Cruise Recap of SS Beachbody 2014

Is it Spring yet?

I’m loving the weather this week in So Cal and really enjoying being home again following our SS Beachbody Cruise last week. What a week!! Yes, I’m going to fill you in on all the info and silliness that I am known to do 😉

I also have a NEW challenge I’m entering and it will take the place of the WBFF Fitness competition I had planned on competing in this April…but for obvious reasons of overseas travels and family settlings; I decided it wasn’t in my best interest to add such a huge challenge during the last few months. It’s so important to be flexible in your life and not be tied down to anything that doesn’t support the most important areas of your life. 🙂 Mine is my family and this past year has shown me so much in love, compassion, support, beauty, healing, strength and more. Isn’t life amazing???

Okay, sappy time over! Time to give you the update on the cruise last year.

So, as you already know (or maybe not; who knows what you know about me so I won’t make assumptions here…), I work as an online coach for Beachbody.  This past year, I earned a FREE cruise the the Caribbean and was able to bring one guest for free as well.

My hubby despises cruises. I really wanted him to join me but wouldn’t want him to be unhappy on a trip that should be enjoyable. He was okay with me going and so I decided to take my aunt who had asked me before if I would take a cruise with her ever. She has never done a cruise and when I asked her, she was elated 😉

It’s funny how fast it came up and how fast it went but here I am to tell the story. (but only if you are interested in hearing it…lol) So, we flew off to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida last Sunday evening and spent the night in a nice enough hotel with eagerness and excitement to spare! Some of our fellow coaches were also staying at the same hotel so it wasn’t a shock to see them on the shuttle to the port the following morning. If you have never done a cruise before, the arrivals and departures can take awhile so it’s good to just accept it and enjoy the process.

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As we drove up to the port, we saw our ship “The Liberty of the Seas” with the banner welcoming us Beachbody coaches. I had done another cruise with Beachbody 3 years prior but we had only less than half of the ship to ourselves; the rest was filled with the general public This particular cruise was ONLY Beachbody coaches and corporate and trainers…they basically chartered the WHOLE ship!!! Tony Horton, Shaun T and our newest trainer, Autumn Calabrese (of the 21 Day Fix program) were also on board.

Really an exciting trip and overwhelming that it was paid for completely.

Once we boarded the ship, my aunt and I enjoyed the balcony room we shared and sat watching the port of Ft. Lauderdale before we departed. As we left to sea, I had a deja vu moment from the cruise 3 years ago:

We were leaving the same port on another Beachbody cruise and while we were watching the shore move away from us; my aunt called my cell phone. She had no idea that I was on a cruise. She asked if I was busy and I told her, “I’m actually leaving RIGHT now on a cruise ship for a week!” She was excited but asked me if I’d ever consider joining her on a cruise as she had been wanting to go but didn’t know who would be a good travel partner. I told her it would be a great idea and she seemed excited….

So, cut to me this last week and we were again, moving away from the shore line as I remembered the above phone call. I turned to my aunt and said, “oh my gosh! I just remembered the last time I left on this cruise and you called me!” She looked at me as she also remembered that phone call and with a smile from ear to ear, said, “And you remembered ME!”….That statement melted my heart and I knew it was right that I had asked her to come.

Anyway, the rest of the day was spent unpacking and then we got ready for dinner. The dining rooms for dinner aboard cruise ships is always a special experience and this was no different. Our group of fellow team members sat at a table together and we just had a great time talking about the days ahead.

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The next day was at sea.  I woke up at 6am to attend a live workout at poolside with none other than Shaun T. He always delivers and this workout was no different. He stayed true to Focus T25 style and made it a little more challenging with some new moves thrown in and more choreography to the music playing. Immediately following that workout, Tony Horton came out for some P90X3 style workout that just completed the hour-plus long sweat session and then we enjoyed some Shakeology to refuel.  My aunt slept most of the day and I attended the Beachbody panel to hear Carl Daikeler (our CEO) talk about his story in his earlier years. He then welcomed the 3 fitness trainers to the stage and they chatted about infomercials, success in this biz and more.

