A Starting Point

Soo….I’m putting it all out there this year. No hiding behind filters or angles, I’m going to be real. I’m talking about before photos and measurements. I’m not proud of where I am right now, I beat myself up about it a lot lately. But I know what I did to get to this place and I have a clear idea of how to get out of it.

I plan on combating this by following a ketogenic diet. My workouts will be a mixture of CrossFit, running, and swimming – until the end of February where I start incorporating some cycling. My first triathlon (olympic distance) isn’t until April 30th. Then 2 weeks later I have my first 70.3 of the year. After that I have a break for the summer – which means heavy in the CrossFit!!

I’m focused and excited – and yes a little scared. But I have a great support group and some awesome accountability groups to keep me on my A game! I’m definitely excited to see what 2017 has in store for me!

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Weigh in Wednesday

So I want to start talking about my transformation to where I am now.

At my heaviest, I was 185lbs of fatness. Not muscle + fat. Pure fatness.

This picture below is me at the same weight – just with a 20lb weight vest. I’m currently down 20lbs from my heaviest – which I am not happy about. This time last year I was 30lbs below my heaviest. At my best, I had gotten down to 40lbs below my heaviest.

Now 40lbs down was not the healthiest. I did it with dumb methods like eating like a rabbit and taking diet pills. I was young and stupid, whatever. I would like to get back down to 40lbs below my heaviest by lifting and then cutting and doing it healthy ways.

Now I said previously I’m not happy about only being 20lbs below my heaviest. With all my triathlon training, I’ve slacked on the weight training and building muscle….just a lot of cardio. Hard cardio, but cardio nonetheless. So I’ve managed to gain weight during triathalon training.

So my plans are to finish out this triathlon training, dial down my swimming. Do some yoga to reset my body. Then go at it with some Core De Force boxing/mma style workouts mixed with running to set up for the St Jude half in December and carry me into the NOLA Rock N Roll Marathon in February.

I have goals. I have plans. Now I just need to execute!

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3 Week Yoga Retreat!

A week ago I tried out Beachboy’s 3 Week Yoga Retreat workout. Most of you know that yoga isn’t really my speed BUT I gave this a try. My fur babies also decided to get in on the action – about 30 seconds in you can see my dalmatian, Gambit, upstage me in downward dog pose.

I really enjoyed this program – the direction was on point. I wasn’t confused throughout the workout. The moves weren’t crazy. There are modifications available AND the instructor is honest – he falls out of a pose and just gets back into it.

The session was about 30 minutes and I was sweating by the end of it! I thought only hot yoga would do that for me. It was a great workout and a great stretch for my entire body.

I definitely recommend this 3 week program!! And it would go hand in hand for someone doing the Ultimate Reset as that program focuses on diet as opposed to strenuous workouts. Comment for more details!

 

Insanity LIVE!

It’s been a few weeks, so I feel I can talk about it now – minus all the goober excitement.
Coach Summit 2016 – Nashville was my very first Beachbody Coach Summit. The only think I knew about it was what I had read from the agenda on the app, and what my team has told me about their experiences last year.
I signed up to get Insanity Live certified the day before Summit began. I figured getting it in a large group would keep attention off me and I would have to do much work. I ended up loving it!! The workout was brutal. Bruuuuuuutal. BRUTAL. Only because we were all giving it 150% to know what it’s like to go all out. We can’t ask a class to push it and not know what that feels like. It was my first time to do Insanity Live – I’ve only done Insanity and Insanity Max30 prior to the class. Brutal as it was, I LOVED it!
I love the blocks – they just flow. Kudos to Danielle for building that structure. I love the movements. They’re enough to push you, but not enough to kill you. The warm up changes each workouts, but the cool down is the same cool down from workout to workout. I cannot wait to teach it! I just need to learn it!
So why did I decide to get Insanity Live certified? As far as any of you know I’ve never wanted to teach group classes. I do want to get my CrossFit level 1 certification though – which is group exercise, right? See there. I actually like teaching. An introvert who likes teaching…mind blown yet? Here’s another one – my dad (also an introvert) doesn’t mind teaching either.
Teaching is easy per se. As an instructor/teacher YOU are in charge. YOU set the pace/tone/conversation. This is pure beauty to an introvert because of the problems with being an introvert come with the unknown. What is that person going to ask? How many people are going to the party? Will all eyes be on me as I fail to think of a proper answer?
So yes, I’m excited/nervous/ready to being teaching Insanity Live. Now who needs me to come teach some classes?!
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Pensacola FitClub

