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Workout Program Showdown: ChaLean Extreme vs. T25

16 Jul

The showdown begins!  What showdown?  The big decision: now that I can’t do Insanity, which program will I do?  The opponents?  ChaLean Extreme and T25.  Both of these programs are by Beachbody (the makers of P90X and Insanity), which is a company I really like, and have found success with lately.  Why do I like their programs so much?  Well, frankly, I am kind of lazy.  I enjoy the pre-packaged style of these programs.  They normally are for a set length of time (2 or 3 months) and include a diet plan as well.  Essentially all I have to do is follow the recipe to success!  I don’t have to reinvent the wheel.  For me, this system works great as I really enjoy structure.  I like making and meeting milestones, and seeing progress.  Both of these programs will allow for structure, direction, and motivation.  Personally, without a set plan I tend not have quite as much success with fitness.  I will definitely remain active on my own, but having the structure is the little oomph I need (especially with all the weddings coming up – no pressure or anything :)).

Thanks to Beachbody’s satisfaction guarantee,  I actually was able to return Insanity and will now buy a lower impact program due to my knees.  What a win!  I’m so excited to select my next program and get going.  I have not done either ChaLean Extreme or T25 before, so they will be a completely new experience to me.

Wedding Fitness Goals

With 90 days until my brother’s wedding and 186 until my own, let’s just say my desire for fitness might be taking on a slightly more vain approach than usual.  Well, to be perfectly honest, I just don’t want to have to pay to get either dress altered (haha just call me el cheapo).  My bridesmaid dress for my brother’s wedding barely zips.  I’m talking barely.

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It zipped…thank goodness!

My own wedding dress fits snugly, but I don’t want any anxiety about either fitting.  I’m looking for a program that will help me tone and lose just a few pounds.  I also don’t want to lose too much weight – that means alterations as well!  Thanks to P90X I’m pretty close to where I’d like to be, so I’m also not looking for anything crazy extreme.

Detailed Personal Fitness Goals:
  • Trim and tone – looking for a lean look (think of all the pictures!!)
  • Working out up to 1 hour per day.  Ideally 5 days a week. (I like making fitness a priority, but want to also have a life :))
  • Low impact.  I can’t do anything that would mess up my knees.  My doctor said any exercises with heavy squats or angles on my knees are a no-go.
  • Enjoyable.  I tend to work out in the morning and I hate the morning (it’s a problem).  I want something I can look forward to.
  • Variety!  I love programs that have different workouts every day and give a lot of variety in the type of workout.
  • Easy to follow – make it simple for me.  I don’t want to think (remember, I’m lazy).
  • Lifting component.  I feel like I’m losing my strength from P90X – okay I’m definitely losing my strength.  I miss weight training.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these programs.  First up… ChaLean Extreme.

ChaLean Extreme

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From Beachbody’s website:

Get ready to burn fat, boost your metabolism, and get lean with ChaLEAN Extreme®. Trainer Chalene Johnson will help you build toned muscles so you can lose up to 60 percent of your body fat in just 3 months. ChaLEAN Extreme is designed to give you visible results in only 30 days.

Chalene’s Lean Phasing® technique shifts your body’s fat-burning focus from cardio to resistance training. By using weights or resistance bands, you’ll build lean muscle and ramp up your metabolism. When you have more muscle, you’ll burn fat long after your workout.

The details:

  • 90 day program
  • All days are under an hour, with the shortest around 35 minutes.
  • 6 days a week.
  • Nutrition guide included (Recipes though, which I stink at)
  • 15 workouts included
  • Variety of strength-training, cardio, and abs
  • Focus on lifting – similar to P90X in this sense.
  • Very positive reviews on Team Beachbody
  • Low impact and modifications shown in the DVDs

And on the other side of the ring, Focus T25, the brand new program from Beachbody.

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From Beachbody’s website:

25 MINUTES. 5 DAYS A WEEK. 100% RESULTS.

The only thing standing between you and the results you want is TIME.

