Another 24 Day Challenge – Day Five

It’s day 5!  And how did I start my day?  WITH INSANITY!  OMG it was tough!  I had to drop down to the modified movements and take breaks, but I finished.  The instructor was super fantastic.  He did a fit test first, then showed us how to do the routine before jumping right into it.  I’ve never done some of those exercises so the pointers he gave us were a big help.  The Diamond Jumps, Squat Push-Ups, Frog Leaps with Burpees and oh the Pike Up on the stability ball… WOWZERS!  Talk about testing my abilities… WHEW!  Anyway I video taped myself before and after.  The after one really cracks me up.  You have to watch it.

 Before Insanity Take One

After Insanity Take Two

My Recap of 24 Day Challenge this Week

Day 1-3

Fiber Drink and Herbal Cleanse

Fiber drink is a great solution that not only supports digestion but also enhances weight management program.

herbal cleanse advocare

Easy Lunch Meal –  Lemon Pepper Tuna Wrap

Lemon Pepper Tuna Wrap

Low Activity – Crunches and Walking

Beautiful Sunrise

Day 4-5

Probiotics and Herbal Cleanse

Easy Dinner Meal – Turkey Patty, Long grain rice with black beans and steamed broccoli.

turkey patty, rice, black beans and broccoli

Activity – Crunches, Spin Class and Insanity

spin class

Insanity Fitness Guru – Matt

Insanity Fitness Instructor

24 Day Challenge Journal – Favorite Dishes and Recipes

What do I eat when I’m on the 24 Day Challenge?

Through the entire challenge I keep up a healthy balance diet with physical activity.  I follow the food suggestions that are in the 24 Day Challenge guide and plan my meals for the week.  This post includes my favorite dishes and links to the recipes I enjoy eating when I’m on the 24 Day Challenge.

24 Day Challenge Daily Guide

The food suggestions that are recommended are merely a guideline and not a definitive list of what can and cannot be consumed during the 24 Day Challenge.  Please consult your healthcare provider before making any dietary or fitness modifications.

24 Day Guide

Egg Muffins

Easy to go breakfast and very simple to  put together. You can also freeze them.

Recipe link:

Egg Muffins

Egg Muffins

Southwest Cobb Salad

When I’m dinning out, I normally order a salad. (It depends on the restaurant.) The Southwest Cobb salad is very delicious.  Lots of veggies and grilled chicken.

Southwest Cobb Salad

Healthy Turkey Meatballs

My first time making these meatballs.  Very tasty! I found the recipe on Pinterest.

Recipe link:

Super Healthy Ultra Clean Meatball Recipe

Healthy Turkey Meatballs

Skirt Steak with Southwest  Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Spinach Salad

Southwest Mashed Sweet Potatoes:

Two sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed.

Add a half cup of black beans, half cup of corn, purple  onion and bell pepper to your liking, mix it in the mashed sweet potatoes.  I also used a southwest seasoning to give it a little kick.

Skirt Steak

Turkey Patty, Long Grain Rice and Veggies with Fruit Cup

Great mix!

Turkey, Veggies, Fruit Cup

Meal Replacement Pancakes

Easy recipe and they taste great!

Meal Replacement Pancakes

Chocolate Protein Pancakes with Honey

I used the chocolate meal replacement shake, added two teaspoons of natural honey and grapes. They were very delicious and took care of my chocolate craving!

Chocolate Protein Pancakes

Fitness in Review

If you have been following me for a while, then you know the story of me deciding to make changes in my life.  One major change was leaving a job that no longer served me, the next was to improve my health and lose some weight. Well here I am almost three years later… Still going strong!

This year I had three main fitness goals to accomplish:

Drop A Size
(My goal was to get into a pair of jeans I haven’t worn since 2005.)
Met Jean Goal
 
10K Race
10K race 
 Lose 15-20 More Pounds
(One Year  – After completing three Advocare 24 Day Challenges and regular physical activity.)
One Year - 24 Day Challenge I’ve met two out of the three goals, lost 6-7 lbs and some inches.

It has always been a challenge for me to keep the weight off. I’m tooting my horn today because although I may not have reached my goal of losing more weight, I have met a long time goal of KEEPING IT OFF ! WOOT! A huge pat on my back for having faith in myself and the determination to keep going in spite of obstacles.  The hard work and dedication is paying off. (See transformation photo below.)

