Hello, May

Hello May, it’s me.

The past few months I’ve been in hiding.  To be honest, we are almost through all five seasons of Breaking Bad and have not wanted to do anything but watch this show.  Why didn’t I know about this show before?  Have I been living under a rock?  Such great writing and Greg and I are mesmerized by every episode.  It’s actually pretty embarrassing.  If we tell you we’re busy, I’m sure it’s because we are still getting through the last few episodes and can’t control ourselves.  I’ll just apologize now.  Sorry… not sorry.

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Lots of things to get to now – first, yes, again, as you know, I’ve been missing for a month or so.  So much going on with work, life, and family that it’s hard to squeeze it all in.  I’ve started a new program called the 21 Day Fix by Beachbody (on my third cycle) and it has been a life-changer for me.  I’ve always had the “last 10 pounds” to lose since 2008 and I COULD NOT get it to budge.  Nothing worked for me.  I’d lose a few and then gain it right back.  Just wasn’t on the right track with my foods and I refused to see it.  After starting the program and getting familiar with portion control, I lost 8 pounds in my first three-week cycle of the 21 Day Fix.  Wow!  It really helped me to keep my portions in check and to be honest about what I put in my mouth.  This program is definitely about eating healthy and watching portions, but not feeling deprived.  If I occasionally wanted a glass of wine, or chocolate, I could have it.  How many plans allow for that?  I’ll be honest, though, the first three days on the program, I was hungry.  I couldn’t figure out how to balance my foods daily to make sure I was getting my nutrition throughout the day and not just in the morning or afternoon.  Once I figured out how to balance each of my meals so I wasn’t hungry, then it all clicked.  My body adjusted, I adjusted, and the weight came off.

A little 21 Day Fix information:  you determine how many calories you need to eat daily, see how many “colors” of each food group you can have daily, fill your color-coded containers with the foods you want to eat, eat your foods, work out for at least 30 minutes a day, and at the end of the day, you will know what you ate and how much.  No counting the calories or weighing the foods.  It’s that easy.   You just have to be creative with putting together the containers to mix and match your foods and to create recipes.  The program comes with seven 30-minute workouts.

A little 21 Day Fix results from clients and friends:  Donna lost 10 lbs, Greg 17 lbs, Sally 7 lbs, Denise 6 lbs, Holly 7 lbs, Heidi 6 lbs, and Mimi lost 5 lbs and 12.75 inches total from her body!  Need I say more?  It works.  Follow the plan – especially through the first cycle of 21 Days.  After that, go to maintenance mode or hang in for another cycle of 21 Days until you meet your goal.  This plan jump-started my metabolism in a way that no other plan has and I’m impressed.  It really worked for me, and maybe it’ll work for you – here is the information to check it out for yourself.  Let me know if you have any questions.  I want you to be successful too.

We are heading to Italy – Rome to be exact, with a day trip to Florence and a day trip to Tuscany.  Lots of walking, wine, tours, food, and, did I mention wine?  Our daughter, Allyson, is coming with us, will meet us at the Charlotte airport and then we all head to Rome.  Have you been?  Any hints, tips, restaurants?  Bring them on – we’ll need all the help we can get.

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It’s got to be time for a May workout challenge, right?  It’s been months.  I’m really thinking I need to get back to my kettlebell swings.  So the May challenge is 100 kettlebell swings a day.  By the end of May we will have accomplished 3,100 swings.  Such a great posterior chain and cardio workout so pick up a kettlebell and start swinging.  We did this two years ago and then we did this remember?  The months that we did the kettlebell swings were the months I felt my best.  My muscular and cardiovascular endurance increased.  I’m excited to do this again and maybe build up to the 10,000-swing challenge…maybe.

Time to give up some link love.  Here are a few of my favorite things:

First, and foremost:

My daughter’s essay was published.  She’s pretty amazing – we are so proud.

Keep it mind:

3 Reasons to Cut Back Cardio for Fat Loss Goals from Your Trainer Paige

Why I Tossed My Scale from Strive & Survive Cancer Programs

Sunday Food Prep Inspiration from the Lean Green Bean

My favorite cookbook right now from Oh She Glows

Kettlebell Swing Challenge!

Come on gang, it’s October and the next three months have been proven to wreak havoc on our eating and working-out time.  We should get a head start by challenging ourselves each month with exercise and healthy eating.
For October, we’ll start with the kettlebell.  Let’s do ONE HUNDRED SWINGS A DAY FOR THE WHOLE MONTH OF OCTOBER.   STARTING NOW!!!!
At the end on the last day of October, we will have done 3,100 swings!  This will be an amazing start to help us “warmup” for our January challenge, which is 10,000 swings for the month of January!
 
Do your swings at home or at the gym.  Break them up into to 25 swings 4x daily or 50 swings 2x daily.  It’s up to you!  Your swings should be done with proper form, so please ask me or another kettlebell-trained instructor to help you.
Have fun!  You will be burning calories and working on strength and cardio at the same time – what a great workout!
Let me know how it goes – I am happy to track your progress if you want and please message me with your thoughts throughout the month.  Looking forward to hearing from you!
HAPPY SWINGING!

The 10,000-swing challenge!

http://kettlebellinc.com/magazine/2011/11/10000-swing-challenge/

The 10,000-swing challenge!

I did this in July.  It was mentally and physically grueling on some days, but on other days, it was an exercise rush.  In August, after the challenge was over, I found myself wanting to swing some each day…weird, huh?

In order to get through 10,000 swings in one month, I had to do the math.  To stay on track, I knew I should do at least 322 swings a day.  Some days I did 400 swings; some days I did 100 swings.  Towards the end of the month, there was one day I did 1,200 swings.  I found that 100 swings took me a little over 2 minutes to do.  This was the mental part of the workout.  I knew I could handle 2 minutes at a time, so I would break up my 300 swings into 100-swing intervals.  I would swing in the AM, maybe at lunch, while working with clients (we both would swing), and definitely after dinner.  I would start with a light kettlebell for the first 100 swings, and then increase to a heavier bell for the rest of the swings.  Some days I would just stick with the lighter bell.  Again, I just listened to my body.  If I weren’t feeling it, I would put the bell down and begin again the next day.

I found that I felt much stronger with the rest of my workouts during this challenge month.  My abs were always sore and that’s a good thing!  I plan on doing this challenge again in January and I hope to have you join me this time.  You have plenty of time to practice, and to get some kettlebell instruction if needed.  We can do this together and support each other.  It’s going to be fun!