Shaun T experimented for the last year to design a program that delivers the same kind of results you’d expect from an hour-long program, in under 30 minutes. He’s pulled out the rest to give you everything you need, nothing you don’t.

The result is FOCUS T25—and the name implies the intent: If you focus your intensity for 25 minutes, and you do it 5 days a week, you WILL get results.

The details:

  • 25 minutes a day
  • 5 days a week
  • Nutrition plan included
  • No reviews yet on Team Beachbody – it’s too new!
  • A little concerned it could be too high impact, though I’ve been told it’s not. Also seems that there are low impact modifications.
  • 10 week program
  • No equipment needed
  • 11 workouts
  • Variety of workouts
  • Simple movements and straight-forward instruction.

The Decision

Such a tough choice!  It seems like I’ll be in great shape (no pun intended, though it is a clever one ;)) with either option.  I may eventually do both of them, it’s just a matter of which one first!  I’m leaning toward ChaLean Extreme first to give my knees more time to recover…but I like the idea of T25 first because it might be more cardio focused and requires less time…remember the tiny Bridesmaid dress, yeah I need that to fit.  Will all the lifting in ChaLean Extreme cause me and my ginormous muscles to be busting out of the dress?  I’ve been thinking over the decision a lot lately and still can’t quite make up my mind.  Any ideas from those of you that have done either of these programs?

Until the decision is made… Happy Tuesday!

-Kelly

Have you done ChaLean Extreme or T-25?  What do you think is better? 

(Note: I do not work for Beachbody, coach, or have family/close friends that do, additionally I will be purchasing either program using my own money).

Updated Shakeology Thoughts

2 Jul

Chocolate-Shakeology

I have officially gone through my first entire bag of Chocolate Shakeology!  This equates to about a shake a day for a month.  A few months ago I gave a review on Shakeology based on a one packet taste.  Adam and I made a shake and gave it a whirl.  We loved it!  You can check out the full review here.  When I ordered the Insanity workout program I received a month’s supply of Shakeology as part of a Challenge Pack (a great way to bundle costs).  I knew from the sample that I wanted to give it a more everyday try.  Now that I’ve been drinking it more often I feel obliged to give an update as a regular user.

The Good:

  • Taste.  I still really like the taste.  Though I will say when I got my first bag it seemed different than the packet – but I think that might’ve had to do with expectations and anticipation waiting for it to arrive.  Overall I still give it an A for taste!  I mix mine with ice and water everyday.  It’s simple, but the ice makes it more smoothie-esque.  I know there are many recipes out there, but this easy one suits me just fine!
  • Ease.  This is a huge one for me.  It is so easy to drink a shake and know I’m getting some awesome nutrients.  I’m not a great chef and with my real chef (Adam) gone, I have to be more conscious about being a better eater.  Shakeology helps me know I’m getting lots of good stuff in one drink!  I love that I can mix a shake right before walking out the door – it’s awesome.
  • Cravings!  I actually sort of miss it when I don’t drink it for a few days.  When I was on vacation I didn’t bring any with me and boy did I miss it! That was one thing I couldn’t wait to get home to!  I knew I liked it, but I was a little caught off guard by the, dare I say, craving for it.
  • Health Benefits. I like the way it makes me feel.  I won’t say that wow bang boom my face is clear and my skin looks great and my health is at 100% (maybe I need to use it longer for those effects ;)), but I do like the way I feel when I’m drinking it.  A little bit could be a placebo effect (I know this is supposed to be healthy and make me feel great – oh look, now I feel great).  Either way I feel healthier and better when I drink it.

