Hello Again :)

I finally am back in my groove and it feels oh so good.  I got the living room all cleared out and started back on Combat yesterday.  As I mentioned in my post the other day, I decided to just start over based on where I was in the program and the long break.  I knew I felt fluffy in the middle from not working out and eating different...but I KNEW I lost fitness when I was struggling to keep up with Combat 30.  I remember the first time I did it, it was hard, but it wasn't impossible.  Yesterday I felt like it was the hardest workout ever.  I got through it, but I was struggling.  Today with HIIT: Power I had to drop weights a lot.  I was at 12/15 lbs...today was 12/9 lbs.  Definitely lost some fitness.  But that's ok...because it's temporary.  What's funny is that my clothes do not fit any different.  This is just a feeling that I have now from not working out.  Change is happening...

My plan right now is:
1) Les Mills Combat Ultimate Warrior Schedule - 60 days of fighter fit baby!
2) Add in 2-3 days a week of weights.  Preferably Les Mills Pump or heavier lifting at the gym here at the apartment complex. 
3) Eat CLEAN.  

Yes number 3 is a biggie.  By packing up a kitchen and moving it over the last few weeks I haven't been eating my ideal diet at all.  I've been eating microwave food (mostly Amy's organic meals) and a random restaurant menu.  I've tried hard to eat right...just a few blatant slips here and there.  But now that the kitchen is back in action, I'm going hard core again.  As I type this, I have brown rice in the rice cooker, the Ultimate Reset fish recipe marinating in the fridge (I know...I'm cooking fish!) and am going to stir fry some veggies to make a delish lunch.  I miss eating my own food!  The buzzer just let me know it's time to put the fish in the oven so I'll catch you later :)

October Wrap Up

Just some stats/info for how my October went:

Programs: Turbo Fire (main) Les Mills Pump (strength 2-3x a week)
Supplements: Shakeology (most days, only about 3 days a month did I not have it)
Weight loss: 9.8 lbs (weight from 10/29)
Sizes/physical changes: Huge.  I have basically gotten out of all of my size 22 and up pants.  My size 20 pants range between fitting ok and getting too big.  My size 20 jeans are definitely too big.
Photographic evidence:

Thoughts: I'm so freaking pleased!  I mean I am finally getting to that place where I am really noticing the differences in my body instead of trying to find them.  I am really giddy for what INSANITY will bring and how I will look in 60 days with the same dedication and focus.

Operation Fit through the Holidays

It's been SUCH  a busy week for me.  My parents and sister were in town this week to move my sister to her new place!  It is kind of awesome to have some family in the same area now.  We have been hanging out and doing lots of moving stuff - unpacking and shopping and all that jazz.  Also watching my Lions and Tigers let me down :( Tonight hopefully will be a better night for my Tigers!  So I haven't been blogging as much.  But I have been instagramming (find me at healthyengineer) :)  I kept up with my workouts and stuck to eating by making good options when out and offering to cook for everyone at my place to make sure there was healthier options.  My folks are fast food kind of people so I tried to get them out of that a little.

Now with that said - I really REALLY want to do some good here people.  I am so excited about this challenge group I want to put together!  I will be doing INSANITY, but I want to open this up to anybody doing any program.  I want to form a great community of people so we can support each other from now until 2013 and beyond!  The holidays are hard.  Schedules get busy with parties and family visits which make it harder to keep up with the exercise schedule.  There are lots of once a year dishes and celebrations that are cause to splurge in the diet area. A lot of people gain weight or maintain.  That has been me in the past and I am determined to change the trend and lose weight this year.  If you are interested in changing your past and moving into the new healthier you, join Operation Fit through the Holidays!  We will keep with our exercise, keep with our shakeology, and keep with focusing on what is important this time of year - family, friends, and celebration.  We will help each other navigate the schedule pitfalls and pick each other up when things get hard.  I have a few prizes for those of you who join (shakeology blender cups, new black fitbook, and I'm thinking up a few more things :)) to keep everyone motivated.  We will also all enter the Beachbody Challenge at theBecause we all love prizes, right?

