Results from my third round of Insanity Max: 30!

So apparently I haven’t done an update post since the mid-way point of this round of IM:30, and now I’m about to do my end results post.  Whoops!  I don’t know where that month went.  I guess I lost it in a blur of workouts and protein shakes.  Anyway, here are my stats and pics:

Weight: Day 1-132; Day 60-126.2
Stomach: Day 1-33.5″; Day 60-33″
Waist: Day 1-29″; Day 60-27.5″
Hips: Day 1-38″; Day 60-36.5″
Chest (over boobs, no bra): Day 1-35.5″; Day 60-33.5″
Chest (under boobs): Day 1-29.75″; Day 60-29″
Triceps (flexed arm straight): Day 1-11″; Day 60-11″
Calves: Day 1-14.5″; Day 60-14.25″

So, that’s a total of 5.8 lbs and 6.5″ lost.

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back60backflex60frontflex60And just as I said back in July when I posted my 30 day results, I don’t really *SEE* a big difference between these two pictures.  I look pretty much the same, at least to me.  BUT, let me tell you about the difference in how I FEEL.  I don’t know what it is, but something really *clicked* during this round of IM:30 for me.  Now, during the first round of IM:30, we followed the Nutrition Guide pretty closely.  While we allowed ourselves a few cheat meals, for the most part, we followed the book for the whole 60 days.  And honestly, I was pretty miserable.  I know I wrote about it here, but I was hungry most of the time, because the 1200-1500 calories per day that were allowed under the guide (and even though the IM:30 guide doesn’t spell out the number of calories, it’s the exact same plan as 21 Day fix or the other BB programs which do) just weren’t enough when we were doing such hard workouts.  Plus, I was just generally pissed off and in a bad mood.  A lot of that was probably due to the general detox that my body was going through since I started this plan right after being totally decadent throughout most of December.

But I also just felt like I was in prison. I know I said that before, but the lack of flexibility and choices just REALLY brought me down and I was not happy about it.  And yes, I know that there are technically an infinite number of choices to eat while on the IM:30 food plan, but having to follow the 4 protein, 3 veggie, 2 fruit, etc. just really sucked for me.  I know that lots of people really love this plan because of how easy it is, but the rigidity of it just wasn’t for me.  Plus, I knew that there was no chance in hell that I was continue to eat high protein/low carb forever, so I knew it wasn’t something that could work for me long-term.  Which is why this time around we decided to sort of wing it with our food.  We set our rules in place that I wrote about here (eating out only once a week, one lunch out, try to keep protein up, etc.) but for our meals during the week, we didn’t really follow any specific sort of “plan”.  Since my husband is vegetarian, I would say that we probably tended to eat more vegetarian meals, but not always (well, he always ate vegetarian, but sometimes he’d just grill up a chicken breast for me to add or something like that).  He does focus on meals that use whole food ingredients, and he always buys organic when it’s an option. So I guess we were doing a variation on traditional clean eating because we were avoiding processed foods and just really eating stuff that sounded good to us.  We definitely ate more carbs than would have been allowed on the IM:30 plan, but with my husband marathon training, he HAD to keep his carb intake up, and you know I’m not going to pass up on carbs…they just help me feel better while doing these workouts!  We also allowed ourselves more “treats”–we made a lot of homemade popsicles, we also bought a bunch of these Luna brand popsicles that are SO good.  The cookies and cream and the salted caramel are awesome.  And when we went out to eat, we ate whatever the hell we wanted.  Appetizers, entrees, desserts, drinks.  Whatever.  Now, granted, we weren’t going out to eat mozzarella sticks at Applebees and TGIFridays.  We were always picking local restaurants that focus on local, fresh ingredients, so even the choices that felt over the top were still “better” than choices we might have made elsewhere.  What I’m trying to say is that I felt really good about what we ate for the past two months.  I feel like we made smart decisions but didn’t deprive ourselves.  I didn’t feel like I was starving.  I wasn’t angry about not getting to eat good food.  I wasn’t bored with my food.  So I think we might have found something that actually works pretty well for us.

