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Finally done and done

Sorry its taken so long to update my final info from Chalean Extreme. I was very proud of my results, although food wise I wasn’t able to be quite as strict as I would have liked to have been in the end. But I still managed to lose about 5 pounds, about 2% body fat and about 6 inches. So overall it was a definite success.

I loved everything about the program. It was challenging, and fun, and definitely different from anything else I’ve ever done. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a challenge and wanting results. Because it definitely gave me them. I still have a little ways to go, but as for right now I’m going to worry about just maintaining where I am because I need to get settled here in Maine.

I am currently doing Turbo Jam now. I just started a few days ago, and I definitely think its a BLAST. I totally don’t feel like I’m working out, but I finish sweating like a pig and feeling great. I love it, I wish turbo kick was offered at a gym near by, but its not, so maybe I’ll become an instructor and then make it available places =] We’ll see.

I’ll keep you posted for sure.

ChaLEAN Extreme Week 10

Weight – 134 lbs
Body Fat – 25.5 %
Body Water – 51.3%
Bone Mass – 6.8 lbs
Muscle Mass – 42.9 lbs

This week went well for the most part, I know that I could have eaten much better, but still on a while I did pretty good. Next week food wise I’m going to try eating a new way- 2 days a week I’ll be at about 1200 calories, then 3 days a week I’ll be at about 1500 calories and then 2 day a week I’ll be at about 1800 calories, that way it gives me a few days to eat more, so I can splurge a little bit while still staying at an average of 1500 calories. I think it might be a little bit easier to stick to, but we’ll see.

Stress has been wreaking havoc on me this week so I’m kind of surprised that I hit all 3 of my weight loss goals this week. As of yesterday I really didn’t think I was going to. Here is the breakdown of my week workout wise. And goals after that.

Lean Circuit 1 – I upped my first thing here which made the rest of my choices from last week fit perfectly. Although by week 4 hopefully they will all be up from where they are now.

Lean Circuit 2 – Went really good today. i upped the first exercise again and it made the rest of the workout much harder. Again hopefully within the next few weeks I can up all of my weights.

Interval/Abs – This week I managed to make it through better than I did last week. My shoulders were still killing me but overall easier. Managed all push ups in Abs on my toes!

Lean Circuit 3 – Went great this week. I upped a few, lowered one and did almost all push ups on my toes! A few more to go but a great improvement over last week! =]

Fat Burn/Recharge – Holy cow! This was hard! The outher thigh work outs kicked my ass! My butt and thighs were burning half way into the workout! I finished it though and that’s all that matters!

Goals for the week –

1. Lose at least 1 pound bringing me down to 133 lbs or lower.
2. Lose at least .5% body fat bringing me down to 25% or lower.
3. Raise body water up to at least 51.8%.
4. Dring at least 3-4 bottles of water a day.
5. Have the talk with the boyfriend.
6. Run on a couple of days, at least 2.
7. Try the 2/1200, 3/1500, 2/1800 diet plan to see how it goes.
8. Take Bella for at least 2 long walks.
9. Do something for myself… Anything
10. Read at least 3 chapters in my current novel.

Wish me luck!

week off from moving

So, I tried to workout while on the road, but gave up after the first 2 days… So I just ended up taking that week off and tacking on an extra week to the end of the lean phase. So, here are the results as of this week…

Weight – 135.4 lbs
Body Fat – 26.5%
Body Water – 50.7 %
Bone Mass – 6.8 lbs
Muscle Mass – 42.5 lbs

So, I am up a few pounds, thanks to the move, not eating healthy, and lack of working out for an entire week plus another week of being OVERLY stressed out. I know that stress takes a toll on your body, I’ve seen it happen to me and to other people, unfortunately when it does strike really bad there isn’t much you can do about it. I tried my best to cope, although I did eat a few too many chocolate chip cookies one night, I did pretty good all things considered, but I still was up 1 pound from last week. This week I am determined to not sweat the small stuff, although the majority of what is killing me is all larger stuff… It will all work out in the end.

