How I’m committing to my meals on month 2 of the 22 Minute Hard Corps!

It’s time for some accountability!! I am usually so good at following a workout plan and kicking it up a notch in the intensity, weight, reps, etc…but my downfall always comes back to the nutrition. Success comes from focusing on the areas that are hindering us and finding a way to get better at these areas. My area is foods.

I love food. Always have, always will. I despise “diets” and refuse to follow a plan that restricts foods that I love and tells me how I’m supposed to eat.

Been there, done that; and I know firsthand that it is a disaster waiting to happen.

Now, I always follow a plan that allows my body to feel it’s best; to get the results I’m working on in the moment and to also allow my fun foods to be enjoyed in moderation. Deprivation does not work. Diets are meant to be temporary and then once we reach the goals we set out for (and these are met half assed anyway), we return to the old habits that got us to the starting point again.

Can you relate?

And we repeat this cycle and wonder why we feel so miserable about our bodies and our abilities to succeed long term.

I love that I can follow a plan and figure out the areas that need to be improved and just do it. I love that I can share my journey and have support with my challengers and my friends along the way. I love that this is a process that blesses our lives and our bodies in ways that a “diet” never could live up to.

This coming week begins my 6th week on the 22 Minute Hard Corps plan.

Month 1, was all about how bad ass I felt in the workouts, even when they were only 22 minutes a day. These workouts are nothing to laugh at! They are hard core and definitely create a challenge. I noticed that although I was seeing progress and results happening, I was kind of “dogging” it in the food plan and was starting to allow small excuses to become more habitual.

Once month 2 started, I realized in order for me to truly succeed in this program as it is intended to do; I needed to get serious and focused about my foods. Yes, I stick to a basic plan and don’t suffer the issues that I did in the past; but I allowed myself to taste foods as I cooked. I allowed myself to throw foods into my mouth that I didn’t track. I allowed too many “it’s okay” type treats to be enjoyed on more occasions that I’d suggest to a fellow client.

So I am putting myself up to the challenge and tracking and sharing every morsel of food and drink that I enjoy in this second month on plan. I am sharing everything; both good and not so good so that others can see that I am human and I struggle too. But the successes are not in the “perfection” times of our plans…they come from overcoming the struggles that we endure along the way. Getting 100% accountable and serious about what we are doing (versus not giving full attention to at times) is going to make or break our results.

In keeping to the theme of this challenge, I wanted to share how listening to “PINK’s” song “TRY” today helped me pinpoint the focus that inspired this challenge:

“Where there is desire
There is gonna be a flame”…  
My desire here is to feel my best, get the best nutrition for my long term results in my life and in my health habits and thus, the flame has begun. 🙂

Where there is a flame
Someone’s bound to get burned” 
…now here is when we fall off of our well intended plans. We start a new program or eating plan and we are all excited (flame started) and then we fall off track due to life’s busyness; lack of planning; lack of willpower; etc…

But just because it burns
Doesn’t mean you’re gonna die”….
this part is crucial for us to acknowledge. We are NOT failures because of a misstep or a slip up (even if that “slip up” is decades long)…we are not going to die from the slip up (or at least not yet)

You’ve gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try
You gotta get up and try, and try, and try”….
I think this part speaks for itself, right? We just have to get up again and again and again and again…

so here goes nothing…or “nothing” to lose except my bad habits! 🙂  Here are some of the foods I ate this weekend:

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For Saturday, it looked like this:

Breakfast: 2 eggs and 1 green container shredded zucchini squash scrambled + 1/2 cup cooked oats topped with 1 purple container of strawberries, coffee with 2T 1/2 + 1/2

Snack: Cafe Latte Shakeology with 1/2 banana, 1 cup water, 1 cup ice and 1 tsp peanut butter, blended up.

Lunch: Salad topped with 1 veggie patty and 2 Tbls of Opa brand dill dressing

Snack: (before heading out to see a movie with my son) 1/2 cup oats soaked in 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 red container 2% greek yogurt, 1 tsp peanut butter and a few drops of liquid stevia.

