Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Starting Round 2 of P90X

I finished Day 3 of Round 2 of P90X. I had originally started round 2 last week but the fabulous Farah Khan decided she was going to start her second round as well. I know how successful I was working with another person so I jumped on the opportunity. We are now on day 3 and Im feeling so much better. It's amazing how you can change your lifestyle without even realizing it.

I started Round 1 of P90X in March and though I thought I'd never be a workout person, I kept pushing play. I could tell that I didn't like not working out after a few weeks. One my rest day, I felt like a lump. Then I hurt my back with Insanity and could workout for weeks. I thought I was going to die without working out. I walked on the treadmill just to do something. I was so paranoid that I would enjoy being lazy that I wouldnt want to start working out again. I was so wrong! I am so addicted to these workout programs! And I love it!! I couldnt be happier that I'm back to exercising. I'm taking it a little lighter the first week or two to make sure I dont inflame some injury in my back. But I feel so happy that I'm working out :) 

I am a little bummed that Insanity beat me hard. I really did like the workouts and felt great that I was almost completely the whole workout each day. After my second round I'll start a hybrid of P90X/Insanity then hopefully Insanity!

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Low GI Diet

I have begun reading lots of material on Low GI diets. I know the word 'diet' is scary but this is not a diet...its about eating better and making better choices. It's not a diet because I am not restricting anything. I'm choosing one type of bread over another and etc. I am reading the the book 'The Low GI Revolution.' Its very interesting because it breaks down exactly what GI is which is the Glycemic Index. The GI value of a food is the amount your blood glucose level rises because of the amount/type of carbohydrates and sugar the food contains. It tells you what effects the GI in foods, what are the best choices, and gives a list of foods and their GI value. I'm only partially through the book but I already have a wealth of information. So if anyone is interested in learning more, let me know. I am already starting to make little changes in my eating habits and hopefully will go into full swing shortly.

The benefits of a low GI diet are that you severely lessen your chances of getting diabetes and the heap of other health problems eating too much sugar brings. It helps to curb your cravings and keep you fuller longer. I am hoping this will help me with my sugar addiction because it is an addiction like anything else and I need to do all I can to break the cycle :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bouncing Back After Injury

Ok as some of you know I hurt my back while doing the workout program, Insanity. After I finished my third day of Insanity I couldn't move. I went to the chiropractor and found that I strained all the muscles in my lower back....great :(  So I have taken about 3 weeks off and decided I needed to try to get back in the swing of things. It wasn't hard to motivate myself to workout because not working out was driving me nuts. So I did the first day of P90X classic version which is Chest & Back and Ab Ripper X. I couldn't do some of the moves because it was too much strain on my back and I had to do the push ups on my knees. But I did the workouts and though I couldn't give 100% I am so glad that I did the workout.

I figure I will ease into P90X so that I can finish strong. So hear goes nothing and I will be back into posting blogs as much as I can. I hope I can get a good bit of support along the way because I really want to get back to 100% ASAP!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Thanks to P90X for finishing my Half Marathon

Sorry I am a little late on this posting, but I have had a lot on my plate with training and work. In the past 2 weeks, alot has happened. I finished P90X, which feels great. I didn't finish it the way I wanted because I delayed a few of the workouts because of the half marathon. But I was still working out, I was running instead of doing P90X.

I finished my 2nd half marathon last sunday! I was so happy when I crossed that finish line. It's one of the greatest feelings you can have. You've pushed your body to do something its not used to doing or never wanted to do. Im not built for long runs but I pushed myself and I did it. Even though this was my second half marathon (which is 13.1 miles), I thought I wouldn't get emotional but I did. My eyes teared up and I couldn't help but smile. I just finished 13.1 miles and I was smiling! You must think I'm crazy but it feels so great.

What I'm most impressed with is I didn't train for the marathon this year. Last year, for my first marathon, I ran every day to prepare. I finished in 2 hours and 28 minutes. I had to pause to take my inhaler because of my asthma. My knee was hurt and my hip was out of place. But this year I signed up to walk it and didn't run for training. Instead I did P90X. What a difference! I walked fast for the first 2-3 miles and then decided I wanted to run. So I ran the rest of it. I finished in 2 hours and 38 minutes. So I walked 2-3 miles and ran the rest and still finshed only 10 minutes later than last years and I trained for that one. Plus nothing on me hurt. I was sore, don't get me wrong. But I didn't need to go to the drs. And even more amazing to me is I did not have one problem with my breathing. I never had to stop or slow down because I couldn't breathe. I didn't need my inhaler at all. Moral of the story: Using P90X was the best training I could have ever used for a half marathon. That just proved to me how awesome it is!!!!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

15 days left!!!

