My Fitness Program Book is Here!

My Fitness Program Book is Here!

I love creating workout routines for myself and others. Recently, I created an at-home, 16 week fitness program and it is finally ready on Amazon!

In this post, I will be discussing more about it.

Why I love working out at home

I have been working out at home for many years now and will continue to for as long as I am able to workout! Here are the reasons as to why I like it so much:

  • No mirrors- I do not like seeing myself workout. In order to see if my form is correct, I just ask my husband.
  • Never busy- When I am working out at home, I do not have to be worried about a lot of people being around. I found this overwhelming when I was working out in gyms.
  • No sharing and waiting- Because I am at home, I do not have to share my equipment with others. I also do not have to wait for equipment.
  • No germs from a bunch of people- I am a germaphobe so working out at home lets me avoid the massive amounts of germs that can be found at gyms.
  • The entertainment of my choice- I can choose what I want to have on while I am working out instead of having to suffer through someone else’s choice.

Although I don’t have very much equipment, I have been able to get in the best shape of my life!

The 16 week workout program

This at-home workout program is 16 weeks long. It has four, four week exercise routines. Each routine has six days a week of workouts which includes four days of weightlifting (with cardio) and two days of cardio/abs.

I mainly use Powerblock adjustable weights and a cardio ladder for my workouts. You can use and/or get whatever exercise equipment you want though.

The weightlifting workouts are arranged differently with a few moves switched out here and there. This is so that you don’t get bored of doing the same old thing for 16 weeks. You can also make changes such as choosing substitutions for some moves, not doing all three sets, not doing the cardio and/or using body weight only.

In regards to the cardio and abs days, you are to choose what you want to do. I give suggestions but it is all up to what kind of equipment you have at home, your fitness level and what you actually desire to do on each of those particular days.

Remember that it is all about the quality of your workout rather than the amount of time you spend doing it. For example, doing 1.5 hours of steady state cardio on your cardio days is not that much better than doing a 30 minute HIIT workout.

What is in the book

The book is a total of 129 pages long. It includes the following:

  • Descriptions and explanations of the workouts
  • Goal sheets
  • Four workout routine sheets
  • 112 exercise and diet log sheets
  • two bonus workouts to try

Before you start the workout routines, there is a goal sheet. That is where you can think of the goal that you want to meet at the end of the program. It can be to lose weight, maintain weight, get stronger etc. There are then subsequent goal sheets to document your progression towards your goal (s).

With the book you are able to reference the workout you are on and write down how things went for each session-all in one place. The log sheets include places to write how much weight you lifted, the amount of sets you did, what kind of cardio you did, the difficulty of the exercise moves and what you ate.

The two bonus workouts include a tough full-body circuit and a high intensity cardio ladder workout. I would encourage you to try them sometime! They are two of my favorite workouts.

Near future plan for this book

I am looking into “beefing” this book up in the near future. By this I mean that I hope to add better descriptions, pictures and whatever else I can think of.

I also plan on creating another fitness program! There are more workout routines that I would love to share.

It is rough right now with me not having a job because I need money to make the high-quality products I want to offer. Hopefully I will find employment soon.

I would love your opinion!

It would be awesome if you tried my program. If you do, please let me know your opinion of it. I would love some feedback on it.

You can find the book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09GTBZHHX

What kind of workouts have you been doing lately?

Thanks for reading!

#homegym #fitness #mirrorworkout #weighlifting #HIIT #cardio #workout #health

Dietland + Review

Dietland + Review

I love a good show. There are so many different ones from different genres that I have enjoyed watching and I am always on the lookout for more.

A while back I came across the show called, Dietland. This is based off a book of the same name. After watching all of the episodes of the show, I decided to read the book.

For this post, I wanted to talk about Dietland and give my take on it.

The premise of Dietland

Both the book and movie have the main character whose name is Plum Kettle. She is a ghostwriter for a high fashion magazine and works mainly from home or a local coffee shop.

Plum is obese and is considering weight loss surgery. As the show/book go on she meets a group of people that are all about loving and finding power in themselves as women.

There is also a group of women who kidnap and kill men who had been allegedly assaulting women and young girls. Plum eventually gets sucked into this mission, too.

The readers and viewers get to see how she handles things when she delves into both of these worlds.

