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My Keys to Success

Today is the first day of my mashup workout challenge.  This week the line up is:

  • Asylum 1: Vertical Plyo
  • P90x3: The Challenge
  • P90x3: MMX
  • Insanity: Pure Cardio // 21 Day Fix: Pilates
  • P90x3: Eccentric Upper // Yoga (stretch)

I’m pretty excited about this.  I have not done MMX or Eccentric Upper yet so it’s going to be fun to try a new workout mixed in with ones I know and love and will hurt.  Today was Vertical Plyo and it was good to get dumb with Shaun T again.  I’m already feeling it a little in my upper back and core so yay!  My big goal is to lose enough in the inch department that my clothes are beyond comfortable.  I have not gone shopping since I finished Insanity last year in a new size and I’m ready for that to happen again so let’s work.

Something I thought about a lot today with regards to this goal was answering the question: What do I do when everything is going in the right direction with my weight?  I wrote down 5 things that I really think I need to have as my daily checklist:

  • Shakeology: Honestly…this is a HUGE key for me.  When I have Shakeology in the morning for breakfast it sets my day up right because it hits my sweet tooth, fills me up, and reminds me of my goals.  I’m gonna be 100% transparent here.  I went through a time in my life where driving through Chic-Fil-A and picking up a milkshake for breakfast was something I did not regularly…but way to much.  Other days I’d go through McDonalds and pick up a smoothie.  I love cold shakes for breakfast, end of discussion.  So Shakeology is my power tool because (1) it hits that spot with WAY less calories and healthy whole ingredients (2) it fixes my stomach issues (3) and it mentally puts me in the right spot to be healthy all day.  It’s a lifestyle.
  • Snacks: I need to BRING a morning and afternoon snack.  And something filling.  Egg salad w/ a whole grain cracker or rice.  Oatmeal with fruit.  Essentially a mini meal, not like a bag of grapes or a little bar.  A good bar – a P90x or Protein Crunch bar – those work.  But mostly, I need to eat mini meals.
  • Salads:  I don’t like eating salads daily but I have realized that when I have salads daily I am much better in general.  I think this again goes to having something filling.  Raw veggies fill me up and keep me from overeating.  You really can’t overeat raw veggies.  Really.  And raw veggies are fantastic for health so it’s a win win.
  • Water: this is my biggest struggle.  BIGGEST.  Because it’s not really fun or sexy or delicious.  But when I am firing I’m drinking a gallon a day, end of discussion.  Right now…there is absolutely no reason I shouldn’t be doing this but it’s so hard some days to even drink 30 ounces.  No lie, in the middle of this I realized I had not had any water in hours and poured myself a glass.  But water keeps me full and has so many amazing health benefits!
  • Exercise: it’s not last because it’s least important.  It’s last because it’s my anchor.  Shakeology and Exercise bracket health for me.  Anyway exercise for me is the cheapest therapy that I could probably ever find.  No matter how I feel about my body when I wake up, when I do a workout I feel better.  I feel strong.  I feel like a fit beasterella and NOBODY can stop me.  In addition after a fantastic workout I have a stronger pull towards eating healthy.  After you push your butt through a stupid hard workout and realize it’s ONLY 500 calories burned…you don’t eat a package of 500 calorie cookies without having a second thought about it.  It’s a mental anchor to help me realize the impact of the foods that I want to eat have on me and how I can erase a workout really quick if I don’t check myself.

That’s pretty long but I wanted to share.  These 5 points are going to be my focus for the month.  If these are the power points…I must hit them to reach my goals.  I am going to track how I do to these daily and use them as a metric for improvement.

The New (old) Me

Hey friends!

I know, I’ve been a terrible blogger this year.  Life has taken some serious turns with work and now I work in Minnesota and live in the Twin Cities.  Yep.  No more Virginia/east coast and YAY to being back to the midwest.  My soul feels so much better in the midwest..it’s my home.

The time here has been good so far BUT I have had a really hard time adjusting to the time zone change.  Well I was doing ok then daylight savings time hit.  And yes…it would seem that it should be easier to adjust to than it was…but it was not.  I was pretty much exhausted for 2 weeks.  And still adjusting to the new job (which I LOVE by the way.  I haven’t loved a job like this since my first job out of college.  Which is not a surprise since I went back to that same type of job for this job.)  I got off my fit game because I was not sleeping well at all.  And when I’m off my fit game, my eating gets meh.  So after completing the 21 Day Fix and feeling pretty good body wise I feel like I kind of reverted back.