In addition to the food revelation, I also had some body revelations during these two months.  I decided that I was actually pretty damn happy with how I looked.  Could I be thinner?  Of course.  Could I have more muscle definition?  Of course.  But I’m really feeling good about where I am at right now.  My clothes fit me better than they have in forever…in fact, today I am wearing a suit that I bought when I was in law school in early 2005.  And it fits great! I’m not squeezed into it like a sausage casing! And you know what?  I’m actually about 10-15 pounds heavier than I was when I bought this suit, but that’s just proof that weight doesn’t mean a damn thing!  Because I was not fit at all back then.  I probably would have actually died if I had tried to do an IM:30 workout then.  Seriously.  I was getting ready to head out somewhere this weekend, and I had on a jersey maxi dress–you know, the ones that cling to every single imperfection.  But I felt GOOD.  And I told my husband, “You know, I don’t want people to look at me and think ‘oh, she’s too skinny, she needs to eat a cheeseburger,’ I want people to look at me and think, ‘I bet she works out…'”  I don’t really know what caused that shift in my thinking, but I like it.  I want to keep it up and keep kicking ass, but I’m not entirely sure what’s next for me in terms of fitness goals.  But, I know that I will keep y’all posted!

 

Best Laid Plans.

So, I just finished up week 3 of my third round of IM:30…and basically my diet rules went straight down the shitter last week.  An old high school friend of mine and her husband spent the night with us on Tuesday night when they were on their way down to Alabama.  So that sort of threw off my week, and then I used the “well, I already ate THAT, so I might as well eat this…” excuse for the rest of the week.  So let’s break it down and see how I did.

-I did get my protein each day, so I guess that’s good.  But, I also went overboard on my carbs most days, which obviously is not good.  I had random Whole Foods breakfast pastries for breakfast two days which is basically just a waste of calories and carbs because there’s no real nutritional value to them at all.  But, we had purchased them for breakfast when my friends were here, and of course my husband bought way too much so we just “had” to eat them.

-I ate out way too many times.  We went to dinner at Feast with our friends on Tuesday night.  Theoretically, I can stay “on plan” at Feast if I order the right things…but I bet you can guess that I did not order the right things.  I shared some fried pickles with everyone, and I had a pulled pork sandwich, tater tots, salted caramel banana pudding, and a bourbon slushie.  WHY DID I ORDER ALL OF THAT?  I know better, but I just couldn’t stop myself.  Then we had a pre-planned date night Friday night while our daughter was at a sleepover at her gym.  We went to Rye for dinner because we knew their summer cocktail menu was all Mario Kart themed.  Yes, that is a strange reason to choose a restaurant, but we love Mario Kart in our house!!  Plus the food is good there too 🙂  Here was me drinking my “Bowser’s Castle”:

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We had tempura veggies for an appetizer, and then I had TWO of their awesome Sally Lunn rolls.  I ordered the chicken for my entree, and it was actually relatively light.  Plus I did box up half for later (I had it for lunch today).  I had two cocktails with dinner.  But, if you know me, you know that I can’t go on a date night without getting dessert, so then we headed over to Sweet Surrender where I had the most decadent piece of “chocolate buckeye” cake which had buckeye filling and peanut butter ganache.  It was soooo good, and again, I brought half of it home.

Since we ate out on Friday and Tuesday, I should have been eating at home all weekend, but NOPE.  We had some family drama on Saturday morning (family drama in the name of an 8 year old girl with too much attitude) that forced me to leave the house to just get away from it, so I went and walked around the mall for 2 hours.  And when I say I “walked around the mall,” I don’t mean that I meandered around shopping…I literally went and mall walked for 2 hours!  Hey, it allowed me to clear my mind when the weather was iffy and I couldn’t do it outside!  But when I was done, I was starving, and somehow ended up BACK at Chick-fil-a, even though I just told y’all that I only eat it occasionally!

Then Sunday rolled around, and dammit if we didn’t eat out again.  A burrito from Chipotle sounded SO good and it honestly hit me as one of those cravings that I just had to satisfy or I wouldn’t be able to stop thinking about it.  Then we went out for ice cream at Comfy Cow.  So, if you’re keeping track at home, that was FOUR times of eating out in a week and TWO treats out.  Ugh…FAIL.

