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First week of Turbo Fire down!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

So I have officially made it to my second week of Turbo Fire and using shakeology. I finally found a recipe that I love for the shake, so that's no longer a worry for me. Previously to using the shake though I was eating very healthy. So I'm not sure if I'm really getting the same effect from it as a person who didn't eat healthy would when they first started using it. Still, I know that it is packed full of good stuff, so I'm not giving up on it yet.

I will say though that I have been able to be better about some of my cravings, and I don't know if that is a part of the shake habit or not. My problem time is night time. I just want to eat the night away lol! But then all that food sits in my stomach over night. I'm trying to work on not eating after 7:30 every night now. My dinner is also always the highest calorie meal of the day for me. Any suggestions on maybe changing it to lunch?!

Turbo Fire exercises have been going really great! The only thing is that the work outs are not as long as I'm used to. I've been going to the gym for about an hour sometimes an hour and a half. These work outs can sometimes only be 20 minutes (like yesterdays). So I compensate and do a shorter workout at the gym those days.

I was really hoping that the first week I would see a difference in the scale, but it's not looking like that is going to happen. This is where I need to give myself a little pep talk. It didn't take a week to put on all this week, I did it over a span of ten plus years. This weight isn't going to come off in a healthy way in less than a year. I have a ways to go and the most important thing is not to give up. Keep working every day and work harder than the day before. Giving it your best is all that you can do.

Rant over lol. I am really enjoying the Turbo Fire workouts. I can see that it is going to help me in the long run over the course of the 20 week program, so I need to not get down on myself for not seeing results after one week. Patience is a virtue I guess lol.

Hope everyone else is having a successful week!

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FITWITHIN 1/29/2014 6:41PM

    Keep up the great work with Turbo Fire.

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MAMA2FOURKIDDOS 1/29/2014 4:07PM

    YAY for Turbo! I am on week 1 now. I did it awhile back, but took a break! They do seem shorter, but they're pretty intense so it is for good reason, I suppose! Head up, remember the scale is only a small indicator of success -- keep tabs on your measurements and snap some pics sometimes that helps as a visual motivator! Keep up the great work!!!

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FEMISLIM 1/29/2014 1:31PM

    Night eating can be a challenge. What works for me is pegging my eating at 7 pm. Nothing enters my mouth after that time!!!

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RITEEBEE 1/28/2014 2:17PM

    You're doing awesome!

Definitely try to have a bigger lunch and smaller dinner. Just literally switch whatever you are having! Time of day makes a big difference! Drink lots of water, and maybe even herbal tea in the evenings, it might help!! Good luck!!

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EBERKSHIRE86 1/28/2014 9:57AM

    Glad you like TF :) I love the fire 45 and 55 they are my favorite so I tend to do them more often but I also do Chalean Extreme and I add those on my days that I do a shorter TF workout so I get more ST that way. Yes the shakes are supposed to reduce cravings and I would definitely suggest moving your biggest meal to either breakfast or lunch! I have trouble with night time eating too I try to drink a glass of water and eat an apple if I am actually hungry the combo usually fills me up but if I still feel like snacking I go and brush my teeth/floss/mouthwash the whole 9 yards so I'm feeling clean and minty and I'm less likely to eat after that :)

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TurboFire and Shakeology

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

So I have decided that I need to take a new approach to my workouts and weight loss. I'm back to only losing a couple pounds a month. I'm okay with that, even though it can be very frustrating. I'm not giving up, I'm counting all my calories, and continuing to go to the gym almost every day.

But I think it's time to start something new. So after talking to a friend she encouraged me to try Shakeology. I know there are some who would say that this is a scam or whatever, but I really think I see a lot of benefits of doing it. I did a lot of research and say a ton of reviews on it, almost everything I saw was positive. If nothing else it will be a great source of vitamins, veggies, and fruits in the morning.

I'm also going to do TurboFire, a series of workout DVDs by the same people who make P90x and Insanity. It's a lot of cardio kickboxing, which I have taken some classes of in the past, so I feel pretty good about doing it. I'm really excited to do something new and different and from what I have seen if I work hard and complete the 20 weeks of the series, I could really see some major changes in my body. And that's what I am looking to do. I've done great at losing the weight, but now I'm ready to work on toning and strengthening.

My goal is at the end of each 4 week rotation to do a blog about how my progress is going. I really hope I get the results I'm hoping for, or at least even a portion of them lol. Here goes nothing!

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EBERKSHIRE86 1/22/2014 11:40AM

    Awesome! I love shakeology! What flavor do you drink? My favorite is the vegan strawberry but I have my order in for next month to try the new regular strawberry :) I agree it's worth it! I do TF as well, I love Chalene she is so motivating! I do that in combination with her Chalean Extreme program and I love it! There is a TF team on here if your looking for some extra motivation you should join us! Best of luck I know you'll get great results you picked a great combo! Feel free to message me if you want some support :)

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Hiding the scale

Friday, January 10, 2014

I know I'm not the only one out there, but I am a scale addict! I have weighed myself as many as 6 to 8 times in one day before. This New Year's my resolution is to put less emphasis on the scale and more on how I'm feeling.

I'm up to 51 pounds lost! It's such an amazing feeling to be able to say that I have lost that much weight. I'm 4 pounds away from hitting my first big weight loss goal. Instead of being really anxious about those last 4 pounds I'm going to take a step back.