I didn’t write down a breakdown of all the different workout this last week, but I will sum them up the best that I can.

Circuit 1 was hard but harder because i felt like I really needed a 12 pound weight for a lot of it and I don’t have one. The push ups are KILLER and I was really excited about the plank tricep, and did pretty good, although couldn’t do the whole thing on my toes this week.

Circuit 2 was also hard, and made my neck hurt which means I was trying to lift too heavy and ended up shrugging my shoulders too much I will definitely pay attention to this next week. I don’t want huge neck muscles I want really nice back and shoulders =]

Fat Burn Intervals/Abs seemed to be shoulder oriented, which was only hard because my shoulders were so beat from circuit 2 that there were things that I couldn’t finish all the way through because they seemed to fail here too, even at only 5 lbs. The ab workout was interesting, I didn’t feel like it hurt my abs so much but the next day I felt them so I guess it worked better than I though which is always a good thing.

Circuit 3 is more shoulders, luckily by this point my shoulders were doing much better and had recovered enough to finish the workouts. It was also chest and abs which was nice, my pecs hurt for the entire next day which made my boyfriend laugh, but overall a good workout. I enjoyed the army crawl and all the push ups.

Fat burn and recharge was nice, the cardio was a little longer and a little more focused on the lower body which was good. My butt and thighs definitely felt it over the next couple days. My inner and outer thighs hurt to climb stairs and walk normal. Again entertaining for the boyfriend and every once and a while I do enjoy a good pain from a workout. Makes me feel like I really kicked my butt the day before.

Next week I am going to push harder and make sure to go all out, 11 out of 10 on the scale!!!

I’m going to end off with my goals, I’ve been writing them down and I might as well tell them to you guys while I’m at it.

1- Eat Cleaner and healthier foods. Try to get away from evening snacking.
2- Be more active in general… Run more, walk more, play more.
3- Drink more water, minimum of 9-10 cups a day.
4- Try to track my intakes as much as possible.
5- Start to read a book, whatever I can find in the boxes right now since I’m done with my magazines
6- Lose 1.4 lbs putting me at 134 lbs.
7- Reduce body fat by at least .3% putting me at 26.2%
8- Raise body water percent by at least .3% bringing me up to 51%
9- Clean up house a little more, help with dusting, swiffering floor, cleaning kitchen, etc…
10- Make a decision on the job front.

Wish me luck

Sorry… Late again

Weight – 132 lbs
Body Fat – 25.3%
Body Water – 51.6%
Bone Mass – 6.8 lbs
Muscle Mass – 42.5 lbs

Sorry I’m late again, this has been written out and ready to go since friday, but this week has been so crazy with preparing for the move and dave leaving, that I just haven’t had time to post it. So here I am now. My weight is pretty much back to normal after my dot. Which is definitely a good thing. Food wise this week I haven’t been that good and next week i won’t be that good either, although I’m definitely trying my best, its really hard with all of the moving situation, and the 14-16 hour drives ahead of us…

Either way here is the breakdown for the week.

Push Circuit 1 – Everything went well for this. nothing special. I did feel really good doing it. Going to bump up a couple squat weights next week.

Push Circuit 2 – The heavier weights I choose worked much better. this was super hard this week and my muscles were shaking like crazy!!! Next week will be good too.

Interval/Abs – Pushed myself but not overly so like last week. I finished feeling great and even better cause Dave worked out with me! Abs are getting easier for sure!

Push circuit 3 – I did 5 pull ups before the workout, although the last one I barely finished. all of the weights went well and I’m super excited for next week being the last week of this. I’m really excited for a lot of the moves in the lean phase.

Burn it off/Recharge – I kicked my butt here. I’d say I was at about a level 11! Definitely feels good to push yourself to extremes. Another week down one more to go for this phase!

