30-Day Challenge: Day #16 […and the World of Size Zero]

30-Day Challenge (Day16)

Do you ever eavesdrop?

I’m not normally one who likes to eavesdrop on other people’s conversation, except I couldn’t help but listened in on one on my train ride home from work today.

I was sitting beside two girls who started going off about some dress they saw at a store. The one girl was complaining to her friend about how fat she was, and how her diet wasn’t helping her lose enough weight to fit into it. She had been scaling back on her portions, omitting a bunch of stuff I didn’t care to remember, and counting calories. Her goal had been to fit into this dress. Everything was about this DRESS. My brain couldn’t help but imagine someone trying to squeeze their way into a ridiculously tiny, doll-sized dress (which eventually turned into a picture of a sausage casing ready to explode).

Yes, I know. I’m a terrible person.

So I did what any eavesdropper would do – the little shifty-eye, peek through the lashes thing – so I can see this girl. “Dress” Girl, probably in her mid-20s, could not have been more than a size 4. I sat there in disbelief as she continued on and on about how FAT she was, and how obsessed she was with a number.

Oh, how we have become doomed by this world of size ZERO!

When did being healthy get replaced with a need to be a certain size or weight? Being skinny does not mean you’re healthy. People are always trying to be thin, and it’s one of the main reasons why we start exercising. Lose weight, more weight, and even more weight! No matter how much we lose, we are never satisfied. We’ve become so fixated on a number or a specific body shape that we are so highly critical of ourselves and always striving for “physical perfection”. The societal idea of the perfect body continuously changes over time, and we are forever trying to catch up to that expectation. We have become so influenced by the glossy magazine covers of heavily photoshopped models – and this obsession drives us to set unrealistic standards, eventually causing unnecessary physical and emotional distress.

But I will never try to fit into THAT DRESS. I will never try to follow society’s idea of the “perfect body”, because I love the way mine is. Sure, it’s not perfect. I’d be lying to you if I said I’ve never criticized my own body – that’s just the way we are all wired. I’ve had body image issues growing up, but never once have I stopped eating or go on crazy diets just to look a certain way. Looking and feeling amazing comes from within, and it’s something that I always try to remind myself. I would never do something just for the sake looking good in clothes, or spend my time chasing after a number. I’d rather go up a size and be fit, than sausage case myself in a tiny dress.


Anyway, I ramble way too much.

Day #16 is back to the skipping and 30-second routines. Today’s exercise is fairly lengthy, and unfortunately, I didn’t really have the energy to focus. Maybe I’m just overly tired, but I didn’t push myself very hard during the sets. Well, at least tomorrow is a rest day. Phew.

Here is Lisa’s workout taken her workout directly from her website with some of my modifications, and the link to her video.

DAY #16:

Timer is set to 10 seconds rest & 30 seconds work. The first 10 seconds is a break, followed by 30 seconds of skipping, 10 seconds break, and a 30-second round of an exercise (listed below).

There is a weighted burnout at the end for 10 seconds rest & 30 seconds work (no skipping between rounds).

Section 1  Full Body Blast:

  1. 1 x Push-Up, Spider Push-Up (L&R) + Oblique Twist (L&R) [using Hand Weights]
  2. Chest Press with Reverse Curl Legs [using Hand Weights]
  3. 10 Mountain Climbers & 2 Tuck Jumps
  4. Clean & Press  & Push-Up [using Barbell]
  5. Burpees
  6. Get Ups [using Medicine Ball]
  7. Hanging Knee Raisers
  8. Superman Push-Ups
  9. Mountain Climbers
  10. One Arm Push Ups (L&R Alternate)
  11. V Abs Tuck Abs
  12. Seated Oblique Twists [using Medicine Ball]
  13. Shoulder Press [using Barbell]
  14. Surfer Switch Jump & Push-Up Burpee
  15. Jack Knife Abs [using Hand Weights]
  16. One Arm Clean & Press (Left) [using Hand Weights]
  17. One Arm Clean & Press (Right) [using Hand Weights]
  18. Overhead Abs [using Hand Weights]
  19. Weighted – 10 Mountain Climbers & 10 High Knees [using Medicine Ball]
  20. Lunge & Twist [using Hand Weights]
  21. Bike Abs
  22. Tricep Dips
  23. Hip Swing [using Hand Weights]
  24. Pull-Ups Push-Ups
  25. Upright Row & Bent Over Row [using Barbell]
  26. Squat & Calve Raises [using Barbell]
  27. Elevated Push-Ups
  28. Squat Jumps
  29. 1 Jump Forward & 1 Jumps Back
  30. Ninja Tuck Jump
  31. Touch Toe Abs (L&R Alternate) [using Hand Weights]
  32. Diving Knee Tucks

(One Round Rest)

Section 2 – Movement & Strength:

  1. Push-Up, Clean & Press  [using Barbell]
  2. Squat & Press  [using Barbell]
  3. Tuck Abs
  4. 1 Arm Clean & Press, Squat & Press & Push Up (L&R Alternate) [using Hand Weights]
  5. Lunge & Twist (L&R Alternate) [using Hand Weights]
  6. Dive Bombers
  7. Left Woodchop [using Medicine Ball]
  8. Right Woodchop [using Medicine Ball]
  9. 10 High Weighted Knees & 10 Mountain Climbers [using Medicine Ball]
  10. Push Up & Plank Row [using Hand Weights]
  11. Chest Press & Reverse Curl Legs [using Hand Weights]
  12. Lunge & Press  [using Hand Weights]
  13. Figure 8′s [using Medicine Ball]
  14. Standing Fly’s [using Hand Weights]

(One Round Rest)

Section 3 – Weighted Burnout: (no skipping in between sets)

  1. Straight Abs (Knees Up)
  2. Bicep Curl [using Hand Weights]
  3. Oblique V Abs Left
  4. Tricep Dips
  5. Tuck Abs
  6. Chest Press [using Barbell]
  7. Oblique V Abs Right
  8. Upright Row [using Barbell]
  9. Squats [using Barbell]
  10. Push-Ups
  11. Flys [using Hand Weights]
  12. Lunge & Twist (L&R Alternate L&R) [using Hand Weights]
  13. Pull Ups Push-Ups
  14. Reverse Curls
  15. Shoulder Press [using Barbell]
  16. Bent-over Row [using Barbell]
  17. Clean & Press [using Barbell]

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