Friday, June 10, 2011

Shakeology - Week in Review

So - I've been hearing all about Shakeology for months and months!  Now that I have tried it, I hate myself for not getting on the band wagon sooner!  When you place an order for Shakeology - you get 2 free workout DVDs, a shaker bottle, free shpping and a full month's worth of recipes on a calendar!
I have tried a different recipe everyday so far - and I'm going to share with you my thoughts/opnions and changes I've noticed so far after only 5 days!  Each of these shakes were taken in the morning - 1/2 before my workout, and the other 1/2 after.

Day 1
Recipe:  Chocolate Banana Nutter  - Chcolate Shakeology+PB+Banana
The Shake was delicious!  The deep chocolate flavor suprised me at first... more of a dark chocolate flavor instead of the imitation flavors that normally added to shakes.
Things I noticed:  My energy was thru the roof!  I did not get that run down feeling at the end of the afternoon where you feel like you need a coffee or a shot of tequila to make it to 5!

Day 2
Recipe:  PB and J - Chocolate Shakeology + PB + 1/2 c. strawberries
I did not love this flavor combonation to be honest.  I like PBJ sandwiches, but with chocolate in the mix as well, I didn't care for it.  It was okay and I was able to drink the whole shake, but probably not something I would make again.
Things I noticed:  ENERGY galore!  My mood seems happy/chipper 24/7 and my hair/skin/nails seem to be more vibrant.  Also, I feel less bloated and more slender in my tummy!

Day 3
Recipe:  Mocha Chiller - Chocolate Shakeology + coffee
 This was one of my favorites!  I used Starbucks VIA for the coffee portion and I typically love the chocolate/coffee mix anyways!  LOVE this one :)
 Things I noticed:  Stilll feeling more energized; also noticeably less cravings.

Day 4
Recipe:  Chcolate Covered Strawberries - Chocolate Shakeology + 1/2 c. strawberries
 This recipe was pretty tasty.  I think the density of the choclate in the shake overpowers the strawberries a little bit, but you do taste them as a sweet background flavor.  I will make this one again for sure.
Things I noticed:  Energy, tummy feeling flatter, clear skin!, overall awesomeness!

Day 5
Recipe: Chcolate Twilight - Chocolate Shakeology + Vanilla Extract
This one was very tasty.  I think it would be even better with vanilla almond milk!
 Things I noticed:  ZERO drowsiness at work, clarity of mind, focused, feeling 'clean' inside and out.

For More Information on Shakeology.. check out this video.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Decide. Commit. Succeed

I have now officially been a Beachbody Coach for almost a month.  I am a part of Team Bombshell DYNASTY.   I am excited to be a part of this energetic, dynamic, and successful team!  I have received a warm welcome to the business and look forward to helping other people change their lives by just pushing play everyday.
I am part of a facebook group called "Staying Fit Family".  We are energetic and keep each other motivated, inspired and accountable.   The group started out being called "Staying Fit", but because it feels more like family we changed it!  The Group has grown to 200+ members now!   Add me on facebook and request to join our family-Click here to add me as a friend on facebook.
When I set my mind to something I never give up.  Allow me to help you be successful both in achieving your own fitness goals and helping others to reach theirs.   I have a passion for fitness and helping others lead a healthy life.  You just have to Decide. Commit. and Succeed!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tonight's Workout

I had the BEST workout was full body - moderate weight/moderate reps - Supersets (which is when 2 exercises are performed together w/ no break between).  There is a 45 second rest between each set...

It went a little something like this (and took me close to an hour):

Push up to dumbbell row

Set 1:  12 lb dumbbells - 12 push ups - 6 rows each side
Set 2:  8 lb dumbbells - 12 push ups - 6 rows each side
Set 3:  8 lb dumbbells - 12 push ups - 6 rows each side

Dumbbell Dead lift to Sumo Squat
Set 1:  12 lb dumbbells - 10 dead lifts - 10 sumo squats
Set 2:  15 lb dumbbells - 10 dead lifts - 10 sumo squats
Set 3:  15 lb dumbbells - 10 dead lifts - 10 sumo squats

Dumbbell Walking Lunge to Leg Extension
Set 1:  12 lb dumbbells - 10 lunges
           60 lb leg extension - 10x

Set 2:  12 lb dumbbells - 10 lunges
           60 lb leg extension - 10x
Set 3:  12 lb dumbbells - 8 lunges
           67.5 lb leg extension - 8x

Lying Leg Curl to Calf Raise
Set 1:  Leg Curl 40 lbs x 10 / Standing Calf Raise 55 lbs. x 12
Set 2:  Leg Curl 40 lbs x 10 / Standing Calf Raise 65 lbs. x 12
Set 3:  Leg Curl 50 lbs x 6 / Standing Calf Raise 65 lbs x 12

Triple Set - THIS was exhausting!
Upright barbell row to barbell military press to lateral raise
Set 1:  Upright Row - 30 lb bar x 8 / military press 30 lb. bar x 8 / lateral raise 5lb x 10
Set 2:  Upright Row - 40 lb bar x 6 / military press 40 lb. bar x 8 / lateral raise 8lb x 8
Set 3:  Upright Row - 30 lb bar x 8 / military press 30 lb. bar x 8 / lateral raise 5lb x 10

Bench Dip to Barbell Curl
Set 1:  10 triceps bench dips / 40 lb bar x 6
Set 2:  12 dips / 30 lb bar x 10
Set 3:  20 dips / 30 lb. bar x 10

Soo... I'm expecting to feel pretty sore tomorrow.  I went really easy on the weights.. didn't go too heavy at all.  I feel great though - and really like the super sets!  Its supposed to be great for building endurance. I was supposed to follow this up with 20 minutes of cardio - but I was just too exhausted!