I cannot believe I have 15 days left of my first round of P90X!!!! I am so excited!!!!!! I cant believe I stuck to a fitness program for 90 days. When I first thought about starting P90X (for the 4th time) I was like 'how on earth will I do this for 90 days?' Now I'm like 'How could I not do this every day?' It is amazing how not only my body is changing, getting stronger and more fit, but my mental state and emotional state is so much stronger than it was before. Dont get me wrong, I've had days where I wasn't feeling it at all. There were some days I just wanted to lay on the couch but my fiancee or Kati Heifner would remind me how much better I would feel if I worked out and they were right. Other days, since I work sometimes 60+ hours a week, I would be running on 2-4 hours of sleep and would rather sleep. Sometimes I could but I noticed when I spent 45 minutes working out, I slept better and felt better even though I was sleep deprived. When I would go with only a few hours of sleep or no sleep and would sit on the couch verse working out, I felt like crap alllllll day long. So it is official, I am hooked to working out!!!

Reflecting on these past 75 days, I know I didn't eat the best, but my eating habits became so much better. So instead of harping on what I did wrong I'm looking at what I did right and how to prevent myself from doing wrong again. I went from eating fast food a few times a week to once every few weeks. I ate a ton of sugar, candy, pastries, etc all day long. Now I hardly eat candy and I havent had a pastries in over two months. THANK YOU SHAKEOLOGY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shakeology gets all the credit for putting a stop to my bingeful sugar addiction. Shakeology is my lifeline and if I go a day without Shakeology or at least a Shakeology brownie, I am mean. I'm not joking...I get mean, moody, and think about it until I can get some. Sad, but true :) and I love it! So while I'm not where I want to be YET (key word YET) I'm going to keep pushing play and 'Do my Best and Forget the Rest!' and I know I'm going to improve even more and continue to love myself even more

I really want to inspire others to exercise and eat better. I get so many excuses back and I understand why because I was the same way but I hope one day people will see how happy/passionate I am with myself, my body, my progress, and my hard work and they will want to be like that enough that they will push past the excuses and finally step up to the plate. I know people will stumble and fail through this difficult journey (Lord knows I did) but I want to help people to keep pushing forward so they can be as happy as I am. When you are happy with yourself, everything else really does fall into place. When you love yourself, you'll be able to handle your life better and handle stress better. I'm going to keep reaching for my dream of helping others and I hope one day it happens :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Day 60 Pictures!!!!!!

Here are my Day 60 Transformation Pictures!!!!!! I cant wait to see what Day 90 looks like

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Come on, you know you want to do this with me :)

I felt like its been forever since I last posted on here but it's only been 11 days. Sorry I've been slacking on the blogs but my loving fiancee got a new computer game that he is obsessed with and getting on the computer is a bit of a challenge now. I have been kicking butt on my workouts and I'll be taking measurements and pictures (hopefully tomorrow). I cant wait to see the results! I'm psyched!! Even if there is only a small difference I'll take it because inside I feel incredible! And to me that is worth more. I have more energy, I can stay awake through my entire night shift most nights without a problem, my eating habits are so much better, and I can endure workouts and push myself harder than ever. If I go one day without exercises, I feel like its a week. I am so addicted to my P90X and think its so AMAZING!!!

I had to reschedule the start of my Week 9 because I went 72 hours with only 8 hours of sleep sporadically placed. So working out was not an option. I started my Week 9 on Sunday instead of Wednesday. I felt horrible not working out for 3 days but once I did, I felt great! I was back to my old self. If you would have asked me in January if I would be addicted to working out, I would have laughed in your face and said Hell No! But today I love working out. It might sound crazy to some but to feel as great as I do and to not feel like crap day in and day out, I wouldn't trade it for anything.

