Monthly Archives: December 2015

My new workout Fè Fit & Spike TV’s Sweat Inc

 Fé Fit (pronounced Fay) is not my new dog but my latest workout program. It is a 90 day workout program made for mommies (which I am not). It’s three different workouts per week with one day of cardio of your choice. The workouts are 30 minutes or less and that includes warm up and cooldown. They are pretty tough. It incorporates a lot of toning movements which is different from the programs I have been doing in the past with Beachbody. There is a lot of core work and endurance work, which I think is good for me. I like the change of pace and despite no heavy lifting or plyometrics, the workouts are pretty tough. The lead trainer is likeable and I like that none of the participants are exercising in sports bras with their six pack abs on display, they are clearly in good shape but they aren’t fitness models or part of a “test group”. 

I had never heard of Fé Fit before, I found the program on Amazon while searching through their highest rated exercise DVDs. I bought the program off their website for $74 during a Black Friday sale. I considered Rushfit, which is a program I’ve thought about before and Beachbody has a new workout, Hammer & Chisel, but I’m happy with my choice. I’ve just completed week 1, Total Body Toning 1, Core 1, and Lower Body 1. 

Sweat Inc.

I came across Sweat Inc on Hulu three weeks ago. I had no idea Jillian Michaels had a new show. I do not subscribe to her podcasts anymore and I don’t think it’s been promoted very well, if at all. I checked my local listings and it comes on at 3am! Too bad because I think the show is pretty good. 

The premise of the show is each episode they bring in three entrepreneurs to present their fitness programs. Each episode has a theme such as circuit training, fight based workouts, interval training, etc., and the judges are looking for “the next fitness phenomenon”. I can’t say I have seen anything revolutionary by the entrepreneurs in the six episodes I have seen but I have been entertained. Jillian is a judge along with the creator of TRX and Obi, some fitness writer. In some episodes, they bring in a celebrity to try out the workouts and they add their perspective. The celebrities have included Terrell Owens, Lolo Jones, Tito Ortiz, and Kit Hoover. My favorite episode so far has been the fan based workouts. That episode included the cowboy guy from Shark Tank. I seem to remember Daymon John admitting that was not a good investment…

I don’t expect this series will have a second season, which is too bad because I think they could make some improvements and a second season could be really good. Jillian is apparently a pretty savvy businesswoman, she was one of the investors of Flywheel and show opening says Jillian’s empire is worth $100 million…dayum girl!

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Oats, Gluten, and Why I need to go Paleo

I give up trying to eat Gluten Free Oats. I’ve tried every brand: Bob’s Red Mill, Glutenfreeda, Arrowhead Mills, Purely Elizabeth, steel cut, rolled, bran, etc., the results are always the same…bloat, inflammation, misery. Oats are gluten free but they have avenin, a protein similar to gluten but apparently 99% of celiac can do oats, NINETY NINE PERCENT! I just have to be the 1% 😥 I have the same problem with quinoa; turns out they have proteins similar to gluten also and can illicit the same reaction. I love tapioca rolls, unfortunately tapioca doesn’t love me. Millet and I broke up over a year ago. That leaves rice, buckwheat, amaranth, corn, and really random grains like sorghum and teff. Let’s be honest, I don’t need those either I’m five pounds overweight and 15-20 pounds from actually being able to wear the majority of my wardrobe. I hear you food gods, no grains. No grains. No grains. No grains. Perhaps I should get out my mala beads and chant that 108 times. Everyday, for forty days. Then maybe I can stop eating carbs. I hate carbs. My thighs like carbs and so does my belly, the more I eat, the bigger they get. I’m not really sure what my belly looks like since it changes daily based on whatever I eat. Oh yeah, it likes dairy, too. 

So, we come to Paleo. A diet free of dairy and grains, the perfect fit. And for now, that’s the goal….just to let go of those two food groups. I mean if take out more than that, there really isn’t enough left to be successful. There’s sugar, but Paleo is free of that too, at least the granulated stuff, legal crack. So that’s the goal. No grains. No grains. No grains. 

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