CLX-Day 4

Okay guys, I mentioned yesterday that I’m doing ChaLEAN Extreme for my workout program now. So far, so good! I wanted to keep you guys updated on my progress with it, so I’ll try to weigh in on the subject daily after my workout.

Lets play catch up real quick…

Day 1 I attempted Burn Circuit 1 with the resistance bands that came with the program. And I absolutely hated it! I couldn’t get the right resistance, the damn bands kept sliding off my feet and smacking me on the leg, and I was incredibly frustrated that everyone else save 1 chick on the video was using free weights. So… I bitched and moaned to the hubby and he bought me a late birthday present:

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That’s right, Bowflex Selectech weights! They each go to 45 lbs and are so worth the money if you work out at home like I do. Plus, we got a free weight bench that you can kinda see in the background. Pretty sweet!

Day 2 was a rest day. I wasn’t sore or anything from Day 1 but I still rested like my calendar said.

Day 3 was Burn Circuit 2 and I was really excited to test out the new free weights. Worked like a charm, too! Way better than the resistance bands, and I was able to really challenge myself to fail by the 12th rep. The verdict? Today I’m so SORE! My shoulders and back are on fire, and my poor hamstrings are tight! I’m definitely a believer now and can’t wait to see how weight lifting will change my body shape.

On deck for tonight is Burn Intervals and Ab Burner. I literally can’t wait, I’m so excited! I’m assuming it’s a cardio workout, so that’s right up my alley.

On another note, I noticed my hands are already getting blisters from the weights, and that’s after only 1 day using them! Anyone else out there have this problem? How do you combat it? Gloves?

Getting back to it!

Let me start out by saying that I have really missed writing this blog, and if you’ve stuck with me through the weeks of my not posting a word, well you’re just awesome! And now some good news: I should be back! Yes, I’m still student teaching (at a 9th grade campus, yikes!) but the worst of it is all over now and I should have a bit of free time to devote to me. Which is good, because self-reflection is the absolute center of my weight-loss journey!

Let’s see, where to begin?

I’ll start with my success so far, because that’s the most exciting thing! When I started my journey 5 weeks postpartum, I weighed in at around 215 lbs. 5 months of serious Turbofire sweat later, I’m proud to say that I weigh in at 175 lbs! Have a look!

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I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished this past 5 months. I’m literally 10 pounds away from reaching my pre-pregnancy weight, something that took me a year and a half with my 1st child. I’m attributing it to my knowledge and drive: I’m better prepared to lose weight because I have all the tools available AND I’ve got a goal in mind.

Speaking of having a goal…

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^The gorgeous Jamie Eason. She has become my role model, fitness-wise. That’s my goal. I want a body like a fitness model. Something I can feel incredibly confident in. Something I can flex when I want to look tough or something I can show off when I want to feel sexy. I want it to be completely obvious that I work out, and that I work out hard.

And, to reach this, I’ve done my homework. I’m following Jamie Eason’s bodybuilding diet and began ChaLEAN Extreme 3 days ago. Heavy lifting paired with a clean diet should lead to me to the results I want, or at least get me started! I’m really excited to see my body changing with weight lifting, so definitely be on the lookout for my progress pics! I must say this: I’m really used to cardio and cardio only. So lifting weights will be a challenge for me, but I’m ready and willing to give it all I’ve got!

Goals! Love ’em! Here are mine: 1) lose 20 pounds by May 10th (graduation day!), 2) work on the muscles for July 9th (anniversary and Las Vegas vacation!) That last one’s a little broad, but that’s ok. The way it works out, I’ll be finishing up the ChaLEAN Extreme program July 7th, so I should have at least a nice muscle tone by then.

Okay, that’s enough for now. My little one is crying (bedtime soon!) so I’ll check in tomorrow!

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She’s getting big!

Have a great week!