The Bad:

  • Expense.  It’s still expensive.  At $139 a bag (that lasts about a month) – it ain’t cheap.  It’s about 5 bucks a shake, which is a lot for me.  (Edit: Shakeology is a little under 139 per bag – so comes out to more around 4.5 per shake). At this point it is a cost I’m willing to work with (Adam is gone and I am buying less groceries :)).  If the cost becomes too much of a burden (remember, I’m planning a wedding people!) I will likely suspend it for a time until I’m able to budget for it.
  • Appropriate Expectations.  It’s not a miracle drug.  Shakeology is an awesome health drink, but I’m not going to expect it to cure my asthma or runner’s knee.  As long as your expectations are correct you’ll like it!  But maybe at 139 /bag you might think it should cure cancer ;)
  • Auto-Delivery.  Beachbody automatically enrolls you in auto-delivery.  Yeah – this was a shocker for me.  I knew you could do auto-delivery, I just didn’t know you had to opt out instead of opt in.  If you want to just try one bag be aware of this feature.  As soon as I figure out how to opt out I’ll let you know.  :)  Because I’m happy still using it I haven’t spent much time investigating.  But it was irritating seeing an unexpected charge on my credit card.  (Edit: check out Heidi’s comment below to see the logic behind auto-delivery aka Home Delivery).

Overall:

Personally I am enjoying the benefits of Shakeology and it allows me to spend less time on one meal of my day.  It makes more confident that I’m getting healthy foods in on a daily basis (hooray!) – because we know my Ramen dinners might not be doing the trick. ;)

I’d recommend it to folks that are looking for a convenient way to get better nutrition and are willing to spend a few extra bucks on it.  For me, at this stage in the game, it is a worthy expense!

-Kelly

Edit: I am not a Beachbody coach or affiliated with Shakeology in any way.

The Decision Not to Get Knee Replacements at Age 46

3 Jun

This post was supposed to be all about Day 1 of Insanity.  I would write about the difficult fit test (I was pouring sweat).  I would write about how I proudly crossed my workout off my Insanity wall calendar (I almost asked Adam to take a picture of me I was so excited).  I would write about my meals for the day, following the Insanity meal plan (I’ve been surprisingly satisfied).  I would tell you my initial thoughts and excitement (Shaun’s voice is slightly annoying, but I like the set).

Though all those things happened this morning, this post is not about all that…

This morning my alarm went off as usual and I excitedly remembered today was the day to start Insanity.  I laid in bed a few more minutes trying to convince myself to wake up.  No matter how excited I am for something, I still don’t want to wake up.  I must’ve fallen back asleep because I suddenly woke with a huge start, “I have a sports med doctor appointment this morning!!”  I completely forgot about my follow-up appointment and panicked that I was too late.  (How I remembered it in a start I have no idea).  Thankfully it was only 6:50 am and my appointment wasn’t until 8:30.  I decided to just move quickly in order to get through Day 1 of Insanity.  Adam took my before pictures and I watched the DVD.  Hilariously, step 1 was Obtain MD Consent…well isn’t that just convenient.  After finishing the fit test (I was only slightly sweaty and asthmatic), I quickly showered and went off to the doctor.

Over the last month, my recurrent knee pain has greatly reduced.  I have been going to physical therapy twice a week and performing exercises to strengthen my hips at home.  My Physical Therapist is wonderful and tells me I have been making great strides with my Runner’s Knee.  I would agree because my knees no longer ache at rest.  I’ve been feeling good and she even cleared me to start running this week (yay!).  My appointment today was with the sports med doc who originally diagnosed my runner’s knee and prescribed physical therapy.  Honestly I completely forgot about it altogether! (oops!) On my drive over I was contemplating whether or not to tell him I was starting Insanity.  After watching the intro DVD this morning I started getting really nervous.  It showed the proper form for squats, lunges, and jumps…all things my doc previously told me to avoid.  Is it possible Insanity might be harder on my knees than running?

Once I arrived a resident reviewed my symptoms and history.  He examined both knees and I explained the pain (and my decision to run 2 half-marathons sort of against doctor orders).  The resident was a runner and also has done Insanity – how convenient!  When I told him sheepishly I started Day 1 of Insanity today he just sort of shook his head.  He thought for a moment and said, “you know…Insanity will be harder on your knees than running.”  Le sigh.  I was really hoping he wouldn’t say that.  After he finished his exam my doctor came in to take a look.  He was very pleased with my progress and said that he could tell that things were looking better.  (Hooray!)  But… (and there’s always a but) my knees are still recovering and they aren’t fully there yet.  Okay.  I can deal with that.   He said it was time to start running and gave me a 5 week schedule to follow to build back up my mileage.  The first run is .5 mile just to give you an idea of where I’ll start out.  Double sigh.

