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?

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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!

Happenings

Here’s the deal: things are about to get CRAZY!

If you didn’t know, I’m going to school to become a P.E. (or science) teacher. This is my very last semester before I graduate in May (WOOHOO!) and it consists of student teaching, starting today. Which means I will be in a school from 7:30-3:30 teaching my babies, and then I’ll come home and take care of my real babies. It’s going to be super busy around here! But I’m so looking forward to finally completing my degree and hopefully finding a job in the next few months.

Having said that, I might have to neglect my blog for a little bit. 😦
But I will not be neglecting my health.

Everything still goes. Since today is Wednesday, I’ll still be doing my weigh-in. And hopefully tonight I will be able to sit down and post a quick update. But, if not, I’ll let you know how it went when I get a second to breath on the weekend. As for my other daily posts (motivation Monday, transformation Tuesday, etc.) we’ll just have to see how it goes for now. Suffice it to say this: if I have time, I’ll post. If not, you’ll know why. And it’s a good reason why.

I’m really excited and nervous about student teaching! I hope I’m prepared for this. Wish me luck!

Saturday Feel Good

I’ve reached one of those non-scale victory milestones: fitting into old jeans! Boy, does it feel good! I decided it was time to skip the ol’ yoga pants for a day and see if I was able to wear some of my old jeans, and what do ya know? They fit! These are a size 13/14.

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I was feeling pretty confident today, too. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little self-appreciation, right!

I’m really happy about how these jeans are fitting. Yeah, I’ve got another two sizes to lose before I’m back in my pre-pregnancy jeans, but I think it’s important to love yourself no matter what size you are. So, I’m celebrating this small victory and am incredibly excited to see my body continue to change in the next coming months.

Hope your weekend is going well!

My New Year’s Resolution ’13

I don’t often make resolutions. When I do, it’s something totally achievable. For example, last year I vowed to run 365 miles. I would have accomplished that feat had I not become pregnant, but that’s another story. This year’s resolution is a little different. It’s not something that I want to do every day, just most of them. And in putting this resolution into practice, I will achieve many great things, things you just can write down as a resolution.

As I’ve mentioned before, I actually began my resolution about 2 weeks ago. The reason? It was time. It was time to get started and there was no time like the present. Why put off what you can do now for some date in the future? And let me tell you something: it worked! It’s the reason I’ve lost 6 1/2 pounds in two weeks, the reason I have a ton more energy, and the reason that I’ll get the best body of my life in 2013.

First things first. Let me tell you that I love exercise. Working out has never been an issue for me. I work out every day and smile the entire time. In the past, that’s the reason I’ve lost weight. I monitored my calories (somewhat) and exercised like a crazy person. Hey, it works if all you want to do is drop a few pounds.

This time around, however, I’m not only interested in losing weight but changing my body and shaping it to look how I want it to. And from all the research I’ve done recently, it all boils down to nutrition. All calories are not created equal. In order to shape the body of my dreams, I have to fuel it properly.

This idea is something new to me. I usually count calories but never paid much attention to where those calories were coming from. Which meant, if I wanted to eat fast food, I’d try to squeeze those empty calories in. And that usually meant starving myself just to eat something like that. It’s really not an effective way to live, and I know it was holding me back from having the best body I could have.

All my research finally led me to bodybuilding.com and a program I intend to pursue once I finish my current Turbofire circuit (9 more weeks).

It’s called Live Fit Trainer by Jamie Eason and its designed to get you lean and in great shape. I’ve never been one to lift weights, but for the body I want, I’m all for it.

This program has it all: daily workouts, tips, nutrition. And it’s free!

Since I’m almost 3 months in to the 5-month Turbofire program, I’m going to keep doing that until I finish (because its my favorite workout program of all time and I couldn’t see myself stopping when I’m so close to being done with 5 months of it) and then I will begin this Live Fit Trainer program, somewhere in mid-March. But, I feel like the nutrition part of the program can be used no matter what workout you choose to do. And that’s where my resolution comes in.

Here’s the deal: this is a list of all the foods I’ll ever need. Seriously. And here (scroll down) is the meal plan I need to follow to eat properly. Simple.

Like I said, I started this new, healthy style of eating about 2 weeks ago. I can’t believe how great it is! I’m literally eating all the time and I’m never unnecessarily hungry. I’m getting the right nutrition, I don’t really have to worry about counting calories (although I still do out of curiosity), and my body is receiving it all really well. I don’t know if this statement is accurate or not, but it seems like, now that my body is getting the proper nutrition, it doesn’t crave sugar or fast food anymore. I never thought that would be possible for me, I’m such a chocoholic.

My resolution, then, is to continue and perfect this new style of eating. After two weeks of it (not perfect, but who is?), I’m definitely in love and very excited to see where this new nutrition will take me. Paired with the intense workouts I already do, I think I’ve got a serious recipe for success!

So, 2013 will be my year. I can’t wait for the results yet to come!

You Can Do It!

As you probably know by now, I’m addicted to Pinterest. And I love organization. Put those two things together, boy, it’s a recipe for disaster! I’ve literally spent most of my day looking up ways to organize my life better on Pinterest. God, I know, right? Well, it hasn’t been completely a waste of my time. I actually stumbled across some very cute, free printable charts that I think can help anyone who’d like it on their weight loss journey. Not too shabby, eh?

I’ll link ’em in a second.

These are “I can do it” charts for 25, 50, and 100 days. I know these are probably intended for use by mothers and children, but who cares? They can be adapted to fit your needs. Want to work out for 25 days? Eat clean for 50? Track daily nutrition for 100? The possibilities are endless!

And now for the goods!

I Can Do It: 25 Days

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I Can Do It: 50 Days

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I Can Do It: 100 Days

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Exciting, no? I’m such a nerd for charts and incentives! Enjoy!

Great Free App!

I love looking for new iPhone and iPad apps related to health and fitness. I think the more support you have, the better.

Last night, I found a pretty awesome one for my iPad, Oxygen BEST BODY HD. It’s an interactive magazine, complete with workouts and videos, recipes and tips. I’m in love!

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If you’ve got an iPad, definitely look into getting this free app. It’s fun to read and play around with, and you just might discover what you need to step up the weight loss!