Saturday, January 29, 2011

This is How My Weekend Started

Dan Lusk found me on Facebook last night and told me he had a new coach who lived in Tulsa (where I live).  He was looking to plug his new coach into a local coaching network.  

I am always willing to help others.  The best thing about having an Independent Beachbody business is that there is NO competition.  There is NO "territory."  This network truly wants to see EVERYONE succeed, in fitness and in financial prosperity.  The support system is unlike any I have ever experienced in working in corporate America or in working with other direct sales companies.

I did not know who Dan was (I'm horrible about remembering names with faces) when I saw his friend request and message.  I only saw that we had other Beachbody coach friends in common.  He sent me the link to he and his wife's website as another resource my team and I can use, then it clicked.

I had seen the Beachbody success story featuring his wife, Cammie.  I have promoted the video to those I know as inspiration that ANYONE can start to lead a healthier life, no matter what curve ball life may throw your way.  She inspires me to keep pushing, regardless of how tired or overwhelmed I get.

People tell me often how I help them and inspire them to lead healthier lives.  They have seen me go from overweight to fit.  They have watched me struggle in doing so and in maintaining the results of my hard work.  This doesn't hold a candle to my seeing what people do with that inspiration.

It is humbling to have any kind of association with this powerfully motivating couple.  I am honored to do what I can to help his new coach succeed.  The inspiration alone adds far more wealth to my life than any kind of monetary gain ever will.

Watch this, get motivated, and join my team.

Kid Approved: Low Fat Whole Wheat Pancakes

Yes, healthy can taste GREAT!  Just give these a whirl before you write them off.  Then, come back here and leave your comments!


Serving Size: 2 pancakes
Number of Servings: approx. 7
Cooking time: approx. 20 minutes

1 c. Whole Wheat Flour
1 c. Unbleached flour
2 1/2 t. Truvia
1 T. + 1 t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. salt
4 egg whites
2 c. skim milk
1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce

In a mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  In another mixing bowl combine egg, milk, and cooking oil.  Add to flour mixture all at once.  Stir mixture just till blended but still slightly lumpy.

Pour about 1/4 cup batter onto a hot, lightly greased griddle or heavy skillet for each standard-size pancake or about 1 tablespoon batter for each dollar-size pancake.

Cook till pancakes are golden brown, turning to cook second sides when pancakes have bubbly surfaces and slightly dry edges.

Makes 14 standard-size pancakes.

Nutrition information: Calories 162, Fat 1g, Sodium 413mg, Carbs 32g, Sugar 1g, Protein 9g

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Shut up! A Month of 100-Calorie Snacks


So awesome! Take a day on the weekend, prepare, cook, freeze...pair with Shakeology and no worries for two meals of the day!


What Will Your Heart Do Today?

This is pretty cool!  Hop on over to myfitnesspal.com and add me as a friend - Username: hdcfamily

Will beat 123,694 times, pump 1,814 gallons of blood, and push that blood nearly 10,382 miles throughout my body!
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Daily Blogging of Workouts

If anyone out there has been following me and keeping up with my posts, I'm sure you've noticed that I quit blogging my daily workouts.  My intention behind blogging them was accountability.  However, I have not found that by blogging.  I have found it by simply logging my workouts in Beachbody's virtual gym, WOWY (WorkOut With You).  I have an incentive there to win prizes just for working out.  I am honest to a fault, so I don't log a workout I don't actually do.  I also like the auto-schedule feature.  It helps me stay on track and not juggle things around, which end up leading to my missing workouts.  

In addition to the lack of accountability, I found blogging my workouts to not be time effective.  I wasn't getting any value out of my posts and didn't feel my readers were either.  I need to spend that time adding value to my life and the lives of others.  I have several other great ideas for blog posts, from which I believe we can all benefit far more.

Therefore, you will no longer see daily posts of my workouts.  It is my goal to post daily, but to post information that is beneficial to losing weight, improving nutrition, getting fit, and doing all this on a dime!

If it is accountability you seek, please join me in WOWY.  If you do not currently have a membership, you can sign up for FREE, regardless of whether you are doing a Beachbody fitness program or not.  Click here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Will Diet Sodas Hinder Weight Loss?


This is a great article.  It is mostly opinion but supported with facts and hard-to-argue points.  Diet soda is still a weakness for me, personally.  My ultimate goal is to give up caffeine entirely.  I have been successful for one-two weeks at a time but have yet to quite altogether.