So.  Today I have the kitchen grooving.  I have artichokes in the oven roasting.  I’m making a 21 Day Fix friendly spaghetti.  About to make some stuffed peppers and some other meals.  And it’s time to get back on the grind.  I’m going to be 32 on Friday.  And I am going to start the year the way I want it to go – strong and consistent and dedicated.  I have not really found a groove since I found out I got this job in January to be honest.  Actually I haven’t been in a groove since I had to switch contract jobs back in August to one I rather hated.  I feel like I can say that now that I’m out of that industry…I hated my job.  I hated the place I worked and I missed my prior assignment like crazy.  That’s partially why I think I stopped blogging as much because I was so cloudy with that fact.  That’s how I realized that lifestyle was just not for me anymore…the inability to control my career and to lose a position I loved off of nothing I did and with nothing I could do about it…yeah it pretty much made me about as sad/mad/annoyed and a few other words and I didn’t shake it for a long time.  Probably not until last month.  So yeah, with that said,  I’ve been on and off.  Mostly on but up and down and not making the progress I want.  But I’m making a decision that tomorrow morning is going to be the start of being back to being 100% ON POINT again.  It’s really time.  I’m in a work happy place.  I’m in a life happy place.  And I’m settled as much as I can be.

So the plan?

1. 21 Day Fix nutrition.  Kind of.  I love the program.  I really do.  I felt in control and lost weight and looked pretty good at the end.  BUT I just can’t eat as much meat as the program requires at my weight.  I can’t.  I feel sick and I feel like I have to pick between the meat and the veggies as both make me really full.  I prefer a vegetarian lifestyle but even with that I don’t like eating a lot of fake meat.  So…what I will do is focus on the produce first.  Then when adding the protein I’m going to give myself some leeway.  I will do mostly eggs, yogurt, and of course Shakeology for my servings a day.  I am not going to beat myself up if I am short and this time I will choose the produce over the veggies if it comes down to making a selection and being stupid full.  As I lose weight and my protein servings come down this won’t be an issue.  I know this isn’t the program…but it’s my spin on it that I can keep up with long term.

2. April Workouts – Emily’s Schedule of Doom.  So one of my Team Consistency girls Emily made a CRAZY schedule.  It combines 21 Day Fix, Insanity, P90x3, Asylum 1 and Asylum 2.  I’m pretty psyched about it because it will mix a lot of fun workouts and get me back on a schedule again since right now I’m kind of between calendars.  It’s going to be hard and that’s good.  I thrive on that shit for real.  I don’t like easy workouts, I like to be beat down.  My back up workout (in case I over sleep which lately is like a daily thing) is the gym at work.  To be honest I might for a while do both.  Just because I tried the lunch gym thing last week and I LOVE getting away from my desk in the middle of the day and moving my body.  I tend to get tired in the afternoons when I do a lot of desk work so this was a GREAT way to stay energized and one I really love.  Even if I just go walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes…it’s a really nice break.  So yeah….doubles some days?

That’s the plan.  It’s not a complicated plan but it is a better one than I’ve had in a while so yay!  I’m determined to reach my goal weight this year and that means I have to stop living in the fog and start really focusing on my goals.

The Year of Shaun T

I just realized that this was the year of Shaun T.

Finished round 1 of Insanity in January

Round 2 of Insanity May – July

Round of Focus T25 August – November (alpha through gamma)

Round of Asylum volume 1 November – December

And now back on Insanity for the rest of the year (will probably mix a few other workouts in as well).

Maybe I think I have a favorite trainer? For the record January – May I did a month of P90x, a month of Les Mills Combat, and a full Ultimate Reset (round 2).

Insanity – is my soulmate. It’s the workout that makes me happy because you don’t think, you just do. You never master it. You never can just totally nail a workout, there is always progress to make and work to be done. You will get results even if you modify like crazy. You don’t have to be in shape to start but you DO have to be willing to push through and always do a little more every workout.

Focus T25 – was good, but not right for me when I did it. I did it immediately following a round of insanity and it wasn’t doing it for me. By the time it picked up in beta phase I was softer than I came into it. I think it’s a great program for a beginner, to pick up after a layoff (I imagine a new mom would love this because of duration and the progression), or to mix in with running/weights. It does in my opinion set you up well for Insanity, especially if you do through gamma.

