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Week Three? Already?! Whoa!

Once again, I fell off the blogosphere…and I’m sorry.

Hopping back into Insanity has been quite time consuming, especially since I started it right as the kids went back to school. Trying to get into the groove of a new schedule has been an interesting.

To date, I have only missed one scheduled Insanity workout and I ended up doing a double the next night. For those of you who have pulled Insanity doubles before, you know how mentally and physically exhausting this can be….not something I plan on doing, again….especially once Max month rolls around.

As I enter week three, I must say I feel great!

This past Saturday I attended the 10th annual Walk With Joe. It’s a 5K walk/run in memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 on Flight 93. This is the second year I attempted to run it and I did really well. The only time I had to stop my run was when I lapped the walking crowd. Usually this wouldn’t be an issue but because of the hurricane two weeks ago and the rain we had this past week, they had to change us to a lap course. Regardless, I felt great. Finished in my fastest time to date and I felt strong.

I hope to get back to a weekly blog flow soon, life permitting. I am sure I will at the very least post a will blog right before I begin the Max month in two short weeks.

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I’m Still Alive!

It’s been awhile since I posted a blog here and I am sorry about that.

I’ve been very open about my current fitness struggles and there wasn’t much to blog about, since my diet and workouts were all over the place.

Yesterday I hit my fitness-funk bottom. I felt unmotivated, lazy and disappointed in myself. I knew I had to get up and get back on track, so I decided to start Insanity again.

I didn’t start with the Fit Test because I didn’t want to face the drop in numbers that I would see. I knew that would either work in my favor by motivating me OR depress me and send me further in my downward spiral….so….I played it safe and jumped into Plyometric Cardio Circuit.

Some people may wonder why I decided on Insanity as the program to get me back on track. Well, to me Insanity is just as much mental (if not more) as it is physical. I need to get my head back into the game in order to make the progress I’d like to see with my body, and this program forces you to be in it mentally.

This will be the first time I do this program on my own without the support of the #insanecrew, whom I truly miss. They kept me going when all I wanted to do was quit last fall. I’m hoping to find the strength to keep myself going…I have to, because going back to who I used to be just isn’t an option.

Wish me luck, and if you are starting a new routine let me know. Maybe we can keep each other motivate and moving forward.

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Two-A-Days….Wait. What?

The warm temps we are experiencing here on the East Coast, are a great reminder that summer is right around the corner!

All too soon it will be shorts and tank tops everyday, not to mention the dreaded bathing suit (gasp) and I want to be comfortable in them.

For way too long I was self conscience and unable to wear the things I really wanted to. This year….I know I have control of that and I am going to seize the moment! It’s time to kick things up a notch and I have decided that for at least the next week, I will be doing two-a-days.

Yep….two-a-days!

I will be doing my ChaLEAN Extreme weight workouts three times a week (Go heavy or go home), Insanity twice a week (Dig deep) and a yoga or stretch workout everyday to improve my flexibility (Namaste).

Now, I would love to get out and walk or run more, but this is prime allergy season and I don’t know how well that will work out for me. I’m pretty good at improvising but I plan on sticking to above schedule for at least a week. (I’ve already made it thru 1.5 days so it shouldn’t be THAT hard).

Nutrition has been pretty good for me. Of course I had my stumbling points with Easter candy and a small Coldstone ice cream binge, but I’ve recovered.

So….let the two-a-days begin! I’ll see you all in a week…..with a possible Vlog!

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The New Year Is Approaching…

It’s almost time to say good-bye to 2010 and hello to 2011…are you ready?

For most people, the new year means making resolutions. Topping that resolution list is usually “lose weight” or “start working out” which creates a surge in people going to the gym. After a month of waiting on line for the treadmill and elliptical or dealing with overflowing classes, many people throw in the towel and begin to find reasons not to go anymore. Sound familiar? You know it does…fess up!

It is this very cycle I battled for years. “January 1st is coming, I’ll join the gym” or “This year I’ll try Weight Watchers“. Year after year, I would make these resolutions and NEVER stick with them…..until January 2010!

