PiYo – Week 4

I am now halfway through PIYO, so Week 4 of 8 and I have lost 4 POUNDS and 4 INCHES!!!This might not seem like a lot, but for me it is.

At this point in my life I am already at a healthy weight (this was not always the case…more on that later), so my goal is to not lose weight but to tone up, increase strength and endurance. I have been about the same weight/size from the time the kiddo was about 6 months old and he is now ~16 months old. So I’ve been in about the same for close to a year. Well, since starting PIYO I can tell I have definitely “shifted” if you will. I even wore jeans the other day that I haven’t worn since college! I repeat…COLLEGE!!!!

Clearly this is working for me and I am thrilled. But why? I think it is because…

  • Home workouts have allowed me to increase the frequency of my workouts
  • I am still eating pretty healthy (about 80% of the time), but the Shakeology does seem to help with the sugar cravings
  • I created an accountability group online that has helped make sure I am bringing my A-game and sticking to my goals…There is just something about having to face my friends to say I either met or failed at meeting my goals this week that is hugely motivating…Public shaming…use it to your advantage!

I am still going to my bootcamp on Saturdays (however I am about to cancel because they have changed their schedule AGAIN making it too challenging to fit in with the kiddo’s schedule). And I still go on extra walks and stuff throughout the week with the family. I don’t view this as working out as much as just family time… but whatever…

Let’s talk about PERFORMANCE!!!

What has been amazing to me has been the physical changes I can see in myself during my workouts…

First off,I have seen massive gains in my push-ups. I can now do multiple sets of 4 without having to modify. This is HUGE since I have been working on rehabbing an old shoulder injury for the last few months, and haven’t been able to get anywhere close to a push-up with proper form. Yay!

Second, I went to my bootcamp the other day and was on cloud 9 because I was crushing it that hard. I mean I was jumping higher, rowing faster, lifting heavier…you name it. And I felt great the ENTIRE TIME. And afterwards I left feeling absolutely elated. Before introducing PIYO I would weekend warrior it up…You know workout twice a week, mostly on the weekends and feel like I had been hit by a bus when my bootcamp was busy kickin’ my butt. Not recently! Instead my heartrate has been lower, faster to recover and I can push it harder than I was before. I didn’t really think of PIYO as being an effective cardio workout, but I guess it is. I mean I am always sweaty at the end, but given that it is low impact I think I have been underestimating the intensity. Definitely a pleasant surprise.

Time to keep it real…

I do try to eat healthy and the family sticks to it ~80% of the time. But this past month there have been more indulgences than normal. My sister and I went on an epic and much needed girls trip about a week ago. I tell ya, we lived it up!!! And it was all worth it. That, coupled with my normal indulgences, meant there was more this month that could have derailed my progress, but didn’t. Over the last four weeks I have had…

  • Creme brule
  • Lemon souffle
  • Chocolate pie
  • Foie gras
  • Orange chicken
  • Beer (8 maybe?)
  • Wine (at least two bottles worth)
  • Multiple pizza nights
  • Burgers and fries
  • My son’s chicken nuggets

And still, I lost 4 POUNDS and 4 INCHES! I celebrate that because it means that this is something that is real. Something that allows me to live, enjoy and celebrate and still work towards my goals. This is not a radical diet, a crazy lifestyle change. This has been easy to do, easy to follow and I am starting to see results. Now I realize that someone out there can do the same program and follow the meal program to the letter and might see my numbers multiplied a few times…I don’t care.

I want real health and I want MY ideal weight. That to me means the weight where I feel the best living the kind of lifestyle I can enjoy living for the rest of my life. I think I am finally starting to find that balance again.

PiYo – Week 1

PiYo – Week 1…Crushed it!

It’s Monday and I am about to enter into Week 2 of PiYo (Note: Beachbody challenges and calendars seem to start on Monday’s…I am sure there is a reason for this, but I don’t know it!). So I wanted to give a little update on what I think so far.

But first, let’s clarify a few things…

  1. PiYo is NOT the only thing I am doing! I do a bootcamp on Saturdays (well, most Saturdays) and I am not planning on giving that up. It is my only “me time” I am guaranteed during the week. It is bliss!
  2. I am not following the PiYo calendar! It has a workout listed 6 days a week, and 1 rest day. We already know that I am doing a different workout on Saturday, and I just might take another day off during the week as a rest day (like I did on Sunday). So instead, I just cross the workout out on the program calendar and move on to the next workout the next time I workout. Simple!

So what do I think…So far, so good!

I did three different workouts (in addition to the Alignment video on day 1): Define Lower Body, Define Upper Body and Sweat.

Seriously if you have ever done yoga or pilates then there is not a whole lot in these workouts to surprise you. They move faster than yoga, and when I say faster I mean you just aren’t holding a pose for very long or you aren’t static in that pose. You will find you are moving from one posture to the next and back again several times over. Most of the moves are squat variations, warrior poses, planks, etc…The entire time Chalene is challenging you to push yourself a little further (sometimes I love/hate her), but it is nice direction to keep this challenging and engaging.

