Refresh Review and Results

This is a long one… but i think it’s important to provide a thorough review!!! 

Before

I think I have been researching cleanses for 2 years. I have read about them all, juice cleanses, elimination diets, even an egg cleanse? I didn’t know where to turn, and I found most of them disheartening because they require little to no actual eating for a prolonged period of time.

 

I already don’t eat enough foods due to dietary restrictions, why would I want to restrict myself to less food! The thought of NOT eating for days and just drinking juices scared me even more. I’ve seen plenty of people who have great results… but have I mentioned before that I’m a “texture” person? I like crunch and chewing.

When I was in Vegas recently, I heard about the launch for the 3-Day Refresh. It is a 3 day cleanse that combines the usage of Shakes and small meals. Not only was this a 3 days (who can’t do something for 3 days??) cleanse, but it also had food integrated into the plan! I could eat!

 

Here’s what I knew about the cleanse going in…

It is meant to be a jump start that will not only help you lose weight but also provide you some real life experience with healthier eating habits.

Unlike other cleanses, where the weight comes creeping back on, this one was created different. Most juice cleanses tax your organs, do a number on your metabolism and leave you feeling upset regardless of the results. Heck, I would think not eating for days would do a number on my emotions! Have you ever seen a Hangry girl??

The 3-Day Refresh was scientifically designed to do just this opposite of a normal cleanse. It was formulated to detoxify and cleanse, while also supporting your metabolism. No internal battles necessary. You eat, nutritious whole foods during the process to re-energize your organs. Because of the science behind it, you should not only lose weight, but feel better because your body is functioning more efficiently.

Interest peaked… so what does it mean? What do I have to do?

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The plan is simple, follow the exact same diet guidelines for 3 days! 3 Shakes a day, one fiber drink, loads of filtered water, 3 small meals and plenty of fruits and veggies to snack on through the day.

Now, here’s a small confession, I’m a review snob. I have to be. I work in healthcare, who has willy nilly amounts of $$ to go spend on things without seeing people’s results and real life experiences. So after leaving Vegas, I sort of lurked for a while. I know that sounds creepy… but not really! I just kept my eyes on my teammates results, reviews about the taste of the products… etc.

After 2 weeks of seeing people’s results, I just had to try it for myself. It seemed like the average loss was 3 lbs, 3 inches in 3 days.

 Now, I know most of you are thinking? What 3 lbs does Eiren have to lose?

When I was prepping for Vegas I was eating a SUPER restricted diet! Chicken and Sweet potatoes, egg whites, and that was pretty much IT!! I was leaning down for that Classic. (Must write a review on that experience too?)

When I got home, I got much more relaxed about my diet. My workouts were still killer, I got in that habit before I left. However, I was doing great during the workday… breakfast through lunch I gave myself gold stars. However, I found that I was snacking on a protein bar on the ride home. Did I need the ENTIRE bar? No. When I got home, first thing I did was open the pantry and grab a handful of tortilla chips. Then I’d do my afternoon workout. Then, not even a half hour before dinner, I would grab a small bowl of more tortilla chips, some baby carrots and asparagus, throw some shredded vegan cheese on and eat a mini bowl of nachos. Not even 45 minutes later I would be eating a gigunda bowl of veggies and protein for dinner. And some nights, I found that I was even eating another handful of tortilla chips. SIGH… In 4 weeks I put on 5 lbs. When you’re barely pushing 5’1, any lb makes a difference.

I thought, going into this, it would be a great wake up call for me. Get out of your head Eiren. Not only reset your body, but reset your mind.

So I pressed Add to basket.

 During…

I decided to start my cleanse on Monday, 7/21. I figured Monday’s were good. No weekend distractions, and I am always WAY more structured during the work week.

 I wasn’t feeling great all weekend, had the chills and body aches, but I thought I would push on. I can wish myself well!

  •  DAY 1

Monday morning, I got up, drank 8 oz of water and then did my normal workout – P90X3 Accelerator.

 After, I made my Shakeology “pudding” with mixed berries (through the plan) and then drank 16 oz of water to make up for the rest of the water I should have drank in the shake (I’m not a huge fan of shakes in the morning, so I improvised). I also had a very small, less than a cup, of coffee. Caffeine is discouraged, but I get up so early and it’s part of my day… so I figured a ½ a cup wouldn’t kill me!

