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One Week Insane

Today was the first day of week 2 of Insanity!  I spent most of the first week sick (thank you flight home from Tampa), but I went hard on my workouts since it was just in the sinus area (sexy, I know).

Week 1 I lost 3.5 lbs (yay!) and feel really good.  I already feel my endurance picking up a bit and the inches (because that’s what matters most) coming down.

Game plan for the week was:

1. Ate mostly vegan with some dairy here and there via baked products.  I didn’t do a lot of cooking other than some reset recipes (beets, tempeh, greens, sweet potato bisque) and some baked potato fries.  I had a few meals out – a potluck where I made this AMAZING asparagus salad (which I am obsessed with now) and some stir fry meals at other restaurants.

2. I actually woke up on time.  I fell off a little bit after a late night on Thursday.  But for the most part I woke up on time without snooze assistance.  I do need to start going to bed earlier, but that’s my June goal to work on for the Fitbook #21daystochange challenge!  I will be winding down around 9:30 and in bed, lights off, phone NOT on at 10 at the LATEST.

3. Push myself.  I don’t usually have a problem with this but coming into my first week of really intense workouts in a while I was scared I wouldn’t do enough work.  So I broke out my heart rate monitor to make sure I pushed hard enough and I used the Xbox Fitness interface to help me monitor my efforts as well.  Both of these have paid off with getting better scores and results.  I don’t do the Xbox for every workout, I don’t want to get too used to it and not be able to function without it.  But I use it at least 2x a week right now.

Game plan for week 2?  All the same things. I will have leftover roasted potato and asparagus salad, making some cuban black beans and plantains (I’m beyond excited for this meal), roasting veggies, and some other goodies.  In general I’m just trying to eat plant based and watch my processed carbs and my grains.  I was thinking of trying 21 day fix vegan style buttttt no.  Not right now.  I’m going to ride this train of eating clean and loose but losing as long as I can.

Ultimately Insane

I finished my third Ultimate Reset!  I lost weight/inches of course…but most importantly my brain feels normal again.  Off the processed sugar and ready to move forward normally.  After a long time of feeling unbalanced between a contract change, holidays, moving to Minnesota and adjusting to the new job….I finally feel what I would call level again.  It’s been a LONG time of feeling unbalanced and I’m really glad I was able to use this program to feel balanced again. Results wise…here ya go:

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So now that the Ultimate Reset is over…what is next?   Well of course, it’s INSANITY 🙂  I have followed each reset with insanity with fantastic results…so why do anything different now?  Especially since Insanity is my favorite workout.  I plan on doing INSANITY followed by Asylum Vol 1/2.  So about 4 months straight of intense cardio with some weight lifting the last 2 months of that are on the schedule.  The plan is that I will reach my goal weight with this combination as long as I keep my diet straight.  Which means for me – a heavy on plants light on meat diet.  Today was the fit test.  I am using #summerofshaunt on instagram and twitter so look it up if you want to follow my progress 🙂

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Visual proof of my workout!!  If you have a dusty copy of INSANITY laying around the house and want to join me let me know!  I’m posting daily motivation in my Facebook group (Team Consistency) so you are more than welcome to join me!



Ultimate Reset: The Last Few Salads

I am in the last week of the reset.  Finally!  I do love the program but as with anything, you get close to the end and senioritis kicks in and you are ready to have a little freedom for summer.

I have posted a few videos during my journey on my youtube page and put them in a playlist so you can find all of the Ultimate Reset ones easily here!

In general though, I am VERY happy.  As usual.  I love this program because it delivers results.  For me my goal is usually two things – weight loss and fixing my brain about my sugar cravings.  Right now I feel that both have been achieved.  All of the weight I gained this spring after fumbling through the end of the 21 Day Fix is gone.  And I do not feel the intense cravings I did before for all things awful.  I actually am looking forward to fixing some of my favorite vegan and vegetarian dishes again.  My headspace is incredibly clear and as I see once again what a plant based diet does for my body I am reminded of how wonderful I can feel.  So with that – two things to share:

1. INSANITY .  Yes, it is going down May 25th.  10 days.  I.  Can’t.  Wait.  Please feel free to join me.  Dust off your old copy of the program and let’s kick some serious ass (off of our bodies, eh? ) or if you need a copy email me – kimbfitblog@gmail.com or look in my store and I can help you get a copy in time to start.

