Chalean Extreme Month One

So I have finished the “Burn” phase of Chalean Extreme, my newest DVD workout program I am following.  In my “It’s a Job” post, you see all four weeks progression at the end of the blog post.  I wanted to show you the results from just the beginning of week one and the end of week four.  I have lost many inches through this program and I have built up quite a bit of strength and muscle.

Week One Front

Week One Front

Week Four Front

Week Four Front

Week One arms

Week One arm

Week Four Arm

Week Four Arm

Week One Side

Week One Side

Week Four Side

Week Four Side

Week Four Back!

Week Four Back!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a Job

 

So I’ve been told multiple times that I “work out too much,” or “I focus on what I eat too much, just have fun.”  Usually these phrases are said pretty discouragingly and in a way that the speaker would like me to stop.  Well recently, I have been told by quite a few people, that I workout like it’s my job!  This has never been said as a put down or something to try to get me to not focus on it.  It was said as a “good job,” and a “fantastic, way to go!”  I love that quote!  I workout like it’s my job!

Do you know what that phrase means to me?  It means that I get up and I do what I’ve got to do to make a payout.  Not only that, I told myself a long time ago that I would never partake in a job which I felt did nothing to help humanity in some way.  I also made a pact with myself, that I would never take a job where I wasn’t happy with what I was doing.

 

Let’s break down those three things: payment, humanity, happiness.

 

Payment

My payment when I workout is a healthy body.  My body is a temple to God, but it is also a carrier of me.  It takes me places, it helps me do things, and it provides the only container I will ever have on this earth so I had better take care of it.  So my payment is a longer lasting body, healthy looking body, and one that will hopefully let me do the things I want to do until I am not longer here on earth.  I think the payment is pretty phenomenal, and this isn’t something you can get from any regular ordinary job, it takes hard work, patience, and the ability to keep it up day to day.  My  goal for my body is to stay in top shape and see many years of good use from it.

 

Humanity

I love to volunteer time and energy towards things that make a difference.  I believe that taking care of myself through working out and eating healthy helps others see that it is possible.  Showing everyone that they don’t need desert every night and that they don’t need to drink soda or sweet tea will help them in the long run.  Little steps can bring around a big change.  I also feel better when I workout, so I know I am in a better mood to help others in my career and in my family and friends.

 

Happiness

Yes, working out almost everyday and focusing on eating good for me foods, can be hard.  Sometimes I fall, and I fall bad.  I had vacation a few days ago, and ate a cupcake and drank when we went out with friends.  These are things I don’t normally do.  These are things that aren’t the best for my body. These are things that I splurge on once in awhile.  But once I realize that I need to get back on my healthy lifestyle, that reality is hard.  It takes a lot of willpower to get off the couch to put my workout DVD in, when I’ve been sitting there for a week.  It takes a lot of stamina to walk away from the chocolate bar that is in front of me at the grocery store.  It just take a lot out of you.  Happiness doesn’t always come easy.  I think, when I am doing those “not so good for me things” and sitting on the couch, that I am happy. I mean come on, what a life, sitting on the couch, feeling lazy, not having to do anything, and oh by the way pass me those potato chips.

But really, that’s not what true happiness is for me.  I am truly happy when I have the energy to go out and explore the world, when I have the ability to run around with the little kids we babysit, and when I eat a strawberry and think it is the best thing in the world.  Happiness is knowing I will live longer with a healthy body and have many great things to see and do in my life, and knowing if I hadn’t started my fitness journey three years ago I may not have had these chances.  Happiness comes from all those endorphins coming from a good workout and the adrenaline one gets in a race.  Happiness is knowing I will spend my lifetime with my husband and we will be healthy in old age together so we can enjoy it.

 

So yeah, my job is working out.  And I love going to work everyday!

 

At “work” I’ve been working on strength training: here are some pics of progress through the first month of Chalean Extreme. I’ve lost a total of 5inches off my body since starting the program.

