How Do I Stay Motivated?

Eating healthy & exercise?!? That sounds terribly difficult right? I’m not here to tell you that it’s easy, it’s going to take some dedication on your part. BUT once you get started and get into a routine, I promise it gets easier to stay on track. I often get asked how I stay motivated or have people tell me they wish they had my kind of motivation. Honestly, I’m just as weak and unmotivated as each of you, the key is I’ve set myself up to succeed with multiple fail safes.

What has been most effective on this journey?

Honestly there hasn’t been just one thing. There has been a lot of trial and error.

✨Failure is often the key to success. ~Ariana Huffington✨

We tend to not give ourselves the credit we deserve. Yes there are experts out there, people who are super fit and have 5% body fat, are masters at the pull up or have run a marathon in less time than it takes me to get ready for the day, but they aren’t you. I could give you my steps to success and tell you that’s what will work BUT that’s not true because we are all different. Just like I went through, you need to go through too, the trial and error. That doesn’t mean you can’t learn from people who are successful, it just means that you have to try things, figure out what works for you. We have to trust our mind and body to tell us what is or isn’t working. We have to trust that we are an expert when it comes to us! Trust I!

Don’t skip this step!

Time to evaluate. What have you done in the past and failed at?!?

What was it about that exercise or diet that didn’t work for you? Did you go all in with a commitment to 6 days at the gym and salads only? Did you decide to run on the treadmill and get bored? Did you try a dance class and realize you have two left feet? I give those examples because those are things I tried, and I had a REALLY hard time following through with. Take a minute and write down what you’ve done in the past and try to pinpoint what didn’t work but also what did work, start there. For instance, the treadmill for me used to be brutal. I learned that if I watched my favorite show while I ran the time seemed to fly by, I also learned that reading has been great for that too. While I still am not a big fan of the treadmill, I’ve figured out how to make it tolerable so that I can get that time in without a huge feeling of dread.

Below you will find some of the things that have helped me to be successful and to find the motivation to do what’s needed even when I just want to snuggle up on the couch with a blanket. Feel free to experiment with them, find your own way to tweak them and make it a working fit for you! Remember you are the only one who can decide what is going to work, you are in control of your destiny!

My Motivating Factors:

Belief In Self!

Confidence was an area I was super lacking when I first started, and I still struggle with it sometimes. I was nervous to use the machines at the gym because I was scared I was using them wrong. I was embarrassed to run on the treadmill because other people were way faster than I was. Remember every person in the gym started as a beginner too, not everyone there is an expert, even if they say they are! If you aren’t confident in yourself, I want to encourage you to dive into personal development. Read some books, listen to podcasts, watch videos, whatever you can make time for. (I recommend the podcast Operation Self Reset because he always has great tips on how to become a better version of you!) Continuing on with no belief in your ability can be detrimental.

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.~Henry Ford✨

Invest in your mindset ♥

Be Realistic

If it took 20 years for you to put on 50 lbs, be realistic in knowing that one week of exercise will not likely result in instant weight loss.* If you haven’t exercised for a year, take it slow and baby step your way up to longer workout routines. Failure happens, sick days happen, sometimes you have to stop, reevaluate and be okay with taking a little longer than you expect. Be flexible but not so flexible that you lose sight of the initial goal. Getting healthy is a journey and there will be ups and downs, don’t beat yourself up, learn from them.

*One small(it’s actually kinda big) thought, if you are seeing absolutely no change in a week, don’t beat yourself up. Our bodies are complex, they will retain water or swell because of a change in routine. Sore muscles can mean inflammation. It can take weeks for your body to adapt and not fight the new changes you are making in your lifestyle. If you are sure something isn’t right, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask me for help.

Talk About It

It’s a lot easier to give up on something if you’re the only one who knows you’re wanting to change. If you’ve decided to commit to following a program or have a specific meal plan, tell a friend. I say to share with a friend, someone you trust, because the world is full of criticism and not everyone you talk to is going to believe in what you are trying to change, not everyone is supportive. If you need someone to cheer you along with some positive inspiration, send me an e-mail! Just knowing I’ve committed to a program and told people about it helps me out, I don’t want to be called out for not completing it, I’m all about avoiding those awkward moments.

Accountability

Choose to surround yourself with like minded or goal oriented people and they will likely help you stay motivated. Get a workout buddy, it’s hard to say no when your partner in crime is committed too! Also, something about spending the money to sign up for a class makes it hard to skip it. I’ve been in an accountability group for the last two years and seen friends, acquaintances and friends of friends busting out and reaching for their goals. That’s inspiring!

Make a Schedule

Life happens, that makes it easy to make excuses. I don’t have time is probably the biggest bologna excuse for not being able to exercise or eat healthy that I hear almost every day. How much time do you spend scrolling on Facebook? Instagram? Watching TV? I’d like to encourage you to track your time for a week and see how you can best utilize your time to work for you.

If you look at your day and see that you could wake up a half hour earlier to workout, figure that into your schedule. If you tend to eat out schedule in time to prep your lunches for the week. If you are like me and have a fairly flexible schedule and don’t have to work out at a specific time, maybe create yourself a workout calendar or follow the calendar for a program. There is something super gratifying about being able to check off boxes and be able to count down the days till you move on to something new!

Log it

It’s easy to have a piece of candy that’s in a bowl at your work. It’s easy to eat the brownie bite that was a cook mess up in the restaurant. It’s easy to grab a snack from the vending machine because you’re hungry and its going to take longer to get home than you realized. Those little things add up. I encourage you to log your food, it’s easy to say you eat healthy and miss those little things that can put you over the amount of calories your body actually needs. For instance, I started following a portion control meal plan last year and realized how out of balance my diet was because I started tracking it. I never thought of myself as having an issue with my carb intake, and boy was I wrong. It turns out I love me some carbs. I always associated carbs as bread and pasta, I wasn’t thinking about my oatmeal and rice.

There are plenty of online calorie calculators but I recommend the portion control meal plan that comes with the 21 Day Fix. It breaks foods into categories instead of counting calories. A typical day for me consists of 3 veggies, 2 fruits, 3 proteins, 2 carbs, etc. all in a portioned amount, that’s simple for me to follow. I’m all about simple!

Reward Yourself

Last but not least!

