21 Day Fix – Update

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Hi Folks:

First I want to say that I hope that you like the new blog format and colors. 🙂 Fun Right!

Just wanted to give you an update on where I am on my fitness and coaching journey. So, as usual, I am above and beyond busy with work and family stuff, but guess what? This time I didn’t allow the daily grind to take me out of the game. Being a coach has helped to keep me accountable to the ladies that I’m helping because I can’t help them if I’m not willing to help myself. Go figure!

I’m also hosting a FREE – 30 day Fitness and Nutrition Group on Facebook. In this group the members are receiving tips and tools on fitness as well as meal planning and prepping. I’m sharing some of the “best practices” that I use in my day to day life, as well as recipes for slow cooker meals that I use when I know that I won’t have time to cook (i.e. after school activity nights). These tips really cut down on the amount of time and money spent in the drive through lines. Plus I know that I am providing my family with healthy and wholesome meals.

I’ve already completed my first round of the 21 Day Fix and I lost nearly 5lbs. Today I am on week 3, day 1 of my second round and I’m down 3lbs in this round. I’ve not been perfect but I have been better than I was before. Weekends are still hard because I tend to not be a regimented and I don’t eat on the same schedule that I do when I am at work all day. The biggest change, outside of weight loss is the inches that I’ve lost. I’ll have final measurements soon, but having your hubby and kids point out that your pants aren’t fitting so great is a good indicator. J

As I finish up this 2nd round of the 21 Day Fix I’m starting to think about what program I want to do next. I’m thinking P90X3 is on tap for me. The 30 minute workouts are the perfect 1…2… punch for me and I can get it done and move on. Right now, extremely long workout are not feasible for me so I’m always looking for something that I can get done with minimal impact to my day. The 90 days will be a challenge because I think that I have a bit of ADHD and if I look at it from a 90 day perspective, I might be a little intimidated. If I look at it as 3 separate 30 challenges (phase 1, phase 2, and phase 3), then I can be successful.

Part of implementing any new thing in your life is understanding who you are and what your specific needs are. As for me, I get bored, I know that, but the beautiful thing about Beachbody is that there are a ton of programs to choose from. Pick the ones that will work best for you, wherever you are on your journey. My fitness journey is not yours and yours is not mine. All I can do as a coach is to help you find that thing that you love and push and motivate you to be your very best. I can be your biggest cheerleader or your toughest drill sergeant depending on the situation.

If you’re interested in having me as your coach, contact me by clicking on the “Beachbody Programs and Coaching Info” link and fill out the “Contact Me” form. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you!

Jess

Why Beachbody Coaching?

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Hi Folks:

So if you didn’t know it before, I’ll share with you that I recently became a Beachbody coach. A lot of people have a lot of different reason for why they chose to become a coach. For me, I was looking for a way to start coaching others, considering the fact that I have put a lot of time and attention into the “learning” phase of my health and wellness background. What you may or may not know is that I hold my Masters of Arts in Human Services with a specialization in Health and Wellness. The kicker to this is that I am an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. I have so many reasons why I haven’t made this public knowledge, but the biggest is because I was afraid that people would judge me based on the fact that I’m not at my goal. What I am learning through my upline coach, Teresa, and what my good friend, Amber told me was that people can and will appreciate my journey. The fact that none of this is easy for me and that I have to fight for the time and consistent motivation to exercise and practice clean eating is something that people can identify with.

I chose Beachbody because I saw it as a way to help me begin my journey towards helping others. The fact that they provide guidance and support through everything is invaluable. Also, I would love to find a bit more financial freedom as I am getting ever so close to sending my kiddos to college.

I am working my way through my first week of the 21 Day Fix and I have to say that even though I’ve hard to change my schedule a bit (and to the dreaded early morning workouts @5:30am) I’m feeling really good. The 30 minute workouts can be modified to most any fitness level and the meal plan is really easy to follow. Every day this week I have had my Shakeology as well. I add fruit to it so that I can kill 2 birds with one stone.

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I’m totally and completely excited about this opportunity to help others along their fitness journey.

Jess

Whole30?

Hi Folks:

Can I just say that it never fails that as soon as you try to start doing the right thing by going to the gym and eating right, something pops up?

My pop up happened to be some weird lingering sinus/cold/allergy thing that sucks the life out of you. I started feeling bad last Wednesday, it came in like gangbusters and I felt like I got hit by a truck. In fact, I’m still dealing with it a whole week later. Needless to say, my workouts and food choices have been compromised. As far as working out, I can’t really fathom lifting weights when it already felt like an elephant was sitting on my head. My food wasn’t so great because if I don’t cook, we typically end up grabbing something quick and easy (translation: fast food).

