And that’s a wrap – Insanity Max: 30 – Results

*8 weeks down*

*48 workouts in the books*

*1 pound lost*

*4 inches gone*

And one stronger MAMA!

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If you want a break from packing up and trekking to the gym in this freezing cold, snowy weather, then I encourage you to take it to the MAX with just 30 minutes a day/ 5-6 days a week in your warm, comfy home!!!

The last week was a true test of strength and I was extra thankful to have my hubby pushing me through the entire 30 minutes of Friday Fight Round 2 as we closed out the week!

I wanted to make sure I pushed myself as hard as possible….afterall it was my last chance to top my prior max out times! I succeeded in every workout, even though Max Out Strength was by a mere 2 seconds and Max out Cardio had a few interruptions in it – I did it!

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I came into this program looking to get STRONGER! I was comfortable with my starting weight and as my 60 days took me through Christmas, travels, Holiday parties and New Years my main focus was to MAINTAIN!

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I know my nutrition wasn’t perfect. I was more in line with my 80/20 rule: 80% of the time I was spot on with my portions and eating according to the plan. The other 20% of the time we enjoyed the Christmas cookies and birthday cake (or birthday donut!), the baguette from Panera or ice cream treat! It was about BALANCE – and I feel I reached my goal!

 

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I will say – those little containers sure did come in handy! I was never hungry or feeling deprived as long as I got all my containers and Shakeology in I was good to go…but so were the sweet treats!

I didn’t have a crazy transformation but I didn’t really expect one! I started and ended at nearly the exact same weight – losing one pound in the 60 days and 4 inches primarily around my waist and bellybutton.

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To be honest, I thought about skipping the whole before and after picture posting…there isn’t a drastic change visually and I wasn’t sure that it was really worth it. But I thought about it some more and decided I needed to share. I’m comfortable with the results, happy to say I didn’t gain weight during a time of the year when the majority of Americans are gaining 7-10 pounds, and my endurance ROCKS! I did a workout yesterday that pre-Max:30 I struggled with. I could do it – but it wasn’t easy.

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Yesterday, I was able to increase my weights and complete the entire 30 minute workout with ease. That helped me realize I did change. Maybe I didn’t lose tons of inches or pounds but I am a stronger, healthier person. And for that reason I am proud to say I’m an Insanity Max: 30 graduate!

I loved the convenience of using my own body weight for all of the workouts but I am secretly excited to get back to “moving iron” as Autumn Calabrese would put it, and I will soon be beginning my next phase of my journey with the 21-Day Fix Extreme in preparation for a marathon relay this spring!

If you would like to join me on this journey, simply fill out the application below to join my February 9th Accountability group! I always say, there’s power in numbers!!!! We can do this together!

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 😦

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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!

If you’re ready to get started on your own journey or just need a fresh start for the new year, join my New Year, New You Accountability group!

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Fill out the application below…we’ll hit the ground running on January 5th!!!

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Insanity Max: 30 Week 2 Review, Week 3 Prep

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Another week down and another week stronger! I know it may sound silly but just two weeks in and I can already see improvements. My max out times are improving and there are moves that I couldn’t do in week 1 that I nailed in week 2. This seems crazy to me!

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The workout schedule follows the same from WEEK 1:

Monday: Cardio Challenge

Tuesday/Thursday: Tabata Power

Wednesday: Sweat Intervals

Friday: Friday Fight Round 1

Saturday: Pulse and Abs

Sunday: (much anticipated) REST!!!

Needless to say, I am enjoying this program!!!!

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Week 2 day 1I will admit – although I haven’t missed a workout, I had a few struggles this week with the nutrition department! I’m sure you can relate…A party here, dinner out there and the usual things that come with the week before Christmas! But boy, I can feel the difference! Even though I used my usual tactics like drinking my shakeology before I go and drinking more than my required amount of water, we had our MOMs Club Christmas party where I enjoyed a few too many cookies, we had a late afternoon trip to the mall that resulted in dinner out and a cheesecake shared with my hubby, a girls day lunch at the Olive Garde – THOSE BREADSTICKS!!!! Need I say more?! And I can’t tell you the last time I had nachos but Dave and Busters nailed that loaded platter – and my fingers can feel the increase in salt!!!

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So here’s to week 3! I cannot change the week before but I can certainly focus on the week ahead! It will be another challenging one in regards to nutrition but that just means I’m going to need to really focus on the first half of the week and keep my goals on top of my mind through “the most wonderful time of the year!”

So what’s my plan????

Here is my HOLIDAY WEEK GAMEPLAN and my tips for you to help stay on track:

1) MORNING WORKOUTS – I’ll be continuing with my early morning workouts, and yes, even on Christmas morning! Why not? Just because its a holiday doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your own self health!

2) SHAKEOLOGY – I’ll still start EVERY morning off with Shakeology. I know how much it helps my energy and cravings…which will need a little extra control this week! It will go with me when I travel and I’ll keep packets with me so I don’t have any excuse not to eat healthy while we’re “busy” this week! Besides, it tastes like a treat anyway!!!

3) BE OPEN – I’ll share my plan with my family – and all of you! Having others to help keep me accountable always helps me reach my goals!!! Hopefully I’ll even have some company for my workouts!

4) BALANCE – I’ll be doing a little 80/20 with my nutrition. 80% of the time I am going to be SPOT and the other 20% I will enjoy my Christmas favorites!! But that’s it – JUST my favorites. I know there will be lots and lots of goodies all around but they’re not all my favorites. So I’ll pick and choose and enjoy my indulgences. I’ll pack my snacks, especially when traveling, and load up on the veggies every chance I get!

5) WATER – Keep up with my 1 gallon per day! I’ve been drinking about 1 gallon a day for a few weeks now. I fill my Shakeology shaker cup 6 times and I’m there. Keeping my water intake up helps avoid the mistake of thirst for hunger!

6) HAVE FUN! – I will enjoy the holidays. I will enjoy the time iwht my family, I will enjoy the energy I feel when I start my day off right and fuel my body, and I will enjoy those little buckeyes – in a reasonable portion 🙂

7) PACK THE DVDs – I’ll be traveling with my Insanity Max:30 DVDs. I love how portable my home workout programs are but this one is even easier as I don’t even have to worry about any equipment! I just need a little space and I’m all set!

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Week 3’s meal plan is certainly a bit different but even with the holiday and travels I’m still planning out! I will not surrender and throw my hands up on the week in its entirety! (This meal plan is also 21-day fix approved in addition to Insanity Max:30 -just a little extra bonus!)

Remember – “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content”

Take a little time today to PLAN!!! I hope you all stay strong and have a VERY MERRY week!