 

 

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Week One front

Week One arms

Week One arm

Week Two front (sorry no pic of arm)

Week Two front

Week Two Arm

Week Two Arm

Week Three Front

Week Three Front

Week Three Side

Week Three Side

Week Three Arm

Week Three Arm

Beginning of Week Four

Beginning of Week Four

Week Four end

Week Four end

Week Four Side

Week Four Side

 

Week Four Arm

Week Four Arm

Week Four Back!

Week Four Back!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey You!

Hey You!  Yeah, you over there!  I’m talking to you!  How are you doing today?  I know that some people out there have some negative things to say about you, but you know what?  I’ve got SO many more positive things to say that those negatives are all canceled out!

 First off, I want you to look at yourself in the mirror.  Don’t be going and putting on your make up now!  Or putting gel in your hair! You look fine!  Seriously! Without all the things that we are told make us look better, you look fine just the way you are!  Take a look!  I know, I know, that’s supposedly a wrinkle by your eye, I don’t see that, I see a laugh line from years of laughing at good jokes and fun times had with friends!  I know that the blemish on your skin is something that you want to hide, but instead embrace it!  It helps make you the amazing person you are!  That person in the mirror is someone who is doing things in life, taking the bull by the horns and no longer looking with negative thoughts on themselves.

 Have you ever been called fat? Ugly? Lazy? Stupid? Weird?  I’ve been called, or thought of myself (which is worse) those things, all of those terms before.  But, guess what…I’m not ANY of the above, and neither are you!  Here’s how I take those negative and turn them into positives…it’s the first step in really loving who you are, because until you grasp what an amazing person you truly are anything you want to change won’t happen and anything you want to heighten (like reach a goal or  something) won’t really happen without first accepting yourself!

 Fat?  Really? Seriously?  Your body is a temple that you have been given to live a life that you love.  Until you embrace your body and take a look at it as a vehicle to take on life that “fat” stigma will always hunt you.  I’ve seen many beautiful girls tell me they think they are “fat” because so and so is skinnier then they are.  Don’t ever compare yourself to any other person! You are unique and wonderful no matter if the other person is skinner then you, taller then you, more defined then you, or in your thoughts more successful.  It’s all of our jobs as owners of our bodies to take a healthier view on how we live our lives and how we take care of our bodies, but everyone is going to look different, and that is alright!

 Ugly?  Come on! Look at those eyes, that hair, those cheeks!  I don’t care who you are, there is a feature on your body that no one else has.  This makes you unique, and being unique is beautiful!  Look at yourself in that mirror again (and don’t be running off to put that makeup on now!) and just stare at your reflection.  Each day, name at least one thing that you think is unique or beautiful on your body.  I bet if you do that you will start loving yourself and understanding that no one is ugly!

 Lazy, well that’s in the eye of the beholder.  Someone who runs a 5K compared to someone who runs at 13.1K may seem lazy.  Those who are on their feet all day on the job and go home to a couch may look lazy to those who sit at a desk all day and then workout once they get home.  You are not lazy, you are just a different type of active.

 Stupid?  Do you know one thing more on a topic then I do?  Well then you are not stupid.  If you know how to do something that only a few people do, then you are not stupid.  You may not be able to spell or do math, but neither can I, but we know other things!  For example, some people look at me and think I’m uber smart because I have my Masters degree, but I am a person only specialized in one thing.  Someone who knows how to count out money, fix a car, handle an unruly machine, hold a baby and make it stop crying, etc…are smarter than me in those areas. No one is stupid if they know how to do something. 

 Weird…well, we all are weird.  We all have things that make us just slightly abnormal to the average human being.  But then again if those average human beings have things that are slightly abnormal in them, then they are not average either.  Then that means we are all weird, which makes us great assets to this world.  I’ve been told that because I’m in to fitness and healthy foods now, that I’m weird.  Well so be it!  I embrace that!  If that makes me weird I’ll take it!  There are other people out there who are weird to me because they can do math in their head (my dad), look at a sentence and figure out the grammar mistakes (my husband), or look at a sick person and know exactly what they need to do to feel better (my mother and mother in-law).  They embrace those things and their weirdness is wonderful to me!  So take that weirdness, show it to the world, and embrace it! 

