Sunday, July 29, 2012

Shakeology VS GNC Lean Shake?

For the past few weeks, I have been using GNC Lean Shake as my post workout snack. I've tried the banana, french vanilla, and chocolate peanut butter. I love them all! They are so good and surprisingly very filling. I used them as a meal replacer when I was loosing weight, and it did help me with the last 4-5 lbs that I needed to loose. Its also handy that the GNC store is literally 2 miles from my house. GNC has great sales, and I could have 2 shakes a day for about $4 total. 
My beachbody coach, who is (almost) vegan recommended  shakeology as a post workout meal. A few months ago, I tried to switch my family to a more vegan lifestyle. Unfortunately, it didnt last very long. Well, the shakeology now has a vegan option, so by using this shake, I could ensure at least one vegan meal a day, which is more than I am doing now. I'm still thinking it over, weighing the pros and the cons. Anyone who knows me knows that I do my research about EVERYTHING. Its the inner geek inside of me. 
Thanks for reading
Phil 4:13 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

PUSH completed!

Yesterday, I finished my last exercise in the push month. I will be taking after pictures for beachbody and my own records, and will probably post them on here as well. Total weight loss 18 lbs :) Now for maintenance, and the lean stages. Next month will be both lean circuit and a mixture of training for the half. I went for a two mile run yesterday for the first time in almost two months. The run was surprisingly easy, but I did wake up sore this morning. Today is my off day from exercising, but I may try some yoga since my legs are so stiff and sore.
I'm using the Jeff Galloway half marathon training plan. His plan consists of several walk breaks to help decrease your risk of injury. Based on my running pace, I run 3 minutes and walk 1. I really like this plan because I'm not totally exhausted when I finish a run. For me, it makes running more enjoyable.
Thanks for reading.
Phil 4:13

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Raw food articles

Today I will be posting several articles on raw food diets, as well as some yummy recipes I will be trying out. Here is the first article

And here is another one

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

(one) goal reached!

The nike quote below this post could sum this up perfectly. Today, and for the past 8 weeks, I redefined impossible, not on my own strength, but through HIM. I finally reached my goal weight, which was the weight I was before I had my daughter, four and a half years ago. I may not look exactly the same as I did back  then, four years, 2 kids and a happy marriage will take a tole on your body. But I can wear the same size pants that I could four years ago, and that makes me happy!
This journey is not over, far from it. Along with maintaining my weight, exercise has become a vital part of who I am now. I have learned so much about myself along the way. I am stronger than I thought I was, I have more will power, and I can say NO to things like chocolate, sweets, and ice cream. But it is time to start new goals. My new goals are to finish Chalean Extreme, (hey! I still have an entire month to go!) and to train for the St. Jude Half Marathon. I also want to get my turbo kick instructor training certification, and hopefully one day be able to teach a class of my own.
I want to continue to focus on good health for myself, my family, and those around me. Eating healthy is essential. I want to crave healthy foods, even more than I do now. I want to experience new recipes, try new foods, and enjoy being healthy. I want to introduce more "raw foods" into my families diet. I want my kids to be able to go into the kitchen, and grab a carrot because they love eating them. While I'm not banning sweets forever (HELLO, I have a 3 lb bag of skittles left over from my sons birthday in the pantry right now!!), I want them to be used sparingly in my diet, and not an every day indulgence.
Thanks for continuing to read my blog. I can't wait to post my running progress, chalean progress and hopefully more healthy recipes that my family has tried and approves of.
Phil 4:13

Monday, July 23, 2012

Getting ready to train for the half

In about a week, I will start training for the St. Jude Half Marathon. Since I have never ran a half before, I am 1)very, very, VERY nervous, and 2) researching like crazy the best way to do this thing. I know so many runners who end up getting hurt, having knee surgery, and do serious damage to their body because they pushed themselves too hard. My goal is not speed, but endurance. I want to finish this thing with a healthy body. Check out the following link for some long distance running advice.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Week 3 Push Update and MORE