It should be reward enough knowing that you are loosing weight and treating your body like a temple… Lets be real though, it really isn’t when you are sweating and sore and missing out on your favorite chocolaty treats! Give yourself something to fun fight for. When I decided I needed to complete my nemesis program, I told myself I would earn a fancy new pair of running shoes with custom inserts to sweeten the deal. Your reward doesn’t have to be big but it should be something you want, something you would deny yourself on a regular day. Rewards can be as simple as a kid free night out with your other half, a piece of your favorite German chocolate cake, a new workout outfit, a Fitbit tracker, you have to decide what will work for you. I suggest rewards because if you put in the work, you’ve earned a reason to treat yourself!

You should be proud of your commitment. I suggest starting small, commit to 1 week of no sugar and reward yourself with a treat day, have dessert with your healthy meal on day 7. (Or don’t and change the reward, maybe after 7 days of no sugar you’ll realize how much better you feel!) The key is to celebrate all of the small victories.

 

Moving Forward

Like I said before all of these tips are what have helped me to get on track with being healthier. Maybe you’ve found some tips that help you. I’d love to be able to try them or even share them so they can help someone else. Also, if you’ve tried any of my tips above I’d love to hear how they helped you!

 

 

My Last Leg of Core De Force

Day 22: MMA Plyo & Core Kinetics

Confession Tuesday… I skipped today’s workout because there was fresh snow on the mountain ❤ I opted to count my day snowboarding with the boys as my workout for the day. I can tell you after running yesterday and snowboarding today, I’m TOAST! I think if I would have added in the workout on top of it I wouldn’t have been able to walk to bed.

AND because I’m behind my for my scheduled finish date already, I’m not going to extend it by doing Plyo tomorrow. I worked out and that is enough to count for today.

Day 23: Power Sculpt & 5 Min Core on the Floor

I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am to all these girls hopping on to workout with me every morning. I gotta say I’m surprised how sore my legs are from yesterday’s snow day. Knowing that my girls would be on made me push through and get it done though!

Day 24: MMA Plyo & Core Kinetics

​Do you remember the 1st day I did this routine? Well, I didn’t feel like it was enough so I pushed myself by adding the weighted vest in. It’s crazy how a few extra pounds makes a world of difference. It probably helped that I got the moves down a little better too. The superman punch is still tough for me to coordinate but I’m getting there.


Day 25: Dynamic Strength & 5 Min Core on the Floor

I realized I have gained flexibility in my shoulders this month and still need to focus on hip flexibility. At the end of today’s workout it was nice to be able to put my palms together behind my back and stretch my chest. Before I was able to clasp my hands but palms were no where near each other. And that stretch feels sooo good after all them push ups!

(Click the pic below for a tip on the stretch pictured.)

Day 26: MMA Speed

I’ve missed this one! I was most excited to see that I had such a short routine. I opted to use my weighted vest again today since I didn’t remember there being push ups. The only move that proved awkward was the floor to fighter stance move but not awkward enough to take it off. I had a really long run to do today, plus work tonight. I’m hoping my feet don’t hate me tomorrow.

I think this is the first time I’ve hit that many miles on a treadmill!

 Day 27: MMA Shred & Core Kinetics

It’s May day and that means that it’s the beginning of a new month. I try to change or make a new habit every month.

This month I am:

  • kicking off a new meal plan, it’s going to be 2 weeks of low carb, as a vegan let me tell you it’s going to be tough!
  • doing a 30 day push up challenge.
  • doing 7 days of no sugars, dairy(already do), kicking the day off with water and getting 7 hours of sleep.

With all these new commitments I felt renewed and ready to kick butt during today’s workouts! Good times 🙂

Day 28: MMA Power

There is talk of nicer weather supposed to be happening in the next few days. I have to admit that while I love the sun, I don’t enjoy working out in warmth. Today was a prime reason why. I had sweat flying everywhere, it was even dropping off my nose when I was done. 💦💦 Good thing I’m getting water in first thing!

Day 29: MMA Plyo

This is actually day 30 on the workout calendar BUT I skipped the Active Recovery day…

My normal workout crew was late this morning, so I of course procrastinated too. How on earth could I let myself procrastinate when I’m on my last day and so pumped to be finished?!? I’m glad I left the Zoom up because once Lisa popped on I put on my weighted vest and got it done. I think out of all the CDF workouts Plyo is my favorite. I think because that Superman Punch is the most challenging for me to do. I saw a little improvement again.

A little sad and a little glad that today was my last on the calendar. But I’m definitely proud of the results and will be incorporating some CDF in my custom plan next month.

Done!

While I have a greater sense of appreciation for what MMA fighters do, MMA workouts still aren’t my preferred method of getting sweaty. As I was finishing my last workout yesterday, Joel & Jericho were finishing with the cool down stretches, and Joel jokingly said that if you struggle with balancing while doing the quad stretch you can always lean on a buddy for help. As a sweat monster, I can’t imagine someone wanting to lean on me for support after that sweat fest. Then it made me think about being in a fight ring with slobber, sweat and blood flying around, gag! Oh the joys of being a germaphobe.

I will be including a couple of these workouts in next months routine though. Gotta say, I am loving that there is more definition in my abs! I actually compared all my measurements from the beginning of the month, I lost .4 lbs and actually gained inches in my legs, booty and arms. So that tells me I lost a bit fat and gained muscle. One of my personal goals for this month was to loose 1/4″ off my love handle zone and I actually lost 1/2″ so that’s pretty exciting. It’s one reason why I try to only weigh myself once a month or every other week if I’m feeling weak or curious.

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Send me a message, it’s never to late to join in on our monthly challenges and health is of importance to me and I want everyone to be happy because they both coincide together!

Week 3 Core De Force

GUESS WHAT?!?

One week and 2 days left! I think this calendar is the only one who’s 30 days is actually 30 days, Joel and Jericho don’t mess around with no 28 day business!

Day 15: MMA Power & Core Kinetics

I wore my hair in just a regular pony tail today. My hair was soaked! Joel jokes about sweat flying on the set but there was definitely sweat flying here. Made laying down on my mat for the core work a little slippery. 😜

I really like the hip drop move in the video below. The first time I did it I must have been doing it wrong because today I really felt it working in my obliques. I still need a bit of form improvement but I think the video shows the general idea of it. Try it out yourself!

Day 16: Active Recovery…

Today was not my day. TMI moment ahead, Aunt Flow came to visit. No wonder my energy level has been off! I had planned to get Dynamic Strength done tonight but I just couldn’t get myself to do it. It was nice to have a slower day today.