But strangely my weight wasn’t too bad.  Despite the BBQ and the carbs last week, I was sitting at 126.8 Friday morning, so I actually lost a fair amount of weight last week…which I then promptly gained back over the weekend.  I was at 129.6 after my workout this morning, which is still down from my 132 that I started at this round.

So now I just have to get myself back in check this week, and try to not beat myself up about it too badly.  I’m not perfect, and I don’t pretend to be, so I just had to share that despite my best laid plans to stay on track, sometimes it just doesn’t happen.

Happy Monday, y’all!  Good luck staying on track!

 

Insanity Max: 30 Week 2 Update

I like doing these weekly update posts to keep myself accountable on my self-imposed food rules.  Because I know that it’s all too easy to just completely throw the rules out the window when “no one is watching.”  So, as usual, I did great on my workouts for the week.  On Friday, I had to get up super early to drive to Cincinnati for a mediation, so I didn’t do my workout in the morning like I ALWAYS do.  In fact, I had contemplated just moving it to Saturday because I didn’t know what time I would get home Friday night.  But, I got home right around 4:30, and I was pushing play on Friday Fight by 4:45!  As much as I was dreading that workout, I was so glad I got it done.  And, as I told my husband, it’s not called Saturday Fight!

So, how did I do on the food?  Here goes:

-I got my 4 servings of protein each day.  My greek yogurt and fruit has been my summer jam.

-I did a pretty good job watching my carbs.  I definitely went overboard on Saturday, but did great the rest of the week.

-I had my one lunch meal out–sushi with a good friend who I hadn’t seen in awhile!

-We had one restaurant meal out–we took our bikes down to the Big Four bridge on Saturday night and then rode across to Big Four Burgers.  I had a pretzel breadstick, half of my burger, fries, and I shared a chocolate milkshake with our daughter.

-I had two drinks on Saturday–one out at a local festival called Clifton Fest, and then one at dinner, so I stayed within my guidelines of no drinking at home.

whiskeyThis was the Gold Rush from The Silver Dollar (they had a bar set up at the festival).  And yes, I know you love my “Bourbon Y’all” shirt.  🙂

-My treat for the week was that shared milkshake.  YUM.

-Meal planning/prepping went great–we cooked stuff every night except for Saturday and tried some new recipes (I need to make a note to link to some of the good ones here).

-No frozen meals were had all week 🙂

So, I felt like I did really well…but the scale unfortunately did not agree. I’ve been tracking my calories and my food all week through my Fitbit app, and I have to say that I’m pretty disappointed with where I’m sitting right now, but that’s a different post for a different day.

I hope you all had a great week last week and a wonderful weekend!

 

Insanity Max: 30–Week 1 update plus stats & pics.

Ok, so I survived my first week of re-committing to eating healthy while doing the IM:30 workouts.  And it was SO much easier this time.  I fully expected to be completely miserable like I was in the first month, but I didn’t feel that way at all.  Now, that’s probably because I am not following the IM:30 nutrition guide exactly, but instead am following the guidelines that I outlined in my Starting Over post.  But, I managed to follow *most* of the rules for the week and I felt pretty good.  So, here’s how I did on each of the rules:

-Get my 4 servings of protein each day–I faltered a bit with this one.  We made a big batch of pumpkin oatmeal for breakfast for the week, which meant that I was having a big carb-y breakfast, but no protein.  I’ve found that if I don’t get one serving of protein for breakfast, it’s hard for me to catch up to it each day.  I did get at least 3 servings each day though.

-I watched my carbs and only had more servings of carbs than proteins on one day, which I’ll tell you about in a second.

-One lunch out each week–I had Chick-Fil-A* for lunch on Thursday and it was glorious 🙂

-One restaurant meal as a family–this was a bit weird this week because on Tuesday morning I woke up and decided we were going to make the hour drive north to Holiday World to enjoy a day of roller coasters and water slides.  This was totally unplanned, and sort of threw a curveball right into the beginning of our week.  So, that meant that we basically used our cheat meal up on Tuesday instead of our usual weekend cheat.  This is the one day that my carbs exceeded my protein, but I ate WAY less than what I would usually eat on a day like this.  I had chicken tenders and fries for lunch, an awesome waffle cone for a treat, and then I shared a pretzel with cheese for a snack later.

