P90X3 The Warrior Review

I didn’t forget about this one, I promise. Actually, I had previewed this disk before I ever started P90X3…and then I lost it. I looked everywhere and couldn’t find it.

It was in my other DVD player upstairs. Oops.

So now that I have it again, I finally did my review of the workout! This is a non-stop (mostly), balls-to-the-wall workout. It had me huffing and puffing for real. So – here’s what it’s all about:

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Materials: You don’t really need anything but yourself and a good pair of shoes. And some water. You’ll want water.

Like most other workouts, you start with a warmup. Four minutes of jogging, jacks, pivot/twist, arm circles, leg stretches, etc… Then down to business.

1. Plank Sphinx Push-ups

So these are fun. Heh. Starting out with a serious move. Start in plank, then move to sphinx (or plank on your elbows), then back up to plank, and then do push-ups as long as Tony tells you to. Back to plank, sphinx, plank, sphinx, plank, push-ups…Tony can make a minute feel like five REALLY fast.

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2. Speed Skater

If you know how a speed skater moves, you can imagine how this move works. You sort of glide/hop from side to side, when Tony tells you to do singles. Then he moves to doubles – and you do your glide/hop thing to the right with an extra hop, and again over to the left. I have no idea if you know what I’m talking about, but I can see it in my head. See my picture? Yep, that’s what it looks like. Lol.

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3. Down Dog Crunches

I actually kind of like these – does that make me weird? The video shows you exactly how to do this, but I’ll type it out as well. You start in down dog, then raise your right leg high in the air. Then bring your right knee to your right elbow. Raise it back up high in the air, then bring it to your forehead (haha, right). Raise it up again, then bring the right knee to the left elbow. Then repeat the process with the left leg.

4. Side lunge jump shot

This one feels like something you’d do at basketball practice. You lunge over to one side, kind of like you’re picking up a basketball, and then explode up and pretend to shoot a basket. And repeat. You’ll do this on one side, and then do it again on the other (I usually go right to left).

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Now we have about 20:00 left. We get a quick break for 30 seconds. Drink your water.

5. Elevator Push-ups

These may be my least favorite of the day. You start in a plank/push-up position – this is the top floor. Tony tells you to go to the middle floor, so you hover halfway down. Bottom floor is hovering as low as you can go in push-up position. He calls out the floors, and you move up and down. Ouch. I end up modifying by dropping to my knees.

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6. Double Uppercut Sprawls

Well here’s a little cardio recovery. Kind of. Start out with your right leg forward. Do two right uppercuts, two left uppercuts, then sprawl – which is kind of like a wide burpee down and back up. After you do this for a minute on the right, then switch to having your left leg forward and lead with the left arm first. Not too bad, except your arms should start getting tired somewhere around here.

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7. Roller Boat

What is it with Tony and these boats? He really likes them. You go into a boat, or C-sit whatever you want to call it. Then after you hold it for a while, you roll backwards to basically give your abs a break. Then roll back up into boat. FUN.

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8. One Leg Jump Squats

Self-explanatory – you put 90% of your weight on one leg, 10% on the other. Squat down on that one leg while reaching toward the floor, then jump up. And again. And again. Switch to the other leg when the first leg is finished. Simple enough.

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Now we are down to about 14:00 left. Quick break! Drink more water.

9. Thumbs Up Push-up

Nope, I lied. I hate this one more than the elevator push-ups. Mostly because I am not the best at balancing. You do a push-up, then put your right hand out (thumbs up!) and your left leg up. Then back to push-up, and repeat with left hand out and right leg up. This can be modified with knee push-ups and keeping that knee down when you lift the arm and leg.

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10. Elbow, over the top elbow, sprawl

I guess in MMA style fighting, they fight with their elbows? Sounds painful. Anyway this move involves “punching” with your right elbow, then doing an over the top hit with your other elbow, then down to a sprawl. Kind of like #6 Double Uppercut Sprawls, except with your elbows. You do the right side first, then switch to the left.