The active recovery still had kicks and punches for the first 10 minutes but they were slowed way down. Then the last half of the routine was stretching. It made me realize how much I miss doing yoga. That’s big considering I’m someone who has never really enjoyed yoga.

Day 17: Dynamic Strength & 5 Minute Core

I’ve decided that next month I’m going to include a push-up challenge in my routine because I just hate them. They are getting better but I think I need to focus a little harder on improving them.

I decided to do a few things before running and I’m glad I did even though that meant running, showering and going to work. I was a sweaty mess because our house was crazy warm from a wood fire and me baking some bread. It was on my schedule to run 1 hour and 20 minutes but I knew my feet weren’t going to hang through 7 miles and work so I switched my run today for Friday’s. I’m hoping I don’t regret that decision later.

I’ve been staying on point with foods. I’m really focusing on remembering that I love the healthy food choices that I have, just as much as the sweets or junk that I could choose. I know it’s going to pay off.

Day 18: MMA Power & Core Kinetics

My triceps are feeling all those push-ups from yesterday and I can’t help but smile through the pain. I was feeling on fire today. I woke up early, I pushed play before my live crew was logged on and I got that whole hour done with minimal complaining. #bringit

I actually thought about doubling up and getting caught up from my lazy Tuesday but I felt good and want to remember that feeling tomorrow.

Day 19: Power Sculpt &  5 Min. Core on the Floor

There were some technical difficulties with Beachbody OnDemand, aka the Netflix for workouts, today that left some room for goofing around. Snapchat cracks me up!

Don’t worry, I still got my workout in. I was supposed to run too but ended up going to the park and walking the dogs instead. Puppies need exercise too, not just kitties. #nerdalert

Day 20: MMA Plyo

Day 20 was actually yesterday but it was my normally scheduled rest day so I’m skipping writing about it because a week is 7 days 😉 Today was straight up confusion. Ever heard of a superman punch?!? I could not figure it out! I was a bit relieved though because when I think of plyo, I think of death and I didn’t feel like I was dying. It’s probably all the laughing I did at myself and the lack of being able to figure all the moves out. I kept having to stop and watch and try to figure out what I was doing wrong. Now I’m going to get out and do the longest run I’ve done in a long time. Wish me luck!

Day 21: Dynamic Strength & 5 Min. Core on the Floor

I’m really proud that I stayed on track with my foods over the weekend. My husband even bought me a dark chocolate bar with raspberry. It’s still in the freezer. And I’m still continuing to see strength gains with my push ups during this routine. I’m excited to take on next months push up challenge.

And can I just take a minute to mention that I used to like planks? I really like that this core workout is only 5 minutes but going from one plank to the next is killer, especially after your shoulders are fatigued from all the push ups you just did. Thank goodness for my protein shake, liquid muscle repair 💪🏻

Apparently I’ve been feeling the selfies this week, so you get another one to send you on your way! Week for here I come.

2 down, 2 to go, Core De Force

Week 1

Let’s be real, there was a lot of food that I should not have eaten. A lot of sugary foods over the first weekend. It seems that the first week of any program I start is straight up self sabotage. I let myself slack after all of the hard work of the last months routine. It’s a vicious cycle that I need to get a handle of. I need to give up my excuses and make things happen because I am worth the effort. Because I am worth fighting for. Because if I don’t do it, why should I tell anyone else to do it? #Coachlife Seriously though, I’m a mom and need to be a good example to my kids, why can I tell them sugar is bad for them and then as soon as they leave the room I’m sneaking chocolate or whatever it is that I can find to fix that sugar addiction?

Day 1: MMA Speed

Check out Day 1 here. I sure felt awkward but I know the more I do the moves the more comfortable I’ll become. Funny how we can tell our kids that practice makes perfect and yet we don’t want to do that practice either.

After getting my workout done and lunches packed, we headed out to enjoy the sunshine. I exercise so I can be active and enjoy these kinds of adventures with my family. Look at my crazy adventure dudes. Damien was trying to give me a heart attack jumping and climbing all over the rocks on our waterfall hike today.

Day 2: Dynamic Strength

What on earth did I get myself into?!?! Seriously thinking I did more push-ups today than I did in all last month! There were inchworm, walking, scissor push-ups and more! I never knew there were so many variations of a push-up. Maybe I did but maybe I was trying to ignore them. Ha ha. My triceps are definitely going to be feeling this tomorrow.

Day 3: MMA Speed

MMA Speed was a lot easier this time, I’m thinking the next time I do it I’ll have it down! #goals Also got in 55 minutes of walk run intervals, I’m not giving up on my half marathon training. It’s a little harder to want to run lately, I’m not sure why. I was super hungry after both my workouts today. It may be time to re-evaluate my meal plan.

Day 4: Power Sculpt

Wow, I literally had beads of sweat dripping off my forehead! My towel was so wet that by the end of my workout there were no dry spots left. That’s disgusting. Plyometrics are hardcore!

Day 5: MMA Shred

Got a 5k done and then did my MMA Shred. I remembered why I run after a workout and not before…. Yeah, that’s all I care to say about that.

Day 6: Active Recovery?

So I didn’t realize that Sunday is actually a recovery workout and I decided to just do my usual rest day planning to be a day behind schedule each week. If I had realized it I probably would have done active recovery this evening. Oh well, I enjoyed my lazy day, and more food than I should have.

Day 7: Dynamic Strength

The bright side? There were lots of push-ups instead of squats on a day planned for a hike, lol. It was a long day and I was definitely tired and ready for bed tonight. But it was good to get out with family and hike together. Miss having my daughter along for our family adventures, but alas around 19, I don’t think I wanted to hang with my family either. I was bummed we had to rush home afterwards too but a girls gotta work.

Week 2:

Day 8: MMA Shred & Core Kinetics

I saw two workouts on the calendar and got a little anxious. To be honest all the junk I hogged down over the weekend didn’t do my energy any justice. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I didn’t loath the core workout. I am big on variety when it comes to working out and there were new moves that I hadn’t done before so I appreciated that.

I wasn’t going to run because I rationalized that I had to work and that was enough for my feet today. Then I remembered I have a goal and I’m not going to be ready if I don’t stick to the plan. So #RunDun 💪🏻

Day 9: Power Sculpt

I did 20 minutes of yoga with the live crew this morning. My body just wasn’t feeling anything strenuous, let me rephrase that, my brain wasn’t feeling it. So I waited till a bit later to push play on my regularly scheduled fight match. 🤜🏻🤜🏻👊🏻 I can’t say that it was my best performance but I got it done, doing something is better than nothing most days.