Movie treats: 2 servings of Starburst minis (about 300 calories worth) and my water bottle

Dinner: Salmon on top of greens and my Opa dressing

Evening snack: herbal tea with the greek yogurt snack (from above)

All in all, a pretty successful day given my previous movie day treats!!

Sunday looked like this:

Breakfast: I wanted pancakes so I opened up the 21 Day Fix “Fixate” cookbook and made the Oat/banana pancakes and topped them with 1 purple container of strawberries and 1 Tb of the Knotts brand strawberry syrup (blast from my childhood past!) + Coffee with 2 Tbs 1/2 + 1/2

Snack: (before heading out with my daughter to get some much needed beauty school supplies) Cafe Latte Shakeology with 1 cup water, 1 cup ice, 1 purple container strawberries and 1 tsp peanut butter (I actually LOVED this recipe!)

Lunch: we stopped by the Nordstrom cafe and enjoyed lunch. She had a Nicoise salmon salad and I had the Lime Cilantro chicken salad. (YUMMY!)

Snack: not so awesome but there was leftover “Mini Starburst” and I measured out 1/4 cup (1 serving) and it was sooo sugary and sweet that I was kind of “EWWW” when I finished this smaller than usual serving (=150 calories) and also a Pink Lady apple, sliced up and topped with 1 TB melted peanut butter and 1 TB mini choc chips

Dinner: will be veggie scramble. Veggies topped with 2 eggs and Cholula hot sauce..easy and good!! (family is finishing off the roast beef I made for them!)

Snack: my all time favorite (and one you’ll see quite often from me)…my oats + greek yogurt concoction and some herbal tea.

Time to kick start the new week and share all that happens…I’m kind of nervous cuz you’re watching but I know it is only making me think twice before throwing foods into my mouth as I tend to do when I feel like it! 😉

Here are my results so far…5 weeks in! What will you accomplish this month?

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Need some help? My next group will be just as awesome and I’d love to work with you on some team accountability together (you won’t have to be so public though!)

 

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22 Minute Hard Corps Bootcamp

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Okay, peeps! We are set to launch a NEW program from Beachbody and I’m soooo excited about this one! Why? Because whenever you tell me that you can guarantee me results with just 22 minute workouts a day…I’m freaking INNNNNNNNN!!!!

We all know Tony Horton from his P90X fame; but those were over an hour long each day!!! :-/

Time issues became such a problem for most people who wanted to lose weight and get into better shape…so programs like Focus T25, that is only 25 minute workouts a day…and 21 Day Fix, with just 30 minute workouts a day were created.

And you know what? They freaking WORKED!!!!!  So what better way to raise the ante than to create a 22 minute workout?

Yep! I said it…22 minutes and you can get some serious results with Tony Horton and ME as your awesome Coach!!!

BUT YOU CAN’T REALLY GET RESULTS in just 22 minutes a day, can you????

Yes, SIR!!! (or YES, MA’AM!!) You totally can and this is guaranteed to do so or your money back!!!!!

This is about focusing on the workout of the day (again, only 22 minutes so don’t think you have to add another hour or so extra!), pushing yourself to YOUR max, hitting your nutrition by plugging into the plan as it’s written out to a “TEE” and then you also get MOI as your support and accountability partner in crime (well, not much crime going on but we’ll be pushing our results to the limit!) and the rest of our challengers within the group.

Fun times!!!

I’m serious when I say that there is so much comfort in knowing that we are not alone in our journeys. We are not alone when we have bad days, when we are struggling to get in our workouts or set up our meal plans, we are not alone when we slip up on our nutrition. We are all in this together and nobody gets left behind! We are getting our own private “BOOTCAMP” training at home with the 22 Minute Hard Corps program.

All of your excuses are invalid. Every. Single. One.