As you can tell I’m definitely excited and ready for the lean phase of Chalean. I’m almost 2/3 of the way done and it feels like just yesterday I took on this challenge!

These next couple weeks are going to be hard not only food wise but fitness wise too, finding time and the ability to do a workout while driving cross country. Although hopefully I’ll be able to make it work…

Wish me luck!

Not again…

Weight – 134.8 lbs
Body Fat – 25.5 %
Body Water – 51.6 %
Bone Mass – 6.8 lbs
Muscle Mass – 43.4 lbs

So, again this week is a little off, now I might not think that just looking at last week and then this week except 3 days ago I weighed myself just to make sure I was doing better than before, and I was back down to 131.2, which was more normal… and then my dot started today… Sucks, but it definitely skews the results for the week. Hopefully by next week my body has regulated itself and I will be back to normal. Now onto how the workouts went this week.

Push Circuit 1 – I definitely pushed myself more than last week. I upped my hammer bicep weight which was good, the rest I just made slower and more concentrated movements. Good overall.

Push Circuit 2 – This circuit is hard. I’m having a hard time selecting the right weights. This week was better than last but still have a hard time. Hopefully next week I’ll have it fully dialed in.

Interval/Abs – I think I pushed myself a little too hard, there were a few times i couldnt’ catch my breath at all… So exhausted by the end that I’m going to do Abs later tonight. Abs were definitely easier today, not sure if they are stronger or becaues I waited to do it later in the night Still super difficult thought.

Push Circuit 3 – Can’t seem to get the sumo squat weight heavy enough and I’m at the heaviest weights I have. i tried going slower but it wasn’t enough. Maybe next week I can figure something out. So far this is my favorite workout. I feel so strong and able doing it. Did 4 pull ups before I started as well. =]

Burn it off/Recharge – Went well as usual. Sometimes I wish recharge was longer. Seems like a fairly easy day considering, even though I am still sweating like a pig…

So that was my week, next week should be good.

Wish me luck!

Better Late Than Never

Phase 1 update –

ear to ear – 7″
neck – 12.25″
right arm – 11.25″
left arm – 11.25″
bust – 33.5″
chest – 29.75″
waist – 28″
hips – 35.5″
right thigh – 20″
left thigh – 20″
right calf – 13.5″
left calf – 13.5″

Weight – 135.4 lbs
Body Fat – 25.6%
Body Water – 51.2%
Bone Mass – 6.8 lbs
Muscle Mass – 44 lbs

Ok, so the measurements are really from last week but I kept forgetting to post them, so there you go, not much change at all from a month ago, but I’m ok with that. What I’m not ok with is this weeks weight gain. Granted I know I didn’t eat quite as well as I could have, on the same token I didn’t eat terrible either, I still ate better than 95% of the people I know. I’m hoping it is just water weight due to TOM or something like that. I guess we’ll find out next week. My fingers are crossed that this is just a fluke, since the only thing that went in a good direction was muscle mass.

This week was the first of the Push phase. It was hard to figure out what weights I needed to use to fail after such a few amount of reps. I think I did pretty good and I think next week I’ll do even better. It is after all a learning process. So- here is my breakdown of the week.

Push Circuit 1 – I really pushed myself to failure here. My muscles were shaking like crazy and by the end of it I could barely eek out the 8 push ups… I did them, but barely. Just a little sore the next day.

Push Circuit 2 – I had a harder time guaging my weights for this workout. I really need 10 pound weights cause the plates make for an awkward hand position causing me to concentrate more on holding the weight and less on the muscle I’m using.

Interval/Abs – Holy ABS!!! So I jumped up to extreme abs and 10 mins after I was done my abs were STILL on fire! It was way harder than the ab burner but definitely in a good way. Interval went well, I managed to work through the entire workout without taking breaks and without slowing down to catch my breath, just pushed and pushed and told myself that i could do it!

