How I lost 10 lbs in a month — without a gym membership.

This post is for educational and entertainment purposes only.

Hawaii was a month away so I needed to act fast. Unfortunately, my trip to the islands had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. All I have to say is that it’s been a crazy 2020 thus far. Especially with the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others who passed away in that helicopter crash. I have to admit, I’m still having a tough time accepting it, plus I haven’t completely gotten over the death of Nipsey Hussle either.


Moving forward, I wanted to share my workout routine with you. From the beginning to the end. I’m not fitness instructor nor am I a personal trainer. I don’t even work at a gym! 🤣 But if you plan on following my routine, awesome! Remember to move slowly first then gradually increase your sets.

Please consult your physician before beginning this or any exercise program! As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint or dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately.

  1. 20 minutes of stretching — arms, legs, your ass, your back ( I will show you how I stretch my back in another post)
  2. 15 minutes of jump rope (best cardio ever) or you can walk on a treadmill for an hour or…
  3. Do Burpees – 15 to 20 of them to get your heart going. Or…
  4. Shadow box! But if you have a heavy bag, that’s awesome! Put on your hand wraps, your gloves and be ready to punch the bag. Hit the bag with straight jabs for 3 minutes without stopping.
  5. 15 lb kettlebell workout. If you don’t own a kettlebell you can use a 15 lb dumbbell. If you would like to order a kettlebell, you can find one Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2wfRVBt
  6. For beginners, here’s a good 15 minute Kettlebell workout video that you can follow on YouTube: https://youtu.be/pTVZs7aYrHw
  7. 3 sets of 25 stomach crunches.
  8. Squats! This is the best exercise to tone your legs and give your butt a lift! I usually do 50 squats per workout. Sometimes more.
  9. Cool down
  10. Meditation

I do highly recommend the HIIT workout. HIIT means, “high-intensity interval training.” This is when you go ALL OUT. It sort of feels like you’re doing cardio level 100. The best thing about this workout is that you don’t need equipment however, expect to sweat a lot. Here is a video that will help you get started: https://youtu.be/1skBf6h2ksI

I bet you’re curious to find out what my daily diet is. Basically, I cut down on eating bad carbs (pasta, rice, bread) and replaced it with good carbs (sweet potatoes, quinoa, kidney beans – YUCK) I increased my spinach and kale intake, about 2-3 cups of greens per day. I stopped drinking soda. Whenever I wanted to get my soda fix, I would replace a Coke with sparkling water. I cut off candy! I cut off desserts. I cut off everything that could give me a cavity. I drink LOTS of water.

Working out isn’t just about losing weight or toning your arms. Working out gives you a chance learn your body and be in tune of yourself. To hit your weight loss goal, it takes discipline, determination, persistence, and consistency. Don’t get me wrong, I love the gym. The gym is my safe haven. But I also love saving money too.

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I was glad to hit that goal this month!

The Artist Forest Beach “Albany Bulb”

As I prepare for my trip to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for other places to check out locally. After doing some research, I found a park not too far from me called, “Albany Bulb” which is located in the Albany Waterfront next to the Golden Gate Fields race track. The Bulb was known to be a landfill for construction materials until 1987, when it went through a series of legal issues. The park later became a homeless encampment, a place for teenagers to wild out, and a perfect place for dog owners to let their pets run about. So I bet you’re wondering why a woman like me with no dogs would be interested in seeing this piece of land, let alone an old construction dump! 

Even though I consider myself a newbie when it comes to travel and photography, I always tend to find beauty in almost everything, including landfills. 😂 Albany Bulb just isn’t a place for hikers and dog walkers, this oasis is surrounded by sculptures and graffiti art painted on concrete slabs. It’s an art lovers haven. The further you hike, the more you see. 

I took my son with me to check this out. I made a huge mistake by pulling up directions from my Yelp App (travelers beware! Do not use Yelp to navigate. It gave me the wrong directions.) I ended up parking my car at Point Isabel, which is a huge dog park next to the water. There were dogs everywhere! 

TIP: Point Isabel is a Dog Park. 🐶 And parking is very limited, especially on a weekend. On a happier note, they have restrooms 😂

Anyway, my son and I took the San Francisco Bay Trail from Point Isabel which is a mile away from Albany Bulb. The trail’s path ran parallel between Interstate 80 and the water. The walk wasn’t pleasant since the freeway is literally next to the trail. We arrived about 45 minutes later. And yes, it took us 45 minutes to walk a mile and a half. Mind you, my son is 6 and gets easily distracted.

Another TIP: If you’re with little ones, unless you own a bicycle with multiple seats, do NOT park at Point Isabel if you don’t want to walk a mile and a half!

We walked towards the sandy area where we came across more dogs running about. From that area, you can either hang out on the beach (watch out for poop) or catch a distant glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge. There wasn’t much to see. After that, we took another trail towards the south end of the Bulb where we came across a castle made out of scavenged rebar, plaster, and concrete. 

“Mad Mark’s Castle” was completed in 2000 however, it deteriorated through the years. This is a before and after pic of the castle.

The before pic was taken by a photographer named Peter Merts. The second photo was captured from my camera. 

My son and I hung out at the castle for the most part. The castle offers a panoramic view of the ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge. We didn’t get to explore the rest of the Bulb since we had a long walk back to Point Isabel, however, I do plan on returning so I can check out the sculptures and the rest of the art work. 

Here is a video from our short visit to the Bulb. 
Discover the Bay | Albany Bulb