Tuesday, July 01, 2014
So excited to start this new program..always been a fan of Chalene so when they announce this new program I was ready to jump on it.
what I expect from it? really simple get more flexible, tone up and strengthen my core and lose some weight...still 30 lbs overweight so hopefully I can get this weight off and honestly I think that changing the pace of my programs would be fun I just finish third round of T25, and all this jumping around started to affect my feet and knees so I think I'll give it a break.
So here we go:
initial weight :172.4lb
Chest : 35 in
Waist: 27 in
Hips: 38 in
Thigh: 20 in
Calf: 13 in
Body Fat: 20.8 %
Last night I did PIYO Align: the fundamentals. I think it was a really good way to start the program, a step by step explanation of the poses and what's important to maintain, she goes explaining each pose and the different levels of modification, and I got the chance to go slowly and correct my posture and feel the poses and movements the right way...so getting excited about this program and what it has to offer... as for the meal plan I think I like the freedom it gives very much like the 21 day fix, only thing is like I fall in the higher side of the calorie intake so that it scares me a bit, but I will give it a try and modify as needed.
PIYO Day 2 Define: Lower body....it was a challenging not crazy challenging but enough to make my legs shaky and break a sweat, as calories burned not as much according to my HRM (96 calories) but I spent most of the time in the fat burning zone (51%), definitely is a change of pace compared to the other programs I have done but what I like so far is that she breaks the moves down really good
PIYO day 3 define:upper body: what can I say the best 18 min of the day... my triceps are on fire and my core was screaming, predicting great results with this workout, at the end of it I was dripping sweat like crazy
PIYO day 4:Sweat: the name of this one It sure is a real match for what she puts you through .... a booming 382 Cal and not a single jump...me and hubby looked like if just took a shower... had to stop here and there to pay attention to the moves and got confused during the warrior 3 part (by the way zero balance here especially when your mat is slippery LOL) so I guess as I get better at it I'll burn even more
On a side note I'm so sore from the previous 2 ... I guess I'm falling in love ..even my eating is started to clean up little by little
PIYO day 5 : Define:Lower body . I got a bit "easier" to follow and definitely felt it on my hamstrings and thighs....the stretches and the work in the lower part of the core .. burned 140 cal 53% cal fat so pushing more on my self
PIYO Day 6:weighted my self ... gained 1 lb (got to stop with the cheating if I want results...nobody else to blame but me) felt sore all over my body which I liked...we went to Six Flags so we walked all day long, it was really fun
PIYO Day 7: was supposed to do PIYO upper but we end-up not doing it...we were exhausted and my stepdaughter fell sleep in the living room (A.K.A workout area) but we did the color run in the morning and stayed all morning just jumping and running around so it counts.
PIYO Day 8: Sweat: Last nights sweat what an awesome workout...still stumbling with the warrior 3 pose but trying my best to hold it...I noticed I have more balance on my right leg than on my left leg, doing it a second time around didn't have to stop as much to check what is she doing so i can focus more on my own form.
PIYO Day 9: Define Lower: OMG leg soreness today, did this one last night and feeling it since...getting more comfortable with the moves and the transitions, which makes it better every time,because the more comfortable you get with the moves the easier it is to push yourself and the more you sweat.
PIYO day 11: Define: Upper body: this time around i did the pike crunches on my feet didn't modified and omg my obliques were on fire...also got better at the crow push up ...this is short but really sweet...feeling it in all my biceps and triceps
PIYO day 12: Rest day for the program, so i got time to do my boxing bootcamp and take my first BJJ class, it was an awesome experience, totally out of my comfort zone but awesome all the way around
PIYO DAY 13 : Sweat: every time i do this workout I get even more surprised as how much sweat drips out of my body....267 cal in only 30 min.... moves get easier to follow therefore I can push my self even more....also finding that my balance is getting much better with each workout
Weighted myself this morning and lost 2.4lbs this week alone (hubby lost 5lbs!!!! he's static)
PIYO Day 14: core: getting better at those piyo pikes and really feeling my abs on fire with that session of scissor legs, burned 150 cal (50% fat cal) according to my polar...i can't believe how much I can sweat with this program and still no jumping around... loving PIYO!!!!
