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Insanity Relapse

I have mentioned a zillion times how I have just not gotten my groove back since moving.  Part of it I know is that with this being a smaller place I don’t have my little Kim-den to go workout (re: by myself without an audience) in when we both are home.  I have had to really tell myself that I just have to get over it and sometimes I’ll be working out in the living room and he will be at the computer and oh well.  That has helped me with consistency these last few days.  I also have started mixing it up on days I have no desire to do anything.  The last 2 days I went back to old faithful – INSANITY.  I am so glad I did, I feel more invigorated and ready to go than I have in weeks.  I love TurboFire and I think Les Mills Pump is growing on me.  But neither of those bring the pain like INSANITY does and I’m realizing that is what I need to jump me into a routine again.  I haven’t been this sore in a while and I missed that feeling.  Now that I have it I am so ready to get back into a routine again.  A big part of this journey is about learning how you operate.  How you tick and what gets you moving…then using that information to help you along the way.

I will share the two workouts I did – they were the two INSANITY workout that I didn’t do before, the deluxe package ones.

First up was Max Interval Sports Training which is 55 minutes long.  First I will say that there really aren’t any intervals.  This workout really reminds me of Core Cardio and Balance (CCB)  in it’s format.  Not the usual interval warmup, but it again mimics CCB with a slow warmup.  I really like this warmup because it actually helps me go from cold to warm without being out of breath immediately.  Next you go through drills from 4 sports – football, basketball, gymnastics, and track and field.  I’m pretty sure Shaun T meant to save the “this ish is bananas” for this workout.  I was sweating buckets by the end of the football drill section.  Each section is on it’s own a pretty good workout so adding them together is mega intense.  Expect abs, cardio, and strength as you move through this one.  I really liked it and definitely would do this again.

Next I did the Upper Body Weight Training workout.  This one is basically all weight training with a little bit of cardio in each section to boost your heart rate up.  This workout is full of very basic exercises that every person can do regardless of fitness level.  Shaun T doesn’t show any modifications as usual, but you can make some up if you need them.  There are some lower body and abs included, but it is pretty much all upper body focus.  The only thing I will say to you is that you need to lift heavy here.  Not light.  The ladders go down, so if you go too light you will not get the benefit of the workout.  Go heavy and if you can and your equipment allows go heavier on the last set.  You can pair this with either Fast and Furious or a Turbo Fire HIIT workout and get a solid hour or so of weights plus cardio.

At this point, the only INSANITY workout I haven’t done is Insane Abs.  Considering I can barely get through Cardio Abs, I probably won’t do Insane Abs for a while.  I’m seriously considering doing another round of INSANITY this summer after I finish the Ultimate Reset 🙂  I’m back in the Insane Ward I guess, lol!  I think I am at a fitness level that maybe another round of INSANITY I might be able to try Asylum…who knows.

31

Today I turn 31.  I know most people are anti-birthday after they reach a certain age….but I’m not.  I’m healthier, happier, and stronger than I have been at any other birthday.  I’ve worked my butt off (literally) over the last year or so especially, because I want to be better and healthier every year.  The last few months have been really really rough and I’ve been up and down and not really doing as well as I know I could do because I’ve had to really deal with some stress.  It’s in general just been a really hard 2013 so far.  I have maintained…which I’m really happy with because usually this stuff makes me gain weight like crazy.  But I am over maintaining and ready to really push forward.  And a birthday is a FANTASTIC day to kind of reset my goals and reset my brain.

So, a few of my teammates have some big weight goals for this year and we are working together to try to get to our goals this year.  My goal is to lose the rest of the weight (I’m guessing 40-60 lbs….but really it’s going to be a visual check + a maintainable lifestyle) and to get back into a routine and by the time I hit 32 be happily at goal and maintaining.

I also want to hit emerald in my beachbody coaching business.  I have realized that I LOVE talking to people about health and fitness.  I LOVE helping people reach their goals and working on my own.  I want to be in a position to have more options with my coaching business and advancing will help me get there.  I want to use my beachbody income to pay for a nutrition certification so I can really help my team get the best results possible.  I’m saving all my income towards that goal, then towards a personal trainer certification.  I have BIG dreams and while part of the goals have to do with getting myself in shape the rest have to do with helping others and being in a position to help others.