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 By about 9 am, I started to get a little hungry, so I figured it was no time like the present to try the Fiber Sweep. Duh Duh Doh! What would this entail?? It wasn’t so bad! I mixed it up in my shaker at work with some cold water. I definitely think I would have benefit from a blender though. Apparently my guns aren’t as great as I thought. I was worried that I would be running to the bathroom though… nope.

I still wasn’t feeling great though, still had the chills through the day… I had meetings all afternoon, so I went down to the gym and did a half of a workout of arms thinking that I would sweat out whatever was nagging me. Didn’t work!

Lunch was a creative idea that I got… I decided on Sunday to make my Vanilla Fresh into a creation and then drink the water again like I did for the breakfast. I made #strangebutgood from Sprint2theTable jicama porridge! It was amazing! I added some cinnamon and ginger spices (free foods on the cleanse) and ½ an apple for some crunch. Amazingly delic!

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At this point, I wasn’t hungry at all by my usual 3 pm snack attack. But I ate anyways. I had baby carrots and hummus.

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By dinner, I knew I had my Vanilla Refresh to drink again, and I was trying to think about what to make for dinner. The kit comes with recipes to follow. I made a stir fry veggie bowl. I actually made this for all three nights! It was easy to fry the veggies up in one pan and then save and reheat them the next few nights. For the Shake I added a little more ice to make it like an ice cream and I ate it with a spoon.

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  • Day 2:

Oh boy, I work up with the cold sweats and chills! I ended up taking a day off from work… well I worked from home, a day off from working out and just rested at home. I don’t think this was because of the cleanse, because I wasn’t feeling well starting on Saturday. But, I guess if anything, it was a smack in the face that I needed to actually REST completely! I didn’t have much of an appetite, but I did eat the plan as guided.

Meal 1: Shakeology pudding with mixed berries

Meal 2: Fiber Sweep

Meal 3: Vanilla Refresh with Avocado, Mango and Kale.

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Meal 4: Mix of baby carrots and cherry tomatoes with some hummus.

Meal 5: Kale and tomatoes with coconut oil and a vanilla shake.

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I think I drank my body weight x2 in water on this day!!!

  • Day 3:

Like I said, I can “will myself well”. So I got up, and pretended it was business like usual. Went downstairs and did a light cardio workout for 30 minutes. I kept it light because I know this is a restricted diet to what I normally eat and what my body needs when I’m doing my usual workouts.

The only difference in meals between Day 2 and 3 was lunch… which was a horrible attempt at creating a recipe from the shake. I am the queen of baking with protein powders. I tried to make waffles… but stupid me, without a binder they won’t stick! I used pureed apple and green veggs to make what looked like a good batter. I had to leave them in the waffle iron for 15 minutes to get them off the iron! Lol! But I ate them anyways! I will not waste a shake.

I think the plan is supposed to follow the “vegan raw” diet. However, after a while, I need something else. So I mixed it up….

Oh and my afternoon snack was summer squash instead of carrots and tomatoes.

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 Review/Results:

  •  I wasn’t hungry!
  • I heard mixed reviews about the Fiber Sweep and Vanilla Refresh tasting funny… I didn’t think they were bad. I don’t think I would drink the fiber sweep on a daily basis! But it wasn’t horrid!
  • I actually enjoyed the vanilla refresh. I think if you make it properly and add certain foods to it, it blended well!
  • I think the one things that surprised me MOST about this… I wasn’t hungry that often! When I did get hungry, I drank more water. I actually drank A LOT more water than I usually do! I think this is something I need to continue on with!

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  • This one may be TMI for some, but I was SHOCKED at my digestion. I feel like it reset me completely. For the first time in a while, I had NO stomach pain on Day 1 or 3 (2 was iffy because of the sick situation) or gassy bloating. And I actually had normal BMs both day 3 and the day after!! Internally, my tummy feels fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!

So let’s get down to the brass tax here… what you all want to know about the weight loss?