I have noticed that when I don't consume as much diet soda I fight afternoon fatigue much less often.  I am able also to fall asleep easier at night.  Sleep & have had a love/hate relationship for nearly three years now.  I am always seeking natural, non-narcotic remedies to help me fall asleep faster, stay asleep, and sleep more soundly, longer.

In the five years, or so, that I have been educating myself on nutrition, one constant I have found is that caffeine, while in the short term may make you more alert, in the long term can have negative effects on your overall wellness.  Small doses - like 12-15 ounces - per day can aid in your health, more than that begins to deteriorate your body.  These small doses should be consumed in their most natural form as found in teas and coffees - NOT SODA!

In this article, I learned (as I recall, now, also previously read some time ago, elsewhere) that the other ingredients found in soda, even diet sodas, perhaps more so in diet, can actually eat away at your bones.  It breaks down the calcium, making your bones more brittle.  Now that I am in my mid-30s, it has become a crucial time to be certain I am paying particular attention to bone health.  Therefore, remembering that every time I drink a soda, diet or otherwise, I am taking away the life of my bones.

Another thing I learned about excess caffeine, after getting my annual "grope n' poke" this last year, is it can also breakdown a woman's breasts.  My doc told me my breasts were "fibrous."  I had already noticed this but had chalked it up to the running I do and the weight loss.  She recommended I cut the caffeine and increase my vitamin E to 1000 units per day.  When I did this, I noticed a change in the firmness of my breasts after about a week.  Whoa! 20 year old boobs, again?!  Yes, PLEASE!!  Pre-childbirth boobs even!!

Do your research people!  General rules of thumb:

  • If it won't rot in your kitchen within a week, DO NOT put it in your body!
  • If you can't pronouce the ingredients, DO NOT put it in your body!
  • If you can't make it your self, DO NOT put it in your body!!
Thank you to my fellow TBB Coach Elain Katko for posting the article on Facebook!

The 30 Healthiest Foods | Real Simple

This is fantastic information.  I learned something new in that you can cook and eat bulgur the same way you would oatmeal.  I'm definitely going to try that one!



Friday, January 21, 2011

The Key to Commitment is Involvement

Frugal & Fit: Health & Wellness for Families: The Key to Commitment is Involvement: "I just finished listening to the audio book '7 Habits of Highly Effective People' by Dr. Steven Covey. It wasn't so much an audio boo..."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Day of Shakeology: With vs. Without

Yesterday, I had posted a snapshot of a typical day's meals for me, which includes one serving of Shakeology.  My intent was to provide an visual of the level of vitamins Shakeology gives.  While useful, I respect the fact there are skeptics out there.  I am one.  Therefore, I wanted to show a side-by-side comparison of a day without Shakeology versus a day with Shakeology.

Vitamin A - 100% increase
Vitamin C - 300% increase
Calcium - 50% increase
Iron - 22% increase
*These are only the vitamins myfitnesspal chooses to display.  Imagine what the rest look like!* 

Now that you are more convinced, let me seal the deal.  Click here for the full scoop, all nutrient information, success stories, doctors thoughts, etc. on Shakeology.  Psssttt...YOU CAN EVEN ORDER HERE!!!


A Day WITHOUT Shakeology
A Day WITH Shakeology

Everything Happens For A Reason

You have probably noticed that I have not been blogging my daily workouts since last Thursday.  Well, that is because through Monday, I did not workout.  The cold (honestly, I think it is the flu but the flu shot I got is warding it off) I have been battling since November got the best of me on Sunday.  I took a Nyquil that night and was worthless all day Monday, even missing work.  Saturday, I honestly planned poorly.  I had an audition in a town that is an hour and half drive from my home.  Count the drive time, audition time, waiting for a fellow actor to audition, it took a good four hours of my day.  I slept in, as I always do on Saturdays, but got up in what I thought was enough time to accomplish what I needed.  Sadly, I miscalculated the entire day.

I was irritated with myself for missing four days in a row, after getting in only one workout the previous week.  When it boils down to it, it is all a matter of choice.  I am horrible about making excuses and justifying my actions with them.  While it is true that I haven't felt 100%, I have not been ill enough to miss my workouts.  I have done a fair job of keeping my nutrition in check but even that has fallen victim to my laziness.


