Tuesday, October 21, 2014

An Update!

Hello, fabulous readers!

I'm just writing a quick update on what's been happening in my little world...

Fitness. Going great! I've been doing my workout programs (Piyo and Chalean Extreme) daily. My "rest" days are typically active rest days and I use those to do a lower intensity Piyo workout. I may miss a day here and there (like last week - I wasn't feeling so hot so I took a rest day), but then I double up later on to make up those workouts. Those generally become two-a-day workout days, with one in the morning and one in the evening. Generally those take up larger chunks of time. There are days that I split my Piyo and CLX workouts and do one in the morning and one in the evening. That generally equates to an hour or a little more per day. 

I am absolutely loving Piyo.  It's a little hard on the hands (Chalene says that is due to "wrist flexibility," which makes sense as I feel it in the heel of my hand).  Piyo definitely makes my arms shake sometimes.  What I love is that there are modifications for the workouts. If there is a day that I am super sore from CLX, then I may take it easy during Piyo by using some of the modifications.  I've noticed that since doing Piyo my flexibility has improved and I'm not feeling as sore during other activity like some of the CLX workouts.  I like seeing how I'm improving throughout the various Piyo workouts... My down dog, for example,  has improved.  Before I was on my toes and unable to get my heels pushed all the way back. Now? I can drive those heels into the floor!

CLX is going well. I'm already in the Lean Phase. This is the longest I've stuck with CLX and I'm currently having a love-hate relationship with it.  I feel like this is the hardest phase for me. I find myself missing the Push phase... I really liked using the higher weight/lower rep format of the workouts.  The Lean phase workouts are a bit longer (40-45 minutes versus 30-35) and they're more intense. The majority of the exercises work multiple body parts... For example one exercise is a squat with an overhead press. I won't say that I hate this phase but it's not my favorite so far (I am only on my second week though so hopefully my near dislike for it will improve).  I think that some of the moves are a little more complicated than others so it took me a bit to really get into them and I'm still adjusting my weights to see what works best for me right now. Adjusting the weights should happen throughout the program anyway, but that first time through each workout was a little difficult for me.  Hopefully I'll be more in like with this phase by the end of this week.

Eating is going pretty well. I'm cooking a lot more than I had been. I continue to try new recipes (most are a success although a couple have not been my favorite - and one I think I messed up a little!). I continue to struggle on the weekends which I think is a common problem.  I may treat myself to a beer or a couple glasses of wine once a week but that's been about it lately. Weekend meals seem to be better when I am prepared for them. I think that menu planning full weeks really helps me to stay on track when Saturday and Sunday roll around. Without having a plan of action, it is easy to go pick up a pizza or something like that. We did go out last weekend for Sweetest Day but we have been staying in much more. I honestly can't remember the last time we picked up pizza (maybe a month ago?) so that's good.

I'm really trying to get my Beachbody coaching business off the ground but so far I'm not having much luck. My upline says not to worry - that it's early and it takes time.  Another girl in my orientation group posted having the same difficulty so I guess I'm not alone.  I post often about my workouts and how much I love them on various social media but so far no bites. That's frustrating but I'll give it a bit longer before I say goodbye to coaching.  Everything needs to be given a little time, right? This is my Beachbody Coach page,  please feel free to visit if you are interested in any information about Beachbody, or even just to give me feedback on the page.  I'm really not trying to use my blog to push my business, however since it is part of my journey I will be posting about it now and then.  If I come across something new or fun I may share that but I promise I will not be pushing my business on here. I know my readers are here to keep up on my journey, not to be the target of sales pitches....But I'm letting you know it's out there and I'm available for anyone who is interested. Okay, that's enough of that.

I'm pretty excited about dinner this evening. I was going to make quinoa and turkey sausage stuffed acorn squash that I found on Pinterest one night last week but ended up having leftovers instead.  So, I'm FINALLY making it tonight. It looks so delicious - I cannot wait to make it!! Finishing out the work day, a workout, and then dinner time will finally be here.... I know I'm excited for a meal when I'm counting down the hours.

Well, it looks like it's about time for me to get back to work. I hope you're all doing well and staying healthy!!


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