2014 in review

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,200 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Week 1 Done! (Insanity Max:30)

End of week #1!

This has been such a whirlwind I had to write it all down in a blog post to remember 😉

Day 1 workout was rough. It was simply named, “cardio challenge”. No biggie, right?

WRONG!!! OMG! Shaun T started off with a vengeance and I thought I could take it better than I did! All I know is that this week, I will work on beating my “MAX OUT” time from last week’s. Here are the workouts I completed in order this week, and my MAX OUT times:

Monday: Cardio Challenge – M.O. 8:29

Tuesday: Tabata Power – M.O. 9:49

Wednesday: Sweat Intervals – M.O. 17:00 and Abs: M.O. 6:22

Thursday: Tabata Power (again) – M.O. 30 minutes babyyyyyyyy!!!!! I made it to the end…barely 😉

Friday: Friday Fight: Round 1 (ugh) – M.O. 12:00

Saturday: Pulse – which  is basically a stretch and some pulsing squat moves to help open up the tighter areas and relieve the body from the beating it took all week.

Asylum; End of week 1

Sunday is my rest day. Nothing today. No running, no weights, no anything. This is a day I am guilty of adding in one of my own workouts like a run outdoors or just another short workout to keep me going but I have since learned this only leads my body to being overworked and overtrained. This is just as bad as not doing enough. The body cannot recover properly and starts to actually work against what we are trying to achieve. Weight loss can slow or stop; fatigue gets worse; risk of adrenal fatigue, injuries and sickness are also higher due to this type of practice.

I am happily enjoying doing NOTHING in terms of a workout today. If I ever get a tick to have to do something physical on my “rest” days, I will make it nothing more than yoga. But not this day. This day is for NOTHING!

As far as meals go, I did soooo well this past week that I just want to scream!!!

Why? Because I usually SUCK at this area when I start a new program. My body has cravings galore and I am just more hungry and cranky and want to just EAT more than I am allowed to. This usually leads to me “sneaking” in a bite, lick or taste more than a few dozen times and I know why my results come slower because of this.

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For some reason, this week I am laser beam focused. Kind of like I was when on my fitness competition meal plan. At that time, I knew I would have to get up on stage in a bikini and actually prove that I had followed the plan. This time, no such thing will take place (although a soon to be trip to Cancun with my sis will be happening!) but I am oddly not caving into my usual cravings.

I have to say it may be because I completed a sugar detox the week prior to starting this plan. Seriously, yesterday, I was PMS-ing like a crazy person (sorry guys but it’s about to get REAL!) and shopping in the mall with my daughter looking for a holiday dress and smelling all the stupid pretzel shops, candy stores, chocolate joints and seeing pictures of ice cream sundaes, gooey desserts and decadent everything was kind of pissing me off!!!

But that was all it did!! It just pissed me off!!!

Usually I would cave in and just have a small “something” and maybe split it with my daughter or whoever was with me. I simply had no need or reason; or even “want” to do this yesterday. SCORE! And the exciting part is that I lost 3 lbs the first week!!

I have issues just like anyone else. Do I eat clean most of the time? Yes. Do I choose only the best foods 90% of the time? Yes. But do I also love sugar and crappy foods like the rest of you and cave from time to time? YES!!! Do I ever eat MORE food than my body needs? Heck YES!!! And so I do still battle with my own issues. This is not a “one time fix all” movement. This is a “lifestyle” type drill. If you cannot deal with the ups and downs of it all, you will not ever reach and stay with your goals.

Ever.

Like ever. (reminds me of Taylor Swift…lol)

In wrapping up this week’s blog, I will share what my typical day foods have been so far:

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Breakfast: 1 yellow container oatmeal, 1 red container Greek Yogurt, 1/4 c almond milk, coffee and 1 tsp. peanut butter

Post-workout:  chocolate Shakeology with 1 tsp. peanut butter (I get 4 each day so let me have them all please!!!), water and ice

Lunch: veggies (green container or 2), protein (chicken or eggs) and piece of fruit (purple container)

Snack: veggies (1 green container) and hummus (1 blue container)

Dinner: 1 yellow container of brown rice, 1 green container of vegetables, 1 orange of dressing or nuts/seeds, 1/2 red container of protein, 1 purple container of fruit

Snack: 1/2 red of Greek yogurt, 1 yellow container of oats, 1 tsp of peanut butter, herbal tea

LOTS of water all day long 😉

 

Shaun T is trying to kill me!

I think Shaun T is trying to kill me.

 

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He actually says it in some of the videos I’m doing so I really do believe that it’s true. Today will be Day #4 on the new Insanity Max:30 program and it’s funny to think that I’m thanking God it’s the Tabata workout again. LOL Yesterday was Cardio Sweat Intervals and I really don’t know how I made it through. The good news is, that I could have done lower impact if I had needed to but this gal had a thing to prove to herself so I made it all the way to minute 17 before MAXING out! Woohoo!!!

Sounds like a silly number you say? I dare you to try to beat that in your first week! 😉

Regardless of my excitement in not giving up until more than 1/2 way through the 30 minute workout, I was toasted later that day and needed a NAP!!! Yes, this gal also took a nap because of Shaun!

But all complaining aside, I seriously cannot wait for today’s workout so I can prove to beat the time from Tuesday’s 9 minute Max out.  It actually becomes a game you are playing and maybe that’s the “fun” part? (wicked fun for sure!)

The meal plans are super easy to follow and based on the 21 Day Fix container system; although you don’t need the containers if you don’t want them or don’t have them. The food plan shows all of the measurements for each food portion. I am already feeling leaner and lighter and it’s not even been a whole week yet!

I simply cannot wait to share this plan with my group that starts off in January!!! My early start is so that I can be better prepared to help everyone deal with issues or common struggles along the way. Looking forward to my first week’s results and I’ll be sharing more about what I’m eating this week too!

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