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11. Fifer Scissor Twist

I had a little helper with this one. ūüôā You’re supposed to try to keep your legs straight, but I’m not quite that flexible yet. Bring your right leg straight up, and reach your left hand to the outside of that foot. Switch legs and arms when Tony says so…but watch out because sometimes he fakes conversation just to keep you there a little longer. What a jerk.

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12. Warrior Squat Lunges

Oh Tony, always trying to make people laugh. That doesn’t really work when they are exhausted and they kind of don’t like you anymore. This starts out with a Billy Idol fist pump (really), then squat down and reach the right arm to the left foot. Then explode back into a lunge while reaching that hand up high. Jump back into the squat. Jump back into the lunge. Total of 15 on that side, then switch and do 15 on the other side. Sing “Cradle of Love” while you do it. Kidding.

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We have 7:28 left. Yes, I wrote that down to the second. You’d be counting seconds too if you were doing this. Quick :30 break. Don’t sit down.

13. Super Burpee

Ok, the first time I saw these, I was like WTF, that will never happen. This time, I actually tried to do the real version. I obviously can NOT get my legs up as high as Tony or the other guy in the video, but I do try. For your viewing pleasure, because it’s easier than explaining with words:

14. Think Drills

Quick movements, getting the heart rate up, shuffling, moving when Tony calls out orders…to include the bunny face. I did it just for the photos. I normally don’t do it because I think it’s stupid. But I’m here to show you what you get when you order P90X3. So there. Bunny face.

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15. Abrinome

Kind of like a metronome, get it? But for your abs? Ok. Flat on your back, legs up at 90 degrees. Lean your straight legs over to the left for as long as he says, then over to the right. Each time you lean over is one rep, with a total of 8 reps. This burns. If you need to modify, bend your knees a bit.

15 abrinomeYes, I still have tape on my floor from Agility X.

16. Spiderman Squats

Last one! Squat down with one hand on the floor, and do a 1/4 turn into another squat, and back again. After a few seconds, you start doing a 1/2 turn. These I can do ok. It’s when Tony tries to throw in the full 360 degree turn that I can’t make it. And I don’t want to puke or bust my head on my fireplace bricks, so I may just stick to 1/2 turns. No shame in that.

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And we finish up with the Burnout – depth charges where you explode up into a jump, then slowly release back down into a squat. This is a full minute and you want to die.

The end. Two minute cooldown and it’s over.

This is a great workout, and you may hate it the first time. After that, you are able to do more and you feel stronger. It’s a great full-body blast, which is what this is all about, right?

P90X3 The Challenge Review

I won’t lie, I fully expected to hate today’s workout. I previewed it a few days ago and it did NOT look fun! Push-ups, pull-ups, push-ups, chin-ups, repeat, repeat, repeat…. Haha yeah, uh, NO.

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But this afternoon I did the workout and it wasn’t that bad! Of course, I can’t do one single pull-up or chin-up, but I did modify. I actually underestimated how many pull downs and push-ups I could do. I’ll have to increase next week.

I used the strongest band I own, and quickly realized that if I wrapped the band around my stairs more, and moved farther away from the rails, it increased the difficulty. That was a good thing. I want it to be difficult so that I build strength.

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Oh right almost forgot…

Length: 30 minutes, as always.

Materials: pull-up bar or resistance band (no bars here)

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We start out with a warmup, but really only warming up the upper body since that is what’s being worked.

Each participant gave a number for the amount of pull-ups and push-ups they planned to do each set. I went with 20 pull-ups/pull downs and 10 push-ups.

Then straight into the fun: wide pull-ups.

Again, I stuck with Alice and modified. I still felt like I got a burn, but not as much as I should have. I will increase my reps next time to 30 per set.

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Sorry, no fancy-pants pictures of me doing push-ups. And I don’t use special handles like they did. Just hands on the floor for me. But here is my worksheet where I wrote down what I was able to do. See those 10 REAL push-ups at the beginning?!! That was a bit of a surprise!!

