Insanity Max 30 DAY 1 & 2

Yesterday was my very first day of Insanity Max 30!! It was awesome!! I am LOVING that these workouts are only 30 minutes! …….and they pack a punch!!
Max 30 day 1

 

The first day is Cardio Challenge and it is just that — pure cardio!! Shaun T is killer and the cardio moves certainly cause you to sweat and push through!!! Ya gotta DIG DEEP as he would say!!!  I maxed out at 9:30 — -which will definitely give me something to work towards for next week! I started to yell at that time — haha — next week I will yell and PUSH THROUGH!!!

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WHAT IS MAXING OUT????

Maxing out is when you feel you need to stop and take a break to re-group! Shaun T will give you mini-water breaks along the way….BUT once I started to yell (haha) – I figured it was time to stop and MAX OUT! The great thing about this program is that you are ONLY in competition with YOURSELF!! You can see how much you improve each week, because it will take you longer to max out each time, because you are getting stronger! It is brilliant!! 🙂

TABATA POWER

Today was Tabata Power and that was awesome too! It is interval-based — 20 sec on and 10 sec off!! So, I maxed out around 14 minutes. Just when you are at your limit with doing a cardio move, he switches it to a strength based move! Its awesome!! There are ab intervals at the end. I love the tricep work because as we all know ladies, we DO NOT want the bat wings!!! haha!!! The end is the toughest in my opinion because he has you doing POWER tricep dips and tuck jumps!! OOOOMMMMGGGG!!!!

 

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The rest of the week will be great!!! I have never been so excited for a workout or to see results!! I LOVE that the workouts are only 30 minutes. I get up at 5:00 am and get it done before my little one wakes up. It sets my day off right and I feel amazinnnnnng!!!!

 

Stay tuned for the NUTRITION program that comes with this workout! Its SIMPLE and effective! 😉

 

 

 

How I Lost My Baby Weight!

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Pregnancy — while I LOVED being able to grow and PERSON and have that empowering feeling of knowing that YOU created this little baby — I did not like how it left me feeling, LONG after giving birth!!

 

I gained 35 pounds with my pregnancy

My daughter weighed close to 9 pounds at birth

I was left with 30 pounds to lose and NOTHING was working!!!!

 

 

Six  months after having my daughter (in March) I was STILL 30 pounds heavier. I was so happy to be a new mommy, but so discouraged that my jeans STILL were not fitting! I can remember crying in my doctors office because I wasn’t feeling like ME. I felt unattractive and SO frustrated that no matter what I was doing — nothing was budging!!  I only gained 45 lbs with my pregnancy and STILL had 30 to lose. I rarely got in any pics and this was one of the only ones that I have from that time.

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For ME, when I looked in the mirror, I wasn’t happy. I was trying SO hard — getting up at 4:30 am to go to the gym, staying within my calories and I thought I was eating healthy! STILL — the scale would not budge and I couldn’t pull my jeans over my knees! I couldn’t fit into them or anything other than leggings (hello that’s what I wore my entire pregnancy) and I was beginning to think that I never would! I was SO happy to have my baby — I was never so HAPPY, yet I was also never so hopeless!!  I was frustrated, sad and wanted, so BADLY to feel and look like myself again! I can remember being in a class at the gym, 6 months after having my daughter, and seeing my reflection in the mirror while working out and I *hated* what I saw.

I needed something NEW and so I started a new approach — and found at-home workouts. It was SO much more convenient to to just press play after I rolled out of bed. I didn’t need to start the car, brush it off if there was snow. At the gym, I would have to wait in line for the class that I wanted and then have my little 12″ X 12″ space to workout and I am SO  NOT a crowd-lover!!!! I needed something more and something different to help me SHED that weight!! I was SO determined and so desperate!!

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I started with YouTube workouts and Jillian Michaels and started to research clean eating. I was eating packaged Fiber One bars, and 100 calorie packs while drinking Diet Pepsi — on the reg! Chemicals and crap won’t allow you to lose weight– who knew haha! I started to see some more changes and then was researching “top rated at-home fitness programs” because it was just SO MUCH easier to do at home than drive to the gym every day and drag the baby with me OR rearrange our family schedule to allow the time for me to go to the gym.

