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I Am Not A Failure If I Don’t Complete TurboFire

26 Aug

I’ve been having a battle with myself lately. I’m midway through month two of TurboFire and I posted recently that I was getting tired of it. This past week I haven’t been very good about getting those workouts done. A few of you suggested it might be time to change it up.

But, would I be failing myself if I gave up TurboFire before completing it? At first, my gut reaction was yes. Of course, I simply had to complete what I had started. What was the point if I was going to give up halfway through?

Here’s the thing though. I’m not giving up. I’m changing courses. Maybe. I might only do another workout for a day or a week and then go back to it. That’s okay. I know at this point in time I need a change to regain focus. I tried the “giving yourself a day off” to shake things up, and that didn’t seem to be enough. So, I’ve come to the decision that it is okay for me to change courses. It doesn’t mean I failed. It means I needed a change.

I’ll be borrowing a friend’s set of Insanity dvd’s and am going to give that a shot sometime this week. Who knows, maybe it will reaffirm my love for the fun dancey ways of TurboFire. Or, maybe it’ll help me push to a whole new level. I think what is most important is that I keep pushing myself. Keep fitness and my health as a priority in my life. I don’t necessarily need to follow one set series to do that.

We’ll see how this goes!

I’m Getting Tired Of TurboFire

24 Aug

Or maybe I’m just lazy. Probably that. I don’t want to work out. I just want to lay around and do nothing. Why is that? I know I feel better once I get off my butt and actually do it, but committing to the actually getting to done.

I read all the time about people who “love” to work out. I believe them. But will I ever be one of them? Did they love working out when they first started out, or is it something they learned to love? Is it something you have to have within you? Or you just get used to the routine?

I don’t know. Maybe I’ll never love it. But I have to learn to accept it as an inevitable part of my life and routine. So, I guess it’s time that I stop complaining and go press play!

Accountable Monday: Weigh-in Results & TurboFire Month 2 Beginnings

20 Aug

Good Morning! Monday is weigh-in day around here, and today I saw 155.

That’s one pound down since last week and 7 overall since the start of TurboFire. I’m quite pleased.

Month 2 of TurboFire has been off with a bang. The workouts are longer than last month’s on a whole, and there are none of the HIIT workouts on the horizon. My endurance is building but I’m still struggling through the longer workouts. I did something funny last night, apparently, and my left lower back is not so happy today. I’m going to have to take it a little easier until that goes away but I’m going to make sure I’m still getting my heart rate up.

English: SAN DIEGO (Sept. 3, 2009) Fred Fusili...

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Additionally, my lovely SO who certainly has nothing but the best of intentions gave me a “tip” today after I stepped off the scale that my weight loss results would be better if I didn’t eat so much crap. True, yes, but my diet has significantly improved and I’m trying to make this a lifestyle change. I know that if I cut out everything I’m craving it will not be sustainable. I’m cutting down on those indulgences not eliminating them completely.

Maybe I won’t lose weight as quickly as I would if I were eliminating anything remotely unhealthy from my diet. But, I’m proud of the progress I’m making and am looking forward to finding ways to still enjoy life but be more mindful and healthy as I do so.

Accountable Monday: TurboFire Month 1 Results & Weigh-in

13 Aug

Yesterday, I posted about my thoughts of the first month of TurboFire. Notably, however, I left out my weight loss results– which I’m sure many of you were eager to see. I know I was.

I started TurboFire on  at 162 pounds on July 15th, 2012.

As of today, August 13th, 2012, I weight 156 pounds.

That’s six pounds down!  

Of course, it’s not as much as I would have liked. (Got to love those unrealistic expectations and lofty goals!) But, I know I’m well on my way and moving in the right direction. I’m building muscle, getting stronger, and I’m sure I’m loosing inches along the way. Measurements in a couple of weeks will tell me for sure.

My goal was 15 pounds by the end of TurboFire on November 4th– that’d make me 147…. 9 to go! That feels do-able. I like breaking it down it more bite-sized goals like that.

