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 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 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.**

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.**

At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 4

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 – Complete Upper Body Workout for Strength & Toning: Arms, Shoulders, Chest and Back Workout

Tuesday – Kundalini Yoga Kriya for Disease Resistance, Immunity, Metabolism and Thyroid Health

Wednesday – Stretch the day’s tension away with this yin yoga sequence

Thursday – LEG DAY | Strength Training For Women: 30-Minute Dumbbell Leg Workout + Pregnancy Workout (You can do this even if you’re not expecting. It will still hurt the next day…trust me)

Friday – Kundalini Yoga ” Kriya For Elevation” Express Version

Saturday – REST

Sunday – Yin Yoga class with Travis Eliot “Inner Dimension TV” (30 min.)

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 3

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 Dumbbell Sculpt Workout!

Tuesday – Kundalini Yoga: Surya Kriya to Burn Fat & Build Strength

Wednesday – Yin Yoga Class ♥ Best Yoga For Slow Deep Muscle Release

Thursday – 30 Minute Quiet Low Impact Home Workout | Strength, Cardio & Abs Low Impact Workout

Friday – Kundalini Yoga for Intuition and Healing: Laya Yoga Kriya

Saturday – QIGONG FOR LOVE

Sunday – Yin Yoga Deep Stretch Class | Release All That No Longer Serves You

TIP: you can drop any weight and use just your body weight. You will still get a good workout and work towards using additional weight.

Channel Spotlight: Boho Beautiful

A channel created by partners, Juliana and Mark, who travel the world with their pet dog. Together they film workouts and vlogs in exotic locales to raise awareness of social/economic issues affecting the earth and her inhabitants. 

I love this channel because:

  • Even though the workouts use bodyweight, they are challenging.
  • Being a wonderluster myself, I admire the scenery and beautifully shot videos.
  • Juliana and Mark’s point of view on the goings-on in the world offer a different perspective that is refreshing and inspiring.

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.**

At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 2

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 – 25 Minute Full Body Cardio & Strength Workout

Tuesday – Kundalini Yoga For Prosperity: Kriya For Energy And Prosperity

Wednesday – Upper Body Yin Yoga – Yoga Stretches for Back & Shoulders

Thursday – 20 Minute FUN Strength & Mobility Movement Workout | Low Impact QUIET Bodyweight Workout!

Friday – Raw Kundalini Yoga Video with Yogi Emmanuelle

Saturday – Bioenergetic Exercises for Neck and Shoulder Pain – Qigong for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Sunday – 1 Hour Yin Yoga Class Without Props – Full Body Yin Yoga Class

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.**

At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 1

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.

Monday30 Minute NO REPEAT Standing Abs & Cardio

TuesdayKundalini Yoga: Sex Energy Transformation

Wednesday Yin Yoga to Release Anger – Liver Meridian Yin Yoga Affirmations

Thursday 20 Minute Real-Time LOW IMPACT Full Body Workout w/ Dumbbells

FridayKundalini Yoga Set: Kriya For Becoming Enchantingly Beautiful

SaturdayKundalini Yoga Kriya – Prana Apana Balance

Sunday30 min Yin Yoga with Affirmations for Self-Love & Healing

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.**