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(yes, I know I have ice cream on my nose…well, I know NOW…I didn’t know when the picture was taken.  Thanks, husband.)

I have to admit that since it was only Tuesday, I fully expected us to make an exception to the rules and have another restaurant cheat on the weekend, but we didn’t!

-No alcohol for the week.

-My one “treat” for the week was that ice cream cone.  And it was well worth it.

-Meal planning and prepping was a success, as was our goal to get back to eating whole foods.

So, all in all, I’d say that was a success.

So here are my “starting over” stats and pics:

Weight-132lbs
Waist-29″
Stomach-33″
Hips-38″
Thighs-23″ each
Chest (no bra this time to remove any error for different bras, etc.)-over biggest part of boobs–35.5″, under boobs–29.75″
Triceps (flexed with arm straight down)-11″
Calves-14.5″ each

And here are my pics–these were actually taken yesterday (6/14), but they’ll have to serve as my starting pics since I forgot to ever take pics before starting.

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This picture cracks me up because I was in the middle of saying something, so I look totally derpy.

And I wanted to do some flexing pics to see how/if my muscles change this time.

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backflexSo, there you have it.  Let’s see where I end up in 7 more weeks!!  Oh, and I got a new FitBit this weekend, so I will be doing a review post on that soon to share my thoughts on it.

*While this is by no means a political blog, I just want to make it clear that I don’t agree with Chick-Fil-A’s political beliefs (particularly their stance on gay marriage)…but I love their food.  I justify eating it by saying that Chick-Fil-A has made it very clear that they have no problem serving gay people or hiring gay people.  They do not encourage their employees or franchisees to engage in any discriminatory behavior (and seriously, when have you ever gone into a chickfila and not had the best, most polite service ever?) and have an anti-discrimination policy.  So, I feel like I can be ok with eating it every once in a while (maybe once every two months or so) because I am sure that I spend money at places that have WAY worse beliefs than that.  Again, this is just how I justify it, and I completely understand if there are readers out there who think that I’m a terrible person for eating there.

 

Writer’s Block.

Woah, so I haven’t posted since April 16.  And I don’t even really have a good excuse for not posting.  I haven’t been all that busy or anything, I just haven’t felt like I’ve had anything to say.  And the longer I go without posting, I feel like I need to have some epic awesome post when I come back.  So the longer I stare at the blank screen, the more the pressure builds to have something really important to say. And the truth is, I don’t really have anything important to say!  But, I will update you with what I’ve been doing the past month and a half.

First off, I finished my second round of Insanity Max: 30 on May 8.  The second month felt harder this time around.  Like WAY harder.  And I found that I was struggling more with the cardio workouts than with the strength workouts, which had never been the case for me.  I really just felt sort of “off” for this whole second round, and I have to wonder if it’s because I wasn’t following the nutrition plan.  I tried to generally eat “healthy” and keep my protein high and my carbs low, but I was not following the plan really at all.  I think I set out on this second round with the goal of following the nutrition plan, but it just didn’t happen.  My husband has been training for a marathon, and that means that he has to EAT ALL THE THINGS ALL THE TIME because he’s burning like 2000 calories just during his runs.  So without him following the plan with me (and thus being wedded to the idea of being diligent about planning), I just really lost all will to be a stickler about my food.  So, even though I got down to my lowest weight of 124 something right before we went on spring break in April (after month 1, round 2), I just couldn’t keep it up during the second month.  I drank alcohol; I ate sweets, and I was really ok with that.  I also learned that now that I’ve trained my body to get away from that 135 point, it will happily settle right around 130.  Each week I can usually get down to 128 by Friday morning, and then I’m right back around 130/131 by Monday, and that’s all good to me.  I’d rather be eating pretty well and still enjoying what I’m eating and be sitting around 130 than be miserable and starving sitting at 124–and really, that’s what I had to do to get my body to be at 124!