Transformation

Big shout out to my family, friends, fitness coaches, running coaches, nutritionists, runners, workout buddies and Advocare peeps who have given their time, support and encouragement. I’m truly grateful!

As the New Year approaches, I look forward to new goals, new healthy habits, meeting new runners/fitness friends and training for my first half marathon. Oh boy!

So here’s to another year of workouts, long runs, eating healthy and fitness fun! Cheers to a New Year!

How I Spent My Summer Days

Hi friends,

It’s been a long time since my last post. Lots of exciting things have happened in the past three months so let’s catch up.

Independent to Permanent

My last post was about the decision to leave the corporate world to venture out as an independent contractor.  For a year I worked independently for a company who believed in my idea and appreciate my hard work.  As of June of this year, I became a part of their team on a permanent basis and still get to work from home. Yay!  It feels great to be a part of a company that their values are aligned with my own.  I’m looking forward to an exciting and busy year with future opportunities.

If you missed my original post in May here it is below.

The Decision I Made That Changed My Life

My Fitspiration

This year on my fitness journey my goals were to continue to get in better shape for 5Ks, run one every month, shave 5 to 6 minutes off my time and drop 20 lbs.  I’m proud to say I have stayed committed to my goals except for the 5K every month; there were a few months I missed.

31-Day Challenge x 2                                             At the end of June I decided to create a fitness challenge because I was getting bored with the same old routines. I came up with 31 Days of Running in July. I thought if I run for 31 days and exercise maybe that would help me get in better shape, lose a few pounds and shave a couple of minutes off my time.  I reached out to my online friends to see if they were interested and we came up with 31-Day Challenge for those who didn’t want to run.  The 31-Day Challenge was to exercise 31 minutes for 31 days.  Once I had it all together, I created an event on Facebook so we could post our updates, motivation, challenges and successes.  It turned out so well, we did the 31-Day Challenge again for the month of August.

Things I’ve Learned Along The Way

The Do’s and Don’ts

1) Do determine your willingness for exercise.  Are you ready for your life to change?  If you are not, then you won’t stick to an exercise program or your goals.  Your mental attitude is one of the most important things when committing to a lifestyle change.

2) Do tell your doctor you want to begin a fitness program and get a medical exam to make sure you are healthy enough to start.

3) Do choose exercises you really enjoy.  Most likely you’ll give up if you don’t enjoy the workout routine.  Therefore make sure you choose the right activity like walking, running, zumba, jazzercise and many others for you to enjoy while working out.

4) Don’t set out of reach expectations.  We all have huge expectations when it comes to our fitness routine.  Be prepared for setbacks.  There will be days you will miss a workout, bad eating and plateaus where you feel that there isn’t any progress.

5) Don’t beat yourself up! Recognize that setbacks will happen and make adjustments in your routine and get back on track.

6) Don’t go over the top.  Make sure you know how to do every exercise properly and safely.  Injury is one of the biggest reason why exercising fails.

7) Don’t try to lose weight quickly.  Set a goal on a monthly basis versus a week.  For example my goal is to lose 3 lbs a month.  Even though it may not sound like a lot it adds up.  Take the time to learn how to have a positive mindset, to eat healthy foods, measure the right portion size, and exercise.  There are many great fitness and health websites and coaches that have educational information to help you on your journey.

Wrap Up

31 Days of Running 

As I started out struggling to make it to the end; I’ve seen my endurance and stamina increase during my runs where now I can make it to the end and finish strong.  I was able to push myself each day to get better on my breathing, pace and shaving my time. I just recently completed a 5K and I’m happy to say since my last race in May, I have shaved 2.50 minutes off my time! Hard work pays off!

United Way Hustle for Health 2012

 31-Day Challenge

I’ve learned a lot about exercise, running, metabolism, healthy foods and their ingredients and calories, required daily amounts of water, proteins, carbs, and fats, healthy cooking and new recipes. I saw so much improvement in my energy throughout the day because of exercising and eating the right foods. I’ve lost more inches than weight – not as much as I hoped for but the ball is rolling!!  I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I can do.

Being on this fitness journey has helped me identify and change a small number of my bad habits.  It has also condition my mind to be more conscientious about what I eat to energize and revitalize my body. So even though this challenge is over I will continue exercise, run and eat healthier food.

Appreciation

I want to give a quick thanks to everyone who participated in the challenges and a special thanks to Julie Walraven, Design Resumes, who wrote an awe-inspiring blog about it. I have posted it below.

The Challenge of Life in General