Day 256 of My Transformation Journey | 90 Days with P90X3

P90X3-Transformation-Day-195-256Day 1, I slid that Total Synergistics DVD into the player and watched it as I laced up, had my E&E for that bit of extra UMPH, and stared with my jaw open just a little. Catching flies, my Grandmother would say. Yup, Tony Horton knows how to PUSH you, he knows fitness…and yet, he DOESN’T ask you to do anything that you are truly INCAPABLE of doing – only that you haven’t figured out how to accomplish YET! I backed up the DVD and turned on my HRM (Heart Rate Monitor), before I chickened out; certain I’d lost my mind but I was hellbent on SUCCESS. It was this or fail and remain fat, unhappy, and in pain. Failure by default was not an option!

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Day 291: Transformation Journey – Defying Limitations

defy your limitationsThis sounds about right. It is still hard for me to believe that this time last year I COULD NOT MOVE! Really. My physical therapist was slowly working to release a pinched sciatic nerve and just standing was difficult. She would work to manually MOVE the vertebras in my spinal column. It was so disheartening because I had recently made progress in my weight loss journey only to have it sabotaged by an inability to move. This was not some bad knee or busted ankle, this was right at my CORE. The part of your spine that determines if you can support your weight or even propel your leg forward. I sunk into depression and ate junky food like coke and chips (as well as my healthy food when someone would cook for me) and did not move. (Definitely not the best move for someone with #PCOS or pre #diabetes.)

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Day 285 Transformation Journey

weight loss progress pics -6.9% body fat, -23.5 in, -12lbs, 4+ sizesBecause I shared my 21 Day Fix program results yesterday, I felt it was only fair to share my journey results today. The images on the top are June 11, 2013. Day one of Les Mills Combat, after I was released from remedial physical therapy to begin exercising. This journey has involved a lot of dedication, especially as I saw the scale move down and then back UP again. It is only the pictures and the measurements (and my clothes falling off me) that inspires me to keep going. I’m slow, but I’m steady and I’m building muscle – much of which was lost when I pinched my sciatic nerve in March 2013. I’m happy to say I am at that point where I am consistently surprised at what my body can do now. It’s a good place to be!

Weightloss Stats:  -6.9% body fat, -23.5 in, -12lbs, 4+ sizes

Up next is the Brazil Butt Lift Summer Slimdown Challenge! I look forward to being swimsuit ready this year and rocking it by the end of the summer. Sometimes I WISH we could *target* the trouble areas, but weight loss and body toning just isn’t like that. Ibut if I could…. that nastiness around the middle where abs are supposed to be would be on the top of my list!

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Day 284 Transformation Journey – Progress Pics 21 day FIX

21-day-fix-round-1Autumn got me results, I am stronger, I am leaner, I have more balance, and I am happy to be moving in a general forward motion toward my goal health and body.I traded body shape more than anything, because I was surprised to find a larger selection of my swimsuits *fit* when I searched for my *goal* swimsuit for the Brazil Butt Lift Summer Slimdown Challenge. I REALLY look forward to the next challenge, swimsuit season, here I come! Never fear, though Autumn Calabrese‘s workouts rock my world, so I will be revisiting her on a regular basis. She is now my 2nd favorite (the first being Chalene Johnson and ChaLean Extreme. GO HEAVY, OR GO HOME, am I right ladies?!?)

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What Doesn’t Kill Me Makes Me AWESOME Instead

What doesn't kill me makes me AWESOME instead.Good morning, beautiful people!

It seems like I have finally figured out how to manage my food without getting sick from insulin surges. I have not wanted to go back on medication, but it seems my body is getting even more sensitive – not only to sugar, but carbs as well. Gotta love getting older! My weakness is baked goods – which are generally a no-no for those of us with insulin resistance, so I have been on a mission to make low-carb baked goods and pancakes. Yesterday’s pancakes were finally a success, and the chocolate raspberry coconut cake with lemon cream topping is *almost* ready!

