Lately I’ve been dragging…REALLY dragging in the morning. I started a good routine last year of waking up early to get my workout in before the kids woke up. But something happened, and honestly I cannot even tell Read More
If your anything like myself and a bunch of other runners I have to talked to, you might be wondering how the heck you’ve been running for 1 month, 6 months or even a year without getting much results. Just the other day I had someone write to me that the only thing they have noticed after training for a half marathon is that they can now run longer and still be fat!
I had to chuckle when I read this because I have learned, yes learned how to run last year. I ran my first 5K, 5 miler and Half Marathon last year. It was so frustrating though. I really thought that training for the Half would get me down to my goal weight of 130 losing 20 lbs of fat. Not one pound was lost during my training.
There is one thing I have found; if I want get something accomplished, find someone who has succeeded at it already and do what they did. So I did what I do best and started talking to people. Which is when I ran into (no pun intended) one of my husband’s old college friends, L.T. She had gotten into running last year and ran her first half and full marathon recently. Before then, she had a similar “before” picture as mine with similar weight loss goals. She also said that she had lost NO weight during her training for the half and only a little for the full marathon. After the full marathon, however, she was introduced to Beachbody and started the P90X system along with replacing a meal a day with Shakeology. With completing the program, she discovered the BEST body of her life, looking and feeling better than ever before. She looked AMAZING…and of course, I was a little jealous!
I wanted what she had. So, I really looked into it. After seeing her results first hand and seeing how it matched up with all the other results you see on the late night informercials, I realized the only thing keeping me back was commitment, but that’s another story. I digress.
What the moral of the story is: Cardio training alone will not “transform” your body! A good workout program will incorporate a couple things. Here is a small list of what to look for when beginning a program:
- Weight training. This is no secret, MUSCLE BURNS FAT! Whether your using your body weight, bands or free weights, it doesn’t matter as long as you are challenging those muscles with resistance.
- Intensity. You need to have something that will make you work hard. It needs to be a challenge and needs to give you room for growth (ie: adding weight, moving faster.) Hitting a certain level of intensity will not only help you burn more calories during your workout, but it will increase the calories burned after a w/o.
- Variety. It is super easy to get bored with a workout if you are doing it 3-6 per week every week. Make sure your program has some changes to it. Also, your muscles will get very used to doing the same thing over and over again (ie. running.)
- Resources/ Motivation. Make sure you have a go to person to ask questions. Buying a workout program without good resources is like doing an online college class, but not having a teacher to instruct it. Beachbody gives the option of having a FREE coach (hint hint: that’s me ) e to go to whenever you have a question like, “What should I do when I miss a workout?”, “How do I combine Brazil Butt Lift with Insanity to jazz up my results?”, “Can I do P90X and train for a marathon?” or “I’ve done the Slim in 6 program, what’s next?”. They also have a huge online community (for free) where you can track your results, log-in your workouts & even win free stuff.
If you have any questions at all, please comment below and I’ll be sure to answer. Thanks again for reading and don’t be afraid to subscribe to this blog on the right 🙂
DECIDE. COMMIT. SUCCEED.
Deciding is the easy thing. The hard thing is what comes next… commit. Webster defines it as, “To pledge or engage oneself: an athlete who commits to the highest standards.” In a world of instant gratification and where society does not have our best interest in mind, it’s one of the most difficult things to do, at first. It’s not just your time that needs to planned out or your meals although all is very important. But your mentality needs to be changed. You need to change your thinking to truely commit. The first week or two you can go off of excitement alone, but as time goes by your mind needs to be more and engaged or you quit. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s usually the things that aren’t that great for us that are the easiest to get. I want a cookie, oh there’s one. I want a cheesteak, oh there’s a place. How bout a burger, fries, sugar laden drinks, chicken nuggets, wings, it’s all at our instant disposal. So if we don’t continually decide and commit to our health and fitness goals, success will never come.
