BodyBoss Week 1 Fail – Starting Over

Well, I had good intentions last week to get started on the BodyBoss Method, but only managed the first workout. The problem was that I started a new medication last week that had me feeling nauseous, so the rest of the week went down the drain. Now that I’m feeling better, I’m starting over. The program starts on a Monday anyway, and today is the day.

From the first workout that I did do last week though, which was essentially all lower body HIIT training, it was very challenging. I liked the exercises, but I found that some of them were very hard on the knees. Either I’m not doing it right (which by watching some videos, I don’t think I was), or I need to modify some of the exercises so that they aren’t so hard on the knees.

I will give a better review of the program when I get through the first week.

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Blog Resurrection & BodyBoss

It has been a long LONG time since I have posted on this blog – about 3 years! A lot has happened in my life in that time, but the highlights have been having another baby (who will be two this August), and leaving my old job to take on a much more challenging role as the manager of a team of multimedia designers and developers. While these have been very positive things to happen in my life, they have consumed a lot of time, and have not been all that conducive to leading the healthiest of lifestyles. I know that it is entirely possible to have a job, children AND a healthy lifestyle, I’ve just found it to be particularly challenging.

Lately my anxiety has been ramping up, and while some of it is just who I am, I know what plays a big role in aggravating it is not finding the time to put healthy living at the forefront of all of life’s other tasks – and so that’s why I’m here again.

Last time I was here writing about the 21 Day Fix, which was and still is an amazing program, but this time I’m trying something new. As much as I loved the 21 Day Fix, it is a program that is 7 days a week. While there are less challenging days than others in the program, I feel like 7 days a week is too much of a commitment for me to make with all the other things going on in life. Apart from fitness, I do also need time to just read a book, or watch tv, or do something that has no level of physical or mental effort.

Over the last year, this BodyBoss Method stuff has been coming up in my Facebook feed. I’d glance at it occasionally and think, ‘yeah that looks cool, but there’s so many of these things out there’. A few months ago, a friend of mine took the plunge and decided to try it. She’s a busy mom with two kinds under two years old, and she’s been finding the time to make it work for her and she has been having success with it. I always find these things to be more motivating when someone you know personally is doing the program and succeeding. I’ve decided to try it, starting today. (Technically the program is supposed to start on Monday, but I’ll be starting it today because I’m a day late and don’t want to wait until next Monday).

With the BodyBoss Method the workouts are the main focus. While they do now have a nutrition plan/guide, it is only expected that you eat healthy and reasonable portions. It is a 12 week program running Monday to Friday, 3 days a week of intense workouts (approximately 36 mins including warmup and cool-down), one rest day a week and one day of any kind of cardio a week. Already with just that schedule, I’m optimistic that I can make this work.¬†Weekends are always so jam packed with doing stuff for the kids that I’m happy that I don’t have to try to make exercise fit in to the weekend. When I did the 21 Day Fix, it was always the weekend workouts that were the biggest challenge, because the only time I could fit them in was when the kids went to bed, by which time I was already exhausted.

I will leave it at this for now as this post is already turning in to a novel. I will kick off the first workout tonight and report back on how it went. I look forward to continuing to update this blog with progress on the BodyBoss Method fitness program, as well as other things like recipes I find that are healthy and delicious, or other health or fitness related stories.

 

 

Powerblocks!

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Yesterday I finally gave up on the exercise band for doing my workouts. While I think that exercise bands are a great, and much cheaper alternative to buying free weights, for some of the 21dayfix workouts I find them to be more trouble than they are worth. I can’t tell you how many times I have snapped myself in the butt with that thing on leg day, and I can never switch out and set up fast enough to keep up with the video.

I went to Fitness Depot, and I was originally just going to pick up a set of 7 and 12lb dumbells, but a co-worker had shown me these Powerblock dumbells beforehand. As the cashier was ringing up the sale of my 7 and 12 pounders, and it was totalling up around 70 dollars, I’m thinking – this is kind of nuts. Chances are in another couple of weeks I would be back there buying another size or two for another 70ish bucks or more. I decided instead to opt for the Powerblock dumbells. http://www.powerblock.com/prod_homeuse_u33stage1.php While the up front cost is a little pricey, they are cheaper than buying free weights individually, so I sucked up the cost and went for it. I tried them out last night and they are awesome! I bought the 3lb – 21lb set and I think that will be good for the purposes of this program. They switch out fast, they are stackable and take up very little space for storage. So far, I’m really liking them.

I started another round of 21 day fix yesterday. Round 2 was okay, and round 3 I really just didn’t commit to, but the good news is, despite not having really followed the exercise plan over the last 2 rounds, I have not gained any weight. We really have done much better with eating overall because this program really has changed the way we eat, and I think that is a win for sure!

21 Day Fix – Round 2

Yesterday I officially started Round 2 of the 21 Day fix. The week before I kind of half-assed it, and well, turns out things don’t work as well when you half-ass them – SO, here I am at day 2, round 2.