I hope everyone is having a great Friday, and remember to be AWESOME!!

The Poison Sugar

Did you know that sugar is hidden is just about ALL pre-packaged foods? It’s true; you have to become a sleuth to find the hidden sugar in your food! As a woman with PCOS and insulin resistance, I avoided table sugar for years (except one spoon in my coffee and the occasional holiday goodies, come on!) but couldn’t figure out why I just couldn’t get my symptoms under control, even with working out and hosting fitness and health groups on a regular basis. It’s because sugar – or some form of it- is in almost everything we buy from the grocery store!

The only sugar substitute that is thought to be safe right now is Stevia – it is completely natural – so natural that you can grow the plant and extract the sweetness yourself if you so desire. With Stevia, a little goes a long way, and it can quickly go from sweet to bitter aftertaste – keep it light and enjoy it’s mild flavor as an accent to … Continue reading

Transformation Journey Day 229

PLOT TWIST!Ever start out with big plans only to discover that the universe could really Give a Shit™ about all that? Me too. Almost EVERY DAY. So, to be honest, I have this great schedule all mapped out – I use calendar on my mac and it syncs to google cal and then to my phone and tablet. Scheduling done. Right?! Isn’t that the way it is supposed to work? not so much. It seems that scheduling is so much more than pretty colors on a calendar. You actually have to follow through with the darned scheduling for it to work. Damn it man.

So, I went to bed last night with the idea that I was going to knock out my workout early in the morning, then head to the kitchen for some breakfast before homeschooling, errands, and normal Mommy duties called. Truth is, my 3-year old crawled into the bed with me and we snuggled … Continue reading

Lazy Sunday, No Workout – Tomorrow Will Be Better!

Didn’t workout today. I’m LOVING the 21 Day Fix workouts, but feel that the food plan falls short of mentioning what to do if you are insulin resistant and controlling your symptoms with food. Maybe it assumes that you already know how to do that if that is your case… I feel that it is missing. 2 days worth of small amounts of carbs and not enough fats and I need a carb cleanse!

Right now, I am just focusing on straightening things back out, and then I will figure out how to modify the plan to work for those of us with metabolic issues. 21 day fix is a great program that makes portion control easy … it is just missing a little blurb about how to modify for insulin resistance or diabetes. Since these are BIG issues, I feel BB dropped the ball on this one, and I hope they do something about it in … Continue reading

Running Progress, Healthy Eating Books, Portion Control Program, Meal Planning Worksheet, & Jordan Davis

Valentine’s Day Weekend

This weekend was a lot of hustle and bustle for me, so apologies for not being on more. Friday ended with a sweet Valentine’s surprise of handmade chocolate covered strawberries and wine as well as some yummy Boston’s gluten-free pizza and Florentine salad. This weekend ramped up in intensity on Saturday morning with a little sciatica running progress, learning to eat cleaner and healthier for me, gaining a better understanding of portion control, designing meal planning worksheets, and receiving heart-breaking news. Whew!

The Journey

I met up with a group for a run here in Jacksonville on the beach. I think it was about 3 miles, but the real victory for me was that I was able to run for a full 20 minutes at a GOOD speed, without stopping, slowing down, stumbling or mis-stepping or feeling like I might lose my balance! PROGRESS!!

Book Love

I went to a local bookstore to purchase Trim Healthy Mama (which they didn’t carry … Continue reading

Rest, day 3 … 218 days into My Transformation Journey

Still feeling off this week, despite taking a rest day AND an active rest day. Resorted to muscle relaxers today. Not really happy about that, but I suppose they are prescribed for a reason. I think I am having reactions to foods… need to figure out what I shouldn’t be eating. Did I mention that I love food allergies? I am going to follow that up with a soak in the hot jetted tub and hopefully I will be ready to hit P90X3 again tomorrow. 🙁