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My Diet Journey in pictures

Before ChaLEAN Extreme

Feb 2012 – Before ChaLEAN Extreme – 173 lbs


Aug 2012 – After Insanity – 164 lbs

152.5 lbs

July 2013 – 152.5 lbs

Finally after two years of blogging I am actually posting pictures. My weight topped at 213 lbs in 2008 before I started this journey. I started 2009 at 209 lbs and lost over 20 pounds on multiple Master Cleanse fasts in January and February of 2009. My weight plateaued at 188 lbs until I did the HCG diet in August/September of 2010. I lost 15 lbs and weighed in at 173 lbs. I never gained any weight after the HCG diet but subsequent attempts at following the diet again were unsuccessful. I weighed 173 lbs at Zumba instructor training in June 2011 and 173 lbs at Turbo Kick training in February 2012. My weight had been the same for going on 17 months when I started ChaLEAN extreme and started weight training and the scale finally started to move. Since then, I have lost 20 lbs. I actually have not done a lot of weight training the past eight months because teaching PiYo twice a week gets me enough strength training and I teach Body Pump occasionally. My weight loss the last four months has really been attributed to myfitnesspal. I been averaging around 1300-1600 calories/day. Usually once or twice a week I will eat 1800-2000 calories and once or twice a week I will have a day or two under 1000 calories. I think there is some truth to the intermittent fasting ideas I have read on Dr. Mercola’s website: The 5:2 Fast Diet I mentioned in last month’s post is one approach although I think its a bit extreme. There are lots of different books on the topic and I certainly have not had a chance to check them all out and give it an all-out endorsement. But it might be something to consider for those at a plateau as a way to wake up the metabolism.

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Getting in Gear

Is it terrible that I’m posting in the middle of class? Seven more school days left in this semester. I. Cannot. Wait.

I’ve been logging all my food on myfitnesspal. I had my master cleanse interrupted in Day 3 by a date but I’ve still managed to get back to my post-Zumba convention weight of 161.5 lbs. Two more pounds before I see the 150s! Can I get there by my birthday one week from today? That is the goal. Fingers crossed….

I put up Les Mills Combat and DDP Yoga for sale on eBay yesterday. I just didn’t get into to either of them so no point in having them around collecting dust. I’ve decided I’m going to do P90X2 when school gets out. I had planned in doing Asylum but after some consideration I decided on P90X2 instead. I haven’t done the original P90X but it seems more built for muscle growth and X2 is more emphasis on building core strength which sounds perfect for me right now. I haven’t ruled out Asylum, especially if I end up getting Insanity certified in August, but it’s on the back burner for now. Also, Shaun T has a new program coming out called T25 which is only 25 minutes a day and I will be all over that 🙂

In other news, I passed my AEA exam!!! An absolute miracle because I did not study beforehand. I don’t recommend that by the way. The only thing that saved me is my nutrition classes, group ex certification, and my personal training study.

Went to a Les Mills quarterly a couple of weekends ago. It was interesting but I’m not sure I would go to another one. I LOVED Body Attack and Body Flow. I didn’t like Body Jam (Zumba is infinitely better). I was meh on Body Combat (Turbo Kick is more my style). I liked RPM okay but the seat was so uncomfortable and I don’t have spinning shoes so I would have to invest in some shoes and a cushion before I jumped on the spinning bandwagon.

Enough for now, once school is out I will post a lot more. So much to say just no time to say it.

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Taking a Toll

Not only is Insanity taking a toll on my body but the hour long workouts once I get home at 8 or 9 pm in the evenings are seriously hurting my studying for Biochemistry. I got a D on my last exam and there were a couple of nights I was simply too tired to study after doing my workouts or I was working out instead of studying. Tonight I had to make the decision to skip today’s Insanity workout in favor of my studies. I plan on making the workout up either on Max Recovery day or Rest Day, but school has to take a priority. I have sacrified far too much financially, emotionally, and at work to let my schooling take a backseat.