  • Start Weight: 126.5        End Weight: 119.6 = 6.9 lbs lost (my normal weight is usually around 122, so I’ll be happy around that!!!)
  • Inches lost:   Belly: 3.5 inches Natural Waist – 2.5 inches

 

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I am entirely aware that most of this is water weight, but what a great way to not only re-set your body but, if I’m ever in pinch for a big event or anything… I will DEFINITELY be doing this again!!!!

Lessons Learned and Tips

  1. It’s only 3 days, you can do anything!
  2. Don’t do a cleanse when you don’t feel well!! I was already “in it” and didn’t want to waste the packets and the $$ I spent on the kit.
  3. My portion control was OUT OF CONTROL! I am going to definitely scale back to normal sized bowls for one! And get back to measuring out foods.
  4. Don’t exercise during a cleanse. Give your body a full time to rest. Or if you are going to do something make it an active rest, ie walk or bike ride.
  5. I don’t need that much coffee, but I will continue to drink it anyways… (we all have our vices!) But I can cut out the afternoon runs to Starbucks! This will help save some extra $$ too!
  6. I need to drink MORE water!
  7. Find ways to get creative if you can… one thing I do is add flavor drops. My favorite are Capella’s Flavor Drops found on Netrition I love the Peanut butter and Green apple!! They have OOOOODLES of flavors too!

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  1. Fully aware this is water weight, and I will probably gain some back!

 

Have you ever tried a cleanse?  How did you feel after? 

 

oxo

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Need a Lyft?

Being a SweatPink Ambassador gives me great opportunities to try new products! One of which is the new Lyft Clean Caffeine Energy Stir Stick

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 Lyft Energy Stir Sticks are literally stirable caffeine!  Zero calories, clean taste, can be added to ANY beverage, no additional additives and are the equivalent of 1 cup of coffee!

I am not one of those naturally hyper people. Well, I guess I kind of am, but because I get up so early for work, I definitely need an extra boost at the end of the day!  Some weeks, I can spend upwards of $20 at Starbucks!  I love my coffee, but A. it gets expensive and B. it does a number on my tummy some days!

I drink coffee every morning, no fail.  However, I really like to drink it again before a workout, but I do so for the caffeine.  Caffeine acts as a stimulant for your central nervous system.  Effects including increased heart rate and blood pressure – which make you feel more energized and alert, and even make your workout seem easier!  It has also been known to enhance athletic performance as a ergogenic aid.

There are some warnings though… too many caffeine is also hazardous.  It can lead to psychomotor effects which can make you think you can do more than you can.  As a caution, if you ever feel jittery or nervous after drinking too much, or if your heart begins to race, I would cut back on the caffeine and consult your physician.  Some people just can’t handle too much of it!

So what’s the recommendation… One cup of coffee is a great “pre workout” booster! And how convenient that Lyft is exactly that, the equivalent of one tall cup!

Additionally, Lyft has some other great add ins, VITAMINS!  Included are A, B3, B6, B12 and B5!  Compared to the other leading brands of energy boosters, this is definitely worth a try people!!!  Check out the comparison chart… http://cdn.editthewebsite.com/documents/files/ccc3c847.pdf

If you’re interested in purchasing or more information visit Lyft at http://www.purelyft.com/product/

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Taste Test….

I simply mixed my Lyft Energy Stick with water.  I figured why not get the “real deal”.  I mixed it in my water glass for the recommended time.  I did notice when I looked in the little holes at the bottom that there was still a powdery mix.  I ended up stirring for almost a minute.  Hey, i wanted to get the “full effect!”.  My water turned foggy for a little bit and then cleared up.

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It definitely gave the water a sweet flavor (there is Sucralose in the ingredients).  I don’t eat much sugar, so my ‘sweet tooth’ is very sensitive, so this may be different for someone else!

In regards to the caffeine fix?  I drank this on an early work day.  Usually on those days I have a tough time coming home and making up for my ususal #bootycall at 4 am.  I drank this little Lyft before I left work for the day.  I can say it gave me just the perfect amount of energy to go home and kill it!  It was actually nicer than having to drink a cup of coffee pre workout.  Plus, again, much cheaper than my usual Americano!

All in all, I will probably use these Lyft Energy Sticks again! And I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys an extra boost!