Let’s just say at the time I thought these workouts were no big deal, but daaaaang was I sore after!!!! And I seriously need some work on lengthening out my hammies (like, holy shiz they are tight!). But thankfully I found my old trusty yoga block (life saver) buried in the closet!!! And don’t get me started on the ‘Sweat’ workout! I was literally dripping by the time I was done. So much so my husband told me I better not leave the office smelling like a gym (oops!). I am sure I will be a picture after doing ‘Drench’!

I would say 85% of the moves I have found to be doable at my current state of fitness with 15% being more challenging, a work in progress, or something I modify (note: I was active before going into this). But I have been using some of the modifications and they have been great! I have tendonitis in my shoulder that I am rehabbing and a knee that….well…let’s just say it has seen better days. Anyway, it is nice to have an option that provides even lower impact while I work on strengthening these areas. I can see how the modified option would be great for someone with joint issues or someone who is just starting down the fitness journey.
TIP: If you fall into this category, of if you are even new to an at-home workout routine, I find it helpful to preview the program before you do it. I realize not everyone has time for this, but it is really helpful to even just watch it on fast forward to get an idea of what you will be doing so that when you listen to audible cues you have a better sense of what the moves should look like.

HOWEVER, I did NOT the plank jacks or burpees. Even though these were a less intense version than some I have seen (you might need to see the program to get what I mean here), I was TERRIFIED that I would make too much noise and wake up the kiddo!!! Trust me, if I did that I don’t think anyone would be happy! And let’s be honest here…The least happy would probably be my husband…Soooo I stuck to the modified version! Who knows…maybe this is something we can bill up to as home workouts become more of a thing for me…

As it stands now, Week 1 done and the kiddo didn’t wake up once! SUCCESS!!!

PiYo – Day 1

In attempt to get my a@# into gear and gym it up a little more often I have decided to give Beachbody a go.

Frankly with a tiny kiddo at home I find myself getting to the gym only 1-2x week (which is AMAAAAZING!!!! Yay for “me time!”). But let’s get real here. I am a type-A personality with a full-time, demanding job. For me that means I STRESS!!! If I don’t get thine butt to the gym a bit more frequently I start eating like crap, sleeping less (OMG the running checklist never stops going through my head! Why is that a thing?!?!?!), and I develop this sassiness that some might say borders on attitude…I think that is a matter of perspective…but whatever.

Anywho… started looking into home fitness options and of course Beachbody has a ton-o-options and I have done a few of them in the past (hello P90X!) and liked them, so I figured this is a great place to start. So I signed up!

DISCLOSURE: I signed up as a Coach! You can ask me more about that here.

To kick things off I decided to start out with PIYO. PIYO is a combo of Pilates (PI) and Yoga (YO). The workouts are about 20-40minutes and require NO EQUIPMENT. Now normally this is not something that would strike my fancy (I like heavy lifting and bootcamps because they make me feel like a bada@$!), but I decided to go this route for one big reason…

I figured no equipment = less noise. Less noise = lower probability of waking up the kiddo mid workout!!!!

Now if you are a new mom or a mom to young kiddos I am sure you have experienced this before…

You start the home workout video. You get 5 minutes in and are starting to smile to yourself thinking, “Hey! I think this might work” and then it hits…the kid wakes up, needs juice, etc… and then all hell breaks lose. You press pause and just pray that maybe one day soon you will be able to come back and press play again…It is a beautiful dream!

It’s not really that bad…and truthfully my kiddo is getting to the point where he wants to “participate” which is super cute! But frankly, if I can get my fitness on without the interruptions, that is preferable!!!!!

So in addition to the no equipment thing there were some other reasons for the PIYO…
It is a low-impact workout with lots of modifications (I have injuries…this sounds like a great way to ease back into things)

Did I mention it requires NO EQUIPMENT?!?! (I can roll out of bed (and yeah, maybe I slept in my workout clothes), hit the mat and get to it. As I am getting started I figured the less I have to prep means the longer I get to sleep in, and the more likely I am to get thine butt out of bed!)
It is PILATES AND YOGA!!! Lord knows I could use some SERIOUS stretching. Like SERIOUS stretching!

So this morning I got up all excited and did my first PIYO video. Day 1 is all about alignment. They go through a lot of the postures you will be doing in the workouts and take them step by step (knee at this angle, foot here, hips forward, etc…). While this is a slow way to start (and admittedly a bit of a bummer if you are looking to hit it hard right out of the gate) it is really helpful to make sure you are doing things the right way to help 1) increase the effectiveness of the workout and 2) prevent injury. All good things.

And let me tell you my hamstrings were already screaming at me from this intro video!!!

Like I said…serious stretching…

This is a 60 day program (which was a bit scary for me to commit to, but dangit I can do it!). I’ll keep you posted as we get after it.

P.S. Interested in trying PIYO, you can buy it here (<– Coach Link), or you can email me questions here.