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For the burnout, I used 12 pound dumbbells to do a bicep curl and press instead of a pull-up, then I did 3 push-ups. I only got 3 rounds in before my arms were total jelly. I’ll call that a success.

So next time I will be doing 30 pull downs with an isometric hold during each one. I’ll also do 15 push-ups during each set (I know my worksheet says 30/10, I’ll fix that). One of the most important parts of this program is knowing your limits, and pushing past that to failure. And next time, you push even farther. THAT is where you grow. THAT is where you find change. Outside of your comfort zone.

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

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Kauf

Exclusive P90X3 Test Group!!

Happy Friday! I hope everyone is staying warm today. We have a snow day here (yay no school!), so it has been a morning full of snuggles…and yes, I’m still in my pajamas! I’m not feeling at all bad about it though; my muscles are sore from yesterday’s workout, and besides, we all deserve a “snow day” with our exercise routines once in a while, right?

But I am here to talk to you about something that I am extremely excited about. It’s HUGE.

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P90X3 is being released on TUESDAY, December 10th!! That’s in 4 days! It’s like Christmas is coming early for me this year! Only I’m not going to start working out with this program right away, as much as I’d like to. I’m going to wait until my EXCLUSIVE test group starts up on January 6th. Why? I’ll tell you.

The latest Beachbody program, Focus T25, came out in July. I was still very much in the beginning of my transformation, and had a lot of work to do with my body. I got that program because workouts were only 25 minutes. And for me, that is completely doable. I couldn’t pass it up, especially when I was about to start back teaching full time. I started a T25 test group with a small number of women (and one husband), and we stuck together for the entire program. We drank our Shakeology, followed the nutrition plan that was included, and did our workouts. No excuses. In just 10 weeks, I had amazing results. I actually didn’t even really lose weight, but my body CHANGED.

Slide2You can read more about that program here. But because of my results that I got with T25, I am CRAZY excited to start P90X3! Again, you probably ask why. Why this program? Because the workouts are ONLY 30 MINUTES. That’s nothing. There’s a quick warmup, and then you work your body like mad for the remainder of the time. Then you’re done and on with your day. Boom. And honestly, I love love love weights/strength training. Strength training is what makes your metabolism skyrocket, which burns the heck out of your fat and gets you lean and toned. Not bulky, unless you’re a guy.

P90X3 FAQs with bephoenixfit.wordpress.comWant something FREE when you order P90X3 through me, your coach?

We all love FREE – right? Well, if you order P90X3 through me, as your coach, anytime from Dec. 10 – Dec. 31, 2012, you will receive an exclusive P90X3 baseball cap. These can’t be purchased in stores so make sure you purchase X3 through your coach! You’ll also get a set of P90X3 stickers! Haha I love stickers. Might be the teacher in me.

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So, when can I actually purchase P90X3?

December 10, 2013. Four days from TODAY! When you purchase there are two options:

Option #1¬†– Purchase a P90X3 Challenge Pack. The price of the P90X3 challenge pack is discounted from Dec. 10-31. Instead of being $205, it’s starting out at $180! In the Challenge Pack you get the 90 day workout program, the nutrition guide, the program manual, workout schedule, a month supply of Shakeology, a free 30 day trial of the club membership, and free shipping for the month of December. If you add up all the savings with the Challenge Pack, it’s a savings of over $125! See those people in the picture above? They did the entire P90X3 program AND drank Shakeology. Like their results?

Option #2 РPurchase the P90X3 program alone. The cost is $119.00 and you will pay another $15 or so in shipping.

With either option, you will need weights and/or bands and a pull-up bar. I plan to use a resistance band and wrap it around my stair rail. I’m crafty like that. (Not really crafty, I took that idea from a friend lol.)

