Category Archives: Workout Blogs

Kettlebell Training…I’m coming for you!

I’ve been getting the itch to do a kettlebell training again. I started looking at everybody’s certification: Onnit Academy, Kettlebell Kings, IKFF, Kettlebell Concepts, and of course, the usuals, Strongfirst and Dragon Door. I was starting to consider Dragon Door’s new online certification (just what I need, another online course…not!) when searching on a Facebook, I found a post from two days ago that Dragon Door was offering 25% off the HKC certification. TWENTY FIVE PERCENT OFF!!! I haven’t really considered the HKC in the past because it doesn’t cover of all of the exercises of the RKC or Strongfirst’s SFG1 certification. But those certifications are over $1000 and I just haven’t been able to justify spending that kind of money when I have no plans or means to train people. So in actuality, the HKC certification is perfect. It focuses on the swing, goblet squat, and Turkish getup. Three exercises I do extremely well and feel confident I could teach. It’s also less than half the cost of the the other trainings. With the sale and early bird pricing, I paid only $336.75, I’m ecstatic! Of course, this means I’ve got to get my bells out. I have haven’t swung a kettlebell since I was pregnant. I’ve got even more incentive to trim down and get in better shape. Training is in two months, did I mention I’m excited 🤗

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The Struggle is Rough

I’ve completed month two with my trainer and while I can see some progress in my strength and endurance, the weight is moving at a snail’s pace. I only lost 1.4 lbs this past month. I should be losing that much weight per week. I’ve been getting in two additional cardio sessions every week in addition to my three strength training sessions. So what gives? What always gives, my diet. In particular, snacking. As usual, it’s sinking my weight loss ship. I was pretty frustrated yesterday and ready to give up. I can’t blame the program, I can’t blame the diet. I’m trying not to blame myself but instead take responsibility for my lack of compliance and vow to do better. Back to myfitnesspal and recommit to staying away from sugar. It’s amazing how quickly I can go off the rails. How quickly I can lose control.

I pulled out my trusted Body Type Diet book and reading it from the beginnings. Already, it contains so much truth. I’ve got to channel my little engine that could. I think I can, I think I can..I know I can, I know I can.

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Slow and Steady wins the Race

First month results from my personal trainer experiment are in, I lost five pounds. Positive results, nothing to hoop and holler about, I gained and lost this same pounds a couple of times. I think my trainer sensed my lack of enthusiasm and I told in another six or seven pounds, I would feel like I am making progress. I lost of a couple of inches and my one pair of jeans that fit are a little looser but I am definitely not off to the races. I would like to be on a pace of about eight pounds per month especially since I kept my calorie intake under 1700 calories for the three weeks (the first week I didn’t have my plan yet). I am contemplating whether or not I need to restrict my calorie intake further. I know there are a couple of things I need to clean up, like protein bars, but really I have followed my diet pretty well. I ran into a little snag with extra workouts due to my daughter not being well enough to be in childcare so I couldn’t go to the gym.

On the positive side, I have noticed my endurance is better, I even ran on a the treadmill one day. Some days with the trainer are pretty challenging and some days not so much, it depends on the muscle group we are working that day. I committed to four months but I am likely to try something else after that’s much less expensive. I’m paying nearly $500/month and that’s just not sustainable for me but I needed to something drastic if I was ever going to get any of this weight off and get back in shape. I still have a very tall mountain to climb but I slow like the tortoise (and most likely to stay off) is better than quick like the hare (and quick to put back on). Slow and steady for the win!

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So I hired a Trainer

I’m approaching a milestone…25 years of being on a diet nearly everyday of my life. Sad, right? And still struggling with my weight. I decided it’s time to hire a personal trainer. I’ve considered it in the past but always balked because I’m a personal trainer and have been since 2013. I have a degree in Nutrition. I should be able to do this by myself, but I can’t and I have come to that realization. I can continue on like I have and a year from now I will still be fat and out of shape. I need someone to tell me what to do. I need someone to kick my butt back into shape. I taught Ashtanga Monday and Wednesday in my college classes and I was so out of shape. I realized I haven’t done Ashtanga in a year. I run out of breathe pretty easily. I don’t have the endurance or the strength I used to have.

I had my first session this morning and it went well. I had not been on a weight machine since before I was pregnant, at least 2017, probably 2016. I haven’t done any kind of weight workout outside of teaching Body Pump. It felt good to move and it feels good to be committing to a plan. Sometimes we have reach out and ask for help.

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Let’s Do This!