Anyway, now that I am off my soap box, here are my 90 day results from P90X:
Body Fat: down to 19%
Weight lost: 11 lbs
Waist: 3.5 inches down
Butt: 2.5 inches down
on a scale of 1-10
(10 being the happiest):
This is the best
I have ever felt!
I brought it for 90 days with P90X and got some pretty great results however, I did not get to my original goal (click here to read.) So now it’s time to Dig Deeper. Insanity starts tomorrow. I’ll be sure to share with you how I really feel. I’ve been told that I am about to get my butt kicked, butt we shall see. Jamaica is only 18 days away so will I really get any more results in that short time? I guess we can only wait to see.
Ok, I’ve got to get this off my chest. Some people out there have/are questioning whether they should get on Shakeology. First, let me start by telling you that not only do I have it daily and declare most of my weight-loss success to it, but my husband also drinks it daily and feels the same way about his weight-loss. That might not mean a lot to you, but I know how he is. He may say to me that he likes a certain product and that it’s all good and dandy, but when push comes to shove he usually never takes it. Same is true with vitamins. EVERYONE knows or at least should know how super important it is to take vitamins due to the lack of nutrients our food today, however he always said not for him. He’d be ok with our kids and me taking anything, but if it isn’t necessary for him, he’d rather not take money from the month’s budget for him… UNTIL NOW!
Let’s face some facts here, for the price $3-4 per serving, you just can’t beat it: (Barbie Decker, PhD, an elite Beachbody Coach wrote so eloquently about the cost of Shakeology on her Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=100169183370927&topic=52 ) And Jesse, thank goodness, agrees.
Here’s what I know: it tastes delicious, reduces cravings, increases energy levels, promotes regularity, & nourishes your body with the nutrients it needs for optimal health & has a bottom of the bag money back guarantee. Why wouldn’t you take it?
So for those out there who ask us what we do/did to get our results thus far, the answer is in working out to P90X & daily shakes of Shakeology (with of course Peanut Butter & Banana.) Sorry if that’s too simple 🙂
Aerobic Exercise: the Fat Burning Way.
This for my friends who frequent the treadmill for aerobic activity for hours per week every week and have not gotten any results. I know that feeling by the way and frankly it sucks! There is nothing worse than putting in so much work and not getting anything out of it. We are all told that if we want to lose weight we must do extra aerobic activity so we naturally add more time on the treadmill. Well, I am here to tell you to work smarter not harder (or this case longer.) Although I don’t currently do anything on the treadmill, I know many of you go to the gym and use it so I’d like to share with you one of the most effective workouts I have learned & have gotten great results from in the past.
The total time this will take you is 20 min/ day, 3 days/ week, no more, no less. I know what your thinking, but trust me that’s all you need on that stupid machine 🙂 And a little heads up: this is not easy. It’s also for everyone because it is based on your intensity level. So if your just starting or have already been running marathons, it works all the same.
Everything here is based on your intensity level. 1-10. 1 being totally sedentary like sitting on the couch; 5 being a little tired out, somewhat out of breath but can easily still hold a conversation; 10 being completely maxed out, not able to talk or go any further/longer with the same exercise.
So here’s what your 20 minutes should look like:
1 5 (warm-up)
20 5 (cool-down)
Be sure to stretch afterward. Stretching after aerobic activity is so important to injury prevention and soreness 🙂
I know you’re gonna try it so do me a favor, let me know how it went. Would love to hear your response!
PS This interval training can be used on any aerobic exercise; walking, running, bicycling, etc.
First Step: Getting Off My Butt
In the middle of summer 2009, I was really fed-up. Couldn’t stand the way I looked. The last time I was OK with how I looked was 5 years when I went to Punta Cana during college. I don’t know if you have ever done this before, I looked alright, but not where I wanted to be… After I went on the trip, I just stopped trying. I didn’t plan the next step, something else to strive for. After the event that I busted my butt so hard for, I got fat! Since then, I haven’t been able to get my body to the same point. I fluctuated between 12-20 lbs. more for years + the 5-10 I gave up on= 20-30 lbs. overweight….
