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.