I cant help talking about P90X because it has changed my life for the better. I like the way my clothes look on me. I couldn't button up my pants in Jan, now I have extra room. I wouldn't wear certain shirts b/c my gut would show. Now I wear them proudly with no doubts. Don't you want to feel like that? Don't you want to be able to take the world head on? Don't you want to fit in your clothes or in smaller clothes? I feel more confident, sexy, and strong. I know if you could feel the way I do for a day, you would never go back.

I owe it all the P90X and SHAKEOLOGY!!! I've gone 2 months without a donut! That is a huge accomplishment for me. I used to not go more than a week or two without one. Now I don't have the urge to go get one. I haven't had a candy bar in months. I used to go to the gas station during work and eat one a few times a week. Now all I need is my Shakeology and Shakeology brownies and I don't need or want chocolate. How awesome is that?!?!?!

I know anyone reading this who isn't already involved with Team Beachbody is wanting to try it. Don't make excuses, email me at or through facebook. We'll set up a time for you to try a p90x workout with me. And I'll make you a yummmmmmyyyyyy Shakeology. There are no strings attached. I know once you'll start seeing results, you'll want to get it for yourself. And if you dont, oh well at least you tried it. I just want people to be as happy and as healthy as I am because you'll love yourself so much more. Come on, you know you want to try it. Email, message, text, call, or talk to me about it. I'll answer all your questions and let you try everything so you know what you're getting into.


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Best decision I EVER MADE!!!!

I completed my shakeology cleanse a few hours short of 72 hours. Unfortunately I was running around alot at work with arrests and crazy situations. And then when I did Core Synergistics I was so wiped out I needed to eat more than recommended. Though I did not fully complete it, I am happy I lost a few pounds. Its more than what I would have lost without it. My body feels better. I feel so much healthier. What’s awesome about this cleanse is it doesn’t wipe out your schedule by making you stay in the bathroom the whole time. You get to live your life normally and in 3 days you feel like a whole new person.

I am so happy that I am in week 8. It awesome to be so close. I am already looking forward to round 2 of p90x. I know within the year ill have great results. I already have great results but ill look phenomenal. Im so happy! This is by far one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I cant wait to have people feel as great as I do! I look forward to my workouts almost every day. I never in my wild dreams would think that I would become addicted to my workouts but I am. On my rest days I feel like I haven’t worked out in days. This is my recovery week and I’m going to be sneaking in some BBL workouts. I cant express enough how awesome it feels to get stronger, look leaner, feel healthier, and to be overall happy with your body. I’m not afraid to lift my shirt up  to show my stomach. There’s no 6 pack there yet but I do have muscles showing. Its great!

I cant wait to start a fit club here in Pittsburgh with Kati Heifner.  It will be so great! We will get to change peoples lives for the better. People will feel great b/c of our help and in turn they will help others. I hope we can get it started in the next month. Kati Heifner, Kristin Maher, and myself are hosting a Get Healthy Party on April 17th. We’ll make healthy recipes, shakeology, and shakeology oatmeal bars for people to try. We’ll talk about Team Beach Body and their products and answer everyone’s questions. Hopefully we’ll get people started on the path of healthiness. I’m so excited to do this.
My mom said she wants to jump on board so that is awesome. We’ll whip her into shape and show how a mother-daughter couple can do it!

By far the best decision I ever made!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

No Excuses

I can't believe I am already into Week 6...that means I am half way through! I am so happy. While there are still days I dont feel like working out, I still make sure I push play and I always end up Bringing it! I have realized multiple things about myself through this transformation. I love feeling healthier and looking better as I'm sure everyone else does. I am loving it so much that I have been wanting others to get healthy too. It's not because I want to push this program on others but because I have become so happy with my body that I want other people to feel this good too.

I've encountered a few people that aren't happy with themselves and were complaining. I tell them how much I love Team Beach Body, my Team Bombshell and P90X. However, I'm only met with excuses, excuses, excuses. I have heard some doozies of excuses. I correct them where I can about the truths of healthiness but more excuses come out. I dont want to be pushy b/c I want people to want to do it. I want people to come to me b/c they see my results and want to improve their lives. But I can't make them want to do this. They have to want it and have the motivation to do it. I would love to help them on their journey but you can't push someone that isn't ready. So I'm bidding my time and when they are ready I will be here.

