February + March Workout Update

February Update

G-February-2014So I was supposed to finish Insanity Month 2, but after the first 5 days I was just not into it and I decided to take some time off to get some motivation. Second week of February I did only some stretching and yoga and every other day couple minutes of jump rope. And after that I decided that it was time to return to my favorite workouts from Zuzka.

Last two week I did ZWOW workouts from Zuzka Light. After the first workout ZWOD 1. I was completely done and it took me LONG 18 min and 20 sec. The Pistol Squats are killer (I’m still not able to do them completely – I’m doing only modified version), but after the Insanity I thought that I would do little bit better. Also my push-ups are worse than ever. And I have to say that I this was really bad month for me for some reason. But it’s all behind me now so let’s move on.

So here are my times and scores for this time:
ZWOD 1: 17.2.2014: 18 min and 20 sec
ZWOD 2: 18.2.2014: 13 min and 4 sec  2x3kg
ZWOW 3: 19.2.2014: 12 min and 11 sec  no weights
ZWOW 4: 20.2.2014:  time: ?  10kg weight
ZWOW 5: 21.2.2014: 4 rounds   2x 3kg
ZWOW 6: 22.2.2014: almost 5 rounds only 4JLK missing   8kg
ZWOW 7: 23.2.2014: 14 min and 22 sec
7.6.2012: 14 min and 30 sec     
          4.9.2012: 14 min and 17 sec
ZWOW 8: 24.2.2014: 14 min
          8.6.2012:11min and 9 sec +20 min skipping  
          5.9.2012: 14min and 28 sec
ZWOW 9: 27.2.2014: 3 rounds + 5PPT
9.6.2012: 3 rounds   6.9.2012: 3 rounds + 10SPU
ZWOW 10: 28.2.2014: 2 rounds + 13KJ   8kg
10.6.2012: 3 rounds    7.9.2012: 2 rounds + 6RB

March Calendar

So I’m continuing with ZWOWs this month and when I will feel like it I will add  ZCUT Cardio or jump rope and ZCUT Strength. I will schedule only workouts from Monday till Friday and have weekends off. Weather is becoming nicer so most of the time I will go out on the weekends with my husband so it will be active rest.

Here is my calendar for this month:

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3.3.2014: ZWOW 11: 5R+ 10SPU
14.3.2014: ZWOW 13:
ZWOW 15: 18 min and 21sec, 1.& 3.-2x 3kg,2.-3kg       +4km RUN
17.3.2014: ZWOW 21: 5R + 1BH
ZWOW 14: 16min and 30 sec, 2x 3kg                     +3km RUN
18.3.2014: ZWOW 22: 13min and 37sec
19.3.2014: ZWOW 23: 17min and 18sec

20.3.2014: ZWOW 24: 3R + 5DB    (from 2nd R after 5-modif.DB)
ZWOW 16: 3R + 5OL, 2x 4kg                      +3km RUN
21.3.2014: ZWOW 18: 25min and 34sec
ZWOW 19: 24min and 8 sec         (all PS chair modif.)
24.3.2014: ZWOW 17: 3R + 3WL
ZWOW 20: 10 min
ZWOW 25: 11min and 11sec, 2x 4kg
25.3.2014: ZWOW 27:       OS-4.5kg, WL-5.5kg
ZWOW 26:
26.3.2014: ZWOW 28: 3R + 6DK-R
27.3.2014: ZWOW 29: 3R + 50SH
29.3.2014: 4KM RUN
31.3.2014: ZWOW 31: 17min and 7sec

Peace and love, G.

Insanity – Round 2- Month 2 Calendar + Fast and Furious review

Month 2

Ok so my plan for this month is to survive all the workouts. In worst case I will reduce it to 5 workouts a week instead of 6. But I only started so let’s hope for the best.

I did the fit test and the first workout of the month 2 … it’s a killer no way that I can accomplish them one after the other one. I did the fit test before lunch and the second one before diner.

You can check my first attempt for month 2 week 1 workouts here .