Last week we conquered Shaun T’s T25 total body circuit workout AND some Max30 Ab Attack!! In the same breath that I say I love me some Shaun T, I also hate me some Shaun T.  Holy moly the intensity!!! But as you’ll see from the video – I take my rest breaks!!! Sometimes I just lay on the floor and recover. BeastMode needs breaks too! 😉

Here’s a little video of our workout.

Does your city have a fun FREE workout every week?? Does it need one? (That answer is YES btw)

I Love to Ride my Bicycle!

So that’s not 100% true. But lately, I’ve been liking it more and more than the past few months. Mainly because I’ve been training with Mere Mortals AND I have some awesome friends who are willing to wake up early on their weekends and ride with me. How awesome is that?!

We’ve been riding out a Fort Pickens in Pensacola, Florida. Which is really awesome for cyclists for multiple reasons:

  • It is gorgeous in the morning! White sandy beaches, emerald green water, awesome history
  • Limited and slow traffic – usually only people fishing, camping, or day use beach goers
  • No hills!!!
  • Loops so you can stop at your car, not have to load all your nutrition and fluids for 60 mile adventure

So I made a brief video of us riding and exploring – more to come!

Summit 2016 – Three Week Yoga Retreat

Let’s talk about something that is not really in my wheelhouse – Yoga. Should I do more yoga, absolutely!

Do I…

::crickets::

But I vow to try this program once it comes out to work on flexibility!!

So, the cool thing about 3 Week Yoga Retreat is that it’s exclusively on Beachbody On Demand. Don’t have On Demand access? Sign up here to start streaming workouts today!

Lucky for me I have On Demand access so I will definitely be streaming this (again – hello challenge group!!!)  If anyone out there as ever considered the Total Refresh – this should be a perfect program to meld into it.

What is 3 Week Yoga Retreat?

3 Week Yoga Retreat is Beachbody’s first-ever yoga program designed for beginners. For those who have always been interested in yoga but were too intimidated to try, this is the perfect place to start. This is yoga stripped down to the mat. No candles, no chanting, no OHMs. Learn the basics in 21 classes, one per day, for 3 weeks. Each class is 30 minutes or less, taught by one of four Yoga Experts. Experience all the benefits of yoga and be able to excel in any yoga class.

Who should use the program?

Anyone who is a yoga beginner, especially those who have always wanted to try yoga. It’s also valuable for people who are looking to complement their current fitness, become more flexible, reduce stress, or improve balance.

Workout Descriptions

Week 1: Foundation with Vytas Learn the fundamentals and build a solid foundation with a different focus each day of the week.
Week 2: Expansion with Elise Elise picks up where Vytas leaves off and builds on poses and postures from week 1 to reach the next level.
Week 3: Progression with Ted Ted pushes students a little harder, offering them a chance to see all the progress they’ve made. This is where the many benefits of yoga can really be seen and felt.
Weekends with Faith On Saturdays, it’s time to RELAX with Faith. On Sundays, pick any of the 10 minute classes.

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Summit 2016 – Core de Force

I just want to let you all know I am STUPID excited for this program! And yes, there WILL be a challenge group for it. I used to train Muay Thai weekly for months. Then I added kickboxing….then I moved. 

I have yet to get back into that routine and can honestly say I MISS it!!! I had a chance to try this workout at #CoachSummit2016 and let me tell you, it will rock your world!

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