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Turbo Pump Update

I’m now about halfway through the Turbo Pump month.  I’m constantly looking at the plan and updating it as I go through the different workouts and realizing what will and will not work together.  Last night I did Sculpt 30 for the first time ever and probably last time this month.  Not that i don’t love it, because I did.  But I want to use that day for a weight work and the bands are hard, but not what I’m looking for right this month.

Aside from the adjustments, I’m so in love with Turbo Fire again.  It’s such a good program because the music is great and the workouts are hard. All my friends know that I really am a fan of the hard workouts, if I’m not drenched in sweat then I am not happy.  And Turbo Fire does that for me.  I’m noticing some real progress with inches so far this month.  Pants that I was wearing a few weeks ago are now needing belts.  My stomach is shrinking.  And my arms, which always have been a least favorite area of mine, are finally starting to shrink and my shirts have more room in the upper arms. I’m getting really excited about weight loss…and shopping 🙂  I cannot WAIT to start shopping for pants in the regular women’s section – that’s happening by Jan 1 people.  
Also wanted to share some diet details, as I have settled into a good rhythm post reset.  
Everyday for breakfast is shakeology now.  I was alternating it with oatmeal but I started to notice that on the days I had oats instead of shakeology I had lots of cravings for sweets.  So I have stuck to the shakeology.  I prep it in the morning as the last thing I do before leaving for work.  Then I drink it on the way to work.  This is my new habit.  My old habit was stopping at Panera or Starbucks or the diner near my job for a breakfast plate of something.   Anyway, that’s breakfast and I think I’ll be sticking to that most days.  I do the vegan tropical strawberry right now, but I will be trying the vegan chocolate for my next shipment.  I blend the strawberry with some banana, some berries, sometimes some other fruit if I have it.  Always some PB2 and almond milk.
Lunch and dinner are variations on the same theme.  One meal a day is always a bean based meal.  I love beans and it keeps me full, which is why I like to do this at lunch.  I like a bigger lunch because of the way my work schedule is.  I also usually have a salad at lunch, again helping the size of my lunch and helping me stay full.  This combo hasn’t lead me to mid afternoon cravings yet.  The other meal is a veggie based meal.  Stir fried veggies or something similar.  Large portions of veggies and usually a grain on the side.  
On top of those meals, I drink lots of water.  I still aim for half my bodyweight in ounces.  Yeah, I go to the bathroom like a million times a day, but I can tell the difference in my hunger levels and my skin with this.  
If you are struggling with diet and all of this looks like a HUGE leap for you, you have a few options.  You can either decide to make one or two changes now (like adding shakeology in place of one meal or making the decision to not eat fast food or deciding to cut out certain processed foods or journaling your meals) and slowly convert your diet to a more whole foods diet that way OR you can do something like the Ultimate Reset to give you a jump start (really, let’s be honest, a kick in the behind) on all these changes.  Which one you need to do is up to you and how you work.  For me, the Reset turned out to be the best thing, but I know for others it will not be.  The diet question is one you have to sit on and really think about and decide what you are going to be then do it.  It doesn’t matter what you do, it just matters that you do something 🙂

Last thing – I started an Instagram account!  I will be posting meals and other happenings around the healthy engineer hub.


October Challenge: 1 Week In!

Two posts today since I forgot to actually post yesterday’s post on time 🙂

Today I have officially finished one week of my October Turbo Pump challenge.  It has been a good week, a really good week.  One of the things I have always loved about the X day programs are the schedule and consistency.  I love not having to really think about what I’m going to do other than wake up and get it moving.  This was my first time playing around with the schedule and I like what I did this week and am going to model the rest of the weeks with it.  The first month of Pump is pretty light, so it makes it easy to combine the programs.  I’m really feeling my stamina and strength improving with every workout.  It’s also nice that the reset did a number on my stomach in terms of inches lost.  Today I did the Stretch 40 workout which is a good yoga based stretch dvd.  It was MUCH easier to get into poses than it has been in forever because my stomach is so much smaller.  It’s nice and I feel like yoga was actually a workout because I was just able to do more and really push into the pose.  I have always had a good level of flexibility – but now I can actually use that and push farther.  
This week’s workouts were:
Monday – Fire 30
Tuesday – Pump Challenge + HIIT 15
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – Fire 30 + Flow
Friday – Fire 55 EZ
Saturday – Pump Challenge + Fire 30
Sunday – Core 20 + Stretch 40
Not going to lie – this week pushed me.  These workouts are not easy and I’m doing about an hour a day.  But I’m pushing for results so that means workout hard.  Turbo Fire is a 6 day a week program, so it just means I need to work hard to keep up with it. 
Tomorrow I’ll be posting my weight for this week’s weigh in, see you then!


I just had to share – I’m almost a size 18W 🙂  At my biggest I was wearing a size 24W. To be able to put on and zip and sit in an 18W seems like a far off dream. But it’s not. It’s still a little tighter then I want and gives me lots of muffin top – but I’m so close, I’m excited.  I wouldn’t have thought this possible a few months ago. Hard work and sacrifice pay off.  I’ve invested a lot of money into my health and fitness this year – equipment for BodyRock, Insanity, Ultimate Reset, loads of healthy groceries.  And it’s worth every single penny to be able to put these pants on and zip them up to get that non scale victory!

Today is the active rest day of my turbo pump week. Core 20 and Stretch 40 from Turbo Fire. That is going to be on deck after the Tigers game is over this afternoon.  Should be a great stretch and recovery day before heading into week 2. I’m going to make a few schedule adjustments to make sure my weekday workouts are one hour or less and I will be set.  That time limit is there so I can get to work on time 🙂

Don’t forget to vote on my poll for November!  And please join me with the challenge or if you have a suggestion for something different.  As I’ve said before, my goal is to one day have a job where I promote health and fitness as a trainer or exercise instructor and for now, this is my way of doing that.  I want to see your Non-Scale Victories and success to being a healthier, happier you!

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 🙂