In other news, I got my DDPYoga today. It was 3 DVDs that arrived in a flat rate priority envelope. Why on earth was I charged $14.95 for shipping?! Rip-off. These workouts better be awesome. The 3  DVDs cost me $120 (not including the ridiculous shipping).

In yet more news, I was caught selling Shakeology again, this time on Amazon. This despite, my trying to be careful, I actually had my sister selling 21 packets for me on ebay. After I had to shell out $3900 for a new A/C this month, I have been desperate for cash. I guess it’s a good thing I bought PUMP already, wouldn’t be able to buy it now. I wanted the cross-training dvds next month, but really, it’s not that serious. I do enough cardio as it is and I have Insanity, about 13 round of Turbo Kick, and a treadmill if I really need more cardio. I might be able to still purchase items at 10% off as a Team Beachbody member, I don’t know, or even care at this point. I couldn’t afford PUMP so it is probably a blessing in disguise. And I never made a cent as a coach anyway. And my Beachbody coach, who now lives 2o minutes away, is moving to Texas (over 1000 miles away).

Off to go work on a lab report due in the morning. The plan tomorrow is to work out in the morning.

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Insanity Month 1 Results

Today’s weigh-in: 168 lbs (no loss/gain)
Waist: 29.5 (2.5 inch loss since October, last time I measured)
Hips: 39 (no data)
Biceps: 11.75 (-.25 since October)
Thigh: 27 (+1.5?)
Thighs: 43 (no change)
Abdomen: 34 (no data)

I missed two recovery workouts and one cardio abs workout, but got in everything else including one upper body workout and one fast & furious workout.

Goals for month 2 are to get weights in three times a week, either ChaLEAN or the Insanity Upper Body Workout. Obviously, I want to lose some weight but I will be looking for loss in inches this go around, too.

July Goals
Goal weight: 162 lbs
Net loss of 1 inch in abdomen, hips, and thighs
Get my daily carbohydrate intake under 100g
Drink more water
Remember to take raspberry ketones to see if they actually work

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Insanity Week 4

My shins, my knees, my hamstrings, my tired feet, and I still have 6 weeks of this madness. This is my last week of month 1 and it is definitely not easier. In fact, I think it gets harder and 2 weeks from now it gets worse! What was I thinking?

I am starting to understand why people complain about the lack of weight training on Insanity. I feel like I have lost muscle definition. I am supposed to be doing the upper body workout 2 or 3 times a week but it’s nuts too. My body cannot take anymore plyometrics. Plus it is almost 50 minutes long which is tough to get in with my schedule. I am thinking about dropping my Friday Zumba Toning class just to get another day of rest, although it is by far, the easiest class I teach all week (But then also a class where I am losing money). Anyway, I decided to add ChaLEAN extreme back in. Obviously, just the weight workouts. I am following the Lean for Life schedule.

I was pretty sure I was going to do P90X after Insanity but if I keep teaching 7 or 8 fitness classes a week, I am wondering if Les Mills Pump wouldn’t be a better option. At least I don’t have to make a decision until August. And who knows, by then I could be a workout fiend…OR a zombie with knee braces in the fetal position mumbling obscenities about Shaun T.

Enough whining, I do have good news. I have been doing a much better job with my calories. Not quite down to 1500 yet but hovering around 1600-1700. A definite improvement. A feel deprived, but I’m not starving. Turns out I wasn’t following the Elite Nutrition plan at all. I was supposed to be eating 5 meals of 300-400 calories, not grazing on 1900 calories a day. So I have been aiming for five 300-calories meals. I have been eating Greek yogurt and cottage cheese. The only bread I have been eating is Ener-G’s Light Tapioca Loaf. Only 45 calories a slice and no almond butter and jelly sandwiches 🙂

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Damn Scale.

