How I’ve been getting up early to workout.

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

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Running with no weight loss.

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 🙂

-Ashley


90 DAY P90X & Shakeology RESULTS:

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.

RESULTS:

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

Happy:

on a scale of 1-10

(10 being the happiest):

10!!!

This is the best

I have ever felt!




WHAT’S NEXT:

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.


60 DAYS & LOOKING GOOD!

This past summer I had 2 types of clothing in my drawers and closet: those that fit & those that were too small. I have  been going through this now for years. Holding on to clothing that doesn’t fit in hopes of being able to wear them again. They were my “skinny jeans” (and I don’t mean the style) or the dress I can squeeze into IF I wear two layers of spanx (or in my case cut-off control top pantyhose.) All while adding more and more “fat” clothing to the load. No wonder nothing ever fits in my drawers and I ALWAYS wonder why I have nothing to wear. Oh and to the men out there, we know you do it too so don’t laugh.

Well, I have good news to everyone out there (well, to the few reading this…) there is HOPE! Today, on my 60th day of drinking Shakeology and doing the P90X program, I have NOTHING in my wardrobe that does not fit!!!!!!!!!!

I dropped 2 more pounds and 1 more inch off my waist, but here is something I did not think would happen. On Fridays I take a dance class and I have noticed that not only am I stronger but my balance has been off-the-hook. Both of which boosts my ability with everything we do in the class.  I thank the whole program to my progress, especially Tony Horton’s awesome Yoga X DVD. He really kicks your butt in that video. He claims doing Yoga is one of the main reasons he is so young for his age.

Here’s the great thing about all this. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s so true. I have not cut out any of the foods that I love! I mean, I have definitely been eating MUCH better, but I didn’t go drastic. I love chocolate and if you don’t believe me ask the women who work at Josh Early’s ….mmmmmm….Josh Early’s….. What was I talking about? Oh yeah. So we, my hubby and I, eat chocolate pretty often. But when we do, we have a couple pieces and that’s it. And we don’t give up when we do. We go right back to eating well. We made a decision months back that we would never buy candy at the grocery stores or when it’s in front of our faces at other check out lanes. Instead we would go out of our way and get the good stuff. When we go, we ask for 4 pieces of our favorite chocolate. The kids get theirs too 🙂 It makes it special and tastes so darn good.

Now it’s time to really go crazy. I have 5 more weeks left to complete the 90 days and I am STOKED! I already see great results and almost have a hard time believing I will get much more. There is one thing I am a little nervous about…showing my pictures. Don’t get me wrong, they are awesome and show some real results, however it shows how big I was : / Oh well, rest assured I will be posting pictures next month.

If your interested in getting an idea of what I’ve been eating daily to lose weight, let me know by commenting below. Would love to get your feedback.

Thanks!

-Ashley


Running & P90X = Results

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,

Ashley


My Shakeology/ P90X 30 Day Review:

Results

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 😦

 

Nutrition

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 🙂

Workouts

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.

I would love your comments or questions. Also feel free to share this post on Facebook or Twitter (below.)

Thanks,

Ashley


Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse Know-How

This is EXACTLY what I did during my first recovery week of P90X and lost a total of 5 pounds and 1 inch off my waist in 3 days!!!

Want to Jump-Start your weight loss ~ and feel GREAT??? Try this…

SHAKEOLOGY 3-DAY CLEANSE

Shakeology is a meal replacement shake designed to be enjoyed every day, one meal a day. But for this cleanse, it will be used three times a day for three days.

The Shakeology Cleanse is meant to jump start you in your fitness, break a plateau or shred pounds fast & effectively in a healthy way. The key is caloric efficiency; getting the most nutrients possible out of the fewest number of calories. It’s too fat restrictive for a lifestyle plan, but perfect for a three day jump-start to looking and feeling better.

This can help you become healthier from the inside out. Internal health is the foundation to external beauty.

People are getting fantastic results ~ Lose weight, feel great!

The basics are as follows:

3 SHAKEOLOGY Shakes a day (blended with water and ice) (Click here to buy. One bag= 30 servings.)

2 Cups of Green Tea a Day (Triple Leaf Detox Tea is good choice)

1 piece of fruit a day (Apple, pear, orange, banana, mango, etc)

1 salad for dinner (lettuce, veggies, lean protein)

– 4 oz lean protein in salad (WHITE poultry or fish)

– Only Low Fat Dressings.

NO: Dairy (no almond, soy, or rice milk) or extra sugars. If it’s not on the list, don’t eat it!

Sample Menu (Repeat all three days):

1 cup of green tea

BREAKFAST:

Shakeology – 1 scoop, blended with ice & 8-10 oz of water

Optional: ½ cup of fruit (only for the super conditioned – not the weight challenged)

SNACK:

1 piece of fruit

LUNCH:

Shakeology – 1 scoop, blended with ice & 8-10 oz of water

1 cup of green tea

SNACK:

Shakeology – 1 scoop, blended with ice & 8-10 oz of water

(This snack can be before or after dinner)

DINNER:

Salad

– Lettuce/veggies

– 4 oz lean protein (WHITE fish or poultry)

– Light Dressing

Hope this helps. Would love to hear your questions/ comments.

Thanks,
Ashley


Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse Results

So this is what y’all have been waiting for…

For 3 days my husband (Jesse), mother (Mom), sister (Regina) & I went on a Shakeology 3-day cleanse. Our motive was to jump start our  nutrition, diminish some nasty cravings and, well, lose some pounds. Jesse and I are in the middle of doing P90X and Regina is currently conquering Insanity. Because of doing the cleanse, we all stepped down the intensity of our workouts for the 3 days, but we didn’t stop altogether, just didn’t push ourselves as hard.