2. Tenacious Herbivores – With a few of my Team Tenacity coaching buddies…we have started a plant based recipe/food share.  I am SO excited.  We are all different brands of herbivores with a common goal of eating more whole foods and plant based recipes.  If you are interested in joining us, it’s a Facebook group that you can just join and start sharing.  You don’t have to be a vegan or vegetarian.  Just have to share plant based vegan or vegetarian friendly recipes.  Interested?  It’s here: Tenacious Herbivores on Facebook  I literally created this group about 30 minutes ago so we are just getting started, ha!

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!!!

 

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 🙂

INSANITY Round 2 Complete!

As of yesterday I can proudly say that I have completed two complete rounds of INSANITY!  I’m pretty excited about that and am really proud of that fact.  I completed my fit test and was pretty much blown away from the results of this test compared to my first test back in May:

  • Switch Kicks – 111 (+26)
  • Power Jacks – 51 (+13)
  • Power Knee – 125 (+32)
  • Globe Jumps – 12 (+3)
  • Suicide Jumps – 16 (+2)
  • Pushup Jacks – 36 (+14)
  • Low Plank Oblique – 70 (+21)

I lost 11 lbs this round and went from a tight-ish size 16 to a very comfortable size 14.  On top, I am down to a medium in most tops, however if it has a tight fit on the arm, I will need a large.  All in all – I have NO complaints and once again this program has exceeded all expectations and given me great results.

Diet wise – I didn’t 100% follow this program guide.  I continued to eat very clean, mostly vegetarian but not strictly at all, and tons of water (about a gallon a day).  Nothing very written out, but you have seen many of the recipes I eat posted on here.

Life wise – I’m so happy to be done with this round!  I love the program…but I don’t understand how people do it back to back, lol.  I am ready for a break and am really pumped about my current 2 week regimen before I go into Focus T25.  I will post that tomorrow.  Essentially it’s a fun mix of a lot of programs that will keep me going but ease down from the hour of INSANITY.  Today was Turbo Fire 30 class.  Awesome and FUN.  Not that INSANITY isn’t fun…but it’s a totally different thing than a dance party with Chalene Johnson 🙂

 

TWO Days Left

This week has been crazy busy with work and life – but I’m so happy to say that I’m through to Friday fairly unscathed.  I am so ready for graduation on Sunday, lol. It’s really hot out so I’ve been drinking tons of water and trying to keep up with my sleeping.  The workouts are still hard but I’m seeing some progress on what I can do each workout and starting to do more full sets in the as demoed move instead of modifying.  Today I did some push-ups on my toes that I had always had to modify to my knees (the side ones at the end of max interval plyo) and stayed on my toes more during the whole workout.  I’m not an INSANITY master yet, but I’m working on it 🙂

Honestly though – right now I’m just really ready for Sunday because I’m ready to get back to shorter workouts.  If there is one complaint I have about INSANITY, it’s that I wish month 2 had more shorter days.  I am definitely excited for my 2 week bridge + Focus T25 because I’m really ready to go hard for like 30 minutes then be done for the day.  I would love to get back into doing some yoga and I think I may use one of the off days to throw yoga in.  Or you know, to go do Hip Hop Hustle 🙂  Either way I’m ready to mix it up.  I know people do the same program over and over again and I’m still amazed at that with no break or change.  I guess that works if you love it…I’m just way too ADD for that.  Or I haven’t found that program that works with my brain like that I guess.  We will see 🙂

A couple of announcements:

Free shipping on Focus T25 has been extended until July 28th because of how popular the program has been and the fact that they sold out for a while.  So you still have time to save a few bucks and get your workouts in time for the August 5th challenge.

If you would like to get the Focus T25 Challenge pack – it’s only on sale for $180 until the end of the month, so don’t wait too long 🙂  It’s a chance to save $80+ over the regular price of the program + Shakeology, which is pretty awesome.  It’s essentially breakfast for 30 days + at least 10 weeks of exercise in one handy little box 🙂