I am a mom of 3 kids who lost 30 lbs when my kids were babies. I was dealing with my own stress, my own emotional eating struggles and my own previous bad habits and lack of knowledge in how to eat properly without having to kill myself in the gym. I finally came to the realization that I was tired of “saying” I was going to get fit and healthy. I was tired of “throwing in the towel” when the scale would jump up for no reason. I was tired of feeling tired all of the time and not being confident in my own skin. I decided that this would be my priority so that I could enjoy my kids as they grew up; I could run around with them as they were younger and keep up with them as they grew older. I didn’t want to be a mother that my kids had to worry about because of my health or weight. I made my goals a priority in my daily life because honestly, I wanted to change more than I was willing to stay the same. And doing the same things that I always did was only bringing me the results that I always had.

I know that it’s still a few months out from summer season. I know you probably don’t worry about wearing shorts or a bathing suit until warmer weather sets in or you are starting at a vacation or event that forces you to care. Right? Well let me tell you that if you are still reading this and you got this far…consider that a sign to START RIGHT NOW!!! What have you got to lose? (besides the obvious)

No matter what your fitness levels are; no matter what you are able to do or not do; no matter if you’ve never worked out before  or you used to be an athlete…there is a way to make this plan work and I am here to help you do just that. We will modify as needed to make the program and moves a success for you. You can definitely achieve whatever the mind believes…and if you don’t believe it yet…I’m here to believe FOR you until you get there!

So what is 22 Minute Hard Corps anyways??

This program was created by no other than, Mr. Tony Horton, and yes, he also created P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Power 90 and more!

This program includes a mixture of eight routines that alternate between total body cardio & resistance workouts. There is 1 workout per day for 6 days per week…no more and no less. 🙂 The workouts are fast paced (think Army training) and there is little or no rest. These workouts are easy to learn with no complicated choreography to memorize! You basically move from one exerces to the next to maximize time and results.
What Equipment Do You Need?

You will need:

*Dumbbells and pull up bar (or you can use resistance bands with a door attachment). The harder you push, the faster you change!

I’m sure you are thinking that you aren’t up to this workout..but let me just tell you that YES, YOU CAN!! It is for everyone and as I did the sneak peek workout, there were different modifications for every level and this is how I have always run my fitness workouts in group classes and one on one sessions. We can find a way for you too!!

It’s an 8 week program; the workouts are 22 minutes a day – 6 days a week. It’s totally do able!!!

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What will you get with this program?

• 8 challenging workouts on 2 DVDs
• Quick Start Mission Guide
• 8-week Basic Training Action Plan
• Rations for Results Nutrition Field Guide
• Cold Start pre-workout drill
• Hell Week Challenge Card
• HARD CORPS: Battle Buddy Workout DVD (Network Exclusive)

So now is your time, do you accept the challenge?

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I AM KICKING OFF MY 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS TEST GROUP EXCLUSIVE FOR MY NEW AND CURRENT CUSTOMERS ON THE MARCH 21ST!!!!

On the  21st of March we will start our pre season which consists of 1 week of goal setting, pictures, measurements, meal planning and education on the nutritional plan and then the following week is our official day 1.

******For 8 weeks I will guide you daily through the program with support, accountability, access to an online/app based closed group for support and guidance.  Each participant is required to purchase the 22 Minute Hard Corps Challenge Pack/Program and commit to replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology for the duration of the group.

If you are interested in getting more information about the program please complete the form below and I will contact you within 24 hours with details.

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HERE ARE SOME AMAZING RESULTS FROM THE 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS TEST GROUP.

 

Stephenie W lost 9 lbs and 7.5 inches in 8 weeks.  She said she loved the military/bootcamp style workout!!  The music and the beats of the drum motivate you to push thru to the end!
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Finding Time for Fitness

It’s amazing how much more efficient we can get with technology and multi-tasking in our lives; and yet we seem to have less time than ever. What is that about? I find that the better I get at organizing and getting things done; the more I actually do and less time is left after all has been said and done.