2017 is here and I’m excited to start my new Paleo Vegan plan courtesy of Buti Yoga. I have a Tone subscription for a month so I have access to about 100 Buti workouts. I did my first workout Friday night, Tone 145 and I did Tone 156 tonight. My Golden Ratio protein won’t get here til Wednesday but so I’ll be using Bone broth protein powder to “wake and shake” until Thursday. 

The Paleo Vegan slim down is 40% fat, 30% protein, and 30% carbs. This is a great ratio for me, I’ve tried a vegan diet so many times unsuccessfully because I eat too many carbs, but since the plan is Paleo, I won’t be eating grains. I usually do my own thing when it comes to diet and that hasn’t worked so I’m going to follow this plan to the T. This package (Buti Yoga’s silver bundle -included the diet and the DVD, mala was separate) cost me $60. It may sound like a lot but it’s much less than a Beachbody workout. I plan to do Buti workouts five days a week, it’s just not realistic for me to do one on Wednesdays or Saturdays. And let’s be real, five days a week is a HUGE improvement over zero 🙃👍🏾 And I need to do the workouts to get myself ready for Buti certification…only 27 days away!!

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Trying to Get Into a Routine

Before I was teaching as many classes a week as I am now, I would work out at night when I got home. These days, all I want to do when I finish teaching is go home and get ready for bed. I stuck with my kettle bell training plan for about a week and half and then I decided $1200 was too much for a certification I have no intention of using anytime soon so I stopped training. Now I am back to doing nothing. Sigh. I had been going to Body Pump class a couple of times a week but after a while I missed yoga. So I went to yoga class instead, then hubby was on vacation, and now I am back to teaching on Thursday nights again. And I can’t get up to work out in the mornings to save my life, unless I am teaching the class myself. This is what a rut looks like. I have no plans to go any difficult training, just walking on an incline on the treadmill or thirty minutes on the elliptical trainer. At this point, I am putting strength training on the back burner. I just need to burn some calories. I  am always a huge advocate of lifting weights but I really do not believe I need weights right now. I can tone later, I need to shrink. I am really disappointed in myself that I have let myself get this bad. Granted, exercise is not a panacea, my weight problem is 100% food, so the solution is diet, too. But I know some good cardio would help speed up the process. The key to a good routine is doing something that you enjoy, I enjoyed kettlebell class but I couldn’t justify the cost. I enjoy hot yoga but it’s so hard on my hair (okay as I type that, I see how vain that is). What do I enjoy these days? I love yoga but I have never been one to do it at home (hmm…as I type this I am seeing a plan form). I do have Travis Elliot’s Ultimate Yogi DVD. It is actually a 108-day program. I also have a 21-day yoga shred from Sadie Nardini and some buti yoga workouts (which I am seriously considering getting buti yoga certification). Yep, that is what I am going to do. After all, at some point, that home practice has to actually become a practice. I logged on to blog about my lack of a plan and I leave with just that…a plan 🙂

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The Bells are Calling…

I miss Kettlebell class. I gave them up when my husband and I combined our budget to pay off his debt, I couldn’t justify $135/month. I went to the gym instead, Body Pump, Body Attack, GRIT Cardio, Zumba, weight machines, elliptical, stair master, occasionally kettlebells at the gym on my own. But I miss my kettlebell workouts. And I’ve started to get the certification itch…Strongfirst has a certification in Atlanta the end of January, that’s five months for me to prepare. I got the itch so much I drove 65 miles last week to buy two kettlebells from a closing Crossfit gym. I bought another one online tonight, this will bring my collection to 20lb, 25lb, 30lb, 35lb, 40lb, 16kg, and 24kg. I don’t want to make a rash decision so I’m waiting to see if I’ll put in the practice time before I commit $1200 for training. I’m selling stuff like crazy to avoid using too much of my car fund savings to pay for it. I really think this could be my path though, I’m a personal trainer but I’m not a lover of weight machines, I don’t even know how to use a lot of them. But kettlebells, now that something I could use to train clients. There are so few kettlebell instructors in my area, in fact, only one Strongfirst certified in my city. I was introduced to kettlebells by Brooke Benton, SFGII, at SCW Atlanta Mania two years ago. My main instructor has been an RKC instructor. I’ve always been drawn to Strongfirst more and that’s where Pavel is and he’s the godfather of kettlebells in America. I’m now a huge fan of SFG master instructor Karen Smith. I subscribe to her website coachkarensmith

I have a whole training plan for the certification, there’s about a thirty percent failure rate at certification, which is three days. The training program is five days a week, which is a challenge but it would be no different than doing a Beachbody program. Speaking of Beachbody, I bought Cize last month. I returned Cize last month. I got no time to dance, I’m gotta swing some bells!

