Scheduling

Ok I'm going to start working on my party post later. But for now - done quick schedule updates.

1. Reset is moving up. I'm going to start on Wednesday now instead of next Sunday. I have no reason to wait another week and with all the parties on top of bring out of sync - my body needs a reset ASAP. My goal was to wait until after the parties. I'll have less time to shop, but I'm ok with that. A lot of things I don't have to buy again, so it should be a simple shopping trip anyway.

2. Insanity is a definite go in May. It's my body's happy program...so I'm going to give it what it wants. I'm trying to lose 50 lbs this year which means being aggressive!

Insanity Relapse

I have mentioned a zillion times how I have just not gotten my groove back since moving.  Part of it I know is that with this being a smaller place I don't have my little Kim-den to go workout (re: by myself without an audience) in when we both are home.  I have had to really tell myself that I just have to get over it and sometimes I'll be working out in the living room and he will be at the computer and oh well.  That has helped me with consistency these last few days.  I also have started mixing it up on days I have no desire to do anything.  The last 2 days I went back to old faithful - INSANITY.  I am so glad I did, I feel more invigorated and ready to go than I have in weeks.  I love TurboFire and I think Les Mills Pump is growing on me.  But neither of those bring the pain like INSANITY does and I'm realizing that is what I need to jump me into a routine again.  I haven't been this sore in a while and I missed that feeling.  Now that I have it I am so ready to get back into a routine again.  A big part of this journey is about learning how you operate.  How you tick and what gets you moving...then using that information to help you along the way.

I will share the two workouts I did - they were the two INSANITY workout that I didn't do before, the deluxe package ones.

First up was Max Interval Sports Training which is 55 minutes long.  First I will say that there really aren't any intervals.  This workout really reminds me of Core Cardio and Balance (CCB)  in it's format.  Not the usual interval warmup, but it again mimics CCB with a slow warmup.  I really like this warmup because it actually helps me go from cold to warm without being out of breath immediately.  Next you go through drills from 4 sports - football, basketball, gymnastics, and track and field.  I'm pretty sure Shaun T meant to save the "this ish is bananas" for this workout.  I was sweating buckets by the end of the football drill section.  Each section is on it's own a pretty good workout so adding them together is mega intense.  Expect abs, cardio, and strength as you move through this one.  I really liked it and definitely would do this again.

Next I did the Upper Body Weight Training workout.  This one is basically all weight training with a little bit of cardio in each section to boost your heart rate up.  This workout is full of very basic exercises that every person can do regardless of fitness level.  Shaun T doesn't show any modifications as usual, but you can make some up if you need them.  There are some lower body and abs included, but it is pretty much all upper body focus.  The only thing I will say to you is that you need to lift heavy here.  Not light.  The ladders go down, so if you go too light you will not get the benefit of the workout.  Go heavy and if you can and your equipment allows go heavier on the last set.  You can pair this with either Fast and Furious or a Turbo Fire HIIT workout and get a solid hour or so of weights plus cardio.

At this point, the only INSANITY workout I haven't done is Insane Abs.  Considering I can barely get through Cardio Abs, I probably won't do Insane Abs for a while.  I'm seriously considering doing another round of INSANITY this summer after I finish the Ultimate Reset :)  I'm back in the Insane Ward I guess, lol!  I think I am at a fitness level that maybe another round of INSANITY I might be able to try Asylum...who knows.

Ultimate Reset: Part Deux

My hubby has been talking about the reset a lot lately.  He has had to go to the doctor because he wasn't feeling well and because he has strayed way farther from the post reset life than I.  With him being in Memphis and me being in Virginia last time, he kind of just went back to what he knew.  Since he got back from that job and has been home, we both have struggled.  Him with my cooking not being as processed/not healthy as before and me with trying to keep on my healthy path someone who is not quite there with me also in the house.

Rewind to a few months go when he asked about doing the reset again.  I was like um...didn't we just do it? It's not a cheap program and I really didn't know about diving in again so fast.  But then I stopped to listen really to what he was saying.  He wanted to do the reset again to get back to that place of health and he knows this time with us in the same state, I'll be there to catch him as he comes off of it.  To keep him from having such a large relapse because I won't go there with him.  Now the money seemed to not really matter or the fact that we already did this...this started to be something bigger...something that was about him taking back his health again.  It became clear that he felt he needed this to be back in control of his eating and that made it clear to me as his wife that I needed to support him on this.  I had to stop thinking about the fact I wanted to finish Combat or that I wanted to do something for me.  It became about the fact that he needs me to do this to help him and it will not hurt me one bit to join him and support him.