If you would like to be notified when you can officially purchase P90X3, please go to¬†my site¬†(in the top right hand corner of this page) and create a¬†FREE¬†account. You will receive an email from me the minute that the program is released! And if you really want it, you aren’t going to want to wait. It’s going to sell out FAST!

So, here’s the most exciting news! I have decided to run an¬†EXCLUSIVE P90X3 TEST GROUP!¬†This is not your normal challenge group. Everyone in this group will be working out to P90X3. We will be working our tails off so that we can get amazing results to be used like the pictures below! It’s only gonna take 90 days.
As your coach, I will add you to our closed Facebook P90X3 Test Group. There, we will go through the nutrition guide and workouts together. We will check in DAILY and post our progress. Yes, you will have to take before pictures. I know those are hard to take. But I promise the after pics will be 100% worth it!
Our group is going to start on December 30, 2013 with our workouts starting on January 6, 2014. We will finish the program on April 6, 2014. That is exactly 90 days after we start! You will be beach ready before the bathing suits are in stores!

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Here are the FAQ’s of P90X3:

When is P90X3 available for purchase?
 P90X3 will be available to order by end of day 12/10.

Where is P90X3 available for purchase?
 Find it in the TBB Store and take advantage of free shipping until 12/31. The tool kit will also be available by end of day 12/10.

When should I order it to guarantee I get it by Christmas?
 Order by 12/15 11:59 PM to guarantee delivery by 12/25.

What special offer is associated with the release of P90X3?
 All orders of P90X3, purchased on TeamBeachbody.com, through a Coach or through a Challenge Pack, from 12/10/13 through 12/31/13 will include a free P90X3 hat. There are no hats for P90X or P90X2 orders at this time.

Is there an App available?
The P90X App will be available for Android on 12/10 and the Android version will include the ability to track P90X3 workouts. The functionality to track your P90X3 workouts will be available soon for the iPhone App.

Is there a vegan meal plan option available for P90X3?
 There will be vegan options included in the new P90X3 Nutrition Guide that will be available on December 10, 2013.

For tips and ideas on how to modify the P90X3 meal plan to be more vegan friendly, we encourage customers to post the topic on the Team Beachbody message boards (http://www.teambeachbody.com/connect/message-boards/-/message_boards/category/19535469). We have dietary experts that monitor the posts and provide some great ideas and direction.

How long does it take to complete P90X3?
 P90X3 is a 90 day program, split into 3 Blocks. Blocks 1 & 2 each consist of 4 weeks, while Block 3 lasts 5 weeks.

Additionally, the Elite Block P90X3 calendar, which is an optional block to be completed AFTER the initial 90 days, lasts 4 weeks.

The Elite Block includes 3 workouts not included within the P90X3 Base Kit. These workouts and calendar can be found within the P90X3 Deluxe and Ultimate Kits. In addition, they can also be purchased separately.

How long are the workouts for P90X3?
 All P90X3 workouts are 30 minutes. The lone exception is the X3 Ab Ripper workout (15 minutes), included within the Deluxe Kit. Most workouts include a 2-3 minute cool down period.

P90X3 Results with bephoenixfit.wordpress.comWhat is included in P90X3?

P90X3 Base Kit Includes:
16 unique and brand new workouts on 8 DVDs
Plus, 5 Free Gifts
Fitness Guide
Nutrition Guide
90 Day Workout Calendar
How to Accelerate Intro DVD
24/7 Online Support
Network Exclusive P90X One on One: On One Leg DVD
Network Exclusive Premium P90X3 Hat ($24.95 value) ‚Äď December Only!