Dietland topics

There are several topics that Dietland (both the book and movie) touch on. They are as follows:

  1. Body image- There is a lot of talk about character’s bodies and how they see themselves because of them.
  2. Feminism- Women’s rights are discussed a lot. The two groups that the main character finds herself getting into are based on feminism.
  3. Dieting and societal weight loss obsession- Plum’s obesity is focused on a lot. She has done many diets since she was young and still struggles with finding the right diet as an adult.
  4. Fat acceptance- Plum tries to accept her body the way it is after a while.
  5. Standards of beauty- Dietland goes into what is and is not considered beautiful in our society. It also talks about all the things that women feel they have to go through to look good.
  6. Dating/Relationships- Plum tries her hand at dating which ends up being unsuccessful due to a couple of different reasons. It highlights the fact that appearance means so much to some people in terms of getting started with dating even if they are “clicking” personality wise.

There may be other elements in the show and book but the above list includes the main ones.

Differences between the book and show

There are some differences that you will find if you read the book and watch the show. Without giving too much away, they are as follows:

  1. Character addition- A couple characters were added to the show that were not in the book.
  2. Time spent on some characters/events- A couple of the characters/events played bigger roles on the show than the book and vice versa.
  3. Character descriptions- A couple of the character’s appearances, race and sex were changed on the show.

My review of Dietland

I first read about Dietland (the show) in Time Magazine just before it was to start airing. It sounded really interesting and I was excited about it.

I absolutely loved the first episodes and was eager to watch all of the others ones whenever they were available on Amazon Prime Video. Since I like to make lists, here is a list of some specific things I loved about it:

  1. Joy Nash, the actress that plays Plum (main character)- She is such a wonderful actress! I also think she is really pretty.
  2. Plum (main character)- I find her cool and smart. I would love to be a writer like her so I could work from anywhere. Definitely not doing the same kind of writing though.
  3. The underground beauty “closet”- I do not want to give too much away but I found it to be pretty cool.
  4. The radical feminist group story line- The drama and mysteriousness of the group of women killing specific men brought a layer of tension to the story. This made it even more interesting because I was curious to know what was happening.
  5. Weight loss program back story- There is a fictional weight loss program (supposed to be like WW, I think) that the main character was on. It was interesting to hear the story (fake story that is) behind it.
  6. Female empowerment- I loved the scenes that were about finding strength within.
  7. Special effects- The show included some animation. I found that it further helped to move the story along in a unique way.

There are even more things that I loved about the show but I will stop here.

As far as the book goes, I did not enjoy it as much as the show. The book’s story was more all over the place, dry and the main character was not as likeable as she seems in the show version.

Give Dietland a try!

The show version of Dietland (available on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video) was great in my opinion with its engrossing story and strong acting performances. I would highly recommend this. It can be a wonderful thing to watch as part of a self-care routine!

Have you read or watched Dietland? If so, what did you think about it?

Thanks for reading!

#dietland #saraiwalker #diets #feminism #women #weightloss #beauty #streamingservices #hulu

Period Power Book+ Review

Period Power Book+ Review

I love to read stuff about women’s health. The topic is just really interesting to me.

 Previously, I did a review of a book about women’s health. It had some good information in it and I overall enjoyed it. I came across another one about periods called, Period Power by Maisie Hill and I just had to buy it.

This post will discuss the book’s content and my personal opinions about it.

About the author

The name of the author is Maisie Hill. She has training and education in Chinese Medicine acupuncture, Abdominal Therapy, aromatherapy, reflexology and women’s health. She is also a birth doula.

She wants to help other women with their hormones and menstrual problems they may have.

About her book

Period Power was written to show women how to gain control of their hormones and make them work for us. There are a few different ways to do that and going by this book is supposed to be one of them

The very first section of the books is all about sex education. It goes into anatomy, hormones, ovulation and menstruation. This is to give readers a further understanding of their bodies so that the rest of the book makes more sense.

The second section goes into the cycle tracking strategy that the author came up with (called, The Cycle Strategy), why it is good to track your cycles and how to track them.

The Cycle Strategy has the different parts of our menstrual cycle broken up into different seasons. Winter is during the menstruation time, spring is the time before ovulation, summer is the time around ovulation and autumn is the time before your period.

After a brief description of how The Cycle Strategy works, the author then goes into detail about each menstrual cycle “season.” She talks about what the hormones are doing, good/bad things that may happen, things to avoid during that time and what can help for the issues one may face during each season.

The remaining topics given information on in the book include birth control methods, hormonal changes throughout the years, self-care as it relates to our cycles and conditions that have an effect on our hormones.

At the end of the book, the author shows an example of The Cycle Strategy tracking dial as well as gives resources for readers to seek out.

My opinion

Period Power was packed with great information. Even though I have read a lot about women’s health, I still was able to enjoy it and gain some new knowledge from it.

Just like with everything, it is not perfect. Here are my likes and dislikes of this book:

Likes-

*Amazing information provided in the first section of the book (sex education refresher!).