And it’s not just ME, I am hearing this common issue from so many women these days. We are so busy taking care of everyone else that we tend to overlook our needs and goals. Then one day, we “wake up” and wonder what the heck happened and why are we feeling so neglected and out of touch with ourselves?

There is nothing wrong with setting some time aside to take care of what we really want to do. And it it should actually be a NON-NEGOTIABLE practice to take care of our health and fitness. If we don’t, who will? It’s easy to overlook the fact of eating the freshest and most natural foods; and getting in some daily activity to help our goals and bodies run their best and stay strong and happy along the journey.

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But who has time for long workouts these days? The days seem to start off with a bang the moment we drag ourselves out of bed and don’t slow down or stop until we fall into bed, completely exhausted.

But what will that do for us in 10, 20, 30 years from now? What are the long term effects of running on empty and not taking the time to keep ourselves humming along through these years? They will pass either way; isn’t it a better idea to take hold of what you can do NOW instead of that elusive time called “ONE DAY”??

I know there are no shortcuts to getting fit and being healthy. It takes proper attention and the best care. To get a lean and toned body, you need to be consistent and willing to do the work that makes the changes. But what do we do about those times when life gets hectic, (like most of the time?), when the “to-do” lists begin to pile up and all of a sudden you realize that you’ve missed out on another entire week of getting started. Trust me, we all have been there at one time or another. I can definitely relate. Which is why I’m going to share some simple tips to start right now and add into your daily routine, that will help start you and keep you on track to reaching your goals.

Short on time during your day, too? Here you go! 😉

1. All you need is “10 minutes”…
If the idea of heading to the gym or completing an hour long workout is not going to work, consider doing 10 minute fitness bursts throughout your day. You know you can find a spare 10 minutes, especially during your lunch time break. I find that it’s really amazing how many calories you can rack up in a short amount of time if done right. In order to really torch some calories, you need to get your heart rate up. Consider doing HIIT type workouts…which stands for “HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING”. So give it just 10 minutes but give it all that you’ve got. If you need an idea, here is a short workout for you to try now..

2. Let’s get “sneaky” about some extra cardio…
You don’t need to go for an hour run to get cardio into your day. Look at ways you can add small amounts of cardio in, that will add up over time. Park your car further away in the parking lot, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and get up and walk around when you are talking on your phone. These are all small changes you can add into your daily routine, so that although they may not feel like much, they are a great way to burn more calories, without committing to hours on that boring treadmill.

3. Do super sets…
One of my favorite and most effective ways to get the most out of your workouts, is to start adding in supersets with your weight training. This is one training technique done in many of our workouts with Beachbody and I’ve noticed that Sagi def adds it throughout his Body Beast plan. Not sure how to do a superset? You simply pick a muscle group that you want to work on, and then do a few different exercises for that muscle group, with little or no rest in between.

For example, if you want to work your legs, you could start with deadlifts, weighted squats and dumbbell walking lunges. Once you have gone through one round of exercises, repeat it a few more times. Not only do supersets cut your workout time down, they also keep the intensity levels high which help you to burn your calories and fat from your body.

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For a full fitness and nutrition program that can help you achieve the body of your dreams, start with some simple goal setting so I can send you some info regarding my next online fitness challenge. Sign up HERE.

All levels are welcome and encouraged. This is not a “quick fix”; it’s about learning lifestyle behaviors and working around common issues that can keep us from achieving our biggest goals and dreams. They truly will change your life.

Who Wants ABS? (or maybe I should just ask who doesn’t to weed out the non-committed folks!) :)

IMG_0953This is for all the beautiful people who have been dreaming and wishing and hoping to one day have a sexy midsection! Is that YOU?? I am pretty sure it’s most of the population! LOL

When it comes to creating incredible abs, even the most effective workout programs can only bring you so far. That’s because you can’t get a flat, hard midsection without losing body fat. No matter how much effort you put into creating a six-pack, no one’s going to see it if it’s covered by a layer of flab.