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Fast and Furious review

This workout packs a 45-minute INSANITY workout into 20 crazy minutes. So if you only have time to plead temporary INSANITY, this one’s for you. It may be short, but dynamite comes in small packages too.
Here is how the actual workout looks like:
1. Warm-up
2. Stretching
3. Workout

  • Jog
  • Jumping Jacks
  • 123 Heisman
  • Jump Rope / High Knees
  • Fall Squats ( like Jumping Jacks but this time you are not touching the hands above your head but you are touching the ground instead)
  • Plank Squats

Remember this video is entitled Fast and Furious, so you are looking for both speed and form.

  • Sprints – High, Low, Floor / Moving Push-Ups
  • Power Knees / Diamond Jumps
  • Ski Abs / In & Out / Oblique Push-ups – crazy combination!
  • High Knee Oblique Twist
  • Burpee Push-up Jacks
  • Power Jumps
  • Football Rolls / Plank Holds
  • Plank Punches
  • 100 Meter Dash

4. Cool Down Stretch
Finished.

My opinion on the workout dvd:

Ok, where to start. Hmmm …. The way the video is arranged is just like the normal Insanity workouts, but only condensed into a 20 something minute workout. The format of this video is the same as the other Insanity DVD’s: Warm-up, Stretch, Workout, Cool Down, Finish as you can see in the breakdown above. The video has a long lead-in advertisement and a long Shakeology advertisement at the end!
Poor audio quality and camera work. The camera bouncing up and down as Shaun T moves up and down is annoying and amateur work.  Set up is in small gym (looks like apartment changed in the gym) … doesn’t seem like enough space for Shaun T and the girl and guy working out in the dvd,
Shaun T is certainly moving fast and driving the intensity, but there is a poor job of communicating with the home audience.The audio engineers did not capture his voice well enough to let you hear what he is saying all of the time. The group also shifts exercises without telling you, hopefully you have your eyes on the screen to catch it. This is the most random disorganized video I have ever seen. The transitions are terrible, there is no flow!
It is indeed an insane workout. Why? Because none of the three people working out (not even Shaun T) could keep up with the workout! It gets really insane in the middle when they do the fast phase workout and Shaun T kept saying you have to be ready! But none of them could do it! There’s one part when he says “I see no one jumping!” because they were all gasping for air including Shaun T! Total insanity!
Maybe I can understand that Shaun T needs some extra breaks because he is also talking during the workout … the Girl in the video is ROCK STAR (she was in previous workouts – Amber or something like that), but where the hell did they get the other guy!?! Mario or what was his name?! …complete idiot! ….doesn’t have a good form during the workouts …can’t keep up after 5 min in and he is just laughing – very funny that millions of people can see him on dvd how he makes fool of himself!
Definitely not good for beginners! It might be good substitute for normal Insanity workouts – especially for Pure Cardio on the busy days if you don’t mind the crap quality.
So I did it once but I just can’t follow something what looks like joke. I don’t think that I will do it again. Luckily I didn’t buy it myself, one of my friends did and I would recommend just send it back and get your money.
It could have been great workout if it was the same quality as the previous workouts. It’s a throw-away video that beach body decided to use to make more money. They should go back and send it as a free sample with other insanity DVDs or re-do it! Very disappointing.

Peace and Love, G.

Insanity – Round 2- Month 1 + Recovery Week

Month 1 Update

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I finished first month and of course it didn’t go as I planned .The last week of the month 1 I was down with flu so I was in the bed sleeping most of the time. 😦 But I was feeling better the following week so I continued with my schedule and did Core Cardio & Balance workout.

I still didn’t measure myself – silly me  >:o but I’m fine just with beating my scores on fit test and I’m really hoping that I will managed all workouts in month 2 – fingers crossed. O:)

So far I think I improved since my first attempt of Insanity. I can see it not only on my results on the fit test but also with my stretching – I’m able to go deeper and I’m getting more flexible. 🙂

And I did Fast and Furious workout once instead of Pure Cardio – just to try it out – review coming up soon…

Recovery Week Update

Ok so after one week off I was glad that it was recovery week. I was still feeling kind of tired and slow, but I wasn’t planning to skip any more workouts so I did my best. Starting slowly – I was taking many breaks the first two days but after that I was myself again and I finished the week strong.