I am an Aquarius to the core.  I HATE routine!  The getting up, working out, getting ready for work, going to work, coming home, blah, blah, blah!  I hate it with a passion!  I am one to rearrange my furniture on a regular basis.  My family rarely eats the same meal twice in one month.  I make it a point to NOT plan my weekends in advance because that is MY cherished time to do what I want, when I want.  I have no choice but to go to work day in and day out, Monday through Friday.  With the kids' school, etc., maintaining a routine just happens as a normal course of the daily life.  Beyond what is vital to function as a productive member of society, I struggle to stick to a schedule.  

Of late, however, I have come to realize that this disdain for structure has only lead to unreached goals and constant disappointment with myself.  Structure and routine is something I MUST learn to accept and respect in order to reach the goals I have set for myself and my family.  Therefore, instead of being inconsistent with my workouts and nutrition, I must do what it takes EVERY SINGLE DAY.  In time, with this habit and routine, I WILL achieve my goals and be the success I know I can be.


This necessary changing of my nature will have nothing but positive effects on my entire life.  I will begin to save more.  I will learn more.  I will earn more money.  I will accomplish more.  I will grow as a person, friend, mentor, and mother.  I MUST accept my faults, recognize what I can do differently, learn from it, and move on.


This changing started this week.  I have worked out the last two days.  I have not blogged them because I am waiting for the last day at which I left off to roll back around, which will be Friday, Insanity day 26.  I am determined to not miss a single workout day on that schedule.  I am determined from Friday forward, I will not take more than one day rest...as scheduled.  What workout have I been doing?  The same as I have already done.  I am taking the days leading up to Friday to help find a daily schedule that will work best for my body.  Doing P90X Lean and Insanity together is crazy enough.  Add misery to misery, I have also set a goal to run my first half marathon on May 1.  That requires training to be able to run 13.1 miles nonstop.


My workouts are now P90X Lean, Insanity, and running no less than 3 miles per day.  Today was the first day I attempted all 3.  I did P90X Yoga X this morning, knowing the length of that workout, morning seemed the most logical in order to give me time to do everything else I needed to do during the day.  That left me with a 3 mile run and Insanity Plyometric Cardio Circuit this evening.  I thought it would be easier to do the run first, then Insanity.  I THOUGHT WRONG!!!

I now know that Insanity MUST be done in the morning.  While my cardiovascular strength has improved greatly since starting Insanity, it is NOT invincible!  More than the cardio, the beating my legs take with Insanity and the run kills me!  Seeing as how P90X is less cardio, I believe it will be far easier to do it and run back to back in the evening.  I am going to do this tomorrow and point forward.  Fortunately, I will be running only two days in a row, so I will have more rest days from running and during which I can recover a bit.

To aid in feeding my lazy bones and hopefully leading me to stay on track with my goals, I have declared Sundays my TOTAL rest days.  No structure.  Nothing that HAS to be done.  It will be my TOTAL rest day from working out and running.  It will be a total mental purge day.  I got this from the book "Eat That Frog."  It is one of the principles it teaches.  In order to be fully rested and perform most efficiently in the week ahead, one MUST have a day of COMPLETE rest.  This day is what will keep me motivated to stay on task and get my daily goals accomplished, including my cherished Saturdays.  I will have to sacrifice sleeping in on Saturday, but I will be rewarded for my diligence on Sunday.  Sunday will be my "treat" day.  Sort of like behaving nutritionally all week so you can have one "splurge" meal.  That is to say you don't completely blow the entire meal and gorge yourself.  You still practice portion control and choose something that is a happy medium, something you wouldn't allow the rest of the week.

Here is to goal-setting...goal accomplishing...picking yourself up and moving on from this moment!

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Key to Commitment is Involvement


I just finished listening to the audio book "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Dr. Steven Covey.  It wasn't so much an audio book in the sense that someone is reading the book to you.  Instead, it was highlights from a seminar he had previously given in which he teaches the principles found in his book.

While the entire audio effected me positively on many aspects of life and business, one point he made in particular stood out.  He said "the key to commitment is involvement."  How involved are you in your own commitment, whether it be to fitness, nutrition, weight loss, business, etc.?  It is one thing to be committed to succeed in one thing or another.  It is quite another to be actively involved.  One cannot be committed to a thing without being actively involved.