Seriously, I know! I’ve worked out so intensely and so often that if this was a proven method, I’d have had a six pack for most of you reading this today! 😉  But, alas, foods are the KEY to getting those abs to POP!

If you’re following the dietary guidelines of a fitness program, you’ll automatically be eating the right foods to lose fat as you get in shape. But the following seven principles can give you an extra edge, and will help ensure that the effort you’re putting into your abs will bring you the results you want.

1. Get plenty of protein
Eating enough lean protein promotes fat loss and muscle gain, the two most important elements for developing great abs. It also helps keep you from getting hungry while you’re eating right. You don’t have to gobble down 12-ounce steaks—just eat a normal portion of lean meat, fish, low-fat dairy, or vegetarian protein with every meal, and make sure your snacks contain some protein, too. If you still have a hard time getting enough in your diet, a daily Shakeology shake can be a perfect addition.

By the way, protein is especially important in the morning, when a lot of people don’t get as much as they should. A protein-rich breakfast will help keep your blood sugar steady for hours, preventing the dips that can lead to cravings later in the day. (Try some low-fat chicken sausage, or an omelet with one whole egg and three egg whites, along with fruit or whole-grain toast.) Tell me how much protein do YOU get each day? I see and talk with so many women who DON’T bcuz they think it will “bulk” them up….

NOT! Get that protein in yo face asap! 😉

2.Reconsider your carbs.
Despite the popularity of low-carbohydrate diets, the average American meal is still too high in sugar and fast-burning starches to bring body fat down to ab-baring levels. It’s time to say goodbye to sweetened soda, ditch the Doritos, and save the cake for your birthday. DUH!  If your fitness plan calls for a sports drink before a long cardio workout, or a carb-and-protein recovery drink after resistance training, that’s fine. But the rest of the time, stick with foods that are on the low end of the glycemic index (refer to GlycemicIndex.com for more information)—these foods burn more slowly, so they won’t spike your blood sugar and insulin levels.

3. Have fun with fiber.
Something about the word “fiber” just doesn’t sound appetizing. But high-fiber foods can actually be quite delicious: fresh berries and other fruits, salads loaded with colorful produce, your favorite steamed vegetables or vegetable soup, stews or chili made with beans, chewy whole-grain breads and cereals…You get the picture. (These foods just happen to be loaded with nutrients as well.) High-fiber foods keep you fuller with fewer calories, and they help keep your digestive system working at its best—a double-whammy for getting rid of belly bulge. And “double-whammy” is such a fun word to use that I encourage you to try it out a few times this week!

4. Enjoy some yogurt.
Probiotics, the healthful bacteria found in yogurt and other fermented foods, have been proven to help reduce belly fat. In a recent study in Finland, new mothers who took probiotic supplements averaged smaller waist circumferences—and lower body fat in general—than those who didn’t take probiotic supplements. And while the topic is still controversial, studies have found that eating lots of calcium-rich dairy foods like yogurt may increase overall weight loss. It’s why I eat Greek yogurt and drink my Shakeology DAILY!!

5. Don’t forget to eat.
Tempted to lower your daily calorie count by skipping meals? Don’t. Seriously, I cannot tell you how many women tell me that they don’t know why they aren’t losing weight; since they only eat maybe 1 time a day!!! EXCUSE MOI??????

