The trouble with most people is that they don’t hear any helpful information from someone, who is not famous. So, the fat stays with them for life. If Oprah told them what I say on this blog, these given people would lose weight. It is up to them!
JUST KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH YOU…..
REST IS A GREAT GIFT: I am glad the weekend is here. I am truly grateful to God for the gift of rest. I can rest fully. I had an interestingly busy week. I am glad that I would begin my vacation next week Thursday. It feels great.
I MET MY WEEKLY TARGET: Although my week was busy as crazy, I managed to find time to exercise, rest, and relax. What is very exciting is that I reached my weekly target of jumping 5000 counts per week. I hope that you too met your target for the week.
This morning I did 1, 100 jumps. I did not think that I was going to manage jumping at all because I worked the whole night last night until this morning. Yet, I did it after sleeping for at least 5 hours from 07:00hrs. I spent at least 16 minutes on jumping before resuming my work.
NEW IMAGE: I promised to share the pictures of my current weight. I am sorry that I won’t do it this week. The Nigerian repairing my camera has not yet completed fixing the lens. It fell and got stuck at some point. I cannot promise when I will post the pictures, but you will see them soon. Just keep checking my website. Otherwise, I lost a lot of weight because I cannot bend without some clothes falling off. I am excited about this weight loss. If I do not get the still camera next week, then I will use a video to post changes although I prefer the still camera.
Enjoy your weekend, and remember to do good for yourself and those around you…
@Chipo muponisi, unedited post
QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION:
I am not sure whether I follow what this question is all about. I am just wondering why someone would like to jump without clothes on! However, I hear you and I saw the seriousness in this question although I did not really get what you are trying to say. Below is my reply:
In terms of avoiding body aches: Generally, perhaps, I might not encourage anyone to jump without clothes—jumping naked—even when you are jumping alone at home behind those closed doors. Simply because, jumping is an exercise, which flips your body parts—up and down—as you jump. That is why; I recommended earlier on this blog that you wear a cycling pant and a breast holder if you are a female regardless of your weight and body size. Because, breasts and bums have a tendency of flipping—up and down—as you jump. Now, regardless of your body size, your breast and back would feel sore after jumping naked or without cycling pants and a breast holder, mostly if you are gifted with enough breasts and bums.
I do not want to sound stereotypical, but I cannot speak for a man, since I am not one and I have not discussed it with any man exercising with me because most of them wear the right kit. Yet, I assume that a man might require a cycling pant only if he is biologically male. It seems to me that a grown male might also have his private parts dangle as he jumps. Yet, I am not sure if he would be affected in any way. Horses do not wear pants as they run. Perhaps, a man being human, he might be affected…Let them reply to your question!
In terms of avoiding accidents: if you have either ceramic, cement or polished floor, I would not also recommend you to jump naked. You might wonder the connection between being naked and a slippery floor. If you are jumping enough, you would sweat enough. This means that when you have no clothes on, that sweat would drip down your body onto the floor. You can imagine what would happen if you slip on that sweat! I know that when one starts jumping and one is really enjoying the exercise, one is likely to develop a tendency of wanting to see oneself in a mirror. Eventually, one wants to see oneself jump in front of a full mirror especially after having lost weight. When you lose weight, trust me, your body becomes your sight of pleasure. So, you develop a desire to look at yourself in a way you never did before losing weight. Therefore, jumping naked is one of those things that some people engage in after having lost weight. That is why; I would recommend that an experienced trainer mentors you during the period you lose weight. There are also negative effects to weight loss as much as it is great. For example, some people do not just want to look at their bodies. They want other people to appreciate what they have become. Thus, they might engage in arguably risky social behaviours such as having multiple sexual practices to expose their bodies to others, they might impulsively pose nude around poles in pubs before total strangers, they might post nude pictures online without thinking about their careers, etc. This can also be a bad or bad thing depending on one’s beliefs, one’s age, one’s social practice, one’s values, etc. Thus, an experienced trainer must be around to guide you during this passing phase. It is a temporal obsession. It passes with time once you get used to a new body.