Day 10: MMA Shred & Core Kinetics

After I made progress with CDF, I got my run on. I felt pretty good about my move mastery and thought for sure my run would feel the same. Honestly it was the most unsatisfying run I’ve had in a long time. My left leg just wouldn’t participate. First my ankle was bothering me, then my shin. I got to the 3 mile mark and whatever was causing the problem loosened up. Of course my total distance was 4 miles and the last mile is what it took to get home so maybe my head was in on it.

Today I’m prepping food to get this body back on track. Lots of beans and garbanzo beans and a sweet potato or two because they make a great sweet tooth fix but a natural one. And I’m getting back on my post workout protein shake.

 

 

Day 11: Dynamic Strength

I am still disliking the push-ups but you know what?!? I am feeling stronger! I’m still having to drop to my knees for some of the moves but I’m able to hold out with the full move for a few more reps. All these push-ups is hopefully going to help me build some of the muscles needed for pull-ups! #StrongerEveryday

Day 12: MMA Power

Oy, new combos 😱 I’ve come to realize I really do have two left feet. I know it will get better because the combos from week 1 are already getting better, but anything that involved a new kick combo was confusing. I continued to laugh and shake it off as best as I could. Run done too, I have to say it felt way better than the last run.

Day 13: Rest Day

Instead of utilizing the Active Recovery today, we went for a nice walk in the sunshine. The only workout days that I will change or mess around with on the calendar are my recovery days because I find it hard to get a recovery workout in if I’m getting out for an hour and walking. Learning to give my body the time it needs to repair and recover has been an important part of my fitness journey. And we got to see wild turtles basking in the sun. I think there were around 20 of them, way more enjoyable than stretching in my house!

Day 14: Power Sculpt

It’s GO TIME! I was feeling my oats today. It must have helped that I steered clear of the dessert table at potluck yesterday. Plyometrics has never been my favorite but this one still gets me sweating and it is set up with 9 rounds. Each round consists of a lower(but still tough) intensity move for 60 seconds, then a medium intensity with 45 seconds and a high intensity for 35 seconds. After the middle one I’m usually pretty gassed so I’m glad the last one is always shorter. I’ve been gulping down my water during almost all of the workouts. I’m thinking that means I need to get better at drinking my water again.

You know what the best part about this month has been so far???

Every morning before I get myself motivated to press play I get an e-mail saying my peoples are waiting on me! I sign in and sometimes it takes me a few extra minutes to get ready but seeing them kick booty, makes me kick booty! I can’t help but feed off their energy. Sometimes I even get to see their kids interrupting their workouts and they continue on, how can I make an excuse when they’ve got some of the biggest (actually the littlest) ones I hear others make on the daily?!?

Every morning at 7am we are there, well except Saturday because it’s my rest day. But out of all the things I’ve done to help me stay healthy, this was the best idea. Knowing people are counting on me to sign in makes me have to be there even if I’m not feeling it. Want to join us? Send me and email to DarcisFitKick@gmail.com and let me know. The more the merrier!

Core De Force Time

#FIGHTFORIT

Laughter is the best medicine! And this morning I was laughing, A LOT!

I chose to do this program for two reasons. #1 It’s only 30 days and #2 it’s not something I’m comfortable doing as a workout. I can do anything for 30 days even if it’s really awkward.

I’ve tried a couple different MMA style workouts and my coordination is terrible, definitely not my cup of tea… I don’t have weight to loose, actually I’m happy with my body right now but that doesn’t mean I should stop here. A friend once told me that perfection was impossible, not so much with fitness but with character and she told me she felt bad if I felt I had to live that way. I took that as a challenge, I mean, who doesn’t want to be the best they can be? The work may be hard but it feels good to master something. There will always be things I will try to grow, stamina, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination are things that will help me as I continue to age. That means I need to keep pushing, keep striving for a healthier me and trying new things.

Day 1 Core De Force

Day 1

Today’s workout was MMA Speed, there was a 7 minute video to help teach you the moves before you get started. I’m grateful for that because I needed all the help I could get.

The workout was broken down into a warm up, 6 rounds of kicking booty and then a short cool down. I really liked how each round consisted of the cross, hook or knee movement and then had a speed type drill which varied from fast jabs, jumping, burpees and a couple other movements that I could do with out feeling like I needed to be on pace with the crew. You did each set twice before moving onto the next round. Oh almost forgot you get a small break between rounds too!

I have a feeling this month is going to go by quickly because Joel and Jericho are a fun pair to listen to. Between the sound effects and the whity banter, I’m feeling right at home!

#sweatieselfie No picture means it didn’t happen!

Mind Over Matter

Every month this year I have been focused on reading a book to grow my mindset. Last month was all about pushing my intensity and not making excuses, the pain of the workout is temporary. This month I am reading The Motivation Manifesto, from what I can tell so far, it’s about conquering fears, staying motivated and enjoying the freedom that comes with it. I think this is going to be a good one because posting videos of myself trying to be a ninja master, is proving to be scary!

If you are interested in the book, let me know, I have a link that you can order it for free and all you have to pay for is shipping. Plus you get a 12 week online course to follow too.

Looking For Some Extra Accountability?

Even if you feel like you’re going to be the left footed kid in the room, I promise, we all are a little left footed! Every month we run a support group, logging our workouts and sharing about our struggles and victories, nothing but positive support from us.

Try Core De Force this month with a 30 day supply of Shakeology, and then finish out the next 11 months trying all of the other amazing workout programs Beachbody has to offer. It’s a steal of a deal at $160, the special pricing is only for a limited time. Click the link below to get started!

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Insanity: Month 2

It took 10 weeks and a day, but it is finished!

This was a HARD month. Not just because the workouts were hard but because I took a couple rough emotional hits, along with getting sick for a week. I was a little bummed out at first because I worked really hard with my workouts but didn’t put my all into nutrition until the last couple of weeks. After month 1, the game plan was to fight to eat healthy and see amazing results. All in all though, I have to remember I FINISHED! It has been at least 4 years, if not 5 since I purchased and failed this program time and again. So I am proud that even though I wasn’t perfect, part of the journey is learning where your weaknesses lie and continuing to fight for growth. #onedayatatime #celebratesmallvictories

I’m writing this month out a little differently because it was a different kind of month. I want you to understand the struggles I had, I want to show you why I might not have gotten the results I anticipated. Bare with me.

