Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Chalean Extreme - Burn Phase completed

I am done with the first phase of ChaLEAN Extreme, called the Burn Phase.   This is the first time I truly stick to a true strength training program.  Strength training can be an out of comfort zone for many women, I know it was for me, but I decided to trust Chalene and my friends and believe that weight lifting will not bulk one up, and guess what?  I am believer!  During this first phase I did not see that number in the scale go drastically down, I was mentally prepared for that.  But I was surprised to see my body fat percentage go down, and the fact that I actually lost one inch from each arm! (my arms are pretty big) I dream when I can wear tank tops and my arms are leaned and toned.  I now know I am on the right path! Strength training is the way to go :)  of course don't forget about your cardio :)  This program, does have a cardio element to it, being a beachbody program, this isn't a surprise since beachbody truly does give you all the elements to be successful, you just need to find the right program, the right trainer that motivates you!  Going back to the cardio portion of CLX , its different from Turbo Jam, its more athletic, it has burpies some football drills, and its pretty fun. It makes you feel strong and your heart rate does go up, its a lot of anaerobic drills.  

Another thing that I like about this program, is that it comes with a motivational audio CD from Chalene herself, I listen to it once a week while I am stuck in traffic.   I also loved the fact that Chalene is obsessed with right form :)  there is a dvd that shows how to properly do each exercise both with dumbbells and with bands.  During the workouts, she also talks about form, and walks around checking everybody out, and even calls herself out when she is not doing the exercise right, thats awesome because it makes me be my own personal trainer :) I even ask my husband or son to spot me to make sure I am doing the exercise with the right form.  I also like that the program is designed in such away that you truly do progress to lift heavier.  I don't want to brag...but during the last week I was curling 15lbs :)  

If you are like me, that going to the gym is not an option because of time, but you want to start strength training, I highly recommend Chalean Extreme. 

Please come back to check my my results for the Push Phase, that starts today! :)  In the mean time here are some visuals of my first 30 days....


Thursday, June 10, 2010

What do I think about shakeology?

(I Posted this on my facebook on May 11th)

As you can read from my posts, I drink Shakeology, which is a nutritional shake. You can go to my website and read what a true marvel this drink is, I can't do it justice. You can also go to the website read what others saying about it, and even see that doctors are endorsing it. That is all good. However, I want to give you my personal take on it!

As you probably know I have 5 kids, a full time job, a home and husband to care of and I still find time to workout. Last night was one of my busiest evenings. Left work at 5pm, stuck in traffic, picked up the kids, got home around 6:30pm. Took care of their immediate needs, potty runs, snacks, left Willy Boy in charge and left to do some grocery shopping. I went to Costco and Food Max. Got home, put the groceries away, started dinner, ate dinner, spend some time at the dinner table talking with the husband and two older kids. Bathed and settled for bedtime all three babies. I was done by 11:30pm, and I still decided to do a quick workout with 20min Turbo Jam. Was I tired? Yes, but I had the energy and stamina to do it. This morning woke up at 6:30am, did my AM workout, prepared the breakfast and lunches, dealt with the Comcast guy and headed to work. I was kind of surprised I actually felt like working out this morning considering I would have been burned out just from last evening. So there it is. Shakeology has done wonders for my own sanity :) I can’t say enough good things about it. If you are hesitant about it, just try it.  It does come with a bottom of the bag 30 day guarantee. You can return the empty bag for a full refund. I personally think it’s worth the try…and if you love chocolate, Chocolate Shakeology is definitely worth a try! and if you ask me nicely (and have some around) I can send you a free sample :)