from slavery in the salt mines of Endovier, we follow Celeana through a tournament of champions to win her freedom. However, one by one, the champions are brutally murdered. Celeana needs to find the murderer before she’s next and looses her second chance at life. This book is engaging, to say the least. It switches perspective from Celeana to other characters in the story, only giving the reader pertinent information as the story unfolds its enticing mysteries. Young adult fantasy fiction is my jam and this book satisfies that.

As we get older and like with most things, just sitting down and reading can be a challenge. After a long day at work, you would rather mind-meld into a show, eat mindlessly, and go to bed. I’m aware that reading culture is strong for a lot of people- as it once was for me-, but times ebb and flow. If you are like me, I’d like to share a tip on how you can start reading once more:

I try to dedicate 30 minutes a day before bed for fiction and 30 minutes on my day off for nonfiction. Just set the timer on your phone and read until it sounds. Your brain will be so much happier. Reading an actual book stimulates the brain differently from a tv show or a video game. Don’t get me wrong, I binge things on Netflix and turn on my PS4 from time to time, however, there is no imagination involved. Your mind isn’t at work mentally painting the sidewalk of a city, constructing the face of a character, or mapping out the walk from the forest to the castle.

Love and light,
Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 6

An at-home fitness routine featuring free content from YouTube. Each week will provide new workouts and moving meditations following this guideline:

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

For an in-depth explanation of the type of each workout, please visit My At-Home Fitness Routine.

This is a personal routine and things are subject to change if I feel my body wants to move differently than the prescribed day or needs to rest.

Monday – UPPER BODY SCULPT & BUST BOOST (chest lift + shape)

Sweep Throughs – BUILD A BOOTY! day 1

Tuesday – Kundalini Yoga for Depression: A Very Subtle Exercise | KIMILLA

Bridges – BUILD A BOOTY! day 2

Wednesday – RELAXING Yin Yoga for Stress Relief – Full Body Calming Stretch

Thursday – Ultimate Butt Challenge ♥ Glutes, Hamstrings & Quads | Koh Kut

Friday – REST

Saturday – 20 Minute Morning Qi Gong Exercise by Lee Holden

Sunday – Breathtaking Yin Yoga Class | 7 Day Yin Yoga Exploration Challenge

Love and light, 
Ze 

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 5

An at-home fitness routine featuring free content from YouTube. Each week will provide new workouts and moving meditations following this guideline:

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

For an in-depth explanation of the type of each workout, please visit My At-Home Fitness Routine.

This is a personal routine and things are subject to change if I feel my body wants to move differently than the prescribed day or needs to rest.

Monday – 30 Minute Full Body Workout for Strength – Total Body Dumbbell Weight Training at Home

Tuesday – REST

Wednesday – 30 Min Full Body Flow | Yoga To Stretch, Breathe, & Feel The Bliss

Thursday – Total Body Strength Training Without Weights for Women | Home Workout (No Jumping) | Joanna Soh

Friday – Kundalini Yoga: Complete Spinal Series

Saturday – Qigong Flow For Brain Optimization

Sunday – 30 min Morning Yin Yoga Class – Best Morning Yoga Stretches

Tip: It’s very important to listen to your body from the type of movement it wants to when it just needs to rest. I’ve been very sleepy this past week, which is why I chose to rest for one day. (I was sore from last week’s lower body workout and this week’s Monday strength video.) On Tuesday, I went to bed at 4 pm and slept for 15 HOURS. Then, I still managed nap later that day! Learning to not push yourself  to the point of exhaustion is integral for well-being- and something I’m still currently learning to do. 

Happy working out!

Love and light, 

Ze 

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**