February 4, 2017:

Today I lost one of my grandpa’s to cancer. Today put in perspective how important taking care of my health now is for better health later. Today made me realize how important my Coaching job is because not only do I get to help one person get healthier, I get the chance at the compounding effect of helping their family get healthier and even possibly preventing a disease that will keep their loved ones around even longer and with a better quality of life too. Tomorrow, I will push play because I know that for my mind, I need that release, I need to know that I am doing my best for my family. I am putting my best self or best effort forward because I want to be the change.

Feb 6, 2017 – M2 D1:

I AM TOAST! Fit test and Max Interval Circuit, in one day! The fit test took about 30 minutes and the next took about 60 minutes. What on earth did I get myself into?!?m2d1.jpg

Month 2 day 1

M2 W2:

Emotional stress and the stress of new routines got me down, so I surrendered. I haven’t been really sick in such a long time, I forgot how crummy it is! This crud took me down for a whole week. I am not the lounge around and do nothing type, instead of skipping all activity I made sure to take some light walks, do some relaxing yoga from the 3 Week Yoga Retreat and it was the right choice for me. That is a victory because I tend to run 15 miles when my body is only ready for 3 of them. I  tend to let my wants lead my workouts without listening to my body. Jumping around just was not an option because my cough makes me sound like there’s a donkey in the house, seriously… Being behind schedule is not my favorite thing, but I know my body needs it. So Week 2 started a week late.

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February 21, 2017:

My other grandpa, Papa, had a debilitating stroke today. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and also dementia and before I was able to get out to visit, the stroke put him into a coma. He’s being made comfortable till it’s time for him to go. This is especially hard.

We spent 2 days at the hospital and while I would love to be able to say I stayed strong through this… I had cookies, I had jelly beans, I snacked on junk food. I missed a workout. I know none of that helped me feel better.  At least my meals were healthy. On the first day at the hospital I made an effort to snack healthy. Alas the emotional eats grabbed hold, and of course I didn’t want to document those failures.

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I’m starting to get a hold of my emotions again. I have the kind of sweet tooth that if you feed it sugar for a few days, it turns into a nasty monster. It’s a really difficult habit for me to break. For this last week I’d say I ate 85% good foods, this next week I’m aiming to do better. It’s crazy what one week can do to change your body. Please note the tasty foods above, soo good! Why don’t I do prep like this more often?!?  I’m realizing that summer is coming soonish. It’s taking longer than I’d like but I’m happy for extra prep time. I have a week of workouts left and I’m looking forward to a change in routine! Shorter workouts, yes please!

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5 Days Left!!!!

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Almost done!

It has been one heck of a ride, almost enough bumps to make me want to quit. My mind needed to be in a better place and I know that to get there I need to read. I finished the book “Failing Forward” and it was very motivating. I started reading another book but it just wasn’t doing the trick, it was actually bogging me down. Then I found Spartan Up! and if you haven’t read it but have big fitness or life goals even, this is a MUST READ! I read the prologue and didn’t want to get off the treadmill because I felt like I could conquer the world! Mindset is everything! If you are in a rut of plugging along unsatisfied with where you are going, you have to choose to make the change. You have to choose to invest in yourself, because no one else can do the work for you! This book has been a game changer for me this week.#AROOAROOAROO

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FINISHER!!!

Please tell me you see the difference in the Fit Tests?!? I am so stoked! Between Fit Test 2&3 I wasn’t sure I was going to continue seeing any progress because I felt like I was pushing my hardest and unable to go any harder, then the next one came along and I got a little better, and a little better. There’s one part on the Fit Test video where Shaun T asks Chris how he felt during his test now vs how he felt the first time, I can’t remember the exact wording but he said that he felt just like he did the first time. Each time you are pushing yourself to do a higher number of reps, so each time you’re going to feel like you’re dying but you’re likely to keep seeing progress! #strongereveryday

I have to give a shout out to everyone in my Accountability Group this month. When I struggled they were there, seeing them continuing to fight the good fight, made me keep pushing forward. Success comes with a plan and I made sure I was ready from the beginning. Some of the things that helped me succeed:

  • Accountability- I’m just like everyone else, we love positive reinforcement. We love to do good and see good. Surround yourself with like minded or goal oriented people and it’s hard to fail because they aren’t.
  • Following a Schedule- I have had the big workout calendar sitting in my box of Insanity dvd’s since I bought it. I have never written on it because I wasn’t fully committed. I didn’t want to risk half way doing it and then have to look at my uncompleted calendar.
  • Being Realistic- Failure happens, sick days happen, sometimes you have to stop, reevaluate and be okay with taking a little longer than you planned. Be flexible but not so flexible that you lose sight of the initial goal.
  • Talking About It- It’s easy to lie to yourself, not so easy to lie to others. I blasted about Insanity for the last two months. If I would have stopped, people would have known I failed and possibly could have called me out, I’m not about awkward moments.
  • Believing In Myself- *Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right. Henry Ford* I went into this thinking I was ready because I had completed many other programs. Insanity is just another one, and I did it!
  • Rewards- Mama wants a new pair of shoes! Not only am I going to be rocking my well earned Insanity t-shirt, I am going to buy myself a new pair of running shoes because I finished. If you are struggling with the thought of 60 days, choose a shorter program to start, earn a reward every week. It doesn’t have to be big, some people do a new pair of workout pants, a fitbit, a dinner out with the hubs, something you will be excited about earning other than the long term reward of being healthier.

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Progress doesn’t have to be pounds lost, or muscles gained. I saw progress in ability and flexibility also. The first time Shaun T had us do the low lunge stretch, I couldn’t get this low. I was barely lower than a regular side lunge. Now, to continue moving forward with flexibility…

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Measurements & Pics

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I honestly didn’t see those results coming, that’s why it is important to take before and after pictures and measurements. I honestly can’t remember my waist was that small. I’m taking that non scale victory because that’s what counts to me. I was surprised I made it under 139 too, I know I lost a little bit of arm muscle so I’m not going to count that as a victory because I am going to work on building up these guns again.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel-

This was my most challenging program yet. I experienced adversity, and I prevailed! Knowing that I have finished Insanity tells me that I can finish any program I set out to try, if I want it bad enough. This tells me that I can FINISH that half marathon I am planning to run in June, and I can run the whole thing. Confidence is grown by experience, and my confidence is soaring right now.

