Focus T25 – Day 4

My abs got a serious workout yesterday, and I’m feeling it today. I can’t say enough about how much I love this program. Everyone has 25 minutes of their day that they can give to getting off the couch and getting up on their feet. I know that there are some days were you don’t actually sit at all,  but I also know people who say they don’t have time end up on the couch at night for 2-3 hours watching t.v. EVERYONE HAS 25 MINUTES IN THEIR DAY TO MOVE!

Yesterday’s workout like I said was ab intervals. The primary focus was abs, with a little mix of cardio to keep you going. The moves weren’t sitting on the floor doing crunches, which have been proven to not have any great impact on actually sculpting your abs. Instead you were rotating your body, moving your legs and arms, and tightening your abs during ever move. The focus part of T25 for me is to make sure I’m doing the move right, and squeezing or tightening the appropriate part of the body  (legs, butt, abs).

Focus T25 Day 4

I was determined and focused during this workout and the soreness I’m feeling today proves it.

Yesterday I ate clean. While I did enjoy Indian food for dinner (so there isn’t a photo), I managed to control myself throughout the day and even at dinner. Breakfast – Bowl of fruit and homemade gluten-free bread with peanut butter. Really digging the bread I made. Way better than anything currently one the market. AM Snack – Greenberry Shakeology with cranberries and peaches (so yummy). Lunch – Veggie stir fry with brown rice. PM Snack – Veggies with homemade hummus. Dinner – Chicken Tikka Masala from this great Indian restaurant here in Austin called G’Raj Mahal Cafe. It’s not a food truck, but all the seating is outside under tents and the food is made in a trailer/truck. We were told they are building an actual restaurant that will be opening in January. Can’t wait to check it out!

Post reset clean eating day 4

Lots to get done this weekend and not a lot of time to do it in. Can you believe next Thursday is Thanksgiving?!?! Where has the time gone?


Focus T-25 – Day 3

Even though I went to bed early on Tuesday night, and got a good 8 hours of sleep, Wednesday was maybe the hardest day for me to get out of bed. Good news though, I GOT UP! I got my workout clothes on, which I laid out the night before, and pressed play. I was happy I did. ONLY 25 MINUTES!

Focus T25 Day 3

As you can tell I had quite the workout – Total Body Circuit – that it was my friends, that it was. There are areas where I have always been pretty strong, push ups are one of them. I’ve also been pretty good at holding a plank. However, when you start alternating arms and moving from left to right, it add a whole new element.

I am feeling stronger every day, and mentally finding zen. Little things that would have bothered me a couple of months ago, now don’t. With a clearer head I stop, think about what happened and if I can make light of a situation or laugh at it, I do. Re-learning to only take life seriously when necessary. 🙂

Yesterday was a good clean eating day until the grilled cheese sandwich I devoured last night. Breakfast – Bowl of fruit with homemade gluten-free bread & peanut butter. Snack – Greenberry Shakeology with cranberries and peaches. Lunch – Quinoa patties on top of spinach. PM Snack (which I didn’t have until 5 p.m.) – Veggie and hummus. Late dinner – Grilled cheese sandwich.

Clean eating post reset day 3

Because yesterday was so busy I wasn’t really thinking about when I needed to eat, so by the time I was hungry again in the afternoon it was almost time for dinner. The veggies would have held me over for the night, but I gave into my desire for the grilled cheese sandwich later on in the evening. It’s all good. Another day to eat better.

A fun new adventure I took part in last night was a glass blowing class. My friend Jamie found a Gropoun for it, and we decided to check it out. It was SO much fun!!! We each made a little something – Jamie made an ornament and I made a little vase. The class is a little on the pricy side, but it makes sense why. They have these huge machines that must use a lot of energy. Plus, the cost of materials might be a little expensive too. Either way, it was 100% worth it, and I’d do it again not at the discounted price.

Glass blowing class

Picking up my piece tomorrow, so I’ll share a picture with you when I have it.

Question: What’s something new you’ve tried recently?

Focus T25 – Day 2

A very special Happy birthday to my beautiful sister!!! It’s clear that there was a lot of love between the two of us even from a young age. Cheers to a great day, and an even better year ahead!!! Love you!