What happened in January 2010, you ask? Well, that is when I made a promise to myself…a promise to start P90X and FINISH it! I was hell bent on completing this program, even though I knew I might not be ready for it. I HAD to do this for ME….for my children, and for my health. I grabbed my brand new calendar and started marking my 30, 60 and 90 day goals. I printed out check lists for my daily food and water goals….I meant business this time.

The plus to P90X for me? Well, you don’t have to climb into the car and head to the gym. You don’t have a class time schedule to follow (not that I have ever taken a class….more on this at a later date). There is no line for a machine that you end up having to wipe someones sweat off of. It’s just you and the DVD’s in your living room. (or any other space you declare your “home gym”)

People thought I was crazy and many told me I could not do this. They didn’t have faith in me…how could they? I never completed any of my resolutions in the past. The more negative they felt about my new journey, the hotter I felt the fire within me burn…it fueled me and pushed me to great heights.

The key to my completing this resolution and still being committed to it today was my support group. I managed to find an amazing group of people on-line who were all doing the program. Some were already really fit, some were working out the first time, some had a lot of weight to lose and some just wanted a challenge. None of that mattered though, as we were all there to cheer each other on and reassure one another when we had doubts or bad days. Ok…the fact that I was seeing phenomenal results after 30days and felt amazing helped a bit too.

I sit here now as a 2 time P90X graduate. I’ve completed ChaLEAN Extreme and I’ve earned my INSANITY t-shirt. I am somewhere I never though I would be. I am 40 pounds lighter since starting the P90X leg of my journey. I gained a lot of lean muscle and I’ve lost over 10 inches from my waist alone!!

Was it easy? No! It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. It was not only a physical journey, but a mental journey, as well. It is the thing I am most proud of that I have accomplished in my life so far. (Well, besides my two kids)

So, my question to you is….As the New Year approaches and you make your resolutions, are you truly ready to carry them out? If losing weight and getting healthy is at the top of your list, I would love to help you get started. You will be amazed at what you are capable of, if you simply allow yourself to push forward.

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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Even If You Don’t Journal It, Your Butt Will!

When I completed my 63 days of Insanity I realized that I was now even closer to my fitness goal than I ever thought I would be.

Notice I didn’t say goal weight…I don’t really use my scale often these days and to be honest, I have no issues with the number on the scale when I do stand on it.

(ok…I do have a number I would like to reach, but I am very happy with where I’m at)

However, it was time for me to step back, look at my routine and see what needed to be tweaked. Of course it didn’t take me long to realize that I needed to focus on my nutrition. I needed to recalculate my caloric needs, take a closer look at what I was eating and begin to make the changes necessary for me to reach my final goal.

Over the past year I have made many changes to the way I eat. I started by cutting back on my sugar intake, changing the amount of carbs and how/when I ate them. I began eating more lean protein, more vegetables, I reduced my diet soda intake (I only have it on occasion now) and just started eating cleaner. While making all of these changes I neglected one thing….tracking what I ate.

I had done Weight Watchers before and I know what a valuable tool journaling  and tracking your food intake can be. When you write down the food you eat, it keeps you accountable. I know for myself, if I think about eating something, but it makes me feel guilty when it comes time to write it down, I’m not going to eat it! I also find that when I track my food intake during the day, I don’t mindlessly eat or pop a few crackers or almonds here and there.

Keeping a food journal also helps you to look back and see where you may have went wrong or to figure out what you need to change. For instance, this past weekend I noticed that after my cheat meal at Five Guys, the following day I was sluggish, my mood was lousy and I just felt “off”. After a day of eating well and drinking my Shakeology I felt better and like myself again.

A few weeks ago I decided to download the My Fitness Pal app for my Android phone as well as for my iPod Touch. I wasn’t sure if I would stick with using it, but I have heard people on Twitter rave about it so I figured why not. It asked me for some basic information about myself…age, height, weight, weight loss goals, activity level, etc. Once all of the information was inputted it told me my daily caloric “goal” number and I was ready to go. The food data base is huge and I haven’t had an issue finding anything I’ve needed so far. The Android version of the app even allows me to scan the food items bar code to find the nutrition info, which I LOVE.