Base Kit Pricing
Retail           $119.85 + S&H
Club             $107.87
Coach          $89.89 (90 PV)

P90X3 Deluxe Kit
 Includes everything in the Base Kit PLUS:
3 Elite Extreme workouts on 1 DVD
Includes free Elite Block Calendar
1-Month E&E Tub
3 B-Lines Resistance Bands

Deluxe Kit Pricing
Retail           $239.70 + S&H
Club             $215.73
Coach          $179.78 (180 PV)

P90X3 Ultimate Kit
 Includes everything in the Base & Deluxe Kits PLUS:
1-Month R&R Tub
Gym-Quality P90X¬ģ Chin-Up Bar
P90X¬ģ Chin-Up Max
Premium Beachbody Jump Mat

Ultimate Kit Pricing
Retail           $329.55 + S&H
Club             $296.60
Coach          $247.16 (247 PV)

P90X3 Challenge Pack
 Retail Price: $205 (December Promotional Price: $180) 
P90X3 Base Kit
30-Day Supply of Shakeology HD
30-Day VIP Team Beachbody Club Membership

What are the P90X3 workouts?

P90X3 Workouts with bephoenixfit.wordpress.comProduct links. NOTE: These will NOT be active until end of day 12/10 when the products are live in the store.

P90X3 BASE KIT:
http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/X3Base?referringRepId=227109

P90X3 DELUXE KIT:
http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/X3Deluxe?referringRepId=227109

P90X3 ULTIMATE KIT:
http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/X3Ultimate?referringRepId=227109

P90X3 ELITE DVDS:
http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/X3EliteDVD?referringRepId=227109

P90X3 CHALLENGE PACK:
http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCPX3205?referringRepId=227109

I think you can tell that I am BEYOND excited for this program to come out. I love my weights. I love quick and effective workouts. I can’t wait to see what the end of 90 days holds for me! I hope that you join me and we can see what the end of 90 days looks like for you too!

It’s time for a giveaway!

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I haven’t done a giveaway in quite a while, so I decided today that I would have one! And with it being November, and so close to Thanksgiving, and all those warm, gooey, happy feelings…well, why just stop at one?

This first giveaway I am doing is for one of my ‚̧ FAVORITE ‚̧ sports bras! I love the Moving Comfort Fiona bra (the rear clasp is so much easier than trying to squirrel through the tiny neck hole of a no-clasp bra!), but let’s be real – those are kinda pricey. I pretty much own just one of those at a time, and save them for realllly long runs. Or Insanity.

The bra I really like – one that is super affordable – is the C9 by Champion. The seamless bras are uh-may-zing. Actually comfortable, comes in cute colors, and doesn’t require that I wear more than one bra to get the support I need. And did I mention they are cute? Because yes, I’m a girly girl, and I need to feel cute when I get my sweat on.

So…don’t you want to win your own FREE sports bra??

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Well you can! Here’s how:

1. Go to http://www.facebook.com/kaufycup and “like” my page.
2. Scroll down until you see the contest post. It was posted on the morning of November 11, 2013 (today).
3. Like the post, then comment and say – “I want one!” – that’s one entry.
5. SHARE the post on your own timeline/page. It has to be public so I can see it! – that’s another entry.
6. If you have family and friends who also like my page and comment “Betty Sue sent me here” – then you can get up to THREE additional entries for a total of FIVE maximum!

Hurry and enter to win – the contest will end at 6pm EST on Friday, 11/15/13!! Winner will be chosen at random and announced on my Facebook page. Winner will have a choice of color and size.

Be sure to check in throughout the month because I already have MORE giveaways in the works! I’m working with a few independent businesses to bring you some fab fitness gear, so stay tuned!

<3,

Kauf

Quick and Easy Home Workout

Hey everybody! Things are busy busy busy around here, finishing up some MAJOR home projects as well as getting ready for school to start. Work begins for me tomorrow, but I wanted to pop in and post this!

Last weekend, I made my first ever workout video. It’s completely amateur, and there isn’t much to it, but I wanted to be able to give you guys a quick 5 minute workout that you can do at home. Some of my followers don’t go to the gym or don’t have an exercise plan, or maybe just aren’t sure where to start. Hopefully the workouts are pretty universal, although they may either be too easy or too difficult for some.

Here is this week’s workout, the second video in this series. (Excuse the poor videography – that’s my child assisting me, haha.) All of these moves were taken from or inspired by the Alpha phase of Focus T25 by Shaun T.