So what’s next? I’m going to continue on my running program. I’m also going to do 3 weeks of the 21 Day Fix and the 3 Week Yoga Retreat. Strength training and flexibility done in an hour, that’s what I’m talking about! Oh, and yes, I’ve already submitted for my finisher’s shirt and I can’t wait to rock it ❤

Ready for some accountability next month?!?

Fill out the form below and tell me what your goals are, are you ready to commit to changing? Don’t worry, unless you want to, I won’t make you do Insanity. We will find you the perfect program to get started with. I will get back to you within a couple of days.

1 Month of Insanity, DONE!

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#StrongerEveryDay

When I started this round of Insanity I had a complete mental block, I have owned it for more years than I can remember and started without finishing it multiple times. So yes, I was excited to learn that day 1 was the fit test, I had it in my mind that it would be a fit test and a workout. Imagine how excited I was when I thought I only had 4 moves to do… Ended up being eight, oops the card is front and back! I was looking at the clock during move 4 and wondering how this move was going to last an extra 10 minutes. I’ve never claimed to be observant, just sayin.

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This has been one heck of a bumpy adventure but I have learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned that I do best on a fit test if I’m warmed up, I’ve learned that though I thought I sweat a lot before, I really do sweat more with this program than any other I’ve ever done! I thought my body had adapted to the tomato affect, but apparently I wasn’t pushing myself hard enough… (note: tomato affect in above photo)

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Every day was a struggle to want to press play. Working on my mindset has been crucial for my success so far. I finished the book “Push” by Chalene Johnson, which is about goal setting and planning to make them happen. Now I’m reading “Failing Forward,” which has proved to be my biggest motivator yet. The whole concept of the book is that if you are beat by failure, you missed the point, you missed to opportunity for growth. So many successful people are successful because they try and try again, always changing and growing towards bigger and better things. All of my failures with Insanity pushed me to do different things. I feel like though this adventure is hard, I’ve been able to grow and am ready to beat this!

Month 1 was actually 5 weeks because Shaun T was so nice as to include a “recovery week” between the first and second month. I’m not really big on recovery time because it seems like anytime someone does recovery it’s lots of looooong holds. I don’t like them Sam I Am. I prefer to bust out and get it done, but I realize that is something I am weak in and need to work on. Personally, I think if I were to do this program again, I would probably skip that week and just jump right into month two. I say that because they bump up from 35-40 minute routines to 50+ minutes each day. I’m proud of the progress I’ve seen already but would like to see a little more fat loss at the end of month 2.

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Month 1 Measurements & Progress

1/2 Marathon Training

In the midst of Insanity, I came up with the ingenious idea that I needed to throw in training for my half marathon too. It hasn’t been very consistent training but I’ve been managing to get at least 2 days of running in each week. The first week was rough because I added in waiting tables too and my feet had a fit. My run days are now days that I don’t work because running miles, Insanity and walking at work is too much for my little tootsies. I will do better next month, 3 days running is non-negotiable.

While my mind and lungs are good with running 3 miles at a time, I am going to be following a 10k interval training program. It starts with a 5 minute walking warm up and then does a bit of running, a bit of walking off and on for the time allowed and then another 5 minutes walking to cool down. The running times increase the further into the training program you get. I’m hoping that will give me the edge needed to minimize injury.

Changes for next month?

One thing I lagged on this month was nutrition. Abs are made in the kitchen. I didn’t do terrible but I definitely could have done better. I am a sugar addict, this sweet tooth will let me eat almost a whole cake without satisfaction. Once I get of track it’s hard to get back on. I am returning to the Saturday cheat day because I know that allowing myself a day to have goodies gives me something to look forward to and I’m a lot less likely to cheat during the week.

I guess I’m as ready as I’ll ever be for Month 2, bring it Shaun T!

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The Core Part 3- Movement System

The more I learn about the core, the more I realize when I’m using it. Or maybe it’s just that the trainer in my current workout program is big on working the core this week? Seems to me that God likes to put all of these pieces together for us slowly so that instead of being overwhelmed, we get to grow into knowing more and having a solid foundation for success. Look below for a video with one of the moves I just learned for strengthening those weak hip flexors of mine, hardcore, yet so simple.

Movement System

We’ve already learned about the Local and Global Stabilization Systems. Now that we’ve strengthened the inner it’s time to focus on how we are moving our body with the core. I’m sure you’ve heard of all the muscles in this group, the Latissimus dorsi(lats), Hip flexors, Hamstring complex and the Quadriceps(quads.) Think armpits to knees, all these muscles help you sit, stand, and twist and turn. Working together, all the groups we have been learning about really keep us stable and functioning.

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Time To Muscle Up!

Enough blabbering, show you the moves right?!? I chose a minimum of one exercise for each of the muscle groups listed above. Plus a bonus workout that will hit multiple groups with one exercise, I’m all about multitasking, or killing two birds with one stone. Life is busy and being able to shorten up that workout means it’s more likely to happen.

However you decide to mix and match your core routines, I would try to incorporate at least one of these moves daily. Don’t skip an area because if you become weak in one zone it can affect the rest of them. We are looking for total body/core balance here.

Disclaimer {{If you have any unique or special medical conditions, such as if you’re pregnant, or if you have a history of knee, ankle, shoulder or spinal (back or neck) problems, you must consult with a competent and reliable physician to understand all risks, contraindications and complications of starting this exercise list, and receive authorization from them before beginning. Failure to do so could result in significant injury to you and others (including, if applicable, your unborn child). By using this program, you assume all dangers, hazards and risks of injury in the use of this program.}}

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This is one area I know I’m weak in too…

Reverse Snow Angels

  • Lay face down on the ground with arms at your sides and palms facing down.
  • Lift your shoulders and hands a few inches off the ground by pinching your scapula together and engaging your lats and rhomboids in your mid-back.
  • Keeping your head facing down, in a slow motion, raise your arms up past your shoulders and up to your ears until your hands meet above your head.(Shown is the modified version, move the arms only halfway so that they are even with your shoulders and then return to starting position.)
  • Make sure to keep the arms straight and elbows locked through the entire movement to engage your lats and shoulders.
  • Repeat for 3 sets of 5 reps, with 30-60 seconds of rest between sets.

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Hip Flexors

Mountain Climbers

I’ve been doing a lot of these on Insanity.  Only it is more of a running in plank movement. Here we are using a sliding on the floor motion. You will need some towels, slides, or something similar that will slide smoothly on your floor. Paper plates even work well in a pinch.

