Fitness Update

I am the worst Beachbody coach ever. I have not written a fitness update post in ages, not even when I finished the Body Beast program.

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So here’s my fitness update!

I finished Body Beast just before I came to Mexico around the middle of May. I really loved that program. It seemed quite intimidating before I started, and it was tough once I got going, but I managed it (even while training for a half marathon!). The trick with this program – and with all exercise programs – was just to get started. That’s it! Just getting started is both the hardest and easiest task for this program.

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By the end of the program, I was squatting with 35 pound weights (on each side! That’s 70 pounds!) and curling 20 pounds (per arm!) Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could be that strong.

I am really happy with my results. I could have had much better results had I stuck to the diet program, but I’m going for progress here, not perfection. The way my arms shaped up makes me feel like a bad ass. The lower half needs work, but that will come with time.

body beast for women, body beast results, body beast bicepI love this photo of me because you can see my bicep. I have a defined bicep! I’m not flexing or taking a gym selfie – I’m just posing for a photo with a friend and BOOM! There’s a bicep.

When I got here to Mexico, I took a few days off to settle in, then I started T25. I’m working 12-hr days and living in a hotel room and T25 is ideal for that kind of situation. It’s only 25 minutes and you don’t need a lot of space for it…perfect. There really are no excuses for not working out with this program.
Everybody Got Time for thatOne of my Beachbody customers told me she didn’t want to try T25 because she thought since it was a short workout, it would be too easy. I think it’s actually good for all levels of fitness – if you’re in great shape, you can follow Shaun T; but if you need something a little easier, you can follow the modifier. I followed the modifier most of the time – I don’t know if it was because of long work days, 5:30am workouts, or high altitude…but low-impact was the way to go for me. I finished the first month of T25 feeling great!

But…I missed Body Beast. And I missed running (I made this realization when dashing around in torrential rainstorms). So, I started Body Beast again. I packed my work sheets, my videos, and my weightlifting gloves so I was ready! Now I’m in the hotel gym when it opens at 6am, alternating Body Beast and Couch to 10k. I’ve got to take advantage of the high altitude to get my running speed up, so I started the program from the very beginning.

I have company in the gym, too – one of my co-workers asked me to be his accountability partner when he found out that I’m a Beachbody coach. Perfect! I needed an accountability partner, too.

Now that I think about it, I started this blog and signed up as a Beachbody coach specifically to keep me motivated –  so having a workout partner is an awesome bonus.

How are you doing with your fitness? Let us know if you need encouragement and support!


Wendy

Tough it out Tuesday Link-up

Today I’m linking up with Kay at The Best of Intentions.

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It’s been tough for me to stick to my regular exercise routine. For the last two weeks, I’ve been sleeping in, missing morning workouts, and fitting them in at odd times. I don’t have any excuses – the time change was two weeks ago, and I should be accustomed to waking up and working out at 5am.

On Monday, I started T25. Since I’ll be doing doubles of T25 and Body Beast for the next 8 weeks, I will HAVE to stick to a regular schedule.

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I started the T25 program because I am hosting a challenge group and I wanted to do the same workout as my challengers. I needn’t have bothered; there is exactly one participant. I issued invitations to people who expressed specific interest in T25…no one wanted to make the commitment. Okay. I get it – I procrastinated fitness for years before I got into it. Sticking to a routine is tough, and making changes is scary.
On the other hand, no one ever got fit by talking about it. Aannnd the people I invited are avoiding me. From now on, I’ll just smile and nod when someone asks me about exercise and tells me that they need to get in shape.

What’s been tough for you lately?

 

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Wendy