Asylum Vol 1 – great program and mix of strength/cardio. I saw good progress with this one and I imagine if I did it after insanity vs. focus t25 I would really beast mode on it. I did get a little tired towards the end as there really are few days off and I have been going pretty hard with exercise since May on top of starting to play volleyball on weekends. Asylum to me is very different than Insanity. It’s definitely more strength than cardio. I can tell now the progress I have made with strength because certain insanity moves (quad strengtheners) I can do now that I NEVER could do before. A hybrid of this and insanity (and maybe vol 2????) I think would be dynamite. Anyway, I think Asylum can be done by mostly everyone. Lots of the moves I knew from insanity and focus t25 but that daggum ladder is a mess.

So, are you a Shaun T junkie?? My 2014 plans include more diversity. P90x3, 21 Day Fix, and possibly a full round of Les Mills Combat to name a few!

Asylum: Day 18

I am now officially into the 3rd week of Asylum – day 18 is tomorrow.  I am SO freaking in love with this program it’s not even funny.  The blend of strength and cardio is really right up my ally.  Considering Asylum vol 2 is pretty inexpensive (because it’s just the dvds and not all the equipment over again) it’s a done deal that I have that program in mind.  I actually have my programs mapped out from now until SUMMIT.  Yes, I already bought my ticket and am going to be in Vegas next year (omg can I tell you I just typed Vegans, lol) for my first Beachbody business convention and my first trip to Vegas.  I’m pumped.

Anyway I digress and I will share my exact breakdown soon!  Back to Asylum vol 1 I want to dispel some myths.  For starters the cardio is VERY different from Insanity.  I know this is considered an Insanity graduate program, but it’s very different because of the introduction of the ladder.  That damned ladder is a PUNISHER.  There is a lot of jumping in this program and things like power jumps are now incorporated with other moves/bands so you have to have endurance and ability to do the move.  But other than seeing some of the same moves, the format doesn’t follow the HIIT style that he perfected in Insanity of 3ish min on/30 sec off, so it feels very different.  Lastly, Asylum is a strength program more than a cardio program.  This starts to put some serious lean muscle on your body.  Great shift if you have used mostly cardio to lose weight like I have.

One thing I have been focusing on with Asylum is getting my diet back on the consistency train.  I had fallen off the tracks and was bumping up and down.  I have been eating mostly vegetarian. Actually a lot of raw vegan to be honest.  I don’t classify myself as either – I like to eat what tastes good and is healthy but my body definitely prefers a lower fat/higher carb situation when those carbs come from produce mostly and grains secondly.  I’m not saying this is what you should eat.  I’m saying that through trial and error I am finding that I feel really amazing eating a mostly vegan diet.  When I am not eating vegan I am finding fish and eggs to be the animal proteins that my body is happiest with.  I do think everyone is a little different with their happy place and we should take time to experiment and see what works and I am happy to help you start those trials if you would like!  Anyway – I am being really great with my diet lately.  Eating clean and eating a lot of organic produce.  Since I started the program I am down 4lbs and I feel really energized again.  I also noticed that once I started eating more raw foods guess what?  My sleep is MUCH better.  Score and score.

I’m going to end here because it’s bedtime for me but I do have more I want to share with you about everything going on.  I have been SO busy the last few weeks but I’m going to definitely make time to share all this stuff!  I have a challenge or two starting soon, Asylum, the man’s new program, and my P90x3 start date!!!

 

Oh heyyyy November

I guess I win the bad blogger award.  The last few weeks/months have been a time of crazy in the Brooks house.  Not bad crazy… just lots going on.  Lots of things to decide and lots of movement.  I also have been trying to get my focus back on with the health and fitness thing.  I have been working the whole time but in September especially things were just not as good as they could have been.  Too many cheat meals.  Too many excuses.  October I got a step back in the right direction.  November I went ALL in.  Joined a no cheat challenge.  Finished up Focus T25.  Started Asylum.  Signed up and WAS ACCEPTED to a business bootcamp for my Beachbody business.  Officially started my own branch of the Tenacity family by naming my team Trendsetter Fitness.  Focused on what I LOVE – fitness, health, personal development, reading, stupid intense exercise.  I ignored the crap.  And so far I feel amazing.  Bought a pair of size Medium sweats today. The medium version of the xxl pants in that picture in my banner up there of me in the blue tank and black pants.  I’m going IN ya’ll.  Are there things I could still work on – of course.  I’m not perfect and my version of going hard core is limited by the fact I’m not a single woman living in a world I control.  I don’t work at home.  I have a husband who is not interested in a strict diet.  But I’m going as in as I can and stay sane 🙂

