Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Week 1 Completed: Postpartum Mom on 21Day Fix

I am happy to report my first week on the 21day fix program is completed!! If you aren't sure what the 21day fix program it's a Fitness program that gives you cardio, weight training, pilates and yoga. Basically every day you workout different parts of your body in different workout mode for 30 minutes. This program just doesn't focus on Fitness but also Nutrition. About a month ago I began Running again and now that I am on this program I been using it as my workouts to do when I am not Running on the weekdays. My goal is to minimize the softness on my belly (2 inches off my waist), tone up my arms and get stronger to help me with my Running.

Below is a recap of my experience while following this program. Below is about my experience and have been cleared from my Doctor and also have been doing Pilates to gain basic core strength back due to many physical changes to my core from pregnancy. If you are looking to start make sure you are given the okay from Medical doctor. 

Weight Training
In the past I had an assumption that if I weight trained I will "bulk up". The truth is that If you are trying to loose calories the best thing to do is weight training which helps you to get leaner and less compact but not bulky. Currently working out with a set of light dumbbells (3 pounds each) and heavier set (7.5 pounds each) to interchange between different workouts. I been challenging myself when I feel strong I use heavier dumbbells but at times when I am feeling too weak I switch to light weights or use the modifier which at times doesn't need dumbbells. I am feeling hooked using weights! Never thought I would say that beginning to feel comfortable and having fun challenging myself again. 

NO Planking, No Crunches, NO Traditional Ab work
Since I am still early in my postpartum stage I am doing the best I can not to do any traditional Abdominal work so that means no planking, no crunches and no push ups...basically no Ab work. Trying to avoid Diastisis Recti, abdominal muscles are open causing your belly to appear as an early baby bump. I choose to air on the side of caution so in the 21day fix program avoiding this for now since I am in no rush. Instead of doing the traditional Ab work I am doing some Pilate Ab work that I learned in Pilates. 

My meal prepping wasn't super on point this week 100% of the time. There were two days during the week when it became easier to order out. Not beating myself over it since my win was for the most part I kept a good nutrition. Drinking Shakeology every day has helped me on days when I barely have time for breakfast or lunch due to busy mom life. Another win was because I filled my kitchen with some quick healthy snacks I didn't have to crave for a bunch of sweets. One thing I am trying to get in habit is having with me snacks when I am out doing errands. That's one thing I need to improve that way I am not craving sugars or fast food. 

Working out with Baby
I haven't been able to keep a consistent time when I work out since I am still figuring out. At this point I get ready with my work out clothes first thing in the morning, get baby happy with her food and then I make sure to eat something. I try to put her on the stroller when I know is her nap time. My little one doesn't put herself to sleep so I walk her on the stroller so she can fall asleep. In the last days I been able to bring her into my apartment gym to work out since no one is in there as she is asleep. Days when she is full awake, I set her on her rocking vibrating chair and toys so she is entertained for as many minutes as she allows me. So far this week she's given me enough time to do a workout. 

If you'd like to know how I am doing during the week, tips or some motivation follow me on Instagram or Facebook. Here is a link on the 21 day fix if you'd like to learn more.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

21 Day Fix: Challenge to Loose Baby Weight

I am now 4 months postpartum and happy to report I am jumping into the next phase into my Fitness which meant going up a notch. Last month I began CIZE which was more dance base and now will be doing 21 Day Fix Program by Autumn Calabrese. Since joining Beachbody, all I've heard has been great results for those who began the program making me super excited to see what results I'll get!

On Sunday I began the Fitness program and already has kicked my butt but in a good way. Still a little sore from Sunday but the kind that feels you got a good workout! In the next weeks I'll be sharing some of my progress. Follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see daily postings!  

Below is some info on the program. If you want to join my Challenge group contact me by clicking on "contact me" by clicking here.


What's 21 Day Fix?
A program created by celebrity trainer, Autumn Calabrese that combines nutrition and fitness together with a simple approach and easy to follow portion control that helps you to loose weight in 21 days!! That's right!! This simple program helps to burn a lot of calories in only 30 minutes each day. 

What kind of workouts do you do?
Works different parts of your body from total body cardio workout with weights, using your body as weights and even yoga! No previous experience is needed. You can modify workouts at any time.