So 18 months ago, I went to go for a run with my little one in the stroller, thinking it would get my but in shape. Now being a dancer my whole life and never trying to run outside before, I had no clue what I was doing. That may sound weird, but I seriously couldn’t run 1/4 mile without having to stop. Every time I tried my heart pounded so hard, I literally thought I’d end up in the hospital. SOOO pathetic! I needed some tips, some advice. So I looked around to find someone that looked like they knew what they were talking about. That’s when I met MaryAnn and Pam.
The start of a runner.
MaryAnn and Pam were two ladies I ran into at the Parkway in Allentown who definitely knew what they were doing. They are both experienced runners and well past their 40s (probably even 50s, but I am not an age psychic.) After I introduced myself and told them I needed help, they enthusiastically guided me to First Strides where they were both mentors. I felt like I struck gold! God must have planted them right in front of me 🙂
I couldn’t make the first & second week, but showed up to the third and was so happy I did. This was definitely the place I was going to learn how to run. There were a ton of women; old, young, experienced and completely new. I felt at home and welcomed. They were very organized and had all the confidence in the world. Even though I questioned constantly whether I could potentially run 3 miles, they knew that I could and would. It was exactly what I needed. If you ever have thought about running/walking a race, this is the place to start. And to top it all off, they have the best location. The Lehigh Parkway is the prettiest trail in the Lehigh Valley!
It was the best thing for me at the time. Not just because they were able to help me through the mental game of running, but because being able to run gave me the confidence of knowing that I CAN get back into shape and be healthy again. I really feel that MaryAnn, Pam & the rest of the First Strides mentors have helped me get the motivation and inspiration to start and continue my Fitness Transformation. If any of you guys are reading this… Thank you!
Since training for the 5K with First Strides in Fall 2009, I ran the Women’s 5K Classic, 1 8K and the Lehigh Half Marathon. I also did First Strides again this year and ran the Women’s 5K Classic again, taking 10 minutes off my time! I really started to feel good again.
Second Step: Getting Results
So i started running, lost all my weight & looked amazing!! HAHA… I wish that’s how the story went! Well, there’s more. Although I started to feel great, there was one big problem. As stated above, I kept increasing my miles, why? No, I really didn’t WANT to. 5k’s were fun and enough running for me. But I thought it would help me lose weight. Through all this training and running, my heart and lungs was getting healthier, but my body was not going through the transformation I I wanted so badly. I came to a realization after the half marathon I ran…I need to do something more OR different!
So I did what I do best and started talking to people, again. Which is when I ran into (no pun intended) one of my husbands college friend’s, L.T. She had gotten into running last year and ran her first half and full marathon recently, she was one of the reasons I did my half marathon. Before she started running, she had a similar “before” picture as mine with similar weight loss goals. Here’s the problem though, she also said that she had lost NO weight during her training for the half and only a little for the full marathon.
I may like running, but I have NO desire to run a full marathon especially if it’s just gonna help me drop a COUPLE pounds. I wanted real results! After her full marathon, however, she was introduced to Beachbody and started the P90X system along with replacing a meal a day with Shakeology. With completing the program, she earned the BEST body of her life, looking and feeling better than ever before. She looked AMAZING…and of course, I was a little jealous!
Falling In Love w/ P90X
I wanted what she had. So, I really looked into it. The funny thing is I am, sad to say, a prior P90X drop-out. After having Gavin (my 2 year old,) I tried P90X for a month and gave up 😦 However, after seeing her results first hand and seeing how it matched up with all the other results you see on the late night informercials, I became a believer once again. I realized the only thing keeping me back was commitment.
So here I am at the end of the second month of the program, one more month left. I cannot tell you happy I am that I started and kept going with this program. I am seeing REAL results (will post pictures at 90 days…) and I don’t feel like it has been all that hard. Don’t get me wrong, it is challenging. But I am not and have not been at all anxious about it. I’ve been able to enjoy myself which means all the world to me. Not only that but my kids love the program too. April, once in a while will do the workout with Jesse, my hubby, and my little one, who works out with me, holds up the 2 pounders and says, “Gavin’s weights.” It’s the cutest.
