November!

So, it’s just about November…my birth month, my daughter’s birth month, start of holidays, and general craziness!

We’ve been planning out the month and such, which has me a bit overwhelmed, but after a nice long list was created, I’m feeling a lot better! ¬†So here I am ūüôā

First things first!  November challenge is planks!  Comment or email me to be added to the group, or play along on your own!

November 2014 planks

Also this means the October deals on Les Mills Combat and Pump, Ultimate Reset and P90¬†(the new program that is PERFECT for beginners!) are coming to an end. ¬†If you’re interested in hearing more, let me know!

More tomorrow…my bed time has passed ūüôā

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Lifting Weights

Once upon a time, I lifted heavy weights in the gym. ¬†I wouldn’t be a member of a gym without a squat rack. ¬†I only used the cardio area for a quick warm up most days. ¬†Then I started working out at home, thinking I couldn’t do that anymore without a huge expense and area.

So Body Beast tried to change my mind, as Les Mills Pump did before. ¬†And HELLO it did! ¬†This was what I missed. ¬†This was just the thing that said “Hey, we get it, you can’t afford a gym in your house. ¬†So do this and with limited space and equipment, you’ll be alright.”

Not that Les Mills Pump wasn’t great also! ¬†I loved that, but it is high reps. ¬†It’s just different. ¬†This is low reps, heavy weights with rest in between sets. ¬†You lift heavy enough weights that you feel you may not last the 8-15 reps. ¬†Do you know how lifting to failure feels? ¬†Maybe awesome?

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I love it. ¬†And *newsflash* I’m a girl! ¬†Ladies, you wont get bulky or big or whatever you think of when you think of bodybuilding. ¬†You will get lean definition. ¬†How does that sound? ¬†Crazy good, right?

Why I love lifting weights…

  • I feel strong, like I can take on anything
  • The soreness is a reminder of that
  • I feel immediately leaner and fitter, I think because of #1
  • I love the results!
  • I feel like a badass (different from #1, am I right!)

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So maybe try it out…why not? ¬†And as a bonus, maybe your significant other will do this one with you? ¬†Maybe? ¬†It’s not the jumping around in your living room type of workout…even the cardio workout is beastly.

 

Switching gears, a number of people have searched “21 Day Fix while pregnant” to get here. ¬†Talk to you doctors ladies! ¬†While I think it’s a great program for life and longer, it may not be right for your pregnancy. ¬†If you want to talk it out with someone after talking to your doc, I’m happy to chat. ¬†I didn’t do it while pregnant (it wasn’t released yet!) but I’ve done the 21 Day Fix and have been pregnant. ¬†Happy to help out! Comment or email me.

Post Illness Surge

It’s Sunday night again!¬† I don’t mean to only post weekly.¬† I intend to post daily!¬† I also don’t always have much going on, and sometimes all that is going on is sickness and day to day life.¬† I don’t want to sit here and bore you!

I was sick all week, so I didn’t do too much.¬† I did think a lot about what I wanted to be doing with nutrition and exercise though.¬† It’s funny how when you can’t manage to eat (everything felt like sand in my throat) or workout (really needed the sleep more), you come out ready to go!¬† I have renewed motivation, a new plan, and I’m excited to get back.

I do now have a sinus headache (since Friday…yay!!) but I’ve been able to get some of my plan underway.¬† With adjustment!¬† I’m trying to do the 21 Day Fix workouts in addition to my training for a 10K with Moms In Training on May 4th.¬† That means double workouts some days, but I’m trying not to stress if I don’t make both.¬† This weekend, I’ve only done my runs…a combo of baby waking and head hurting.¬† So hopefully that will work better soon.¬† I also am back on the 21 Day Fix meal plan.¬† I saw great results with my first round and have been seeing my challenge group have great results as well.¬† So I know it works and can get me where I want to be.

What my group has been eating!

What my group has been eating!

I’m trying the workouts in thoughts of getting P90X3 to work in with my 10K training.¬† I figure they are all 30 minute workouts, so I can see how many days a week I actually fit it in before ordering (though I think it’s postponing the inevitable as I’ll likely order it after!).¬† It seems like what I’m in the mood for right now.¬† And of course, I never mind more choices for my workouts!

I’ll also be finishing out March’s arm challenge and moving on to April’s ab challenge.¬† Are you up for the challenge?

April Abs Challenge

April Abs Challenge

Oh, and before I forget…last days to take advantage of the March challenge pack sales!¬† Pump and Combat equipment is also on sale!¬† More weights for that barbell?¬† A barbell for a buddy?

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Breastfeeding and Exercise

So here will be MY experience. ¬†I’m not a doctor, a lactation consultant, or any other medical professional. ¬†I’m just a regular woman with a baby and boobs (pardon me).

Everyone asks about losing weight, breastfeeding and exercise. ¬†No one really wants to know if it can be done. ¬†The true question is “will it hurt my supply”, and the answer is maybe. ¬†This “everyone” doesn’t include those who lose tons of weight by breastfeeding (many do) but the others who can not shed weight until after they wean.