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thumbs up for my first SweatPink review!

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Mind over Munch!

 

We have all been there… it’s 3 pm, we are walking by the office kitchen or “snack area” and we see the leftover cookies from lunch.  We see it, smell it, grab it, and just go.  There’s no thinking.
Or everytime we walk by the candy dish, we grab a handful of M&M’s.  After 5 trips by that bowl through the day, you’ve eaten a lot of sugar and calories without even thinking about it.
We have to train our brains to STOP mindless eating.  We are doing a disservice to ourselves and our bodies.
Mindless eating is defined as eating while distracted, hurried or in a state of high emotion (excitement is included in this!).  I have fallen prey to this multiple times.  It typically happens when watching TV for me!  Everything from an exciting football game, to the last minutes of a chopped challenge!  (how did they cook all of that food in 20 minutes?!?)
Mindless eating falls into a few categories,

  • distracted eating – when you’re not fully aware you’re doing it.  I sometimes will eat while i’m making dinner!  I don’t even realize that i’m not just tasting the food to see if it tastes right, no i’m full on eating an entire meal before my dinner!
  • emotional eating – most of us are women here! we eat when we’re sad, depressed… or if we’ve had a bad day and we need to “soothe” ourselves with something comforting.
  • stress eating – when we come home from work and just need to unwind, so we grab the first thing we can, sit down and just eat to forget the day.

So how can we get a handle on these chaotic eating habits??? And make it Mind over munch??
Slow Down!  Enjoy your meal or snacks vs. scarfing it down!  I heard once to actually chew your food.  Weird to think about it, but even having that quick reminder to yourself, will slow you down!
Limit distractions – turn off the tv, get off the phone.  This is also a great time to just enjoy the fruits of your labor of cooking too!  You’ll learn to enjoy the time with your family as well!
Eat sitting down – when we’re standing we tend to graze more! If you sit down with a plate, you’ll most likely eat only what’s on your plate.

If you feel the need to eat and it’s not a “meal”/”snack” time or you just ate.  Give yourself a few minutes, have a drink of water, go for a walk or do an activity.  Then ask yourself, am i still hungry?

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Les Mills Combat Review!

So i just finished my Les Mills Combat program! 🙂

 

My twin sis and I bought each other the program for Christmas.  Haha, side note, you know you have a fitness addiction when you buy programs as gifts!  I started the program at the beginning of the new year and just finished last week.

Having done TurboFire for the last few years, and having just finished P90X i was ready for a change.  I liked the Combat video i got with my PUMP series, so I was bursting with excitement at the chance to do this one.

My first few days were a little rough.  It’s always important to remember that when you’re staring a new program, it will take time to adjust to the moves, timing and sequences.  I, thinking I was all fitness queen, didn’t watch the how to videos.  BIG MISTAKE.  After the second class, I popped that one right in.  I don’t know if anyone else likes to get the most of their workouts, but I DO!!!  I wanted to be sure I was doing the moves right!

I got the full package when I ordered, so I had a bunch of DVDs, including the legs and arms.  I LOVE the variety this program has to offer!  It is not as high intensity on the legs as some of the other DVDs i’ve done.  STILL HARD though!  I honestly have never in my life had bicep sweat until I did these videos! My favorite one… the live 60!  LOVE that one!!

I also really enjoyed the HIITS.  They took me a little while to get the hang of them, but once I did I loved the challenge.  How does Dan do all of those Plyo Lunges so early?  My hammies always feel like bricks until 15 minutes into a workout! I really enjoyed how the group showed a variety of levels.  I never felt like I couldn’t do it.  And, as i said, i started to challenge myself.  By the end of the program, i was determined to get at least 10 tuck jumps with the burpees at the end of the Power HIIT!

One thing I really noticed was my abs.  They really “popped” in this 60 day series. All of the twisting really makes a difference.  And I really liked how I got technique that I was missing, or “skipping over” in my previous kickboxing workouts.  I started doing TurboFire again and I noticed that it’s a lot harder because now i’m more focused on my form!  Technique can completely change a program or more regardless of what you’re doing.