I hope that I answered some parts of your question because I did not approach this topic from the social values, which perhaps you expected me to discuss. Rather, I looked at it from the exercise point of view.
…and I hope that others would also share their views on this topic
@ Chipo Muponisi, unedited post
JUMP IN ARREARS:
There is no need for you to panic when you miss exercising for one or two days—or even a week—during your weight loss programme. This is your programme, which is designed by you in line with what you can or cannot manage. Therefore, there is no need to stress because you are the one in charge of your own programme. This means that you do only that which is feasible within your schedule.
However, it does not mean that you do not make efforts to produce great results for yourself. You must be very dedicated to your progress if you intend to reduce any weight. Fluctuations in exercises—such as today you exercise, and tomorrow you do not—are not a good thing. Therefore, when you spend one or two working-days without exercising, you must ensure that you find a way of exercising in arrears. Just like it is during exams, when you do not do well, you write your exams in arrears. Otherwise, if you do not exercise in arrears, you break the system and this retards weight loss progress. I am positive that you have noticed so far that when I miss a day of exercises, I find always a way of recovering my lost-exercising time. Remember that I did not jump on Tuesday this week—Dec. 11, 2012. Yet, today, I made sure that I recovered my lost time. I jumped for two days in a single day. Instead of doing 1, 000 jumps per day according to my daily target; I did this morning 2, 200 jumps from 10:36 to 11:14hrs, which is 38 minutes. It felt great jumping in arrears. By the way, my target during this phase of my weight loss programme is 1, 000 jumps per day, and 5000 jumps per week. So far this week, I have done already 4, 500 jumps, which means that I am remaining with 500 jumps for tomorrow—Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. If I want, I would jump only 500 to meet my weekly target, but if I want I would do more than that as usual. It feels great having a goal because it gives us a sense of purpose. If you exercise without a purpose, trust me, you would begin to feel overworked and it would not be easy for you to be dedicated. Therefore, if you set a goal, alongside your purpose, you would ensure to exercise in arrears.
@ Chipo Muponisi, unedited post
I have seen your comments. I will find time to respond to them on Saturday evening.
Jumping: I am still very busy. Yet, I stopped briefly to encourage you to continue exercising. On Monday, I did 1,100 jumps in 16 minutes. Today, I did 1, 200 in 20 minutes. Yesterday, I did not exercising because I slept during the larger part of the afternoon. I worked the whole night of the previous day. However, I made sure to follow other procedures.
Lemon Juice: I drank my freshly pressed lemon juice from Monday to date of 150mls juice per day, which is 450mls to date. I drank also 1 litre of warm water with some lemon fruit juice each day to flash the system. I have drank so far 3 litres of warm water.
Meals: I ate my meals breakfast, lunch and supper. I ensured to avoid under or over eating by monitoring my meals. I noticed that during to a busy schedule, I did not much variety in breakfast. It has been brown break with either fried eggs, or beans or cheese, tomatoes and onions.My lunch and supper has been fish, beans, cabbage, rice or bread.
Weight loss fluids:
I drank my afternoon fluids. On Monday, I drank 1.2 litres of Rooibos tea. Tuesday, I drank 900 mls and today, I drank 900mls of Rooibos teas.This is so far 3 litres of warm rooibos tea.
In the evening, I drank 300mls of Rooibos tea on Monday. I drank 300 mls on Tuesday. And, I drank 600mls today. This is so far a total of 1.2 litres.
Ha! Ha! Ha! I am glad that I am still smiling. It has been a busy week because everyone is rushing to go on vacation. The majority have already gone. IAnyway, we will soon be resting. So, we have to work now.
Enjoy your day…and happy holiday for those, who have already began holidaying…
@ Chipo Muponisi, unedited post
I want to apology. I promised that I was going to post my new weight today. I did not because of two reasons. First, I was extremely busy this week. I worked over night to meet my deadline. Second, my camera lens broke. So, it does not shoot pictures in the evening or when it is dark. I can only take pictures in the morning or afternoon light. I hope to find time next Friday. Therefore, make a date with me. You will see the effect of jumping over a rope.