More than anything I want to spend my year of being 31 really living. I always put things off to the future because I’m too big or I’m too scared or I’m not ready.  I know some of the decisions I’ve made have been the right ones for me but I don’t necessarily want to make decisions out of fear – I want to make decisions out of really knowing it’s the right decision for me and being confident in that decision.  I want to try new things and do more things and reach out to more people and try new things.  I want 31 to be the BEST year I have ever lived.  I want every day to be lived to the fullest.  I want to live a life free from fear.  I am so ready for you 31.  So ready.

Operation Pantry Cook Down

As I’ve mentioned on IG or Twitter, I’m on a mission to cut down my pantry.  Our new place has a smaller pantry even though there are more cabinets in general, there is less room for food (by about half) in the actual pantry.  So that has resulted in some serious kitchen sprawl….

There is literally NO room in the inn.  So in an effort to contain the food sprawl and to help contain the budget this month I’m engaging in Operation Pantry Cook Down (and pantry is a relative term – it’s also a fridge/freezer cook down).  I have a few weeks until we start the Ultimate Reset (which will require some serious shopping anyway) so my goal is to cook from the pantry instead of shopping so much.  My goal is to spend no more than $75/week on groceries (we usually spend like $160) to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, milk/almond milk and if there are some things we run out of over the next 3 weeks.

Last night I made my first meal – spaghetti with a seitan-tomato sauce with coleslaw on the side.  I was pretty pleased with myself when I just opened the cabinets and threw this together.  Cooking this meal got rid of 5 containers out of the house, which was pretty cool.  The spaghetti was pretty easy – I took 8 oz of seitan and sauteed it in a little EVOO for about 5 minutes.  I added some basil, parsley, and oregano while I was cooking it.  After it was nice and browned, I added a jar of Trader Joe’s marinara sauce and a spoon of minced garlic and a few dashes of pepper and let that simmer for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile I let the spaghetti cook.  I don’t like a saucy spaghetti, so after the spaghetti was done, I added it to the sauce until it was just the right consistency and served with a dash of Parmesan on top and a little pepper.

There was enough for leftovers so I will eat them tonight (unless my hubby destroyed them for lunch, lol).  That was the easiest meal I have to make, lol.  I am really excited to stretch my cooking creativity to make some new creations.  Hopefully they are delish and I will share them if they work out!  Hopefully I can get through most of April with only spending about half I usually do in the grocery store and end up ready for the reset with a clean pantry 🙂

Ultimate Reset: Part Deux

My hubby has been talking about the reset a lot lately.  He has had to go to the doctor because he wasn’t feeling well and because he has strayed way farther from the post reset life than I.  With him being in Memphis and me being in Virginia last time, he kind of just went back to what he knew.  Since he got back from that job and has been home, we both have struggled.  Him with my cooking not being as processed/not healthy as before and me with trying to keep on my healthy path someone who is not quite there with me also in the house.

Rewind to a few months go when he asked about doing the reset again.  I was like um…didn’t we just do it? It’s not a cheap program and I really didn’t know about diving in again so fast.  But then I stopped to listen really to what he was saying.  He wanted to do the reset again to get back to that place of health and he knows this time with us in the same state, I’ll be there to catch him as he comes off of it.  To keep him from having such a large relapse because I won’t go there with him.  Now the money seemed to not really matter or the fact that we already did this…this started to be something bigger…something that was about him taking back his health again.  It became clear that he felt he needed this to be back in control of his eating and that made it clear to me as his wife that I needed to support him on this.  I had to stop thinking about the fact I wanted to finish Combat or that I wanted to do something for me.  It became about the fact that he needs me to do this to help him and it will not hurt me one bit to join him and support him.

So, today we ordered the dual Ultimate Reset kit.  I was just going to order the refill kits – but it’s actually cheaper with the sale to just buy the whole dual kit.  Considering since we did it last year there have been a few program changes (the soothe supplement, reset in a hurry, and shakeology incorporated into the meal plan if you want to drink it) I was glad it worked out that way.  We aren’t starting right away – we are starting April 21st – so in about a month.  This gives us time to get the new kits (regular shipping from Beachbody is about a week) and time for us to adjust to a new schedule (the man is going to be taking on a new position with a very different commute in April) and avoids the April celebrations (I have 2 bridal showers, a bachelorette party, and a birthday all going down in April and while I am trying to lose weight, I’m also a human who really demands a piece of birthday cake on my birthday) so I don’t have to face a delicious cake on day 2 of the reset or something equally insane.  It is manageable to do the reset and have events…but it’s definitely not preferred if you can avoid it.  And since we have some open time between the party madness and the wedding I am in…just makes sense to wait until the open time.  Of course…I am lucky that my dress for the wedding is a corset back so I have some room to lose without fear because I can just tighten the heck out of that sucker if I need to do so 🙂