I'm pretty passionate about this because community is really big to me.  It's how I've lost weight and it's how I stay on track to keep it off.  It's how you can learn new things about not just weight and wellness, but almost every aspect of yourself.  I hope you will join me and we can make this thing as big as we can :)

The easiest way to get started is to get a challenge pack for the program of your choice.  It's a bit of a cost savings for the program + shakeology on top of free shipping, which is why I recommend it.  See all of the challenge pack options on my site (beachbodycoach.com/kimberlybrooks) If you are interested in just a program or just shakeology, that works too :)  If cost is an issue for you, shoot me an email (healthyengineer @ outlook.com) and I can let you know how to get some discounts.  If you want to find out more about coaching, also shoot me an email and I can tell you about our amazing team - Team Tenacity.

Let's do this ya'll :)

Changes and Turbo Pump Week 2 Schedule

This week has been stressful.  Actually the last half of last week and then so far this week.  Lots going on at work, preparing for visits from family next week, planning a get together for next weekend, and working on my ongoing Project Get Fit that I have been working on.  Oh and of course staying up way too late watching the Tigers (one game from the World Series - pinch me!!).  In the middle of all this, my washing machine broke and I spent a lonely few hours in a laundromat the other night (like seriously...there was nobody there but me and the girl that works there the whole time, it was weird.).

When I say stressful - I don't say that word lightly.

Usually, this is when I fall apart.  It's what happened last year and almost every other time my weight loss efforts went to crap.  But this year, it's like the opposite is happening.  I'm doing BETTER with weight loss than ever.  I was kind of shocked...until I really thought about it.

The first thing that always goes for me is the food.  I slowly slip into one bad habit after another until I just am eating so terrible it's not even funny.  Then I stop exercising as much because I don't have the energy to keep up because I'm fueling my body on junk.  Net effect - the weight comes on.  Slowly at first.  But since my automatic response is to fix it with exercise, I never get the momentum.

This year, it's different.  I have a fairly defined way of eating and I am really awesome at sticking with that.  Except for today when I left my lunch at home :(  Other than that, I am really good at eating well now.  I don't want the junk.  This weekend I had what amounted to a kid's size cone of ice cream and I barely finished that...which if you know me and my ice cream addiction is like a miracle.  I just don't want junk and when I do have it, I am happy to have just a few bites worth.  So my energy never takes a nosedive and I can stay on track.  I think the reset has made me a more grateful person.  Grateful for the fact I still can make these changes and grateful that I am making them.  Grateful for the possibilities that will come and grateful for the fact that I am a healthy as I can be RIGHT NOW.  I can't be mad about tomorrow or yesterday...but I can make sure that my right now is as awesome as it can be.

On a totally different note - I wanted to post my week 2 Turbo Pump schedule.  As I mentioned the other day, I lost almost 4 lbs this week, crazy!!  I know the above has 80% responsibility for my success.  If you want to lose weight, you have to eat to lose weight.  But I know the 20% is HUGE from exercise.  I am sticking to my daily commitment to workout like white on rice and letting that be my stress relief.  Without further ado - week 2!

Monday - Fire 45
Tuesday - Pump and Burn/HIIT 20/Stretch 10
Wednesday - Rest
Thursday - Sculpt 30/HIIT 15
Friday - Fire 55 EZ
Saturday - Pump and Burn/Stretch 40
Sunday - Fire 45/Hard Core Abs

This was an intense week.  This week even more so.  I did HIIT 25 for the first time this week - oh boy.  I thought it looked "easier" but I was proven wrong 5 minutes in.  Chalene knows her stuff.  I definitely am doing more during my workouts.  More jumping instead of the modifier moves.  More weight on my Pump bar.  More everything.  Pushing yourself during these workouts is key to seeing results.  Every workout try to jump one more time, punch a little harder, or pump a little more weight.  That is how we get the body we want at the end of 60 or 90 days.

I'm still waiting for my jump mat (should be here tomorrow!!) and it will be fun to use it for a workout soon :)  To pick up Turbo Fire, Les Mills Pump or the Ultimate Reset, just go here!  You can also use that link to join my team so we can plan workouts and keep each other motivated :)

Weigh In!

My first weigh in of October and the 2nd one after the Reset and the first with the challenge of the month.  Drumroll please......

