Here’s the thing…

Whenever we want to change up our lives we always have the best intentions.  We get excited.  We buy stuff.  We throw ourselves in to it.  Eventually the newness wears off and it gets to be business as usual, if we are lucky.  Most of us end up not doing so well and quitting.  Then, we tell ourselves that it’s our fault.  We didn’t have enough willpower, we didn’t want it enough.  We didn’t deserve it after all.

I think that’s crap.

We are constantly evolving.  There are going to be phases in your life where something is interesting, and then it maybe isn’t as interesting.  Maybe a workout gives you results then you plateau.  Same thing with changing up your diet.  If there was ONE solid answer to being healthy, don’t you think we’d have found it by now and stick to doing it?

There are always going to be new things coming, and you’re doing yourself a favor if you try stuff.  Embrace change.  Take some chances.  Some stuff comes and goes, but habits last a lifetime.  As long as you’re in the game to make yourself as healthy as possible you’re working on building those lifelong habits.

Forgive yourself.  You didn’t fail your diet.  You didn’t cheat on your exercise.  You’re just finding out what works for you right now.

I'm not saying that Shakeology is going to be my breakfast until I'm 65.  Maybe, but who knows.  For right now, it's my game changer.

I’m not saying that Shakeology is going to be my breakfast until I’m 65. Maybe, but who knows. For right now, it’s my game changer.

My Thoughts About Working Out at Home

Right now I’m a part of a new Facebook Challenge Group for 90 days.  There is no requirement to do any specific kind of exercise in this group.  You get to pick but you have to be consistent!  It’s a pretty big group so as you can imagine there’s a lot of different exercises going on.

I’m doing P90X3, and I’m on week 2 and I’m really enjoying it.  I tried doing Turbo Fire in the past and honestly, I just had trouble getting in to it.  I was me, not you, Chalene Johnson – I swear.  When I fell off that wagon, after a couple of days, every time I tried, I always went back to what I knew.  The gym.  My trainers, my treadmill, what I felt comfortable with.  And honestly, that was at best working out 4 days a week.

Happy to have finished a workout!

Happy to have finished a workout!

So what’s different this time around?  I am.  My husband and I have decided to do P90X3 together and we have a standing date in the living room every morning.  The alarm goes off, we make sure both of us are getting up.  We drink our Shakeology and then we bust out our workout in 30 min.  I treat it like an appointment – it’s a non-negotiable part of the day.  I feel relief when it’s over, but I also find that it really energizes me.

Last week, one day I did a P90X3 workout, took a break, had a Kind Bar, and then went to circuit training.  It was one of the best sessions I’ve had.  I was bouncing around from station to station.  I killed 4 rounds of 2 circuits and she had to give me another mini circuit to eat up my hour!

A lot of people don’t work out at home, and I get it.  I really do.  It’s really easy to not get off the couch.  When your butt is in the car driving to the gym and there are people waiting for you – yeah, it’s more likely that you’ll end up working out.  But if you make a mental commitment to see a program through, and you have a source of accountability, whether it’s a spouse, a friend, or a Facebook group, becoming a home workout person CAN happen.

This doesn’t mean I’m cancelling my gym membership and quit my other workouts.  I’m just at the point where I can handle two-a-days sometime.  I’m getting the best of both worlds.  A consistent workout at home, going with a trusted program.  And then circuit training, yoga, and TRX with 3 experts who watch me, make sure I’m doing things right, yell at me to work harder, and generally push me further than  I think I can go.  Tony Horton on TV won’t do that, sadly.

Serious Improvements

I’m fortunate.  Right now I’m not in a plateau, I’m in a losing streak.  Things are GOOD.  They won’t always be this fluid, this easy, so I’m grateful for this time.

I wish I could keep my eyes open for some photos sometime.  Geesh.

I wish I could keep my eyes open for some photos sometime. Geesh.

Losing my trainers was a serious blow.  Obviously they’ve been such a big part of my fitness progression that I’m not going to let them go.  I plan to follow them to their next gigs.  But I’m still hanging in there with TRX.  I’m trying to get back on board with Turbo Fire.  I’ve been doing a lot of functional fitness with moving our stuff out of our NorCal apartment and muscling our stuff around our current house.  I’ve been drinking Shakeology EVERY day.  Being in Beachbody Coach training has really kept me accountable with workouts and Shakeology.  It’s been fabulous.

Wins.  I’m in a smaller size of jeans.  My 2 year old holiday dress is too big.  I really need it altered, it’s strapless and there’s very little holding it up.  My 3 year old business dress is a freakin’ tent on me.  I’ve started going through my closet and there’s a lot to go.  This loss has really snuck up on me.  That’s fine!  I’ll take it!

I’ve struggled with a cold that will not completely leave.  I’m better but my coughing is still there, my throat is still raw and my nose keeps running.  I’ve had the old “I’m sick, let’s eat” appetite, so to be logging in loss and seeing results is SO HUGE.

Life has been crazy.

Hello out there. I’m still here! Things have gotten nutty in my world and I am not really able to go in to the specifics. But, I’m still fighting the good fight. At the beginning of November I did the Awesome 80s Run 5K again. Two groups of girls wouldn’t let me pass them. It made me mad! I beat one group through the finish, with Patrick doubling back to run the last 0.1 with me.

Totally awesome post-race shot!

Totally awesome post-race shot!

I kicked my gym training up. I was going to 2 circuit training classes a week and 2 TRX classes a week. I did a 60 day Beachbody Challenge. Things were great. Then, 2 of my trainers left my gym. Don’t worry, I’m following one to her next thing. And the other, well, as soon as I know what he’s up to – I’ll be back with him, too. I’ve also decided to completely double down on fitness and Beachbody by becoming a Coach.