In my research, Beachbody programs kept popping up in my search. They promised both a comprehensive fitness program along with detailed nutrition plans! The reviews were amazing and everyone raved about TurboFire helping you to burn 9X’s more fat! Hey – that was all I needed to hear!! ha! I gave it a try and started with TurboFire and LOVED Chalene Johnson!! Since then, I have not looked back!! The weight began to melt off of me and by the beginning of May, I had muscle  tone and my jeans were TOO big!!!!  I am forever a fan because it helped me get back to ME!!!

 

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All you mommy’s out there who are struggling to get YOU back — I FEEL YOU! I have been there and I KNOW that feeling of just wanting YOU back! You CAN feel better and like you SHOULD feel!! I am in better shape now than I was before Gabby and I was a gym rat! These programs are NO JOKE — and mostly 30 min/day!! I would spend hours at the gym! NO more!! This mama is happy as ever and able to feel like ME again!!!!

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Chalean Extereme Burn Phase Week 1

Week One of ((ONLY)) Chalene Extreme — in the books!! I know that I had planned on following the CLX and PiYo hybrid that I created; but once I started to do the CLX workouts — I was addicted!! I decided then to just do that program and add in some 45-50 minute walks on the rest days. My clothes were feeling loser, my muscles were sore and I was LOVING how all of this was feeling! Each workout is between 22 – 46 minutes and you are working the entire time. The duration of the workouts are totally do-able for this busy mommy!! PLUS — I have felt stronger and lifting my 38 pound daughter has gotten easier!! I am not looking to lose weight, only to be challenged and to gain strength.

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The program is comprised of three phases, beginning with the BURN Phase (which I am doing now):

BURN PHASE: KICK START YOUR METABOLISM (30 days)

This phase focuses on increasing your strength by beginning to lift weights that are reasonably heavy, but not heavy enough for you to not do 12 reps. This is the key to firing up your metabolism and leading to build muscle and burn fat!

Day 1: Burn Circuit 1
Day 2: Rest Day
Day 3: Burn Circuit 2
Day 4: Burn Intervals, Ab Burner
Day 5: Burn Circuit 3
Day 6: Burn It Off; Recharge
Day 7: Rest Day

A lot of people doing this workout use the first rest day to do some cardio, like myself.

Chalene has been quoted by saying that with this program, you can lose 60% of your body fat by the end of this particular program — and gain muscle, strength and flexibility!

Speaking of flexibility…..today was “Burn It Off” and “Recharge”. “Burn It Off” is cardio intervals, and is only about 26 minutes. The “Recharge” is around 20 minutes and is stretching, yoga and designed to improve your flexibility, stretch your muscles that have been working so hard and to increase oxygen to them. It felt SO good!!

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Push Phase: PUUUUSH MUSCLES // MAXIMIZE MUSCLES (30 days)

This phase will force you to life **heavy** weights in order to push your muscles to the max! Fifteen plus pounds is suggested. Repetitions decrease from 12 to 8,

Day 1: Push Circuit 1
Day 2: Rest Day
Day 3: Push Circuit 2
Day 4: Burn Intervals; Ab Burner/Extreme Abs
Day 5: Push Circuit 3
Day 6: Burn It Off; Recharge
Day 7: Rest Day

Midway through this phase, Ab Burner is replaced by Extreme Abs.

Lean Phase: Tone It Up!

Strong movements, 12 reps, multiple muscle groups worked at one time. This phase allows you to get toned and lean!

The ChaLEAN Extreme workout plan looks like this:

Day 1: Lean Circuit 1
Day 2: Rest Day
Day 3: Lean Circuit 2
Day 4: Burn Intervals/Lean Intervals & Extreme Abs/I’ve Got Abs
Day 5: Lean Circuit 3
Day 6: Burn It Off/Fat Burn Challenge; Recharge
Day 7: Rest Day

I am offically OB-SESSED with this program!! I am loving the short workouts and how effective they are! I have been following the 21 Day Fix eating plan and feel amazing!! I am looking forward to finishing the program strong! 😉

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FInd your “soul mate” workout?

Find what works for you in terms of weight loss and you are GOLDEN! You have to like the exercises you do, to go back for more! There are so many options available now…Insanity or T25, P90X or P90X3….find your “soul mate” workout and you’re set! Let me know if I can help! 🙂
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