Wednesday, July 10, 2013

T25 Day 10 Speed 1

Today I did T25 speed 1 again. I love this workout just because Shaun gives you short 30 second stretch breaks after a few minutes of intense exercises. Although the last 10 minutes suck because your heart rate skyrockets and doesn't go down until the last minute. Yesterday I did the Total Body Circuit workout in the morning and felt it all day at work. I love feeling sore after a workout though because it lets me know I actually did work hard and wasn't just thinking I did. 

Anyway my husband and I started our clean eating lifestyle together Sunday. Today's dinner didn't turn out as planned so we are cheating on dinner. I haven't had much to eat all day though so hopefully I don't eat more than the calories I burned today with my workout. Sunday we did steak and cooked zucchini with a horseradish/ sour cream sauce to dip them in. The steak and zucchini were great! I didn't care too much for the sauce, but that just means fewer necessary calories so that's fine with me. Yesterday we did an egg, bacon, and spinach stuffed potato which was pretty good.  A fully loaded fattening stuffed potato that didn't have most of the actually potato scooped out would've been a 100 times better, but at least it was filling and didn't send me to the kitchen looking for a snack right before bed. Today's meal was supposed to be salmon... We used lime instead of lemon juice like the recipe called for and I guess that's what messed it up. It didn't smell, look, or taste good so we through it out and my husbands picking up Japanese take out right now. I haven't been counting calories recently. I am planning on starting that back up tomorrow just so I know exactly how much food I am eating everyday. I know some days I probably eat too much and some days I eat too little so hopefully once I start counting my calories again I can balance out my diet a little more. I'm not being as strict as I was when I first started and allowing myself to have a cheat day because if I don't I know my husband will want to go back to eating out everyday because he gets really bad cravings for his fast food. If I have a cheat day with him at least I will not just pretend it didn't happen like I usually do when he convinces me to eat something I shouldn't. 

 Our healthy Shopping trip and the steak and zucchini we made:
 Egg, bacon, and spinach stuffed potato with a little bit of cheese:

Monday, July 8, 2013

T25 Day 8 Cardio

I got busy and haven't posted since day 3 so let me catch you up a bit on the workouts. Day 4 was Ab Intervals which was very painful. My abs were definitely burning. I did really like how Shaun gave you a cardio break in between some of the ab exercises so you could "rest" your muscles for a second. Day 5 I decided I wouldn't workout until after work which was a bad decision. I ate breakfast around 8 that day then got to work at 8:45 and worked nonstop until 4 once we caught up after the girls for the evening shift got there at 3. I was starving and had a huge headache. I did manage to put on my workout clothes when I got home around 4:30 but I just ended up laying on the couch until dinner (I sat up on the couch instead of laying). Day 6, Saturday, was supposed to be my rest day but I used that to make up my Day 4 Workout which was lower focus. My legs were shaking after that workout and I could barely walk yesterday, but know it was worth it. Day 8, today, was Alpha Cardio. I did better than last week, but it was still tough and I still had to go down to the modified moves during some of the exercises. It was still a great workout. I also did the stretch workout today since I completely forgot about it yesterday. It felt so good right after that cardio. I convinced my husband yesterday to start clean eating with me and we went grocery shopping and bought all healthy foods. I will share more about our new diet either tomorrow or Wednesday just depending on the amount of time I have to post. I have to leave for work in a few minutes so I don't have time today, but if you are interested I do post on facebook almost everyday.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Focus T25 Day 3 Total Body Circuit

Just completed day 3 of Focus T25! Shaun T called it Total Body Circuit for a reason! My whole body is hurting and usually I don't feel anything until the next day. I feel like I spent half of the 25 minutes in plank! He included exercises that worked every part of your body plus he added cardio. I was literally dripping with sweat and was barely able to breathe after the workout. My husband was home for lunch and was laughing at me since all he saw was the last minute of the workout and me looking like I was about to die. I guess he doesn't think it was that hard... I'm going to make him do it with me one day and see if he looks pretty after the workout. I drank some shakeology to help me recover from my workout. I tried mixing half a serving of chocolate shakeology and half a serving of vanilla shakeology with 1 cup of milk, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and some ice. It was so good! I don't think I can ever drink them separately again! Anyway I've got to get ready for work. It will be a long evening considering I can barely lift my arms after all those planks and my job requires me to lift my arms to do hair. This will be fun. I hope you guys have a great evening. If you're interested in trying Focus T25 you can get it through my website:
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Focus T25 Speed 1 week 1