This week has been a great week! Technically tomorrow will be the last day of the this weeks exercising since I had to skip a day. The lifting has gotten easier, as I was actually able to make it all the way to 8 on MOST of the exercises this week. No weight loss this week, but I am ok with that because I am maintaining the weight I have lost.I want these results to be permanent, so I am ok with not seeing the numbers go down on the scale every week. The Fat Burner Challenge was AWESOME. I am so glad I decided to do that workout. My arms are a little sore, so thankfully there is no lifting tomorrow, so they can have a chance to rest.
I was finally able to get to the gym this morning, for the first time since the summer started. I woke up at 5 and made myself go. Since I wanted to do Chalean as soon as I got home, I decided to only stay for 30 minutes. I rode the bicycle, and used some 10 lb weights to do some of the exercises I felt I needed to work on. 8lbs is too light for the triceps exercises Chalean Extreme does, but there is no way I can use 15 lb weights yet. When I came home, I did Chalean Exreme ,was finished with both workouts by 6:45 and even had my daily bible time before the kids woke up. I have had so much energy throughout the day, it is amazing. I cleaned house, cooked breakfast and lunch and even tackled some organizing I had been putting off. Why do I hit the snooze button and save my exercises for evenings when the benefit me so much more by doing them in the morning?? My goal is to start doing them as much as I can in the mornings. You don't need a 5 hour energy shot when you start your day thirty minutes earlier with a little cardio. Thats all for now. Thank you so much for continuing to read my blog and being an encouragement!
Remember Phil 4:13

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Crunch: An Ineffective Ab Exercise

Crunch: An Ineffective Ab Exercise

Check out this article for tips on great ab workouts. Just remember, having a great stomach is a two part process. Its part exercise but also equal parts diet! So cut back those carbs at suppertime!

Fat Burner Challenge

There are still a few workouts I haven't had the chance to do yet. They are bonus workouts that don't follow along with the program, but you can supplement them in to spice things up every once in a while. Today I was supposed to do the Burn Interval, and for some reason, this one is my least favorite out of all the workouts. I'm not sure why, but I just can't get into it. So I put in the Fat Burner Challenge to switch things up today. 32 minutes of INTENSE cardio. I was so out of breath when I finished it! There was tons of kickboxing in this, which made it really fun. My 4 year old daughter was even doing it with me, and she was sweating! It was a good change up from the burn intervals. It also made me really interested in doing Turbo Jam because she said alot of the exercises that were kickboxing were on her turbo jam DVD's. After completing Extreme, I plan on focusing on getting ready for the half marathon. However, Turbo Jam would be a good Christmas present!!  Hint Hint, Hubby! I will definitely be  adding the Fat Burner into the mix from now on. Thanks for reading!
Phil 4:13

Monday, July 16, 2012


No one will probably find this as exciting as I did, but I recently liked Janelle from Chalean Extreme's fitness page. Since I am very close to my goal, I messaged her to see her best recommendations for maintaining  my weight after I reach my goal. To my surprise, SHE MESSAGED ME BACK! How awesome is that? She sent me to the link I am about to give to you guys and recommended I become a beachbody coach. I don't think I have time for that, but the motivation was totally awesome, and just what I needed. Here is the link she gave me, hope it helps someone out there!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Half way through the PUSH month

After today, I will be halfway finished with the PUSH month. It's still just as hard as it was during week 1. I probably should have bought 12 lb weights instead of 15, but hopefully it will have paid off at the end of the month to do the 15! Push circuit 3 is my favorite so far, I love that workout! Its legs, chest, and shoulders and I find myself being able to go to 8 instead of having to stop at 6.
6 weeks into this workout, and I have lost 14 lbs! This is partly because of the workouts, but also equal part changing my diet. Fast food has almost completely been eliminated from my diet, except for Subway. Subway has been my go to fast food restaurant when I am too busy to cook. Usually I can eat an entire meal for under 400 calories. I have also cut out soft drinks completely and six weeks later, I can honestly say that I do not crave a Sundrop or Dr. Pepper. I also try to not eat bread or pasta after lunch. However, I do make sure that my breakfast and lunch both contain carbs. Alot of times, people will cut carbs out of their diets completely, loose alot of weight, then gain it all back after they reintroduce carbs back into their diets. With this diet, carbs are still a vital part of my diet, I just modify what time of day I eat them, so I have enough time to burn them off. Supper is usually loaded with vegetables and a meat.
Yesterday, I went shopping with my best friend. We went to the mall and tried on so many clothes. This has been a torture for me for the last 4 years because of belly fat, not being able to find clothes that fit or look right on me. As a result, I barely buy clothes for myself and my closet has been in serious need of a little TLC. But yesterday for the first time, I was able to shop without leaving the mall totally depressed. I even bought myself some new outfits that I can not wait to wear. My best friend was such a awesome motivator for me while I was  trying on clothes. It felt so good to leave the mall with a few things for myself. This is a drastic change from back in May, when my husband took me to Nashville to go shopping for mothers day. While waiting for him to bring the baby back from the bathroom, a woman came up to me and complimented my "maternity" dress and asked where I bought it, because her daughter was having a hard time finding cute maternity clothes and was due in a few short months. I was speechless. Needless to say, it put a damper on the shopping trip, but prompted me to make the investment in Chalean Extreme. Maybe that was the push I needed. Needless to say, I feel better than I have in years, and I am so thankful to be on the road to a much healthier lifestyle. Thanks for reading!
Phil 4:13

