Insanity: Round 2; Month 1 – Day One/Two

Where have I been? What have I been up to? It’s been since October 2015 since my last blog. Back in May (this year) I said “I’ll blog my progress every day.” I didn’t.

I’ve been in school working on my Master’s degree. I thought, no it won’t take up much of my time. It seems like every other 8-week term it’s taken my life. I can’t juggle all the balls I have in the air, so my love of being a Beachbody Coach has been put to the back burner while I go through school.

To get to the matter at hand… Insanity, Round 2!!! YES! I said it, Round 2!!! insanity

I never thought I could complete this program, but I did. So how did Round 1 go? Eh… I kind of half-assed Month 1 and then something clicked in Month 2. Did I workout 6 days a week? No. I tended to skip the Recovery days and rested Sunday’s, sometimes Saturdays. BUT something clicked in Month 2 and I did pretty much 5-6 days a week of Insanity for most of the 4 weeks. So I decided to start Round 2 after a week off in between finishing Round 1.

So — Month One, Day One/Two… what does that even mean? It means I skip the Fit Test and do Day 2 of the program. I know, I know… follow the calendar, Jenn. I do follow it, but quite honestly, I don’t care about the Fit Test. I don’t care if I can do only 10 power jumps and 15 power jumps in 2 weeks. I feel it. Through Month 1 and Month 2 I noticed the strength in my upper back, shoulders and arms and core when I didn’t have to always modify push-ups. I can do real (ok, I go about half way down) push-ups. That is MY fit test.

Moving forward…

The Warm-Up — so one would think “Shoot, I’ve done this before. 40 minutes is NOTHING after 4 weeks of 60 minute workouts. I’ve got this.” Yea, F that… I went right back to “I think I’m going to die!” during the warm-up. 3 Rounds of the warm-up, then stretching. Knowing the format of the stretches, I move through them faster than the workout does. While he’s talking form, I’m moving into a different stretch, giving myself a 4-to-8 count through all stretching moves. I shaved off about 1-minute doing this because I added a stretch in somewhere.

The Workout — here is the CORE of the work. 20-25 minutes of hard, intense exercise. I love it. 2 Rounds of 3-sets of HIIT moves. Each set has 4 different moves you do for 45-60 secs, and then a 30 sec break. The last set will add on 1-3 “bonus” type moves. These are the moments you’re calling him a total jagoff because you think you’re already dying and then he adds 3-minutes onto your last set.

How many times is this guy going to tell me to check my heart rate in the middle of jumping around? Doing Power Jumps and in the middle of it Shaun T is saying “check your heart rate!!” It’s high, I feel it, it’s beating out of my chest and I can’t breath. I don’t need to stop and check my heart rate, pal.

The Cool down — Amazing stretching.

What am I eating these days? 

  • I’ve re-joined Weight Watchers. Yes, ha, I’m a Beachbody Coach and they have those awesome colored containers for portion control. For me, it’s too much stress to add onto my already stressed shoulders. Weight Watchers takes away the guess work.
  • I’m still Gluten Free 98% of the time. I’m Dairy Free like 20% of the time, although I should up it to like 90%. I’m Egg Free probably 50% of the time. I don’t eat them regularly like I used to, but I don’t always avoid things I know might have them.
  • Shakeology – while I believe fully in the product and even the price behind it, right now I don’t have it as regularly as I was. When I do, it’s only Chocolate Vegan. I probably have it 2-3x a week at the moment. It’s not that I’m avoiding it or lost my belief in the health benefits, it’s more I need to avoid sugars for awhile to continue healing my gut. Once I’m healed, I’ll bring more Shakeology back into my diet.

Supplements I take:

When I workout – I always take Beachbody Performance Energize to wake me up and pretty much force that 5:30am workout.

Otherwise, I take a Probiotic, magnesium glycinate, Vitamin D3 2000 IU’s, and Vitamin C (3 chewable tablets)

 

 

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Cizing It Up

My August Challenge Group started this week and a handful of us are working our way through Shaun T’s newest program, CIZE. It’s fun, it’s hard and the more I do it, the better I get.

Now, I’m fully aware what is easy to me is not easy to someone else. When I first asked the group which calendar they planned to follow, most said the advanced for 4 weeks. There is a non-advanced calendar where you do the same workout 6 days in a row, then move to the next workout on week 2 for 6 days in a row. While I was busy hoofing it to “You’ve Got This” on Day 2 of the Advanced, I started thinking “Maybe this isn’t the calendar to follow for everyone.” I uploaded my video (the one in this post) to my group and told them to really follow their gut on if they need to repeat day 1 for an entire week so they can get the steps down. This was the 4th or 5th time I’ve done “You’ve Got This” and it was the first time I really had it. I might find next week, when I go into week 2, that I will need to default to the same workout every day, or I may find I can alternate the 2 workouts on the Advanced calendar.

My biggest thing is as long as you are DOING the workouts and following the program you’ll see success. Whether success is weight loss, being able to complete the dance without mistakes, or staying at their pace, or even just going through 4-6 weeks of Cize, you’ve had success. You’re dancing around those sitting on the couch, therefore you’re moving and moving is better than doing nothing.

Summit and Lots of New Things!!!

Beachbody Coach Summit

I’ll start with my experience at Coach Summit and then roll into the new products coming out.

Summit was great – minus the heat and humidity. I was able to see quite a few great speakers, like Chalene Johnson, Top Coach 2013 Lindsay Matway and Top Coach 2014 Melanie Mitro, as well as other fantastic coaches and speakers.

I did a live workout with Shaun T for his new program Cize. This was pretty much my main event (in my mind). To be in the same room with the man, to hear him provide motivating and inspiring words was truly a blessing and a dream come true (well, a dream since I started with T25 back in January 2014).

Meeting my upline team was awesome too. I found a great friend in my roommate, and she is also my soul sister. I haven’t laughed that hard over the amount of days we spent together, in a long time. We clicked from the minute we met and it was nice hanging with someone who was ready to leave when I was ready to leave.

All in all, it was a great time and a great learning experience. It has given me the desire to want to grow my business and my team and to be a great leader. I’m going to set some goals and start working towards achieving them.

New products!!!!!! NEW PRODUCTS!!!!

First and foremost

CIZE!!!!

One of the most exciting workout programs to come out in a while is CIZE!! It’s FANTASTIC and so much fun!! Best yet, you don’t have to do burpees!!! If you like dancing, this is definitely for you. I still have 3 available spots for my August 3rd challenge group!! Order your copy today!!

*** Anyone purchasing the Cize Challenge Pack will recieve a $10 Amazon e-Card from me.

*** Anyone who purchases a challenge pack and signs up as a Coach will receive the Fixate Cookbook from me!

Next up….

Shakeology Boosts (Available today, July 21st)!!!

Focused Energy, Digestive Health, Power Greens!!!

Read more about them here: http://www.shakeology.com/blogs/2015/07/18/shakeology-boost-newest-member-family/

And last but not least (I put these in the order they’re available)

Beachbody Performance Line: Available July 22nd

I’m most excited about this line. I’m very intrigued by the Hydrate and Recharge. Once I finish my current batch for E&E I’ll order the Energize. I’ve heard great things about the Recover as well (a chocolate protein shake). Many have told me the chocolate flavor is amazing and delicious. I have a sample pack at home of each of the below items, minus creatine. I’ll post a blog about my experience with each of them and my thoughts.

The performance line can be purchased separately or there will be 3 bundles available:

1. Energize and Recover

2. Energize, Hydrate, Recover, Recharge

3. Energize, Hydrate, Recover, Recharge, Creatine