Did you weigh in this week? How were your results? What are you going to do this week to make it even better?

TurboFire Month 1 in Review

12 Aug

I just finished my first month of Turbo Fire and I’m incredibly proud of myself for getting into the routine and pushing beyond my comfort zone. I thought now would be a good time to reflect on the first month of the program and my thoughts and results so far.

I haven’t done the program absolutely perfectly (switched some days around, etc.) but have completed each of the sessions prescribed for the last month within the month time frame. I’ve been conscious of my food intake, though not perfect. I’ve also significantly increased my water intake which I’m happy about but still working on.

Beachbody

Beachbody (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Impressions:

  • Changing it up: I love how the workouts change regularly and you’re never doing the same thing two days in a row. This was a problem I had had with other programs like 30 Day Shred. I haven’t gotten bored with the routines yet because they’re challenging (keeps me on my toes physically and in terms of the choreography) and all different.
  • Increasing Intensity: I’m also really liking that there are always way to improve on the same workout as you get stronger: jumping higher, push harder, etc.  The level of intensity you bring to the workout really changes things so the workouts can increase in difficulty as your fitness level increases as well– so they’ll keep being challenging!
  • Sculpt & Tone: So far it seems like she’s throwing in one sculpt/tone strength building class a week. I almost wish they were more frequent as I really enjoy them and feel the burn from them. I’m loving the resistance bands and again– they provide a way to keep the workouts challenging as you can always increase your resistance level for the workouts.
  • Stretch: I don’t love the stretch portions. For the days that the Stretch 10 or Stretch 40 aren’t scheduled, it does’t seem like the workouts on their own provide enough before/after stretching. I’ve been doing more on my own in order to prevent any possible injury. The Stretch 10 is okay, but I get bored of it quickly. Stretch 40 I have a lot of trouble getting through so I’ve been doing a lot more stretching on my own. I’m familiar with a lot of stretches due to all the sports I played growing up, so I guess I think I have down a routine that works well for me.
  • Cast & Production: I don’t really love the cast– primarily you only see the three on stage and I wish it was reversed so you could see the rest of the group like in some of the other TurboJam videos. Sometimes I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing because they’re zoomed in on Chalene. Chalene is tolerable– but I don’t seem to love her as much as some people do.

Results: 

  • Clothes are fitting better: My stomach is definitely flatter and that’s always been my biggest trouble spot.
  • I’m getting stronger: I swear to you I surprised myself at work the other day when I realized how strong my triceps were getting! My muscles are responding– I even got a compliment on how muscular my calves are the other day.
  • My endurance is growing: I still have trouble with the longer workouts, but I’m getting there. I can see the progress and I know I’ll only get better if I keep pushing myself regularly. I still prefer the HIIT workouts though!
  • Weight/Inches lost: I weigh in tomorrow so we’ll see what the number looks like then and inches in a couple weeks, but I am pleased with the progress I’m making so far and am excited to see where it will go from here.

Bring it on Month Two!

Endurance & TurboFire Fire 45 EZ/ Fire 55 EZ Workouts

31 Jul

I’ve never had very good endurance. When I ran indoor track & field (I was actually good! I know that’s probably hard to believe.) I was a sprinter, of the very shortest distances. The 55 meter dash was always my specialty and the 4×200 meter relay was about my limit. Asking me to run the 4×400 meter relay was just trouble. I simply don’t know how to pace myself… and have never been in good enough shape to be able to sprint all out for very long.

English: Harvard University Gordon Indoor Track

English: Harvard University Gordon Indoor Track (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TurboFire has two workouts that have this lovely little “EZ” at the end. Let’s get this straight right away. They are not easy. And, they also aren’t very similar so I’m not exactly sure what the EZ even indicates. Except, for me, I know when that’s on my schedule I’m going to have a tough night.

