One pound at a time

Week one of the Beachbody Challenge is in the books! In doing so, I’ve completed week one of Core de Force.  The unofficial results are in…I lost 2lbs this week.  Did I mention I still haven’t changed my meal plan?  Those two pounds were lost by simply adding the workouts back  into my schedule.  Now, I won’t be posting a before photo until I’ve completed the 30 days.  I’m also dreading posting the photo, but what the heck.  I can handle internet shame haha.

Breakdown of the workouts this week.  This program makes me feel completely uncoordinated and at the same time like I’m working a million muscles in my body.  There’s jabs, kicks, knees and push ups till tomorrow.  I’ve never heard of half of these moves.  I seriously can not do push ups on my toes, but I’m doing the modified version and feeling like I’m getting stronger.  Maybe by week 4 I will be able to complete a full set of push ups in one of the rounds. My favorite move is actually the staggered push up.

Now, to describe the meals for this week.  In one word: FATTENING.  This week I ate pizza, wings, cake, candy, cookies and a salad.  Yep, one salad.  I would say the meals were improved from the previous week, but obviously needs more work.  I will admit the Shakeology that I’ve been bashing for years surprised the crap out of me.  I drank one every single morning and didn’t feel like I needed to eat until noon.  Four solid hours of feeling full.  But, I didn’t want to go 4 hours without eating since I am a nursing mom.  So, I did scale back on my food through lunch.  Then around 2-3pm I started eating out of habit.  Not boredom, work keeps me super busy.  But, when I was on maternity leave, I ate out of boredom and the habit has continued into my work life.  Do I feel that Shakeology is worth $120 a month, not really.  Yes, it may only be $4 a day, but I don’t like to spend that kind of money daily. If you are someone that really needs to cut cravings, then maybe.  I just can’t justify it at this point.

Next weeks goals:
*Complete all workouts for the 2nd week of CDF
*Avoid candy, cake, cookies
*Try one round of push ups not using the modification

Be confident, be fit, be you!

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The good, the bad, and the sweet

Week one is in the books for 2017.  I am going to give full disclosure of my progress for the first week of the year.  I nailed the workouts.  I sampled the beach body on demand during the month of December and was only able to access older programs.  But, when they rolled out the all access, I was excited to give it a whirl.  I paid for the year membership and couldn’t wait to try Piyo.  But, to really decide on a program, I sampled Country Heat and Core De Force as well.

For every workout I completed, I put a flag sticker in my planner. To see the week filling up with stickers was a nice reminder to keep going.  After all, as children we were excited to get stickers on our homework or for completing a book for the pizza hut book program.  I then wrote down which workout I completed in the weekly log.  I completed Piyo upper body which is only a 20 minute workout.  I wasn’t sweating and I was slightly disappointed.  I thought I would be aching all over after completing the workout.  Turns out, it has a two day after effect.  I felt the workout on Wednesday.  Tuesday and Sunday (log runs Mon-Sun) I completed two different Country Heat videos.  Once again, didn’t really feel the effects.  I was breaking a sweat by the final 5 minutes though, so I felt good about that.  Core De Force was my favorite.  It was challenging and low impact.  I was really feeling every muscle and could see how people were getting results with this program.  I plan to use this program for the challenge that starts today.

Now, I mentioned the bad and the sweets.  The food portion of this week was beyond failure.  I ate just about every sweet we had in the house plus some.  To give you an idea, I still had girl scout cookies from last march in my freezer.  Key word there, HAD.  I told myself I was not going to worry about the food until I got my workouts in a routine.  It is harder to stick with a program if you make too many changes at once.  On the flip side, I am being completely honest with my food log and writing down every last slice of pizza, brownie, candy, cookie and adult beverage I am consuming.  Even with my ridiculous food choices, I still saw a slight improvement with how my pants were fitting (for the good) by just increasing the workouts again.

This next week I plan to continue the Core de Force workouts and starting to modify my eating habits.  I used to love fruits and vegetables.  But, honestly I am addicted to sugar. I look forward to reporting my progress next week!

Be confident, be fit, be you!

Fitness Challenge

That’s right. I joined a fitness challenge for the first month of the year.  I wanted the community support of the group to help guide me back to a healthy lifestyle.  I have been working out here and there, but if the video doesn’t cue up or I’m sweating more than I want, I tend to throw in the towel.  That stops NOW.

I joined the beach body health challenge and specifically with my high school friend (who’s a coach) in her 21 day fix wedding challenge.  No, I am not prepping for a wedding.  I’m actually coming up on 7 years of marriage with my hubby.  But, my friend is awesome and let me join anyway!  The health challenge is for 4 weeks, so there will be a bonus week thrown in.  The challenge requires 3 workouts a week and 5 shakeology drinks per week.  Now, I am not a fan of the cost of the drink and usually just get cellucor, but for this challenge, I had to get it and it was discounted with the year membership for their on demand videos.

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I’m positive I can complete this challenge.  I want to push myself further and complete the entire 21 day fix and possibly start either core de force or piyo immediately following.  The reason I chose the on demand is so that I can sample workouts and choose a program that will fit my life and my schedule at that time.  The challenge starts Sunday and I will take a before picture with all of the measurements and my current weight.  I will post (even though I am slightly embarrassed) that photo in the kick off blog post.  I may even start vlogging after completing my workout for the day and just doing a daily evaluation of my successes and failures for that day.

My new planner from Create 365 has a fitness addition that I will be tracking my meals, water consumption and exercise completed.  At the end of each month it allows you to evaluate your month and plan for the upcoming month.

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What are your goals for the month of January?  Who is your support system?  Do you need a community of peers to help keep you on track?  I’m happy to provide support and encouragement for anyone looking to achieve their goals this year!