In terms of calendar, I followed it to a T.  I added a few days of legs and abs in with it as well.  The abs video is great because it incorporates a lot of planks.  Planks are, far and away, the BEST ab exercises.  It really challenges you to use your entire core.  That’s the one thing I really wanted to work on in this workout was my love handles and back bulge.  I didn’t focus that much on my back during P90X, well lower back, and i noticed that pocket over my jeans. I don’t have that anymore.  My core is as strong as I think it will ever be!

However, abs are always made in the kitchen!  I followed an entirely Clean diet.  Lots of lean proteins, greens, and I ate my Shakeology muffin every morning for extra protein and healthified yumminess!

The price point was great compared to some of my previous Beachbody programs!  This was was definitely doable for my bank account!

I will be hosting a challenge group coming up after ST. Patty’s day! 60 days! If you’re interested, let me know!  I’ll be doing it with one of my fellow girls, Sara!

Overall, i would totally 150% recommend this program!!  PLUS, who DOESN’T LOVE TO LISTEN TO ACCENTS!!!!!!!!

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The FItdamentals!

Just like kindergarten (or maybe even the womb at the rate kids are learning today!) we learn the fundamentals of our reading and writing… A, B, C’S!  that can also be put to the world of fitness.  We each have our own footprint for fitness.  It’s not the same, cookie cutter list for everyone though.  My list can look drastically different front the next!  This is also why we can’t compare ourselves to others, or 100% adopt another person’s fitness and eating plan and expect the same results.   Different bodies, different likes, different success!

Here are my ABC’s of my fitness! My FitDamentals!

A: Abs.  Abs, abs, abs..  What most girls seem to want and dream about.  My abs hid from me for a LONG time.  It wasn’t until I learned to eat better that they decided to peek out.  There’s still a work in progress.  I do abs for a number of reasons.  Yes, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to look good in a bikini, but I do them for stability.  I throw my back out at least twice a year due to a bad lower back.  Core is the key in keeping my back safe!

B: breakfast.  My favorite meal of the day.  Pancakes, muffins, waffles… you name it! I love them.  Too bad most of them are not gluten and dairy free friendly.  So I came up with ways to make them healthier, high in protein and actually easy to make!

C: Challenges.  I set challenges instead of goals.  I am a competitive, almost type A personality.  So if I challenge myself, I am more likely to succeed. I write them down, tell people about them, document them.  That way I hold myself accountable.

D: Deltoids.  My FAVORITE muscle.  Do you have a favorite muscle? I love my deltoids.  I work hard for them.  So they pay me back by looking so pretty!

E: Eat clean.  Eating Clean has completely transformed my life.  I not only feel better internally, but I see the results of the hard work on the outside.  Having a transformation (albeit small) makes it worthwhile, and provides much more drive to stick with it!

F: fats.  I love healthy fats! Avocados, tahini, almond butter, coconut butter, coconut oil… don’t fear the fat.  I find a way to use it in my daily plan.  BUT I, obviously, make portion control decisions.

G: Guts aka jumping with feet in.  This can also be a life fundamental as well.  I think it takes guts, cahones, really jumping in with no life vest.  There are things that will scare you in life.  BUT, if you don’t try, you’ll never get the chance to succeed.  I think I’ve mentioned it before, but the one thing I wish I could go back and tell my ‘younger self’ is “Eiren, if you never ask,  how can you get a yes… you’ll just get no’s”.  Got to have the guts to make the leap!  Yes, you might fall flat on your face.  I HAVE.  I get back up, perhaps have a little cry, dust myself off and move on.  Try again.  Hey, if anything you learn what not to do the next time around, right?

H: HIIT.  High Intensity Interval Training.  When this concept was introduced to me, I jumped at the idea of not having to do continuous exercise for 60 min straight every day!  My body has never been more fit.  And especially working at a desk job, I feel better knowing that I am burning longer than just that time with the DVDS.

I: Intuition.  List to your body and what it’s telling you.  If you feel hurt, don’t exercise.  If you have a stomachache, don’t eat the things you know will make it worse!  Usually your body is telling you something, you just have to listen!  Which we, as a culture, don’t always do so well!  If you’re tired sleep, if you’re hungry eat, if you’re thirsty drink! (I meant water… it’s not 5 oclock somewhere every day!)