Over the weekend I didn’t exercise, and I ate all kinds of junk and it’s amazing what a toll that took when I went to do Total Body Cardio yesterday. I’m sooooooooooooo tired this morning. This happened last time I started the fix though and now that I know what lies ahead (more energy, feeling great, stronger etc..), I’ll push through this first few days to get back to where I was before.

We’ve been trying recipes out of the Fixate cookbook, so I haven’t been posting recipes (copyright infringement would be bad) but I will get back at it as we continue to come up with new dinner and snack ideas.

Every recipe out of the cookbook so far has been really good. The best so far that we’ve tried was the Turkey Chili – I mean how can something with red wine in it not be good? I will definitely be making that again!

Last night, Tim made the Italian Wedding Soup and though a little time consuming (probably should have made the meatballs the night before), it was really good. We served it with a side salad of zucchini noodles (made with the Veggetti), chopped spinach, grape tomatoes, orange peppers thinly sliced and the Dijon vinaigrette from the Fix guide.

We also tried one of the desserts from Fixate, which was the chickpea brownies. They were delicious! As close to brownies as you can get without all the flour and sugar. It’s hard not to want to eat the entire pan though, and since you can only have one three times a week, probably a good idea to go ahead and take your portion and just go ahead and pop the rest in the freezer so you won’t be tempted!

21 day fix – Round 1

I finished my first round of the 21 day fix on Sunday. I’m happy to report a 10lb loss, but more importantly, I feel stronger.

The exercises that I could barely complete in the first week are doable now. Less and less modifications every time. I went from 10 second planks to 60 seconds.

When I look in the mirror I see the difference, it’s amazing what proper diet and exercise can do, and how fast the transformation can happen when you stick with it.

I started another round on Monday, so here’s to the next 21 days.

I also bought a Vegghetti. It makes noodles out of veggies! One way to cut out some of the carbs! Made zucchini noodles yesterday with tomato sauce and ground chicken. Fantastic!

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21 Day Fix Ingredients

So far, cooking meals for the 21 day fix has been very reasonable. When we stick to basics, the food stays relatively inexpensive, no more so than our regular grocery bills. As I’m starting to expand our bank of recipes at home, I’d like to be able to include some breakfast bars, or muffins as grab and go items so that I don’t have to plan so much for mornings. (My job location will be changing soon, and I’ll have a lot less time to be making up breakfasts).

There are quite a few recipes in the Fixate cookbook that look great – BUT – they are all requiring almond flour, or coconut flour – things I’ve never purchased before. Here I am looking up the cost of these items and then realizing – holy crap! I can’t afford to buy the ingredients that they want you to put in these things. $22-ish for a bag of almond flour??? Even at Walmart they have cheaper almond flour, but I’m still looking at between $12-15 for a really small bag. Maybe some people are willing to pay that, but I just really can’t justify it as an item I would buy on a regular basis. I need to be able to work with affordable ingredients.

Over the next while, I will be on a quest to find some breakfast bar or muffin recipes that do not require such expensive ingredients. There has to be something out there.

If you have done the 21-day fix, or are doing it, have you found anything you want to share? If you’ve published any recipes, I would love include a link to the recipe on your blog or website if that’s something you are interested in. Please feel free to comment or get in touch!

Fixate Cookbook has Arrived

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Got the Fixate cookbook yesterday, so tonight I made the turkey chili… Fantastic! If this meal is an indication of how the rest of the recipes will be, it will be gourmet cuisine all the way at our house. The portions are HUGE for this too! Even my daughter loved it and she is picky!

2 weeks of the 21 day fix down, and I’m still loving it. My husband and I even managed to go out for dinner and not get carried away on portions – but dining at a restaurant after eating clean for 2 weeks is a real eye opener. We went to Mongolian Village where you pick out your own ingredients and they cook it for you because we figured that was the best option. You have a selection of noodles, meat, veggies and sauces to choose from and that part was fine – you can make up a really healthful dish – but when they cooked it, they added so much oil, it made it really greasy. I guess I should have been specific to ask to use a lot less oil, or just forgo it altogether as is seems they soak some of the meats in oil, but I wouldn’t have expected them to use so much. The dish would have been so much better with minimal amounts. Date nights are always fun nights to go out for supper, but I’ll have to just watch out for the extra ingredients… Or, we can turn our kitchen in to the gourmet restaurant, we love to cook anyway.

I almost missed a workout on Saturday, but I felt I needed it, so in the evening still managed to get it in. Today I did the yoga, then a little extra treadmill running to try and burn off some of that extra grease, haha I feel like if I don’t do the workouts, I’m cheating. I’ve got one more week until the first round of 21 day fix is over, why start flaking out now? I feel like bad habits are being broken. I feel awesome.

2 weeks down, 1 to go! Looking forward to finding out and sharing the final results of the first 21 days.