I successfully completed 8 weeks of PIYO and absolutely loved the change to my workout routine!!!
Week 8 went a little something like this:
NOTE: I pushed my rest day to Sunday because that’s what worked best for ME – the joy of making my own workout schedule at home!
I didn’t introduce anything new on the menu this week – although I did repeat the stuffed peppers from last week and the buffalo chicken quesadillas – always a hit with the entire fam!!!!
And per usual, turkey burgers were on the menu! I added some grilled onions and let me tell you – the additional flavor was amazing!!! A little all natural salsa (courtesy of SAMs club) and you have one heck of a flavorful dinner! And better yet – make them in bulk and you just may get some lunches and/or an additional dinner – BONUS!
And the week wouldn’t be complete without my daily dose of dense nutrition!!! I truly CRAVE this stuff. Despite the fact that I’ve had my shakeology EVERY DAY since February 24th, I still cannot get over the fact that something SO GOOD for you tastes like a dessert! Craziness I say, craziness!!! And yes, I blend it nice and thick so I can eat it with a spoon – I’ll take a little ice cream for breakfast 🙂
Now to the burn….Although I truly love the DRENCH workout – I find that 48 minute length difficult to commit! But no worries – I nailed it not only once – but twice!
Of all things, I’d have to say my balance is my greatest improvement. My balance has never been bad but I find myself able to hold poses longer and balance better now that I have completed this program. And I am certainly getting stronger!!!
I had a great week and when I look back I am able to see how far I’ve come! Excited to get the final results together and see a complete – start to finish!!!
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Whew…week 5 has come and gone and I find myself loving PiYO more and more Every. Single. Day. But I know one thing – its not getting easier – I’m getting stronger! I love the way I feel post workout and I can’t get enough of the motivation provided by Chalene throughout the videos. She often states what a blessing it is to be working out together and she’s right – it is truly a blessing!!!
Time to get this week started!!!
I always make my meal plan up on Sundays and do my grocery shopping on Monday. I hate to take away family time on the weekends when my husband isn’t working plus the grocery store is always so much more crowded on the weekends – so Monday it is!
Here’s my week 5 meal plan:
As soon as I got home from the store I whipped up some grilled chicken tenders. I don’t know if its because the chicken was so fresh or what but I was super proud of my first grilling experience. And with a night at PNC park for the Buccos game – these chicken tenders made the perfect car ride dinner along side some veggies and they helped me avoid those ball park temptations! I’ll chalk that up as a win!!
Week 5 went a little something like this:
And I know I’ve said it before, but the calendar provided in the DVD program is so important! Just when I feel body recovering from the prior days’ workouts I get those muscles stretched and ready to be lengthened and strengthened all over again.
My core is getting stronger and not only am I feeling the difference I can see the difference!!
Tuesday night I tried a new quinoa recipe – TOASTED ALMOND AND CRANBERRY QUINOA – and it was a perfect side dish with dinner as well as topping to my lunch salads throughout the week! I used to think clean eating was boring eating but I really enjoy finding fun new recipes that are full of flavor and fit perfectly into my PIYO meal plan. Its a good thing it was a hit – because the one thing I haven’t learned is one cup of quinoa goes a loooooooong way! Luckily my hubby is not a picky eater!!
As Thursday winds down I often think about scrapping that rest day and squeezing in “just a little” workout but as I get used to this 6-day a week program (from my prior 7-day a week 21-day fix program) I find myself savoring that rest day! My alarm still went off at the same time Friday morning but instead of waking up, drinking my E&E and pushing play – I took some time to myself and let my body rest.
We had a busy weekend with a family reunion Saturday and a softball tournament on Sunday that my husband was playing in but that didn’t stop me from sticking to my goals!
With a 2 hour drive ahead of us I packed up my water bottle, a nice iced green tea and some sugar snap peas for the ride. I also whipped up some Shakeology Nutty No Bake cookies and a Southwestern Quinoa salad to make sure I could still enjoy myself at the reunion without being tempted by a grumbling belly and food choices I knew I’d regret later! And you know what…no one even knew they were eating clean!!! Double bonus!!!
Now, I’ll admit, there were a few bites here and there of some foods that weren’t exactly on my initial plan but I did so much better than prior get togethers and everyone really enjoyed my clean recipes. Success!!
And Sunday was no different…I completed my workout – and yes, that strength interval workout is STILL killing me – and I packed my lunch and my kiddos lunch. No pizza or hot dogs for us 🙂
People often ask about snacks that travel and truth is – there’s a lot of things that will stay fresh for a few hours without being refrigerated.
I had a busy week. I was away from home several times between the Baseball game, reunion and softball tournament but there is one thing I did every day – and that is PREPARE! Having my snacks all prepped in advance, able to be grabbed as I run out the door – keeps me on track.
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