HERE IS THE SECRET ABOUT COMPUTERISED INDOOR BICYCLE CYCLING FOR WEIGHT LOSS
I am not saying that a computerised-indoor-cycling-bicycle does not help to lose weight. I am saying that there are some reasons, which make computerised-indoor-cycling-bicycles fail to work effectively in weight loss programs. I am now revealing a secret, which most trainers do not tell you about these computerised-indoor-cycling-bicycles. Here is the secret: these bicycles give you access to either loosen or tighten the tension of your bicycle while exercising. This is the main problem. To start with, most people do not set the cycling tension at the level, which they are uncomfortable with. They set it often at a level they can manage. Is this what you are doing? If so, you won’t lose weight. You would simply keep fit. To lose weight, you need to set your cycling bicycle at a tension, which makes you feel unconformable cycling. It does not need to be extremely uncomfortable, but it must be enough to make your heart beat fast, and your breath calling for your attention. Your upper lip is likely to feel very warm and moist. Then, you would know that you are cycling enough to lose weight. It is empowering for you to be the person changing the tension of your own cycling bicycles from soft to hard and vice versa. Yet, it is problematic as the same time because most people do not keep cycling on a hard tension. They resort quickly to a soft tension, which makes it is hard losing weight.
I want you to think about what you often do when exercising. Do you often set your cycling bicycle at the tension and pace, which you are comfortable with? Or, do you keep clicking between the soft and hard tension, and between the slow and fast pace? If you cannot remember what you normally do, I want you to monitor your actions while exercising on a computerised-indoor-cycling-bicycle.
I observed—and this is the secret—that most people reduce the tight tension and pace often while exercising before they can even get a proper heat beat, which leads to sweating. This is problematic because once they feel that tightness in the calves, legs, muscles, and once their breath seems to escape their bodies, they reduce the tension and pace to manageable ones. Therefore, there is no continuity with the heart beats. When this occurs, you would not lose weight. If you do, it would be very minimal weight loss. You are likely to keep fit, but the exercise would not induce serious changes.
I would recommend three things:
- If you have a computerised-indoor-cycling-bicycle, find someone to disconnect the computer from this specific bicycle. Then, let that someone set the bicycle at a tension, which you are not completely comfortable with. A tight tension makes your heart beat fast and makes you ooze enough sweat from your body. This is what I did with my computerised-indoor-cycling-bicycle. There is a minor disadvantage with this is adjustment. You are deprived of the basic information, which reflects on your computer while exercising. You would not know how your heart is beating, the amount of calories you reduce per cycling session, etc. It would require that you buy a calorie and/or heart beat monitor. It is not a big issue. It is best that you buy one, which you wear like a wrist watch.
- If you can, I would recommend that you buy a manual-indoor-cycling bicycle. It is old fashion but it works extremely well. It comes from the factory set already at a tension, which helps people on average to lose weight. The only challenge with manual-indoor-cycling bicycle is that it is not computerised, so you cannot tell the amount of weight, which you lose while exercising. You cannot check your calories loss, etc. This is not a huge problem. You can rectify it by buying a calorie and/or heart beat monitor.
- If I can convince you enough, I would simply recommend you to try jumping over a rope. All you need is buying a jumping rope, and jump for at least 10 to 30 minutes daily for five days per week. I have posted already samples of how to jump. So, you have a starting point. If you jump wrongly, you would not manage jumping for 2 minutes. Yet, if you follow my instructions, you realise that jumping is very easy, and that you can jump as long as you want with ease. The disadvantage with jumping is about knowing how to jump. This disadvantage disappears once you know how to jump. Do you think that jumping is really hard? If jumping was that hard, most Stars would not embrace it. You have a huge list of Stars, who have lost weight through jumping, and who maintain weight through it. The list of these Stars is endless. These Stars include musicians, models, movie-stars, rugby players, boxers, etc. Try it! It might just work for you to turn you a special star in your own right. Stay blessed!