*The Cycle Strategy: I loved this new way of thinking about and tracking my menstrual cycle.

*What women may feel during each day of their cycles: Even though I have read about what feelings our hormones cause and even have the Hormone Horoscope app, I still learned some new things.

*Even though I do menstruate regularly, I appreciated how the author gave an alternative way to track a cycle for women that are not regular.

*Lots of information on self-care

*Great and thorough information on hormonal-related conditions

*Interesting and informative chart about all the different types of birth control.

*Information about how our hormones change over the years.

Dislikes-

*Author’s writing voice seemed to have a judgmental tone at times.

*Although I liked the birth control information, the author seemed to denounce using them a bit.

*There was part of the book where she talked about period euphoria. It was kind of weird. Like, what the hell?

I highly recommend Period Power

Reading this book was a pleasure and I am glad I bought it. It went over things I already knew in a different way and I learned some new things as well.

I would recommend this for any woman/non-binary person who wants to learn more about our specific, sexual and hormonal health.

Thanks Maisie Hill!

#periodpower  #periods  #menstrualcycle  #womenshealth  #hormones  #books

How I Practice Self-Care

How I Practice Self-Care

Happy fall!

This year has been so bad in my opinion. It also has seemingly dragged on for a very long time.

I just wanted to discuss the problems I have had throughout 2020 so far and how I try to make myself feel better from time to time.

This year can kick rocks

I, like many others, had hope for this year. Then the pandemic happened and that hope went flying away.

2020 was supposed to be a start-over year for me. I was unemployed all of 2019 due to the stress of running a home daycare. Things were going okay until I took a virtual assistant position that turned out to be a scam.

I lost a good deal of money that I had saved up and I still owe my parents money to this day because they helped me out. Talk about shitty!

Here are all of the problems I have had so far in 2020:

  1. Felt like I had to start doing daycare again because I have no other job prospects.
  2. The pandemic happened.
  3. Could not even get started doing daycare due to the pandemic.
  4. Got rejected from every single remote position I applied to.
  5. Got sick with COVID-19 in early March.
  6. I have been experiencing post-COVID symptoms since the end of March.
  7. I really want to get blood work and scans done but I can not get a referral due to my doctor thinking it is just anxiety.
  8. I am always worried about being reinfected and the next infection killing me.

Needless to say, I am not having a good time and I do not think many people are either.

Trying to feel better

It is a good idea to practice self-care in these times. I have been trying to do this more instead of constantly reading about all of the bad things that are happening and how I might die a horrible death soon.

In the past few months, I started getting into women’s fiction books. The specific author I really like the most is named, Barbara O’Neal. Her books leave me feeling good inside and have been a perfect escape for me.

Barbara has about 13 books available to buy on Amazon and I am quite certain that I will read all of them! Here are the ones I have read so far and my opinions on them:

The premise for this book is that of a woman finding out that her sister who she thought was dead, is very much alive. This prompts her to try and get in contact with her again.

This is the very first book that I read by Barbara and I am so glad I bought it! Its time on the bestselling list was rightfully deserved. The characters were well developed and the descriptions of the settings were beautiful.

It was an all-engrossing read that I highly recommend to others.

The premise of this book is that of a woman finding out that she inherited a large estate from her mother after her passing. As she tries to figure out what she is going to do about the estate, she gets to uncover her mother’s secrets.

I loved this book and found it really cool. I was very eager to find out what the secrets were and why her mom was hiding the information. It was hard to put down and I read it in about two days.

I highly recommend this book!

The premise of this book is that of an aging, food blogger who meets with other bloggers to decide who gets to inherit her farm. She has to choose between three women with different backgrounds and back stories.

I loved this book and it took me only a day to read it. The fact that it was about bloggers was what made me buy it in the first place. It had great character development and the graphics of their blog posts sprinkled throughout the book, made it all the more interesting.

I would recommend this one, too!

This is the book that I am currently reading from the author. It is just as wonderful as the other ones!

These are the books I have on deck. I am excited to delve into these stories next.

Books, a nice cuppa tea and ambience

I have been sitting down with these books with a cup of hot tea beside me. Doing this is unbelievably relaxing.

Another thing I added a couple days ago into my book reading times is playing nice ambience sounds. It just ties everything together for a great experience.

There are so many ambience videos on YouTube to choose from. This is one I really like:

Self-care is important for all!

We need to take care of ourselves, physically and mentally. Times are really rough right now and it is imperative that we stay as healthy as possible.

I have been struggling a lot this year and my self-care moments really give me some relief.

How are you guys handling this crazy pandemic and what are you doing for self-care?

Thanks for reading!

#selfcare #womensfiction #books #bookworm #tea #coffee #covid19