So you want it? The results that is? I know you do but before I give the results I want to answer a couple questions that I was asked while doing this. Also, before I forget, it’s important to note that this is a cleanse that has a MAXIMUM of 3 days. It would not be healthy or even effective if it went longer. It may even slow your metabolism down if you drew it out longer.

Q. Aren’t you hungry all day long?

A. Here’s the deal. Was I hungry during parts of the day? Sure. HOWEVER, each time I was just about to get real hungry, I had to put something down. Whether it be a piece of fruit, tea, Shakeology or a salad, I felt like I was never going long periods of time without eating/ drinking. Because of that, I was not starving in the least.

Q. How does it taste?

A.  I normally drink my shake with 1/2 banana & 1 teaspoon of peanut butter. So, first, let me say that many people like the drink fine without doctoring it up. I, however, am not a fan. However, the benefits in this one DEFINITELY outweigh the cons 🙂

Ok, so, In the 3 days I lost a total of 5 lbs and 1 inch off my waist. And here are Jesse, Regina & Mom’s results:

Jesse: 5 pounds and 1 inch

Regina: 5 pounds and 2 inches

Mom: 4 pounds and 1 inch

Here is what each day looked like:

Wake-up: 1 cup of green tea

BREAKFAST: Shakeology – 1 scoop, blended with ice & 8-10 oz of water

SNACK: 1 piece of fruit

LUNCH: Shakeology – 1 scoop, blended with ice & 8-10 oz of water

1 cup of green tea (anytime after lunch)

SNACK: Shakeology – 1 scoop, blended with ice & 8-10 oz of water

DINNER: Salad

– Lettuce/veggies

– 4 oz lean protein (WHITE fish or poultry)

– Light Dressing

If you want more information about the Shakeology cleanse, look for the next post where I put up specifics.

Thanks for reading. Please share this post with friends and loved ones that you feel may benefit from it’s content.

-Ashley


ONE MORE THING TO PISS ME OFF!

Figuring out how to put this blog up was not the easiest task for me. I am from a computer savvy  generation and thought that computer/internet use wasn’t so hard for me like my fellow generation “Y”ers. Man was I wrong. It took me forever just to figure out how to put a picture on this darn thing. After about a week of frustration I became the victor or so I thought…

I was so excited to get my picture on the front of the site until I realized… I don’t have any good pictures. In the last year, we had so many events: First Communion and Reconciliation for April, birthday parties for the kids, my husband’s and my first 5K, 8K and half marathon, two family trips AND, in spring, we even had professional family pictures taken. Not one am I proud of to put on the front of my site. OUCH! This realization was like a punch in the stomach. I know, I know, I may sounds silly to some of you, but hear me out. This is my blog. Everything in here comes from my heart. I try to give my best to help everyone out there reading it (even if right now it’s only two people.) The point is, I want to look my best. That’s it. And sure I have pictures of me from the last year, but nothing that I can say, “Look at me, I ‘m hot stuff!”

So, I have two choices ahead of me:

  1. I can let this little situation get the best of me. I can get more frustrated, let it ruin my day, and maybe even shed a tear or two. OR
  2. I can do something about it, make this another little piece of motivational material for me, one more thing to strive for.

Which one will I choose… Well, the second of course (or I wouldn’t be telling you this 🙂

New goal: Make a good-looking picture.


LIFE-LONG JOURNEY

We all have said it… “I’m starting Monday.” It actually used to be a very popular phrase in our household. My husband and I were famous for it. As we would stuff our faces during Sunday morning brunch, my dad would say, “Let me guess, you’re starting Monday morning.” Ouch! Our mindset was “All or Nothing.” We found that… that mindset sucks! It didn’t leave much room for us to live life. It created such a yo-yo affect and wasn’t teaching our daughter anything good. The word “diet” was being used too often and not the way it should be.  We realized that if we didn’t change our ways, nothing good would come from it.

Just a couple months ago, we reluctantly decided we become Beachbody coaches. Sure I had read a TON of diet and workout books and was truly interested in the subject, but I wasn’t sure how well of an example I was. But something great happened after we had made the jump; we became consistent. It wasn’t all or nothing anymore. We had people who were depending on us. It has truly become a lifestyle.

We have learned a lot within such a short time. We’ve learned not to get discouraged if we ate something “bad.” We would just start eating right for the next meal. We used to intentionally miss a meal to make up the calories for something “bad” I’d eaten earlier. That doesn’t work. Now, we don’t miss meals anymore, because we’ve realized how much that makes us over-eat later. When we were ready to “diet,” we used to drop weight quickly doing the SouthBeach Diet, but it didn’t build any muscle. If we screwed up for only a day or two, the weight was back on. Now we are always doing something to build muscle. Muscle does burn fat!

There is so much more we have learned and I will be sure to share more later. Most importantly we have realized, it’s not a race. We are on a Fitness Journey. It will take changing our lives to get what we want, stick to it and not gain it all back later. As long as we make small, healthy changes and realize that it won’t happen over night, we will continue to see the wonderful results we are getting.

Here’s a small list of little changes we did/ are doing to make sure the fat keeps melting away:

  • Keep up on the water. At least 64 ounces/ day.
  • Have one “cheat” meal a week.
  • Replace one meal a day with Shakeology
  • Workout daily at home with a workout program (except Sunday)
  • Stick to the top 3 tiers (on non-cheat meals) of Michi’s ladder

Thanks for reading. If you found this post to be at all helpful to you, please share through FB, Twitter or email. As always, comments/questions are always appreciated.

Thanks,

Ashley