Days at sea are a bit on the boring side for me…just saying. But we enjoyed the pool side and some relaxation. Again, dinner followed and it was Formal night. Fun to dress up! 😉

Day #3 was spent in Cozumel, Mexico but not before I attended a live workout with Autumn Calabrese. We did Pilates and then I ran back to the room to change and met my aunt for our excursion on shore.

We saw the Mayan ruins and beautiful beaches and some shops on the island. It was a relaxing day and the weather was amazing. I couldn’t believe how relaxed I felt and didn’t want it to end. Back on board the ship, we had lunch and then relaxed before we headed out to sea again. That night was “disco” night. Some of the coaches dressed up like the disco era but I just wore a dress that could have passed for that time plus some wedge heels to top it off…or “bottom” it out! lol

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We were told that since it was such a large distance from Cozumel to Grand Cayman; the ship would be going faster than usual to make up time.

They weren’t kidding.

It seemed like we were SPEEDING in the enormous cruise liner and the choppy water and stormy seas didn’t help ease my mind. (I’m a baby when it comes to the ocean or flying in the air) We actually experienced a full on thunder storm as we were hurdling through the ocean towards the next destination…lol  Kind of scary…

But we made it safely to the Grand Cayman island and this island I had visited once before so I was familiar with the excursions. I started the day off with another workout with Autumn, as she had promised us “legs” day and didn’t disappoint! For the day on land, I opted out of doing any specific plans and just walked the island with my friend, Coni, while my aunt went to swim with the stingrays with some other ladies in our group. It was perfect for my mood and we actually headed back to the ship a few hours early to have lunch and lounge around the pool for some tanning before we departed again.

That night for dinner was “white night”. There was supposed to be a DJ and some festivities around the pool that night but it started to rain and everyone hid for cover.

The following day was at sea…once again. I tried my best to wake up for the early workout with Shaun T again but apparently I slept through my alarm and didn’t make ANY workouts that day! haha I guess I really needed that extra sleep. This was another panel day and we heard the top 10 coaches from 2013 talk about their success and tips on how to follow in their footsteps.

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Dinner was more casual and we had to start to pack our belongings in getting ready to depart the next morning.

I have to say that I had a wonderful time but towards the end; I really missed my hubby and kids and looked forward to being reunited with them again. My aunt seemed to have a wonderful time and talked about cruising again in the near future.

As for me, I think I’ll stick to the land vacations and really cannot wait for the Cancun trip next year at a 5 star resort. This time; hubby is coming with me as it’s a destination trip and will not disappoint!

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! 😉 I also wanted to share my next fitness challenge I’ll be competing in this coming June but you’ll have o wait for tomorrow’s blog cuz this chica is tired and needs some beauty sleep!!

Isn’t life awesome???

End of #21DayFix; Round 1

Oh my goodness….it’s been awhile since I posted about my #21 Day Fix challenge but that does NOT mean I’ve fallen off track!

Quite the contrary; I actually finished stronger than when I first began. My challenge in the beginning was being hungry from the change in my food amounts and the issue in my mind was that I was drastically cutting back foods. But here, I was getting 6 meals in each day and with the addition of Shakeology every day; I knew my nutrition was complete. There were a few issues with my newfound sweet tooth…in the form of “clean” alternatives like, honey, agave, stevia drops, etc.

Well, sugar is sugar is sugar! Pure and simple. I am finding that my new eating habits are creating better balance with my food servings, choices and frequency. It’s a funny thing; I learned how to lose weight; and then later I learned how to eat clean. And now, the balance of it all is to stay with the weight loss, gain strength, lose body fat AND eat clean!

whew!

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Thanks to this program, I have also been able to shave off time from my daily gym workouts. Honestly, I love to work out hard and the time it takes to get myself to the gym; workout in the gym and then get home and shower, takes up so much of my time that I can get off track with other areas of my life. I’m a exercise-addict now…but in a “good” way. The way that keeps me happy and strong but yet I found it was taking tons of my time too.

I’m not saying that I have cut out all of my gym time for good. Or that I will never again take a long run outdoors. But I know now that I can train more efficiently with just 30 minutes or so and a solid meal plan that keeps my body happy and keeps my results showing.