So, because I wasn’t diligent about my food, I didn’t really see any real changes in my body after the second round on IM:30, and that was sort of disappointing.  BUT, it totally proves my point that I’ve made here a million times–IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW HARD YOU’RE WORKING OUT IF YOU’RE NOT EATING CORRECTLY!  I busted my ass on these workouts for two months!  But I ate crap I wasn’t supposed to, so I didn’t get the results I wanted.  I finished up my first round of Max 30 at 128.6 lbs, and I finished my second round at 128.2 (even though I ended the first month of this round at 124.8) and I didn’t lose ANY inches this second round, and I think I even added back an inch on my abs!  So that really sucks.  And as you can see in these pictures, there was no real visible change either:

results round 3 back results round 2 side results round 2 frontThe picture on the left was taken on Day 60 of my first round of Insanity Max 30, and the picture on the right was taken on Day 60 of my second round.  I basically look the exact same.  But I guess I’m glad I didn’t gain weight, when you consider that in between those two pictures I took a trip to New Orleans and a trip to Destin, where I ate and drank a ton.

But I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t disappointed by the lack of results.  I guess I thought that these workouts were so damn hard that there was no way that I wouldn’t continue to tone and lose weight even if I wasn’t paying much attention to my food.  But DUH, totally not the case.  I know, I know, you can’t outrun a bad diet.  Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym, blah blah blah.  Maybe someday that will sink into my thick skull!

So, I finished up Round 2 on May 8.  My 35th birthday was on Mother’s Day…May 10.  And that same day, I hopped on a cruise ship with 3 ladies I work with, and we went on a 5 night cruise to Cozumel and Grand Cayman.  It was my first cruise, and, despite being skeptical of cruises in general, I really had a great time!  But, I also ate and drank A TON.  I mean, how can I not when there was late night buffets and 24 hours a day soft serve ice cream cones?!  And, while our ship had a really awesome looking gym, I never visited it!  But, I did go out to the top deck and run on our very last sea day.  It was SO hard to run up there because it was incredibly windy.  As you can see from how lovely my hair looks in this picture.

shiprunSo, since I’ve been back from the cruise, I’ve just been sort of winging it in terms of exercise.  I’ve done some Max 30 workouts.  I’ve done T25 Beta upper focus a few times, and I’ve even busted out old school Insanity Pure Cardio.  I’m not really following a plan right now, but I am trying to stay active and not eat *too* much.  I want to keep my weight right around 130 while I’m deciding what I want to do next.  My husband’s marathon is this Sunday, so that means he’ll finally stop eating nonstop when that’s over, and maybe we can get back to some more healthy eating habits.  I know he wants to run another marathon in the fall, and I think he’d like to do another full round of Insanity Max: 30 before starting his training for that, because it really gets him in great shape before doing all that running.  So I guess we’ll see what happens.  I’ll try to remember to post somewhat regularly here, even if it’s not fitness related!

 

Max:30 Round 2, with a slice of humble pie.

Month 2 of Max:30

Well, we have finished the first week of month 2 of Max:30. I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that I wasn’t *slightly* dreading re-entering month 2. I knew it would be tough; it was still fresh enough in my mind from the last round. I knew those dreaded Iron Legs were waiting for me. And all those switch kicks. Good Lord, the switch kicks.

Just as I expected, it was hard. Like, way hard. A and I talk on the regular and are fitness soul sisters, as you’ve probably gathered by now, and we both agree last week was really tough for us. We both felt like our legs weighed 1,000 lbs and lacked the energy needed to get through each workout. I know I felt weak and I had to modify a lot last week.  Every workout kicked my ass.  Did it get harder?  I mean, dang!  I think I was expecting that going into this for a second time would be easier.  I’m more mentally prepared and I’m stronger now.  Right?  Well, last week served me a giant slice of humble pie.  Humble-PieIt was not easier by any means.  But I survived and you will too!   If you’re familiar with Max:30 or have read our reviews, you know that Friday Fight Round 2 is what we consider the hardest workout in the series. I maxed out really early on that workout, basically right after the warm-up during Iron Legs. Ugh–IRON LEGS–I love to hate you! That set the tone for the rest of the workout. I maxed out a lot last Friday. I made it through and worked as hard as I could, but my energy was lagging. We all have days (weeks) like that and at the end of the day, I pushed play and tried my best.