PIYO Day 15: Upper Body: in order to keep a good accountability I have to be honest...didn't do it...got a dentist appointment and go home late planning on doing it on the rest day or as a double with another workout...eating wise I gave in to my fave arroz con gandules and pernil...didn't eat as much still it is over my calorie intake...got to behave the rest of the week
PIYO Day 16: Buns: legs shaking and on fire....different level of squats plus the skater and the floor work, i'm feeling it every where in my lower body...major sweat pouring from everywhere 237 cal burned (53%cal fat)
I even feel my buns tighter
PIYO Day 17: Core: still intense, now i can actually do the piyo pikes without modification...working on my form so i don't put all the weight on my shoulder but definitely getting better at this...obliques so sore and actually i feel sore everywhere.
Love the program
PIYO Day 18: Lower body: this week it seems that my body is in constant soreness ever since buns....I was feeling this in my hamstrings like never before, pigeon was a much needed relieve, the down dog split my legs were feeling like if they weighted a ton...sweat pouring on my arms, legs, face... food wise trying to keep it close to the guidelines, not perfect but doing my best
PIYO Day 19: Rest: well today was a non piyo program day...which is perfect because I can do my boxing bootcamp class...and today was incredible, I am getting better at it, my form and punches are stronger and when I sparred with the instructor I am not as afraid as I was at the beginning
PIYO Day 20: Sweat: today was really an awesome day, got to spend quality time walking in downtown Manhattan with my kids and my stepdaughter and then home to a nice sweaty workout....loving it even more each day, got to push harder next time to increase calorie burned but for the rest it was a really good one this time around
PIYO day 21: Strength intervals:OMG I was in love with the pain in this workout...i could feel it working on my total body from minute 1....about to cry during the sumo / lunges but all good for my legs...skaters are hard!!!!! just how i like it...short but really intense
PIYO Day 22: Sweat: ok so seriously who thought of scheduling this one the day after Strength intervals? I felt my legs were about to spontaneously explode, especially during the power session, I was seriously feeling the burned, balance getting much better on my left side (that's my weak side) so i was happy with that...today I feel like I could still use a good nap and believe it or not legs still feel shaky, as far as cal burn 287 precious cal left my body
PIYO Day 23: Core and Hardcore on the floor: Did this workout in the morning today because last night I was feeling so sick and dizzy i was not in the mood for it...so this morning I manage to do both not back to back of course and what I found out was that I like the hardcore better, I don't know why but even though it is tougher I was able to follow her more easily with the moves, I love the beast combination and I'm so sure I will feel it tomorrow.
As for Core pushing my self a bit more with the piyo pedals and the piyo pikes, less modification with each passing day
Total calories burned almost 450 cal
PIYO Day 24: Buns: this one doesn't matter how many times you do it legs feel like about to fall, what a fire on the thighs and hamstrings, the first part is a total fat burning killer session...I love it... maybe ext time i'll be bold enough and use ankle weights
PIYO Day 25: Drench: it honors its name, what a sweat feast...if you think that sweat is hard, wait till you do drench....love the way it's designed, starts with the regular warm up, passing to push ups and a short heat wave then it works your legs just in time to go to the power session and then the flow session (this was my hubby's least favorite part because he's not fond of yoga), this was my favorite part i totally love it specially the piyo plank, you can feel all your body working and finishing with stretch and strength... in total I burned 376 cal in 48 minutes...and that's doing it without intensity because I was learning the moves
PIYO Day 27: Strength Intervals: this one I did Saturday, right after I came back home from an almost 4 hrs walk in Central Park and Midtown...legs feeling the burned in every muscle that I had and I'm so glad I did it
PIYO Day 28: Sweat: that was Sunday but that day I went to the movies with my daughter and just decided that walk around the city was equally fun, plus my workout partner A.K.A hubby was at the Yankee's game and came back home pretty late, anyways I really enjoyed that unexpected day off, my body really needed it
PIYO Day 29: Sculpt: OHHH my legs, if I don't end up with the best legs that I ever dreamed of I don't know ... burn burn burn, lunges, bowler lunges, sumo squats, then those triangle push ups and tricep push ups, my tiny arms looked like jello during this session, 28 min of pure torture, but totally worth every single second of it
PIYO DAY 30: Sweat: ok so here i go again...after a break of some weeks of piyo (stepdaughter visiting from college so we spent as much time as we could with her) I'm back on the wagon (my only workout was the spartan lunge challenge..but hey something is better than nothing)...me and hubby decided to re-start month 2 so today is day 30 of Piyo: sweat: I felt like I was dying, at the end got really dizzy so i had to modify the moves but I finished, burned 330 cal and now I feel accomplished
PIYO DAY 31:Core: Facing this one again was totally painful but fun, I can focus more on form and I can feel my abs contracting and working. I know I am going to feel it tomorrow, still need to work on my balance during the PIYO punters.
