Starting FOCUS T25 and working off the extra “fluff”

Yesterday I started up a new Beachbody program! I am a Beachbody coach (I can be YOUR FREE coach, ask me how in the comments or email me!) and love to try all the new products this awesome company has been coming out with. Focus T25 came out this summer and it is just another awesome workout program by the fabulous Shaun T. As you know, I LOVED Insanity, so naturally this was my next step. Why? Uh… can you beat 25 minute workouts? I don’t think so. I am ALREADY in love with the program and I have only tried two of the workouts. I LOVE programs that don’t require a LOAD of extra equipment.
T25I am still running and going to the gym. This is the awesome thing about these workout programs, you can use them along side your usual training. Yep! Cross training in my living room. That’s how I do. So yesterday I bit the bullet and measured, weighed and took photos of my “beginning” of this program. I will not be showing you the photos quite yet or jotting out specifics of weight. I will be honest, I saw a number on the scale I haven’t seen in close to 2 years which is a bit of a downer but I am working on it. The fluff will come off with a little hard work and clean eating. Nothing to get bummed out about. So my goal is to complete the Focus T25 program, whilst using the ever so yummy Shakeology (again, feel free to ask me more about the products!).

As many know, I am making my come back into marathoning shortly. I have decided to assess where my body is at come January. If I am near or under my “happy weight” I will train for the full in spring. However, if I am not quite there yet, or I don’t feel it is time, I will train for a half. Personally I almost always GAIN weight during training for the full, and I know a lot of people that have had the same experience. It isn’t anything crazy, give or take 10 lbs, but I for sure can tell the excess weights impact on my knees. I am happy to be running again AND I just got back my newly repaired Garmin Forerunner 310XT! Which HOLY I missed! I can’t tell you how much better it is for me to run without my phone again. I used to get email after email and text after text on the run and it would be in the back of my mind the whole run. I like to focus on ME and the road when I’m running…not work or what so-and-so is up to! May be selfish but HEY it IS my ME time. Just sayin’.

So here we go! Committing to a new program, STILL enjoying life and eating clean. Balanced lifestyle is what it REALLY should be about. Let’s do this thang!

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2013 Resolutions? Nah, 2013 GOALS!

Hey everyone!

2012 gone in a flash! Am I right?! So I don’t know about you all, but I am a HUGE goal setter. I set goals for the year, the month, the week, and even every day. (post-it notes and highlighters are my best friends….yeah I don’t get out much. HUSH!) So why is it that when January 1st hits goals are now named “resolutions”? (I googled the history of New Year’s Resolutions, if you are interested here is a neato article!) I think what baffles me most is the idea of “I will start on January 1st.” Kind of like my old excuse of “I’ll start my diet on Monday” since it was the start of the work/school week. The final time I joined Weight Watchers and began my weight loss journey it was NOT a Monday, it was a WEDNESDAY *gasp*..yet I was successful?! CRAZY TALK! 😉 Why start later when you can start now? everyone has to start somewhere right? (I am all about the tough love if you can’t tell).

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So in my “catch all” journal I decided to start writing out my resolutions 2013 goals. (My “catch all” journal is my everything journal. I write down my thoughts, feelings, ideas for blog/business/videos/wedding/recipes and notes for fitness and so on…can you say SUPER UNorganized?!)  Last year I achieved all the fitness type goals I set out for. Here they are:

Jenn’s 2012 Fitness Resolutions Goals

1. PB the half marathon distance  ✓

2. Sub 4 hours on the marathon distance  ✓

3. Fund raise and run the marathon with Team Diabetes in Reykjavik, Iceland 

4. Run the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon

5. Become a Can Fit Pro Certified Personal Trainer 

Why was my 2012 so successful? I personally believe that you should write your goals down in a place you can reference. My daily goals? (HELLO POST IT NOTES!) I stick them in my planner! Sometimes I will even post them to my bathroom mirror if I need a SPECIAL reminder (ie: Be kind to Jenn today – sounds corny but I can be my worst critic!) I also categorize goals into things like Fitness, Self/Well being, Relationships, Financial, School, Business and so on. Not only should you write them down, but write down what your first step of action will be for that goal! I am not saying write an entire game plan, just write down your first step. Once that is done cross it off and write down your next step.

example:

“Lose 5 lbs in the month of January”

Step One: I vow to do cardio for at least 30 minutes four times a week and add more colour to my plate (AKA veggies/fruit).

Step Two: ??? (eg: incorporate in a weight routine!)

So yes. I believe goal setting is one of the most important keys to success. I am sure we have ALL heard of the S.M.A.R.T acronym (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-targeted) and I believe this is important. It is so easy to get overwhelmed, especially when it comes to weight loss, muscle gains, training for a race, ANYTHING. Don’t be one of those people who are going hard at the gym and then we don’t see you once March has come. This is a lifestyle. Your body was meant to move and be nourished. If you are having a day where you are finding it hard to get to the gym or go for a run make a mini-goal for yourself. This was a tactic I used on myself when I was just beginning to get active again. “Jenn, move for at least 30 minutes..if you STILL don’t want to do this you can stop.” If you think about 30 minutes is really not that long, in fact most of our favorite TV shows are that long! Why not do jumping jacks/burpees/pushups/squats/lunges/WHATEVER while you watch your TV show? Pretty manageable if you ask me!

Don’t wait for January 1st or Monday. Start now. If you really want this, you will put everything aside and WORK for what you want. Don’t have that goal be just a wish. Make it happen! Believe me, I had a few too many treats on Christmas but once boxing day hit it was on it like Donkey Kong (uhh that is a saying right?). I popped in my Insanity DVD after a day of shopping in terrible boxing day crowds (that’s agility training on its own!) even when I was completely exhausted, I ate completely clean and stuck to my caloric goal! (Hey follow me on My Fitness Pal!) You will make time for fitness and you will make the effort to eat clean if you really want to achieve your resolution of “being healthy” in the year of 2013. (Told ya! Tough love!)

Happy New Year everyone! Let’s make this one the best year yet!! I challenge you to write down your goals and course of action!