Insanity Max: 30 Week 3 Review – Week 4 Meal Plan

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Whew – I am happy to say that the best of the holidays are almost behind me! I love the family gatherings and sharing in all the celebrations but my oh my there has been food EVERYWHERE!!! I have enjoyed every last bite but I am ready to gear up and get back fully focused for Week 4 of Insanity Max: 30!

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I am also very happy to say, despite the holiday chatter – I didn’t miss a workout and I even scored a few accountability partners along the way! My mama joined me Christmas morning and my hubby and I jammed out together while out of town with our laptops side by side playing our different workouts! Hey – you gotta make it work!!!

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I love when my healthy living lifestyle rubs off on others! And with a trip to Texas thrown in this week I was totally banking on an outdoor run with my mother-in-law but mother nature was not on our side ūüė¶

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The workout schedule followed a similar layout to weeks 1 and 2 but Tabata Power was replaced with Tabata Strength. So it had a similar concept with going hard for 20 seconds followed by a 10 second jog/break but just as challenging!!! I continue to max out on the push ups series but I will say that I am noticeably¬†getting stronger and even though I max out I am able to take a quick break, or go to the modified for a short bit then I’m right back in it!!!

One question I keep getting is about the max out times…So¬†WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO MAX OUT???

So…when you first press play on the DVD you will go as hard as you can for as long as you can. When your form breaks, when you need to stop and rest or when you have to jump down and start following the modifier – you have maxed out. But you’re not finished! You can pause the workout, take a drink but you get right back to it!!! Sometimes a quick water break is all it takes and I am able to jump right back where I left off and others I take that break and stick with the modifier for a bit – but regardless you still finish the full 30 minutes!!! I hope that helps!

I’m anxious to see how I can improve upon my times as this will be my last week in this phase before moving on to month 2!!!

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My week 4 meal plan is¬†similar to prior weeks adjusting for a travel day in the air and on the road for Monday and a few get togethers with friends later in the week! One thing I’ve learned is when you host events – you get to pick the meals!!! Our NYE dinner will be cooked at home, by yours truly, with some filets, risotto and green beans! No need to go out to enjoy a little splurge!!!

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(Although this meal plan is titled “Insanity Max:30” it is also 21-day fix approved. The color coded portion control containers correlate to the nutrition guide of the 21-day fix and Insanity Max:30!)

And there you have it friends, week 3 is a wrap, week 4 is planned, and I am mentally gearing up to close out 2015 with a BANG!

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21-day fix Success Story_Ann

I’m so excited to share my friend and fellow coach’s story with you! Ann and I went to high school together. She had commented on one of my facebook posts about doing the 21-day fix and after chatting a bit and I found out she hadn’t been working with a coach at all. So we hooked up, I sent her some Shakeology samples to try and she¬†joined my challenge group and totally ROCKED it! The results of her hard work are shown below but words cannot express how proud of her I am!!! Way to go girl – this is the beginning of an amazing transformation!!!¬†

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21-day fix Success

Meet Ann.

” I was at my heaviest weight ever even after losing my baby weight. I had no energy, I was exhausted, I was completely unhappy and my family relationships and friendships were taking the brunt of it. I saw my now coach’s amazing 21 day Fix transformation results and thought maybe that program could work for me. I had tried other weight loss programs, counted calories, worked out, but nothing clicked and I always gave up. So, I ordered the 21 day fix, committed the time to making myself better and saw a 10 lb weight loss and 10 inch loss in the first 21 days! Then I joined up with my coach and a challenge group, started drinking Shakeology, and lost another 10lbs! I’m so happy, confident, and I feel like ME again. My family says it all when they tell me the old me is back. I love Beachbody so much that I’m now starting on the coaching journey. My coach and support groups were a key to my success.”

PIYO Week 7 Progress Update

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Another week down and another week closer to COMPLETING PIYO! I’m so excited about finishing up this entire program. Truth be told, other than the 3-week long 21-day fix (which I LOVED, and did multiple times) – this will be the first workout program I’ve done start to finish! I’ve done all of T25 but I didn’t follow it to a “T” and I didn’t follow the meal plan – so this is a huge accomplishment for me! But I’m not there yet…

Week 7 continues to build on the prior weeks and certainly takes the intensity up a bit.

We’ll start with my meal plan:

PIYO week 7 meal plan

I’ll admit, I could totally live on grilled chicken and turkey burgers but this week I felt like I needed to spice things up a bit – so in came quinoa stuffed peppers…and they were a delish! You can find the recipe HERE. I love recipes that I can double up and freeze as well as get at least 2 dinners and a few lunches out of the hard work and this fit my ideal meal perfectly!!!

We also had our 5 year anniversary this week so I may have doubled up on the cheat meals with a Cheesecake Factory trip and a Nakama trip but I did my best!!! I try to eat clean at least 80% of the time but I’ll be honest, once I met my goal weight I became a little more flexible. I still focus on healthy choices, I still focus on proper portions but when I’m out and about I allow myself to enjoy the little things!

The week started off with Sculpt, completed in a new workout tank I scored at Old Navy. There’s just something about some new gear that makes getting up on Monday morning at 5:00 a bit more enticing!