Should I even mention Insanity?  He’s just going to say no.  If he doesn’t want me to run more than half a mile I hardly think he will allow Insanity.

“Well, I don’t know if the resident told you…but I just started Insanity today and I was hoping to incorporate that daily.”

Look of unhappiness crosses doctor’s face.

“Is that the one full of squats and jumping?”

I started feeling hot as my face turned red

“Yeah…”

After discussing it for a few minutes my doc agreed to allow me to start Insanity but… not bend my knees more than 30 degrees.  I also wasn’t allowed to double up running and Insanity – too much stress on my knees.  I could do one or the other.  I left with a running plan, prescription for orthotics, and a huge lump of disappointment in my stomach.  I couldn’t help but feel depressed.  My plans were all shot now!  I should’ve felt happy that my knees were making such good progress – instead I was so incredibly disappointed.

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Ignore the laughter – 2 convos at once…but you can see where Dr. Adam’s feelings are on the matter.

The rest of the morning I had a bit of a sad attitude and really didn’t know what to do.  Should I do Insanity, but have to modify like crazy and worry about my knees?  Should I push it off for a few months until my knees fully recover?  Should I try it for a week and see how my knees feel? I threw around all the options in my head and landed on what felt to be the smartest decision: I shouldn’t continue with Insanity yet.  (Noooooo!!)

My knees are just beginning to recover, I would be heartbroken if I had another setback with them.  Yes I’m a little heartbroken I can’t get going on Insanity, but the nice thing is: I still have the DVDs and program!  It isn’t going anywhere, there is no rush or time limit on finishing it.  I’m just going to have to be patient and wait until my knees are ‘back to normal.’  At the heart of things I’m a runner, and I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize that…especially after I’ve seen so many improvements lately.

So I’m sad to report that you won’t be able to follow along with the Insanity program.  No updates, no reports, and no reviews.  I always love following blogs that have goals and programs so it’s disappointing not to be able to write about that journey. But I think there comes a point where you just have to let go of ego (This is where I say get a grip Kelly…your only hard-core dedicated reader won’t care what you write about.  Hi Mom!) and do what’s smart.

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Yeah I even let this thought cross my mind…thank goodness for Adam and auto-correct.

So instead I’m going to come up with a game plan over the next few days and create a program to help strengthen my knees and my running.  I have no idea what that will look like – but I’m sure I will think of something.  Throughout the day I have felt more positive about my diagnosis, and honestly, I’m truly happy to be taking care of my knees.  I believe they will thank me some day.  And maybe, just maybe…I’ll get that sub 1:50 half-marathon.

So until I have a plan…have a happy Monday!

-Kelly

Weekend Relaxation and Insanity in the Morning

2 Jun

What a great weekend!  It all started with an amazing Thursday evening.  Adam is a wonderful singer and performed in a local cabaret.  It was a great opportunity to dress up and listen to my favorite crooner.  On Friday I left for a weekend in my former-home, Madison, WI.  I spent time with old girlfriends, and it was fantastic to catch up.  We enjoyed shopping, eating things not on the P90X nutrition plan, and even went to see Wicked!  It was phenomenal.  I even managed to find some green accessories and shoes for the engagement photo session next week. Score.  All in all, an awesome time.  I left Adam behind, but I don’t think he was too upset…reportedly lots of video game and TV time occurred.  Oh the horrors.

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Delicious heavenly cheese curds from Madison’s Farmer’s Market. I may or may not have eaten this entire bag. (Hey! I shared…)

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This chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream…totally on the P90X nutrition guide ;)

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Green shoes and accessories from a successful shopping trip!