I can't believe how many people complain about fad diets and how they don't work, but if a program doesn't have you exercising and eating healthy...IT WONT WORK! Anything that says 'you can eat everything you want,' 'you never need to exercise' wont work. It's not science, its not magic, its not a miracle. It's common sense. Your body needs to work out and exert energy to get fit and stronger. And your body needs the right fuel to make it happen. While there is no magic bullet that will make you skinny in a week (which a lot of people think can happen) as long as you keep exercising and eating right you will see results. I saw results in 30 days. That's awesome and I'm so happy with it. That means I'll see more results at Day 60 and Day 90.

Basically my message is Exercise and Eat Healthy to see results. Stop making excuses and try. Anyone reading this that needs help or has questions, I can help. If I cant, I have a huge support system I can expose you to and bring you in and they can answer your questions. It's like a family.

I work night turn (11pm-7am)  and work 60+ hours a week. This shift is not normal for the human body and it does not like it. I cant fit 8 straight hours of sleep in day. I have to take naps throughout the day. I work the opposite shift as my fiancee so seeing him is a priority. I still need to find time to clean the house, cook, do errands, etc. Yet I work out for an hour plus a day. If I can do with it with a backwards schedule, anyone can. I understand there aren't enough hours in the day but you have to make time. The time you take to sit on your butt watching tv is time you can workout. I would rather workout and relieve my stress versus sitting on the couch letting my stress build up. Make it a family event. So many people on my time workout the same time as their partners and even get their children involved. Its amazing how it can bring you together. I love working out with my fiancee even if we arent doing the same thing. Since he started working out when I do  he pushes harder, tries some of the moves I do, and now we both are eating better. I love it!

That is all for now...I am just so happy with myself that I want everyone else to feel as great as I do!

Do your best and forget the rest!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 30 Photos

Ok....I had a lot of debate about putting these photos up for people to see. After talking with my good friend, Kati, she assured me that they are good pictures. So here they are. Obviously the ones on the left are of Day 0 and the photos on the right are my photos from Day 30.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Starting my 5th Week!

I haven't written in a while because this past week was crazy with work, training, and trying to sleep. Luckily it was Week4 which was the recovery week so it was a little more relaxed. However, I did miss one day because I was walking a beat for 4+ hours and with our duty belts, which weight 25 lbs, I knew that would be my workout. I took pictures of one month in. I can see a slight difference. I am hoping for more of a difference in the next month. I am still a little embarrassed to post my pictures so I will probably hold of a little longer. I noticed that my workouts are more intense. I can actually do more reps and push harder. I LOVE IT!!!!!

I started Week 5 out right. I did 20 mins on the elliptical at 500 this morning on my lunch break. I completed BBL - High & Tight and after this I will do my Core Synergistics. I am loving working out, unfortunately I only got 4 hours of sleep because I had court so I will be tried tonight. I am so excited to start Phase 2!!! I am so blessed to have Kati Heifner doing this at the same time I am. I love having our girl work outs on Sundays. My eating as been a little up and down. I got back into eating some sugars I shouldn't. But on my cheat days I've done really well of picking something slightly healthier and only eating half of it. Walt and I have been making dinner at home most nights so that is going much better.

Well I better stop talking and start working out

Do your best and forget the rest!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Week 3 Almost complete!!

I can't believe I am saying it but Week 3 is almost complete for Kati and I. I haven't missed a workout yet the past 3 weeks and I can't believe it. This is the longest that I have gone. In Jan and early Feb as soon as I got to the 2nd week I either got sick, injured, or went on vaca. But now I am on track and I make sure I fit my workout in no matter what. I went to visit my family for a weekend and it's a 5 hour drive, but I had to work thru the night til the morning of the day we left. So I slept for 3 hours, got up, worked out and then drove to Philly. I felt dedicated that day haha. I hated yoga but I went over Kati's house and we did yoga together and it was great. The time went by so much faster. I am so happy to say that I have worked out 21 days straight! I love it!!!!