  • Put your feet on the sliders and move into a push-up position.
  • To perform the movement, simply pull one knee at a time up toward your chest, going as high as you can while keeping your foot on the slider. You can alternate legs with each rep or do sets of one leg at a time. Not only will you be working your hips but your shoulders will get in on the action too.

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This is the killer move I was telling you about, try it if you dare!!

Hamstring Complex

It’s a little more difficult to get a good hamstring workout without using weights or equipment but if you get creative, you can make it work.

Glute-ham Walks

This exercise will work both the hamstrings and the glutes.

  • With knees bent lie on your back. Lift your toes up so that only your heels are touching the ground.
  • Now lift your hips up until they are inline with your shoulders and knees. Squeeze your bottom and engage your abs. Now start slowly walking one foot at a time away from your body with small steps until you get to the point where your legs are fully extended.
  • Your hips are always extended, never let them fall. Walk your feet back into position. Do that for 5-10 reps or as many as you can get done in a few minutes.

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Flutter Kicks

Be sure to tighten your ab muscles during this workout, it will help you to avoid arching your back. A great workout for your hamstrings. I was already feeling the burn just taking the pictures for this move!

  • Start by laying flat on your stomach.
  • Lift one leg a few inches off of the ground.
  • Slowly lower that leg while you start to raise the other.
  • Repeat for 15 reps at three sets.

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Quadriceps

Lunges

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your toes pointing forward. Place your hands on your hips for added balance and engage your core by drawing your navel in toward your spine.
  • Step your right foot off the floor and lunge forward, landing with with your heel first, then your toes. Drive your hips towards the floor to create a 90-degree bend at both knees.
  • Push off your right leg to return to the starting position. Repeat with your left leg. If you want to you can alternate legs for a total of 30 lunges each set, or until you are burning good enough that you don’t think you can do one more! Want to make it harder? Try jumping from lunge to lunge, yowza!

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A Little Bit of Everything

Burpees

I wouldn’t be Spartan if I didn’t share this move with you. Don’t worry, there are many ways to modify this move to take the intensity down a notch and also many ways to increase the intensity. This is the best whole body workout move I’ve every found, maybe there are others but this gets a little bit of everything.

  • Start in a standing position, feet shoulder width apart.
  • Drop into a squat position and place your hands on the ground.
  • Jump or step your feet back into a plank position, while keeping your arms extended.
  • Add in the Push-up if you are ready, from your feet or your knees if needed.
  • Return your feet to the squat position.
  • Stand up or jump up from the squat position.

 

Next?

Now that we’ve mastered the core, I asked for suggestions on what to focus on next. Interval training is the winner! Keep an eye out for an update on my Insanity progress next week and then before the end of the month we will discuss the importance of Interval Training in your workout routine.

If you have any questions about the movements here, shoot me an email at DarcisFitKick@gmail.com

Happy sweating!

The Core Part 2

I hope you are returning for more! If you are new, please visit my Part 1 and check out the exercises I shared first. You wouldn’t jump into the ocean without first learning to swim right? Well, I want you to follow the same principles here. Hopefully after a bit of time strengthening your Local Stabilization System, you are ready to work on your Global Stabilization System.

Global Stabilization System

These muscles connect your pelvis to the spine. There are bunch of muscles that do this job, that quite honestly, I had to look up to figure out where exactly they were located. I was going to spare you the boring details but maybe you want to look up the different muscle groups and expand your expertise. The muscles included in this group are the quadratus lumborum, psoas major, external oblique, parts of the internal oblique, rectus abdominus, gluteus medius and the adductor complex(adductor magnus, adductor longus , adductor brevis, gracilis and pectineus.) I’m going to focus on one specific muscle because I know it is my weak point. That is the Psoas.

What is the Psoas?

The psoas actually has two components, the psoas major (spine to legs) and the psoas minor (spine to pelvis.) I’m going to focus on the major because working on that part will also strengthen the minor. Did you know the psoas is the ONLY muscle that connects the spine to the legs? Never really thought about that before, makes me curious to learn more about different muscles.Think of your psoas as your hip flexor. If you look at the picture below, you’ll see what I mean.

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I love my Books of Discovery, “Trail Guide to the Body Flashcards Vol. 2.” I never realized how many different muscle groups there are. In school you learn hamstrings, quads, calves and abs, nothing about how many different muscles make up those groups. Our bodies are so complex and fascinating!

 

I’m not for sure, so don’t quote me, but I imagine a lot of women are weak in this area too. While apparently I’ve been “blessed” in the area of my tush and it’s all the rage to have a big bum, I have a tendency to push out my assets. Bigger is better. I’m not alone right? I didn’t realize it until I started focusing on my posture during the Three Week Yoga Retreat. Think about your posture, do you keep your hips tucked in line with your back when you are standing? How about when you are sitting? I used to think that I had really tight hamstrings but it’s actually my hip flexors causing the problems. They aren’t naturally supporting my spine/hip/leg connection because I’ve been too focused on making my booty go pop! I found this video on YouTube that really breaks down how our hip flexors work in a simple way, plus, bonus, he reinforces my dislike of crunches!

Strengthening the Global Stabilization System

I want to share with you one of the most important keys to keeping your core/hip flexors with optimal function. It doesn’t really require “exercise,” it requires you to get up and move. There are all sorts of gadgets now that shows how active you are, your phone, Fitbit, etc. Getting your workout in is great but if all you do the rest of the day is sit on the couch or sit at a desk, you are training those flexors to be tight. Get up and walk around as often as you can. Fill up that water bottle and drink it, that will help you get in to the habit of moving by making you go to the restroom!

The exercises I’m providing below still aren’t sit ups. Can you tell those aren’t my favorite move? I’ve even given the option to do one of the exercises with a buddy because having a partner in crime makes the hard work seem a little more tolerable or maybe it’s that misery loves company? The first 3 exercises focus on the psoas. The following will be different parts of the global stabilization system.

You could try adding this into your already established Local Stabilizer System movements. Remember, if you don’t use it you lose it, you want to continue doing the previous routines. Maybe do two of those and two to four of these a day to start.  Try doing 1 exercise, resting for 30-60 seconds and doing another, repeat each circuit 2-3 times. I recommend you starting small and working your way up to they higher reps. Overexerting yourself can result in injury, even if you feel good, you could be doing more than your body is ready for. Mix and match them how you please, but remember to use your best judgement and don’t over do it.