Erin and Me_86

I’m going to make this brief, as I have a lot of work to do. Yesterday was day two of Focus T25 – Speed 1.0. It was great! I felt great, moved 100% of the time, and didn’t have to modify as much.

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I had some trouble getting out of bed because I went to bed late the night before, but I got up! At some point I will go to bed earlier so it isn’t as hard to wake up. Good news, I still managed to get out of bed, got my workout done, made breakfast, got ready for work and was still the first one to the office. Thank you Shaun T for your 25 minute workouts!

How did I do with my eating yesterday? Better than Monday, but still not great. Breakfast – Gluten free bagel (made with Smart Flour Foods all-purpose flour; AMAZING) with hummus and 2 scrambled eggs with spinach. Morning Snack – Greenberry Shakeology with cranberries and peaches. Lunch – Salad with cucumbers and tomatoes, and lentil-lime salad (Ultimate Reset favorite recipe). Afternoon snack – blueberries and an apple. Dinner – Grilled cheese on homemade gluten-free bread (which I made this weekend with Smart Flour Foods all-purpose flour), and tomato soup.

Food Post Reset Day 2

I had a little bit of a stomach ache last night, but nothing too bad. Trying to be better about adding certain foods into my routine again – eggs, bread, cheese.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have some more time to share with you more about Focus T25 and other Beachbody programs. They’re fantastic!

Question: What workouts are you doing?

A New Workout Program

Ever need a push to keep you going in your workouts? Ever get tired with the same old workout? I know that after a while I need something new and different. I AM NOT A GYM GIRL! The time it takes me to get to the gym I could be doing something else. In January 2012, when I started my journey to get healthy, I did P90X for 90-days. I fell in love with working out again. Not only did I feel better, but I appreciated the convenience of working out from home. I could either roll out of bed and workout first thing in the morning, or have my workout waiting for me when I got home. (The bonus with this was I could immediately shower and make dinner when I was done; again not something that you can do when you workout at the gym.) After P90X I did Insanity, did a month of a hybrid of the two programs, and then finished the year with ChaLEAN Extreme. I started this year with the Ultimate Reset, then Insanity followed by Insanity Asylum. I promise I’ll break these programs down in another post.

I believe I have mentioned it before, but I haven’t worked out since May because I herniated a disc. I actually was working out from February (when I did it, I think snowboarding), until May when the doctor said STOP. I was finally cleared to workout again in August, but I couldn’t get myself back into a workout routine. A few friends in an accountability group I am a part of, started talking about doing the Ultimate Reset. I had purchased it earlier in the year when they had a sale, so I thought “Why not!?”.

A light bulb went off: THIS was my opportunity (and push I needed) to end this year on a high note and get back on track! I was going to do the Ultimate Reset at the end of October/beginning of November to get my eating back on track. After the reset I was going to start Focus T25 to get my workouts back on track. Well, I’m happy to report, I started Focus T25 yesterday! I woke up early and got it done before my work day. It was the perfect way to start my day, and week.

First day wasn’t too shabby. I modified several of the moves because I haven’t worked out in six months, and to hurt my back. I don’t want get start and then have to stop again. I don’t mind modify to get myself going. I’ll be stronger for it later down the road.

Focus T25 Day 1

I had a great workout! I’M BACKKKKKKKKK!

Yesterday was day 1 post reset. I was good almost all day until a little snack I had in the afternoon. This past weekend I made gluten-free bread, coffee cake and funfetti mini cakes. The bread and coffee cake turned out AMAZING! The funfetti tasted great, but I bought the wrong sprinkles so the colors bled into the cake batters. Oops! 🙂

So, what did I eat yesterday? Breakfast – Bowl of fruit and a piece of my gluten free bread with 1 Tbsp of peanut butter. AM Snack – Greenberry Shakeology with peaches and cranberries. Lunch – Spaghetti squash with homemade pesto and Sweet potato and red pepper soup. PM Snack – Funfetti cake and homemade hummus with veggies. Dinner – Lobster tail, asparagus and scalloped potatoes. (Yesterday the boy and I celebrated his birthday together. I made him something nice because it was his birthday. He also enjoyed a piece of steak.) Dessert – 1/4 of a small reese’s peanut butter cup blizzard. (I joking said last week that all I wanted was a blizzard. When the boy showed up to my place he had bought us each a blizzard. Aww!)

