Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Workout Blog: Turbo Jam Day 9/42

am working out to Turbo Jam for 6 weeks to see how I can impact my body.

John made thin crust pizza tonight for dinner. It was delicious. Not much by way of bread or cheese so it was a healthier substitute to normal pizza.

For breakfast I had yogurt and two rice cakes. I don't remember if I ate lunch or just had a rice cake later in the afternoon. I know I had a 90 cal fudgesicle which was a real treat. Schwan's makes delicious Live Smart food.

Today I want to try and be inspirational. In my own mind I sound great. I'm sure to you I am just a stranger, but I have to tell you, I have been on this weight yoyo all of my adult life and have committed to terrible diets in the past.

This year I was inspired to start growing organic produce because I am fed up with GMOs. Of course, I lost weight throughout the summer because of the hard work I put into the garden. After the harvest, when things began dying down, I lost interest in physical activity and packed on 10-12 lbs.

My reason for doing Turbo Jam is because I was inspired by Vu Willey - thefitmommy. She is an old friend and also a Beach Body coach. She has done amazing things with her body!

I tried doing my own exercise routine and keeping up with one of Vu's fitness challenges (just to prove to myself that I didn't need the official Beach Body routines) this spring but I only ended up losing a few pounds and feeling exhausted every evening. YouTube workouts were not the answer. I needed something more structured; something with great music and no buffering!

I went to my doctor and asked him if it would be OK for me to move my shoulders as I have always had weekly issues with them coming out of socket. My shoulders were always in pain. I couldn't remember what a pain free shoulder day felt like. Doing the exercises I found on YouTube was making it worse and I was concerned that Beach Body might aggravate old injuries (both of my shoulders have been surgically repaired after I ripped the muscles in them at a young age).

My doctor told me to do what felt right and I consulted Vu. She suggested I look at the Beach Body website and see what  I thought of the P90X program. I looked but I didn't find it interesting. I don't like sweaty men. Seriously, I know, but I am married and I don't feel comfortable staring at men working out. I did like the looks of the Beach Body program. There was a girl about my weight in the video clip!

I purchased Beach Body and for the first few weeks I just kind of did the Learn and Burn. I felt stupid, and I didn't quite understand the moves. I went on a business trip and made sure to use the treadmill in the hotel every single day. I felt like I could be more determined and that I could stick to a routine. I just needed to use my willpower. Heck, if I can be mad at someone and not ever speak to them again, I can improve my physical fitness.

I had no idea how much fun Turbo Jam would be once I set a dedicated routine and actually applied myself. I read a quote on Vu's page that said most people don't see real changes to their bodies for six weeks. I thought, you know what? I'm going to do this for six weeks solid and see what happens. That's where I got the idea for the 42 day challenge.

My husband and I are going on a vacation in January and I'd like to wear a bikini in the hotel's water park. If I can see real progress after 42 days, I'll be sticking with this right through until mid January. 

I'll keep this blog updated so you can follow my progress if you are interested. If you're thinking about trying Beach Body, I can't recommend it enough. The songs for Turbo Jam are infectious. I get the ear worms in my head and I am humming them all day, which makes me want to get the DVD playing and get moving!

PS - My shoulders haven't ached in weeks.

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