Fast forward to the end of week 1…I stepped on the scale and saw a 3lbs weight loss! I haven’t seen a loss on the scale in a long time since I have been doing a lean muscle/fat trade off. The only way I have been able to track progress is with measurements, so this was cool! To date, I have lost 6 pounds while journaling my food and tracking my calories.

Yesterday I tried on and fit into my “goal” jeans! Who know this calorie counting  and journaling stuff would actually work! Pft!

Now go download a calorie tracking app onto your phone and try it out for a week! I bet you’ll be happy you did. Remember to track everything you eat, lick or taste. Be honest here, because even if you don’t journal it, your butt will!

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*A special thanks to @BodyByJay for helping me figure out my RMR  (resting metabolic rate) this number is important because it represents the energy required to perform vital body functions such as respiration and heart rate while the body is at rest. You don’t want to go below it or your body will begin to use your lean muscle as fuel to make up for the lack of calories.

To find out your RMR click here.

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Hybrid Time: Ditching the Routine

This week started a new chapter in my fitness journey…the hybrid. For those of you that do not know what a hybrid is, it’s a mixture of different workout programs, usually a combination of strength training, cardio exercise and stretching. Some of the #insanecrew are doing a P90X/Insanity Hybrid which I posted on here. As for me, I’m doing more of a “best of” or “greatest hits” hybrid. I am basically winging it and have just set up dedicated cardio and strength days (following the same hybrid), however I decide that day what workout I’m in the mood to do. I felt like being a little more whimsical this round and enjoy myself after Insanity.


This morning I decided to try Zumba. Yes, you heard me, Zumba!  What’s Zumba? Well, Zumba is a dance fitness method based on salsa and other Latin dance moves, performed to Latin and world music beats, and choreographed to allow people of any fitness or dance experience level to enjoy a fantastic workout. Two twitter friends of mine are very into Zumba and would like for me  to attend a class with them. I however, am NOT coordinated and while I have some rhythm it is not up to Zumba class speed. So, yesterday I borrowed a Zumba DVD set from another friend and gave it go today.

I started off with the Zumba Basics DVD which basically runs through all of the moves you will do over the course of the program. They do each step in three stages increasing speed each time until you are at the speed of the actual move. Sounds great right? Maybe if you are capable of moving your feet, shaking your hips and adding “flavor” with your arms all while keeping the beat! I would do great until easy beat 3, then I would over think everything, lose the beat of the music and trip over my own two feet. It was quite a site, I truly could have ran my own comic relief show in my bedroom this morning.

After the Basics DVD I decided, what the heck, let’s see what the Zumba 20 Minute Express is all about. Surprisingly, when I don’t have time to over think, I do pretty darn good! The salsa stuff still tripped me up a little but with time, I’ll get it….I hope! Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to run to a gym and attend a class filled with people or anything (those poor people would all pee their pants have broken toes from me stepping on them!). I was however, pretty darn proud! Maybe this white girl can develope some rhythm and hang with her latina friend for a class one day (probably not, but hey, allow me to day dream here).

I felt a great abdominal burn while doing the routine and it was F-U-N! I am definitely looking forward to doing Zumba again and showing myself that this white girl CAN dance. Maybe I will even celebrate completing this hybrid by going to take an actual class….with other people in it…GASP!

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Here is a taste of the Basic’s DVD I did this morning:

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Final Fit Test: Revenge Is Sweet!

I did it! I completed Insanity! *cue noise makers, balloons and confetti! I barely made it through the Max month and I just completed my final Fit Test of the 63 day program. I’m a little tired and would like to drink my recovery drink so I’ll just get to it…

Here are the results:


Overall here are my improvements since the first fit test:

Switch Kicks:     +11
Power Jacks:     +14
Power Knees:    +33
Power Jumps:    +10
Globe Jumps:       +1
Suicide Jumps:  +6
Push-Up Jacks: +13
Low Plank Obliques: +7
I am so happy that I was able to complete all 63 days of this program. As some of you know, I attempted it back in April of this year and had to drop out after week one. My herniated discs just could handle it so with my tail between my legs and pride broken, I went back to do a second round of P90X and then I went on to ChaLEAN Extreme.