J: PB & Jeggs.  Another lovely recipe creation I found this year.  All from Laura from Sprint2theTable.  PB & Jeggs!!  Egg whites, peanut flour and berries.  It sounds odd, but it’s amazing!!!!

K: Kickboxing.  My Soulmate workout.  It took me a long time to find something that I enjoy doing and will continue to do long term.  Kickboxing is it.  Whether it is in the form of turbo or martial arts.  I enjoy doing it.  Punch, Kick and Jamming makes me just feel more confident, stronger, and heck if I can get a little self-defense lesson in its good too.  SMALL AND PETITE, BUT MIGHTY!!! 😛

L: Lateral Raise.  This one goes along with the Deltoids.  Lat raises are my favorite exercise.  Be sure when you do them you keep your elbows at the same height or no lower than your wrists!  You don’t want to lift from your wrists!

M: Muscle.  Your body needs, loves and burns with muscle.  I lift HEAVY. I used to fear lifting. No more.  Women and men will build muscle differently.  Yes, my legs will build a little more muscle than the rest of my body, but I learned that going into it, and know what to and not to do.  No one wants linebacker thighs!

N: Nooch.  I love Nooch.  This is a new staple in my pantry this year.  If you are unfamiliar with “nooch” it is nutritional yeast.  It is amazing condiment.  You can buy it in flakes, I usually get Red Star or buy bulk.  I tried the powder, but it wasn’t the same.  It is a great source of vitamins, especially B-complex and is a complete protein.  It’s also a great cheesy flavor alternative to my dairy free lifestyle!

O: Orange.  I am saying this is a staple because I eat orange vegetables.  They seem to be my favorite. Squash, carrots, squash, squash, more squash! I have a serious love affair of the winter varieties!

P: Protein.  My body craves protein.  I haven’t eaten red meat since I was 9 years old.  And then after college, I sort of grew bored with chicken and turkey.  I stopped eating them for about 5 years.  Now, my body craves chicken and turkey.  I can go days without and and then, I stop right in my

Q: Quads.  My quads hate plyo lunges.  But that means that they aren’t strong enough.  That jelly feeling in them is a love/hate relationship.  Hate seems to be winning right now, but that just gives me a new challenge.

R: Recovery.  I am NOT good at this.  It is a fundamental that I just can’t get through my thick skull.  It’s like geometry for me! Never got that either! Our bodies NEED a day of rest to recover.  I am challenging myself to take a full day off of cardio, and then a full day off of lifting.  Alternating.  If I do take a full rest day, it will be one of active rest.  I try not to take rest days when I’m working because I have a desk job and sit almost 6 hours out of the day, and then 2 for travel.  Know your body and listen to your body!

S: Sleep.  Love it, Live it, can’t live without it.  I can go about 3-4 hours of sleep a night.  But whY?  I have adopted the early to bed, early to rise mentality.  I know I’m young, but I get up early for work, and I don’t want to sacrifice my sleep schedule.  So I try to aim to get about 7-8 a night.  It’s not only great for my mental well-being, but health as well.

T: Tracking.  I track my fitness.  I am actually a teambeachbody member, so I track my workouts.  I was tracking what I ate every day to make sure that I was EATING ENOUGH.  This is a HUGE misconception.  Our bodies NEED food to function.  If you’re working out, you need even more of the right foods to replenish and repair.  There are some great calculators out there.  I actually have a IG screenshot of one formula! It’s fantastic!

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U: Undergarments.  What you wear under your clothes and workout wear is just as important! There are somedays that I just don’t feel good, or I feel like I don’t look my best!  Those days, I turn to my YummieTummy Tank. www.yummielife.com/  It was the best sample sale purchase I made!  It helps to suck me in, make me feel like I can walk a little taller on those self-conscious days!

V:  Hahaa, I have to write this one because it’s only since I started lifting heavy and doing HIITs that I realized I use my VOICE.  I always used to laugh at the tennis players when they would yell or make weird noises after hitting a shot.  UM.. yeah, I do that!  I actually swear.  I’m not a cursing person by nature.  I actually have a 50’s housewife vocabulary when it comes to my swears.  But when I can’t breathe or my heart rate is out of the park, I swear.  Yup.. I have a voice!