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Maybe it’s time to go back to Zumba

How important is exercise in a weight loss program? I know for me, food has always been the most important piece of the puzzle but of course, exercise helps. From June 2011 to February 2015, I was teaching at least two Zumba classes a week, often more. For the majority of the four years, I taught 3 or 4 Zumba classes, 2 Aqua Zumba classes, and did a beachbody program at home. Other than ChaLEAN Extreme, they were all cardio-based, Insanity, Les Mills PUMP (kind of both strength & cardio), T25, Insanity Max 30, Turbo Fire HIIT workouts. Since, I don’t teach anymore, my cardio has slacked. I have focused more on weights and while I get to the gym sometimes and get on the elliptical or stairmaster, I definitely do not get in three or four sessions a week. A couple of weeks ago I spent an hour on the stairmaster and some ski machine in the cardio cinema and I only burned 640 calories. I could have gone to Zumba class earlier that evening and probably burned the same amount and had a lot more fun (I use to burn between 500-600 calories a class). So that got me thinking. maybe it’s time to go back to Zumba. I was certainly slimmer and Zumba was great cardio because that’s all I did before starting Insanity and I was in was good shape. I got so burned out from Zumba and I felt like my body was used to it (which it probably was) so I haven’t even done Zumba at home. And I kind of figured I was too “advanced” for Zumba. But seriously, I’ve had a hard time finding cardio activities where I burn more than I did in Zumba. I hate the Stairmaster, and the elliptical, and the stationary bicycle. After six months of taking kettlebell classes two times a week, I am no longer doing that anymore either. I couldn’t justify the expense ($135/month) once I got married. I thought I would get up and go to Body Pump and Les Mills Grit classes instead. Negative. I went to one Body Pump class and one Grit class. So for August, I am focusing on cardio. We are doing a 30 day plank challenge at my hot yoga studio, working up to a four minute plank! I decided to also incorporate a pushup challenge. Starting at 40 pushups a day and working up to 100 by August 31. And I’m doing a yoga challenge, yoga everyday. That WILL be a challenge, but I am coming up on two years since my yoga teacher training and it is absurd that I do not have a home practice. So how am I going to get cardio in, too? Well, I have about 30 ZIN (Zumba Instructor) DVDs that have not even opened. So there is no time like NOW. I might be able to get to a class on Sunday afternoons or Thursday evenings, depends on hubby’s sleep schedule, but three or four cardio sessions a week is the goal. Here is to a very active August.

 

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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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Back from the Dead

It’s been awhile…

Actually it’s been forever. I was pretty non-existent in 2014. I can complain about being too busy but in reality I was too embarassed to post. After reaching my goal weight of 145 lbs in 2013, the pounds found their way back in 2014. I’m not exactly sure what the damage is, I haven’t been on a scale since I came back from SCW Atlanta Mania in July. I have a general idea of being somewhere in the neighborhood of 170 lbs seeing as I am back in all of my size 10 pants. It’s quite frustrating and devastating if I really allow myself to have a pity party. But I do not whine and cry about it constantly but other than my weight, life is pretty good. I completed my 200-hr yoga training this month and I am now an official yoga teacher…I am a stable relationship with a great guy..-I’ve paid off most of my student debt from my Nutrition Degree…I finally got my own Body Pump class…things are well, just not the damn waistline.

But those that live in the past are destined to stay there. I cannot do anything about the 20 lbs or so I have gained but it’s so hard to try and get them off. I’m on week 4 of Insanity Max 30. These workouts are CRAZY but I need to get my butt kicked. I’m still in great shape because I still teach a million classes and I’ve been into kettlebells for about 6 months. I did Sarah Lurie’s DVDs for awhile and I’ve taken live kettlebell classes at a local kettlebell gym, too. I still take hot yoga classes occasional but not as much as I used to, it’s hard getting up at 4:45 am.

My diet is, as always, my biggest enemy. I got an Ayurvedic consult in October (I was typed as a Vata-Pitta, always thought I was Kapha) and I’ve considered following the plan given to me but I just haven’t been convinced that a Vata diet is the right plan. So I continue to spin wheels. I paid $130 for the consult, I really should just follow the plan, huh? Hmmm….maybe so.

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