So, today we ordered the dual Ultimate Reset kit.  I was just going to order the refill kits - but it's actually cheaper with the sale to just buy the whole dual kit.  Considering since we did it last year there have been a few program changes (the soothe supplement, reset in a hurry, and shakeology incorporated into the meal plan if you want to drink it) I was glad it worked out that way.  We aren't starting right away - we are starting April 21st - so in about a month.  This gives us time to get the new kits (regular shipping from Beachbody is about a week) and time for us to adjust to a new schedule (the man is going to be taking on a new position with a very different commute in April) and avoids the April celebrations (I have 2 bridal showers, a bachelorette party, and a birthday all going down in April and while I am trying to lose weight, I'm also a human who really demands a piece of birthday cake on my birthday) so I don't have to face a delicious cake on day 2 of the reset or something equally insane.  It is manageable to do the reset and have events...but it's definitely not preferred if you can avoid it.  And since we have some open time between the party madness and the wedding I am in...just makes sense to wait until the open time.  Of course...I am lucky that my dress for the wedding is a corset back so I have some room to lose without fear because I can just tighten the heck out of that sucker if I need to do so :)

Anyway...I'm working on getting a facebook like page up and running so if you want to join me on this crazy venture we will have a place to discuss the whole process.  I am hoping to have a challenge group of 5 people...but the more the merrier.  If you order before the end of March, you can save on the reset.  If you can't order in the next few days, you can still order in April and have your kit in time to start with us on the 21st.  Here is my before and after shot from when I did the reset in September 2012.


I lost 21 lbs and felt really good by the end of it.  I was sleeping better and had way more energy and was able to handle stress a LOT better.  I'm getting excited to feel that way again...I have never felt as great as I did during week 3 of the reset and the month or so after before going back to a less regimented diet.  And as you can see, I was in a hotel at the end - I finished the last 4 days of the reset on travel for work.  It can be done!

Are you in?  Email me at healthyengineer@gmail.com for questions or check out my Ultimate Reset site  All the deals are listed on my March Promotions page for a break down of what you save with each version of the reset.  If you are interested in signing up as a coach you can do that by going to my main site here and you will save some extra on your kit (it's an extra 25% off for a coach...which is huge with this kit).



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 :)

INSANITY Finishing T-Shirt

I have posted a few pictures on Instagram (@healthyengineer) of myself in my INSANITY "I Earned It" shirt.  From the comments I've gotten, I've realized that a lot of people don't know how to actually get their shirt when they finish.  I wanted to share how to get your shirt because if you are like me, you are so ready to sport that bad boy when you finish.

  1. Look at the INSANITY t-shirt form and figure out what your proof of purchase will be.  They aren't hard, but you do need to think about it just so you can take the picture or remember to keep the email.  And you have to have a proof of purchase of some form to qualify for the free shirt, so don't forget this!!
  2. Before you start, take your before stats.  First up are the pictures.  Take the ones in the form and make sure you wear something that shows your shape.  You don't have to wear a sports bra and shorts, I certainly didn't.  But don't go for the baggy, because then you can't see anything.  Take your measurements and starting weight.
  3. Do the program - all 63 days.  Curse Shaun T out daily during this endeavor while praising him when you realize you are actually shrinking.  Neither the cursing or the praise will stop for 63 days, don't worry.
  4. Repeat step 1 with your new after body.
  5. Fill out the INSANITY t-shirt form and email it to Beachbody (email address is on the form) with your pictures and your proof of purchase.
  6. Wait for your new favorite t-shirt to arrive.  While you are waiting, submit your results to the Beachbody Challenge.  Why?  Because for just filling out the info, you can win anywhere from $500 to $25,000.  For something you already did.  Seems like a no-brainer to me.
Easy enough right? Hopefully this helps someone who doesn't know how to get their t-shirt :)

Snow Day Announcements

Being from Michigan I still get a kick out of the fact that this little bit of snow means the entire WORLD in the DMV area shuts down!

So I'm going to take this day to catch up on some work that I am behind on from being so busy this week, do a little laundry, do a little packing, and do a little work on my Beachbody business.

Also I wanted to let you guys know that if you sign up for a challenge pack this month, you get (1) this discount on the Shakeology for life (2) a bonus Shakeology shaker cup (3) and me as your coach for one on one support via text/email/Facebook/Instagram - all of these, none of these, whatever you are looking for.  Why a challenge pack?  Because you get the meal plan, the Shakeology, the workout program, and the one on one support for one discounted price.  It's a good deal and one of my favorite discounts that Beachbody does.  Pile on the current discounts on P90x and the Ultimate Reset this month (both end on the 31st)...and you can really save some money going forward on your healthy journey.  Questions?  Email me at healthyengineer@gmail.com.  I want to help at least 5 people...hopefully more...with their health journey this month.  Do you need a little help and support?  Let's team up together and work on our goals!

