Body

Time to take it UP several notches!

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What's up people? Yea. I owe another apology for not blogging like a good girl - but I did take some time off, on purpose and well, yes. I was crazy busy end of last week and early this week. It's now Thursday and it's my first relatively normal day all week.

That said, I promised to do a post that shared with you all what my "program" was the past 90 days-- my workouts, my eats, my supplements-- and then share with you the goals for THIS quarter because IT'S ON.

So. Here's the thing. It feels AWESOME to be so proud. I am psyched. I am proud. I am ready to build on what I've started. I have to tell you all-- DON'T THINK THAT YOU CAN'T. I just turned 44 and I am really feeling better about myself NOW than I have in probably my whole adult life. THAT IS AMAZING.

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DISCLOSURE: I am not a doctor. I am not a certified personal trainer or a dietitian. I am only sharing what I have been doing to get the results that work for me-- I am not recommending or telling any of you to do anything or buy anything or try anything that you haven't researched on your own. This is just me sharing my journey-- NOT me prescribing anything! (sorry, have to be clear)

Supplements:

I use GNC Vitapaks. Although I loathe the process of taking vitamins, I do it daily. The packs make it just so simple.

I use BSN Lean Dessert protein powder to make protein pancakes. It is the best protein powder I've tried for those purposes. I use PB2 to make a sauce for the top-- OMG to die for.

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And then y'all know how much I love my Genetix HD -- Prosculpt in the morning before my workout then pills with my post-meal vitamins.

I use the GNC AMP protein for all protein shakes and for making Zucchini Protein Bread NOM NOM. ;-)  What do I eat typically?

  1. Meal One-- 1/2 cup oats plus 1 spoon of PB2, scrambled egg whites, Coffee with coconut oil, cinnamon and heavy cream. 
  2. Meal Two -- usually some kind of protein (turkey meatloaf 5oz or tilapia or chicken or salmon burger) with a salad and roasted veggies and hummus. Or a salad version of this.
  3. Meal Three, Four and Five tend to be strictly protein. I have almonds for snacks or some PB2 if I feel I need something carby-tasting.
  4. Not doing fruit right now. But if and when I do it'll be morning/early afternoon and one serving.
  5. Lots of water-- was bad on that last month, getting back to drinking a LOT of it.
  6. One diet soda a day ;-(

This honestly has NOT been difficult for me. People I did not have ONE cheat day for I think 2 months. No joke. I kicked ass. Oh--- I have sashimi when I go out and seaweed salad. Also do shrimp cocktail in the evenings too. YUMMY.

Workout Plan:

  1. Cardio every morning on empty tummy. Was 1/2 hour now more like 45-60 because I enjoy it and am amping it up. Last quarter I did MOST cardio at home-- Les Mills Combat and Turbo Fire (IN LOVE and yes I'd say that has a lot to do with my arms getting as good as they are getting-- sooooooooo much punching and using your arms, it's sick. In a good way.) Also do cardio at night before bed or if I do weight training say at 4pm, I'd do cardio after that for 30 minutes.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Les Mills. And then Chalene's Turbo Fire has blown me away how fun it is. Seriously-- SO FUN, GREAT KICKASS MUSIC AND sweatfest galore like 200000 workouts in this advanced set:

And of course, one of my all time favorites on the planet is CATHE. Um, where do I start, I have about 20 DVDs now, just got XTrain, and now she has 7 new DVDS coming out. And Michael and I were just talking about how annoying it is that we feel like the gym- and when it's crowded or not crowded how that determines our workout SCHEDULE and we hate it. I'm favoring getting back to more workouts at home and inevitably getting a kick butt GYM in my own home when I move. Seriously.

Honestly, I don't know how she does it but Cathe keeps amping up new workouts and they ALL - seriously all of them are incredible. Weight training, step, kickboxing, abs, cardio, circuits, boot camps etc. I will tell you this- get you some Cathe. You will not regret it. 