 

And if you want to see last week’s video that I forgot to post, here it is.

I will be posting new videos each weekend, so be sure to subscribe and check back! You can follow me on Youtube if you like, and if you want to join our FREE workout group on Facebook, click here and request to join!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/134197333417996/

August Challenge Groups – Coming Up!

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Can you believe summer is almost over?!! I start working again in just a little over 2 weeks, and it doesn’t even seem like it’s possible for that time to be here again. This summer has been great though, and I have definitely enjoyed it.

But just because the hot weather will be coming to a close doesn’t mean it’s time to forget about that beach-ready body! I am currently in week 2 of my own personal challenge group for testing out the new Focus T25 program, and I am loving it! Even if it means waking up at 5:00 AM during the school year just to get in my workout, I’m going to make it happen. My students are going to appreciate the energy I have because of it.

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I can’t keep all this fitness goodness to myself though! It’s time for some NEW challenge groups for the new month! And I have three options for you:

1. 30 day Clean Eating & Shakeology Support Group (Aug. 5)
2. 60 day Challenge Group (Aug. 5) 
3. 7 day Shakeology Cleanse (Aug. 12)
 
Here are the deets:
 
30 Day Clean Eating & Shakeology Support Group¬†– This group is a 30 day online accountability group (closed so it’s completely private) starting August 5th. I will teach you the basics of clean eating. My goals in this group are to (1) teach you how to effectively fuel your body so that food is no longer the enemy and (2) teach you what foods to pair together to keep your body working at its maximum performance.¬†
 
During this 4 week group, you will create 4 customized meal plans of your own. You will learn about good vs bad choices. You will learn how to handle social situations. You will feel more confident making good choices when out to eat at restaurants. You will learn how to make this a LIFESTYLE and not a diet.
 
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The cost of this program is only the cost of Shakeology. Shakeology is a requirement because while we are trying to figure out good vs bad choices, what and when to eat, it’s important to have one meal a day that you don’t have to think about. Shakeology is one meal that will fuel your body for the rest of the day with vitamins, nutrients, and whole foods, and the best part is that you don’t even have to think about it. Just blend it up and drink up! It’s so easy!
 
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60 Day Challenge Group¬†– This group is my absolute favorite to run and we are starting on August 5th! 60 days is the PERFECT amount of time to see amazing results but it’s also not too long that you get bored. We will start by determining your WHY or the reason that you want to do this group. For me, it was so that I could get my life back and be a healthy role model for my children. We take your end goal and break it down into 15, 30 and 45 day goals. We will take progress pics and measurements on day 1, 30, and 60. No one EVER has to see these pics. They are for tracking progress because your scale is a dirty liar ūüėČ We will also talk about clean eating and meal planning.
 
You don’t have to be near me to participate in this group. You can live anywhere in the United States or Canada because it is also a closed Facebook group. There are small daily assignments designed to motivate you and help you keep going with your workouts and clean eating. Success is DIRECTLY related to participation in the group. Trust me, I am living proof!¬†
 
For this group, I will help you choose a Beachbody fitness program that best meets your needs and you will also be required to replace one meal a day with Shakeology for the duration of the challenge. After that, you can make the decision whether or not to continue. This group is very limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
 
*Just a side note before I explain the last group*
 
The newest Beachbody program, Focus T25, is on special until the end of July. Purchase the T25 Challenge Pack from me and you will get a reduced price. It’s over $90 in savings! Not to mention it is currently my FAVORITE workout program from Beachbody.¬†
 
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7 Day Shakeology Challenge РThis group is an awesome introduction to Shakeology, clean eating, and meal planning. You will purchase 7 individual Shakeology packets from me and in return, you will be placed into a closed Facebook group. In that group, you will have a meal plan laid out for you, you will replace one meal a day with Shakeology, and pledge to workout in some way, shape, or form for 30 minutes each day. This is a great way to see if a September Challenge Group might be good for you.
 