Going hungry can raise your levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol, which research has found can increase belly fat even in otherwise thin women. And eating too infrequently can lower your metabolism and energy levels, while increasing the chance that you’ll get too hungry and decide to chuck your meal plan entirely. If you’re eating the right foods, regular meals and snacks will keep your body fueled while you’re working toward that strong core. You MUST eat!!! It’s the ONLY way! 😉

6. Drink more fluids. Hydration is important when you’re on a fitness plan, but drinking plenty of water has particular benefits for your midsection. It helps keep your stomach full, so you don’t overeat, and it helps flush out excess sodium to prevent belly bloating. (Eating more potassium-rich foods, such as tomatoes and bananas, will also help in this area.) Plain ol’ H20 can’t be beat, but you can also switch it up with flavored waters, iced tea, and anything else you like to drink that isn’t full of sweeteners. How much do you need? The old rule of 8 glasses a day is a good start, but everyone is different: drink more if you’re exercising or it’s hot out, and drink less if you’re running to the bathroom every 5 minutes.  I will challenge you to drink the recommended amount for fit individuals; 1/2 your body weight in ounces!! So for someone who is 150 lbs; they would need to drink at least 75 oz of water every day! Or a gallon if you are really up to the challenge!

7. …With two exceptions.
It’s time to cut down on those mood-altering substances, coffee and alcohol. Too much caffeine raises your cortisol levels and can impair your sleep, which can lower the production of fitness-promoting hormones. Meanwhile, the proverbial “beer belly” isn’t just the result of extra calories—alcohol actually makes it more difficult for your body to metabolize carbs and fat. Booze also stimulates your appetite and lowers your inhibitions, which can lead to bingeing. The best road to flat abs is no alcohol at all, but if you really like a drink now and then, just have one at a time (and no more than a few a week), and stay away from higher-calorie beers and sugary mixed drinks. Something to seriously consider especially over the weekends, am I right or am I right? (you are SO smart! lol)

If you add these rules to your fitness plan, you’re sure to see faster improvements in your midsection. Of course, there’s an added bonus to eating this way: it’ll keep you healthier, too. That may not be as big an inducement as great abs, but that’s just  for free.

Do you need an added incentive? I have a BUSY MOM’S support group starting first of the month and welcome you to message me today for info on joining. You can succeed and have time for your family AND save money along the way! All thrown in for extra bonus!! 😉

Email me at: http://www.spazzykay@gmail.com

Are You Struggling Today?

It’s amazing to me when I hear people assume that if you don’t complain or talk about your struggles; that you must no have any.

BULL!!! 

Our struggles are our stories!!! Embrace them and learn to grow from them.  That is your message to the world around you.

In keeping with today’s topic; I will share some of mine…

I am a very happily married woman of almost 20 years to my amazing hubby.  Do you think that it’s been bliss ever since the day we said, “I Do”???

FAR FROM IT!!!

…and to those of you who are, or have been married know that it would have been a complete lie for me to say otherwise.

We started out as your average “happy” young couple with dreams of a family life, successes, growing in our faith and many blessings.

While I can’t say we aren’t enjoying all of these today, it sure has not been “easy” in any respect.

Which reminds me of a joke my son told us this summer;

“Why did the washing machine stop working?…. Somebody threw the towel in…”

=D =D =D

We all have struggles and if we stick with what needs to be done consistently; we can work our ways through them and come out stronger than ever. This doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to complain to everyone around you or share all over social media about your issues…

Because there is such a thing as an “unfollow” button and that will get pressed if you make complaining a habit. Instead, act as though everything is going great and your reality will become so. You have more power over your progress and success than you know.

My point is that although life has had it’s share of ups and downs for us, we never gave up. We kept refocusing on helping each other and moving forward in the best way we could understand at the time. There is no fairy tale life. There is no perfection for anyone. I know we will continue to have our struggles but without them, we wouldn’t be as happy and as strong as we are today. My hubby is my best friend and I know he has my back just as much as I do, his.

But you have to get a little bit (sometimes, a LOT) uncomfortable before you feel proud of where you’ve come from…

Let’s focus in on the happy parts of today!

Success Story: Robin Kelder

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Here’s an inspiring story from a runner who has battled weight and finally found what works.  She is crushing her results and accountability in our current challenge group and I’m so proud of her!  Read on for her story in her own words…way to go, Robin!!