Clean Eating

All in all it was a great day! I feel better because of the clean eating, and I’m hoping I will feel that much better because of my clean eating AND workouts!

Question: Where do you prefer to workout (i.e. gym, at-home, studio, etc.)

Ultimate Reset – Days 18-21

Well, it’s official I am done with the Ultimate Reset!!! It was harder the second time around because I am in this new city and there was always something happening. I would say I was good 93-95% of the time. Week three led to a few slip ups, but it’s okay. I got my eating back on track and I am ready to focus on my workouts. Off to a good start too; I woke up this morning and did T25. It’s awesome! More on that tomorrow.

How did the last four days of the reset go? Pretty well. These were four of the hardest days because I knew it was the end, and because I was hungry all the time. I also worked from home two days last week, and both days I had afternoon slip ups. It’s okay. Again, you can’t be perfect 100% of the time.

So, how am I feeling? AMAZING! I have a ton of energy. I was super busy this weekend running errands, getting organized (wait until you see my closet), and having a little fun too (go karts on Saturday & brunch on Sunday; no I didn’t eat). I do feel lighter (I probably lost around 5 pounds doing the reset), and sleep amazing at night. I’m looking forward to keeping this clean eating trend moving forward.

Do I notice any physical changes? I know I said I could see changes, but then as week three was coming to a close I no longer saw any changes. Thankfully before I started the reset I took pictures. I took them this morning and noticed changes. This is exactly why Beachbody encourages you to take pictures. Sometimes we have this mental block; we’re feeling and thinking one way, and seeing another way. The fact is I was feeling great, but I started to doubt and not see any changes to my body. I’m happy to report there are changes. Even though they were small, there were still changes. The point of me doing this reset was to get back on track. I know changes to my body will continue as I start working out again.

What am I eating? I had a lot of good food the last four days of the reset. I ended up substituting a few things on the last day for my favorite meals I love on the reset.

Thursday: Breakfast – Bowl of fruit and tea. Lunch – Microgreen salad with a sweet potato. Snack – Blueberries and an apple. Dinner – Delicata squash and green beans.

UR Day 18

Friday: Breakfast – Bowl of fruit. Lunch – Mircogreen salad with pumpkin seeds and Hearty miso soup (LOVE THIS SOUP). Snack – Blueberries and an apple. Dinner – Roasted beets, tempeh and coconut collard greens.

UR Day 19

Saturday: Breakfast – Bowl of fruit. Lunch – Jicama and avocada salad. Snack – Blueberries and an apple. Dinner – Stir fry veggies and kale chips.

UR Day 20

Sunday: Breakfast – Bowl of fruit. Lunch – Microgreen salad and Asian cabbage salad (another FAVORITE of mine). Dinner – Asian cabbage salad and coconut collard greens.

UR Day 21

I planned my meals for the week (90% clean eating), and have my workouts ready to go. Tomorrow I’ll fill you in on my weekend fun and my new workout! Hope everyone had a great weekend. Happy Monday!

Ultimate Reset – Days 16 & 17

Yesterday was a busy day “at the office”. I ended up working from home so that I could get work done. I needed to be able to focus, and sometimes there are distractions in the office.

Before my work day started I went over to the boy’s place and surprised him with breakfast (a donut and breakfast sandwich) and a peppermint mocha. He was getting ready to head out of town for work so I wanted to make sure he had a proper breakfast before hitting the road. He was surprised and very grateful. Happy Birthday!

Birthday Boy

Moving on 🙂

So, how am I feeling? Great actually! I got a decent amount of sleep the last few days, which has definitely helped my mood. My back is feeling good too. I’m a little concerned about starting T25, but I know I can modify if my back starts to hurt. These next few days I am going to work on stretching. I know it is important to do regularly, and will be extra important as I get back into my workout routine. Life is good right now and I’m very grateful for what I have.