You need extra calories to breastfeed so you shouldn’t diet to lose weight. ¬†It’s good for you and your baby to eat good food and not be starving. ¬†I count calories, but give myself 500 extra a day to accommodate breastfeeding, and don’t really worry if I go over. ¬†I also eat any calories burned from exercise. ¬†And that’s what this post is about.

At this point, I am doing Insanity. ¬†I have also done TurboFire and LesMills Pump, along with some running and yoga. ¬†These can be intense, and I started slowly and built up to the Insanity program. ¬†I don’t think I could have handled that first for many reasons. ¬†I find that I’m okay as long as I drink water and eat extra. ¬†And by water, I mean a LOT of water. ¬†I have dips in supply, but nothing that would be noticeable if I wasn’t working and pumping. ¬†My baby always gets enough! ¬†I’m losing weight slowly but surely. ¬†Baby is gaining weight. ¬†Everybody wins!

So, what exercise did you do before pregnancy (or during!)? ¬†You can probably do it now, starting slowly and working your way up. ¬†The important things for me have been to listen to my body, drink a lot of water, eat when hungry, and eat healthy foods. ¬†If you feel it is too much or that your supply is taking a hit, adjust. ¬†I’m serious on the water! ¬†Cookies help too!

What has your experience been? ¬†I’d love to hear your stories!

Les Mills Pump results

I posted my review of Les Mills Pump here but see the results for yourself!

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I lost over 7lbs and almost 15 inches! Plus I really see the difference in the side view. I also fit into a pair of pre-pregnancy jeans and can now fit in my belt…on the third hole! I feel stronger and more like myself.

I still have about 15lbs to my pre pregnancy weight, but I’m getting there! I have said it before, but food is still my biggest obstacle. I’m so hungry between exercise and breastfeeding and have little time to cook. I made eggs the other day and was hugely proud of myself. I would love to see my results with a better diet but am proud of my progress anyway.

Pump Review

Okay, this might be less in depth than I planned but I want to get it down. I’m loving Les Mills Pump. I’m almost finished with the calendar (though I messed up in the first month and somehow skipped a week). I get a really good workout and I have added a little more weight to my bar since starting…I’m getting to a point of experimenting with more on some tracks. It really has been perfect for me…when I feel like I’m spent, it’s just about time to switch tracks (and body parts). They use the music really well…I notice it most on the clean and presses and biceps. And I love how the workouts are a few different lengths. I am currently trying to do the program as written, but as I move on from that schedule and start working it in with other things, I think that will be helpful. I can choose how long I can do on a day.

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I also love that you can do your own cardio. I like the flexibility that it gives. I started with mostly running and TurboFire/TurboKick, but it has been walking instead of running now with my leg bothering me. When I do other programs, I have a tough time because there are other workouts I enjoy so much. This lets me do it all!

The workouts use high repetitions and lighter weights for what they call “The Rep Effect”. Basically, you are doing 70-100 reps per body part. I definitely feel it! I’m sore the day after most workouts, even though I used to lift heavy at the gym. It is different…light weight/high reps vs heavy weight/low reps. I think they are both good for you and can give results. But with the light weight, you still need to challenge yourself! I decided early on to buy extra weights than what comes in the box. The weights it came with (10 and 5 lb plates) were perfect to start, but I didn’t want to not up my weights just because I didn’t have the extra plates. So I purchased an extra set of 5s and a set of 2.5s.

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Pump uses body part tracks…squats, chest, legs/back, biceps, triceps, lunges, shoulders, abs. Some of the shorter workouts do not contain all tracks, but I still think they are great workouts. Just like if you had to do a short workout, you’d hit the big muscles with some moves that also engage smaller ones. The two long workouts (Pump Revolution and Pump Extreme, both almost an hour) include them all. There are also 20, 30 and 45 minute weight workouts. In the pack as well is Hardcore Abs, which lives up to its name! Also is Flow, a stretching workout that is about 20 minutes. If you order from a coach (like me!) you also get Les Mills Core, another ab workout.

Now, one of my favorite things…the instructors! I love the accents and their interactions are amusing. They are very personable and motivating. I definitely recommend the program to anyone looking for a weight workout to do at home.

60 Day results

I can not believe I haven’t shared these yet! You saw the before¬†pictures¬†but they are also here with the afters. ¬†The pants are the same but in a smaller size.

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I see some decent results and also had bunches of fun working out. I did mostly TurboFire by the schedule, adding some Turbo Kick round practice and walks and then couch to 5K in the last week or so. Plus Shakeology, which I completely think gave me the energy to workout and be a new mom, along with being a healthy meal replacement. I feel so much more physically like myself, even if I’m still above my pre-pregnancy weight. Exercise makes me happy!