TurboFire Fire 45EZ is the worst. There are no Fire Drills in it, and I guess I’ve really come to rely on the 30 second to 1 minute recovery time after them. It’s strange how I’d rather push myself 110% for 15 or 20 minutes like in the HIIT (high intensity interval training) classes, then to keep going at a moderate-difficult cardio pace for 45 minutes.

TurboFire Fire 55EZ isn’t quite as bad, but certainly isn’t my favorite. This one has a couple (I think three) drills in it, which helps me. There is also some significant cool down (finale combos) that take up a chunk of time at the end.

My personal take away message from these “EZ” workouts is that I really need to work on building my endurance. But, I still think they should change the deceiving name!

Do you have good endurance? What are some of your favorite ways to improve it?

Goal Setting & Rewards: Weight, A1C, Inches…

30 Jul

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about setting distinct goals and rewards for myself as I move forward on this journey. I think it would be helpful to help give me benchmarks to strive for and ways to celebrate.  There are multiple schools of thought about whether or not people should set milestone rewards for themselves when it comes to weight loss. Personally, I don’t see these as motivators. I don’t see them as incentives. I see them as rewards– plain and simple. Celebration for a job well done and for accomplishing what I set out to.

Speaking of which– goals are another story all together. I haven’t yet figured out what my long term goal weight is. I have goal A1C’s for my blood sugar, which I set with my doctor. I don’t have goals for inches as I’m not sure exactly where I will feel most comfortable. That leaves me with short term weight loss goals, which I’m okay with.  Now, we all know that goals are supposed to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Bound.  I have trouble with the time bound part.

So far, I have the following goals planned:

  • Lose 15 pounds by the end of 3 months of TurboFire– Sunday, November 4th.
Polar heart rate monitor
Polar heart rate monitor (Photo credit: ario_)

And the following rewards:

  • Ten pounds down: Heart rate monitor (I’m hoping for a nice one, like a Polar).
  • Fifteen pounds down: Professional 1 hour Massage and a special weekend Bed & Breakfast getaway.

Do you set goals or rewards for weight loss? If so, what are they?

Accountable Sunday: Week 1 TurboFire & Results

22 Jul

Time to look on the week that’s passed and to plan for the week ahead.

I made it through week one of TurboFire. I did six days (with the one scheduled rest day) as planned– mixing up the order a bit based on how much time I had that day to work out. Week one workouts vary in length from a 15 minute high intensity interval training to longer 55 minute cardio workout. I’m proud of myself for sticking it out even when it was the last thing in the world I wanted to do. I also ate better than usual and upped my water intake.

Weight and height are used in computing body m...

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Unfortunately, my weight went up. I’m a little frustrated, but I know that a million things come into play with what shows up on that scale. So, I’m just going to keep on going. I know working out and eating healthy is the best thing I can do for my body right now and eventually the weight has to go down, right? Going from not working out at all to such an intense workout might have my body in shock. Or something. I’m not going to get worked up about it yet. Hopefully next week is better!  I have to remember, the scale is only one way to measure progress and I know I’m moving in the right direction (even if the scale said otherwise!). Have you ever gained after you started working out?

Today, we went to see The Dark Knight at the theaters. Tips on how to make your trip to the movie theater as healthy as possible to come tomorrow, so check back for that. More detail about this weeks workouts can be found below:

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Today I Start TurboFire!

15 Jul

Living in NYC, gyms are very expensive. Okay, maybe that’s just another excuse.

The real reason I don’t like the gym is that I’m really just not comfortable there right now.  I know no one is paying attention and everyone is too busy worrying about themselves to notice you, but I just feel really self conscious and out of place.

Ladies-Only Gym Category:Gyms_and_Health_Clubs

Ladies-Only Gym Category:Gyms_and_Health_Clubs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, I’ve taken to working out at home. I’ve been debating starting a workout program like P90x, Insanity, Body Revolution, etc. There seemed to be so many choices out there. I haven’t been working out recently so I needed something that was going to be modifiable based on fitness level and ideally something that didn’t take too much time or equipment.

Well, today is my first day of TurboFire!

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