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

End of Push Week 1

Today I will finish the last week of the Push circuit. My muscles have been pretty sore all week, but I am proud of what I have accomplished so far. Chalene wants you to fail between 6-8 reps, and most of the time I can only make it to six this week. However, I can tell that I am getting stronger with every workout. What I love the most about this workout is there are 8 DVDs and most have between two to three workouts per DVD. You never get tired of doing the same thing because you never actually do the same thing. Your workouts are constantly changing, and your body is not getting used to the same ole workout. Today I will do the cardio workout, which is one of my favorites.
I have also bought some protein powder. For the first time, I feel extremely hungry after lifting, and I wanted something low carb, high protein to use post workout. I went to GNC and bought their lean shake 25. It has 17g of carbs and 25g of protein, compared to 30g of carbs in their regular lean shake. I plan on replacing one meal a day, and using this after I workout as a healthy snack.
One more thing. It has been a little over a month since I have regularly had a soda of any kind. I feel so much better after giving them up. Example, in  my first summer class in may, I would have to have at least one sundrop, coke, etc to make it through the class. By the end of the two weeks, I had a headache that lasted three days and I looked exhausted. Just last week, I finished the last set of my two week summer classes, and I actually took two classes instead of just one like I did in May. I didn't drink much caffeine, only a cup of coffee a day or two during the whole two weeks. I also made sure I stayed on my diet, and didn't snack on candy or chips. I was able to finish the classes without the exhausting headaches, and I continued to loose weight like I had been. During my first summer class, I put running on the backburner, but with these classes, I made a point to keep exercising at least 3-4 of the 5 days a week I was in class. I actually did better in these classes than I did in May. In May, I finished the class with a B, and in June, I finished both classes, which were higher level classes with A's, and in one class I made a 100. Exercise and healthy eating helps in every aspect of your life! From having more energy with my kids, to being able to perform better on the job, at school, whatever you do, I promise if you commit to a healthy diet and exercise of some kind, you will see all around improvements in your life.
Thanks for reading and encouraging me!
Phil 4:13

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Day one of Push

Today I started Push circuit 1. The point of this exercise is to lift heavier than you did during the burn phase. Since the heaviest weight I used in the last circuit was 8 lbs, I bought 15 lbs for this one. The first workout was only 32 minutes long, but it was intense. You go for 6-8 reps instead of 12, but you are hopefully doubling the weights. My arms were spent by the end of the workout, and my heart was pounding when I was finished. It felt like I just finished running. I love that I can use 15 lb weights now, even though it was incredibly tough. I know by the end of the this phase, the 15 lbs will be a peice of cake. This workout is amazing, and worth every penny. So, if you are considering buying it, but hesitant about putting the money into it, I say go for it. I researched for a couple of months before I finally broke down and bought this system, and I'm so glad I made the investment. Thanks for reading, and I hope to keep updating the blog as I  continue the Push circuit. As for running, I had originally said I would start back up as soon as my summer classes were up, but the weather has been 105-109 all week, so Im waiting for a break in temperature before getting back out there. Thanks for reading
Phil 4:13