I followed this workout up with an amazing protein shake when I got home:  Mixture of almond milk and skim milk/ some Greek yogurt/ scoop and 1/2 of Myofusion chocolate protein powder and a hand full of ice cubes...YUM :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Big Mistake!

Do you ever meet those people who love to run?  And it comes so easy and natural to them?  They're like.."oh, I did a short run this morning, just 6 miles...can't wait to do my long run on Saturday - 15 miles or so".. HAH!  What is wrong with those people?  Do they really find it peaceful?  And they claim they can clear their mind of all the day to day garbage and just have some 'me' time. 

Well... let me tell you... when I run - I can't think about anything other than - OMG, I just need to make it to the next corner and then I'll take a short break... or if I'm treadmillin' it - I just keep talking myself into holding on for just one more minute before slowing down.  Between the huffing and puffing, and the feeling of tight hamstrings and shins... I have no calm/peace or serenity!  I'm a sweaty panting mess!  Its NOT enjoyable for me!  BUT, I love the results!  I love the firmed up after effects that you get in places you didn't even know needed firming up! LOL

I started running last year - and built myself up to place where I could run 3ish miles comfortably.  Then winter came and I stopped running... BIG MISTAKE.  Now Spring is here and the sun is out and I'm ready to start running again, and I feel like I'm starting from square 1 again!  Its race season though - so I've GOT to keep up with my training and get out there and just push thru it... eventually I'll get there :)  I have 2 5ks next month... The Law Enforcement Memorial 5k (which I must run well - wouldn't want to be an embarrassment since I'm running on the police department's team!!) and the Run for the Deaf which benefits one of my good friend's schools (she is a special ed teacher for deaf students).

I"m still doing P90x here and there - but adding in running, pilates, and some of my own gym workouts.  Its probably time to post some new pics and measurements too! 

Anyways - Happy Training!! :-)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Craziest Fricking Day of Your Life - The Warrior Dash

Is anyone familiar with the Warrior Dash??
Its this disgusting muddy, dirty obstacle run with fires and all kinds of craziness.....and it looks like something I would NEVER be a part of.  But for some odd reason - I want to do it!  Maybe its because its SO uncharacteristic of me??  I don't know...  I think it would be cool to say that I've done it though.

Check it out:

The closest Warrior Dash to me is in Georgia... and is on May 14-15th.  I think that's a little too soon...SO, well see what else I can work out in my schedule.

Who else is with me?  Who is ready for the Craziest Frickin Day of Your Life?!?

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Doctor's Orders...

I seriously love P90x!  I love being able to do so many styles of push ups and pull ups.  I look back at my level of fitness 1 year ago and its amazing how far I have come along.  I mean, I've always been thin - but I never had much strength or tone.

I remember doing push ups on my knees..'girl style'...and even then only being able to do maybe 10 at a time.  Now I can do so many during one workout - its hard to even count that high! haha

Anyways - since my surgery, I have been a little restricted on what I can and cannot do.  There are still certain exercises that my doctor advises against....push ups/pull ups/bench press.  SO, that's a real detriment to takes out a big chunk!  Hopefully I'll be able to add them back in eventually - but for now, I need to follow my doctor's orders and just give my body time to heal.  Until then, I'm adding in some gym time to do back workouts using lat pull down - cable row - and some of the other machines that are geared for back muscles.  AND, just to keep what pectorals I do have - I have been doing sets of 20 or 'girl style' push ups.  That way my body remembers the muscle movement - but I'm not putting as much strain on them.

So....Off to the gym!  Hope everyone has a great day!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What are YOUR reasons for working out??

There are so many different reasons why people choose to get off their butts and start taking their health/fitness seriously...Could be because:
  • You've put on some pounds
  • You're training for a marathon or other sports event
  • You have a vacation coming up and want to look good in your Brazilian cut bikini!
  • You have a wedding or other special event coming up
  • You want to impress the opposite sex
  • or sometimes you just do it for yourself.
I have a few reasons....  First and foremost is that I want to be healthy.  I want to avoid medical problems like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.  But also super important is that I don't want to be limited in life.  I don't want to say I CAN"T do something because of physical restriction... u know?  I may not be able to run a marathon (or even a 1/2) right this second, but I have the ability to train for one.  In other words, I want every opportunity out there to be available to me if I wish to pursue it.. if that makes sense..   AND, lastly, but still super high in the rankings is that I like to be a Wife that my husband is proud of. 

Of course I'd be lying if I didn't include that my beach trip coming up in 30 or so days is not weighing heavily on my mind and making me pump out that many more reps and effort!

Have a great workout tonight/tomorrow AM!