I did do my focus T25 speed 1 workout today. I was starting to not feel like it, but I just put on my workout clothes and pushed play. I liked Speed 1 better than the cardio workout I did yesterday just because he threw in a few 30 sec stretches in between some of the cardio which gave me a chance to breathe. In Speed 1 along with some stretches thrown in throughout the first 15 minutes there is also a minute where you stretch (your heart rate is still up during this) at the end. The 9 minutes before the end are straight cardio which Shaun T calls the Burnout. I definitely feel like I got a good workout. I feel just like I completed one of the workout from the first month of Insanity just in have the time. All together the workout is 28 minutes because after the 25 there is a cool down portion which is exactly the same as the cool down in the cardio DVD (I'm guessing it's the same in all the alpha or first month workouts). You have to really focus on keeping your core tight in this workout to be able to do some of the moves. I don't like that you really have to have some sort of coordination to do the workout just like Shaun, but since I am at least moving I figure I'm burning calories. I think after doing it a few times I will pick up on all the moves so I won't look like a complete mess. That's one of the major differences between Insanity and Focus T25. 

Picture of me after my workout (I look like a complete mess): 

Focus T25 Cardio Week 1

Friday through Sunday I was too stressed out about a new computer system we go at work to even think about working out. I got my Focus T25 Challenge pack last Friday and started yesterday. The Challenge pack came with Shakeology (I picked the Vanilla flavor to come with mine), a resistance band, 5 Day Fast Track guide with what you should eat everyday for those 5 days in it and what workouts to do each of those days, Get it Done nutrition guide, the Alpha/Beta Wall Calendar (workout guide for the which workout to do everyday for those 10 weeks), the workout DVD sets, Core Speed workout DVD, and a Quick Start Guide. I actually helped my husband make dinner on Friday. We had a healthy version of steak pizzaiola and mashed cauliflower. I was very hesitant to try substituting cauliflower for mashed potatoes because I don't really like cauliflower, but you never know until you try and it ended up being surprisingly good. To me it tasted just like mashed potatoes and there's only 50 calories per cup!

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 3 cans of low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cloves of garlic (I used 2 tsp of minced garlic)
  • pepper
  1. Cut the large stems off of the cauliflower and break it into smaller pieces 
  2. Pour the chicken broth into a large pot with the cauliflower and garlic 
  3. Boil the cauliflower into you can easily put a fork in it (about 40 mins)
  4. Drain the chicken broth
  5. Put in blender or food processor and mix it 
  6. Top with Pepper and enjoy

 While my "potatoes" were cooking I was opening up my box to see all of my new goodies!

After dinner I tried my new Vanilla Shakeology. I just mixed it with 1 cup of milk and ice and that's all it needed. It was delicious. It reminded me of vanilla cake batter! I was actually scared it was going to taste bitter and was shocked that it was so sweet. 
All I did Saturday and Sunday was work. I should've worked out, but I was just really stressed from that new computer and didn't want to think about working. Yesterday I woke up at 6:30 and did my workout before work so I wouldn't talk myself out of it after work. Day 1 of the program is Alpha Cardio. For some reason I guess I assumed that the cool down was included in the 25 minutes... it wasn't. It's just 25 minutes straight of cardio then a 3 minute cool down after that! I definitely felt like I got a full Insanity workout in just 25 minutes which was nice, but I was completely exhausted after the workout. Focus T25 does have a low impact modifier for people whose bodies can't handle the high impact. For me I used the modified version of the workout whenever I couldn't go at high impact anymore because I needed to breath! I really enjoyed my first Focus T25 workout so I know I should enjoy the rest of the program. I didn't post yesterday because I was ready for bed as soon as I got home after my workout then working all day after that. My workout for today is Alpha Speed 1. I will try to post after I finish it, but it depends on how tired I am after I do it. I am off from work today so that means it's cleaning day so I won't even get to my workout until a few hours from now. I update my facebook page more often than I do my blog so if you want to be more up to date just check out my facebook:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Getting back on track...