My fit test Update:

FIT TEST 2Peace and Love, G.

Starting the new year with Insanity

January Workout Schedule – Insanity Round 2

I already started my new workout schedule! I was planning to start 1st of January but because it’s in the middle of the week and not on Monday when I usually start with the workout plans. This time is Sunday my first day and Saturday will be my rest day (because on this days we usually shop so it’s busy day for me).

I started with Insanity workouts again. 29.12 I did my first Fit Test again and I was killing it. I wasn’t hoping for such a good numbers after more relaxing weeks during December, but I’m very pleased with my scores and I have no idea how I will manage to beat the numbers next time.

First week is behind me and so far it feels almost like a first time I did the workouts, but I’m able to push myself more and I almost not taking any extra breaks. I’m loving the crazy cardio workouts but I’m not big fan of cardio recovery … looking forward to cardio,core & balance and month 2 workouts (fingers crossed that this time I will get trough the second month).

I still need to write down my measurements (this time into the calendar so I’m not searching for them everywhere like crazy). I will try to wear my heart rate monitor every time and maybe even write down my calorie burn for the workouts (if I finally find out how to do it).

Insanity – Fit Test – Round 2- Day 1

1.  Switch Kicks           112
2.  Power Jacks            60
3.  Power Knees            120
4.  Power Jumps            50
5.  Globe Jumps           12
6.  Suicide Jumps          23
7.  Push-up Jacks       30
8.  Low Plank Oblique      74

Insanity - January-2014

Peace and Love, G.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year everyone! May 2014 shine bright and fill your lives with health, happiness, prosperity and success!

New Year – Fresh Start

The New Year is a great time to add some healthy habits into a daily routine. And I’m not talking about New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t do those! Most of them don’t last past January and if they do mostly they end up shortly after. Why? Because you are setting the resolutions on what you should be doing instead on what you want! …so there is not much commitment or real motivation there. And again its holiday season you are in good mood you think you can fly at this point but after the holidays usually reality checks in again and you are busy with your life more and more….

Yes New Year is perfect time for fresh start…. Everything what happened or didn’t happen was LAST year. So stop thinking about that this year is another book in your life, now you have again 365 blank pages a front of you  so write them like you want…day by day.

If you want to change your life this year write down the goals you WANT to accomplish not that you SHOULD do! Write them down and put them somewhere where you can see them. Make visualization board which can inspire you to accomplish them. Be positive! Be patient! And believe that YOU CAN DO IT!

Make changes which will make YOU happy! Yes you can dream big but remember that nobody is perfect! One bad day or one small mistake doesn’t make the entire week bad and it doesn’t mean that you should quit completely.

For most people it’s new year beginning of new diet so why not try plant based one. Start with one plant based meal a day – for example breakfast and continue with lunches and dinners. Or start adding to your meals more and more fresh produce and then swap one meal to just plant based one. And if you see the benefits you can adapt vegan lifestyle. These days it is not so hard anymore. You can find many vegan substitutes for your previously favorite meals. Give it a try. You will feel better, you will look better. You will do something good not only for yourself, but for the animals and planet too.

Happy New Year everyone!

Please make some steps towards cruelty free lifestyle! And go vegan! Believe me you will feel better.

Peace and Love, G.

Slovak Christmas Recipes with Vegan Twist

christmas recipesMy Vegan Christmas in Slovakia

I’m originally from Slovakia so I will first describe what we usually did on Christmas when I was growing up.

We are celebrating Christmas on 24th – Christmas Eve. And you are not supposed to eat anything until dinner (fruit is allowed but nothing else) and on this day we usually have dinner around 4- 5 (depends on what is in TV), so it’s very early dinner or very late lunch. Most of the meals are prepared day before because it tastes better the next day when all the ingredients are well combined together.