For example, I am committed to my fitness.  I know what my goal is and what I need to do to achieve that goal.  However, I have not necessarily been actively involved in my own commitment to that goal.  To be fully committed, one must be involved daily.  I admit that I slack when it comes to my fitness and nutrition.  I have days when I really don't want to put in the time and effort I know it will take.  I eat things I know I shouldn't.  I give into fatigue and skip workouts.  When I do these things, I cease to be actively involved in my commitment toward my goal.


Realizing this and admitting I sabotage my own success I have made the decision to be actively involved on a daily basis.  Instead of setting my sights so sternly on the end results, I will focus on today...this moment.  Taking it one small piece at a time is much easier than trying to swallow the entire thing.  This, too, follows right along with the principles set out in "Eat That Frog" by Brian Tracy.  You may have heard the saying "How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time."  The same is true for frogs...or in my example, the level of fitness I aim to achieve.  I cannot reach that goal tomorrow or even next month, but I will reach it this year, provided I continue to take it one day at a time...one bite at a time...continually doing those things daily which I know I need to do (also found in "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson).

What is your frog?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Insanity Day 25 - Cardio Recovery/P90X Lean Day 5 - Legs & Back w/Ab Ripper X

Cardio Recovery was good.  Even after being off a week, I was able to hold the stationary moves longer.  It still burned like hell, but I did it!

Next up was Legs & Back.  Yeah...after Cardio Recovery...eh, not as good as could have been.  However, NOT due to having just done Cardio Recovery but rather because I was just worn out.  I had already run out of steam by the time I started working out.  I managed to do a little more than half the workout.  I'm saving ARX for morning.  I'd would much rather get to bed at a decent time and be better rested.

I'm not going to say I'm disappointed but rather proud that I did as much as I did after fighting a cold for the last week.  Also, I'm closing out day 2 without caffeine.  It wasn't really planned.  I ran out of coffee and bought decaf because it was on sale & I had a coupon & they were out of caffeinated.  I have also refrained from spending the money on a caffeinated beverage after I get to work.  Therefore, Day 2 caffeine-free is complete!  Thank you, Shakeology!

Push Play for at least 10 minutes.  If after 10 minutes, you feel like you can't keep going, then by all means pack it up and be satisfied that you tried.  However, I guarantee you that you will keep going far longer than 10 minutes!

Bring it!
Dig Deeper!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ways to "Afford" Shakeology

I've been posting my frugal spending on Facebook on a regular basis.  It occurred to me the other day that I should be posting them here...where I talk about being frugal & fit!

Here are some examples of my spending habits and how it is possible that my grocery budget for a family of 3 is $250 per month & I manage to buy Shakeology & my other supplements.

$118 worth of Personal Care products & batteries. Spent $68 for 42% savings! Definitely worth getting out on New Year's Eve, bugging a busy cashier with $34 worth of coupons, busy partiers grabbing last minute supplies, all to make good use of tons of coupons expiring TODAY!!

The 2 Olay bodywash, Olay body lotion, Gillette deodorant, Herbal Essence hairspray, Pantene conditioner, Nivea lip gloss, and Duracell batteries on the left were all FREE!!! The cashier at Dollar General hi-fived me when she rang up the Olay products, scanned my coupons, and the total came to $0.81, the cost of the tax.

Total cost before sales & coupons $138.61. Total spent after sales & coupons $57.33 = 59% savings! All of these things are the most expensive items in my grocery budget. 59% savings is phenomenal for these products!

Total before taxes & coupons $110.06
Total out of pocket $30.34 = 72% saved

2 Gallons milk
4 Pkgs Fat Free Fig Newtons
1 Half Gallon Sugar Free Blue Bunny Ice Cream
1 Dozen Cage Free Eggland's Best
1 Kraft Deli Deluxe Swiss Cheese
1 Pkg Sargento Reduced Sodium Cheese slices
2 Bottles Dove Shampoo
2-11.3 oz. Folgers Coffee pods
8 Wish Bone dressings (4 spritzers, 4 Fat Free)
2 Always maxi pads
2 Family Size Lipton tea bags
20 M&Ms
1 Half Gallon Almond Breeze
2 Yoplait Smoothies
2 Yoplait Greek yogurt
3 Dawn dish soap
2 Milky Way caramel bars
Notice a pattern here?  I stock pile when I can.  I catch things on sale and use coupons for them.  I shop at multiple stores to get the best prices and deals.  It is tedious and time-consuming, but it is necessary when one has to live on a tight budget.  You will find a way to do what is important to you.  It is important to me to live the healthiest life possible.  Therefore, I find a way to afford Shakeology in my diet.  My latest goal is to afford a second order every month of Shakeology because my kids are begging for it!