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My journey with weightloss has always been a sensitive issue for me.  In high school, although I was fit, and one of the fastest runners in my state, I always felt like I needed to lose weight.  When I went to college, I actually lost a freshmen 15 instead of gaining 15 pounds.  I think that was due to me running cross-country and track at the collegiate level.  However, when they told me I would not be earning a scholarship, I quit.  All of my structure came tumbling down, and in a matter of months, the weight started piling on.  Before I knew it, I had put on over 65 pounds.  I joined Weight Watchers in 2004.  As a competitive person, the points program was working for me…initially.  However, I soon learned that I could “cheat” myself by counting “junk food” instead of real food.  I’d avoid meals so I could eat garbage…legally.  Things were staying relatively constant, but that was because I was running between 50-70 miles a week.  I soon learned just how bad my new “healthy” diet was when I injured myself and could not run for a month.  I put back on 20 pounds.

Once I graduated from college, I found myself overwhelmed by a real job, and little time to run, or even work out.  I went back to Weight Watchers because that’s what I knew. That’s what worked for me in the past (when all I had to do was just run and go to school).  However, it wasn’t working.  I would slip up, feel guilty, and stop going.  The weight would inch up even more.

Then…as many moms find….pregnancy brings out the worst in ourselves.  I gained 80 pounds with my first child.  In fact, when I went into labor, my blood pressure was so high they told me that I needed an epidural (I didn’t want one), or I was at risk for having a stroke.  That was a wake up call for me. After delivery, I could barely fit in the wheelchair to get wheeled to the NICU to visit my daughter. I was miserable.  When she was 6 weeks old…I went back to Weight Watchers…again.  I shed nearly 30 pounds, and entered into the last semester of my Master’s Degree where stress played a huge role in my life, and I gained 15 pounds back in a month.

I wanted to lose all the weight before having another child, but plans did not work out that way.  I gained weight again with my son, but not nearly as much.  However, after he was born, it did not melt off as quickly as it did with my daughter. In fact, it plateued.  It would not budge.  My husband told me at this point, I was not allowed to do Weight Watchers anymore…he’d seen enough.

That”s when I was talking to a friend of mine who was doing Insanity.  I saw her results, and thought, “hey. I run marathons (or at least did), I can do this.”  I was intimidated by the price, but liked the online accountablity with the Super Gym, not having to use any equipment, and being able to work out at home…so I signed up for the challenge.  After a few weeks, my friend invited me to join a Facebook Challenge with Kathy, and I have hung on since.  I finished the Insanity Challenge, losing 17 lbs and 4 dress sizes.  Plus, I smashed my half marathon goal by 7 minutes.

That was all over my vacation.  Going back to work at a new school proved to be challenging.  I tried P90x, but I had a hard time staying motivated.  I tried Insanity again (seeing a pattern here)…but the intensity of workouts and my work schedule were not meshing.  Then, I saw a program in my challenge group that caught my interest: Les Mills Body Pump.

Body Pump was always one of my favorite workouts, and now I saw I could do the workouts at home…even better!  I signed on for Kathy’s New Year Challenge, committed to using Shakeology (which has helped me curb cravings), and have made it through my first month.  At first, I was getting discouraged because the scale wasn’t moving drastically…but in the last week, I saw a 4 pound drop, and 10 inches of fat disappear! Poof! Gone!  I didn’t believe it, I remeasured several times.  I am doing Weight Watchers concurrently, but I only eat REAL foods.  I avoid fat free foods, and as much of the processed foods that I can.  However, I am also realistic.  Eating a pre-packaged yogurt is going to keep me from going to the vending machine more than not eating it will.

I love my online motivational system.  Sometimes, it is hard to make it to a gym for a scheduled class…working out at home allows me no excuses.  Checking in gives me more accountability…and people notice when I don’t check in.  I still have a long way to go, but at least I know, I am on the right track now.

~Robin Kelder (Feb. 2013)

So, are you next???