Push Circuit 3 – I pushed myself super hard today. Lifted a little heavier than I thought I could (all cause I only had certain weights available) but I’m happy to say that I failed at the right spot. A really good workout. Definitely enjoyed it.

Burn it off/Recharge – I enjoy this workout, its short, but super intense and then I get a super nice short yoga stretch. Sometimes I miss the 90 min yoga session I did with p90x, but I hated doing it that long, but sometimes I do wish recharge was a little longer.

So there it is, hopefully next week is a better week
Wish me luck.

ChaLEAN Extreme Week 4

Weight : 131.4 lbs
Body Fat : 24.0%
Body Water : 52.7%
Bone Mass : 6.8 lbs
Muscle Mass : 43.6 lbs

So this week I didn’t quite write down something after every workout like I have in the past, mostly because my parents were in town and it was kinda hard to make time to write stuff down, but I’ll do a little overall for this week.

I ate more than I normally would have this week, and drank beer, which I normally don’t. But it went well, I made little changes to make that ok, switching mixed fruit for fries, and salad for fries, and instead of prime rib going with a chicken sandwich, and only eating the bottom half of bread on my sandwich when i had hot chocolate with it. I was really proud of myself for being able to do that and not feeling left out in the festivities.

Burn Circuit 1 – everything weight wise stayed the same, feel like if I was doing this workout next week i would need to bump up some of the weights. Push ups were SOOOO hard this week.

Burn Circuit 2 – Again, everything weight wise stayed the same. Felt much easier, the push ups at the end were getting easier it seemed.

Burn Circuit 3 – Upped the sumo/overhead press, which is good, made it harder but still do able. everything else stayed the same, and same goes for circuit 1, if I was doing this next week I would need to bump more of them.

Interval/Abs – I made it through the entire workout, without having to take breaks at all or without having to take a little longer breather in between workouts. Definitely felt it afterward.

Burn it off/Recharge – Added the jump during the punching, felt great! Recharge was definitely a relief thinking of doing it more often.

On Sunday I will be sure to post up my 1 month results measurement wise.

Wish me luck!

ChaLEAN Extreme Week 3

Weight – 133 lbs
Body Fat – 24.4 %
Body Water – 52.4 %
Bone Mass – 6.8 lbs
Muscle Mass – 43.8

Overall another good week. I’m super glad that I lost .4% body fat, even though my weight went up .2 lbs. I’m ok with that, especially when my muscle mass went up .6 lbs. Today was a bad day when it comes to food, but thats ok, 1 bad day never hurt anyone.

I got Ali Vincent’s book – Believe it, Be it. I’m excited to start reading it. I’m really trying to do the whole person makeover, not just my body, but my mind and soul, everything. So far it seems to be going well.

Parents come into town tonight, hopefully I don’t blow it diet wise this week, I think if I have snacks on hand I’ll be good to go, except touring the coors brewery and the hammonds candy factory. So I’ll try to set limits before I go in there.

here is the breakdown

Burn Circuit 1 – Definitely feelin it in my glutes today. I started using my thigh toner today, pink the lightest resistance. And I upped my weights on my bench press. Used dave’s perfect push ups which made them much harder, but I still did all 12 on toes.

Burn Circuit 2 – I think I did well overall, I didn’t up any weights although i did use the pink thigh toner on the bicep/abductor. Was sore from clmbing the red rocks but still managed to make it through the tough workout.

Interval/Abs – My calves were SO sore before I started this, I had to massage the pain out before I could begin. I didn’t have to stop at the 16 minute mark this time. I just allowed myself to take a longer breather before the lifting. Used the pink toner on this. Definitely kicked my butt.

Burn Circuit 3 – My back is a little sore today after sleeping funny. Work out went well. Calves were still sore but I managed to do the same weights as before. Did the extreme push ups with the perfect push up, which made them WAY harder, but in a good way.

Burn it off/Recharge – I used the pink thigh toner on all of the exercises that needed it. Seemed a little easier this week, although still tough. Tonight I am definitely sore from the week. 1 more week of burn phase!