One Week of Les Mills Combat

So as I've been mentioning - I tried out Combat when I got home from Michigan because I needed a boost. Since then, I've been following the ultimate warrior calendar.  It's a 6 day a week schedule with 30-60 minutes a day.  I wanted to discuss some of the workouts and how I liked them.

Combat 30:  This is a 30 minute workout that focuses on kicks and punches.  I felt super sore in my core and across my upper back/shoulders after this one for sure.  I liked how intense it was for a short workout - it ramped up rather quickly so it got to the point.  The immediate thing I noticed about this program from the first workout is that the low impact option actually is a good one.  Some workouts (INSANITY) don't really have a low impact option and others (TurboFire) have them, but sometimes it's too low.  This one was pretty good.  I use the low impact sometimes when my knees are bothering me, but aim for high impact whenever I can.

HIIT: Power: This workout is stupid hard.  Lots and lots of burpees.  Lots of them.  And squats.  As much as Combat 30 is focused on the upper body, HIIT: Power is a butt workout.  The weird thing about this one is that weights are used.  Not for the whole DVD, but in parts of it.  It is short, another 30 minute workout, but also intense.

HIIT: Plyo: Burpees, burpees, burpees.  Which I'm ok with - I mean they work.  I think at one point you do like 40 in one set, that kind of erases your mind.  It's a 30 minute workout.  This one was weird to me because it seemed not really a HIIT or a plyo workout.  It wasn't bad, just not what I expected.

Combat 45: Very similar to Combat 30, just a little longer.

Lower Body: So I thought this would be a strength workout...it's not really.  It's a cardio workout with more kicks then punches.  Oh and burpees.  I guess martial artists love burpees.  Okay, it sunk in by day 6 of week 1.  This was a hard workout and I did feel the burn.  I am not sure I would really consider this a lower body workout...more of cardio workout with a bit more of a lower body focus.  I do think it's a good workout, just not what I thought I was getting by reading the name of it.

Combat 60: See Combat 30 description.  I will say that this was closer to the full class that I'm used to from way back in the day when I took combat at a gym.  I liked the DVD and it's pretty hard.  There is a section at the end, the last track before the abs/pushup track, that kicked my butt that I loved - probably my favorite track of the program to date.  Lots of punches and cross jacks.  The kick tracks on this one are some of my favorite as well.

So right now I am on the 2nd week (did day 1, week 2 this morning).  I'm really enjoying it and now that I'm finally healthy and over this cold (I'm claiming it...even if it's not 100% true yet) I want to try to add some activity in the evenings like I talked about a few days ago.  I am so ready to really boost it this month.  I took some photos this morning and I'm not really happy about it.  Yes it's a little remaining bloat from that time of the month, but it's also from the fact my eating has been meh ever since going home for my Grandma's memorial.  I am really now back in the buckle down mode.  Beast mode if you will.  Let's go.

March Madness

Oh yes, it is ON for March peeps.  My birthday is in April.  I already am the smallest I've been since I was 17.  I'm ready to hit my birthday looking as smoking hot as I can and as healthy as I can.  So it's going to be an aggressive month with diet and exercise.

Eating
Clean clean CLEAN is the plan.  Better meal planning because the last few weeks have been meh with all the ongoings.  More vegetables, more fruit, more nuts, more seeds.  Less dairy, less miscellaneous snacks, less dirty junk.  Essentially, I'm going to go back to those favorite Ultimate Reset recipes and those other favorites.  I need more veggies in my life and in March I'm going to find them ALL.  Shakeology every morning for breakfast because I will need the help cutting cravings and that seems to be the only thing that does it for me lately.

Exercise
Les Mills Combat in the mornings - sticking 100% to the schedule.  I shouldn't have tried it in the middle of this hybrid because I like it WAY too much to go back to the hybrid.  New stuff wins.  Always lol.  Adding in some of these short Fit Girl Army workouts as a warm up or post workout before the cool down burst.  In the evenings I will start taking at least 30 minutes to do something 4 or so days a week.  My new place I'm moving to in March has a gym there, so I may just go there and walk while watching tv (because we don't have cable and the gym does, ha!).  Or add some heavy lifting in sometimes. I just need to get out of this habit of sitting on my butt for hours every night.  Especially since we are moving to a smaller place - I think this will be my way of giving the hubby some space since we won't have our separate little domains anymore.