Workout Plan Contd:

  1. Weight Training - isolation type heavy weight training 3-4x a week minimum. Always going hard and heavy and KILLING IT. 

Goals for workout this next quarter. Still doing cardio first thing in the morning. Now the goal is to hit the stairs at the gym 3x a week and run 2-3x a week-- so MIXING IT UP a bit more. I'll do stairs, my home DVDs, and running. Weight training will be hard isolation training mixed in with a couple rapid fire circuit style training days. Just mixing it up every week. Also-- definitely back to doing yoga 2-3x per week and sometimes that would be a cardio #2 option. 

So. I worked. I focused. I honestly was not losing my mind on the "diet" and now we do cheat meals once a week. But I'm not sitting around obsessing about food. REALLY. And....when you get the results, it lights your fire to do more. 

I have lost 15lbs so far!! And I also have gotten over my ridiculous fear of sharing my weight with anyone. Last November when I weighed myself I was significantly MORE than I thought. TYPICAL-- we all think "oh I need to lose 10lbs or so...." when really it's more like 25-30 or a lot more. I was at 155lbs (I'm 5'5 if that helps) -- and that was the weight I'd gained during perimenopause-- where I'd been stuck for 2 years or more. I am now right about 140 but let me tell you-- the changes in my body have been outrageous. The lowest weight I recall myself being was 125lbs -- but back then I did not have the muscle I have now. I'll say this-- ladies.....it sucks a bit......I've gone down an entire bra size. My boobs have like GONE AWAY!! But y'all know that I've wanted a boob job since I was 20 so that's gonna happen this summer. (Judge me if you will. I like fake, immobile boobs)

So-- my goal is to AIM for 125 but frankly, I don't care what the weight is after I've lost the rest of the fat. Most of my fat loss needs to happen in my core area-- clearly I've lost it in my BOOBS, lost a lot in my legs- my butt has become quite lovely I must say-- my arms have leaned out but yea, the area that is last to lean out is my core and that's where women gain weight hormonally later on. LADIES PAY ATTENTION!! 

Dang! Have to put up two vlogs today. Because I am a blogger slacker this week. ;-) Below is me talking about the progress from this past quarter etc. Please let me know in the comments what questions you have for me. And.....let's do this together! COME ON!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!

Disclosure: GNC and BSN are clients of my company, FitFluential. I am also an independent Beachbody Consultant so if you purchase products from my site I will earn a commission. All opinions shared here are my own.

Every little bit counts.

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Happy Sunday people!! Did you get your workout on yet? Above is yet another dorky picture of myself, taken in Kelly's bathroom in Miami. One of my FitFluential Manbassadors, Jeremy Scott, and I have this ongoing contest where we see who can do the best HULK pose- see below.

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Anyway, people, these are the dorky things we fitness freaks do with our friends to make it fun. I firmly believe the more you make your fitness journey/diet/workout plan FUN the more you will do it, the more you will push, vs. dreading it and thinking "Ugh. I have to go do some cardio" as if you were about to go stick toothpicks under your fingernails.

Anyway, so that picture at the top I took because I was getting ready for my Jeremy Hulk shot of the moment and - maybe it was good lighting but I was like DANG! GIRL YOUR DELTS AND UPPER BOD ARE GETTING NICE!!

And the point (yes I have a point! Can you believe it???) is that EVERY LITTLE BIT COUNTS. Get it in your head that ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE JUST BEGINNING or if you, like me, are just GETTING REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT RE-FOCUS, RE-COMMITMENT, AND STICKING TO A NEW PLAN--  prepare yourself that YOU WILL NOT SEE THE CHANGES YOU WANT AS FAST AS YOU WANT. PERIOD.

Expect that. Brace for it. Brace for the scale to NOT say what you want. Brace for the first time trying on your fav skinny jeans or whatever that they won't be falling off you. INEVITABLY THEY WILL. But---- if you can brace your MIND for the fact that you will work for a while before you might SEE results on yourself and before OTHERS WILL-- that will make it easier for you to stay the course.