With all of that going on, I’ve still somehow managed to lose another 2 pounds since last week. I’m grateful for it, because I have to continue to see progress in order to maintain my motivation. I’m still doing a modified Atkins and planning to move into a primal approach soon, but I’m currently reading “It Starts With Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig and it has raised some very real questions that may make it worth my time to complete a Whole30 before I completely move into primal. I say that because there are food items that I still currently eat that may need to be eliminated just for the basis of my general health and not for weight loss. There are so many of the health conditions that the book lists that I have or am experiencing and this is the kick in the behind that I’m using to do something about it.

I feel like the Whole30 will be doable because I am currently limiting my intake of added sugar (though I need to deal with the substitutes, like Splenda and Stevia), grains, and alcohol. I may not deal with a lot of the “withdrawal” symptoms that others go through because I have already gone through them. My challenge will be, as it always is, trying to deal with cravings and making sure that I have Whole30 complaint foods on hand that do not require a lot of effort.

I’ve learned that meal planning and prepping is the best thing that I can do to ensure that I have a successful week. When I take the time, like I did this week, to cook extra food and put it into containers, etc. All I have to do in the morning is grab and go. It makes my life so much simpler. Yes, I do get bored form eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch all week, but I try to mix it up for dinner and for my snacks. I haven’t decided when I want to start my Whole30, I’m still reading the book to get a full understanding of the program and I would like to make a meal plan for the 30 days so that I limit my risk for slips.

I’m praying that this will be an eye opening experience for me and my husband and that we are able to take this challenge head on, commit to it, and use it to move forward with the rest of our lives.

Jess

Still Pressing

Hi Folks:

Just wanted to give you a quick update on my progress; I’m still pushing forward on my journey and I’m pretty darn excited that this train is still moving. While I haven’t had the “perfect” week in terms of my eating and my exercise I am pleased to announce another ½ lb loss. I’m not going to complain about that because my weekend I indulged a bit as my husband and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary.

For that dinner we went to Mitchell’s Ocean Club and let me just say that they NEVER disappoint when it comes to taste. I had the Sea Scallops that were on top of a parmesan risotto with English peas (I’m not a pea fan but I ate them). We also shared their jalapeno au gratin potatoes (one does not go there and not eat the jalapeno potatoes) and the roasted Brussels sprouts. I also had a martini and a slice of the 10 layer carrot cake. Let me be clear, I didn’t eat the entire slice of cake in one sitting, I saved half for the next day (and I split that half with my hubby).

My workouts were virtually non-existent last week but because my eating was not completely out of control, I was still able to lose some pounds.

This weekend will be a bit of a challenge because I am planning to go visit my family. I love my family but it is filled with a ton of great cooks and because they don’t see me very often they are always trying to feed me. It can be hard to walk away from all of that deliciousness, however my plan is to eat in moderation so that I can partake but not overload. I’ll just need to limit my breads and sweets.

I’ll say this, I’m not perfect but I will continue to try and continue to put forth effort. Can’t is not part of my vocabulary.

Jess

Let’s Try This Again

Hi Folks:

It’s been a while since I last checked in. Now for me silence means that I am probably not doing what I’m supposed to be doing and I’ve fallen completely off track. That said, I’ve gained back most if not all of the weight that I’ve previously lost and I’m completely not ok with this. What can I say except that I’m so tired of this yo-yo cycle and making progress and falling back into my old ways, which completely negates all the progress that I’ve made. With that said, it’s time! Time to get this train moving, time to stop playing games, time to get my life moving into the direction that I want it to go in.

Because it’s been such a long time since we last talked you probably don’t know that I started Crossfit. I love it because it’s really challenging and pushes me to my limits on a regular basis. I try to make it a point to go 3 days a week. In spite of the heavy workout regimen I’ve managed to keep the weight on instead of losing it. I am gaining muscle, but for as long as I’ve been doing it (since November) one would think that I would have lost something. I know that my focus should be on losing fat and gaining muscle instead of what the scale says and believe me I’m working on changing my focus there. My gym (box) Crossfit IFM is near my house and my coaches are great because they are always there to help me make sure that I’m doing the movements correctly and that the weight that I’m using is appropriate. There have been many times when a coach has made me put more weight on it to make sure that I’m working to my best ability. I really enjoy the strength moves, the cardio stuff like single and double unders (I cannot do doubles yet) and the running are just torture and I do not enjoy the days when those come up in the WOD (workout of the day). So far so good on Crossfit, I’m mostly having fun and look forward to continuing to make progress.