With all this hard work I am seeing some results. I've lost about 5 lbs since the beginning of Feb. But my biggest accomplishment is that I lost an inch from my chest, stomach, waist, and hips!!!!! I found out at the beginning of Week 3 but I wanted to hold off because I didnt want to jinx myself haha. But I did!! I lost an inch! So I am jumping up and down :)

I ordered Brazil Butt Lift and I am getting tomorrow so I am hoping to use it with Kenpo X. I am pumped!! Another thing that gets me pumped is that my fiancee has been working out with me at the same time doing his own thing. Just having him working out the same time as me makes me feel so good because we are becoming healthier, which means we will be able to live a long happy life together. Another good thing we did was we ate healthier dinners at home for a week straight. Tonight was my cheat dinner. Of course while we were sitting at the restaurant I went to Cheesecake Factory's nutrition menu and looked at what I ordered. I made sure I only ate half my dinner and boxed the rest. So my cheat dinner wasn't so much of a cheat dinner as I thought it would have been.

Moral of this post is I am sooooo pumped that I started this journey and I would love sharing my motivation with anyone and everyone. This is one of the greatest journeys you will ever take and you won't regret it. You'll only lose pounds, inches, and unhealthy habits!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Week 3 & Loving my Team Bombshell

Well I wanted to start Week 3 on a good note so I did a cardio workout at 330 in the morning on my lunch break. 25 mins of running can really wake you up when you're starting to fall asleep. I haven't ran since December and was thinking with P90X I would be working all the same muscles. However, I was feeling some muscles work that haven't been worked too much. Don't get me wrong P90X is amazing in making your muscles work but there were still some that hadn't been in as great of shape as I wanted. So this was a great reminder to me that I need these second workouts to help work all my muscles. I was quite ashamed that I was winded within ten minutes and I wasn't doing a very fast speed. But then again I was almost completely incapacitated all of Janurary and technically I'm only starting my third week straight of P90X. I know I need patience and to keep working hard to see results. I want to feel like Super Woman but Rome wasn't built in a day. My schedule will be slightly messed up and I will not be able to go to bed at 7 am like normal but I'm going to make sure I get my butt up and do Core Synergistics in the evening.

I am so blessed to have the members of Team Bombshell to help push me along and guide me. Every one on the team is so encouraging and always writes positive things. I know I can go to the board anytime with questions and a dozen people will write back. I love all the blogs I get to read. All of them are informative or inspiring, or even both. Kati Heifner has been blogging awesome healthy recipes that are so yummy. I am so thankful to have her as my best friend. She also has been making a ton of video journals, which really shows her dedication and makes me want to push harder. Jennifer McKenzie also has really informative blogs that I love reading when its slow in the middle of the my shift. It's great to have all this information flowing in all around me. And every single member has amazing pictures of their transformations or is showing great dedication while in the process of getting the body of their dreams  Thank you to all the members of Team Bombshell, you are a great support system!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Week 2 Completed

Though it is 430 am on Wednesday, it is technically Tuesday night to me since my shift is from 2300 hours Tuesday night to 700 hours Wednesday morning. Wednesday is my rest day or X stretch...I'm still debating if I will do the X stretch but I think I'll give it a try since I haven't yet. But whether I do it or not, Wednesday brings the completion of Week 2 to a close! I was so pumped to be working out that I threw in a second workout in tonight (I'll be adding it to Tuesday's calendar). I took my '30' (lunch break) and went to the gym at my station and did the stair climber. I felt the burn. Then I sipped on my Shakeology for a yummy recovery drink. I love doing a second cardio workout on my lunch break when I can fit it in because it helps me get through the rest of my work shift. Plus I feel so happy knowing that I am helping myself get fit and healthy. I know it takes time but these extra workouts will help. And I feel great afterwards. So the nights I work when it's slow, I'll definitely be trying to squeeze in that second workout. This is one of the pluses to night shift.

On a side note...I ordered BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT!!! Anyone that has every tried it, loves it. I tried it over Kati Heifner's house and I loved it. I was waiting to buy it but I had some spare money and decided I couldn't wait to do it again. So YAY....hopefully it gets here this week.

I found something humorous now that I've been doing P90X....I was going through workout videos I've collected over the years and I found most were 20 mins long. I couldn't help but laugh because I kept thinking 20 mins isn't anything. Before P90x, 20 mins was a long time now it means I'm almost done my workout. Funny how things change. It's also funny to think my Kenpo X days are the easy day of the week even though it's an hour workout. But I love P90x and want/will tell anyone that listens that the program is great for getting into shape, feeling better about yourself physically and mentally, and will change your life.