So why did we both struggle last week? I’m speaking for both of us, but I think it’s mostly food related. We are both coming off a vacation and getting back into our healthy habits. It’s been really hard for me personally, because we have been so busy with family and friend get-togethers. There has been so many dinners and/or parties lately that involve all the delicious things. You know, like cake, fried foods, and alcohol. Personally, I think it’s ok to have a few treats here and there and I don’t want to be miserable going out with friends and eating a dry salad. I mean, I’d go CRAZY if I ate 100% clean all the time.  85/15 baby!  

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I do have a confession.  Last week I was feeling a little blah and was craving chocolate.  I broke off a piece of a Hershey bar and dipped it in peanut butter.  Then, I ate 3 bites of a glazed donut.  It was so delicious.  I normally don’t have chocolate or donuts in our house, but last week I did.  I wanted sugar and sugar I had.  I wanted to motorboat all those donuts and make them mine.  Luckily, I only had a few bites.  You know, it happens.  Mindless snacking is/was my forte and I know it’s not what I need.  I’m human and I’m not going to beat myself up about it.  I’m sharing this with you because you’re human too!  It’s ok to have a down day.  We all have them and the most important thing is to recognize it and move on.  I just need to reset and make sure I plan out healthy meals and dial it in on the diet.  Self control.  It’s a b!tch, isn’t it?

21 Day Fix Extreme

I wanted to also share that I recently bought the 21 Day Fix Extreme.  I wanted to incorporate some weight training and another food plan into my last month of Max:30.  The Max workouts will come first, and then I will plan on doing the 21 workouts if I have the energy or time.  Really, I was more interested in the food plan/containers. 21 Day’s food plan is exactly the same as the Max:30 plan, so that was a nice surprise.  What wasn’t a nice surprise is how freaking TINY the food containers are!  I literally laughed out loud when I got them out.  They are like the little baby stackable cup toy.   For reals…this is no exaggeration.  Then I cried a little when I saw the size of the carb container.  And I cried some more when I realized that my portion sizes have been too big!  Dudes, I thought for real, that I was eating small portions the past few months.  This has shown me that I’ve basically been doubling my portions.  What?!  Time to get to work on my food portions!

Here is a pic of the red container, which is the protein container, next to my nail polish for sizing purposes.

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As you can see, it’s not very big.  It really puts things into perspective.  I’d say about 4 ounces of chicken breast will fit into that red container.  The veggie and fruit containers are a little bigger; however, I could fit only 5 strawberries into the fruit container, but could get a fair amount of grapes in there.  Again, puts things into perspective.  The containers are color coded for each food, which is handy.  Here are a couple pics of the color-coded containers and food items that are approved.  Remember, this food plan is the same as Max:30–4 proteins, 3 veggies, 2 fruits, 2 carbs, and 1 healthy fat.

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I’ll review the 21 Day Extreme workouts this week, so stay tuned on my thoughts on them.  Also, stay tuned on how I do with the food containers.  I’ll post pics of my food so you can get an idea of food sizing.

Good luck to you all this week.  Make it a good one and never give up!  🙂

Pura Vida!
K

‘Tis the Season for Vacations, Indulgences and Bathing Suits

Hey friends,

While A is on her vacation this week, I’m back from mine! I got back mid-week last week and while we had a great time, I’m still not ready to be back to reality. Does anyone else feel like they need a vacation from a vacation?

I know I do.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to travel and let loose. And let loose I did! We were able to play on the beach and even made it to Universal in Orlando for a day of thrill rides and to get our Harry Potter World fix. It was great to get away but coming home is always such a drag. Sigh.