My hubs and I went on vacation recently and we determined that as soon as we got back we would get back on track with our eating. So last Sunday I went to the grocery and got everything that we needed to get our eating together. As you know, I do better when I have a plan and I take the time to prep ahead of time. While many Crossfitters follow a Paleo eating style, I am not really interested in being THAT restrictive. I am starting out trying to reduce my “need” for carbs and such by following the Atkins 40 plan. This is plan allows for around 40 net carbs a day. These carbs come from sources such as fruits and veggies and some of the Atkins meals or bars. I am working to limit or minimize my use of the Atkins products so that I can eventually move into a Primal eating plan.

Primal eating is not quite as restrictive as Paleo and still allows for things like dairy and starchy veggies, like potatoes and yams. We’re a little over a week into our eating program and I can say that once we got through the first few days of decreased carb loads we are both feeling much better and we are losing weight. My hubs has lost around 10lbs in a week and I’m around 5lbs. Again, weight is not the focus but it is helpful in tracking some progress. Beyond that I noticed that my belly bloat has started to decrease and that my energy level has started to increase.

I’ll post pics soon and keep you posted on my progress but eating relatively clean most of the time and doing Crossfit should get me to where I want to be.

Jess

DDP Yoga Weeks 5 & 6

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Hi Folks:

As promised I got back on my DDP Yoga train and I am on the move. It feels really good to be back on my game and to do the things that I needed to do. Work has still been a challenge but I know that as soon as my position changes in June, I’ll be able to have some semblance of normalcy; with the exception of learning a new job. By the way, did I tell you that I got a new job? 🙂 I’m really excited because this one of the first times that I’ve ever really decided on something and went for it. I’m excited for the challenge that it will present for me.  

Now back to my health and fitness, week 5 I wasn’t as consistent in my eating as I could have been. No real excuses, my kids were out of town and I didn’t want to cook so we ate out A LOT. Week 6 was much better as we got some shakes from Vemma Bod-e to drink for breakfast and some lunches, and we eat healthy snacks. In all I’m proud to say that I’m pleased with how I feel right now and am so ready to keep it up. Belly bloat has decreased and my head is mostly clear, with the exception of those days where my allergies and sinuses get the best of me.

Our Workouts for week 5:

Monday Energy  
Wednesday Energy  
Saturday Fat Burner  

 

Week 6:

Our Workouts for the week:

Monday Fat Burner  
Wednesday Energy  
Sunday Fat Burner  

 

I’ve added some additional workouts in there, like a run and some additional cross-fit style workouts that I can use to help me continue to build strength. I’m looking forward to the coming week because even though I have a parent meeting and 2 softball games to watch, I’m going to make time to get it in. I will make this happen, I will reach my goal.

Oh and by the way, I’m down 1 pound. Woot Woot. Back on it baby!!!

Jess

Confessions of a Stress Eater

Hi Folks:

I AM A STRESS EATER!!

Ok now that I have that out of the way, I can move on.

The month of March and now the beginning of April have been extremely stressful at work. The end of 2013 was stressful but in a different manner than this. The end of 2013 was filled with stress surrounding high volume, meaning I had a lot of work to get done in an extremely small amount of time. My recent stress is surrounded by the opportunity for change. I was recently approached by a friend about a position on her team that would potentially mean a higher pay grade and more money.

That all sounded attractive but as I started to delve into the process, from deciding that I would actually apply for it (what could it hurt), talking it over with my boss, updating my resume, applying, etc… I started to think about what I really wanted in my career and if this position would take me where I want to be. Because I actually applied and interviewed for this position I was able to sit down with several people and discuss my career and from those discussions I’ve figured out that there are so many positions in the bank that I don’t have a clue about and I have to start sitting down with people to learn more about what they do and if it is something that I find interesting. One of the results of a discussion with my manager’s manager is a position that I’m interested in exploring. In fact, I’ve had a discussion with that manager and have started listening in on some of their project calls to see if I have an interest in joining that team.

I say all of this to say, all of this “finding” myself, career discussions, and my everyday job have left me a bit overwhelmed at times. Even though I have a group of managers who are more than supportive of me and recognize that I work hard and want to help shape my career, I’ve still been feeling so much stress that I start looking for carbs at every turn. Unfortunately I have not been successful at walking away from them or even stopping myself from going to get cookies, chips, and candy. This is something that I’ve got to work on, got to figure out how to combat. Stress is everywhere and I can’t run around eating junk every time I experience it.

I work out pretty regularly but it’s all for naught if I can’t control my eating. I mean yes, working out has improved my strength, cardio endurance, flexibility, etc… but I haven’t lost any weight and I know the exact reason why. I have to do better. I will do better. I AM BETTER!!

