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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Beach Body Challenge: Day 1

Happy Tuesday, Friends!  Hope the day is treating you well so far.  Remember when I told you I was participating in my friend Christie's Beach Body Challenge?  Well, it's officially started...day 1 is DONE!  I actually received my Beach Body kit in the mail yesterday.  It came complete with my PiYo DVD's, my Shakeology mix, some shake recipes, tape measure and a Get Lean Eating Plan.  

Last night, Hubby helped me with my measurements...ugh, some of those numbers were a tiny bit scary.  I forgot to bring them with me today, so I'll post them in my next update.  

I decided that I will follow the PiYo workout schedule {as best as time allows}, so last night I started with the Align: The Fundamentals.  It was very low-key, but it was worth taking the 40+ minutes to do.  It showed the basic moves and explained what your body should look like, etc.  Totally worth it for me since I'm not big into Pilates or Yoga.

PiYo Workouts

  • Align: The Fundamentals - breaks down the most important moves from the program so you can get the best results.
  • Define: Lower Body - lengthen and strengthen your lower body
  • Define: Upper Body - shape your arms, triceps and shoulders
  • Sweat: dynamic conditioning, fast paced cardio, yoga flows and body weight resistance...strength training!
  • Core: help build your core, flatten and sculpt your tummy as well as strengthen your back
  • Strength Intervals: non-stop body carving, calorie burning workout
  • Drench: endurance and will help kick start your metabolism
  • Sculpt: works on muscular endurance to transform your body
  • Buns: Focuses on the glutes...obvi :)
I'm really excited to get into these DVD's and hope to see some results!  And, more importantly, I hope to feel better in general. Working out really does help my mood and my all around attitude! Plus, I love having "me" time to workout.  It's an extra added bonus!  

This morning I had my first Shakeology shake.  It was okay.  Let me preface this by saying I'm not a shake lover.  Never have been {unless I'm sick and have a sore throat}.  I ordered the Strawberry flavor thinking it might mask that powdery taste...um, it sort of did.  I mixed the shake with 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of strawberries, blueberries and cherries.  It wasn't horrible, but I was pretty glad when I finished it all.  I think tomorrow I will plan to mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of juice.  I think it will help even more with the powdery taste.  Thankfully included in your package is a long list of different shake recipes...and I hope to try a bunch of them!

My Goals
  • MAKE time to workout and follow the calendar of workouts {to the best of my ability}.  Obviously being a mother, wife and having a full time job can hinder my "free time" a bit, but I am going to make every effort to workout daily {with a rest day each week}.  
  • Veggies and Fruit!  I'd really like to incorporate more veggies and fruits into my daily diet.  I know that I don't currently get the proper amount of either each day and I want to make a conscious effort to do so.  I plan to add extra veggies when I cook dinner {last night I added red/green peppers & corn to a meal that didn't call for many veggies}.  And, I plan to switch out one snack {chips, popcorn, etc.} with a piece of fruit or a handful of fresh veggies!  This alone will help me feel better, I'm sure.
  • Stay positive and not worry about NUMBERS.  I think too often we {me} get to hung up on the "numbers".  Am I losing weight, have I lost inches...yes, numbers can be somewhat important, but I don't want to get hung up on them.  I want to enjoy this challenge while working hard.  And, if in the end I lose some pounds or shed some inches that would be an amazing added bonus!
  • Water, water, WATER!  I'd like to drink at least 64 ounces of refreshing water every day.  I really do love a  big glass of iced water, so I'm hoping I can guzzle water down like crazy!
  • Have fun!  Yes, no one said working out should be easy, but there's no law against having fun, too!  I want to work hard and give it 100%, but in the end, if I'm not having fun, it just isn't worth it {in my opinion}.  I definitely love a little friendly competition {especially when I'm competing against ME}, but I don't want to get so obsessed that I stop enjoying things.  
Alright, well, that's how Day 1 started out for me!  Excited to really get into the workouts and feeling healthier, stronger and better overall!  


  1. Ummm! LOVE that you are documenting this!!!!! Let me know if I can share!!! You are doing SO great!!!

    1. Thank you for this great opportunity! Share...of course!