The hubs and I getting a nice dose of Vitamin D

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I did my best to keep my food under control. I definitely had a few margaritas and brewskis because, duh, I’m on vacation! I tried to order as much fresh fish as I could but did indulge in some fries from time to time. On our last night, we went to this steak house and I had 2 margaritas, an appetizer, bread, and a salad. Then I ordered a filet that was so delicious, I nearly made love with it.  Are you face palming yourself thinking of my disastrous night of eating?  Don’t!  My motto is: Always indulge whilst on vaca! I applaud those of you that stay on a strict diet while on vacation, but I personally choose to have a few days to just enjoy life, you know? I know what I need and I need margaritas and a freaking steak every once in a while. On a beach.

Willpower

“How can I stay on track with my exercise and eating when ‘life’ happens?” you may ask yourself.  I believe the answer is two-fold.  I believe it’s planning and willpower.  Last week, A wrote a great post about planning.  Take a minute to read that if you haven’t already.  I couldn’t agree with her more.  I notice that I start to slip on my food when I don’t plan out my week.   It’s so easy to just order a pizza or make an unhealthy frozen meal when you need a quick meal.  It’s all about being proactive in organizing your life and time!  I think if you plan accordingly, then your willpower isn’t tested as much and you can implement better self control.  Makes sense, right?  Ever notice how successful people are proactive?  They know what it takes to get things done because they are proactive in their actions and their goals.  If your goal is to get into a certain bathing suit, or be able to do ‘x’ amount of push-ups or eat a certain way, then write that down!   Keeping track of your progress and goals is huge in keeping your willpower strong.  Buy a notebook or log your food with an online program.  There are tons of free apps you can use to track progress.  Take progress pics so you can see your results.   Also, try not to procrastinate on your workout.  I’m very guilty of this myself. I don’t have a set time when I do my workout.  I need to be better about this!  And of course, reward yourself every once in awhile. If your reward is food–great.  Maybe it’s new shoes or a massage.  Come up with a reward and give it to yourself.  You’ve earned it!  So how can you stay on track and have strong willpower?

1). Plan and Organize

2). Be proactive

3). Keep track of progress

4). Don’t procrastinate

5). Reward yourself

Vacation workouts

I managed to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise nearly every day. I took Max:30 with me, but I never did any Max workouts and ended up running most days with my friend that we vacationed with. The two of us busted out some Max moves on the beach–we did jumping lunge punches, burpee lunges, ab attack, and 10 & 2’s. Dang, Burpees are SO much harder in sand! I’m also going to count the hours of riding and jumping the ocean waves with my son as a workout. That kid is a fish and wouldn’t get out of the water, EVER.

So because I didn’t technically do week 4 of Max, I’m starting it over again this week.  This works out best because when A gets back from her vacation, we can start month 2 again together and b!tch about how hard that ish is.

I also noticed I had much better endurance while in Florida. I ran 4 miles without stopping and I was running just under a 9 minute mile, which is fast for me. I honestly think that can be attributed to two things: no allergies and warm sun. Dudes, when I got back to Indiana, my allergies kicked in and I have NO energy and I can’t breathe! I restarted week 4 of Max (first month) and it’s just as hard as the first week for me.  I struggle to even push play.  Annoying.

Progress

So how am I doing?  I have a few successes I’d like to share.  I haven’t weighed myself since we finished the first round because it’s not good for me mentally.  I really struggle with whatever my number is which is really dumb, I know.  I measure my success on how my clothes fit and with my measuring tape.  My measurements haven’t changed since my last measurement, which was when we finished week 8 four weeks ago.  I’ll consider that success#1 after a vacation!  I do feel more confident in my body and wasn’t *too* afraid to wear a bathing suit. Success #2! My husband still is attracted to me, which makes me more confident.  Score.  Success #3!  I’m extending my max out times. (I’ll post those later.) Success #4.  I’m actually getting muscle definition.  Success #5.  This is my arm flexed in the restaurant on our last night.  I flexed when I finished all my steak and my husband told me to do it again so he could take a pic of my arm.  :-O

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Thanks Max:30 and Shaun T for getting me some muscle!  My arms are always the first thing to get definition, so hopefully the rest of my body follows suit.

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Also, thanks Shaun T, for helping me get some serious ups from all the plyo work.  😉

Pura Vida!
K