A couple other things I noticed: Last week while taking my Contemporary class, I realized that my balance is off the hook and I can do things that I have never been able to do before, not even in High School! I also have a much slower resting heart rate and can tell that the amount of time it takes to get back down to resting heart rate after a higher intensity is much quicker. It’s pretty amazing! I have also found a new love for Kenpo and Yoga.
If you are looking into the program, I HIGHLY recommend it. If you ARE a runner, I recommend it ever MORE; it will help you run faster & more efficiently.
Thanks for reading,
This Saturday Jesse and I took the day and went up to Long Island to meet, workout with and learn from the awesome Tony Horton. We were so excited and to top it off, it was day 90 for Jesse! How cool to finish your 90 day program with the actual instructor! We woke up nice and early, 4:30am so that we wouldn’t have to spend the night anywhere. The meeting went from 9-5. It was great!
When we got there we really weren’t sure what to expect. I mean, we did know that we were gonna have 2 workouts, one being yoga, lunch and 2 talks. What we didn’t know was how hard the workouts were gonna be, how long they were, or what he was gonna talk about. We went with an open mind and open heart ; at the end we were more than happy with the outcome.
The morning started right off with the first workout. Not sure if you know this or not, but there is a new Tony Horton workout coming to Beachbody in the summer called, P90X:MC2. Our workout we did that morning was a combination of moves going into the new program and others from his U-C-L-A (upper-cardio-middle-lower) workout that he made for Usher and others. Man, it was killer! I was pretty good at keeping up, but he through some things at us that I was definitely not ready for 🙂 I did however get the chance to write down all the moves… now only if I could read my handwriting.
After the first workout (about 1 hr, 5 min), we got to sit down and take-in Tony’s vast knowledge on working out and eating right; he called it Tony Horton’s 11 Laws of Health & Fitness. He basically gave us a wonderful blueprint to being healthy. Here are his 11 laws. I will expand on them (probably one/week) over the next 11 weeks:
Tony Horton’s 11 Laws of Health & Fitness:
- The Plan
- Stress & Sleep
- Love It
- Food & Supplement
After the Health & Fitness talk, we ate lunch and then I got a little nap 🙂 Leave to me to be able to pass out for 15 mins on a yoga mat in the middle of a gym floor. Anyway, we then were blessed with more of Tony’s brains and jokes for another hour and half and man, is he funny. Not only did he get everyone there laughing throughout all his talks, but he even had an audience of grown adults making crazy beaver/bunny like faces. It was ridiculously funny. One thing you can catch on very quickly when meeting Mr. Horton is that he is super down to earth. I think that is why his program is so successful. People don’t mind being around his day after day. Even if they can’t stand him, he feels like that uncle you don’t like, but you still stick around.
Then came YOGA!!!! Jesse, my husband, was dreading this point. I however, was pretty excited. Yoga is so awesome, when taught by good instructors. And IT IS NOT EASY!! Hence the reason why Jesse doesn’t like it 🙂 He gave us a good 1 hr 20 min yoga session. I wish I would have taped it so that I could do the workout at home. You can tell he has a passion for it. Maybe not for yoga itself, but for what yoga does for people. As seen above “flexibilty” is the 10th law on his list. He takes it very seriously and credits his youth (he is actually in his 50’s) to his yoga experience. He is also the only instructor who makes you laugh while trying to hold half moon, which is pretty cruel.
The best part was after yoga… picture time!!! NO ONE was going to leave without a picture with Tony and he knew that. They set aside a time for EVERYONE to get their photo with him which was very nice. I also got my hat signed 🙂 thanks to the guy who had a silver sharpie marker… talking about being prepared.