While I was doing ChaLEAN, my coach mentioned he was starting a second round of Insanity…with those words, my itch for revenge began to surface. I started thinking about it non stop and finally found a partner to start with a few weeks later since I couldn’t start with him.

Before I knew it we grew into the most amazing group of dedicated people. Without even trying, the #insanecrew was born. Without them, I don’t know if I would have kept going when I hit the Max month. (Don’t believe Shaun T at the end of  Pure Cardio when he says “That shits bananas yo” cause that’s a cake walk compared to Max month).

Next up is the “90 Days to a Better You” challenge which I have blogged about. If you haven’t checked it out please take a moment to now. We are starting tomorrow and would love for you to join us!

Special thanks to the #insanecrew: @tmgrant7, @perkinsmichael, @Socee808, @MrThomas619, my husband Mike who was my workout partner at home, @Melysa_S who had to go back to month 1, but is still rockin’ it and will soon taste the sweetness of revenge, @graveidea who gave me the nutrition advice I needed, when I needed it and last but not least, my coach, @Adamsfit who “lied” to us about just how hard Max month would be, but was the one responsible for lighting the fire under my ass and making me want to seek revenge, without even knowing it.

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90 Days To A Better You!

The new year is rapidly approaching and one of the first resolutions people usually make is to start exercising and eating better. Why wait until you flip the calendar to make this commitment? Why not get a jump start on your dream of losing a few pounds and inches, fitting into a smaller size or just becoming a healthier you? Why not do something to combat the “holiday 10” that so many people gain over the next few weeks?

As some of you already know, the #insanecrew is coming to the end of their Insanity journey. What’s next you ask? Well, that would be the “90 Days To A Better You” challenge! Some of us will be doing a P90X/Insanity Hybrid program (the schedule for this is at the bottom of this blog), some will be doing Power 90, and others will just commit to eating better and becoming active in some way for 90 days. I honestly don’t care if you do a Beachbody program, just commit to “90 Days To A Better You” – that’s all it takes!

Join my “like” page on Facebook and post on the daily accountability page! http://on.fb.me/i1rfoO

We will be starting on Monday, November 29th, so mark your calendars and get ready to Dig Deep and Bring It!

Here are my suggestions of what you should do before starting:

 

  1. Look over your nutrition guides. Figure out your calorie needs and also check out Michi’s Ladder on my facebook fan page. Make a list of what you need to get before we start. If you need help with this feel free to contact me. Knowing your caloric needs is important since your metabolism is like a furnace….you need fuel properly to keep the fire going
  2. Take your before photos. I know everyone HATES doing this, but you really should. You don’t have to share them with the group but you’ll want them so you can see how far you’ve come at the end of 90 days.
  3. Take your measurements. This is so important! The scale is NOT your friend, toss it out of the window. You will trade fat for muscle and only your measurements will tell the full story. Trust me!
  4. Make a list of what you want to achieve during these 90 days. Break it down to 30, 60 and 90 day goals. Put this list somewhere you can see it so you will stay focused. You may even want to make a goal board for yourself. Take a piece of poster board, cut out pictures of clothing you would like to fit into, the beach, ANYTHING that will motivate you and keep you going. It sounds corny, but it works!
  5. Pace yourself. Rome was not built in a day. If you are new to working out, listen to your body. You do not have to keep up with the people on the DVD’s or anyone in this group. You have to go at your own pace, however I want you to challenge yourself. You have to dig deep and leave your comfort zone. It won’t always be easy and there may be times when you want to quit but I need you to push through and just do your best.
  6. Stay honest. We all have off days, we all miss days and we all have busy schedules…especially with the holidays coming. It’s ok to miss a workout or have a cheat meal, just stay accountable for it! We are all here for each other and I am fulling committing to help you – I just need you to be honest and be committed to yourself!
  7. Log into WOWY. You don’t have to do a Beachbody workout to track your measurements and workouts here. If you already have a Beachbody account be sure to log your workouts in daily. You can also track your measurements and results there. If you do not already have an account, you can create one for FREE. (I can coach you if you’d like – contact me before creating an account)

If you’re ready to join us in this challenge comment below or contact me directly.