Life
Sleep baby.  I'm going to be in bed by 10pm every night, end of discussion.  Bed by 10 and up at 5:30.  One reason I'm deciding to do Combat in the mornings is that it's a shorter workout for the most part.  I like that because it means I can sleep in a little longer :)  I also am going to really push to get the hubby to participate in my evening workouts a little so it's time we can spend together along with time we can get fitter together.  I'm going to try to slow down a little bit on the weekends and take some extra time (like today - I'm taking a half day at work) to rest and rejuvenate.  I've been a busy madwoman lately and it's starting to catch up to me.  I don't need to do that.

Are you in for a hardcore March?  I'm on a mission this month - not just to improve my health and fitness - but to help at LEAST 5 people do the same.  If you are ready to be one of those 5 people who is taking on a similar challenge and would like me to coach you please send me an email healthyengineer@gmail.com.  There are some fantastic challenge pack deals to help you get started PLUS this is the last month for the chocolate and greenberry Shakeology at the current price.  If you don't lock in Home Direct now, the price is going up $10/month starting in April.  You can cancel whenever you want if you don't like Shakeology, and there is a 30 day empty bag refund policy, but if you have been thinking of getting started with it, I would highly suggest you think about doing that now to save yourself $10/month on the product + on HD there is no shipping, so you save another $12/month for a $22 total savings.  More if you decide to sign up for the coach discount.  Check it out on my Shakeology page or watch Tony Horton's silly little video on it and shoot me an email if you have any questions about it or want more info on the coach discount.


Size 16 Mission and More

Today is the 3rd day of my new hybrid program. So far - I'm in love with it AND I'm already feeling awesome from it. I am glad I found it and took the steps to see if something else would work better for me. I have done 2 days of Chalean Extreme and I am sorry I thought it wouldn't be that great before. I bought it at least 4 years ago after falling in love with Turbo Jam. Then I got it and didn't have the weights and just never got into it. I've had it forever and just never picked it up again. If not for one of my fellow Beachbody coaches posting amazing progress on instagram I may have never actually picked it up. Anyway, what I am learning to appreciate about the program are the compound movements. The weight exercises are very different from P90x and the sessions are full body instead of very focused on a certain area. So it's just totally different. I didn't really appreciate that before trying them out. I'm thinking that this is better for me while losing just based on a few sessions and the way I feel afterwards. I think P90x is going to be amazing for me once I am closer to the end of this weight loss journey.

It was also fun to do INSANITY again!  I did plyo intervals yesterday and it's JUST as hard as it used to be, which is the nice thing about INSANITY - it can't get easier, ever.  I was able to do so much more than I could when I was in month 1 in November.  It's kind of amazing how much more to me, because I felt like I was rocking it before, ha.  I didn't really realize how much room I had to grow.  I want to do the fit test again one of these days to see how I do on that.

Now I'm heading off to the city to meet my friend for lunch.  We are going to a vegan restaurant so I'm excited about that!  But before I go, this week's pictures from my size 16 mission.


This is week 1 to this week, so quite the difference.  I started doing more cardio and I can tell.  All the cardio programs I do are very ab focused, so I think that is why my stomach is shrinking so much.  I took these on Wednesday, and I'm pretty pumped for next week's picture.  I can already see a difference in my stomach from the last few days, so I am really excited to see if I can pull this off in the next few weeks!


Valentine's Day Chocolates for You

It's Valentine's Day and while I am trying to stay away from chocolates in abundance, I'm hoping to share a little chocolate (and strawberry!) love with you :)

Today I'm hosting my first giveaway, vegan chocolate and tropical strawberry shakeology from my personal stash.  I use the bags mostly, but I keep the packets for travel.  I am giving away 6 packets total, 3 of each flavor.  I drink the vegan tropical strawberry about 5 out of 7 days a week on average.  It's a good quick breakfast that keeps  me from craving junk which is everywhere in my office most days.  I know a lot of people are kind of sketch on it because of how it's sold.  I was as well for a long time.  But I'm glad I took the leap because it really is a good product for me and I love the benefits of better digestion, reducing cravings, keeping me full, and my hair has never been healthier. I also haven't gotten sick while everyone else around me has and I usually am the first woman down.  I know some other people don't like it though and respect that fully.  I'm actually not the biggest fan of the chocolate, that's my husband's flavor of choice.  It's too chocolatey to me, if that makes any sense lol.  I drink it for breakfast, so it's just too much.  I did find a recipe on instagram for a thicker ice cream style chocolate shakeology and I'm going to try that to see if I like it as dessert.

Anyway, the prize!  It will last you 6 days at one a day, so you can go almost a week.


Enter using one of the options below and good luck!  You have a week and I'll get these out right after a winner is determined :) US and Canada only please :)




Good luck :)

Dieting vs. Healthy Living

Dieting to lose weight.  Start creating a healthy diet.