So many people tell me, “Kathy, you don’t have to worry about losing weight. You’re already lean.” And, “You don’t have to workout so hard cuz you’re already toned and strong.”

People, it’s not about getting fit and then STOPPING! You need to make this a lifestyle. But in doing that, I had made it impossible to make other areas shine just as much if I wasn’t doing as MUCH and as TOUGH of a workout on most days of the week as I needed to be making.

Let me tell you my results from the past 21 days.

3 weeks of workouts at home only…30 minutes per day for the first 2 weeks and then “doubles” for the final week; or 1 hour per day….all at home.

Eating plan with the awesome container system and no measuring or weighing foods or tracking calories.

Yes, my hunger was an issue for the first week or so but I noticed a big change as time went on.

I became satisfied with the new portions. My body also enjoyed the new eating plan…I leaned out and my abs are starting to pop! Woohoo! I can’t tell you how exciting that part of it is. (even if you think it’s silly…lol)

I now notice when I eat my food portions that I am satisfied and sometimes “FULL”….really? I had never been “full” from one serving of Shakeology before. It was a nice “snack” before or after my workouts or in between my day but I couldn’t fathom it taking the place of an actual “meal”…

Now, I am full after Shakeology. And that’s only adding 1/2 of a frozen banana, water and ice. Seriously!!! No almond milk…peanut butter…etc….

I am a new person and I can eat complete; albeit smaller portions and still feel satisfied. The best news of all?

I lost just over 5 lbs (5.3 lbs to be exact) PLUS 5 inches from my body!!!

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In just 21 days!! Can you believe that is possible?? I know my body fat has dropped dramatically too but haven’t measured that yet.

My new goal is to start round 2 today and follow the meal plans more precise (cuz now I totally feel in the groove!), work out with heavier weights and take my body fat calculations before and after the 3 weeks ends.

What do you think? Are you game for a great change?

“Time changes everything.”  That’s what people say, but it’s not really true.  Doing things changes things.  Not doing things leaves things exactly as they were.

Final Week of 21 Day Fix; Round 1

Day 15!!! One week to go on the 21 day fix and things are definitely happening 😉

Okay, first of all, honesty time…this program has most definitely challenged my foods like never before! Like, even on my fitness competing “lean out” phase didn’t push me to the edge like this.

I’m a volume eater, through and through! I eat tons of CLEAN foods; veggies, lean proteins, complex carbs, healthy fats…yada yada yada.  You know the drill. Clean eats. Look better. Feel better. Eat organic. Choose grass-fed over grain fed…

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But guess what? My issues aren’t from eating crappy foods anymore. Nope, I kicked those bad habits about 20 years ago. Now, it’s all about the amount of foods I eat. Amazing how much you can learn from doing something that totally pushes you out of your comfort zone.

So, basically, I’ve followed this plan about 80% of the time. That kind of pisses me off. Just because I need it to be 100% and I get so hungry. But I suck it up and drink my water and my herbal teas and really focus on my goals.

That helps…for a bit. Then the hunger kicks in and I have to start all over again.

But then…guess what I found out this past weekend?

I’m getting FULL when I eat my smaller meals now. WHAAAAT??? That hasn’t happened before!

Like today, I did my morning workout (which is still no joke but getting easier each time) and then had my strawberry Shakeology with 1/2 frozen banana and water and ice (and here I was always adding almond milk, fruit, etc) and when I was done drinking it; I was F-U-L-L!!!!! Like Thanksgiving day stuffed!!

That made me happy. Why? Cuz my body is getting used to the smaller portions and less foods. Yay me! Which is a big reason why I have made the decision to follow this program “for realz” again after I complete this first round.

The goal for round 2 will be to get some heavier weights and maybe add in some extra cardio on some of the days. Doubling up, I guess? In fact, this week will be some double workouts as written out in the program (optional, of course but I love a good challenge!)

I will share my results after this week ends, which ends round 1..and then I will start round 2 and finish just prior to my cruise! Dude, a month away!!! Booked my hotel for Ft. Lauderdale today and it’s really starting to sink in!

Tell me, do you need some support or a new shift to your program? I would love if you joined me for next round…come on!! It’ll be funnnnnnnnnnn1924963_532894973491814_1689660556_n