Bring on Week 3!!!!  :)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Day 9 completed

I finished my Day 9 workout which was Cardio X. Again I did this workout and my workout yesterday, Core Synergistics, without the video. It seems a little strange but even though this is Day 9 of my workout, I've actually been in the process of doing P90 for the last 2+ months. So I've memorized the routines plus I use the book that details each workout. I actually worked out harder because instead of having a timer stop me, I did max reps. Wow it really wore me out yesterday and today I was a sweating machine. I have to admit while I feel tired for a little while after the workout, I love it. I love it because I know that means I worked. I love having some part of my body feeling slightly (or majorly) sore because that means I really worked those muscles and I'll see the results soon. So I am still pumped about working out and haven't missed a day yet.

I have been keeping up with my eating diet. I have not had added sugar or sweets in 3 days. Someone had left candy out for us to eat the other day. I looked at it and thought about whether I wanted it or not and I truly didn't want it. I was proud of myself for not taking any. I still has cravings for some things like ice cream and donuts but since I'm not going out of my way to get them, I'm not eating them. My fiancee has some of the candy he was craving in the house and I thought I would be dying to eat some but I'm not. I like about my yummy whey protein shakes or Shakeology or Kati's awesome Shakeology oatmeal bars. I've gotten hooked on those bars and I think its funny that I cant eat a big piece because it's too rich for me. So I am making progress in the sweets department. Also I haven't eaten fast food in weeks!!!! I don't even crave them like I used to. Again these are little steps but I am so happy with myself. My current addiction are grapefruits. Dont know why but I love having a grapefruit with breakfast.

Well that's enough for today, I just needed to get my few thoughts down since I haven't in a few days. So glad I'm doing this and I'm reminded every day by all the members of Team Bombshell and my awesome friend, Kati Heifner!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Week 1 Done

Well now that I started P90X with the Awesome Kati Heifner, I am done with Week 1!!!!! YAY!!! I'm really sore especially in my hamstrings and butt, however I still feel great. I have felt more energized. Because of my soreness I'm going to do the X Stretch tomorrow to really treat my body to the stretch it deserves. Then Week 2 - Watch out cause I'm coming back for more.

My food journal skills slipped while on vacation so I am getting back into it. I noticed even after 1 week of keeping track that I ate a little better because (it may sound silly) I hated writing down a food item that had more than 300-400 calories. I'm guessing that's the point but still it really made me think. Plus it was nice knowing how many calories certain foods are and then I would think do I really want to waste a few hundred calories on that? I still let myself indulge more than I should but it's a start. Well that's enough for today...I need to get ready for my first night back at work on night turn

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 5

Today was Day 5....I had planned to go over Kati Heifner's house for our workout but the snow starting coming down pretty hard and my car sucks in the snow. So I stayed home but I made sure I did my Day 5 workout. That consists of Legs/Back with Ab Ripper X. I completed the whole workout and WOW do I hurt. My legs hated me when I was doing Ab Ripper because they thought they should be done after the hour long workout. Though they felt like jello...I have to admit I was so happy that I did the workout and I felt good knowing I was helping my body become so much stronger.

Oh and on the news of my sweets cravings....Thanks again to the awesome Kati Heifner because I made my Shakeology Oatmeal Bars. They are YUMMMMMMMMYYYY! I highly recommend them. They aren't your traditional brownies but pretty close and if you like Shakeology, you'll love these. One bar and a Shakeology a day helps keeps my cravings away.

Tonight was my first Team Bombshell conference call and it was great. It was so motivating and inspiring. I am so blessed that I got to join this Team via Team Beach Body because they are so a wonderful group of people who answer any questions you have and support you thru your journey. Well that's most of my updates

Oh wait I forgot...I weighed myself this morning and I didn't gain weight from my vacation...I am still at the same weight I was before I left. So I'm not starting back at zero. YAY!!!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Back from vacation

Well I lost 4 pounds since starting to eat better since Jan and doing some workouts. I completed 3 weeks of P90x and then went on vacation in Orlando. I had a great time but unfortunately I gained back the four pounds I lost. I worked out yesterday with my best friend, Kati, and she has already completed the p90x Lean program and decided to start the P90x Classic program. We decided that I am going to start back at Day 1 of the p90X Lean program. I dont have any planned vacations til the fall so hopefully I wont get swayed over the next 90 days. I have faith that I will make it thru and complete my SMART Goals. Again this is something Kati told me about and I am going to include them on here to make myself more accountable.