After such a relaxing and somewhat indulging weekend, I’m actually really looking forward to starting Insanity in the morning!  I’ve had several days off from a serious workout, and I’m sort of itching to get back at it!  Last week, though I had finished with P90X, I did do 3 of the DVDs just to have something in there.  Watch out, bright and early Insanity begins!

What is Insanity?

Insanity is another at-home fitness program by the some company as P90X.  The program is made up of a series of DVDs I’ll watch and requires no equipment (cool!).  It varies from P90X in that its primary focus is high-energy interval training (I’m imagining something like P90X’s plyometrics, but I’ll find out soon!), instead of using weights for lifting.  Insanity comes with its own nutrition plan and the program lasts 60 days.  This evening I spent some time reading about the program and planning out the meals for tomorrow.  Insanity DVDs typically last 30-45 minutes and are done 6 days a week.  The short duration will be a welcome change, though I’ve heard they are so hard it will feel longer!

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Opening up my kit to learn all about my next 60 days!

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Day 1 begins with a fitness test and ‘before’ pictures.

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Adam carefully reading the nutrition plan. He’s going to be my chef this week – what a doll!

Tomorrow morning starts with the fit test and introductory DVD bright and early.  I’m excited to see what it will bring.  Wish me luck!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

-Kelly

Have you done Insanity?  Any tips for a beginner? 

Life Changes and Excitement!

16 May

The past few days have been pretty amazing.  I had an awesome weekend celebrating Adam’s graduation from medical school.  Oh yeah and we also celebrated our engagement. (Double whammy!)  What a weekend!  I’ve been overwhelmed with feelings of “Wow- life can really be exciting!”  and “Wow- I am so content, blessed, excited, lucky…and holy cow there’s a lot to do” – okay so I had a lot of thoughts and emotions this past weekend.  But mainly it was just really, really cool.  I was fortunate enough to have my parents come visit for the occasion, and we had a great time together.  It allowed a nice opportunity for both sets of parents to spend more time together as well.  Adam and I are thankful that we both love each other’s family.  It certainly makes things easy.  I thought I’d share a couple of pictures from the momentous occasion.  I’m so proud of Adam!  To be honest I’m only slightly irritated that Adam is now Dr. Adam – in my previous life I worked with a lot of Drs.  And let’s just say I feel it’s my personal responsibility to make sure Adam doesn’t turn out like a lot of them.  He knows about my crusade, and I have accepted my role wholeheartedly!

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A huge room…And a LONG ceremony!

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What a goober face! Cracks me up.

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Does this mean I need to call him Dr.??

This week we also got moving with wedding planning!  Yes- I know…so soon?!  But here’s the deal: We’re type A, we don’t want to procrastinate, we aren’t patient…and I want to have the stressful planning parts done.  Then I can just relax!  Additionally, the big driver: Adam is moving to Nashville in June.  The more we get done before he leaves the better for all  involved parties :)  And truthfully…we aren’t going to have a long engagement.  We are thinking a winter wedding – let’s get this show on the road!

Wedding Updates:

  • Location/date almost decided! (We’re this close to nailing it down- truthfully our discussions started pre-engagement)
  • Dress done!  I found one off the rack, on clearance (almost 50% off), under my budget, and requires no alterations.  I call that meant to be!  I take after my mom and I don’t particularly enjoy shopping.  Major score I didn’t have to search endlessly, or really at all.
  • Photographer almost decided – this is the most important decision (yes more than the dress)…taking our time on this one.  I’m obsessed with photography so I want it to be perfect!  Can’t I just have three photographers?? :)

I’ll try and keep the wedding posts to a relative minimum, but I mean come on…buying a dress??  That’s big news!  The good thing- a short engagement means this won’t turn into a wedding blog! :)

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I said ‘Yes to the Dress!’ You’ll have to wait until January to see what’s under the stars.

The one downside to all this personal excitement…oh yeah… ummm I’m running a half marathon on Saturday.  Haven’t really thought much about it (except that I’m scared and it will be slow).  Oh and finishing P90X!  Adam and I have done a good job of not getting totally side-tracked.  But we have been slightly less strict – you only get engaged once!