These two things are completely different from each other.  Completely.  I want to share that with you we go forward in our February challenge and our efforts.  It's something we all need to remember, even when we feel like we aren't getting anywhere.

Let's start by defining dieting.  A diet is the food that is consumed for sustenance   The word diet has nothing to do with weight loss or health or anything else.  But the word dieting, which is to attempt to control your food/intake through specific food choices or dietary changes.  The motivation of the dieter is only on the scale and how the scale changes dictates if the diet is working.  The entire goal is weight reduction or body change.  Okay.  Now that we have defined dieting, let's really look at what dieting entails for the typical diet for weight loss.  The typical diet for weight loss from my personal experience, my friends, and what I see on the interwebs is centered around trying to maximize (quantity and satiety) the food you can eat while staying within certain calorie or macronutrient restrictions.  So essentially, that the goal for weight loss is set to be achieved by reducing or eliminating excess calories or certain macronutrients.  The food selections are typically based on what is the most I can get and stay within my program.  Lots of diet foods may be consumed, the quality of food may not be a consideration, and exercise is seen as a way to lose weight quicker, by creating a larger calorie deficit or for some programs a way to allow the dieter to eat more food. Guilt plays a big role in this strategy because the dieter believes that any shift from the rigid plan will cause weight loss to cease.  People may push harder than necessary in the gym to burn off excess calories or eat less than necessary to make up for splurges.

Now let's look at what it means to create a healthy diet as the goal instead of dieting to lose weight.  When you are creating a healthy diet, the focus shifts.  Instead of focusing on outcomes - weight reduction or body change the focus shifts to the inputs - the creating of a healthy diet and healthy habits.  The foods that are selected are chosen because of their health benefits and the focus is on quality, not quantity.  Typically people looking at this option are focusing on eating a clean diet focused on eating mostly clean fresh produce, lean meats, healthy grains, home cooking, and not a lot of foods in boxes or packages.  Exercise is considered an essential part of this diet because of the health benefits and to maximize the results of the healthy diet.  The scale may be used to track progress, however lack of weight loss isn't considered a failure because it's not the ultimate goal.  The goal is to improve your health via improving your lifestyle (diet and exercise) and by reducing weight.  Non ideal foods aka unhealthy foods are typically included in moderation.  The diet consists 95% of healthy choices and the remaining 5% may be used for splurges.  The person typically in this camp naturally eats for health most of the time and sets them self up for success.

Do you see a difference between the two?  No? That makes sense because the difference between the two is very small.  The difference is motivation, which trickles down to what you will do without inducing stress.  Dieting is typically hard on the body because it's restrictive and the motivation is only to change the number.  Healthy eating is easier once you have accepted that as your plan because it's a more natural way to live and the motivation includes many non-scale victories as well as weight loss for some people.  Also dieting has an end point - when you reach your goal weight.  Healthy eating has no end point.

 Is that clearer?  Now let's be honest - most of us do not fall strictly into one camp or the other.  I certainly don't.  I was a dieter.  I spent many years dieting, mostly yo-yo dieting, and feeling like the only thing that mattered was the scale.  I am getting better and realizing that there is more to a healthy life than the scale and for me I cannot maintain a dieting lifestyle.  I get burned out.  I do fall into it a lot, diet thinking, and I think that as I've felt very stressed lately I have started to think diet not health.  I need to stop...because dieting for me has always lead to failure while lately my healthy focus has lead to much success.  I also think some of this is from my P90x feelings as of late and realizing that you can change your body shape/lose inches and the scale not drop dramatically.  I needed a reminder of this fact and I hope it helped you too.



Operation Size 16 Video Edition

Posted a little video on my thoughts on my challenge.  My focus areas for the week are discussed in the video this week instead of me writing them out :)

Also please let me know if there are topics you would prefer I vlog about instead of blog about!  Or blog about instead of vlog about.  I'm still figuring out what I want to do, but I do like the weekly video check in right now. 



Leave me a comment here or on my video on you tube with your answers to my questions about workouts too, I would love to hear from you!!!

Operation Size 16 Update!

It's been 7ish days so here is my photo update!


Left on both photos is the older picture if you can't tell....

I'm actually pretty shocked.  My weight has gone up, I feel like I haven't lost a thing, I feel BIGGER.  So this is also a "this is why we take photos" post too I guess.  I was actually sitting here before doing the side by sides thinking that it was time to re-vamp my whole P90x effort or possibly stop P90x and start doing a mostly cardio focus again because it was doing nothing at all for my body and I wasted a whole 3 weeks before figuring that out.  I guess it is doing something, I just couldn't tell.