 So basically, this whole blog, is just to show that no matter who you are, what you have been told that is negative that you can switch those around to positives and use them to better yourself and your fellow man.  Enjoy life! Love yourself! Don’t judge others because you don’t where they are on their journey and they may not know how to make a negative into a positive.  And create a new way in the world!

Bloated

So a few weeks ago hubby and I went to Chicago to visit one of my good friends.  We went to many restaurants that we had seen on some shows on Food Network, and we drank a lot of martinis.  I knew what this weekend would do to me, and I still went and enjoyed myself without thinking too much about what I was doing.  I don’t recommend doing this, because it takes a while to undo the damage you do in just two days.  I ate greasy food, didn’t workout, and drank more than I have drank the whole year combined probably (I don’t drink a lot – so I had like 8 drinks in two days).  We had a lot of fun hanging out with my friend going to a concert and just enjoying Chicago. 

 Once we were home I decided to workout that evening.  Looking at myself in the mirror I looked about 7 months pregnant I thought.  I decided that instead of letting this bloated look get me down, because I knew this would happen when I was eating horribly, I would turn it into something for this blog. 

BLOATED week 1

BLOATED week 1

Bloated Week 1

I wanted to show that even if you do have a “mess up, don’t think about it, eat everything in sight” weekend, you can turn it around to where you were in a few weeks time, no problem.  I probably consumed double if not triple the amount of calories I normally have on a day to day basis each day that weekend, so I gained a few pounds, plus bloating from the sodium added to the time it took to get all the extra pounds off.

 I didn’t have a cheesecake baby, I had a pizza, pizza, pizza, pasta, hamburger, pancakes, waffles, cereal, alcohol, alcohol, alcohol, pizza, pizza baby.  It was way beyond my usual food baby.  My pants fit tightly, I felt tired, and I didn’t want to workout.  It’s weird what a few days of being off a healthy schedule can do to someone.

 So, after three weeks of eating right, drinking nothing but water (and one glass of milk in the morning), and working out properly, I got back down to the way I was before, flat tummy and all! 

Not as bloated, it's going down! Week 2 (sorry about the messy hair)

Not as bloated, it’s going down! Week 2 (sorry about the messy hair)

Week 2

Don’t let one weekend get you down, if it’s one weekend every few months…it’s life, we are all supposed to live and have fun once in a while.  One weekend won’t damage all you have done, it will just take you some time to get back to where you were.  Three weeks is what it took me. 

Was it worth all that hard work, to some extent it was. I had fun with my friend and husband, we eat at a ton of places that we wanted to experience and we saw some great things in Chicago.  Would I have one of those kinds of weekends every week?  No!  Little indulgent days here or there are fine, but put some limits on how much of the indulgences you consume.  I have learned to not let this happen too many times again, and I know that I can still have fun without all that pizza and alcohol.  I am back to my healthy diet and tons of water. 

No more bloat!  Week 3 (oh and you can see my new bangs in this picture! :) )

No more bloat! Week 3 (oh and you can see my new bangs in this picture! :) )

Week 3

Enjoy life and take it as it comes.  I knew that weekend wasn’t going to be the greatest healthy wise, but I decided to indulge.  Have I really indulged since that weekend?  No, that was my indulgent days for those three weeks.  I didn’t need any other indulgences after that weekend.  Find the balance in your life to have fun but also to love your body.

Extreme

I started a new program, yesterday.  Yes, it’s to early to really discuss if it is working/will work, etc..  But what I can tell you, is I have never left a workout with that big of a smile on my face and felt that challenged before in my life, and I loved every minute of it.  The program I started is called CHALean Extreme.  That is what it is, an extreme lifting program to make you lean! 

 I did the first day, a 35 minute lifting workout, yesterday and today I actually feel my muscles that were worked in my inner thighs and my booty. Those are two areas where I have some of the most issues in toning.  That alone has sold me on the program!

 The first month is supposed to help burn the fat away to get you leaner.  I know a lot of you are stuck in the mentality that women shouldn’t lift a lot because it will make them bulk up and look manly.  Well I have seen many women who do lift, and they look amazing and not manly in any way. 

