Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Round 1 complete, Round 2 is a go!

I'm not sure what to say. I completed round 1 of my 21 Day Fix. However, I didn't complete all of the workouts as scheduled. I actually didn't start the workouts until the last 6 days of the fix. So many things kept me procrastinating; my son was on a trip to Costa Rica, and I was vigilant on my phone for when he messaged me; I got sick with a cold; and the worst part, I had the mother of all cramps and the heaviest flow of the year. Yea, I know. Excuses. I am ashamed of myself.


I managed to loose 3lbs and 3.5 inches DESPITE all my excuses. I stuck to the shakes and followed the meal plan and portion guide almost to a "T."

So here are my stats:

Before 7/6/15

  • CHEST 41"
  • ARMS 14"
  • WAIST 41.5"
  • HIPS 47.5"
  • THIGHS 24"
  • WEIGHT 208.4lbs

After 7/26/15

  • CHEST 41"
  • ARMS 13.5"
  • WAIST 41"
  • HIPS 45.5"
  • THIGHS 24"
  • TOTAL INCHES 202.5"
  • WEIGHT 205.4lbs

So not bad, considering my struggles. Hooray!!!  (sorry, no pictures right now. I'm waiting until I'm done with round 2.)

I jumped right into another round of 21 Day Fix on Monday, 7/27/15.  So today marks day #3 of round 2. Here's what I can tell you right now:

I DISLIKE leg day (aka Lower Fix). I absolutely LOVE arm day (aka Upper Fix). Total body cardio is, well, it is what it is, lol. BUT, this week so far, I've been able to complete more of each round of the workouts than I did last week being my first week. When I started last Monday, 7/20/15, with the Total Body Cardio, I could barely walk for the next 4 days. So, arm day was amazing. I had no issues with doing the arms, but my legs were protesting so much, the first two days I ended up sleeping away my afternoon after the workout and my shake. That probably wasn't a good idea. I could be doing the workouts before bed, but from past experience, I've found working out in the morning helped me get through the rest of the day. It also gives me more motivation to wake up early. I'm a night owl, so this is going to take a while to get me to bed earlier to wake up earlier. Especially during the summer! Anyway- tomorrow is Pilates Fix, and I'm looking forward to doing that. It is one of the exercise programs I've always wanted to try.  I completely skipped that last week because of how much pain my legs were in. I also skipped Cardio fix on Friday, the dirty 30 on Saturday, but I did the yoga on Sunday. I've always loved yoga!! 

I'm glad that this week my muscles are not protesting as much! I can actually walk normal, lol. I looked like a sad penguin, hobbling about most of last week.  Right now, my abdominal muscles are feeling it, my thighs and shoulders as well, and my back. I really need the muscles in my back to get stronger. I tend to slouch. A lot. :(

So in addition to my 21 day fix, round 2, I am participating in another challenge that will start August 1st, and run the entire month. I can't wait to see what this brings me!! I can't wait to compare my side by side before and after pictures either! I'll catch up with everyone in another two weeks, when I'm halfway through the second round!

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Starting my transformation in ... 3.... 2....1...

Today is Day 1 of my total transformation.

I'm starting a new lifestyle. I'm going to eat better, workout more, and shed a ton of weight!

What will I do to accomplish all this, you ask?

 Start with the Beachbody 21 day Fix.

I've got my blender bottle, my Shakeology, my meal planner, my portion containers, and my workout dvds.

I'm ready to get healthier, build muscle and stamina, and keep up with my kids!

So, yesterday I took my measurements, weighed in, and took my before pix.
My beginning weight is 208.4 lbs. I'm really taking a step out of my comfort zone by sharing this picture!! But you know, it's part of the accountability!!  The more I share, the more I will be motivating myself to do better! :)

So my daily routine consists of eating from the following containers: 5 green, 3 purple, 5 red, 4 yellow, 1 each of blue and orange, and 5 teaspoons. Those teaspoons can be any of the nut or seed butters (peanut, almond, cashew, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, tahini), EVOO, EVCO (that's extra virgin coconut oil if you didn't know), walnut oils, pumpkin seed oil, flaxseed oil.  The Shakeology shakes are considered 1 red, plus whatever you add to them, such as fruits or peanut butter. 

This is an example of one purple container. I can add this to my ShakeO, or eat it by itself (which is what I did today).

AAAAANNNNNDDDDDD THIS is my Shake! I combined a cup of cold coffee with my chocolate shake mix to make a mocha!! It was yummy! This was 1.5 of my red containers for the day because I added just a little extra to it... so I'm down to two more reds to actually eat from out of my 5.  There are literally thousands of shake recipes to choose from!! I'm going to also buy a new blender just for my shakes, so I don't have to compete with my family and our enormous blender. :)

My breakfast was 1 orange, 1 blue, 1 yellow, 1.5 reds. I had a snack of the 1 purple. Then I had the shake which was the 1.5 reds, I need to have a least half of the amount of greens at one point still, plus the remaining purple I'm going to be eating in a few minutes as a snack at a meeting. I think I'm going to be ok!! :)

The next step is to incorporate a workout from the 21 day Fix program. Tonight's workout is going to be the upper body. I need to go buy some resistance bands and a yoga mat still, but I'm determined to get this done!! 

Stay tuned to my next posts as I update you on my journey to a better, healthier me!! :)