For a loss of 2.6 lbs!  I'm VERY excited about this for several reasons.  One being I've put in lots of hard work.  I've been drinking shakeology for breakfast 90% of the time, sticking to my aggressive exercise schedule and working hard to make the best food choices.  I've been eating vegetarian since the reset and the husband and I decided we would keep a vegetarian household and save our meat eating for when we go out whenever we decide to eat meat.  Honestly the few times I have gone out since the reset I have eaten vegetarian still.  The second reason is that I've read a lot of people that have come off the reset and put all their weight loss back on.  The reason is that they tend to go back to all their old habits.  And by old habits I don't mean eating meat.  I mean old habits like eating lots of processed foods and lots of sugar.  I DID NOT do this, which was a big win for me.  If you remember, one of the goals for my husband and I was to change our mindset about food and use it as a kickoff for a healthy life after the reset.  At this point I feel confident saying that we are doing that and will continue to do that.  When I wrote that the reset changed our lives - I was serious about that.  I didn't realize how far from right I was on eating until that 21 days happened and we started living a much healthier life.

This week is another heavy Turbo Fire/Les Mills Pump week!!  I'm excited because these workouts are crazy hard and I know that they are working in combination with my diet to whip this weight off of me.  I'm having a lot of fun because both programs have the best music of any of the Beachbody programs in my opinion and it is a big boost!

October Challenge: 1 Week In!

Two posts today since I forgot to actually post yesterday's post on time :)

Today I have officially finished one week of my October Turbo Pump challenge.  It has been a good week, a really good week.  One of the things I have always loved about the X day programs are the schedule and consistency.  I love not having to really think about what I'm going to do other than wake up and get it moving.  This was my first time playing around with the schedule and I like what I did this week and am going to model the rest of the weeks with it.  The first month of Pump is pretty light, so it makes it easy to combine the programs.  I'm really feeling my stamina and strength improving with every workout.  It's also nice that the reset did a number on my stomach in terms of inches lost.  Today I did the Stretch 40 workout which is a good yoga based stretch dvd.  It was MUCH easier to get into poses than it has been in forever because my stomach is so much smaller.  It's nice and I feel like yoga was actually a workout because I was just able to do more and really push into the pose.  I have always had a good level of flexibility - but now I can actually use that and push farther.  

This week's workouts were:
Monday - Fire 30
Tuesday - Pump Challenge + HIIT 15
Wednesday - Rest
Thursday - Fire 30 + Flow
Friday - Fire 55 EZ
Saturday - Pump Challenge + Fire 30
Sunday - Core 20 + Stretch 40

Not going to lie - this week pushed me.  These workouts are not easy and I'm doing about an hour a day.  But I'm pushing for results so that means workout hard.  Turbo Fire is a 6 day a week program, so it just means I need to work hard to keep up with it. 

Tomorrow I'll be posting my weight for this week's weigh in, see you then!


October Challenge: Turbo Pump

See what I did there? My name for my hybrid of turbo fire and les mills pump is Turbo Pump. Cute right? Or really dorky :) I created a month long schedule for October that I will be following to tone and burn and get in shape for the holidays. If you would like a copy leave a comment!

Today I did day 2, the first day of turbo and pump. Great workout!  I did the Pump Challenge first then the HIIT 15 from Turbo Fire.  Honestly - I HATE Pump Challenge.  It's a great workout, don't get me wrong.  But there is no warm up, no cool down, and they talk too much between sets.  I know it's the intro level workout, but for something you do so often during the first month of Pump, it gets really really repetitive   I wish there was a new to class option like there is for Turbo so you can watch that stuff once then move on.  But alas there is not.  I'll just deal with it, it's only a few more times then I'm on to Pump and Burn, which is more like a full workout.  Tomorrow is a glorious rest day, which is good because I'm going to use the opportunity to swap back to morning workouts.  Evening workouts are just not my thing anymore, why did I even bother?

Now I'm enjoying a crazy delish dinner of butternut squash and chickpea stew over millet with a side of roasted veggies. So so good! Eating at least a cup of veggies every meal is my tip of the day. It fills you up, leaving no room for junk food.

I promise, it was all delicious :)  

My blogging mentor Tabby told me October is 31 days of blogging.  So I'm going to set a goal to blog every day this month.  I'll be posting about my weight loss journey of course, but also more recipes and general health topics.  I also am thinking about doing a giveaway, I have something cool to give out, but that depends on if anyone actually reads this blog.  Otherwise I'll just give it to Tabby :)