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.

img_1772

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.

fullsizer

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!

 

Advertisements

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!

Weekly Recap

Hey everyone!

Let me quickly recap the goals for last week.  I was going to work out 5x for at least 30 minutes, not eat anything after 7:30, pack healthy lunches to avoid sugar cravings, and drink 100oz of water per day.

I hit two-ish of those goals.  I did work out 5x this week (more on this later) and I also did not eat after 7:30.  However, the “ish” is because I definitely packed healthy lunches this past week, but that did not stop me from my sugar addictions.  I would head into a coworkers office to snag a few tootsie rolls.  I don’t even go to the cheap gym promoting such crap.  So, I ate my healthy foods, but also ate their junk food as well.  The only goal I was completely unsuccessful with was the water goal.  I was close to my goal a few days, I just couldn’t take one more sip.  I don’t like to drink my water later in the day because the obvious middle of the night bathroom trips are not wanted.

I am not going to say I was defeated this week.  I am going to say that I had some successes and some failures.  It gives me the opportunity to continue working towards those goals I was unable to achieve during this week.  I feel confident that I will be able to overcome my sugar cravings (I should probably stop making ice cream every weekend).  I am positive that I will be able to get my water intake up to the 100oz goal.  This week proved that I am able to tackle the goals that I am ready to achieve at this point and were I can seek improvement.

This past week I also injured my back (God only knows how) and was in a lot of pain. I woke up in excruciating pain and was unsure how I had ended up in this position.  I have literally no idea what I did to cause the problem.  I took it easy on Monday and was able to workout Tuesday.

This weeks goals: 1. Workout 5x this week 2. Register for Tackle the Tour 3. Instead of eating junk, find something to be productive 4. Continue to work towards 100oz of water per day.

These goals are obtainable.  Let me know what your goals are for the week!  As always, be confident, be fit, be you!

A few current favorites

Hey guys and gals! I hope your week was fantastic and you worked towards your goals.  If you didn’t hit your goals, that’s okay!  There is always the next week to kick the goals butt!

This past week I worked to reduce my sugar intake and there were times when I struggled with this goal.  On the plus side, there were numerous times I was able to tell the sugar to take a hike!  The best way I found to eliminate the sugar craving was by having water by my side at ALL times.  I am weak in my efforts if that bottle is not close enough to save me.

On that note, I am a water bottle junkie.  I love to find new water bottles that I feel make drinking water even easier.  I don’t like the water bottles with metal because it seems to have that metallic taste no matter what.  I was obsessed with my contigo water bottle for the longest time, but I found a glass bottle (with a safe rubber sleeve to protect it from my clumsiness).  I took that bottle with me everywhere.  Eventually, the bottle dropped in just the right manner that the cap broke. *Insert extremely sad face here*  Until Christmas, that is.  My inlaws found this BPA free plastic bottle that looked exactly like a large water bottle!  You can open it two different ways, which is extremely convenient.  The larger opening allows you to add ice, lemon juice, or powders.  The smaller opening is the size of a standard water bottle.  Seriously, how can one individual be so excited for a water bottle?  I just love this thing!

aladdin water bottle image

There are a variety of colors to choose from as well!

The other thing I am obsessed with right now is my Cellucor Alpha Amino in Watermelon flavor.  I love the flavor and it gives me a nice burst of energy during my workouts.  I also will drink a glass if I’m feeling really tired during the day.   I’ve attached a link to the picture if you want to order this for yourself!

So, now that I’ve shared a few of my new favorite things, I’m going to set a few goals for the week.  First goal, work out 5 times for a minimum of 30 minutes.  Second, no foods after 7:30pm.  Third, pack healthy lunches and snacks to avoid the sugar craving during the afternoon. Final, drink 100oz of water per day. I’ve got to put these water bottles to good use, right?

What are you going to do this week to make positive changes in your life?  Feel free to share them and I will check in with you periodically throughout the week to see how they are coming!

You can do anything you set your mind to! Be confident, be fit, be you!!!!