PIYO Week 7 Day 1

I was lucky to have a workout buddy with me on Tuesday and well a few times this week – we’ll blame it on the moon or something…and while¬†I’m not sure how many push ups he got in on those handles he certainly gave it is all!! I love setting a good example for my kids!! He may not be a good sleeper but his down dog rocks and he can squat with the best of them ūüôā You can’t win them all right?!?!

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Working out with one of my biggest fans

BUNS continues to be a favorite of mine. I like the 30ish minute length and I can FEEL the after effects for days…which is always a nice reminder just how hard you’ve worked!!!!

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PIYO – BUNS

With a late night Buccos baseball¬†game on Thursday¬†that was preceded by a trip to the Cheesecake Factory and an upcoming Hibachi dinner planned for Saturday I couldn’t justify the “rest day” Friday so I dusted off my 21-day fix DVDs and added in a little cardio fix. This was always the workout I found most difficult and although I feel like PIYO is helping me with the strength aspects I was still whooped at the end of it!!!¬†¬†The weekend wrapped up week 7 with Drench Saturday followed by Strength Intervals on Sunday and I know I’ve mentioned it before but every time I start Strength Intervals and see “22” minutes on the clock I think its going to fly by and be a breeze but man is that difficult! A good difficult but difficult nonetheless!!

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PIYO Drench

I’m really happy with the results I’ve seen thus far and cannot wait to take my ending pictures and measurements soon. My weight hasn’t changed but I see more toning and definition in my arms and I feel stronger.

Here’s to week 8!

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PIYO Progress week 4

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Week 4 is officially in the books…so what are my thoughts??? Well, let’s just say this week¬†brought on a whole new level of intensity! Two new workouts were introduced – Hardcore on the floor and Drench – and for some reason I still just¬†get can’t seem to fathom how that 22 minute Strength Interval workout packs such a punch!

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PiYO DRENCH

Every time I think I have a favorite workout I am introduced to something new but for now – we’re going to say the winner is DRENCH – and yes, it lives up to its name.

I can feel my strength improving even as I do regular daily activities around the house. That 50lb double stroller getting tossed into the back of my SUV seems a bit easier to handle!!! And going up and down and down and up the stairs around the house with a 32lb princess and 23lb little man balanced on my hips seems to come with ease. But its no secret. They’re not changing – I’m getting stronger – AND I LIKE IT!!!!

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The workouts have been awesome and I’m really feeling the burn during week 4 – but like any workout regimen, the nutrition is 80% of success!!! I have learned the hard way you can do crunches until you’re blue in the face but without the proper nutrition those abs will remain in hiding!

OH…the meal planning!!!

I have found I have more success when I stick to my favorites! Meal planning is easier, shopping is easier, and I waste less therefore save more $$$ – so what’s to complain about? I like my snacks to be filling and crunchy…and take a little time to eat. I am often grabbing something and heading out to run errands during my morning snack¬†so its usually some raw veggies or an apple – something that can be prepped ahead of time and quickly grabbed!!!

Here’s my week 4 meal plan:

PIYO Meal Plan Week 4

Now for the workouts:

Monday – Sweat

Tuesday – Hardcore on the floor

Wednesday – BUNS

Thursday – Drench

Friday – PiYO rest day (although I did visit my local yoga studio for an awesome hot yoga session with my sister in law who was visiting from out of town)

Saturday – Strength Intervals

Sunday – Sweat

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Week 4, Day 1

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I absolutely love the convenience of working out at home on my own schedule but I also like to take my practice into a yoga studio periodically so I can get some additional guidance and tips from someone else! Friday morning I enjoyed a great class and even got to try out some new moves! I impressed myself being able to hold crow longer than ever before and having the strength to try out some new ones! I see progress in the making!

The week closed out with a Sunday morning SWEAT session and a short cameo by my son, Colt. I love that my children get to see me in action. Children will imitate what they see not what they are told and I am going to do everything in my power to make sure they see me living a healthy happy life!

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PIYO Week 3 Progress Update

PIYO Week 3 Day 1

Week 3 is in the books! 

I’ll be the first to admit I thought PiYO started off a little slow. I was enjoying the change in pace but there was a time or two that I thought to myself, is this really going to get me the results I am looking for? I LOVED the 21-day fix workouts and these were just so different but I wanted to put trust in the program. There were a lot of people who worked together to put a program schedule together with awesome workouts and an easy to follow meal plan and I want to see what I get when I follow it! As I wrap up week 3 and the intensity builds I am realizing yes, in fact these people knew what they were doing!!

I’ve found the meal plan pretty easy to adapt to…although some of you may find it a bit boring! I tend to eat the same main items throughout the week and repeat a lot of my meals – but that makes my meal plan easier, meal prep easier and I know how I feel with these foods so to me its a win win! So you’ll see, I keep it pretty simple!!

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PiYO Week 3 Meal Plan

Back to the workouts…

I like the way the program builds…there are a few main workouts during the first two weeks which really allow you to master certain moves like the PiYO cross, the PiYO push up and others that once seemed a bit tricky! But the workouts are building on eachother and as I see myself get stronger the workouts are getting a bit more challenging, always staying one step ahead so you can continue to grow and progress!

