Change of Plans

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Hi Folks:

So my original plan was to finish P90X3 then move on to The Master’s Hammer and Chisel in January, however I decided to go ahead and change my plans and start Hammer and Chisel on this past Monday. If you haven’t heard about it yet, this is the new Beachbody program from Beachbody trainers Autumn Calabrese and Sagi Kalev.

Why I chose this program:

Simply put, I enjoy a challenge! I love workouts that tax my mind and my body and push me to be my very best. I get bored easily so the daily variety is helpful. This program also includes portion fix containers and a meal plan to assist in the ever important nutrition aspect of your wellness journey.

I am a week into my program and I absolutely love it so far. Partially because of the short workouts but also because the nutrition is easier once you plan out your week and prepare ahead of time, limiting any surprises.

Beginning January 4, I will be hosting a 60 day accountability and challenge group to start the New Year off right. The group will feature the Master’s Hammer and Chisel plus Shakeology, however you can use any Beachbody program. I just want you to use the program that best suits you and that you can commit to completing.

This will not be a time to quit on ourselves, but rather a time to commit to our health and well-being. Taking the 30-40 minutes a day to workout is an easy way to begin to prioritize yourself and not allow the challenges of daily life to get in the way of you living your best life.

If you’re interested in joining the challenge group and want to get your copy of The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, click the link below:

http://www.teambeachbody.com/checkout/-/bbcheckout/challengepack/hammer-chisel?referringRepId=782033

Remember to order by December 14th to receive by Christmas (with standard shipping) and December 21st to receive by New Years (with standard shipping).

Jess

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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

We All Fall Down

Hi Folks:

Long time, huh? Isn’t it funny how we have a tendency to go quiet when things aren’t necessarily going the way we planned?  Obviously that is what happened to me.  Seems like I have a lot of things going right in my life, Hubby and the kids are doing well.  My job has been busy but manageable. I finished my degree…

It seems like this ONE area of my life is the one area that I am struggling with.  The one thing that seems to be totally out of control.  You can see by my posts that I get started and do really well.  I love the way that I feel when I work out.  I love the way that lifting makes me feel.  I love seeing my shape come back.  I just feel amazing.

So if this is the case, why in the world do I self-sabotage and just start missing workouts and eating poorly.  I really don’t get it but it’s something that I have to get a handle on because THIS has got to stop.  I’ve had enough.

I haven’t quite decided what program, if any, I’m going to do, but I believe that I will need to do something that I can do with a limited schedule and maybe only a month to start. Ninety day programs are great but I need something that I can actually accomplish in the short term so that I can actually see a “small” success and feel like I’ve actually done something.

If you have any suggestions please let me know.

Jessica

Oh, before I forget, I’ve decided that I want to start doing tri’s again in 2014.  I plan to start with a ladies mini (just to get back into it), then a co-ed sprint, and maybe even an olympic distance (scared to death of that one).

Keeping My Head Up

Hi Folks

All is well with me these days. Sorry I’ve neglected to check in recently so let me quickly give you a recap of what’s been going on with me.

Nutrition:
I’m still packing my meals every Sunday and it generally consists of chicken, veggies, brown rice or a sweet potato for lunch, eggs or oatmeal for breakfast, snacks that have a fruit or a veggie with a protein. This can get pretty dull but if I want to see the results that I want I have to keep it up.

Fitness:
As I previously mentioned, I am doing Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer (http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jamie-eason-livefit-trainer.html ). I’m in week three and I couldn’t be more thrilled with my results. In three short weeks I have discovered that I am so much stronger than I ever thought. I actually am really starting to see biceps and triceps. I almost died when I looked down and saw the very beginning stages of a quad through the layer of fluff that covers my legs. 🙂

Weight/body:
I’ve lost a few, well four to be exact, pounds in the last 3 weeks and I am thrilled about that. However more than the pounds lost I’m starting to see real changes in my body; so much so that I can’t seem to fit any of my pants. I work in corporate America so you can imagine that my new sloppy look is not a hit around my office.  😦 No one has said anything but it can be a bit awkward going into meetings feeling like you are wearing someone else’s clothes.

Mental:

This has been the tough part, as usual. I’m able to get to the gym and give it everything I have which is great and I have to be happy that I haven’t had any stumbling blocks from that perspective. My problem goes back to the clothes issue. As I’ve lost the weight my husband and some of my close friends have encouraged me to go shopping to grab a few new pair of pants that actually fit so that I can have that “pulled together” look and feel proud of my accomplishments. My problem has been the thought that maybe my current pants are all stretched out and I’m not really able to fit the next size down. What if I go and try on new pants only to discover that I still need the same size. I wasn’t really sure how I would handle that, would I be ok or would I be devastated and sit down in a bowl of ice cream misery.

