October Challenge: Turbo Pump

See what I did there? My name for my hybrid of turbo fire and les mills pump is Turbo Pump. Cute right? Or really dorky 🙂 I created a month long schedule for October that I will be following to tone and burn and get in shape for the holidays. If you would like a copy leave a comment!

Today I did day 2, the first day of turbo and pump. Great workout!  I did the Pump Challenge first then the HIIT 15 from Turbo Fire.  Honestly – I HATE Pump Challenge.  It’s a great workout, don’t get me wrong.  But there is no warm up, no cool down, and they talk too much between sets.  I know it’s the intro level workout, but for something you do so often during the first month of Pump, it gets really really repetitive   I wish there was a new to class option like there is for Turbo so you can watch that stuff once then move on.  But alas there is not.  I’ll just deal with it, it’s only a few more times then I’m on to Pump and Burn, which is more like a full workout.  Tomorrow is a glorious rest day, which is good because I’m going to use the opportunity to swap back to morning workouts.  Evening workouts are just not my thing anymore, why did I even bother?

Now I’m enjoying a crazy delish dinner of butternut squash and chickpea stew over millet with a side of roasted veggies. So so good! Eating at least a cup of veggies every meal is my tip of the day. It fills you up, leaving no room for junk food.

I promise, it was all delicious 🙂  
My blogging mentor Tabby told me October is 31 days of blogging.  So I’m going to set a goal to blog every day this month.  I’ll be posting about my weight loss journey of course, but also more recipes and general health topics.  I also am thinking about doing a giveaway, I have something cool to give out, but that depends on if anyone actually reads this blog.  Otherwise I’ll just give it to Tabby 🙂

Weigh In and new Les Mills Workout!

So last night I decided to dive back into weight lifting.  I hadn’t lifted in a while, even beyond the 21 day reset.  And I could tell.  I did the Les Mills Pump – Pump and Burn DVD. So I did it this time with similar weights as before.  I was able to get through it ok but the difference is the after effect.  I was already feeling the burn a few hours later.  This morning I’m definitely feeling pretty sore.  I love that feeling – means I did something I should have done to get good results.

Aside from all that – it’s OCTOBER!!  I’m so happy for the last few months of the year to be upon us because I really love fall 🙂  I celebrated the season by having a big bowl of overnight pumpkin oats.  Never heard of that before?  Try this recipe, you will love it:

Mix 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup oats, 2 tbsp pumpkin butter, 1/2 cup almond milk (or whatever milk or milk sub you enjoy), and cinnamon (to taste, I used a dash or 3).  Mash it all together and put in the refrigerator overnight.  In the morning give a quick stir and eat!  Very filling and perfect for fall!

I’m going to be experimenting with hot pumpkin oats with real canned pumpkin instead of the pumpkin butter at some point soon.  But in the meantime, that recipe above is my favorite.

Mondays are my fitbook weigh in days – so it’s my blog weigh in day as well.  I’m down another lb or so since the Reset!  I’m going to be a big girl and post my actual weight on weigh in days starting today, so here goes:  I was 256.2 as of this morning.  I think starting next week I will post a pic of the scale as recommended by a far better blogger than I.  My goal every week is to lose 2 lbs, so we will see how that goes next Monday.  I am starting my October workout rotation today (I love when months start on Mondays!).  For October I will be doing (drumroll please…..) Turbo Fire AND Les Mills Pump!  I’m super excited to do these two programs because they are really two of my favorite DVD programs.  October I want to really dial in the fitness and increase my stamina and my strength and these two programs should do it.  Let’s be honest – BodyRock and Insanity require a certain level of fitness that I just don’t have right now.  And I don’t run.  So I’ll be working these two programs the best I can this month to get some major results.  I’m still working out the kinks in my hybrid schedule, so I’ll post that a little later.

I totally caved and did the  Les Mills Combat pre-order.  The price is really right for me and my exercise DVD addiction collection (only $59.85 retail/$44.89 for coaches plus free shipping for all for the base package) and when I went to a gym that had Body Combat I really liked that class.  If you have no clue what Body Combat or Les Mills Combat is check out this video.  My current gym doesn’t have the Les Mills classes and I really really LOVE them.  If they ever put together a home version of Body Step I am RUNNING to the computer to order that no matter what the cost. But any rate, we are talking Combat.  I was kind of meh, I don’t need to buy it (because really, I have so many DVDs already) but after doing the Pump last night and remembering why I like the Les Mills programs so much then looking online at the pre-order price this afternoon, I was pretty much in it to win it.  It will be available in December so perfect timing with the holidays and New Years.  I know it’s cliche – but I’m definitely big on starting new big things in the new year, so this is perfect for me 🙂

If you want more info on Les Mills Combat just click on the picture below 🙂