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THIS is what I forced myself to focus on the first month of this year especially. I did NOT like what I read on the scale. I DID not like that a week (yes, I was pissed off a week in) after I started I hadn't lost a lot of weight and my clothes weren't more loose. So I forced myself to remember that ---- all the training I was doing and all the eating right I was doing WAS NOT WORKING AGAINST ME. I was not doing BAD THINGS to my body. It was just a matter of when MY body was going to react and show results. I had to stay the course. I focused on how much heavier I could go with my weights each time. And I GO HEAVIER EACH TIME or more reps or an extra set. I focused on just enjoying the cardio I had -- all the fun new DVDS that honestly make cardio fun (but full disclosure-- I LOVE cardio in addition to loving weights and loving yoga. I just like working out seriously).

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Another thing I stopped doing is immediately DOUBTING MY ABILITY whenever I was presented with something new. In the past, I would look at a photo like this and say "OMG I could never do that." or I'd be in yoga class and see something like this and say "NO FREAKING WAY I will EVER DO THAT" 

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Well guess what?? Lucky for me I have amazing people in my life that are talented and certified and have taken the time to learn/study and they show me how to work up to this. Kelly showed me how to use the block at home to practice into crow pose. And who ever thought I'd go from standing into a backbend? I DIDN'T but Kelly showed me I could. I no longer doubt what I can do. I CAN.

Know that this will take time. Trust the process. Commit to not giving up because that really is the ONLY WAY TO FAIL. And the reason I haven't had success like I'm having NOW in the past 2-3 years? I kept quitting. Yea, I kept going back to it in some form but realistically I was always at 50% of what I'm doing now and maybe 70% of what I did in previous years.

Don't KID YOURSELF and be that person that goes to a Super Bowl party and chows down on wings and all those amazing dips and breads and pizza and 90 beers and then says "I'll do some extra cardio this week. I'll run an extra 10 minutes". Let me tell you something people. Get yourself a good heart rate monitor and it will teach you how you can bust a** for 10 minutes and be breathing heavy with your heart rate at 150 or 160 or more-- and you could burn 20 calories. Yea. 10 minutes can often be a 20 calorie burn. You pig out like I stated above?? Easily can be 1000-2000 calories. ONE order of boneless wings at Chili's (which I LOVE) is 1300 calories. A dozen Krispy Kremes is 2400 calories. Don't tell me you haven't had a pigout somewhere near that. I could EASILY put away Chili's boneless wings and a burger and some fries (maybe not the whole thing) and a margarita-- WAKE UP KIDS that would be 2500-3000 calories. To "do a little extra cardio" to burn that pigout off-- knowing how I burn-- I would have to do an additional TEN TURBO FIRE WORKOUTS. That's right, an extra TEN in addition to what I already do just to justify that pigout. And most people don't just pigout ONE day a week there are 15 little pigouts like having a piece of birthday cake at the office-- and one happy hour with 3-4 beers or 2 glasses of wine and bar food. And then some extra Starbucks. Yup-- a casual week like that and you've added another 1500-2000 calories.

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MAKE THE COMMITMENT TO YOURSELF. To go for what you want and to believe you can do it. And then DO NOT STOP. Expect disappointment. Expect frustration. Nothing worth having is easily achieved. DO THE WORK. You'll be SO FREAKING PROUD OF YOURSELF YOU'LL LOVE IT. And it's addicting. ;-)

Have a great Sunday. Kick some a** would ya?? ;-)  The shirt I have on in the video above can be found on REEBOK by CLICKING HERE. Get you some. And the new bootcut pants that you can't see I have on are THESE BAD BOYS. Quite delicious. I have become so spoiled with nice workout clothes and shoes now. Hey -- I'd rather have THAT be my motivation than cookies right? ;-)~

For some blasted reason the below video is not appearing on my blog post where I want it. It's Jeremy's video from his site where he is bringing his bada** self. Enjoy it. And get off the couch.