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I hope to get to work with all of you in a challenge group. I am passionate about them because a challenge group CHANGED MY LIFE. I want to pay it forward! Comment or message me today to join the group that best suits YOU – and let’s get this started!
 
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My 90 Day Results and Review of ChaLEAN Extreme

((UPDATE: Beachbody used MY pictures on the CLX Facebook page! Check it out here!))

It’s over! I have completed my personal 90 day challenge of ChaLEAN Extreme. It is a three month program, and this past weekend marked the end of those three months. I am pretty happy with my results! Sorry for the poor picture quality. My phone wasn’t ready for all of this at 5:30 AM.

Slide1 Slide2 Slide3 Slide4So as you can see, I haven’t had any amazing transformation like what you might see on The Biggest Loser, but I have had some pretty awesome results! I lost a little over 10 pounds in 3 months — which may not sound like much, but when you know that muscle weighs more than fat, and I gained a LOT of muscle, 10 pounds is a pretty good number! I also lost inches all over my body. My clothes either fit much better or have gotten to be too big. I’m excited to have a reason to buy new clothes soon! My tummy is flatter, my shoulders are more defined, my booty is perkier and tighter than it was, and my thighs (my BIG problem area) have gotten smaller and more shapely! I’m not embarrassed to take my kids to the pool anymore. I’m not afraid of running in shorts (haha, inner thigh burn, anyone??). I don’t mind wearing tank tops all summer.

My body isn’t perfect. It probably never will be. But it is better and I am COMFORTABLE in my SKIN. I am proud of what I’ve accomplished – and I don’t just mean weight loss. I am proud of sticking with something for THREE WHOLE MONTHS!! I never thought I could do that, and I’m sure hubs didn’t believe me when I said I would try. I did it religiously, no excuses for skipping workouts except when we moved across the country. I increased my strength and now I can do work around the house and yard that I used to not be able (or willing) to do. I am seeing improvement and success in every area of my life. I have CONFIDENCE.

I ate clean foods probably 80% of the time. I definitely would’ve seen better results if I had watched my foods a little more closely, especially in this last month. I was a little too friendly with the wine and I let myself have some snackier foods that I should’ve done without. But I’m not mad about it! I just know what choices I have made that have given me the results I got instead of more of the muscle definition that I wanted.

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So here’s what I think about ChaLEAN Extreme: This is listed as a workout for advanced fitness people, but I disagree. Yes, it’s tough. It was tough for me when I first started. I did a lot of pushing pause to catch my breath, especially during the cardio days (HIIT, what what!!!). I would yell talk loudly, grunt and groan, and I may have let a few choice words fly. Sorry I called you names, Chalene.

But the program itself is genius. It mixes weight training with cardio to perfection. It is a program that grows with you! So you can only do bicep curls with 3 pound weights? No problem! Do it. And then when that gets too easy, move up to 5 pounds. Or on the inverse of that – maybe you are a guy and you can curl 20 pounds. Super. Do it, and do it slowwwwlllyyyy, and when that’s too easy, increase it. And uh, whether you are a man or a woman, you are going to fall in love with Chalene. She’s motivating, inspiring, not annoying, super cute, and infectious.

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Pairing CLX with Shakeology is just a winning combination. I have been able to keep my B12 levels up without giving myself weekly shots. I have felt energy that I didn’t have before, and I don’t crave as many sweets or bad foods as I did before. And knowing that I’m committed to this program has given me the FOCUS and DRIVE to push through it.

Now that I’m finished, I’ve been a little slack on exercising. I’m about to start running again, but eh…I haven’t wanted to get up and work out since my program is over. I like my coffee and PJs. I am still drinking my shakes, but I’ve relaxed a little bit in the carbs department. And you know what? My body is feeling it. Yesterday I felt like poo all day and even fell asleep on the couch. My body is telling me that what I’m doing isn’t working for me. That only means one thing…

GOTTA GET BACK ON IT.

