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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.

March Madness

Oh yes, it is ON for March peeps.  My birthday is in April.  I already am the smallest I’ve been since I was 17.  I’m ready to hit my birthday looking as smoking hot as I can and as healthy as I can.  So it’s going to be an aggressive month with diet and exercise.

Eating
Clean clean CLEAN is the plan.  Better meal planning because the last few weeks have been meh with all the ongoings.  More vegetables, more fruit, more nuts, more seeds.  Less dairy, less miscellaneous snacks, less dirty junk.  Essentially, I’m going to go back to those favorite Ultimate Reset recipes and those other favorites.  I need more veggies in my life and in March I’m going to find them ALL.  Shakeology every morning for breakfast because I will need the help cutting cravings and that seems to be the only thing that does it for me lately.

Exercise
Les Mills Combat in the mornings – sticking 100% to the schedule.  I shouldn’t have tried it in the middle of this hybrid because I like it WAY too much to go back to the hybrid.  New stuff wins.  Always lol.  Adding in some of these short Fit Girl Army workouts as a warm up or post workout before the cool down burst.  In the evenings I will start taking at least 30 minutes to do something 4 or so days a week.  My new place I’m moving to in March has a gym there, so I may just go there and walk while watching tv (because we don’t have cable and the gym does, ha!).  Or add some heavy lifting in sometimes. I just need to get out of this habit of sitting on my butt for hours every night.  Especially since we are moving to a smaller place – I think this will be my way of giving the hubby some space since we won’t have our separate little domains anymore.

Life
Sleep baby.  I’m going to be in bed by 10pm every night, end of discussion.  Bed by 10 and up at 5:30.  One reason I’m deciding to do Combat in the mornings is that it’s a shorter workout for the most part.  I like that because it means I can sleep in a little longer 🙂  I also am going to really push to get the hubby to participate in my evening workouts a little so it’s time we can spend together along with time we can get fitter together.  I’m going to try to slow down a little bit on the weekends and take some extra time (like today – I’m taking a half day at work) to rest and rejuvenate.  I’ve been a busy madwoman lately and it’s starting to catch up to me.  I don’t need to do that.

Are you in for a hardcore March?  I’m on a mission this month – not just to improve my health and fitness – but to help at LEAST 5 people do the same.  If you are ready to be one of those 5 people who is taking on a similar challenge and would like me to coach you please send me an email healthyengineer@gmail.com.  There are some fantastic challenge pack deals to help you get started PLUS this is the last month for the chocolate and greenberry Shakeology at the current price.  If you don’t lock in Home Direct now, the price is going up $10/month starting in April.  You can cancel whenever you want if you don’t like Shakeology, and there is a 30 day empty bag refund policy, but if you have been thinking of getting started with it, I would highly suggest you think about doing that now to save yourself $10/month on the product + on HD there is no shipping, so you save another $12/month for a $22 total savings.  More if you decide to sign up for the coach discount.  Check it out on my Shakeology page or watch Tony Horton’s silly little video on it and shoot me an email if you have any questions about it or want more info on the coach discount.

I’m sooo not getting sick…

Back home and back on the grind.  I am REALLY run down right now between the travel and work and our move and everything else – but I’m desperately trying to keep myself on the straight and narrow.  I was struggling when I first got back because I didn’t have time to cook on Sunday so that lead to ordering dinner a few more days then I should.  And I had a lot of fried chicken at home.  Probably not as much as I think I did – but considering I can’t even remember the last time I had fried chicken before Saturday, it just feels like a LOT.  I also had a lot of dessert.  See this is the thing right – I should have made a plate, sat down, and eaten.  Instead I nibbled while I was helping my mom host – putting food out, taking coats, ect.  There was a lot going on and I fell into my usual “take care of everything but me” personality.  Which is ok.  Seriously.  It is.  Because I’m out of it now.  I didn’t let it turn into a 2 week thing like I usually do where I eat everything under the sun and cry about how fat I’m getting.  I had a few off days and just like that I’m back.  I got back on exercise immediately and I got back on eating hardcore today.

In general though, I just really needed the last few nights to myself, and I took them.  I read and slept early and fought off this stupid sinus infection to the best of my ability.  I didn’t blog, although I did do some videos for Femistry – which I should do a whole post about soon actually, but I did catch up on sleep and do some serious thinking about life.  Trying to figure out can I quit my job and just workout for 4-6 months, then come back to the real world…but I think that isn’t going to happen.  Not unless someone orders about 1000 copies of INSANITY from me right quick, lol.   But seriously – after having to deal with the memorial and the family (Seriously if ONE more person asks me when I’m having a kid again I’m going to start swinging.  What exactly is the answer to that question?  tomorrow?  On November 18th 2014?  What is it?) and the travel and the go-go schedule once I got home with helping my mom cook and clean and then cooking breakfast and all that….I just was totally wiped out.  I still wish I could have taken some time off this week, but I had work things that I had to be here for.  I make no promises for Friday though…I’m really considering taking a day off to woosah a little bit.