I am going to still count all my calories and continue to work out 5 to 6 times a week, but I'm going to hide the scale every week. I will weigh myself once a week and that's it for the next 6 weeks. When it's not weigh in day I will put the scale at the bottom of my laundry basket. I will only take it out on the morning I need to weigh myself.

If I stay the same or maintain that week, I won't beat myself up over it. I've come so far. I feel great. I'm working hard. I need to remember that and stop putting so much pressure on myself to do more than what I am capable of.

Here's to making things work in this New Year!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/11/2014 2:42PM

    The scale can be good and bad at the same time! I've gone weeks without weighing and I've also weighed multiple times in one day, no matter what, I can't win, lol! I think you have a great outlook and it'll serve you well!

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SWANATOPIA 1/10/2014 8:35PM

    The scale can be real annoying!

Your doing great!


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Reflecting on 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

This morning I looked at my social medial accounts and saw so many people reflecting on their versions of 2013. Some people were sad to see the year end, and others were more than grateful for it to be over.

I have a mixture of both. 2013 was the year that I decided to change my entire outlook on life. I signed up for SparkPeople in January. But it wasn't until March that I really decided to get serious about it. In March I lost my best friend in the entire world, my grandmother. Her wish for me was to always be happy and healthy. When she passed on March 10th, I decided that I really needed to make that happen. So March 16th, I took the plunge and completely changed everything about myself from my attitude, my eating habits, and my exercise abilities.

Things started out with a bang. My first week really following SparkPeople, I lost 3 pounds. It was the best feeling stepping on that scale and seeing the number go from 225 to 222. I was ready to commit and make my dreams of a healthier me happen.

I signed up for my first 5k for June 9th. I could barely run a mile at that point without stopping. My average pace was about 12 minutes, but I was moving. I was nervous about running in front of people, but I had found a great support system with my friends and co-workers who helped me through every step.

June 9th came and I had butterflies in my stomach. It was about 90 degrees out that day and the race was almost all uphill. I made it about 2 miles before I had to stop and walk a little. But when I crossed that finish line and saw that I finished the race in 42 minutes, I wasn't disappointed in myself for the time, I was excited that I conquered my first milestone.

From there, I was hooked on running. The feeling of actually doing something that I set out to do and finishing it was the best feeling I had had in so long. After a night out with some co-workers and hearing that some of them were signing up for a half marathon, I thought to myself "why the hell not!?" In July I singed up for the Boston Half Marathon.

I spent all summer working on my running. I went from not being able to run a full mile to running at least 4 miles a day non-stop. Running became my mental release after a long day at work. The weight was still coming off. I was feeling amazing at what I was doing.

August came and with that the start of another school year. I work with college students and all along I wanted to hit at least 30 pounds down by the start of the school year. And I did it! I even did a high ropes course, something that was absolutely terrifying. But with losing weight and feeling more confident in myself I took on that challenge.

October came and so did my big race! At this point I was 40 pounds lighter and feeling amazing. People were noticing my weight loss and were now asking me what I was doing to make it happen. I was determined to show them how much hard work pays off that day. My goal was to finish in 2 hours and 40 minutes. I beat my time by finishing it in 2 hours 38 minutes and 36 seconds! I didn't stop once! t have never felt so proud of myself and all the work that I put into reaching such a huge physical accomplishment. My parents and whole family were there to cheer me on, knowing how much hard work and effort I put into this. The months of training.

After the race it took a couple days for me to get over the soreness. I decided that I would change up my workouts. I joined a nearby gym and started kickboxing and strength training classes. My weightless has slowed down a lot, but my determination to continue has not. As of today I have lost 48 pounds, 23 inches from my body, and have gained more confidence in myself that I ever thought possible.

I have 7 more pounds to go before hitting my first major weight loss goal. From there I have about another 20 to 25 more pounds to go. I used to think I needed to put a time limit on when I needed to reach my goals by. I'm no longer doing that. I'm taking things one day at a time. I'm working on making me happy, taking on new challenges, and doing it in a heathy/positive way.

Overall, 2013 has been the year of change for me. I don't ever see myself going backwards; I only see myself pushing my self forward. This year instead of making yet another weightless resolution, I'm making the continued commitment to working on myself and being positive about who I am. My wish for anyone who reads this is that you are able to make anything you want happen to happen in 2014. Be the best version of yourself and to remember that everything happens for a reason. Happy New Year!

May of 2012 225 pounds
December 2013 177 pounds

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CBLENS 12/31/2013 3:13PM

    What great success, well earned! You are an inspiration! emoticon

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9 Days into December

Monday, December 09, 2013

So far, I've been doing okay with reaching my 5 pound goal for December. Sadly, the scale has still not moved (going on two weeks now), but I did take my measurements. I've officially lost 23 inched! Only one more inch to make an even two feet lost.

I really needed that boost to help me see that just because I'm not seeing the results I want on the scale doesn't mean I'm not still getting results.

I went shopping this weekend, and and very happy to say I only bought smaller clothes which was also a great pick me up. It's nice to see that little by little I've had to get rid of a lot of my old clothes. I keep putting them into garbage bags and putting them in my closet to donate at the end of the year. Yesterday I went to add another bag in their and found that I have no more room. I've filled up 8 trash bags full of clothes that no longer fit! (Clearly I have a shopping problem lol)

Hope your December is going well too!


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