I will be shooting a video tonight about the challenge and some of these P90x feelings tonight.  I have been very busy thinking about what I should do/if I should do/what is RIGHT for me a lot...I'm sure I'll figure it out soon.


Operation Size 16: The Beginnings

Morning everyone :)

Woke up bright and early this morning to get the stats and pictures done before my workout.  It was cardio day, which is one of the shorter days, so I had a little extra time :)

First up the pictures.  So the jeans go on and zip up.  But as you can see- they are not ready for prime time yet.  Too much muffin in the pan for me and I have too much junk in the trunk for these to leave my house...



And here are the stats:

Weight: 236.8
R arm: 15.5
Chest: 40.75
Waist: 33.75
Belly: 45.5
Hips: 52.5
R thigh: 30

This is my starting point this month...I am so excited to see how these numbers change.  That leads into the challenge this week, which is to PUSH.  One of the things that is very different with P90x than I am used to with cardio only challenges or a classic weight lifting program (where you are in a gym in a rep based program instead of a time based lifting situation) is that I have had a harder time figuring out how to push and get results.  I think I am starting to figure that out because I'm pretty sore today from yesterday's chest and back + ab ripper x workout.  And I need to continue it and really push.  It was easier to figure out the push level for chest and back because it's push ups and pull ups mostly.  It will be harder for shoulders and arms tomorrow but I am determined to figure it out.  It also means for cardio, sometimes not listening to Tony's cues (this means you Kenpo X) and going at a speed and pace that gets me that hot sweaty mess look that I want.  If the goal is to move the dial, then the plan has to be intense enough to get the results I need.  So let's go!  

What is your area to PUSH in this week?  Leave it in the comments :)

Focus, Determination, DRIVE

Today was day 10 for P90x for me.  I splurged a little this morning as I've been kind of on a little retail therapy kick this weekend and bought myself a little something special - a set of sportblocks!


I love them.  Like seriously love them.  My old weights were a messy jumble and they didn't actually weigh what they said they weighed and I couldn't change them fast enough.  Now I just set these and go go go!  I didn't buy the stand, just the weights because the stupid stand was almost the same price as the weights.  I sit these on my old transfirmer and that is a flat enough surface.  The stand would be awesome - taller and at an angle...but not worth the cash for me today.  Anyway, these weights are amazing and I can tell I'm getting a better workout because I'm using the appropriate weight.

Today's workout also made me think a lot about my progress so far.  I have done really well over the last 5 months.  So well it's hard for me to even really wrap my brain around...it's why I take so many progress pictures, it helps me see what I can't believe yet.



So now, I'm in this incredible mental place.  I'm now at the point where I really want to start focusing on pushing myself to get to the maintenance phase.  I'm not that close to it - I have at least another 40 lbs to lose.  But I think that I'm at a point where I am seeing the body changes more than just a shrinking body.  I am starting to see some definition in my arms when I flex and very slight lines on my stomach. When I lift weights during P90x I can see the muscles now.  I am starting to realize that my body is going through a major change that I can control.  That's why I decided to plunk down the money for the sportblocks today.  It's why I am about to do some major diet adjustments and start focusing on my diet more during the work day (meaning drinking my water, even if it means a million pee breaks) and staying away from the candy jar (Tabby will have to help me here!).  At home I am going to stay dedicated to my workouts and my clean eating and I am going to steadily tweak my diet for better satiety and make more dishes at home.  

Essentially, the last couple of days I have really realized not that I can do this.  But that I AM doing this.  I AM making my body healthy, strong, and well.  I am driven to be the women I have dreamed of being....the only factor is time.

P90x - Finishing Week 1

Today was the last workout of week 1 of P90x!  Day 7 of the week is rest or x stretch.  I may do the stretch tomorrow in the evening before bed or I might just go to sleep, lol.  I'm pretty tired this week from the workouts and from bad sleep. I woke up at some point last night when my husband woke up with a stuffy nose and dropped his glasses on the way back to bed and was up for a little while.  So I started my workout at almost 6 am...about 30 minutes late.  I considered waiting until after work to exercise, but I knew I was already tired and wouldn't get to sleep in much anyway so I just went for it.  It was hard, but I pushed play and pushed through.

So let me tell you about the workouts I have done the past few days.  I already talked about the first two here.

Shoulders and Arms - This workout is brutal.  In a good way.  It repeats a shoulders - biceps - triceps rotation for an hour.  Brutal.  One note for this workout for me was that I needed a wide range of weights.  My triceps are stronger than they were before INSANITY, but still relatively weak.  So I ended up using 8 lbs for some of the tricep workouts and up to 20 for some of the shoulder ones.  Very wide range.  My shoulders BURNED during this one because let's face it - most bicep and tricep exercises use the shoulders as well.