Day 16 of Insanity completed.  I weighed in this morning at 173.5 lbs. I haven’t weighed that much since January.  I’m too pissed to be frustrated. It shouldn’t be this damn hard. I have been working my tail off. 8 fitness classes a week + 6 Insanity workouts + myfitnesspal = 4 lb weight gain

So now instead of watching what I eat, snacking carefully, and logging my food I will have to obsess over every morsel of food and deprive myself. I have been eating between 1900 and 2200 calories a day. So that is getting slashed to 1500 calories. Secondly, I continue to do a poor job of restricting carbs, so here we go again, another break up with my friends fruit and bread. I am sick of having to starve myself to get any weight off. I really thought exercising and not overeating would get it. Clearly not. Sucks a fat one. I was doing better on ChaLEAN. I didn’t lose any weight, but at least I didn’t gain any. But I shouldn’t complain too much, I still have 45 more days to go.

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The Making of an Insaniac

Insanity Day 9 – so far so good
Haven’t missed a workout, in fact, I did Pure Cardio and the Fast & Furious DVD back-to-back tonight. And they was after a pretty grueling Aqua Zumba class before. Aqua is kicking my butt! All of the jumping, one leg work, plus the 90+ degree heat, it’s pretty brutal. Turnout had been great though and I couldn’t be happier. I have most of the routines down.

June challenge group is going pretty good. I am keeping track of my calories. I could be doing better with the carbs but I am keeping my total calories near my goal of 1,900.

Turnout for my Turbokick class was great last week! I hope it continues to be sucesssful, I really love teaching it. Things continue to suck at “the Palace˝. Subbing for one of the morning instructors didn’t help, the turnout was not good.  Every week I am on the verge of giving up completely but I keep trucking, keep hoping.

People keep complimenting me on my “weight loss”; unfortunately, the scale isn’t moving. In fact, last week my weigh-in was 2 lbs up. Poo! No worries, many Insanity workouts left. And they are tough; but I gotta say, Zumba has gotten me in pretty darn good shape. I am quite proud of my performance thus far.

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Going Insane, literally

So, I joined a June Challenge group mentored by my Beachbody coach. We are to workout 5 days a week, log our food and drink Shakeology everyday. Three days in, I am eating WAY too much. Too many carbs, of course. I am cutting out grains altogether, the bloat has been on for a few weeks since I ate out several times for my sisters birthday in May. It’s a tough life for a celiac when eating out. To make matters worse, I have eaten three Against the Grain gourmet pizzas (DELICIOUS, but sooo many calories) in the past week and a half. My skin has been breaking out a lot lately which means too much dairy and too much sugar. Why does all the bad food have to taste so darn good! But the plan is to start using Shakeology for breakfast and another protein shake for lunch. I am a protein shake junkie after all 🙂

Clearly, I am off suspension from Beachbody and they wasted no time sending my Shakeology home direct. I completed ChaLEAN Extreme. I finished with no weight loss, a little loss in my outer thighs and some slight muscle definition in my arms. Overall, very disappointing results especially with all the cardio from teaching. CLEARLY, I have a calorie intake issue so I am back on myfitnesspal and I easily consume 3,000+ calories/day. This is priority #1 for this month, getting my calories to 1,900 or less. To help matters along, I ordered Insanity. I completed my fit test today with is Day 1, so here goes…If doing Insanity and teaching six days a week doesn’t move the scale, it will be back to starvations with master cleansing and/or HCG. But first, I am going Insane!

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Jumping off the Beachbody Train

So, now my Beachbody account has been suspended and three days from now it will be terminated. Wait a second, while I go cry. Boo-freaking-hoo! I hate MLM! I don’t have $150/month to waste on this nonsense. I like Shakeology but not for $99/month. I have a bazillion protein shakes at my disposal at my health food store. I have never liked the weekly fee Beachbody charges you for “Team Beachbody”. It’s a racket. Congratulations to people who have time to sell this stuff. I don’t have time and I definitely don’t have money to waste. I will still do my ChaLEAN Extreme and when I finish next month, I will still buy Insanity and maybe eventually P90X. But I will buy it used off Amazon or (goodness forbid) Ebay. When I signed up for Beachbody, it was my intent to sign the store up under me and sell Beachbody products at the store. It wasn’t until after I had already signed up that I found out you weren’t allowed to sell their products in retail establishments. I am moving on. Maybe, I should look into Jillian’s new Body Revolution.

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