Health and Fitness, Hobbies

My First Challenge Group!

I am really excited about having joined the Beachbody team and having hosted my first free challenge group! Finding the discipline to push myself through a workout routine has always been hard for me, so being the coach of this challenge group really helped to hold me accountable and build up the discipline I need to achieve the results that I want!

Before starting my own challenge group, I joined in on another coach’s group just to see how it was done. Her group was amazing and I hope that I did at least half as well as her!

My group was a multi-program group, which basically means that each participant was free to choose whatever regimen they felt they would best benefit from. This could be as hardcore as “complete the 21 Day Fix” program, or as simple as “drink water every day!” My role as a coach was simply to motivate, encourage, and hold each participant accountable during the journey. I posted little blurbs each morning that (I hope) were inspirational, and every Sunday I checked in with each participant personally to make sure that they were doing okay and to see if there was anything I could be doing to better serve them.

For my workouts, I decided to do Flat Abs Fix with Autumn Calabrese for the first 11 days. After that, I switched over to Shaun Week – which took me a few extra days to complete because we were busy moving! I used Beachbody on Demand to complete my workouts, which is an excellent resource in which one may find all kinds of workouts for all kinds of people. It is amazing!

It felt good to get into a challenging workout habit. I was also drinking Shakeology during my challenge group and enjoyed the extra boost of energy in the mornings after drinking it.

While I did see some physical results over the past three weeks of the challenge, the best result for me was the return of my ability to breathe normally, and the development of longer endurance.

If you were a regular reader here before my short hiatus, you already know about the medical issues I faced after giving birth. Being hospitalized with a blood clot was not fun, but it gave me a taste of what life could be like in the future if I don’t take care of my body now.

I spent a year and a half looking in on Beachbody and feeling skeptical about it before deciding to join. What I love about Beachbody is that it doesn’t make empty promises of quick weight loss or fitness solutions. There aren’t any easy fixes. Beachbody recognizes that health and fitness take work, are a way of life, and that fitness goals are more easily achieved when one has a support group that offers accountability and inspiration.

I’m excited not only to be on my own health journey, but to be able to help others on theirs as well!

Keep in touch with me and follow my progress here on the blog, on the Facebook Group TeamAdvance, or on Instagram @teamadvance_ !

And if you’re looking for any support or accountability, I’d love to serve you in that way!

Let’s do it together 🙂

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General, Hobbies, Uncategorized

Back To The Gym…

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Mondays and Thursdays are my new gym days. My husband hangs out with the kiddo while I get to go work out in our community gym (which is pretty nice, by the way). Today was my first time heading in there, and man…

I do not know what I am doing.

I didn’t recognize most of the machines and felt like an absolute fool in there. At first that was okay because I was alone. Then, the “regulars” started flooding in and doing their thing. And I just kind of hung out in the corner, hoping no one noticed me trying to figure out what kind of machine I was using and how to use it. Also, I almost died on the treadmill.

After my near-death experience, I decided to get off the treadmill and try something else. So I went to a machine in which I pulled weights, using a triangular, elastic handle-bar. Afterward, I did a few sit ups, and finally to another machine that I couldn’t really figure out well enough to get anything out of it. I tried the spin bicycle, too. It was mostly an exploratory trip.

I’ve never really been a gym kind of girl. I always have liked going to classes and working out in groups. In fact, fitness is one of the only things that I like doing in a group. Working out alone is boring. But I went. I went to the gym. And I’ll keep going and eventually things will get better.

I look forward to progress.

General, Hobbies, Uncategorized

The Road Back to Good Health

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When I was younger, I used to climb trees, roller skate or bike ride, race the boys in the neighborhood, and play high intensity outdoor games that left me excited and out of breath as I returned home for dinner in the evenings. I took ice skating lessons, dance lessons, and lots of hikes through the “woods” with my neighborhood friends. In high school, I took dance class, ran track, and was part of the step team. In college, I ran track, played tennis, and learned how to teach aerobics courses. As an adult, I’ve found enjoyment in Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Barre, and anything that involves dancing. I guess what I’m trying to say is –

I used to be in such great shape.

I have always enjoyed being active and it isn’t until recently that I am realizing just how active I used to be! After having a baby and getting through a pulmonary embolism, I was told to slow down on the physical activity for a bit. But, I think I am starting to get back to the place where I can resume an active lifestyle. And, I can’t wait!

In the past, I wasn’t being intentionally active – I was just doing what I was interested in. This time around, I want to be more intentional about reaching certain fitness goals. I hate being in the hospital, taking medications, and having regularly scheduled blood tests. But, what I hate even more is how restricting the experience is. I can’t eat some of my favorite (healthy) foods because of the medicine I am taking. I can’t work out the way I want to until they are sure that my clot has dissipated. I can’t travel, sit, or lie down for too long without thinking about having to keep my blood circulation flowing. I have always been interested in health and fitness topics, but this experience has really taught me the value of making sure that I keep my body healthy.

Being in good health is a priceless treasure. If you’re already in good health, do whatever you can to keep it that way. If you’re not, do whatever you can to get back to it. I certainly look forward to getting myself back on track.

And I’ll be blogging the journey, of course.