Yoga X - This is a 90 minute yoga class.  The first half is the classic yoga poses - lots of chatarunga and warrior poses.  These are the burner poses where you pour sweat holding positions.  Then the second half is the balance and ab section of the workout.  My balance is awful, just awful.  So it will be interesting to see how I progress over the next 12 weeks.  This workout is really long and wore me out.

Legs and Back - Or it's alias - pullups and lunges.  This workout didn't seem that hard while I was doing it, but I certainly felt it the next day.  One thing about this workout - you don't use weights for most of the exercises.  That's pretty cool - you get a crazy leg burn from mostly bodyweight moves.  I did this one yesterday and I will tell you that this morning when I woke up my butt was so so sore.  I point this out because I found that I had to modify a lot of the moves to accommodate my knee.  My knees aren't the greatest and had been feeling much better after all this weight loss but I still have bad days.  Unfortunately going into Leg Day it was clear I was having a bad day.  I didn't squat deep sometimes and modified some of the one leg exercises to put weight (some, not all) on the non working leg.  So even with these mods, my buns are burning...which is excellent to me.  I used the Equalizer again for the pull ups/chin ups and felt like I got a good back workout with that.  Honestly, I probably will stick with this until I am in a place where I can actually do a pull up.  I get a better workout than I do with bands for my back because I do have to pull up my body.  I am still using a bent knee position - so it's not my whole body weight but I have noticed that as I straighten my legs it gets harder so that's how I'll advance the move.  Here is a video on pull up variations on the Equalizer if you are interested just to see how it looks.  Note - I only am doing this modification because I already had an Equalizer.  I did not buy one just for P90x.  If I didn't already own one I would go with the bands.

Kenpo X - Today's workout.  Now I will be honest - right now this is my least favorite of the P90x workouts.  I don't hate it at all, so don't mistake my least favorite statement = hate.  It is just a weird workout to me.  The actual Kenpo parts are fairly low intensity for me for cardio.  My heart rate maxed out around 140 but was mostly around 120-130 the whole time.  The "breaks" which are the high cardio intervals from my body's measurement are jog/jumping jack/x jump time.  I didn't mind the lighter workout today because of the buns being fried and the poor sleep I mentioned earlier.  But I was surprised it was so light because the folks on the DVD were drenched, lol.  Maybe I'm just getting super fit, hahaha!

In general I am really digging P90x after one week.  I definitely like the variety of workouts over the course of a week - cardio, yoga, weights, and whatever kenpo is supposed to be.  I feel my body sore in all the right places.  I still think I'm going to be tired of Ab Ripper X in about another week or two...you do it 3 times a week.  But other than that - no complaints :)

Okay this is extra long so I'll leave it here today.  Questions on P90x?  Leave me a note :)

P90x Time!!!

So I'm now 2 days into P90x and wow is it different from INSANITY lol.  I have done two workouts:

Chest and Back + Ab Ripper - which could be renamed pushups and pull ups and ab exercises I can't really do yet.  It was a GREAT workout and kicked my butt...well my arms really.  I don't have a pull up bar and I can't do pull ups anyway.  My door jam thing for my bands went MIA since the summer.  So I used my Leibert Equalizer and pulled up on that.  Gotta make it work however I can.  I feel it in my upper body so I know it was good.  This workout is pretty awesome.  The Ab Ripper workout is intense.  Many of the exercises I just can't do yet so I modified as appropriate.  Total workout time is about 65 minutes.

Plyometrics - which is AWESOME.  After doing a full round of INSANITY, this was a great change up.  Yes you jump and yes you jump a lot.  But because of the format of the workout it just feels so different.  I still got a crazy awesome workout, there are a lot of squats in this bad boy.  But it was so so good.  I felt this in my hips and buns today.

Tomorrow on deck is shoulders & arms + ab ripper.  I find it interesting how often ab ripper is done during the workout.  I wonder how quickly I will either (1) get tired of it or (2) get used to it.  I'm excited for arms though!!  I am desperate for my arms to tone up, I have quite flabby arms.

Equipment wise, I didn't buy anything new for this.  I have a lot of misc weights and bands in the house...and other equipment really...so I figure I will work with what I have until it's just too light and not workable anymore.  I would love the power blocks or selectechs or something like that but it's just not in the budget right now.  Perhaps later this year.  It would be nice to have them to be able to switch weights easily and to not have so much random equipment lying around.