So that’s that.  I’m back in best mode and ready to flourish.  I have a big goal for the end of the year to get into some serious inch losing and hopefully into a size 12.  I’m very much limited in non-stretch clothing by the booty…. it’s my pear in action.  Asylum has a LOT of saddlebag focus so I’m hoping that I will see some big changes this month with that.  I am still finalizing exactly what I will do post Asylum and I’m starting to drift towards Asylum/Insanity hybrid and pushing P90x3 back to January so I can do it with my teammate Erin.  I don’t know yet.  I have SO much I want to do lol – Combat, Asylum 2, another round of Insanity, hybrids for DAYS!!!  I need to sit and look at the calendar and my travels for the holidays and see what really makes sense.

Push Drive and GO!

Well team, I am a few days away from finishing the core of Focus T25 (alpha + beta phases).  10 weeks of work.  I have enjoyed the process but now it’s time to move on and start looking at my workouts and my goals and figuring out what to do next.  I think I FINALLY got this straightened out today with the help of Team Tenacity HCIC (head coach in charge) Shaina:
Octoer 14 – Focus T25 Gamma Strength Hybrid (4 weeks)
November 11 – Insanity: Asylum Volume 1 (4 weeks)
Whenever it arrives in the mail (around December 10) – P90X3
This is going to be a challenging push for me this year between the holidays and these intense programs.  Gamma phase is stupid intense, Asylum is well where crazy people go, and P90X3 is built to shred.  I am stepping out of my comfort zone again like I did when I determined Insanity would be my workout du jour and making myself work hard because I know I CAN and because I know that I THRIVE on the insanity.  I thrive on workout programs that make me want to cry.  If I didn’t realize that before, I realize it now because while this is going to be crazy, I am so excited for the changes that I will see in my body.
On top of working the heck out of my workouts, I’m setting up THREE challenge groups right now:
1. October 21st – Lose a Turkey Challenge – Between the 21st and Thanksgiving – how intense can you be and how many inches/lbs can you shed?  We will motivate and encourage each other along with my fellow team cup coaches to stay on track through Halloween and right up until Thanksgiving.  There will be sweat, tears, and prizes.  Pretty much an awesome push.  Purchase of any challenge pack is required and please contact me if you are interested in joining and need help with picking your workout. Purchases should be made this week to be ready to start on time!!
2. November 4th – Shakeology Taste Test – If you have been wanting to try Shakeology but have been turned off by the idea of having to purchase an entire 30 day supply at one time this is for you.  We will all use the new Shakeology sampler (2-chocolate, 1-vanilla, 1-greenberry) and try new flavors and recipes.  The great part about this is that this will help you see the benefits of Shakeology with 4 days in a row of tasting and also give you an opportunity to see which flavor is for you before you buy your large bag.
3. November 11th – Asylum: Tenacity Style – This is my personal workout starting November 11th and I invite all who want to join me with this to the group.  You can join this group if you want to start the program on this day with me whether you need to buy the program or not. If you need to pick it up or want to know exactly what it is, just click here!
If any of those sound like a challenge group for you – please email me – kimbfitblog @ gmail.com and put the name of the challenge as the subject line and let me know so I can add you to the group.
Lastly – new coaches to my team get a bonus box this month.  Some fitness goodies and team peri to help you get started right with Team Tenacity will come to you 🙂  Questions about becoming a coach or what the deal is with coaching?  Shoot me an email.  Note that all coaches get 25% off of everything Beachbody has to offer, so if you are a workout junkie or a Shakeology devotee, you save a pretty penny monthly.  Sign up here if you are ready right now to join or if you are going to sign up for one of my challenges with a purchase, let me know and I’ll help you sign up so you save the max $$.
Ok lots of info so I’m leaving it here for now.  I’ll be back with some info on how my Karma Cleanse is going and finishing up Beta Focus T25 🙂