P.S. After that last pic of mostly food was taken, I had decided to further cut out processed foods as much as possible.  Therefore, I purchase those items as little as possible! 

Make Changes NOT Excuses!

Why I Do What I Do As A Team Beachbody Coach

As I sit here listening to a personal development audio, I'm inspired to let everyone know why I do what I do.  I was also inspired by a fellow Team Beachbody coach in what she wrote about being a coach.  Check her out in the blogs I follow - Rebekah Kuhl.  Why am I a Beachbody Coach?

First, I became a coach to take advantage of the 25% discount.  I was already ordering the Results and Recovery drink and P90X Protein bars every month.  25% off adds up over the course of a year!  It equates to getting 3 months worth of product for free!  3 months = 1/4 of the year!

I now order $195 worth of product every month from Beachbody.  After my discount, I pay only $150 per month (Shakeology, Recovery Formula, protein bars = 2 meals per day = $2.50 per meal).  That is a savings of $45 per month.  $45 x 12 = $540 annual savings! What would you do with an extra $500 per year?

Second, I had already had success with Beachbody fitness programs, Slim-in-6 & P90X, with only half-hearted effort out of me, so I knew their programs worked.  I believed in them and touted their effectiveness to anyone who would listen.  I was turning people onto P90X because they saw my results from using the program.

Once I learned Beachbody coaches made 25% earnings from any sales they made, I thought, "well, why not make some money from all that bragging?"  Making 25% earnings meant I could easily pay for my own fitness supplement expenses when others ordered through me.  Again, it seemed like a no-brainer!  Afterall, I'm all about saving a penny (yes, I said penny and not buck - I save as much as I can).

Prior to becoming a Team Beachbody Coach, I was struggling for motivation to maintain the high level of drive and determination I had from having initially lost so much weight.  After I became a coach, I felt more compelled to show people the results of the product in which I so highly believed.  Therefore, I, even still struggling, found myself fighting harder.  When I fall, I pick myself up and keep going.  My talking about health and fitness with the passion I have inspires and motivates others.  I've heard more people tell me how they are inspired by me since I have been a coach than I had before.  Those little comments are a far greater motivation for me than anything else I have found.  I am passionate about helping putting an end to the obesity epidemic in our country.  If I help only a handful of people, then I have done my part.

Finally, I became a coach to help myself and to help others.

Now that I reflect on my "why" for being a coach with Team Beachbody, my reasons have changed.

1) Motivation to keep myself going so I can
2) Motivate others to be healthier.
3) Get a discount (25%) on supplements my body needs, are guaranteed to work, and taste FANTASTIC!
4) Earn some extra income - I am a single parent, so every cent helps!

I know, you're saying, "it has to COST something!"  Yes, it does.  The initial one time startup is $39.95.  This pays for the tools you will need to get your business started off right.  It is easily recouped through your discount.  I pay $14.95 per month in fees.  What do I get for that $14.95 per month?


1) 2 websites with web support
2) Online ordering for my customers
3) A customer service team
4) All the training for which I could ever ask
5) Payments automatically deposited into my bank account, weekly
6) Inventory handling
7) A team to ship my product to my customers for me
8) The backing of a company that is highly respected and one of the top direct sales companies in the nation.
9) Rewards for my hard work, even in the smallest accomplishments
10) Endless earning potential and advancements


Being a coach isn't about what I can do for me, but what I can do for others using the resources made available to me for being a coach. 


I would love to have you on my team!  Click here for more info and signup.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Insanity Day 24 - Plyometric Cardio Circuit/P90X Lean Day 4 - Yoga X

Well, I think I've decided this Insanity workout is my fave so far.  I have a difficult time making it all the way through each circuit, but I am able to push and challenge myself to go further each time.

I didn't have enough time to do the full Yoga X workout, but I did manage half of it.  I still have the same level of balance ability I had 3 months ago, the last time I did this workout.  I think my leg strength has increased with Insanity, so my balance is actually a little better.  It was nice to have that deep stretch in my muscles after killing it in Insanity the last three weeks and doing doubles the last four days.



"Tree" pose

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Insanity Day 23 - Cardio Power & Resistance/Day 3 P90X Lean - Shoulders & Arms with Ab Ripper X

Wow! What a day for working out!  I got it all done!  I have to say, it is certainly far easier to get these two intense workouts done in the same day when they are split between morning and evening.