I would highly recommend meeting Mr. Tony Horton when you get the chance. It is absolutely worth it!! I will post up more of the info he gave us in the weeks coming so stay tuned, subscribe to my page & tell others about it too.
Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that Tony’s first ever published book is being released on Dec. 21st. You can get it reserved on Amazon.com and is called Bring It. How appropriate.
By: Regina Scarselletti
Well it all started after my sister became a Beach Body Coach. She was so pumped about getting back in shape and getting healthy that I felt a little pathetic that I wasn’t on that train with her. So I was at her house one night and her and her husband were showing me some new programs they had gotten, one being Insanity. They were talking about how they were planning on starting P90X the following week. So this REALLY made me feel pathetic that they were going full throttle despite their busy lives and here’s little ‘ol me sitting on my bum eating potato chips. So, I looked at the workouts of this program because Jesse told me that he was straight up scared of it, and that was the beginning of the end.
I wanted to dominate it. I wanted to be able to say, “Yeah, I’ve heard of insanity. I did it!” I wanted to accomplish something that would be visible to everyone around me. So I got in my little pink bikini, and took before pictures that night. I started the next week. I had no time to even think about what I was doing; just that I knew once I started I couldn’t stop.
My first workout almost made me cry, and that was only the fit test. I had to sit on the floor of the shower for a good ten minutes after my workout that day. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I started so I couldn’t stop. That first week was absolutely brutal. I went from not working out at all to working out about 40 minutes to an hour a day, maxing out with everything I did. I couldn’t walk up the stairs the first week, but it was a great feeling knowing that I was on a journey to feeling and looking great.
The next week was much better. My body was over the shock of moving again, I was getting used to what I had to eat, and I was noticing that I was keeping up better with the beastly ripped people in the DVDs. My third week I did the fit test again and took all my measurements. I was SO stoked! I had made huge strides, and I didn’t even know it! My reps increased by over ten in most of the exercises, I had lost a few pounds and a few inches. This is after me telling my sister that I couldn’t see or feel a difference. It was on from then on out, now that I knew I was unknowingly being transformed.
I was so excited after that. The third and fourth week I really pushed myself. By this time I was basically keeping up with my sexy DVD friends and my new lover, Shaun T. I still didn’t feel like I looked any different, though. My brother-in-law and sister wanted 30 day pictures of me. That was part of the deal for me to use their program. So that weekend I went to their house and got back into my little pink bikini. They were telling me I looked great, but I didn’t understand until I saw my pictures. I looked great, and I didn’t even know! I was so happy to actually be able to see a difference. My body was changing, bit by bit. I was trimming down and toning up. I actually have noticeable biceps now-that’s a first in my life! This obviously made me want to keep on going.
My next week was my recover week. We wanted to try the Shakeology 3-day cleanse. So I took 3 days to do that, having some pretty crazy results. I dropped a total of five pounds and two inches. I was super excited. I noticed the difference when I was walking up the stairs to class and felt like I was flying up them. Then I looked around and saw all the kids next to me basically panting try to get to the third floor. I must admit I giggled to myself a little bit! I also got some awesome new workout sneakers because mine were so old and starting to hurt my shins. They are fantastic! This was a great week, minus me being sick.
“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!”
I went into the second round scared to death. I still wasn’t feeling well and I knew that the workouts were supposedly way harder. Although I was nervous, I went into it full steam ahead (“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!”), again starting with the fit test. Once again I was seeing huge improvement. I even doubled some of my sets since I started the program, and was about 9 pounds lighter since when I started and lost about 6 inches all over.
So here it was, round two. Let me tell you, it kicked my butt! There are basically all new workouts in round two, so I didn’t know any of the moves yet. I stood there, watched what I was supposed to do, laughed, cried a little bit inside, and then did it. The only way to go about it is to just do it. It was a rough week, but I was so excited. I loved the new workouts even though they were much more intense than the first round. They were intense in a different way. I feel like you just have to find the power to get through the exercises, then you have to sit on the floor like a pile of mush for a couple minutes, take a shower, get something awesome to eat, and then you are good for the rest of the day.
