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Insanity Week Begins!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This week is Insanity week for me!!

For anyone who doesn't know I am currently alternating the different workout programs I have each week to spice things up and add variety. Last week was Turbo Fire, this week is Insanity and I think next week is either Body Pump or P90X3.

Last night's workout was Max Interval Circuit.

This is such an amazing workout. Between all the jumps and power moves I was literally soaked with sweat!

I was very please with the improvements I am seeing in my upper body strength. There was one move where you hold plank for 45 seconds while punching above your head! It's tough!

(See picture) I did it twice without stopping. But on the last one...it was the last exercise of the class so...approaching the 56 minute mark of this intense workout and my arms were just in failure mode so I did only half the 45 seconds that time. I tell you when you are done you definitely feel like this:

One thing I do love about these workouts is that you can see the people on the DVD struggling just as much as you. Some of the people seem to power through but you can see people struggling with certain exercises and that's nice to see. Makes you feel better as you struggle. But wow - are my push-ups and plank moves really improving!

Last night was a rough night. After my workout the air-conditioner just stopped working. My husband was working a night shift and I had no idea how to fix it. Everything I know how to do seemed to be in working order. On top of this my son is teething.

So I ended up bringing my son into bed with me as I have a fan in my bedroom and he kept waking up crying. He was so hot (it was a very sticky/humid night last night).

He got to sleep right away with the fan but my goodness is he a mover. Kicking me and rolling on me. Finally at 3 am I had had enough. I figured his room would be cool now since I had the windows open. After checking his room was cool enough I moved him back to his room. And finally just after 3 am I got to sleep. ...only to be woken up at 5:30 am when the hubby got in from work!

So needless to say - my morning coffee is tasting really good right now!

  
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FITGIRL15 7/22/2014 3:31PM

    WAY TO GO!!! Killing it!

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XRSIZE16 7/22/2014 12:17PM

    Oh my goodness I would die.

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JAZZII4 7/22/2014 9:50AM

    Sounds like you had a great workout! emoticon

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Feeling Energized!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Great weekend! Although the weather wasn't the best this weekend I was still able to have some great family fun.

Friday I decided to take the night off working out. I hadn't seen the hubby all week as he was working nights and my body was sore. So Friday was a rest day for me.

Saturday we took our son for a nice long walk and then played in the park with him. I then did Fire 55 Class from Turbo Fire.

I again wore weighted gloves and had an amazing workout. I was really pushing it. I felt like I had all this energy. I was just dripping wet with sweat when I was done. Awesome!!!

Sunday I went with a run with my son.

I again had so much energy and actually increased my running time! Usually when I run with the jogging stroller I am a lot slower because of having to push the stroller with my son in it. However, I am stronger now and faster. We ended at the park where my son and I play for about half an hour. Just a great workout.

I think perhaps the iron pills are already helping my body out. Makes sense why I was feeling tired if my iron dropped off again!

So I am still keeping up with my kitchen is closed after dinner. My goal is to go all week this week without snacking after dinner.

This week is my Insanity workout week! woo hoo! Cannot wait to get started tonight!

  
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And the Kitchen is Closed!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I am so far feeling really good this week. I think the changes I have made are already helping to balance me out. Thank goodness.

I also think I am nibbling a lot more than I think after dinner. So beginning today the kitchen is closed after dinner. I truly think I am mindlessly nibbling ever time I got to re-fill my water and what not. It's added calories that are more then likely contributing to my plateau. We'll see how I make out. I think I will be fine.

Last night's workout was awesome. It's my Turbo Fire week so I am thoroughly enjoying it. I started with HIIT 30 Class.


Just awesome. I have to admit this workout is a tough one. But I crushed it!

I next went on to Lower 20 Class. Just love this one.


That little green band works your legs! I really felt the hamstrings doing the push back move (as pictured). My legs were sore after I finished.

I next decided to do Core 20 Class.

I haven't done this particular ab workout in a very long time. It's a really good one. And I actually noticed just how much my ab muscles have improved over the last month.

After I finished I felt amazing!! Tonight I plan on doing Fire 30 Class followed by Stretch 40 Class. I need a good stretch out!

  
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JOHNMARTINMILES 7/17/2014 9:08AM

    Every little bit makes a difference. A little exercise here and there helps, a little nibble here and there hurts. In Weight Watchers, they call it the BLT's Bites, nibbles and tastes

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Turbo Fire - Leaves you Covered in Sweat!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wow! Last night was Fire 60 class and it was amazing!


I wore my weighted gloves to intensify the calorie burn! Amazing!!! I haven't done this workout in awhile so it felt really good. I was just dripping with sweat. It was pouring off me!

For some reason I really needed sugar last night. Not sure why. But I ate 5 ju-jubes and that was it. Instead of beating myself up I simply said - that's my treat for the week.

I woke up today and started the day off right with my shake. I also took an iron pill. Because I am just 'low' but not anemic I am going to only take my iron twice a week but increase it to 3 during my TOM week. This is what the doctor recommended. As I feel more energized I will cut it to once a week and 2 times a week during TOM.

But this morning I woke up feeling amazing. I am so motivated and energized. Wow! Love it.

  
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FITGIRL15 7/16/2014 10:31AM

    emoticon Nice job!!!! So glad you enjoyed the burn!

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    Thanks for sharing!

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Moving Forward and Feeling Awesome!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

So I just got my blood work back and everything is normal accept my iron levels. Apparently is low but closer to the normal level. - just not normal. hahaha Yeah this is what the receptionist that called told me.

Anyways, I have battled with anemia since high school and over the years have gone on and off iron supplements. Considering I have nearly fainted 3 times in the last 4 months I think I will begin taking them a few times a week.

I know iron can affect your other hormones...just not sure if it affects weight loss or not.

So far I am feeling pretty good this week. I have made the changes I had mentioned in my previous blog and so far so good.

I also had a very long discussion with my husband on Friday where I finally let go of some things I had been holding onto. Things that needed to just be forgiven. I felt like a huge weight had come off my shoulders and I realized that perhaps me holding onto these negative feelings was contributing to my mood swings. Honestly, I walk around feeling so much lighter. We also discussed some of the issues I have had since becoming a mom which led me to re-start Chalene's Push program.

My Push goal is to get a teaching contract for the winter semester by proving myself as a good teacher during my fall semester teaching contract. This is my public promise.

My other goal is for me to believe and accept the following statement:

- I am a confident, happy woman/wife/mom who trusts not only in my ability to fill these roles but in the love my husband & son have for me.

Since becoming a mom I have never questioned my ability to fill this role more. Everyone has an opinion of how to parent. I have been feeling like I am forgetting to do certain things, or not doing enough for my son. I was feeling guilty for trying to workout, working full time or wanting to clean the house while my husband plays with our son.

But enough. I am a good mom. I have a happy son. I am a good wife and my husband loves me. I am going to do what works for my family and myself. It may not be what works for someone else and that's okay. I also will not judge someone else based on their decision. Everyone is different and everyone needs to do what works for their life.

It truly is amazing how just by becoming a mom, strangers walking by some-how believe it's their right to tell you their opinion on your parenting. It's truly fascinating to me. But I am now not taking comments to heart. And I feel so much better about it.

On the fitness front....

Last night I worked it hard!
I did HIIT 30 followed by Upper 20 Class. Felt so good!

I cannot wait to do Fire 60 tonight.

  
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ROXIGIRL 7/23/2014 3:46PM

    Its exactly the way i feel from time to time. I was told that guilt will become second nature if you want to work full time, keep your home clean, do your workouts..... List is never ending emoticon

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