I am faithfully drinking my Shakeology every day and I’ve seen some great improvements to my health! I’m so much more regular, my energy is up, and I’m not hungry between meals.

I promise, I’ll be back with more posts and craziness. I just wanted to fill you in on what’s up!

Throwing stuff on the wall

I’m a scientist by training and mindset. I like to do one thing at a time and evaluate the result. But I’m throwing out scientific methodology and I’m going to do everything like it was the last time I could.

My Whole30 was the first time I have had a significant weight loss since we lived it Atlanta. Sure it disrupted the hell out of my life for 30 days, but 14 lb is NOTHING to sneeze at.

In my time off Whole30 I’ve definitely struggled to find my groove. I have stepped up my workouts to include more slower pace, higher mileage days. I’m still circuit training, but my diet has been another story.

I didn’t bother with a nice reintroduction period after Day 31. I just jumped back in to what I would have eaten before. (I did wait until AFTER my 5K race to break my paleofast.) While the things I eat normally aren’t terrible, I do over indulge. My efforts to get back on track haven’t really taken hold.

So I’m throwing things at the wall, so to speak, to see what sticks.

1. I’m getting B vitamin shots. I’ve started seeing a naturopathic doctor here in SoCal. How very SoCal of me, right? I’m getting Skinny Shots at Bloom health, which include B-6, B-12, methionine, choline, and inisitol. The idea is improved liver function supported by these vitamins will help fat metabolism, etc. I’m trying this because I know I’m really vitamin deficient and I more than suspect it is because my digestive tract isn’t working properly. So supplements do not help me much and the diet changes are slow going.

2. I’m also working with my new doctor to fix my digestive system. Right now I’m doing a bunch of testing and eventually I’m going to do a detox with her. It will be 30 days of eating like Whole30, with additional restrictions and a mandatory shake/supplement schedule. I’m really ready to try whatever I have to do get this under control.

3. My circuit training class has been completely changed. Instead of basically going to a class with my trainer where I am the only student, I have been promoted to another circuit training class with about 10 other women run by a kick ass lady trainer. Today was my first workout with them. Holy stairs, Batman! 24 flights! Lots of other hellish exercises, but I really hate stairs. Outside, in the sun, after the marine layer burned off. I’m hoping that the change up helps kick me in to gear.

**I’m totally going to miss my trainer and when I found out my class was suspended, I was super sad. I’ve been working with him for over a year and half. He knows me, how I work, what I’m good at, what I can do, what I don’t think I can do, but I can. He can look at me and tell I need a juice box.

4. I’m doing a 6 week Beachbody challenge. I’m using the Turbo Fire cardio system and Shakeology. I have a great coach and a Facebook support group. I think I need the structure and the accountability. I also need to be immersed in “my tribe” to see this through. Turbo Fire is freaking hard! I’m really not the most coordinated person so the choreography is a challenge, even when it’s just basic.

5. I’m sure I’ll think of something crazy to throw in to the mix!

This is how I looked after my circuit training.

This is how I looked after my circuit training.

What’s Next?

That’s exactly what I’m trying to figure out. My Whole30 was so eye opening. It was successful. I made in 30 days staying as on plan. Whole30 is really, really strict – even for Paleo. I gave up chocolate for 30 days – that right there is a big deal. I lost 14 pounds. Even though in the midst of it all I didn’t feel like my GI symptoms improved – as soon as I had my first non-Paleo meal, I felt the difference. And, oddly, my lactose intolerance has been minimal since I finished the cleanse. That’s crazy.

I’m still doing my circuit training classes twice a week. Pretty soon it should be more than me and the trainer du jour. My main trainer – who is also the club’s fitness director, is going to really start pushing the classes and having some cool things going on. He wants to do one class a week out on the beach volleyball court. Circuit in the sand! So, it won’t be (basically) personal training twice a week anymore. But being with others will probably be really good for me. I’m pretty competitive, so this might really kick my butt.

I’ve started wearing my Fitbit again. I have yet to make it to 10,000 steps in a day but I’m easily getting in my 10 flights of stairs. I think that I just have to make a bit more effort with the walks. Fitbit is a really great way to see how you are doing. I’m a data person, so being able to look at a chart at the end of the day that says how I’ve been doing, it’s powerful.

Planning is something I pretty much suck at when it comes to meals. I don’t keep lists for shopping, I really go off my whims easily. I picked up a meal planning pad at Marshall’s the other day. I’m going to see if I can make it work.

Picked this up for $2.99 in orange.  It's on Amazon for $8.99! It's simple, but I think it could work for me.

Picked this up for $2.99 in orange. It’s on Amazon for $8.99! It’s simple, but I think it could work for me.

For awhile now I’ve been thinking about Shakeology. I follow a Beachbody coach named Jamie DeLorme on Facebook and she offered some free sample to try. It’s not bad, and I like how it’s pretty packed with nutrients. I think I’m going to give it a try, along with a 60 day challenge. One reason Weight Watchers worked for me in the past is the accountability – the support. So I think that this will fill that role for me. Especially now that my husband and I spend 5 days a week apart (and he’s totally on another fitness level as me, anyway!) and I really don’t have close friends around me that are in my same situation. It will be good to connect with others in my tribe.

We're doing fine with the distance, but that doesn't mean we don't have bad days, or bad weeks.

We’re doing fine with the distance, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have bad days, or bad weeks.

I’ve also decided to embrace obsession. I obviously want to keep a balance in all things, but I can’t deny that I could use some single-minded focus right now.