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“Here Comes the Bride” cupcake Adam and I enjoyed Tuesday.

I love May – the weekends will only continue to get better.  Birthday, friends, graduation parties, family, wedding planning!  Oh my!  Yep – I’m thinking May will be a little “Ramble” heavy.  But hey- that’s why it’s in the title!   June will bring the beginning of Insanity and the start of short runs again (I’ve essentially stopped running normally/regularly due to my knees).  I’m really excited to start chronicling my thoughts of Insanity and doing a post-P90X wrap-up, results, and review of the program.  Man alive – there is excitement all around.  When it rains it pours!

Have a wonderful week – we’ve already made it to Thursday!

-Kelly

P90X Updates: Dealing with Lack of Motivation

7 May

With all this running, racing, and knee talk am I even still on the P90X bandwagon??  The good news: I sure am!  The even better news: Just two weeks until I’m a P90X grad!  Can I get a heck yeah?  Because of vacation and racing, Adam and I decided (months ago) to push our P90X program back to accommodate these events.

What’s up next?

Just two weeks to keep pushing it!  Now we have only one more week of ‘hard’ workouts: lifting, kenpo, ab ripper, and one week of ‘recovery’ workouts with yoga, core, and stretching.  This week is essentially the last week to really ‘bring-it.’  It means pushing play and pushing the reps/weight.  Unfortunately, I can’t do Plyo or Legs/Back now due to my knees, but I will do some substitution with Kenpo/Chest and Back.  Honestly I’m pretty bummed that I can’t finish P90X with all the appropriate workouts.  But I keep trying to remind myself that this is about more than just 90 days.  Life happens and injuries happen; it’s all about making modifications and making it work. I’m looking forward to seeing my results and doing the fit test at the end of this.

How am I feeling?

Well, to be perfectly honest I’m feeling pretty unmotivated.  I don’t know if other runners out there can vouch for me, but when you finish a half or full marathon…you sort of don’t want to do anything.  Or at least that’s what has been happening with me.  I kind of want to just eat ice-cream and watch movies (yeah…it’s bad).  This isn’t really the type of attitude needed for the last two weeks of P90X.  So I have been fighting my desires and haven’t eaten ice cream (yet ;)) and keep pushing play.  This morning’s workout was the first since Saturday and let’s just say it was a little rough.  I’m still pretty sore from the race so I found myself disappointed that I couldn’t match my previous weeks’ reps.

After the workout, Adam tried to give me a pep talk, but I thwarted his every effort with a pouty attitude.  Once I got out of my “I don’t want to work out” funk I did some brainstorming on how to feel excited and encouraged about the last two weeks.

Pushing yourself to workout when you (really) don’t feel like it:

  • Look up some fun quotes and infographics to get the juices flowing again.  Here are some of my favorites:

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  • If you have a workout partner, remember that this isn’t about you.  Not wanting to workout lets your partner down plain and simple.  I don’t want to be that guy!
  • If you don’t have a partner, remember that this isn’t about you.  Not wanting to workout lets down your family, friends, and loved ones that want you to be the healthiest, best version of you!  If you can’t get motivated for you, get motivated for them.  They want you around for a long time!
  • Remember what it feels like when you don’t workout.  Yeah – I don’t want to go back to that.  Lethargic, uncomfortable, and definitely not the best version of me.
  • Keep it simple and celebrate small successes!  This week my body is just plain tired.  Instead of beating myself up for not being able to run or put down huge rep numbers, I’m trying to focus on just doing it.  Just working out is the goal.  Go on walks or hikes, anything that will get you moving!

Other Changes

This past week I got my next goal in the mail: my Insanity Challenge Kit!  It was on sale in April and even though I wasn’t planning on starting it until the end of May I figured I’d take advantage of the sale :) This puppy has been burning a hole in my pocket for a few days and I caved today and opened up my Shakeology (see my review here).  I wasn’t planning to start Shakelogy until I started Insanity, but I couldn’t resist!  With my lack of motivation since Saturday I figured shaking up my routine (pun not intended) and using Shakeology for the last 2 weeks of P90X might help too!

