Monthly Archives: March 2015

21 Day Fix – Days 1 & 2

I started my 21 Day Fix journey yesterday. Well, okay that’s not entirely true. I started the meal plan last week. I started the workouts yesterday.

The meal plan took a bit of work to figure out, but I can definitely see the benefits to it. Portion control vs. calorie counting. I will definitely take the portion control! The containers make the planning and accountability much easier than I had thought it would be. It just becomes a bit of planning and prep work to make the menu work. Especially for a busy family of 6, with younger and older children with different tastes in food! I managed to get it figured out, though. Here is the fruits of that labor… It doesn’t rely on using Shakeology as a meal since the kids obviously don’t get a Shake every day, and the hubby is iffy on them. BUT I can easily change out meals to fit the Shakeology in if I wanted to.

The first workout was Total Body Cardio. It is 30 minutes of total body work, and it really did give me a challenge. Me, who just completed a hybrid calendar of PiYo and Combat. I started this journey already in pretty good shape, but had no illusions this would push me. And push me it did. In oh such a good way. I know where I need to work and where I can improve. I am definitely feeling the fruits of that workout today. And yes I am one of those crazy people who actually enjoy the tenderness and quasi-pain the next day after a good workout. It reminds me that I actually did WORK. Because let’s face it. Workouts are meant to be work. Work on our overall health and well being. I did work yesterday and I feel the changes starting today.

Speaking of today… Today was Upper Fix. I thought I would be smart and set my max weight to 10 lbs for the first exercise. While I completed that first set of reps at that weight, my form started to fail so I lowered to 7 lbs weights. It is not a bad thing to go lower when you start to fail, it ensures you can get the reps in and are still benefiting, because let’s face it. I didn’t quit. I kept going. Just with lower weight. But you know what? My goal is to be able to use the 10 lbs weights for the ENTIRE workout when it calls for my heavier weights! My light weight was 5 lbs throughout. I think I shall make my goal to up that to the 7 lbs weights I used today, maybe even 8 lbs. We shall see. But for now I know that 5 lbs is totally doable for me.

In the end, so far I am liking the workouts. I don’t know if this will become another favorite program or not, but I will definitely stick with it for 21 days. Because I refuse to give up. I want to see the results I get with this one. I need to do my before pics and my starting measurements for accountability. Who knows, I may even get brave and share them here when all is said and done. I make no promises for that, but I might. We shall see.

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Fitness with a Curveball

Being a Mom to 4 keeps me busy, I won’t lie.  Many would let that stop them when it comes to fitness and staying consistent.  I do my utmost to not let them and the curve balls they throw stop me from getting my workouts in.  Take yesterday for example.

Yesterday the youngest son, Matman, had a dentist appointment during my normal workout time.  Yes, I schedule my workouts so I don’t let myself miss them.  If I didn’t schedule my workouts they would be “if I get to it” and that just isn’t acceptable.

Anyhow, yesterday we were at the Dentist’s office when I should have been working out.  I didn’t let it stop me though.  Like every school morning I woke up and put on my workout gear – yoga pants, sports bra, workout (read wick-away fabric) athletic top, workout shoes and prepared myself as if I would get it done.  After dropping him off at school I came home, had lunch with Hubby, let lunch settle for about 30-45 minutes (it wasn’t a large lunch) then down to the home gym I went.

I didn’t let life get in the way of that workout.  Because workouts and fitness are important.  Yes, I could have copped out and said “I’ve had a busy day, I don’t want to workout” and left it at that.  But that is MY time.  Time to release stress, to focus on me, and to improve my physical and mental self.  So I made it a priority to make sure it got done.

How do you make sure your workouts get done when life throws you a curve ball?  Some days that workout is done earlier to ensure it gets done, others it is after the curve ball, but it gets done.  In the end, consistency is the key!  Remember, you make your schedule and you make the decision to get your workouts done.  Are you dedicated to seeing those improvements?  If you are, you will find the time and make sure you get what is important to you done.

The first step, put your workouts on your calendar.  Tell friends you aren’t available during that time.  If that is the absolute only time you can get something done (that curveball) be flexible and reschedule, but promise yourself you WILL get it done.  You can do it!  Trust me, you’ll thank yourself for it in the end!

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