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Moral of the story – I LOVE PIYO!

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Week 3’s rest day was perfect timing – it fell on the day I was hosting my daughter’s 3rd birthday party with her friends – thats 25 children between the ages of 0 – 4 and believe it or not it went extremely¬†well! I considered doing a ¬†quick workout in the morning but I continually remind myself that rest day is scheduled for a reason and I have to give my body time to rest and recover! I tend to feel a bit “off” on my rest day, especially after doing the 21-day fix for so long but I got my rest day in and was stress free at the party – score!!! OK…maybe not stress “free” but I had plenty of time to get all my stuff done prior to the start – so less stress to say the least!

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PIYO Week 3 Day 6

I had a bonus of having my family here for the weekend and my mom who recently started PiYO joined me both Saturday and Sunday morning! There’s just something about having a workout partner that helps me push just a tad harder! And this wasn’t just some workout partner – it was my amazing mama – so that made it that much more fun!

My¬†alarm was set for 5:00am but I just couldn’t do it that day! First time I slept in in months and it felt amazing!!! Lucky me my little¬†houseful of help lent a hand so I could stick to my goals!

We totally rocked¬†the¬†PiYo sweat session!! I love how we push each other to be stronger from the inside out!! I take what I’ve learned from her and do my best to put it into practice with my own little munchkin!!!

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I absolutely love when my kids imitate¬†my workouts…It just makes me feel like they’re really watching me and learning the importance of a healthy and fit lifestyle!

Sunday morning, my daughter walked in the room just as we were doing the pushups into down dog in the strength interval workout. She quickly popped down and joined us Рand my heart did a little happy dance! We fit in a lot of laughs and a lot of sweat in that short but effective 22 minute strength interval workout!! Fitness should be fun right?!?!

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My mom and I enjoyed our back to back workouts and I loved adding the strength intervals to the mix! Its interesting to see how different our family get togethers are now that my whole family has joined me on this journey! Its not just me and my husband its my ENTIRE family and we are all focused on our health and wellness and our fitness and I feel so blessed to have this support!

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PIYO – Week 2

PiYO Week 2 has wrapped up and I am SHOCKED that I am still feeling sore. I guess its a good thing – and it means I’m working new muscles and continue to push myself but I honestly didn’t expect this – but I sure do love that feeling!!!

I am following the schedule in the book although I’ll admit I’ve considered adding some cardio in here and there just because its so different from what I had been used to. But…I am going to trust the program, the creators, and all those who put forth a lot time to make this amazing program available to us – all from the comfort of our own homes!

I started the week with the 3-Day refresh but was able to continue my daily PiYO workout! 

Here’s what my meal plan looked like:

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Week 2 of PiYO started off with the 3-day refresh and ended with the 4th of July weekend!

I do tend to eat similar items through the week to help save on grocery costs and reduce wastes!!!

A few months ago I really decided to commit to my health and fitness and with that went my “I’ll wake up when the kids wake up and workout later” attitude….to a “5:00am daily alarm” attitude. Its been an adjustment, but one I am thankful day in and day out that I made.¬†

Its no secret my kids are far from “amazing sleepers” but when you’re as cute as they are, I guess it doesn’t really matter ūüėČ

Colt decided he needed a few stretches and joined me for the last half of my workout. I was happy to have the company! 

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PIYO Week 2 Day 1

I had a few modifications but we got it DONE – and that’s what matters!¬†

Tuesday was relaxing and I was able to complete it start to finish with no interruptions Рvictory for me!!! 

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I can really feel my flexibility improving along with my strength with every. single. tricep. pushup. Thanks again Chalene! 

Ok – I know – this says week 3 day 3…but its really week 2 day 3…chalk that one up to the less technologically inclined ūüôā Man those side planks are killer!!!¬†

 

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PiYO Week 2 Day 3

 

Usually once a week,¬†I trade in my home workouts for a hot yoga sweat session at a local studio, Yoga Flow. I love the flexibility of being able to workout at home when I want around MY schedule but there’s still something¬†about doing yoga in 102 degrees and sweating your heart out! I love my Thursday morning yoga class and look forward to it weekly!!! I also love having someone else help me with my form and push me to try new things! I can already see several improvements in my strength since I started PiYO!!!

Friday РRest Day РThanks again Chalene! 

Saturday was a tough one for me. We had gorgeous weather and were enjoying lots of family time outside. Thankfully the kids needed a rest which forced me inside and in turn allowed me to squeeze in the workout I postponed from the morning. Kind of made putting that swim suit on later a bit more enjoyable!

I workout for several reasons, one being the way I feel when its DONE Рthose post-workout endorphins are hard to beat. And this sweat session was no different! Thankful for pushing play!! 

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Week 2 wrapped up with a great CORE workout. This time I didn’t put it off. Although it was Sunday and my daughter’s 3rd birthday I still got up at 5:00am, pushed play, baked her cake and was showered before the rest of the house was up!¬†

Two weeks are in the books – looking forward to the next two and hitting that halfway mark!!!

 

 

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