Anyway…I’m working on getting a facebook like page up and running so if you want to join me on this crazy venture we will have a place to discuss the whole process.  I am hoping to have a challenge group of 5 people…but the more the merrier.  If you order before the end of March, you can save on the reset.  If you can’t order in the next few days, you can still order in April and have your kit in time to start with us on the 21st.  Here is my before and after shot from when I did the reset in September 2012.

I lost 21 lbs and felt really good by the end of it.  I was sleeping better and had way more energy and was able to handle stress a LOT better.  I’m getting excited to feel that way again…I have never felt as great as I did during week 3 of the reset and the month or so after before going back to a less regimented diet.  And as you can see, I was in a hotel at the end – I finished the last 4 days of the reset on travel for work.  It can be done!

Are you in?  Email me at healthyengineer@gmail.com for questions or check out my Ultimate Reset site  All the deals are listed on my March Promotions page for a break down of what you save with each version of the reset.  If you are interested in signing up as a coach you can do that by going to my main site here and you will save some extra on your kit (it’s an extra 25% off for a coach…which is huge with this kit).

Hello Again :)

I finally am back in my groove and it feels oh so good.  I got the living room all cleared out and started back on Combat yesterday.  As I mentioned in my post the other day, I decided to just start over based on where I was in the program and the long break.  I knew I felt fluffy in the middle from not working out and eating different…but I KNEW I lost fitness when I was struggling to keep up with Combat 30.  I remember the first time I did it, it was hard, but it wasn’t impossible.  Yesterday I felt like it was the hardest workout ever.  I got through it, but I was struggling.  Today with HIIT: Power I had to drop weights a lot.  I was at 12/15 lbs…today was 12/9 lbs.  Definitely lost some fitness.  But that’s ok…because it’s temporary.  What’s funny is that my clothes do not fit any different.  This is just a feeling that I have now from not working out.  Change is happening…

My plan right now is:
1) Les Mills Combat Ultimate Warrior Schedule – 60 days of fighter fit baby!
2) Add in 2-3 days a week of weights.  Preferably Les Mills Pump or heavier lifting at the gym here at the apartment complex. 
3) Eat CLEAN.  
Yes number 3 is a biggie.  By packing up a kitchen and moving it over the last few weeks I haven’t been eating my ideal diet at all.  I’ve been eating microwave food (mostly Amy’s organic meals) and a random restaurant menu.  I’ve tried hard to eat right…just a few blatant slips here and there.  But now that the kitchen is back in action, I’m going hard core again.  As I type this, I have brown rice in the rice cooker, the Ultimate Reset fish recipe marinating in the fridge (I know…I’m cooking fish!) and am going to stir fry some veggies to make a delish lunch.  I miss eating my own food!  The buzzer just let me know it’s time to put the fish in the oven so I’ll catch you later 🙂

Starting Over vs. Starting Back Up

Scenario:  Happily going through your workout routine.  Loving every minute of it without a care in the world.  Then BLAM – curveball from life and now you haven’t worked out in too long and can’t figure out what to do next.

Have you been there?  I certainly  have and I’m there again right now.  My move is way more of a disruption then I predicted it would be, ugh.  I have been busy until late in the evening every day, which means I’m not getting up early to workout.  I am trying to bust my butt to get the new place unpacked so this week is the last week of this mess.  I have mentioned this before – I don’t do well in life when I’m not exercising.  It makes eating right a MUCH bigger struggle then it normally is for me.  I am doing a lot of moving – cleaning, moving boxes, lifting things, unpacking, ect.  I haven’t sat down much at all.  But that kind of movement is different than an hour of Combat, know what I’m saying?  Long story short – I’m at the point where it’s been a week since my last workout because I have only taken one day off work this whole time, so it’s been late hours packing and unpacking and moving.