DDP Yoga- Week Three

Hi Folks:

Can I just say that this week was a challenge for me???  First, I was in all-day meetings on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  By the time Wednesday came around I was completely and totally sick, which took me out of commission for a few days.  That being said, I still got all of my workouts in for the week, just not necessarily following my normal schedule.  My workouts were as follows:

Our Workouts for the week:

 Monday Energy  
Saturday  Energy  
Sunday Fat Burner Oh My!!! This was tough!!

 

Not making excuses but with the meetings (and the breakfast and lunch provided) and illness really made it hard to focus on my meals. 

Starting Weight: 180.0

Week 1 Weight: 178.0

Week 2 Weight: 179.0

Week 3 Weight: 179.0

I had no change this week, well at least not in the scale, but I will say that I’m still showing gains in my flexibility and my clothes are starting to loosen up.  So I can’t be mad at that.  Very soon my youngest daughter will start having softball games in the evenings and I need to be prepared for that.  This weekend I will need to spend some time making “Healthy Freezer Meals” that I can just throw in the crockpot or something so that I won’t be tempted to purchase fast food. 

Here’s to making it work for me!!!

Jess

DDP Yoga- Week Two

Hi Folks:

Completed week 2 of DDP Yoga.  This week I’m happy to report that my strength and flexibility have increased.  This is especially noticeable in the Broken Table position where I’m not quite as wobbly or shaky as I was when we first started.  I am also noticing that when I do the Downward Dog I am getting a bit closer to being able to complete it with my feet flat on the ground (right now my heels are less than an inch from touching).  My progress from last week to this week has been tremendous 🙂

Our Workouts for the week:

 Monday Energy Getting stronger every day
Wednesday  Energy  
Saturday Energy  

 

Still struggling with the food part, which has typically been the area that I tend to have issues with.  I usually do well during the week because my life is more regimented at that time.  The weekends have not been kind.  I tend to sleep in a bit longer and then not be as diligent as I should be when it comes to choosing the right foods.  This is the one area that I will have to correct if I truly want to be successful.

Starting Weight: 180.0

Week 1 Weight: 178.0

Week 2 Weight: 179.0

I gained a pound this week and I fully attribute it to the fact that I need to do better on my weekend eating.  I refuse to let this derail me, I just have to keep pushing forward. 

I’ve started Couch25K and I’ve been impressed in my ability to complete the runs as required.  I’m actually bumping up my run speed on the treadmill just to make sure that I can increase my speed as I go along. 

Jess

DDP Yoga Week 1

Hi Folks:

Week 1 of DDP Yoga is a wrap!  I’m glad to say that I’m very happy to have gotten through this first week of the program and I’m excited to see what happens next.  My hubby and I spent Sunday prepping our meals for the week.  It’s exciting to see us working together for a common goal.  I must say admit that going through these exercises gave me new found respect for the program.  I actually feel like I got a decent workout in, and the soreness that is in my legs confirms that. 

Our Workouts for the week:

 Monday Diamond Dozen and Energy I know this doesn’t exactly follow program but we had gone through the Diamond Dozen over the weekend and felt that we could proceed with doing both
Wednesday Diamond Dozen and Energy  
Saturday Energy  

 Workouts are going well so far and so is the meal planning.  The only exception is the food combining at dinner where it is a little more difficult to keep from pairing a complex carb with a protein.  Old habits die hard, however this may be one area where I can tweak the plan a bit to suit my needs and the needs of my family while still maintaining the integrity of the overall plan. 

I am happy to say that the Energy workout has challenged me more than I thought a 20 min workout could.  The good thing is that everyday gets a little easier and before I know it we will be moving on to the next workout which will increase intensity.  I’m so ready for it.

Starting Weight: 180.0

Week 1 Weight: 178.0

I lost 2 pounds this week which is great considering the fact that I was already working out some and had started changing my eating a bit. 

As we go through this program I also have to be mindful that I’m starting to prepare myself for racing season.  I took most of last year off so I am nowhere close to being ready for my first 5K in April.  As of today, I’ve started adding the Couch25K program on the days that I do DDP Yoga because I also need to progress through that program 3 days a week.  I feel like after my DDP Yoga sessions I have enough fuel in the tank to get through a 30 minute run/walk session. 

My first race of the year is Color Me Rad in April.  I’ve done 5k’s before but never a race like this one.  At the request of some friends, my youngest daughter and I plan to give it a try.  A couple of other races that I’m planning for are another 5k in May, a possible Sprint Duathlon in June, my first Olympic Distance Duathlon in late June and another in late July, and finally Pelotonia (a bike ride that I do every year to raise funds for Cancer Research). 

Busy schedule ahead, but I’m excited to get back into the thick of it. 

Jess