Power & Resistance I think is the hardest Insanity workout for me, even over Pure Cardio.  The cardio combined with the quad burn gets me every time.  I was happy to be doing the P90X Shoulders & Arms workout today because I know doing this workout will help me rebuild my upper body strength, thus being able to get more out of both workouts.

This is the first time in about 3 months that I have done Ab Ripper X.  I am happy to report the Mason Twist is still my bitch!  I can still do the harder versions of all the moves and complete each move in its entirety.  I'm quite proud of myself today!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Insanity Day 22 - Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs/P90X Lean Day 2 - Cardio X

I have to say I'm a little disappointed but probably shouldn't be.  This is the final day of my 3 day Shakeology cleanse (down 2 lbs. & 2 inches in 2 days).  I slept a good deal of the day and had very little energy.  I did eat more today than allowed by the cleanse because my body was screaming for it.  Even at that, I could only muster enough energy for a half-hearted Pure Cardio workout.  I had to scrap Cardio Abs & Cardio X.

Tomorrow, I'm back on a regular, well-balanced diet.  I'll be doing approximately 40% protein, 30% carbs, 30% fats. I noticed a couple of weeks ago that I performed better, had more energy, and maintained my weight better when I consumed more protein than carbs.  Because my routine is primarily cardio based, I cannot lower my carbs to any less than 30% of my daily intake.  I may even have to up it to 40% & reduce my fats a bit.  I will adjust as my body demands.  Nevertheless, it will be nutrient-dense and well-balanced.

This challenge I have made for myself to complete both Insanity and P90X in the next 90 days is a crazy one, but I know I can do it if I put my mind to it.  I have come to a point where I don't have much more weight to lose, but I do have a lot of toning up left and a couple of "problem" areas that aren't wanting to budge.  I feel like this 90 days may be all it takes to tighten up everything and get me to a point of simple daily maintenance....for the first time in my life.

I realized today that I wear smaller sizes and weigh less than I did when I was 16 years old!  How about that?  I weigh less than what my driver's license says, which hasn't changed since I first got it at age 16 (even when I was 50 pounds overweight).

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Insanity Day 20 - Plyometric Cardio Circuit/P90X Lean Day 1 - Core Syn

Yes, you saw that right.  I'm doing Doubles with Insanity & P90X.  I'm officially 3 weeks into Insanity.  My cardio strength is up and doing great!  Cardio Circuit is getting easier to get through without extra breaks.  I have noticed how weak I am in my upper body strength.  I know P90X will solve that problem.  Core Synergistics was a little tough due to that very problem.  I have no doubt that by the end of the week I will be stronger and taking on both just fine.

I am very weak today, in general.  I started the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse yesterday.  Doing any workout while on the cleanse is difficult because there aren't enough calories consumed to fuel the body properly.  Beachbody recommends not doing the cleanse while working out, or, at the very least, doing it during a recovery week.  I had already planned to start these doubles today.  I wanted to start off strong and clean, which is why I planned to do the cleanse this weekend.  However, I did make it through the day.  I have only one more day left of the cleanse.  Depending on how I feel tomorrow, I will do one of two things.  I will either scrap the P90X workout for the day or I will go ahead and have a recovery drink for the added calories.  I will see how I do in the morning.

I personally recommend doing the Shakeology cleanse 3 days before starting a new workout routine.  It cleanses the body of the toxins brought in by unprocessed foods.  You will have more energy and generally feel better and stronger.  People lose anywhere from 5-10 pounds in those 3 days.  The first time I did it I lost 5 pounds and 3 inches...and kept it off!

Anyone looking to start the year off strong and stick to your resolution to get fit and/or lose weight, join me in the 90 Extreme Days Fitness Challenge on Facebook.  

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Insanity Day 19 - Cardio Power & Resistance

I was so proud of myself on this workout.  I was able to complete each move all the way through until the 3rd set.  Then, I completed all but the last 5-10 seconds of a couple of moves.  Globe jumps are still the hardest part of this workout for me, but I'm able to do way more than in the beginning.  The floor work is difficult because my arms get fatigued quickly, but I'm working on that, too.  

One more day & I'm officially 3 weeks into this program!  I start P90X, again, tomorrow while I finish out this round of Insanity.  I'm determined to get the lean body I want.  I have a goal of getting rid of the dimples on my backside by May.

Bring on 2011!!