Today was reckoning day for me. I decided that I needed to go ahead and at least make the attempt and see where I was. I pulled several different styles, cuts, and sizes just to get a feel for what I need. As I tried each pair on I continually confirmed that I was indeed “the same size” but instead of crying and being completely upset over it I just told myself that I “may not be where I want to be, but I’m so much better than I was before” and left it at that. To take care of the “frumpy” look at work, I bought a skirt and some cute dresses to hold me over. 🙂

Jess

P.S. I did have ice cream, it’s my cheat day! 🙂

My Next Challenge

Hi Folks:

Now that I’m on a roll with my fitness and nutrition I’ve started to think about what my next challenge will be. Inspired by another blogger Alesha Haley at aleshahaley.wordpress.com, I’ve decided to take on Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Trainer. Before I take on any challenge or program I research it to see how other people have faired.

Based on what I’ve seen many people have been able to gain the muscle tone that I’m looking for. So I’ve decided to give it a shot. Today is the last day of week one for me and I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve used some machines at the gym that were unfamiliar to me but I was able to adjust ok.

The unnerving part was going into “man land”. Ladies you know what I’m talking about, the area where all the men work out using big heavy weights and you feel like a wimp by putting two 10# weights on the bar. At my gym, there were a few ladies over there so I went ahead and waded into the deep water. To my surprise I didn’t feel judged for my use of lighter weights, I really don’t think anyone was paying attention at all. They did their thing and I did mine. I’m learning not to get intimidated by equipment and people who are unfamiliar, but to jump in there and be open to learning new things.

Jess

Still Pressing Forward…follow up

Hi folks:

Can I just say that even though this week was crazy because it was month end, which meant incredible stress at work and great temptation to stress eat, I was able to resist all of that and still do what I needed to do. 

My ability to go to my fitness classes has been hindered by my youngest daughter’s volleyball schedule. However my husband is helping me make it happen by picking the girls up a few days a week so that I can get to class on time. The other days are spent either working out at home or at the gym.

Thursday- I went to Planet Fitness and spent 15 minutes on the treadmill to warm up, walking, jogging, and running.  Then I went and did their 30 minute circuit. It’s a full body workout with machines and then steppers that you can use for cardio in between the machines.

Friday-was a rest day

Saturday-my husband and I went to the gym and started out on the treadmill for a quick warm-up, then we went on to work legs. I used the Smith machine for the first time to do squats and dead lifts. We also did a lot of other leg stuff like leg presses, abductions, curls and lifts.

I’m super excited because even though there’s a layer of fat on top of it, I can actually see the beginning of well developed quadriceps.  I noticed it yesterday and almost squealed in delight. What???? (Raising the roof).

The rest of today will be spent watching football. Tomorrow, arms!

Go Bucks!!!!

Still Pressing Forward

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Hi Folks:

This week is the last week of the month for me and with that being said, my stress level is really high. Heavy demands on my limited time and resources has caused me to be stressed out. Even with all of the stress I have been able to get my workouts in.

On Monday I went to my fitness class and I’m so proud to say that I actually completed one of the toughest workouts that I’ve ever done: 100 Burpees, 200 Push-ups, and 400 Jumping Jacks. Can I just say that Burpees and Jumping Jacks are two of my least favorite exercises ever but on Monday I threw all of that to the wayside and got it done.

On Tuesday I went to the gym and did cardio on the elliptical.

Today my plan was to go to my fitness class but I had to stay late at work and didn’t make it in time. I was tempted to chalk this day up as a loss but I decided to get up and hit the weights. A nice dynamic arm workout and now I’m getting prepped for bed.

I will say this, months or even weeks ago I would have let the stress that I was feeling keep me from working out but I’m getting stronger now, both physically and mentally. I’m continuing to press forward in spite of the obstacles and challenges that I’m presented with.

Jess

Who is this Girl?

Hi folks

Yesterday I was a bit bummed because I couldn’t make it to my class but instead of just giving up and parking it on the couch I decided to do my own mini workout. I had limited time so I wanted to make sure that what I was doing was effective. I found a video demonstrating various exercises geared toward women and strength training and I decided to give it a shot.

I’m still getting used to strength training and this video used a lot of dynamic movement, so I chose a 10# set of dumbbells to get me through. The workout was intense but the side effect of sore arms is what has me smiling. For the second time this week I’ve done a really intense workout and I’ve been super sore the next day. Super sore, but still smiling.

I NEVER thought I’d be one of those people who enjoy the burn of a good workout or the soreness the next day. That just seemed weird to me. Now, I have to admit that I’m quickly becoming one of those people and it’s kind of freaking me out. 🙂

No pain, no gain!

Jess