After the table is beautifully decorated and two candles are lighted we sit down and start the dinner with Christmas oplátky (thin wafers stamped with a nativity scene). Once the oplatky have been shared, the meal begins with a toast of, usually, red wine or/and eggnog followed by Kapustnica (sauerkraut soup) with homemade pasta. Next come freshwater fish, usually floured and quickly fried. Carp, trout and white fish are common. Carp is served with potato salad. And later on we have some dessert – coconut balls and medovniky (something like gingerbread but made with honey not ginger). No one is allowed to leave the table until the meal is finished. After the dinner we open the presents and watch TV.

What we watch in TV during these holidays:

There are no Christmas without these Czechoslovakian classics:

Tři oříšky pro Popelku (Three Wishes for Cinderella) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070832/ , or/and

Perinbaba : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089800/?ref_=tt_rec_tt , Pyšná princezná, Princezná so zlatou hviezdou na čele Neboj sa, Byl jednou jeden král,….

and also Russian Mrázik http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058374/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

Our traditional Christmas recipes made Vegan

I’m really horrible with following recipes! And I almost never measure anything. But I will try my best to give you my version of the recipes so you can try them yourself.

Traditional Slovak Sauerkraut Soup

(without the spicy sausage or with some vegan alternative)
Ingredients:
500g Sauerkraut (homemade is best)
1 bottle of sauerkraut juice (if you don’t make your own it makes the soup more sour)
1/2-1tsp caraway seeds /cumin
1/2 tsp whole pepper corns
2 Bay leaves
1 Onion (dice it or leave it whole and you can remove it after the soup is done)
Dried mushrooms (soak for min 30 min and drain)
– water
Vegan spicy sausage (optional)
Sweet paprika or red pepper flakes (optional – adds nice color)
Directions:
Put all the ingredients into large pot except the optional ones and add water to fill up your pot. And cook on medium for 30 min (if it starts boiling lower the heat). Now add the vegan sausage, pepper flakes and cook further for 10-15 min and you are done. You can serve it with some eggless pasta (small shapes like stars or dice) or without pasta is also fine.

Vegan Mayo

We don’t use mayo at home, we buy tatarska omáčka. And I will try to give you the closest tasting thing to it. Vegan mayo basic recipe is adapted from: The Blender Girl the optional ingredients are my own and I also cutted oil from the recipe :http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/basic_raw_vegan_mayonnaise
Ingredients:
1/2 -1cup filtered water if you don’t have high speed blender you will need more water
1 cup organic raw cashews soaked for 2 hours (makes cashews more digestible and liquefy better)
1/4 cup raw cauliflower
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp coconut sugar or 1 chopped pitted date
3 Tbsp lemon juice or more to taste
a tiny 1/2 pinch of Celtic sea salt, Himalayan salt, or more to taste
Optional : dried onion, celery, carrot and parsley seasoning
Some extra fresh parsley
Directions:   
Put the water, soaked cashews, and cauliflower in your blender and add the water until combined well.
With the machine running on a low speed, slowly add the oil in one steady stream, and process until thick and creamy.
Place the mustard and vinegar, then rest of the ingredients into the blender to taste, and process until smooth. Add the lemon juice gradually to taste. Add in some more salt, mustard or lemon juice to taste until you create your perfect blend. Now add both optional ingredients or at least the fresh parsley in my opinion it makes it taste better and it’s also smells better. For the salad is better if the consistency of the mayo is more runny because the potatoes will absorb the liquid and you don’t want dry salad.

Potato Salad

Ingredients:
500g cooked and diced potatoes
250g Mixed frozen veggies ( carrot, peas & sweetcorn)
4-5 medium gherkins sliced
1-2 cups vegan mayo
Salt and pepper to taste
Lemon juice to taste
Directions:
Mixed all the main ingredients together and add lemon juice, salt and pepper to your liking. Serve with Fishless cakes (recipe below).
potato salad and fishless cakes