Here is a handy checklist I have created for anyone else who is wondering when it is worth it to start a program over versus just picking up where you left off:

1. Has it been more than two weeks since your last official workout?
2. Was your break due to injury?
3. Have you been inactive during the break (meaning little to no physical activity outside of normal everyday tasks)?
4. Are you in month 1 of your program?
5. Do you feel that your fitness has decreased at all?

If you answered more yeses then nos….you have two options – start over (which if you are in the first few weeks of a program is easy to do without losing much) or repeat a lower intensity week (go back to month one, weeks 1 or 2 and repeat that.  see how you feel and go forward from there).  And if you answered yes to question 2, you should automatically start over.  Why?  Because you start to lose fitness within one to two weeks of stopping exercise. Yes, 7 days off of exercise will literally set you back in physical ability.  So this means that if you have been inactive or doing mostly nothing you are actually getting a little weaker/slower then you were before.  With the 60-90 day programs (all of them..not just Beachbody), the intensity tends to build gradually over the weeks.  When you take time off and lose fitness, your body recognizes that change, but your brain doesn’t.  Your brain is going to want to go balls to the wall and kick butt…but your body is not ready for that like it would have been with no break.  So you may end up injuring yourself, which does no good to anybody.

Obviously this checklist is short and there are other things that come into play – your beginning fitness being the main one.  If you are already someone who has lost a ton of weight and are in great shape – you may just need the one drop back week to get back into the swing of things before going back into the program.  If your program is Combat or TurboFire or P90x, you can probably get away with just a few shorter workouts, because the intensity of the workouts is very similar. Something like INSANITY – I would start that month over at a minimum.  If you are injury prone, definitely be careful.  I have horrific knees, so if I were doing INSANITY right now, I would most likely start over so I can build up again.  Combat I’m less concerned because the program is inherently low impact.

So what am I going to do?  I am going to start over with Combat.  By the time I get to a point where my living room is free and clear (and so it’s clear – I’m going from a whole basement to workout in to a living room of a 1 bedroom apartment…so that’s why it’s taking so long) it will most likely be this weekend – almost 2 weeks of not doing a workout.  I am going to try to get to the apartment gym…but with work and moving stuff left…it’s unlikely.  So I would like to do at least the first week of Combat over with the shorter workouts.  Well I was only finishing up week 2 anyway…so if I’m going to do week 1 over, I might as well just do the whole thing.  And I’m totally good with that.  I like the fresh start idea a lot, it’s something that I thrive on.

One Week of Les Mills Combat

So as I’ve been mentioning – I tried out Combat when I got home from Michigan because I needed a boost. Since then, I’ve been following the ultimate warrior calendar.  It’s a 6 day a week schedule with 30-60 minutes a day.  I wanted to discuss some of the workouts and how I liked them.

Combat 30:  This is a 30 minute workout that focuses on kicks and punches.  I felt super sore in my core and across my upper back/shoulders after this one for sure.  I liked how intense it was for a short workout – it ramped up rather quickly so it got to the point.  The immediate thing I noticed about this program from the first workout is that the low impact option actually is a good one.  Some workouts (INSANITY) don’t really have a low impact option and others (TurboFire) have them, but sometimes it’s too low.  This one was pretty good.  I use the low impact sometimes when my knees are bothering me, but aim for high impact whenever I can.

HIIT: Power: This workout is stupid hard.  Lots and lots of burpees.  Lots of them.  And squats.  As much as Combat 30 is focused on the upper body, HIIT: Power is a butt workout.  The weird thing about this one is that weights are used.  Not for the whole DVD, but in parts of it.  It is short, another 30 minute workout, but also intense.

HIIT: Plyo: Burpees, burpees, burpees.  Which I’m ok with – I mean they work.  I think at one point you do like 40 in one set, that kind of erases your mind.  It’s a 30 minute workout.  This one was weird to me because it seemed not really a HIIT or a plyo workout.  It wasn’t bad, just not what I expected.

Combat 45: Very similar to Combat 30, just a little longer.

Lower Body: So I thought this would be a strength workout…it’s not really.  It’s a cardio workout with more kicks then punches.  Oh and burpees.  I guess martial artists love burpees.  Okay, it sunk in by day 6 of week 1.  This was a hard workout and I did feel the burn.  I am not sure I would really consider this a lower body workout…more of cardio workout with a bit more of a lower body focus.  I do think it’s a good workout, just not what I thought I was getting by reading the name of it.