 

Don’t become a victim of the holidays and the typical 10 pound weight gain! Decide to change yourself. Commit to this 90 day challenge. Together we can Succeed.

If you are interested in trying a program, contact me.

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Here is a copy of the P90X/Insanity Hybrid schedule:

 

Weeks 1-3
Day 1 – Chest and Back + Ab RipperX (P90X)
Day 2 – Plyometric Cardio Circuit (Insanity)
Day 3 – Shoulders and Arms + Ab RipperX (P90X)
Day 4 – Cardio Recovery (Insanity)
Day 5 – Legs and Back + Ab RipperX (P90X)
Day 6 – Pure Cardio (Insanity)
Day 7 – Rest or XStretch (P90X)


Week 4 – Recovery Week

Day 1 – Core Cardio and Balance (Insanity)
Day 2 – Core Synergistics (P90X)
Day 3 – Pure Cardio (Insanity)
Day 4 – XStretch (P90X)
Day 5 – Core Synergistics (P90X)
Day 6 – YogaX (P90X)
Day 7 – Rest or Xstretch (P90X)


Weeks 5-7

Day 1 – Chest, Shoulders and Triceps + Ab RipperX (P90X)
Day 2 – Max interval Plyo (Insanity)
Day 3 – Back and Biceps + Ab RipperX (P90X)
Day 4 – Cardio Recovery (Insanity)
Day 5 – Legs and Back + Ab RipperX (P90X)
Day 6 – Max Cardio Conditioning (Insanity)
Day 7 – Rest or Xstretch (P90X)


Week 8 – Recovery Week (Same as week 4)


Week 9 & 11

Day 1 – Chest and Back + Ab RipperX (P90X)
Day 2 – Plyometric Cardio Circuit (Insanity)
Day 3 – Shoulders and Arms + Ab RipperX (P90X)
Day 4 – Cardio Recovery (Insanity)
Day 5 – Legs and Back + Ab RipperX (P90X)
Day 6 – Pure Cardio (Insanity)
Day 7 – Rest or XStretch (P90X)


Week 10 & 12

Day 1 – Chest, Shoulders and Triceps + Ab RipperX (P90X)
Day 2 – Max interval Plyo (Insanity)
Day 3 – Back and Biceps + Ab RipperX (P90X)
Day 4 – Cardio Recovery (Insanity)
Day 5 – Legs and Back + Ab RipperX (P90X)
Day 6 – Max Cardio Conditioning (Insanity)
Day 7 – Rest or Xstretch (P90X)


Week 13 – Recovery Week ( Same as week 4 & 8 )

 

 

 

 


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Why Yes, It’s ANOTHER Fit Test!

Fit Test #4 is officially in the books, which means there are only two more weeks of this Insanity madness left! YES!!!!

Month 2 has proven to be a mental uphill battle for me. I can hack most of it physically but mentally, I look at that clock, see 60 mins and I immediately tell myself I can’t do this. I know! I know! I just blogged about how Insanity is 90% mental 10% physical. I know what I have to do, I just need to regroup and get back into my groove. Only 2 weeks to go….no time for quitting now!

Well, here are the numbers for this Fit Test…some are better, some are the same and well, some dropped…I’m only human.


Here is a link to the third Fit Test Results if you missed them.

Overall here are my improvements since the first fit test:

Switch Kicks:     +9
Power Jacks:     +12
Power Knees:    +32
Power Jumps:    +9
Globe Jumps:       +1
Suicide Jumps:  +4
Push-Up Jacks: +12
Low Plank Obliques: +6

I shot my load this time on the Power Jumps, so as usually the second half of the Fit Test suffered. Globe Jumps remain my nemesis and my number stayed the same as 2 weeks ago. I increased on all of my numbers except for Low Plank Obliques, I dropped by 2 this time but I’m ok with that as I set the bar high with those on Fit Test 2 and have struggled to match or beat that number since.