No Turning Back…
I just started week two of round two yesterday, and yes, it still hurts. But I’m going to definitely keep up with it. I’ve made it this far. There is absolutely no turning back. I want this bad. End of story.
In all honesty, this work out program has helped me out so much. I’m not just talking about looking sexier, although I do. I’m talking about just being happier in general. I’m in my third year of a professional doctorate of physical therapy program. School is getting more challenging. I have had to do a lot of extra work for all my classes this semester. This has helped me so much with my time management because I know I need to make time for it, which means I need to get everything else done in some sort of an efficient manner. Also, I’m eating healthier, so I’m feeling better in general and have more energy than I usually do at this point in the semester. All my friends seem to be burning out, and here I am going strong and powering through. It’s really exciting! I’ve never felt so good about myself in my entire life; Insanity is a huge part of that. I have two more weeks left after this one, and I’m already planning on starting the program again. I don’t want it out of my life quite yet!
- Take time to make a realistic goal. And map out how you are going to reach that goal.
- Commit. Don’t just try to get fit, or try to lose weight, you have to commit! If it took you 6 months to gain 15 lbs you are not going to lose those pounds in 1 week!
- Don’t let 1 bad meal turn into 1 bad day, then 1 bad week, then you are back where you started…everyone gets off course, you are going to be different because you are going to get right back on track.
- Plan your week…You know on Monday you need to take a client out to lunch Wednesday and a baseball game Thursday and you have a party with your family on Saturday. Don’t give up and eat bad Monday and Friday too just because you know you are going to get a beer and hot dog at the game and you MIGHT not get a salad on that Wednesday meeting…and nobody can resist grandma’s mashed potatoes Saturday… You can lose control very fast by not looking ahead and planning.
- Don’t, I repeat DO NOT let your jeans fitting better, and the scale showing 10lbs less cause you to slip if your goal is to lose 20lbs or more! It happens. It happened to me and my wife…you start working out and eating right, you start looking good, people notice, you feel all good about yourself, so you sleep in a few morning and miss those workouts. Then you eat a few more bad meals, (I mean you can afford it, look how great you are looking) …then BAM you wake up one morning and those new jeans don’t fit and you haven’t worked out in 2 weeks…….it happens. So again STAY FOCUSED ON YOUR GOAL! Fitness is a lifestyle, not a fad.
Hope this helps! Thanks for reading and please share with others!
I started P90X 30 days ago to slim down and get ripped basically. I started off with about 20 lbs of fat to lose, check original post here. So far I have lost 7 pounds and am 2 inches slimmer in the waist!!
I can start to imagine what I will look like for Jamaica… I am super excited! The first step is to feel comfortable not wearing my stupid cover-up skirt over my bathing suit every time I hit the beach just to hide my butt and thighs 😦
I can’t lie, though. I definitely had my ups and downs over the last 30 days. I missed altogether maybe 3 workout days. I ate well most of the time, but I still had pizza twice, a very large burger and I’m pretty sure I had homemade Mac N Cheese twice : / I am only human 🙂 My philosophy is that one meal per week, I can eat whatever the heck I want. It’s been working out thus far so I will continue to do that 🙂
I did restructure the first phase a little to fit my training schedule to run the Women’s 5K Classic. Instead of doing the P90X Tues, Thurs, Sat workouts, I ran for my training. I also extended phase 1 one week longer, because I wanted to be doing my recovery week the week of the race just to wind down a little.
Phase 2 starts today and I am super excited! I got pretty good results these first 30 days, imagine what will happen when I incorporate Yoga, Core Synergistics & Kenpo. Not to forget, I will be also adding in some Brazil Butt Lift workouts to target my sweet spot 😉 I will continue to run 1-2 x’s a week, but very low mileage to keep myself going for the I Run for Jack race coming up in November and the Jingle Bell Run in December.
Hopefully my story will help inspire you or motivate you to keep you going.
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