Make a jumping rope your best friend because it works
I want to re-echo that jumping over a rope works. It induces weight loss. It helps your heart beat fast and release sweat in the process. If you recall our earlier topic about sweat, I said that it is not every sweat, which is an indicator of weight loss. Yet, if you sweat as a result of making the heart beat fast through exercises, that particular sweat is a great sign for weight loss.
This week, I took pictures with my mobile phone on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to show sweat, which emanates from the body due to jumping over a rope (See below). Trust me! It would have been dripping sweat if I had worn a jersey and scarf during exercises. This week I did not wear my keep fit kit during exercises because it was dirty. I did not do my laundry because I was very busy. You would have seen how I drip with soaked when I exercise in a jersey and scarf.
The Weekly overview of my weight loss
I exercised five days a week from Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 (Day 29) to Friday, Dec. 8, 2012 (Day 33). As usual, I pulled through despite having the most crazy schedule, which I have ever had this entire year. I slept only two nights, and worked 3 nights out of five working days. I am grateful to God that I managed to reach both my work and exercise targets for the week. I am also grateful to God for the gift of a weekend.
- I prayed each day within a total of 46 minutes (Mon=10mins, Tues=06mins, Wed=15mins, Thurs=05mins & Fri=10mins).
- In five days, I drank 500mls of very concentrated lemon juice, which I pressed from 9 fresh lemons. I drank this juice daily immediately I wake up. Fresh lemons help melt the grease in your system.
- I drank 5.6 litres of warm water, which was at least 1 litre per day, and at times 1.3 litres per day. I added some lemon or pineapple juice to this water. I flash my system daily with at least 1 litre of warm water before eating anything, and after at least 10-30 minutes of having drunk the concentrate fruit juice.
- I jumped 6, 500 counts for five days (Mon=1,100, Tue=1,300, Wed=1,500, Thurs=1,200 & Fri=1,400 jumps). I stretched my body joints and muscles. I spent a total of 2 hours 25 minutes both jumping and stretching my body in five days. On Monday and Tuesday, I used a fast technique to stretch my entire body in very few minutes, between 5 to 8 minutes each day. Later, I resumed to my normal routine.
- I had all my meals, except on Tuesday when I went to the supermarket during breakfast hour.
- I drank my afternoon weight loss fluids. On average I drank 600 to 900 mls of rooibos tea in the afternoon between 12 and 17:00 hours.
- Comments: I am very happy that I have come this far. I wish the same for you.
@Chipo Muponisi, unedited post
Today, makes 30 days, since I started exercising for my weight loss programme on November 05, 2012 during my last phase this year. I am excited because I shade off the weight I wanted to get rid off. However, I will continue exercising until December 20th in time for the Christmas period. I will check the weight lost this Friday. So, make a date with me.
JUMPING: Yesterday, I jumped 1, 100 counts. Because of my busy schedule, I used two systems to jump. First, I jumped 500 counts at once in a single session. Second, I did 600 jumps intermittently, over a period of hours, from 08:08 to 16:55 hrs. This means that after writing for two hours, I would stop for at least 3 to 4 minutes to do at least 100 jumps per session, to stretch my body, and to drink fluids.
Body Stretches: Because of the busy schedule, I used a system of exercises, where you stretch the entire body joints and muscles at once, in a single posture, for five minutes. I am sure that your physical trainers have taught you about this method. What do you do? You lie flat on your back on a flat surface, preferably a floor. Then, you left your body, while curving it upwards so that ONLY your shoulders and heels (foot) touch the floor. Make sure that your arms are stretched fully alongside your body, and that your palms are facing upwards with your finger tips stretched pointing towards the floor, and that your elbows are completely off the floor. Once you balance your body properly, start pulling your muscles and joints carefully from the toes working your way upwards to your head. Once ALL your muscles and joints are stretched fully, then pull them all at once, breathing in and out deeply for at least five minutes. Once you know this method, perhaps, you will never want to spend long hours exercises. It is very effective. It is taught mainly to martial arts so that they can learn how to prepare their bodies in a quickest possible way. It is also used in reflexiology although it is simplified there because you lie completely flat on the floor.