Specific: To become a lean and toned individual. I want to love and appreciate my body when I look in the mirror. I also want to eat a better diet that will support my body's development.

Measurable: I will keep a journal of my weekly/monthly measurements in hopes that I lose a few inches around my waist

Attainable: I want to complete, in full, the P90X Program and the Shakeology Cleanse.

Realistic: To eat a better diet containing more fruits and veggies while craving/eating less sugars. Also to work out 6 days a week.

Timely: I would like my end date to be June 1, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My inspiration

I realized that I was always motivated to get off the couch and workout when ever I was reading one of my magazines: Fitness, Shape, etc or watching the Biggest Loser. I felt empowered like 'That could be me!' And then I would usually eat a little healthier that day and workout. Unfortunately I was finding that I didnt have enough of these motivations tools. I had Katie Heinfer's videos, blogs, etc to look at but I've read them so many times I know them by heart. However, today Katie sent me a video of a P90x transformation. And WOW it was mind-blowing. Right after I watched it I went to my basement and did my workout, which I was postponing. I kicked my butt and loved it. I realized my inspiration is all of the people on Team Beachbody and all the transformation videos on Youtube. I decided I will watch a transformation video once a day before my workout to ensure that I workout. I also started friending the people on Team Bombshell so I can see their blogs and such directly for more inspiration. I love seeing normal people achieve AMAZING results!!!! If you have any videos you want to share with me...please do!!!!!!!

Day 2

I am so happy that my best friend Kati Heifner took a step for me and posted my blog on Team Bombshell so I could have others follow my blog. It made me really excited and it seems like it will push me to stay on track because I have people following me on theis journey.

Well my next mini-milestone was to introduce a second work out while I was at work. I work the night turn shift (11pm-7 am) and it tends to get slow on most nights around 4-5 am. I figured a couple nights a week I should be able to squeeze in a 20-30 min workout like my LT does. So this morning at 330 am I got my butt to the station and went upstairs to our gym and used the Stair Climber for 20 mins! It hurt but I was so happy I did it. When I did my Cardio X today I was so happy that I got two workouts in. I'll have some problems on the weekend b/c we get alot of calls all night (I'm a police officer since I realized I didn't mention it). But still to get in a workout tues-thurs mornings will be nice. Hope I can keep it up!!!!!

Thanks everyone!!!!!

Intro to me

I started this blog to make myself accountable for my progress. I've noticed I felt great when I shared my experiences, progress, thoughts, and mini-milestones with my dearest friend, Kati Heifner. She has given me so much drive and determination to complete my goals. (She is one of my heroes) I hope I can magnify this thrill by sharing my progress with others.
Also with this blog as I try to create a healthier lifestyle for myself, I want to inspire others to become healthy. I want other people to see that they can change their health for the better. I'm a normal person with a normal life and it includes all the problems normal people encounter. We're not celebrities so we have to work twice as hard to reach our goals. But it is possible as long as you have the drive and desire.

I have only been working on eating habits since January but I already have reached some mini-milestones that I am excited about. I am a huge sugar addict!!! I love cakes, ice cream, chocolate, pastries, and any other dessert oriented food. I would go out of my way to get sugar. But since I started concentrating on this one area of my life, I actually went 4 days without sugar. This may seem small but to me...its HUGE! I never thought I could go one day without sugar. But now I actually will turn down desserts or that trip to the store to get my sugary treats. I also had an epiphany. I would beat my self up if I did give into my temptations. I would get so upset at my weakness even though all health articles say 'Don't deprive yourself.' But seriously how could I be so weak that I am controlled by sugar? Then after talking to my best friend, she reminded me remember that we're only human. And its ok to eat my treats once in a while but I need make sure I work out afterwards to make up for it. For some reason the light bulb clicked on and I felt better. Now I am controlling my sugar habits but thinking ' Do I really want to have to work this off later?' Plus the yumminess of Shakeology helps curb my chocolate cravings.

I started the P90X program in Jan but do to the flu, bronchitis, and hurting my back falling down stairs, I wasn't able to dedicate myself to as I had hoped. However, Feb is a brand new month and I have been following the workouts.

After writing that novel...I hope those that read this will see where I am starting and will choose to follow along.