Disclaimer {{If you have any unique or special medical conditions, such as if you’re pregnant, or if you have a history of knee, ankle, shoulder or spinal (back or neck) problems, you must consult with a competent and reliable physician to understand all risks, contraindications and complications of starting this exercise list, and receive authorization from them before beginning. Failure to do so could result in significant injury to you and others (including, if applicable, your unborn child). By using this program, you assume all dangers, hazards and risks of injury in the use of this program.}}

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Standing Gate Openers

This move is more of a stretch than anything, you will be strengthening but also working on your range of motion.

  • Stand with your feet about hip width apart and your arms at your sides.
  • Lift your left foot and flex your left knee, drawing it toward your chest. When your thigh is parallel to the floor or higher, move your knee to the right, across the middle of your body, and then to the left, opening your hip as far as possible.
  • Return to the starting position; then repeat with your right leg. Continue alternating sides for your desired number of repetitions.
  • Make this move harder by adding on some ankle weights.

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Leg Raises & Throws

Raises by yourself

  • Lie on your back with your legs above your waist.
  • Slowly lower your legs as far as you can without your lower back lifting off the floor. Remember to keep your core tight to support your spine.
  • Raise them back up and repeat.

Throws with a partner

(If you are a beginner to exercise or core work, I’d say this is more of an advanced move.)

  •  Lie on your back with your legs above your waist, toes pointed to the ceiling. Have a partner stand above your head and forcefully push your feet forward. Allow your legs to head toward the floor.
  • Slow your legs down and stop them before they touch the floor; then lift them back up so your partner can push them again.
  • Have your partner push harder to make the exercise more challenging.

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Hanging Leg Lifts

Equipment needed: Pull-up bar, monkey bars or any bar that will hold your body weight so your feet can’t touch the ground. Sorry I didn’t get a picture for this one, the weather outside is frightful! If you have any questions, just shoot me a message and I will help you as best as I can.

  • Hang from the bar with your hands shoulder-width apart, palms facing forward and feet together.
  • While keeping your knees and hips flexed, lift your knees upward as high as possible, then slowly return to the starting position and repeat.
  • Try not to swing your legs when bringing your knees up.
  • You can wear ankle weights here too.

Quadratus Lumborum & External Oblique

This move actually works more than those two muscles but they are the ones I want you to be focused on.

Side Plank

  •  Lay on the floor on your side. Place your hand on the floor under you and straighten your arm, raising the top half of your body off the ground.
  • You can raise the other arm straight over you or let it sit on your hips.
  •  Just like regular plank you want to keep your legs straight, let the lower half of your body rest on the side of your bottom foot.
  • If you aren’t quite strong enough to hold a side plank, bend the bottom leg and rest it on the floor while maintaining the top leg out straight.
  • Hold this position for as long as you can and then repeat on the other side. Aim for 30 seconds and move your way up to a minute.

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Internal and External Oblique

Lying Twist

Don’t forget that you want to keep your shoulders on the ground. If you are raising them up in the twist you are taking away from the workout you could be giving your core.

  • Lie on your back with arms outstretched (T position), palms facing down.
  • Raise your knees up to a 90-degree angle. Lower knees down to one side.
  • Slowly rotate your knees to the other side through a count of 10.
  • Hold and squeeze for 2 seconds at the maximum tension point, about 1 inch from the ground or as far as you can go without your shoulders lifting off the ground. (Please note, I need to work on my flexibility here…)
  • Then rotate to the other side through a count of 10.

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Adductor Complex

You may need a chair for this move if your balance isn’t strong. Trying to hold my leg up while my son took the picture, yowza!

Swinging Leg Raise

  • Stand next to a chair, hold onto it if needed. Stand on one leg.
  • Keeping your raised leg straight, swing it as far out to the side as possible, and swing it back down, allowing it to cross in front of the standing leg.
  • Repeat this movement 5-10 times, increasing the range of motion as you go.

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Gluteus Medius

Lateral Band Walk

This is one of my favorite moves, it seems so simple but you will be feeling the burn! This was probably my most favorite move in The Master’s Hammer and Chisel. (You can see my awkward attempt at a how to video here.) This requires a resistance band. You can make the intensity harder or easier depending on how tight you hold the band.

  • Stand with your feet approximately 6″ apart. Step on your resistance band and crisscross it over your feet, holding onto the bands either at the handle or choke up on it for more resistance.
  • Take 2 steps to the right making sure after each step your feet stay approximately 6″ apart.
  • Then take 2 steps to the left.
  • Repeat for 30-60 seconds or 15 times on each side per set.

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Ready for more?

I’m ready to get part three done so we can start talking about another target area. Check back in a couple weeks to see even more core moves, but until then can you do me a favor? Send me a note with the area you’d like to learn about next!

My Journey FINISHING Insanity

So I haven’t finished yet. I actually just started but this goal setting stuff I’ve been doing lately has got me pumped on positives! Say it’s happening and it will. Leave no wiggle room! 

Let me give you a little back story as to why I’m FINISHING Insanity. I bought this program years ago. I was going to use it to get wedding ready. But, I quit and honestly didn’t feel as amazing in my dress as I do in it now. I’ve started this program a few times and never finished it. I am determined this round, I WANT THAT T-SHIRT! I feel like I’ve reached a point in my life where I can do this. I have conquered Insanity Max:30, which is comparably difficult. I have also conquered multiple Spartan Races

Yet, I still have an immense fear of this program. I’m tired of making excuses because I know that they don’t get me anywhere. I know that hiding behind fear in the past has made me miss out on all sorts of fun things. A few summers ago we went out on our friend’s boat. Troy is awesome at wake boarding and I was invited to try multiple times but I couldn’t muster up the courage to try. The following summer  we went out again and I decided to quit being fussy and just do it! I HAD SO MUCH FUN! I could have learned a year earlier and had more chances to play if I hadn’t been so full of fear. That and many more instances are what drives me to finish Insanity this time. I WILL BE beaming with pride come the end of February! #unstoppable 

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Insanity and Insanity Max:30 are all about pushing yourself for growth. It’s not about looking at the other guy, it’s looking in the mirror and fighting to strengthen that person! I still remember the first time I did the fit test… Everyone starts somewhere right? 

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One day down, 59 to go. I’ve got this! 

Be sure to check back and call me out if I’m slacking on giving you updates. 😘