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!!
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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! 😉

 

 

 

Week 1 of The 21 Day Fix — Recap

Week 1 — down! The first week of anything new, can be difficult, different and challenging. The first few days of the Fix were an adjustment – especially in my eating habits! I definitely consider myself a clean eater, and have been for almost a year. This program certainly made me dial into that more and helped me to organize my meals in a more effective and efficient way in order to ((actually)) see results from my workouts! The nutrition portion (NOT a diet) of this plan is based on a 40% carbohydrate 30% protein and 30% fat balanced food plan. I can honestly say that I was OVER eating too much of a good thing — like fruit and almonds, honey, peanut butter and cheese! NO WONDER why I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted to from working out! After only ONE week of doing this workout and eating plan, I have seen some abs actually popping through! My skinny jeans weren’t that difficult to pull on and I have already lost an inch from my hips! ONE INCH!! I am a smaller person, and don’t have a lot to lose – but I DO want to get more toned and more muscular, and can see that I am! One of my challengers lost 10 pounds in two weeks! That IS amazing!  Her goal is to get into her skinny jeans by motorcycle season — and I KNOW she WILL get there as long as she sticks to the plan! The “plan” will not make you starve – that is FOR SURE! Some days, I can’t eat all that I am supposed to. Oftentimes, after dinner, I am so full and can’t finish what is on my plate.  A truly successful plan that helps you to lose weight for LONG-TERM success, will NOT make you starve, it will re-design your way of thinking about food and about preparing your food and how you eat your food. It will also introduce you to effective and realistic exercise routines that WORK. The 21 Day Fix does this! I cannot say enough good things about this plan. Its nothing short of amazing, easy to follow and EFFECTIVE!

Although sweets are allowed on the Fix (in moderation)…as well as wine, it’s always a good idea to have a “back-up” plan in case of emergencies. For example – a sweet tooth craving!! A trick I learned to help curb sweet tooth craving! Besides having my Shakeology to help when I craved something sweet….I would make a mixed fruit bowl (one purple) with a handful of almonds (one blue), cinnamon to taste and 2 tsp of honey (allowed up to 2 times/day). This is SO delicious and you feel so good choosing this option over something that will not help you get to your goals…it is also very satisfying. My 18 month old LOVES this too (minus the almonds) and will often not eat her main meal if I I give this to her first.

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Something else I learned….Peanut Butter does not need to be mindlessly eaten with a spoon and jar in hand! I can simply give myself the allowed amount, and I’m perfectly fine and satisfied! This is especially yummy with an apple or a banana, as a snack! 🙂

It also amazes me how quickly I have seen results from the THIRTY  MINUTE workouts! I have long thought that for workouts to be effective, they need to be long, strenuous and at the GYM! NOT TRUE! It all depends on how you use your time to make your workouts most effective. Autumn Calabrese created effective workouts in just 30 minutes. Intervals, cardio that requires your full-body to be engaged, leg day, upper body workouts, pilates and the much needed yoga day, hence the pic below! All of them combined have done wondrous things for my mind, body and spirit! It’s something new and different every day….it’s quick….and I can simply roll out of bed, grab my coffee (of course!) and press play! AND ITS WORKING! What more could you ask for??

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Week 2 has begun and I am excited to see more is in store for me! Everyone is a work in progress. No matter where you are in life, stay in faith, choose to live your BEST life and I promise you – happiness will come. You owe it to yourself to feel happy, feel proud and feel beautiful! I believe  that this process will only bring me out better, stronger and smarter than before!

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XOXO

Sara

Don’t Give Up!

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Once you make the decision to incorporate clean eating and exercise into your life, you will immediately begin to feel better! It takes time, however, for you and for others to actually see the results. They WILL come with persistence, effort, and consistency. You must remain patient while logging in the time to workout and eat healthy. I can PROMISE YOU – you WILL see the results….just be patient! Whatever you do, don’t give up! The BEST VERSION of YOU is on it’s way!!