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29 Mar, 2018

Whole 30: day 29 update and a lazy gal’s guide to fitness

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

Day 29! Day 29!

You’ll have to imagine me jumping up and down SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS.

I am feeling pretty good. If you look at what I’ve eaten this month I think you’ll see that I’ve been doing ok from a dietary perspective (aside from all of that bacon, of course. Sigh.)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have lost some weight. At this point, I’m not sure how much, but I wanted to mention that I haven’t made any drastic changes to my exercise routine during this time. Speaking of which, some of you might remember the seven-minute workout I mentioned in this post. Well, I did it for a few weeks, got sick, and then totally forgot about it. But these past few weeks I’ve fine-tuned something I’ve been calling my Lazy Gal’s Guide to Fitness. It includes these things:

  • A brisk 30-minute walk on the treadmill six days a week while I watch something indulgent on Netflix. (This 30 minutes includes some easy inclines and five minutes of punching the air with hand weights.) I’ve actually been doing this for a long time now. Right after that, I do…
  • 10 modified push-ups
  • plus a one minute plank
  • some gentle stretching.
  • Today, I think I’ll start adding ten triceps dips into the mix. They’re easy to do.

Basically, I chose the parts of the seven-minute work out that really worked for me and brought them back to my morning routine. I’m glad I did, because there are actually abs (!) underneath that muffin top and I think this is helping.

The other thing I do:

  • Move mindfully and with gusto.

Pushing a grocery cart across the parking lot, hoisting bins into the car, walking home with shopping bags, carrying laundry up the stairs, bending down and reaching for stuff around the house… I focus on my muscles and work them a bit harder. I think to myself: I can add a ten percent lift, stretch, lunge or hoist because I can. That’s the glory of it: Using our muscles because we are healthy and have muscles to use. Hallelujah!

I have one more post coming up about Whole 30 and then I think I’m done! It which will be about our experience overall, mixed in with a few other observations (remember, Mark did this with me!)  as well as some thoughts as I ponder life after Whole 30. This will be the post in which I also reveal a few key figures, so stay tuned. ;)



2 Responses to "Whole 30: day 29 update and a lazy gal’s guide to fitness"

1 | Jinjer

March 29th, 2018 at 8:18 pm


I’m really looking forward to the recap!!!

2 | andrea tomkins

April 2nd, 2018 at 2:58 pm


Just posted it! Thanks Jinjer. :)

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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