Now I am just feeling super sore on my shoulders and biceps I guess it's all those downward dogs and planks.
PIYO DAY 32: Drench: to be honest with this diary...didn't do it, I had a really bad day at work and my head was pounding so I just decided to skip it and take a break
PIYO DAY 33: Buns: OMG, what a burned...my legs were feeling about to break, I was sweating like crazy and still amazes me because honestly is like zero jumping involved
I love how my clothes are fitting and I'm trying to avoid the scale all together, still my number 1 struggle is eating healthy but I'm trying, I'm taking it one day at a time
PIYO DAY 34: Strength Intervals: who told her this is nice? my legs were like what the heck is going on....are you trying to kill us?but I pushed passed the point of pain and finished...happily it was only 20 minutes workout, and prep the food for the next day...this week I'll stick to my meal plan as close as i possible can do it
PIYO DAY 35:Drench: still can't make myself to do this one...I got to spoiled with the 30 minute workouts that i just don't like the hour long ones...but hey I did PIYO upper body and I really felt it and made me feel better after a really bad day at work..food wise I did good (except for the oreo cookies I ate at dinner) burned 198 cal
PIYO DAY 36: Core: Ohhh my abs they hurt so good and bad, the crisscross part makes my upper, lower and obliques feel like they are on fire, the PIyo punter is getting easier to do and now I can actually see my foot when I look over my shoulder and do the kick, piyo pikes getting better, burned 178 cal and food wise I did pretty good I might say
Monday, December 23, 2013
Goals for this time around are different. Instead of focusing on losing I'll be focusing on maintaining...Holidays are not the best time to go on a plan to lose weight, at least for me
12/23/13: Core Cardio
It was so great, I nailed it!!! gave all I got and I felt really dizzy but accomplished.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
First I have to start saying that I totally love this program... just 25 short minutes and you work your whole body.
I forgot to blog my first round but the results I got and my husband got were amazing, he lost 35lbs from Alpha to end of Gamma and I lost 16 lbs
so now we are ready for round 2 and finally arrive to our goal of losing 50 lbs for him and 50 lbs for me ( I know, I know he is closer but this time I'll be more committed to my meal plans and reduce my cheating so fingers crossed )
Yesterday we started with Alpha Cardio...do you think that after finishing the program and starting all over it would be easier? think again.... I was sweating like crazy and had to stop and modify towards the end a couple of times....ohhh those squats not easy...but I did it I finished and pushed harder than the first time I did it... let's see how Speed treats me tonight
Speed 1.0 not exactly a calorie burning machine with this one, but it was ok, a lot of stretch in between cardio and stability work, definitely I will have to push harder the next time
The most terrifying one...Total body circuit was in store for me today....still I can't manage to nailed it but I know by the end of this cycle I will be able to do it without breaks..
Ab intervals done...still trying to master the V-ups that exercise makes my lower back scream...got to be careful with it
Week 1 was finished with not change, which in some way is good news, eating on my side wasn't the best so I didn't lose any weight, with that being said here we go week 2 (I consider this one a dangerous one because of Thanksgiving day but we already plan for it and we think we have everything under control.... fingers crossed tough )
11/25/13 - Alpha Cardio
I NAILED IT!!! i did it with no modifier and no breaks, I am extremely happy even tough my polar failed on me and stop working but I think I burned more calories than usual
11/26/13 - Alpha Total Body Circuit
This one still a monster, had to take some breaks and towards the end I was feeling like really out of breath...had to push myself to finish it off, still optimistic that I'll nail it one day...not to far in the future
11/27/13 Speed 1.0
Another workout nailed!!! I was able to keep up with the T-25 Crew...no breaks (except for 2 seconds while taking sips of water), I'm feeling stronger each time .. preparing myself for thanksgiving tomorrow, thinking maybe I will do a couple of extra workouts to burned calories before the gathering and feast
Week 2 Finished good, I mean I didn't lose any weight but I didn't gain any weight during this big Holiday ... Thanksgiving is usually my downfall because of the food and because I realized the Holidays are here and I get really nostalgic and I start to miss my Family in Colombia
Is really hard to be by yourself in the sense of I don't have my mom and dad here nor any of my siblings and nephews and nieces and my childhood friends also are there, so despite that I have my husband and kids with me I feel kind of like if a piece of the puzzle is missing.... that's when I usually turn to food to comfort my self...so I'm trying really hard to control that...