I also should say – I started trying the Les Mills Combat workouts.  Oh my freaking god.  Okay so remember how I was desperate to do this program in January?  Well my order got completely screwed up so I didn’t get it until last week.  Anyway, I wasn’t going to even try it until I finished my hybrid…but um I totally gave in and tried it yesterday because of my total lack of motivation and I get giddy with new stuff.  And I did it again today.  It’s soooo good.  Like I’m already a super fan and now wanting to jump into 2 months of it.  I love this stuff…new workouts just make me excited.  Some of them end up a bust and some of them are awesome.  I need to make a page with my reviews of all the DVD programs I have tried and rate them somehow.  I’ve tried about all of them.  Some girls collect purses – I collect workouts.

Anyway, just wanted to touch base and share what’s going on with me.  I am still feeling under the weather a bit, but I’m hoping my Shakeology + exercise + gallons of water + sleep will all fix me soon.

November is Here!

Ok, it’s a week old.  This week has been so crazy that I just realized I hadn’t posted about starting INSANITY yet!  Or my weigh in from Monday.  Or anything else I’m supposed to do.  I have been 100% on track…just really all over the place.  My sister

So I’m a few days in – and of course I’m loving it so far.  This kind of workout – athletic drills sweat dripping so much that I can’t see, ect is one I really enjoy sometimes.  Especially in the mornings.  Sometimes with Turbo Fire my brain is not really awake at 5:30 am and I would get so confused about the choreography even though I knew it.  Which makes very little sense because at heart I have all the rhythm.  But anyway, this is easier – do this one move until I say do this other move.  Ok.  I can do that.  And I can push hard because I don’t think, I just do.  I just finished week 1 today.  Followed the schedule as is, no adjustments, no additions.  Have that bad boy posted on my wall and I check off the box when I’m done.

Insanity is so weird.  Like how jumping jacks in the warm up are crazy hard but the cross jacks later are easy (easy in comparison to how the jumping jacks feel, not easy in comparison to laying on my floor like I do after the workout).  They are effectively the same motion, with a very very small difference.  I sometimes wonder if I just really need the long warmup/stretch before I can really do that move effectively?  Or has my soul been worn down so much that hard doesn’t exist?  I don’t know…but I will keep working at it.  For now I do what I can do for that warm up interval and if I really can’t do any more I do the modified ones with as much jump as I can.  In general if I need a break, which I do sometimes, I first try to downgrade the move (so maybe a power jump becomes a squat for a break until I catch my breath and get back into jumping).  Next step is to gulp some water and walk around my basement until I can get back into it.  Some moves don’t really have a good downgraded move, but most do.  I just try to move as much as I can in general.  I also saw improvements in my fit test!  I will have to do another post with my changes from the summer 🙂

Diet wise, still doing the same thing.  I have had meat – when the man was in town we went out and had meat.  I still don’t cook it at home, but I do occasionally indulge when on the town.  I haven’t noticed any stomach issues, even with the first meal.  But I still think I enjoy vegetarian meals 95% of the time.

Weight – I know you have been waiting 🙂  My signal here is so busted, so I can’t add the pic (will add later) but I am 245.4 as of Monday 🙂  Very happy with this of course.  Of bigger news, pretty much all of my clothes are too big, a lot of my XL tops that I was working to get back into are starting to be too big.  My pants are all falling off except the 18W and some of the smaller cut 20s.  In general, I need about $200 to go shopping and buy all new pants, a few new tops, and a sweater or two.  Oh I’m good with a sale, I can make $200 go very very far 🙂  I’m also apparently only 9 or so lbs away from just being obese (as opposed to severely obese) on the body mass index.  I know this index is not exactly the best for everyone and I tend to carry mad amounts of muscle so I don’t always look as big as my weight would indicate.  But it is nice to know that I’m not gonna be severe anymore, ha!

Signing off for now.  I hope you all went out and voted today 🙂  It’s a big responsibility to elect the leaders of our country, so research your candidates and your referendums/amendments/proposals and let your voice be heard 🙂

Also a reminder – instagram.com/healthyengineer for daily pics and lots of details on upcoming challenges.  I’m putting together a fighter fit challenge for January 2013.  Main program is Les Mills Combat, but any program is welcome!  The goal is to plan now for a commitment in January so you are already good to go, resolution already started.  And if you want to join me through the holidays on any program, please shoot me an email at healthyengineer@ gmail.com (new email!) and let’s discuss.  Have questions?  that works too 🙂 I really want to help people get through the holidays losing weight and maintaining health – so let’s goooooooo!

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 🙂