So now I am doing Les Mills Pump, which has mostly Pump workouts but also has walking on the schedule. So I have been walking, running and Turbo Kicking. I can’t wait to see my next round of results. I love the Pump workouts I have done so far and working out with a barbell at home is giving me a great workout without needing to go to the gym. Excellent stuff.

I am going to stop listing my workouts here. I started it for my accountability when I was struggling, and I have been able to be fairly consistent lately. If you miss it, speak up!

Down and up again

Today is the last day before day care starts. ¬†Lots to do. ¬†I need to label everything going to day care, put it all together and figure out the bottles situation. ¬†Plus test a new bottle to make sure she’ll take it. ¬†All things I could have been doing all along but that will make this whole thing real.

I’m not looking forward to going back to work. ¬†I don’t go back until Friday, but tomorrow starts the transition. ¬†The day care part I am okay with…germs, friends, time under the care of others (for Zoe, not as a relief to me), etc. ¬†But I’d rather spend my days with her than most anything. ¬†I’m sure I’ll get used to it and there are things I’m looking forward to (a more predictable schedule is one thing).

Anyway. ¬†I must get to work on this, so I’ll leave you with a reminder of promotions going on right now. Turn all of the downer energy around because they are fun and who doesn’t love a sale! ¬†All promotions also come with support and motivation from me.

Hip Hop Abs is still $19.95!

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P90X and P90X2 Challenge Packs are an additional $30 off!

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Shakeology is increasing in price after 4 years. ¬†You can lock in the original¬†price for life! Get on Chocolate, Greenberry, or Chocolate/Greenberry alternating Home Direct before April 1st, and as long as you never cancel your HD subscription, you’ll pay the original price. Plus, HD orders get free shipping.

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Ultimate Reset Complete Kits and Challenge Packs are $30 off!  Detox anyone?

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Workout Friday – Couch to 5K, Les Mills Pump Pump Challenge
Workout Saturday – Les Mills Pump Hardcore Abs
Plus planks each day!

Sleeeep

Blah blah blah…new moms don’t have time to sleep. You’ve heard it, maybe lived it, so I don’t need to talk about that. What I didn’t expect was how the quality of my actual sleep times would change. Luckily for the better!

I have not been a good sleeper since I was about 7, though I hear that I slept most of the time until then. I’m a light sleeper, waking up easily, but not falling asleep very quickly. I need a lot of wind down time. The time it takes me to fall asleep now hasn’t been consistently better, but I am sleeping more soundly. We used to joke that my husband would never be awoken by the baby crying, only by me waking him. But some nights he hears her first. And where I would normally wake up at any time of the night with little problem, some of these middle of the night wake ups have me scrambling for what’s going on for a bit.

I’m not complaining. I usually have the baby monitor next to my head so even if my husband is waking first, I wouldn’t be long after. It is nice to be waking only because of the baby – not 50 other times for no good reason like I used to (even before pregnancy).

Next week, I start setting the alarm again. I go back to work on Friday and Zoe is starting day care on Monday so that I’m less worried come Friday. I know day care is a good thing for her. She’ll socialize, pick up some germs and get ready for school later on. But not being with her all the time after 4 months together is going to be so odd. She is getting better at the gym child care center though I still try to not take the full two hours she is usually scheduled. But that is a little while with me in the same building! My husband will be doing the dropping off and picking up most days so I’m hoping to be able to workout once they go and not need to do it so late.

Other things going on…I made chocolate chia pudding last night. It was good, but I may tweak it a little. I used dark cocoa powder and stevia in the raw, so I’ll need to find a good ratio. I’m also thinking it would be good to put some protein powder in. I’ll play and share what I did.

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Another great picture!

Also, I’m really enjoying Les Mills Pump so far! This week is a bit of a learning week, with Pump Challenge – a short workout that mostly prepares you for future workouts. I like that it has a choose your own cardio component because I also want to run and do Turbo workouts. It gives me the freedom to do those without feeling that I’m taking away from the program as written.

It’s snowing here so we’ll see what happens with today’s planned run. I will not be running outside, that’s for sure. Have a great Friday!

Workout Wednesday – Pump Challenge, Couch to 5K, plank
Workout Thursday – Pump Flow, TurboKick practice and plank

 

Missing Me

Sorry I have been missing. I’m here, but we did lose a great dog this weekend. We had to put down our boxer, who was almost 14 years old and had spinal arthritis. She lost the ability to control her back legs last year and had been deteriorating. It was rough to admit it to ourselves that it was time. She will be missed.

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I’m not going to go back through and detail my workouts, but I’ll start fresh with yesterday’s. Now that I’ve put this out there, I’m over the hump of not knowing what to say to return! I started¬†Les Mills Pump¬†yesterday, so get ready to hear all about that. I also started a plank challenge group for March. April will be for the legs, so let me know if you would like in for next month!

You can also now like my new Facebook page!

Workout Monday –¬†Couch to 5K Week3 Day1, Plank, Pump Challenge
Workout today –¬†Rest day! Just Plank