W: Whites, as in egg whites.  I eat them constantly.  Heck, I usually find a way to incorporate eggs into almost every meal of the day!  I do eat a little yolk everyday though.  I read somewhere that 1 yolk/day is the max for cholesterol.  I still only eat like ¼ to ½ of one though.

X: this is sort of an “x” but example.  Being an example to others.  You will A. help others by encouraging them through your success (however small or large they may be!), but B. you will also hold yourself more accountable.  By putting yourself out there as an example to others, you almost always push yourself harder!  It wasn’t until I started using IG and blogging that I really started to 99% of the time hold myself accountable.

Y: YES!  Say Yes! Yes I can! Accept that you can do things.  Stop being negative and saying “NO” I can’t.  It’s like child development class.  We learned, you should refrain from telling a 2 year old no.  Restructure the sentence to make it a positive.  Do the same with fitness, nutrition and life!  MORE yesses please!

Z: zeggs!!!  One of my favorite meals that I learned from Instagram!  Zucchini and egg whites cooked like oats.  GENIUS!!!

Do you have any fundamentals? 

 

What are your ABC’s!!!  Feel free to pass it on!

OxO

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P90X final review and progress….

Hey all!!! I hope you all are having a safe day out there.  Weather has been a bit crazy as of late!!??? Tornadoes, storms, blizzards!  Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh MY!

It’s snowing here today.  Perfect day to cuddle up (after a workout of course!)!!

I wanted to give a quick review of P90X, as last week was my last day of the 90 day Classic Cycle.

My Start shots aren’t great “start” shots because my start was about 7 years ago.  These are my progress photos post Chalean Extreme.

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I did really well with Extreme, as it is one of my favorite programs of all time.  Heavy weight and slow reps!  I feel like i’m safer that way with form.  Especially considering i’m sort of a klutz and get hurt easily.

So… anywho…here are my progress shots from P90X.

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Pros: This program is very simple to follow once you learn the basics.  You keep log sheets of every workout so you know how many and weight size weights you did for each move.  I HIGHLY recommend keeping this log.  It will help you not only during the quick changeover between moves, but also help you to PUSH past your last goal.  I had MANY a time when I saw my last push up number and said to myself “Eiren, you can go 5 more!” (yes, i talk to myself out loud when working out!).  Guess what, 9/10 i did the extra 5!  They weren’t easy, but I challenged myself.  I did the 12-15 reps as I was not looking to bulk.  Tony gives a great option for bulk vs lean for the users.

There is also a great variety in the videos.  You change them up every 30 days, so you really can’t get bored.  And there are two “rest” days, but one is yoga and the other is stretch.  So you give your body ample time to recover.  **Side note, i don’t take many rest days.  My rest days are a different form of exercise, like pilates or a less intense cardio.  I know that I can end up sedentary on days i’m not active, so i push to make sure i get some type of fitness in.  Even if it’s a good walk.

I liked the cardio videos from the dvds, however I found them a little less challenging than my TurboFire workouts.  If i’m going to give an hour of fitness, I want to KILL IT. If i put on the clothes, i MAKE THE EFFORT!  About 1/4 of the way through the program I switched and ended up doing a hybrid with TurboFire for cardio.

If you like to be entertained, Tony is a complete goof ball in the video.  He definitely made me laugh the first few times!  You can always put the video on prompt too, so you don’t have to hear them count.

Cons:  The videos are long.  If you have an hour a day, then I would do the classic.  Otherwise, you will be doing almost 2 hours of work.  It’s a LOT of dedication, but it’s totally possible if you have the drive and ambition to dedicate to it.  The other con is the ab ripper x video.  While this DVD is HARD.  I like to do more than one ab video per week. I did incorporate some of my other abs dvds into the mix.  Plus, i like to get some back work.  This is what I really enjoyed Core Synergistics.  The DVD was done during the “rest” weeks between sessions.  I loved to do it because my low back is always is need of strengthening.  I did notice a little increase in my love handle area… 😦  I’m working it off now!