Combat 60: See Combat 30 description.  I will say that this was closer to the full class that I’m used to from way back in the day when I took combat at a gym.  I liked the DVD and it’s pretty hard.  There is a section at the end, the last track before the abs/pushup track, that kicked my butt that I loved – probably my favorite track of the program to date.  Lots of punches and cross jacks.  The kick tracks on this one are some of my favorite as well.

So right now I am on the 2nd week (did day 1, week 2 this morning).  I’m really enjoying it and now that I’m finally healthy and over this cold (I’m claiming it…even if it’s not 100% true yet) I want to try to add some activity in the evenings like I talked about a few days ago.  I am so ready to really boost it this month.  I took some photos this morning and I’m not really happy about it.  Yes it’s a little remaining bloat from that time of the month, but it’s also from the fact my eating has been meh ever since going home for my Grandma’s memorial.  I am really now back in the buckle down mode.  Beast mode if you will.  Let’s go.

Shakeology Cleanse Complete!

I completed my modified Shakeology cleanse yesterday.  I have to tell you – I feel so good!  I don’t eat a lot of junk food, but we had started eating out a lot and I started eating way too much dairy.  Cleansing all of that out of my body for a few days was exactly what the doctor ordered.  I slept so well last night and I woke up this morning feeling really good and my stomach wasn’t pissed off at me like it had been the end of last week.  I did lose 3 lbs, which surprised me because I didn’t really think I’d lose anything considering my normal diet is very similar to the cleanse (well take away 2 shakes and replace that with lunch).

It took me back to how good I felt when I finished the reset after 2 weeks of eating vegan.  I go back and forth with should I go vegan.  I don’t really want to…but I always feel so GOOD when I eat vegan for a few days or more that I feel like I should give it a good college try to see if anything longer than 2 weeks would be good for me.
The hubby wants to do the reset again very soon and obviously I’m so on board to do that.  I’m not sure when we will do it, perhaps something for March after we move.  I think if I do decide to go vegan for an extended period of time I can’t think of a better way to transition into it then the reset.  The hubs wants to do it again because he is not feeling very good.  He has not gone back to his old pre-reset eating ways at all, but I think he wants to do it again to push his habits more towards the good.  He and I went in different ways after the last reset.  I tried to maintain a similar to the reset but more food so I could support my exercise diet and he worked on replacing the foods he was eating with healthier options.  Organic granola instead of Captain Crunch cereal.  Organic cookies instead of oreos.  Now – yes this is better than his old diet.  He is eating healthier foods and I’m cooking healthier foods.  But at the end of the day, organic junk food is still junk food.  He knows he needs to make some changes and figures doing the reset again will help him break these habits.  
I am running around like crazy today, as usual, so a short post today.  If you have any questions about the cleanse or the Ultimate Reset, drop me a comment 🙂
Also – Team Beachbody has Hip Hop Abs on sale for a crazy low price – $19.95 for the base and $39.90 for the deluxe (plus 25% off that price for coaches).  I definitely ordered mine today…if you are interested check it out on my site 🙂

Operation Size 16 Video Edition

Posted a little video on my thoughts on my challenge.  My focus areas for the week are discussed in the video this week instead of me writing them out 🙂

Also please let me know if there are topics you would prefer I vlog about instead of blog about!  Or blog about instead of vlog about.  I’m still figuring out what I want to do, but I do like the weekly video check in right now. 

Leave me a comment here or on my video on you tube with your answers to my questions about workouts too, I would love to hear from you!!!

Operation Size 16 Update!

It’s been 7ish days so here is my photo update!

Left on both photos is the older picture if you can’t tell….

I’m actually pretty shocked.  My weight has gone up, I feel like I haven’t lost a thing, I feel BIGGER.  So this is also a “this is why we take photos” post too I guess.  I was actually sitting here before doing the side by sides thinking that it was time to re-vamp my whole P90x effort or possibly stop P90x and start doing a mostly cardio focus again because it was doing nothing at all for my body and I wasted a whole 3 weeks before figuring that out.  I guess it is doing something, I just couldn’t tell.

I will be shooting a video tonight about the challenge and some of these P90x feelings tonight.  I have been very busy thinking about what I should do/if I should do/what is RIGHT for me a lot…I’m sure I’ll figure it out soon.