I know I haven't posted in a long time so I will let you know whats been going on. After my husband got home it was harder to find the time to post since I wanted to spend time with him. Now I realized how much posting my workouts and diets helped hold me accountable so I would actually do it. In April I still worked out a majority of the time, but my diet was not so great. This month I have barely worked out. I just started again on Tuesday. I'm mad at myself because I let myself lose all of the progress I made, but at least I can learn from my mistakes. I just can't let life get in the way of my goal of being healthy anymore. For my diet I am planning on taking a day to prepare meals for a few weeks that I can freeze so all I have to do is cook it the day I'm making it. I'm good all day until dinner just because I get lazy and don't feel like cooking anything. As for my workouts I need to start just scheduling them for the exact time I'm going to do it so I will actually do it. For example at 12:30 today I am doing Insanity Pure Cardio. Since I already have it scheduled into my day before work I will actually do it. This past Tuesday I did Insanity Cardio Power and Resistance after work and yesterday since it was my day off I did a longer workout consisting of ChaLEAN Extreme Lean Circuit 1, P90X Legs and Back, and P90X Ab Ripper X (this is one of my favorite combination of workouts to do on days I have time to do a longer workout). I am still alternating my strength and cardio workouts doing the week. My goal is to workout at least 5 days a week and to get pretty close to how I want to look by the end of July when I go on vacation (less than a month yikes!). If I keep working out and eating clean I know I can tone up and lose the fat I have by then.

To help me fit my cardio workouts in since I tend to dread those more than the strength workouts I have ordered Shaun T's new program Focus T25. It's basically a super intense workout like Insanity crammed into 25 minutes with no breaks. I know I will like that because the less time a workout takes the more likely I am to do it. I actually ordered the program as a challenge pack from my husbands beachbody account since coaches can't order challenge packs and it was cheaper for me to order it that way than to use my coach discount on the program and the vanilla Shakeology I wanted to try. You can get any flavor of Shakeology with the challenge pack, but since the vanilla flavor is new I got that. My challenge pack should be coming in next week so I will review both the program and the vanilla Shakeology then. The Focus T25 challenge pack is only $180 ($190 once tax is added) with free shipping until July 31 then it goes up to $205. Since you can get all the stuff cheaper than coaches can now it's a great deal. If you are interested in looking into this challenge pack or other challenge packs you can find them on my website: Beachbody has a 30 day money back guarantee on all of their products so if you're not satisfied with it you can always return it. I will have the review up on the first workout as soon as I try it so if you want to wait until I can give my opinion on it to order it check back in a week. In the meantime I will try to post at least a short summary of what workout I do and what I eat each day and let you know how it goes. My new starting weight is 118.3 so not as heavy as before which is good, but still not what I want. If you have any questions about anything feel free to email me at or message me on my facebook page or on my beachbody page (link above). I'm a whole lot better responding to people than I am about remembering to post on my sites haha. Anyway it's time for me to workout before I decide I don't have time before work!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Fresh Start...

I have been really struggling with my allergies these past few weeks so that's why I haven't been writing (or working out or dieting...) I barely had enough energy to get through work so trying to argue with my husband on what we were going to have for dinner seemed like too much work. I've eaten out a lot more than I should've. Since this past Monday I've already cheated on 3 meals... I'm really dissappointed in myself. I'm going to try to really get my diet back on track next week. I'm thinking of maybe doing the Shakeology 3 day cleanse just to get all the toxins from this unhealthy food out of my system and to help me start eating healthy again. On Monday I restarted my Insanity/ ChaLEAN Extreme hybrid and have been following along with it all week. With work and other things I've had to do this week I haven't had a chance to share. In just the 5 days that I've worked out so far it feels like doing 2 weeks of just ChaLEAN Extreme. Insanity really works my leg muscles plus gets my heart rate up so I am loving doing that 3 days a week, then I have 3 days of ChaLEAN Extreme to help build up my arm muscles. I have really been pushing myself through the Insanity workouts. I don't allow myself to pause and if I want a break I give myself a few seconds to breathe and then keep pushing through. 

This week Schedule is:
  • ChaLEAN Burn Circuit 1 and Ab Burner
  • Insanity Plyo Cardio Circuit
  • ChaLEAN Burn Circuit 2
  • Insanity Cardio Power and Resistance
  • ChaLEAN Burn Circuit 3 and Insanity Cardio Abs
  • Insanity Pure Cardio (only one I have left for this week)
Changing my whole lifestyle is harder than I thought it was going to be. I was doing fine until temptation started getting harder to resist when my husband got home. He held a jersey mikes sub up to my face until I would take a bite a few days after I got home. I really wish he would be more supportive. He will talk like he's all ready to get healthy with me then the next day he talks about all this junk food until I agree to eat some! It's really hard to change your eating habits when the person who made you eat bad in the first place tempts you until you eat something bad for you. I'm hoping soon all his talk about eating healthy and working out will actually become a reality... At least I'm doing the workouts even though my healthy eating diet is pretty messed up right now.

A few days ago in the mail I did get a nice surprise that was very motivating and made me want to make sure I got back in good shape again! It was my Insanity T-shirt. It really makes me want to workout every day so I look even better than the first time and can actually wear the shirt. Right now I feel like I can't because I need to lose weight and tone up a lot to look like I actually earned it.