The con i had was the damn pull ups.  This is A SELF-CON.  I was frustrated with myself because I couldn’t do them.  I ended up getting a back injury and then went to the bands on the door for that move. I also then injured my shoulder when we moved to Maine, so I don’t think my results are completely accurate because the push ups became really hard with a bicep tendon strain.  OVERALL:
Overall, I would grade P90X a solid A.  I think it’s a phenomenal program, and one that I will certainly keep in my library (a very large one) of fitness DVDs.  I probably will go back to it eventually.  I get bored easily, so that’s the joy of the Beachbody programs.  You can mix and mingle them.  It’s like dating! 😛 You never break up, you’re just on a break!
I think it’s a great program and would recommend it!!!!

What’s next for me?? Well if you follow my IG and Facebook, I’m moving onto Les Mills Combat w a hybrid of Chalean Extreme.  For my body type, i was in the BEST shape of my life doing Chalean Extreme.  So it’s back to that, and I will integrate it on the HIIT days of Les Mills Combat.

I am LOVING this program!  It is not as much tuck jumps as TurboFire, but it is NO JOKE!  I am covered in sweat post workout and am seeing my body lean right down… in 1 week!!

Happy progressing to you!!!

oxo.

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Have you tried P90X??

Are you always trying date new workouts?  Or do you like to stay with the same program??

#elf4health Update!!

 

 

So things have been busy the last week with the #elf4health challenge!! Elle and Lindsay have done an amazing job hosting this challenge.  And I think i read online that the number of participants is up to 800!! SHOCK!! WHAT!! Talk about leader! oxo!

I have loved doing this challenge to hold myself accountable! I have also loved getting to know my Elf! Alexandra from Loopy for Fruit! (LOVE THE NAME!) She is an amazingly bright young woman, who in my opinion, has an amazing future in front of her! You know when you can read someone through an email?  She exudes energy and just a solid ❤ of gold!  🙂 I am so lucky to have gotten to meet her through this challenge and I have a feeling we will stay in touch post!  At least i hope so! 🙂

So here’s my update so far!!  The first days of #elf4health!

Day 1: Meatless Monday.  Mine was my gigunda salad! Lots of veggies and topped with tahini! My only source of animal protein that day was egg whites.

Day 2: Write a note to a friend… (You saw my previous post about this one)

Day 3: Share a Fitness Routine! I shared Tone It Up’s #Holidayhottie routine!! love this one!!  I was so excited too because I got challenger of the day!!!

Day 4: Take a moment to reflect and meditate.  I love to just sit with the Fumbs during quiet moments.  There is something so soothing about the presence of an animal!

Day 5: A day of Rainbow Eats!!  I actually loved this day.  My fav color to eat is orange! aka Squash!  I ate purple tahini coleslaw, my big squash bowl, and even threw in some of this beautiful pepper into a salad!  Talk about rainbow vegg!

The weekend challenge was to get organized and donate some clothes!  I JUST cleaned out  my stuff before moving here!  So unfortunately, i didn’t have much to donate.  I saw a local pet shelter was taking donations, so we took advantage of that.  I do have a question about shoes?  Anyone have any good recommendations for an alternative to a rack?? My shoes are clumped up into boxes right now!  Ugh being a girl and having too many choices in the footwear.  #girlproblems! 😛

This week!!  Day 7: Fiber Day!!!  I loved this challenge because i am a fiber queen! Each of my meals totaled over 20 grams a meal!! Prob because i throw a little squash into everything!

Day 8! Yesterday, was make your own dressing!  I took Kasey‘s (Powercakes) Tahini nooch sauce and threw in some changes.  I added Apple Cider Vinegar, pumpkin, a dash of coconut aminos, and spiced paprika!  I actually put in a little too much ACV in mine, but there’s always room for improvement.  And well, it was just good for the digestion! 🙂

Today’s challenge was all about sharing.  Now I consider myself a champion of sharing.  Heck, I shared a mama’s very tiny belly with my beautiful sissy for 9 months!! 😛  I made a Dashing Dish Peanut Flour Micro muffin this am and then just split half with Big Steve.  He’s really lure him onto the healthy boat, even if it kills me!

Are you taking part in the #elf4health challenge?

What is your favorite day so far???