Before starting P90x I took new pics and wrote my info down so I can submit it for the Beachbody Challenge :)  I love love that I get a shot at winning some cash just for exercising...that makes me happy.  Added perk to something I do for myself.  I will post pics every 30 days from p90x to hopefully see some PROGRESS!!!!!

In other news, I got my new webcam today!!  I am so excited you guys.  I am going to do some vlogs about P90x and health and fitness topics.  Is there anything that you would like to see/hear?  Leave a comment and I'll add it to the list :)

Hotel Circuits

I am on travel again - this time all the way to the west coast.  I'm in California trying to live the good life between finishing stuff up for work and working on my 30 day push to do list.  Before I get into my travel fit post I'm going to wax poetic about the 30 day push program Chalene Johnson has.  It's a FREE 30 day program that talks about how to align your goals to your priorities and to create a pathway to getting your goals accomplished.  I'm on day 8 of the program and already I've made some serious realizations.  It's been good and I've been able to better talk to my husband about where I want to be and that leads to just better overall communication.  It's good.

Okay more on that later.  But for now - traveling fit!  Okay so I will say that I'm SERIOUS about my fitness now - as you can tell.  And this means that I seriously refuse to be in a situation where I can't get my workout in.  This means 2 things.  #1 - I check the gym status at the hotel before I book.  I try to only stay places that have gyms.  And #2 - I bring DVDs with me.  This week I brought Turbo Jam and the Fast and Furious 20 min INSANITY workout.  So basically I have a plan and a backup plan.  This allows me some variety, especially right now while I'm between Beachbody programs, to mix it up.  It also was crucial to me in case one plan wouldn't work - like a tiny gym or a gym with limited equipment or no room to do a DVD.

So tonight was gym night.  I hit the gym pretty hard for some circuit training.  This gym was stocked with a full set of dumbbells, medicine balls, and a swiss ball - score!

Warm - Up - 5 min elliptical

Circuit 1 x2
25 crunches
15 pushups (started on feet, ended on knees)
15 squats w/ medicine ball
12 bicep curls
12 deadlifts

Do circuit 1 2x before moving on to circuit 2

Circuit 2 x 2
L side Woodchop (w/ weights)
10 frog jumps (INSANITY call back, lol)
L side single leg squat

R side Woodchop (w/ weights)
10 frog jumps (INSANITY call back, lol)
R side single leg squat
Weighted leg raise

Cool -Down - 15 min exercise bike

Pretty good workout if I say so myself.  Hit all the important body parts plus got a good sweat and cardio burn.  I did go a little light on the arm workouts because I am so sore from Turbo Jam and Les Mills Pump already.  So I focused a lot on core and the "basic strength moves" aka pushups, squats, crunches.  I am really really pushing towards doing more on my toes.  Insanity has gotten me far with that goal.  I did 5 on my toes the first circuit and 6 on the second go around.  So I definitely am improving.

As I get ready for P90x I'm getting SO excited for more weights.  My body feels different after a weight workout for sure and it's been a log time since I've put a circuit together.  I really enjoy putting workouts together - a reason that a PT cert is something else that I have been thinking about because I love this kind of stuff.  If anyone tried the circuit out please leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it!  I am not a trainer - just a girl who likes this stuff.



2 months

I am on day 62 of INSANITY and took some pics of my progress. I'm beyond thrilled at my body changes from the workouts + eating clean + shakeology.

I am not done, not even close. But I have come SO far this year. I have changed my life. I have found that this - health and fitness- is my passion. I want to help people become a healthier version of themselves. I want to open eyes and help people have a better life. You don't have to have a 6 pack, you just need to be healthier. Eat healthier, move more, sleep more, be more aware. It's January 1st. There isn't a better day to start working towards these goals. Please please shoot me an email if you are ready to start - healthyengineer@gmail.com. Right now I'm helping with Beachbody programs but I have big plans this year to become certified in nutrition so I can do even more.



Progress

Well, it's December 1st. One whole month on insanity. How is it going?

Pretty freaking fantastic I would say!!

I have lost about 6 lbs, but I have definitely lost some inches. I'm a size 18w now in all my bottoms and am a XL or L in my tops. I feel great and am in the midst of recovery week.

I think I love insanity. Everyone talks about their soulmate workout. I'm 99% convinced this is it. Why 1% of doubt? Because I haven't tried everything. I don't mind the repetition of DVDs and still push hard in the mornings. Every workout I try to improve my form or add another rep. This is the key - keep pushing!

Meal wise, you already know my drill. I'm a vegetarian with commitment issues. That seems to keep me balanced and healthy and I like it.

Here is a pic of me pre workout this week. Whoa body!! I will be taking my next fit test on Thursday, I also am including my fit test 1 to 2 progress.