12/2/13 : Total Body Circuit
Still a hard one but I kind of getting the rhythm of it, it wasn't bad at all today, plus I did the holiday challenge from Shaun T and a couple of other challenges from another place...feeling much better than I did during the Holiday break
12/3/13 : Speed 1.0
I NAILED SPEED 1.0!!!!!!!!! and I feel amazing about it!!!
On a side note one of the bosses at my work today came to my desk and said "OK Paula, I'm reporting for duty" and I was like huhhh??? and he said that someone told him that if he wanted to lose weight I was the person to go...I felt pretty good about it...kind of like a little bit of pride about myself and I said OK...this is what you have to do and gave him a few points and a little challenge to start him up with fitness
12/4/13 : Lower Focus
Lower Focus done last night, it was a really killer workout my legs are going to look great after all this squats LOL... also I finished the Holidayedge challenge that Shaun T organized and the plank challenge and cardio challenge from facebook
12/5/13: Alpha Cardio
Did alpha cardio last night, for some reason it was really hard to focus this time... hopefully I can focus and give my 100% to TBC and Ab intervals tonight
I guess I feel so out of focus because I'm still homesick...the holidays can make a number in my mind.
12/6/13: Total Body Circuit + Ab Intervals
this combination....total killer, I was sweaty and out of breath by the end of Total body cardio...then to face the fury of the V sit ups and more squats and that pyramid at the end Ohhh Lord, but it was totally worth it, I felt like I was coming back to my regular self and I regain the control and focus of my workouts
In general this past week with his ups and downs was pretty good, food wise I wasn't cheating as much as I use to so the scale rewarded me with a nice 3 lbs of weight loss
Now onto starting Week 4 with full strength
Totally nailed it!!! and it felt so great
Last week wasn't a very good week for me, I caught a bad cold so doing the workouts wasn't an option...still I managed to lose 1 lb
12/16/13: Total Body Circuit
I still have a cold plus my throat is so sore but managed to do this one, I did the best I could and I even think that when I finished I felt a bit better... I also started to do the 5 day meal plan and see how much can I lose this week, I want to be able to reach my goal for this month of 10 lbs
Sorry I didn't post more often last week, with the whole holiday hustle it's been crazy...
Goals have change for this time around and instead of losing I think I'll focus more in maintaining my weight so here we go
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
What can I say, week 3 was a real struggle with myself...was just not motivated to do any of the workouts, but at the end I found my inner self or more like it the desire of not quit the program so I did it, half assed most of them but accomplished to finish my week
I'm noticing more muscle in my body and that my body is more defined, weight loss zero but still happy with the changes and mostly because I see that I can endure the exercises a bit longer with less breaks so that's an accomplish.
My goal of getting ready for this race is getting accomplished and I'll be strong enough to face the obstacles in Race Day.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Week 2 started and I really felt like I kind of got the hang of this but I guess it gets harder every time which is a good thing though, that means I'm pushing my self harder every workout.
new workouts this week Game day and Relief. Game day is a beast he took all the known and unknown sports and made a workout out of them no rest in between, great workout even though I thought I was going to die, well I feel that way with this whole program LOL, but this one is hard, it just showed me that still I'm not a physical athlete but hell I felt like one.
Relief is just amazing...my muscles were really enjoying all those stretches and breathing and just not jumping I love it.
This week didn't went for a run (shame on me), was to tired and just didn't do it...
Weight wise I didn't lose any pounds but didn't gain either, I'll control my food better this week so at least I can lose 1 lb.
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