 The Reason

 The reason I wanted to start a new program and do something beyond Jillians dvds (since we all know I love her workouts), is because I have been in a horrible plateau the last few months.  I have lost and gained the same 3lbs and haven’t lost any inches even though I was working out like a fend and eating right.  Plateaus are some of the worst things to hit someone and can make you give up entirely…NEVER let one make you stop doing what is right for your body!  SO instead of giving up, I’m starting something new.  Starting something new will jump start my body and get me out of the plateau!

I am really excited about what this four month program will do!  I will keep updates on here about the program along with personal reviews, trials, and accomplishments! 

 My Before Pictures, After the First Workout on the First Day of CHALean Extreme! (please excuse the mixed matched workout clothes)

 

 

 

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Abs flexed (not my four pack anymore, but it's a two pack)

Abs flexed (not my four pack anymore, but it’s a two pack)

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Time…and not much of it…

So at the moment I am super busy.  I was super busy with work two weeks prior, and now I’m super busy with a thing I’m trying for.  Two weeks prior I was so busy and exhausted from work that once I got home, I’d fall asleep on the couch and sleep until the next day (no joke!).  Now I’m studying constantly and when I do get a free moment or two I’d rather spend it with my husband and not with my workout dvd’s or a run away from him and our house.  So how do I try and stay healthy when time is a huge issue.

 Well first, we all have these times in life when nothing seems to be going at the pace we’d like them to go.  (For example, right now I’m writing this blog, but in my head all I can think about is, “You should be studying!”)  I have a back room to clean up, I’ve got errands I’d like to run, and I’ve got family members I’d love to see!  Life happens, and sometimes it sucks! (that’s a quote I use with students when they’ve had a bad semester or when something bad happens to them.) Life sucks the life out of you sometimes, it sucks out the drive, and it sucks out the reasoning.  When life sucks, I have to focus.  So I make out a list of “To Dos.”  Most people think “To Do” lists won’t help, but I find the total opposite is true for the majority of people, if they would just try it.  I make my students do it, I make myself do it, I make friends who are going through tough times do it.  Right now I’m going through a stressful time…so I made a list!

To Do List

 As you can see I have a lot on my plate when I get home tonight, and it takes more than just three hours to complete everything on my list.  I mean you should see the room I have to clean! It’s a mess!  The studying I have to do is at least two hours in itself.  Phone conversations can last a long time depending on what is going on in life.  Relaxing showers also can take a while if you are really trying to relax.  And cuddling with husband while you watch tv together and unwind, might just need to be forgotten if I want to complete everything else.  Overall it’s a lot and one person can’t complete all of it in one night…so now we have to talk about priorities.

 My main priority will always be my husband, so we will enjoy dinner together each night and talk about our day and our dreams and experiences at that point.  It’s a compromise on what I’d like to actually accomplish on my “To Do” list.  My second priority is studying for an hour or two.  My third is showering, which I’ve got to make 20 minutes tops, if I’m going to blow drive my hair.  My fourth is calling my mom, with a lot of health concerns in my family right now this could take a while.  My fifth is cleaning, which will take place while I’m talking to my mom.  If I plan out my evening, it will go like this, eating dinner with my husband, studying for an hour and a half, showering, calling my mom, picking up a few things while I’m on the phone with my mom. 

 This will be about 4 hours worth of things to do.  Since I get off work at 7 this evening, that timing works out great for me to actually make it into bed at a decent hour. 

 Now back to how will I stay healthy in the times that are super busy like this.  I watch how much I eat and actually what I am putting into my body.  If I don’t have a lot of time to workout, I have to watch what I am eating to be able to consistently stay healthy and on the right track with my weight.  I also will fit in little workouts whenever I can. My studying is done either with a book or on the computer.  When I’m reading things off the computer and I’m not at a point where I have to write things down, I’ll lift my handweights.  If I feel like my head is getting all frazzeled I’ll quickly jog in place for 5 minutes, run around with our dog, or just go for a walk around our block.  I’ve got to fit in these things or I get stress headaches, which in turn makes me grumpy, which will make me not want to study but instead watch tv all evening.  Neither of which will help me in the long run. 