Do I notice any physical changes? Yes! This morning I noticed my stomach was a little flatter and had some definition. I need to work on my love handles, but I know they will be taken care of when I start working out again. I’m not stressing about it, because I’m still beautiful with them. I known mentally I would just be happier and feel more comfortable in my skin if I worked them out.

What am I eating?

Tuesday: Breakfast – Fruit Bowl. Lunch – Microgreen Salad with pumpkin seeds. Snack – apple and blueberries. Dinner – Roasted Delicata Squash and green beans with lemon. I hadn’t had delicata squash before and I must say, it’s DELICIOUS!

UR Day 16

Wednesday: Breakfast – Fruit Bowl. Lunch – 3 cup of salad with a few cucumbers and tomatoes. The menu called for Moroccan Carrot salad, but after two I couldn’t eat it so I made Coconut Kabocha Squash soup. Much better choice. Snack – apple and blueberries. Dinner – Curried Cauliflower (so simple and so good!) and Kale Chips.

UR Day 17

I’m getting excited for the reset to come to an end so that I can create my own clean eating weekly meals. I was super successful with this in January, so I’m looking forward to do it again starting next week.

Question: Do you plan your meals for the week? If so, what does a week look like?

Ultimate Reset – Day 15

Day 15 was a good day. I wasn’t very productive at work, which is actually becoming a pattern on Monday’s. This is not a good thing and something I need to work on moving away from. Yesterday we had a full house, meaning everyone who works in the office was in the office. This lead to lots of conversations not related to work. This isn’t a bad thing in the sense of getting along with your co-workers is a good thing, but it lead to less productivity. I have some pretty big deadlines coming up, so I am going to need to take some time away from the office so I can get my work done. Normally in this situations, I would go set up shop at a coffee shop, but since I can’t have coffee or a sweet treat it is best I stay away.

So, how am I feeling? Yesterday I felt pretty good. I wasn’t extremely focused on work, and I was a little tired because I didn’t go to bed until almost midnight. I really wish I could get myself in bed early. I need to just do it and stop talking about it. Maybe tonight I’ll be in bed by 10 p.m. (Monday night I didn’t go to bed until 11 p.m.). I am feeling lighter and overall happier.

I did put myself in a vulnerable position last night after dinner, but I’m happy to say I didn’t give in to temptation. Last night a small group of us went out to celebrate the boy’s birthday (yes again! One birthday celebration isn’t enough). Look how happy he is with his dessert (which he said wasn’t all that great).

Birthday boy pictures

So what was the temptation? Half the people at the table had fries. It took everything in me not to snatch one. I was able to talk myself out of doing so because 1. I wasn’t hungry 2. it would be going against the reset and 3. I’m not sure that there wasn’t cross-contact with gluten. I wasn’t about to get double the stomachache!

Tonight-Thursday I’m putting myself in seclusion so I can get things done. This will be good because there won’t be any temptation, and I can force myself to go to bed early!

Do I notice any physical changes? Still feeling like I’m slimming down. I did step on the scale this morning and I’m sure I’ve lost weight. I semi-know where I was when I started, and now I know where I am. I would say I’ve probably lost any where between 5 and 7 pounds. Again, I welcome the weight loss, but for me it was about feeling better about myself, getting back on track, and recreating healthy habits. I’m on my way!

What am I eating? Day 15 was a good day of food, although I was a little hungry during the day. Breakfast – Fruit Salad. Lunch – 1/4 an Avocado, Asian Cabbage Salad (which I LOVE), and Miso Soup. Dinner – Sweet Potato and Garlic Veggies. (Important to note: both weeks 2 and 3 of the reset I have been enjoying an apple and blue berries for a snack in the afternoon. This is one of the approved snacks for these two weeks and it keeps me full until dinner.)

How yummy does this food look? So much color!!! 🙂

UR Day 15

I think I’m going to try and make the Asian Cabbage Salad again this week because it was so good! This week I am going to plan for next week and the week after (in two weeks I’ll be home so I am really going to need to plan). Failing to plan is planning to fail. I’m planning on ending this year on a high note!

Question: Do you plan? If so, what do you plan?