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So excited!

I have my first PT appointment tonight for my knees and will likely get more of a timeline for no high intensity workouts :( This means I will have to push off Insanity for a few weeks, but I’m still excited I got it in the mail.  It will be ready once I get clearance from my MD.  I’ll have to figure out a new plan that includes lots of low intensity workouts until my knees are ready for something as intense as Insanity.  Fingers crossed I get good news tonight!

Happy motivation!

-Kelly

Help!  How do you stay motivated and focused?

I joined The Twitter.

1 May

Announcement!  Anti-Twitter-forever Kelly has joined The Twitter!!  (yes I know it’s not called The Twitter, but it sort of makes me chuckle every time I say it).  Why the change of stance you ask?  Well…this past weekend, several of my blogger friends had races, and it was so easy to see their race updates right on their blog home page via Twitter.  It was much shorter, faster, and easier than waiting for a full blog post (I know… terrible to wait those 2-3 days to get the full report).  It was something I could check while on the run, and something in the future I could post on the run (pun not intended, I’m not that clever).  i.e. “I had an amazing race, running is the best!”  or “I got a PR” or “Lunch after races is the best thing in the entire world!” or “That Insanity workout just about killed me” are among potential future tweets.  So I decided to sign up in order to get and give those quick updates.  Don’t worry – this new techno phenomenon is not replacing my blog, more just supplementing it.

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You can follow me @racesrepsramble on Twitter or just see the updates here on the blog homepage.  So far I have 1 follower (my sister) and 2 tweets – so it’s a pretty rocking place to hang out.  In order to know how to even tweet (note: not called ‘sending a twitter’ – thanks Adam for that tip) I used this helpful post: Mom, this is how twitter works.  As you can see, I’m already extremely skillful at The Twitter.  At very least it will be a fun experiment :) See you around the Twittersphere! (or just here on the homepage…)

-Kelly

Do you use Twitter?  How often do you post?  How often is annoying?  Should I be scared?  Any helpful tips?

2013 Fitness Goals

29 Apr

While resting and relaxing on vacation this past week I decided to become a little more concrete with my goals for fitness.  I feel like I’ve already come so far and accomplished so much with P90X and my race training…and I want to keep going!  These ideas have been floating around in my head for a few weeks/months, but I’m finally ready to put them to paper.  Adam and I each made our goals and discussed what we’re hoping to achieve before 2014.  I wanted to keep things very manageable and reasonable – it’s far better to exceed than not reach a goal.  I’m a little late for January, but without further ado, my fitness goals:

  1. Finish P90X – successfully become a P90X grad!  Take fit test, pics, and all that jazz.
  2. Complete Insanity – Start May 28
  3. Run a sub 2-hour half marathon
  4. Run 3 half marathons
  5. Complete another round of P90X

I’m really excited to have a “next step” once I finish P90X and my upcoming half-marathons: Insanity!  This is another at-home fitness program from Beachbody (the same maker as P90X).  The program is similar in intensity as P90X (more of a cardio focus though), but a little less time commitment (under an hour) and only 2 months vs. 3.  The biggest complication will be losing my training partner.  With Adam moving to Nashville, I will have to forge on alone in my home workouts like Insanity or P90X.  It will be a challenge, but I’ve had many weeks to get used to the idea.  I’m hoping by the time comes I’ll be ready and mentally prepared to make the journey ‘alone.’  I can always share the updates here! :)

I’ve also really enjoyed combining strength training and running so I know I want to continue with that. It’s actually really exciting to see how far I can push myself physically.  For a while I had gotten used to being out of shape and sort of accepted it as ‘the new norm.’  I’m thrilled to see a life of activity and fitness as my normal – I want to see what I’m capable of accomplishing.  Before starting this journey there were so many things I didn’t really think of as possible – pull-ups, a million push-ups, running miles in the 7’s again.  Hold onto your hats kids, let’s see where this thing goes!

This is just plain hilarious.