 If you noticed, in the priorities paragraph I didn’t put sleep on my priorities.  That’s a given.  We all must get enough sleep or our bodies won’t retain anything.  It won’t retain a healthy diet because your mind will overpower your logic of how bad those chips really are, and when you are in a sleep deprived mind it will say, “Eat three bags, no one is looking or would care if you do.”  It won’t help you keep up a healthy exercise routine because you’ll be too exhausted at the end of the day to actually fit in anything resembling getting off your butt. And it won’t help you digest anything that you need to through your brain.  Like I said I have to study right now, for one month, I have to include good sleeping habits or I won’t understand anything I am trying to learn. 

 We all have times in our life when we only have 3 hours at the end of the day to ourselves and we have so much we have to fit in, that we sometimes have to put other things on the backburner.  I’m not saying use this as an excuse time to not give it your all, because trust me, there will be at least four days a week where I will give everything to a one hour workout, but the in between days a little break of smaller things will be fine.   It’s only for a month, and I have a feeling the “To Do” lists will help me stay on track. 

 Do you have any ideas for good ways to fit healthy things in when you are super busy with obligations?  The “To Do” lists are the only way I can think of fitting everything in that I can without feeling to overwhelmed, but I’d welcome (and I’m sure my readers would also) other ideas!

Healthy Holidays?

So the title is kind of an oxymoron.  I have never had a “healthy” holiday.  Usually during the Holiday season I gain around 5 – 10lbs.  We’ve got Thanksgiving, family and friends birthdays through December, six different Christmas’ to attend, Christmas parties, New Years Eve, and then my birthday.  So a lot of celebrating goes on!  If you are like us we are traveling a few hours away for a few of the holidays and then traveling back for a few others. This also means a lot of food and not a lot of time to workout. 

 So how can we possibly have a healthy holiday?  Well I try to bring my handweights with me when we travel.  That way I can lift before bed or when I wake up.  I do squats filling up my water bottle or brushing my hair.  I’ll add in some jogging/sprints in place or some plank exercises.  I will manage at least a half hour workout everyday throughout the break.  It takes a lot to manage sometimes, but even if the half hour is spread out in a few minute increments throughout the day, at least I know I am getting it in. 

 I do not allow myself  to feel guilty about eating certain foods during the holidays, either.  I am more conscience of what I put into my mouth and body, though.  So I may have a few cookies, but I’m going to limit the amount.  I may know that certain foods will taste really good, so I will limit the portion size on my plate.  I have gotten many family members and friends questioning if I will eat anything on holidays, and I assure you I will.  My decision to eat healthy is a lifestyle change, so to eat not as healthy on some days won’t undo everything I have accomplished thus far.

 Holidays are times to be happy, care free, be around those you love, and to remember the reason for the season.  Just because I will be a little more care free in my eating habits doesn’t mean that I’m a bad healthy eating person, it means I’m human. 

 I want to make you all aware too, that if you are watching the scale and see after the holidays it goes up a few pounds, try and not let that number get you down.  After a few days of back to eating healthy and working out harder than the 30 minutes a day, those pounds will go away.  You’ve got this, you will make it through the holidays with a smile on your face!

 Enjoy this holiday season.  Remember portion size, and limitations on the good (but not good for you) food.  Try and fit in a small workout daily if you can’t fit in your longer ones.  These all seem like simple rules to follow during the holidays, but sometimes in the moment are harder to follow, so make it a point to keep them at the for front of your mind and try to follow them.  You can indulge and not feel guilty, just watch the size of the indulgence. 

 Happy Holidays everyone! 

 Make them semi-healthy or fully healthy, no matter what enjoy the time with your family and friends!

 

Bella met Santa for the first time this year.  I think she likes him.  Merry Christmas, Happy New Years, and Happy Holidays to everyone!

Bella met Santa for the first time this year. I think she likes him. Merry Christmas, Happy New Years, and Happy Holidays to everyone!

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