Thus, today, I did the same exercises with some slight modifications. I did a total of 1, 100 jumps in 15 minutes continuously from 09:10 to 09:25 hrs. I did also 200 jumps in the evening. I did a total of 1, 300 jumps per day. I stretched my entire body in about five minutes.
Fruit Juice: I drank 150mls of freshly pressed-concentrated-lemon juice (from 3 medium size lemons) just 10 minutes before jumping. You should always remember to allow time to pass after you drink the fruit juice before drinking the warm water. It is important for the fruit juice to melt the greasily oils in your system. Anyway, today, I drank lemon juice again.
Warm Water with Fruit Juice: Yesterday morning, I drank 1 litre of warm water, which contained about 50mls of lemon juice right at the onset of jumping. Today, I drank the same amount of warm water with some lemon juice in it during the jumping exercise. Please, remember that warm water with a touch of fruit juice, helps to flash your system.
Prayer and/or Meditation: I am never too busy to pray and/or meditate. Prayers and meditation balance me during a very busy schedule. The first thing, which I do early when I wake up, is to pray and meditate. I do the same before bedtime. This is a Biblical meditation, but not the void meditation.
Breakfast: Yesterday, I had my quick breakfast. I had homemade round-bread rolls with margarine and Rooibos Tea. Today, I rushed to the supermarket in the morning. Thus, I did not have my breakfast, instead, I had brunch when I returned to my flat because I spent my breakfast hour at the supermarket.
Lunch: Yesterday, I had beetroot, carrots, and cabbage for salads. I ate rice and roasted fresh fish in ginger, garlic, and tomato soup (I will post this recipe later in the week). I had biscuits and tea as well as pineapples for a dessert. Today, I ate brown bread sandwiched with cheese, onion, and tomatoes. I drank rooibos tea with milk. I ate sweet corn for dessert.
Afternoon Fluids: Remember that fluids are always important during weight loss. So, yesterday, I drank 900mls of warm-hot Rooibos tea. Today, I drank 1 litre of hot Rooibos tea in the afternoon. This tea is energetic, but remember to take your multivitamin.
Supper: Yesterday, I ate rice and fish, which were afternoon leftovers. I drank 2 mugs of Rooibos tea (600mls). Today, I had a special meal. I ate pap with Indian-fried okra, kapenta (dry small fish) and cabbage. I had Rooibos tea with 1 slice of buttered toasted bread for dessert.
Comments: I am happy that despite having a very tight schedule, I was able to jump and stretch my body. Interestingly, this means that it is important to develop a flexible exercise routine, which can befit the relevant situation. It means also that one must have the ability to learn different styles of exercising so as to apply those exercises, which befit the situation. It connotes the idea that if one is a debutant, one must learn from one’s physical trainer about the basic methods of conducting effective exercises within the shortest possible time. My hope is that once one learns the shortcuts to exercises, one does not substitute always the relevant long exercises with short ones. Plausibly, sufficient exercises are important because one is able to find oneself when spending enough time during exercises. We listen also to our bodies during ample exercises. Although we can listen to our bodies with a short time, that is not enough to feel each specific muscle and joint. We pay specific attention to those areas, which need proper care during exercises.
I hope that you are also working towards a target, perhaps, towards Christmas so that you might feel as great as you would look during the festival season. All the best of wishes for your exercises and festival plans!
@ Chipo Muponisi, unedited post
I hope that you are still exercising. I am exercising despite a very tight schedule.
You have come a long way. Today is day 29. Therefore, remember to exercise; drink enough fluids; eat only enough food; and rest well to shade off extra weight. I will meet you this Friday…Those of you who have shade off weight, share your pictures with others…