The Need for a Workout Program
A week ago I started a new workout routine. Some of you saw my blogs on going through the 21 Day Fix, but that obviously ended a bit ago. I was eager to get into something else, and I always like to be on some sort of program, whether it’s one I find online, in a book, or a DVD program.
Having a scheduled program helps me immensely-
- It gives me a challenge to finish (which I find motivating)
- It usually streamlines my workouts (mixing cardio, weights, plyo, core, etc) so that there is variety from day to day (which helps beat boredom)
- Gives me less to think about (which makes it more likely to happen and more efficiently…nothing like showing up at the gym and wandering from machine to machine).
As the Fix was finishing up I knew that while I really enjoyed those workouts, I wanted to get into something with more “lifting” in it, where I could use heavier weights. I kept seeing advertisements for a new program coming out from Beach Body and after looking into it, decided it seemed like it fit the bill of all those things I was looking for.
My New Program
Hence, last week I launched into the 8 week program, “The Master’s Hammer and Chisel.” I know. Sounds so intense, right? If you think the name is a bit much, check out the cover of it.
Yeah, I actually climb up onto my little Greek podium each day after my workout and give a little pose. That way I can see how the hammering and chiseling are coming along. Autumn and I could basically be twins…you know, fraternal ones who look nothing alike.
I took my starting measurements last week and dove right in. So far the workouts have been really challenging, but doable. I have had to modify a few things for sure. I’m excited about that though because it means as the weeks go along there is big room to see myself improve and master the moves. I just keep thinking of the gains in strength that are coming and how it feels to see the rise in the numbers on the weights I’m able to lift (and possibly a fall in the numbers of my body fat percentage. We’ll see)…
What I Said I’d Never Do
So this time around I’m doing something I thought, and I said I would NEVER do. In fact, I had told some of you I would NEVER do it…
I bought Shakeology. I confess. I did it.
I said I would never do it because the price tag is so…dang…high…But of course I am super curious about it. I want to see if it lives up to all the hype, and I got it in a challenge pack with my workout program. Previous to this I have had the shakes on a one week trial before, and just thought it was a tasty protein shake but not earth changing. I was told of course that one week isn’t enough to really feel a difference. I understand that. One week isn’t really long enough to see a lot of difference with other diet changes, so why not for this too? So I’m taking the challenge. But the verdict is still out for this gal.
Another thing I had not done previously is I joined an online workout accountability group. I never really joined one because I never really needed to be accountable to get my workouts done. But this group also does food and little side goals. Again, I was a little skeptical going into it. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, while I love encouragement I’m not a big “rah rah person” and I wasn’t sure I thought the group would feel…authentic to me. I don’t know if that makes sense. Man do I sound like Debbie Downer over here? But let me tell you, it has turned out GREAT. It has been so much fun to see other people progressing, and to feel like we’re in a little club, everyone rooting each other on, being real about our triumphs and face plants (so to speak). These women are, in a sense, complete strangers to me, but I find myself thinking of them and bonding with them and truly wanting to see them succeed. I am feeling a true kinship with these women from all over the country.
Working Out is Just Part of It
Lastly, and as far as all this goes, most importantly, I should add that I’m using an eating plan just like I did for the fix, with the color coded guides for my daily diet. So far so good! No candy corn meltdowns like last time 🙂 I feel really comfortable with what I am eating, both in amounts and variety. This weekend we have a marriage conference to attend and I feel free to go and enjoy it, to eat in moderation but eat what I want, and know I will be right back to my containers Saturday evening. It feels free.
Having said all this, you might be wondering, why? Jess you seem like you’re in good shape, you don’t really need to lose weight, why the workouts and why the container eating?
- I am still challenging myself on my relationship with food. As I mentioned in my Fix posts, I know that food tends to be my go to for comfort and boredom and everything else. I am learning to be a more mindful eater, and want to be a self-disciplined eater (and this does take help from God to become, my self will isn’t that great).
- I just like the challenge. Honestly I got really inspired by this girl www.daniellewaltmanfitness.com. I wanted to see in 8 weeks how my body could transform.
- Being really honest now, I am hoping that this year we have baby number two. I would love it if I went into the second pregnancy super strong and am curious to see how that would affect my second go…
So that’s it! I will keep you posted as the weeks go on and I’ll let you know for sure when they insert me into the cover photo…
How about you, any workout programs or eating plans you’re doing? Any recommendations?