So I’m starting Focus T25 in less than two weeks!! I already have a couple of friends who have committed to doing it with me, and I couldn’t be happier! I’m even going to force my offspring to work out with me, mwahahahaha. I’m the best mom EVERRR. And she is going to LOVE IT!!

60 Day Results

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I really wasn’t expecting this. This past month has been…less than optimal. With so much stress, I have not eaten quite as I should. And I’m definitely an emotional eater. And I like to reward myself with food. (Driving 10 hours = appetizer, dinner, drink) So when I didn’t notice much progress in the mirror or on the scale, I was prepared to see no change.

However, that was not the case. I woke up this morning, weighed myself, worked out, and took my measurements. And these were my results.

Slide1 Slide2 Slide3No, I haven’t been painted white or lost a tan, haha. I guess those wooden floors really reflected some color onto my skin back in May. And when I look at myself in these pictures, I don’t really see a lot of fat loss…but what I DO see is MUSCLE!!! Check out those arms, baby! Welcome to the gun show! Never, never, never in my life have I had muscles like that. Definition! And my back – it’s hard to tell (thanks, pasty skin) but the middle of my back is more cut and the muscles are more defined. It’s also a shame that my legs don’t show off quite how far they have come…I have quads and hamstrings in there that you just can’t see yet! I feel them! And when I flex, I can see them. They are just still a little bit hidden down in the squish. But I know it will be more obvious next month!

My weight didn’t change. It was exactly the same today as it was the last time I took measurements. Sometimes I think my scale is a lying jerk, but who knows. What DOESN’T lie is my measuring tape! Today my waist was down 1 inch, my arms were down 1/4 inch, and my thighs were each down 1/2 inch. That’s not too shabby! Especially since I know I am building up muscle underneath it all.

So what next?

Well, get a little sun on that skin is one goal. Ha. And work on getting that fat off! Abs are made in the kitchen, so like I described in a previous post, I’m going to strip the fat off with a super-clean eating plan for the next month. And today was day 1!! I’m also going to continue with the last phase of ChaLEAN Extreme. It’s the lean phase and I’m more than ready to get lean.

Here’s what I ate today:

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Breakfast was 2 eggs, scrambled, with some onions, mushrooms, and a small handful of spinach. Mmmm. And coffee, of course.

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Lunch was a spinach salad with one Roma tomato, a few onion slices, and a 4oz piece of chicken, shredded on top. Lemon juice for dressing. I thought I liked lemon juice on salads, but it kinda makes my teeth feel weird. I might not use that anymore.

pic3Dinner was another 4oz piece of chicken (just reheated from lunch), 1/2 brown rice, 1/2 steamed broccoli, and 1/3 avocado. I wanted to put salsa on my rice and chicken but some girl who lives in my house (I won’t name names, AHEM) used up the last of the salsa yesterday and didn’t tell anyone. Grrr.

I also had some fruit, nuts, carrots and hummus, and a shakeology shake for snacks during the day. And right now, I’m drinking my nightly indulgence of decaf coffee, one packet of Stevia, and a little unsweetened almond milk. I felt REALLY good today. Worked out this morning, didn’t have a dip in energy at all. We all washed the car today and tonight I worked in the garage, moving around boxes and unpacking. And I wasn’t short on calories at all! I still had about 1600 calories today, and I probably earned about 200 calories from exercise – putting me at a net of 1400 calories. I’m actually more concerned about eating enough calories with the level of fitness I’m doing. I can always see how things go and tweak as needed.

I’m pretty excited to see how this next month will go! The challenge will be staying on track when hubs gets here next week. I tend to slip into bad eating habits when he is around (Did I say I was an emotional eater? Yep, happy = eating.). But with all of his love and support, I know he won’t let me do that. Besides, he wants his wife to be as hot as possible, right? Haha. Let’s do it. Here I come month 3!! I’m ready to kill this!