This past week I also hit the Fitness Trail, which is something I haven’t done in quite some time. I really noticed an improvement in my cardio there. I didn’t get winded at all and if it wasn’t for my bleeding toe I probably could have kept on going.

I look forward to the next 2 weeks with my #insanecrew and I really look forward to planning out a hybrid with them!

Keep digging deep, pressing play and pushing yourself to the next fitness level.
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I Can Do This! I Think?

During my long and winding journey to the new me, I’ve discovered that you not only become physically stronger, but you also become mentally stronger. As a matter of fact, you have to become mentally stronger before you can become physically stronger. If the mind is weak, it simply won’t let you reach your goals.

Most of the journey is one about choices. You have to decide what to eat everyday. You have to decide to push play, or to put on your running shoes and hit the pavement. It’s all about choice.

Everyday when you wake up, you have to face a whole day of choices. Should I eat the Poptart that is taunting me from the cabinet or have a Shakeology and start my day off right? I have an hour to spare. Should I do my workout now or watch TV, tweet or see what’s new on Facebook? All of these choices add up and in the beginning they are not easy to make. As time goes by and you fall into a groove they become easier, especially as you see results.

Every now and then, something will trip you up. In my case, it was Insanity month 2…..the Max workouts. For all of month 1 and even before I started doing Insanity, all I ever heard was how hard the Max workouts were. I had never even popped a Max workout DVD in to check it out and I was scared. I would listen to others talk about it and psych myself out before I even knew what Shaun T was going to ask of me.

Monday started month 2 of Insanity, and I faced my 1st Max workout late in the afternoon, after work. All day I read about my #insanecrew’s experience with Max Interval Circuit and how hard it was. I of course became nervous and already had it set in my head that I wouldn’t be able to finish this workout….I mean who can stand a 64min Insanity workout?!

As I stood there in my living room, nervous, the workout began and I was thrust into a new warm-up and whole new routine……man was it hard! I barely made it through some of the moves and I skipped over or modified a few but I finished. I quickly grabbed my iPod and tweeted a big FUCK YOU to Shaun T. That workout left me feeling broken. My confidence was shot, I was mad and my poor performance left me feeling disappointed in myself. I was stronger than that, wasn’t I?

I went into Day 2, Max Interval Plyo, with the same feelings. I was nervous but thankful that this workout would be shorter than the previous one. As I was doing the warm-up I felt more confident because I knew what to expect. I also reminded myself that I could do this….and if I couldn’t, I would do my absolute best and forget the rest. The workout wasn’t pretty, but I made it through and rewarded myself with a nice, cold, yummy, Results and Recovery Drink!

Today was Day 3 and I had to Dig Deep! I promised myself before leaving for work that I would not procrastinate. I would go home and start my workout right away. I would not worry about it, I would not look at the screen and say “I can’t do THAT!”, I would simply go with the flow and push myself to a new, greater level. Max Cardio Conditioning was my redemption workout! I pressed play, I dug deep and I felt great when it was over. I didn’t skip or modify anything. I kept a good pace and I kept telling myself throughout the workout “You can do this!” Don’t get me wrong, I took my breaks, but I jumped back in and finished everything out.

If there is one thing I have learned over the past year, it’s that most of the battle is mind over matter. When it comes to a program like Insanity, your mental strength will truly be tested. I believe that Insanity is 90% mental strength. You build a new confidence in yourself and realize what amazing things your body is capable of. As a side effect or reward, you gain increased cardiovascular strength, muscle tone and if you’re lucky, a nice set of abs.

I know the next few weeks are going to be a challenge, but it’s a challenge I’m up for and actually looking  forward to. I’m an amazing person, capable of amazing things and Shaun T is going to show me just how strong I can be…both mentally and physically.

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