Fishless cakes

This recipe I found on the internet and I made some changes in it. It was big hit at home also my vegetarian sister and meat-eating part of the family liked it.
Makes 6-8 patties (depending on the size you want them)
Ingredients:
450g potatoes, peeled and diced
150g cannellini beans or any white beans
¼ cup gluten free flour
3 spring onions, finely chopped
¼ cup / 4 tablespoons fresh parsley
Juice of ½ lemon
2 tablespoons sunflower oil (I used EVOO)
2 tablespoons soya milk (I used water)
2 teaspoons kelp powder (I used seaweed)
¾ teaspoon ground sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
1 cup sesame seeds or breadcrumbs
Directions:   
Cook the potatoes until soft, by bringing to the boil in a pan of salted water, and then gently boiling for around 10 minutes. When cooked, leave to drain and cool slightly.
In a food processor, blend the beans, spring onions, parsley, kelp powder, oil, sea salt, white pepper and lemon juice. You want the beans to be well blended. Add the potatoes and milk, and blend further until well combined, then pulse in the wheat gluten flour. This will make the mixture drier and more malleable – like a very soft play dough.
Put sesame seeds (or you may use breadcrumbs,) into a small dish. Form the fishcake mixture into patties, and press each side of patty into the seeds, gently pressing around the sides too.
You can fry them on pan or also in the oven I baked them in the oven on 170°C 30 min (15 min on each side)without any oil
Serve them with vegan mayonnaise, a sprig of parsley and a wedge of lemon.

Vegan Christmas Liquor

Ingredients:
2 cups vanilla soymilk (you can use any dairy free milk preferably vanilla flavor or add vanilla extract)
1/4 teaspoon cloves  (I didn’t have any this time)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (I didn’t have any this time)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (I used 1 tsp)
½ cup of dark rum
2 teaspoons coconut sugar (maple syrup, stevia or agave)
Directions:
Blend all ingredients. Serve your delicious vegan eggnog over ice and dress with a sprinkle of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick for the perfect festive touch.

Date Balls

Recipe from : http://detoxinista.com/2013/09/date-energy-balls-vegan-paleo/
Serves: 24 or depends on size
Ingredients:
2 cups walnuts, or other nut/seed of choice
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 cups soft Medjool dates, pitted (I used some dried dates from normal shop and I did soaked them over night)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions:
In a large food processor fitted with an “S” blade, process the walnuts and coconut until crumbly. Add in the dates, coconut oil, vanilla and sea salt and process again until a sticky, uniform batter is formed.
Scoop the dough by heaping tablespoons, then roll between your hands to form balls. Arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then place in the freezer to set for at least an hour before serving. Store the balls in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for an even longer shelf life.
For a gourmet-looking truffle, you could also roll them in shredded coconut or cocoa powder before chilling!

Merry Christmas! Fill up your life with love, compassion, tolerance, peace and happiness. Happy Holidays.

Peace and Love, G.

December 2013

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I wish Happy Holidays to all my followers or just anyone who stops by. I know that this time of year can be pretty stressful just remember it’s not about what you spend on presents it’s about who you spend the holidays with.

I’m very happy that this year I will be spending my Christmas at home (after 2 years when we were not able to). I will be doing some vegan alternatives to our traditional Christmas recipes (hopefully my family will like it too – they still don’t like that we are vegans) and I will also share them on my blog- so check back for those.

December Workout Log

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Ok, here I go again. I changed my workout plan again. After finishing Insanity workout I was planning to start with Zuzka Light ZCUT Power Strength Series and maybe to combine it with Cardio Series but I choose my jump rope instead and another change came when we went abroad for holiday…we had some bad luck with our car and we spent double time on traveling. So no workout on 11th, than vet on 12th … Weekend – still stressed out from the journey so only long walks and from Monday I connected my xbox 360 – Kinect and I had some fun with Your Shape- Fitness Evolved 2012 (jump rope, cardio boxing, zen).

I like this workout game, it’s fun and challenging, doesn’t feel like workout until you get muscle pain on the next day  and it keeps my scores so I don’t need to write them down. And I can play it also with my family or friends (1-4 players). I usually do the same thing: jump rope, cardio boxing and zen just switching between the levels.

I think that for this week I will stick with my xbox and who knows what I will do next week maybe ZCUT but I have here only 1kg weights. And for the Christmas Eve I will do Insanity – Core Cardio and Balance and same I will do on New Years Eve.

Peace and love, G