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!

 

Weekly Fitness Check In- 2

Another week in the books!  As I continue to work back towards my pre pregnancy fitness goals, I am reminded that it takes 9 months to put the weight on and it will take some time to come off.  I, also, came to the realization that I started some really poor food habits while pregnant with number two.  I didn’t completely have the mindset that “oh, I’m pregnant, I can eat this,” but I definitely wasn’t as healthy with my food choices.

I do not need to make excuses for my habits, I need to change them. I have done it before and I can do it again.  Fruit and vegetables do taste good.  I need to remember that and find healthier options throughout the day instead of candy, cookies, and pizza.  With the holidays just around the corner, I need to remember to keep a healthy balance.

This past week I joined an accountability group with a beach body coach.  Now, I know quite a few coaches, but when they offer the free groups I usually jump on board.  This group was to increase your water intake and workout 4 out of 7 days of the week.  Daily check in and report back how you finished the day.  The reason I enjoy these groups is because everyone has a like goal.  They want to improve themselves one day at a time.  I have completed 3 workouts during the 5 days (two days remain with another workout needing to be completed).  My workouts have ranged from using the Nike Fitness app or the Beach Body on Demand app.  I like the variety and I can chose what time frame will work for me at that moment.  I’m still trying to find the time with all of the normal life stuff that needs completed.

I have been decently successful with the water portion of the challenge.  I usually drink a good bit of water throughout the day.  I cut pop (soda) out 12 years ago when I realized it was upsetting my stomach.  So, I basically only drink water anyway.  Therefore, I use a water challenge to really increase my intake to roughly 100oz a day.  I’m not always successful, but I like the challenge.

I encourage you to join a free accountability group or make your own with your social media accounts.  Find people who want to make positive changes and together lift each other up to reach your goals.  Fitness is something we don’t need to be competitive with other people, we need to be competitive with ourselves.  This week, I am going to finish out this group and either join another or find an online challenge and start my own group.

Be confident, be fit, be you!

Postpartum Release

It is official! I have been released, well almost two weeks ago, to return back to my fitness journey.  I am 10 lbs. from my pre-pregnancy weight (which was around 35lbs weight gain).  However, I would like to lose 15lbs because I had added a few extra pounds prior to getting pregnant that I was trying to lose, but alas those holiday cakes won’t eat themselves.

Now that I have had the go ahead to return to my normal activity, I am struggling to find time.  Our toddler does not sleep well and of course I am the sole provider of food for the newborn that I am up constantly in the middle of the night.  This makes waking up at the crack of dawn completely unrealistic.  So, what about nap time? Well, this time is used to catch up on cleaning the house, nursing the little one, or quite honestly napping myself.

I don’t want to seem like I am full of excuses, but I’m still trying to figure out life.  I will be returning to work and balancing that as well.  I know I can handle everything, but I give props to every single parent that is doing it alone.  I would be in complete shambles if it weren’t for my husband and both sets of parents.  I love that our families are so involved in our kids lives and that we are able to do lots of things with all of them together.

This means, that I will have support and help from family in my fitness journey.  I know my mom would sign up for any race I would ask her to.  My husband will watch the kids while I head to our basement gym or out in the elements for a workout.  It is nice to have constant support from friends and family on social media as well.  The small validation that what you are working so hard on is paying off really helps to keep one motivated.  I personally believe that is why all the beach body coaches are so successful in their journey!

My plan is to work out 3 days a week for at least 30 minutes.  After all, this seems to be the most recommended practice anyway.  I may have to break my workouts into 2-15 minute sessions, but that is ok with me.  I have to cut back on the sugar and refocus my diet as well.  Although abs can be worked on by doing certain exercises, our food intake is the primary reason we maintain weight in our midsection.   I just have to remind myself that it took 9 months to put on the weight, I can’t expect it to come off in 9 weeks.

In the meantime, be confident, be fit, be you!

T25 derailment

Well, I took a break from the T25 program.  Not because I wasn’t enjoying myself and feeling like I was getting a good workout.  I took a break because I have been able  to get out and enjoy a nice jog a few times throughout the past two weeks.  Our crap-tastic Ohio weather has varied enough of the last two weeks that I can get outside at least three times throughout the week.

This has allowed me to get in some practice with the jogging stroller.  I’m pretty sure that my kid thinks I’m drunk while pushing her because I don’t seem capable of pushing it in a straight line.  However, I am working on turning the stroller just slightly instead of quick turns (no more hugging the inside corner on turns 😦  ). I also seem to be a bit slow because I’m not sure if there is a safe speed to go while using the stroller. I’m sure I’m just being overly cautious and I will get over that hump, but for now I’m quite the tortoise.

Over the last two weeks I have been able to increase my distance with each run.  I’m still slow, but I’m getting further each time.  I know that once I get enough distance my shorter runs will increase in speed as well.  I can push myself a little bit harder for a 5k once I can run 8 miles at slightly slower speeds.

Taking a look ahead for the week, the weather seems to be cooperating! We may even hit 70 degrees by the end of the week!  I am planning my running days on Monday, Tuesday (weather pending), Thursday and Friday (also weather pending).  I hate that I seem to be a fair weather runner these days, but I can not drag the little one out in the rain.  On the days that I can not get out and run, I WILL put the T25 program into the dvd player and get a good workout in regardless of my excuses.

Hope everyone gets the chance to get out and enjoy the weather, no matter what activity you or your family decide to partake in.  Always remember to stay confident, stay fit and to be you!  I’m cheering for you!!!

PS. Hailey is 8 months old today! In just a few months we can start using the bike trailer as well!!!!

T25 Alpha Complete

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Ok, so I just completed week 5 of the T25 program this morning.  It was rough and I could quite honestly say that it needs to be repeated right away. However, I am going to continue on with the 2nd phase on Monday.

The first few weeks I needed to modify with Tonia, but some I was able to do more than her and less than the rest of the group.  For example, I could do the spider pushup, but I couldn’t do the oblique pushups.  So, instead of going with Tonia, I continued with the spider push ups.  As the weeks progressed, I was able to stick with the group a little better. Although I still modify, even this morning.

Some of the cons of this workout is that it requires a good bit of jumping.  Although I am completely capable of jumping, the room that I am working out in just so happens to be my living room and hardwood floors.  Now, I do have a yoga mat I put down, but the stuff no the shelves still has risk of falling if I jump too hard.  I’m also trying to stay as quiet as can be because of the sleeping baby just a few steps away from me.   Another con of the video is the two a days on Fridays.  I do two a days on Tuesdays to get in a bootcamp class at the gym as well as a bootcamp class on Saturday.  So, Friday means 50 minutes instead of 25. Therefore, I break it up into a morning workout and then an afternoon workout for after my child finishes her nap.

I have noticed my running hasn’t been too damaged from lack of actually getting out to get mileage in.  When I have managed to get on a treadmill, I am able to maintain a good speed and get a few miles in without huffing and puffing.  As my boss keeps mentioning, March is literally in a few days.  I don’t believe that is going to change the outdoor running scenario, but at least someone is hopeful.  Once this weather decides to break, I’m finding my way to the park at least 3 days a week, even if I have to get up at 4:45am.

Hope you are remaining positive and continuing to challenge yourself.  Remember that changes in your fitness and health will happen over time and should not be done all at once very quickly.  Be confident! Be fit! Be you!

I’m trying something new tonight for Lent.  Check out my blog Monday for the food review!