Wish me luck!

ChaLEAN Extreme Week 2

Weight: 132.8 lbs
Body Fat: 24.8 %
Body Water: 52%
Bone Mass: 6.8 lbs
Muscle Mass: 43.2 lbs

This week went well overall, although I was slightly disappointed to not see ANY changes on the scale, although I guess no change is better than a change in the wrong direction. I tried to wake up early and do my workout before work, since my parents are coming into town and I won’t be able to workout whenever I want for 4 days, I figured if I started working out early a week in advance I would be used to it and I would be good to go. But I am having a really really hard time waking up to do it. Maybe this week will be better than last week.

Of my goals this week made it to 4 out of the 5, which isn’t bad, if the scale would have moved in the right direction I would have gotten 5 out of 5… Food wise this week I think I did pretty good, although I made brownies and had 1 brownie 3 days this week, I planned it into my day which helped. Next week I’ll be better though, no brownies. I just felt the need to make them, ya know… and you can’t make them and have none, but like I said i managed to only have 1 150 calorie brownie a few days. Which is some awesome willpower.

Now here is a breakdown of each workout throughout the week…

Burn circuit 1 – Seemed much easier this week. I upped my weights on both the sumo squat/hip lift and the chest fly/hip rais

Burn circuit 2 – Was still super hard this week! I upped my weights on sumo squat/bicep and thought it was going to be too much, but I managed. Also did 2 extreme push ups on my toes this week, last week I barely did 1! I noticed I need lifting gloves- my fingers get super sore from the 20 lb weights.

Interval/Ab burner – This kicked my ass again, although my knee was in much better shape this week, it was still a super hard workout. I had to pause it at the 16 minute left mark to catch my breath and take a breather. Overall felt great though, hopefully next week I can make it through the entire thing.

Burn circuit 3 – Bumped up lunge/calf raise to 25 lbs tihs week. Definitely felt it EVERYWHERE. Aside from needing real 10 lb weights rather than plates, its going good so far.

Burn it off/Recharge – I really enjoy the high intensity of this. It kicked my but every time. I added weights on the lunge/lateral raise. Only 5 pounders like Chalene does… still felt good. I really enjoyed recharge although I kind of wish it was a little longer. But overall a good day.

Week 2 another success. Can’t wait to start week 3 tomorrow.

Wish me luck!

ChaLEAN Extreme Week 1

Weight : 132.8 lbs
Body Fat : 24.8 %
Body Water : 52%
Bone Mass : 6.8 lbs
Muscle Mass : 43.2 lbs

Over all this week went over great! I was way more sore than I was expecting (a good sore not a bad sore). The hardest part I think about the first week is adjusting your weights, and finding out what will make you fail within the first 10-12 reps. For the most part I did ok on that, there were only 3 the entire week that I needed to bump it up to a higher weight and only 2 that I needed to lower it down slightly.

This is my first time working with Chalene and I have to say I love her energy. If you aren’t in the mood to work out within the first 5 minutes you really do feel like, hey, I can do this! That is definitely nice for a change. I also really like her motivational cd that comes with the program, I’ve decided to listen to it every Thursday which is the end of my workout week. That will give me a chance to write down my weekly goals and get motivated for the week ahead.

Food wise this week I’ve done really good. On workout days I’m trying to have a net calorie (calories eaten minus calories burned off) count of 1200-1300, and on days off I’m trying to stay right around 1500. That way I’m getting enough food to be out of the starvation mood, and also to not be hungry all day long. It seems to be working for me. I’ve also become more creative with my dinners at work, doing bbq chicken sandwiches on rye, or chicken parmesan sandwiches. Stuff to keep me in the mood to eat healthy (although its not hard, nothing on the menu at work is remotely healthy to the point where most of it grosses me out).

So, I say week 1 is a success, I’m excited to get started on week 2 tomorrow! Check out my info on Livestrong!

Wish me luck!

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