Who is this type of program for?
Beginner or Intermediate. Anyone who is looking to jump start after a break from fitness or looking to tone up for a special event/occasion coming up. 

How is this program going to help my Nutrition?
First of all this Nutrition plan should not be seen as "dieting". Instead is about learning to make healthier choices and adapting it as part of your lifestyle. Its to teach you to adapt a simpler way of eating with the right portions in 21 days. It is not about counting calories or points. Program comes with a 7-color coded containers to teach you to eat just the right combination of foods. So if the food fits into the container, it is ok to have. 

Join my Challenge group every 2nd or 3rd week of each month. You can follow me on Facebook to get more details and view my calendar. To purchase program you can click here to take you to My shop. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Embracing the Different Runner in Your Relationship

In my household we live and breath Running. Eddie, my partner of eleven years has always enjoyed running way before I became a fan of the sport. For us working out has been something important. Over the years its become one of the reasons its bonded us growing not just our relationship but also our friendship. 

In the past several years we have one thing clearly understood that been healthy is important to us. We both have seen it firsthand the consequences of not taking care of yourself can do to a family and yourself. When Running became our center point that didn't change. We aren't the couple who are always Running together side by side. As a matter of fact, our paces are different. While he is a fast Runner (6-7 pace) I am (9-10 pace). When he tried to slow down for me I could see he was miserable but to please me he would try. Then when I tried at his pace I couldn't keep it up for long distance and was miserable myself. For a while we would end a Run upset and frustrated with each other. Until we realized that wasn’t working for us. Therefore, we began to start a Run together and end at different times or jus take different time slots. At first this was the most upsetting thing to deal with but nowadays is the best solution we've come up.

Last year I wanted to push myself so I sought out his help to improve on pace. That didn't last very long since our views of the right approach to training was different. I kept getting upset by how he was pushing me. Not to say his way is wrong it just isn't my style of coaching. I believe that training shouldn't be the same for everyone. While the basic concepts are the same, everyone's body/skill levels are different so we must Coach according to each person's needs. Perhaps we both had the same message but it just executed differently. You can say this is something we need to work on.

Relationships in general can be challenging so ours obviously are no exception but regardless of the differences we work on supporting each other's goals. If both of us aren't Running together then we are at the finish line waiting for each other. At times when things are tough we are there to uplift each other. When Running plans didn’t go as great, we’ll analyze what happened and come up with solutions together. When we've gone to vacations we'll run the city to explore it. Besides getting in a work-out, this has been the way we are growing together for same goals and to challenge ourselves. 

No relationship is perfect and I am not trying to state ours is. But the important takeaway that you realize both you and your spouse/significant other aren’t the same. Therefore, is key to respect each others differences/needs and embrace them. Be each other’s support system and accountability partner. The one who knows you the best and who can see your potential is your other half. Respect and value each other’s inputs and experiences no matter whether you are just a Beginner! We all have something to share. Is okay if you can’t be the couple that work out together like the cute couples you see in the park. It doesn’t work for everyone and that’s fine. Make it work for you!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Running for Change

Five years ago if you would had said that I would fall in love with Running; it would of been something hard to believe. Though I was always an active person I never enjoyed Running. As a matter of fact, I stopped showing up to Softball try-outs at my High School after I was told I had to run laps. My Journey of the kind of Runner I am today wasn’t easy. Sometimes I am amazed of the power of this sport to transform not just your body but also your mind even at toughest of times.

Within that year signing up to run my first Half Marathon, my Grandma suffered a stroke causing half of her body to become paralyzed. The following month my Aunt suffered an Aneurism leaving her in bad shape. 

My families’ tragedy made me ask myself if I was living my best life. The answer was, No. My relationship was in the rocks. We couldn't see eye to eye causing us to grow apart. Work wasn't giving me the satisfaction I used to feel anymore. And I had gained 12 pounds that made it difficult loose. One night I came to realization that so many things I had wanted to do were put off. I was chasing the wrong things and somehow I had forgotten about me. That year Running became the only way to create change.

The first month I had no training plan. All I knew I had six months to prepare. I only shared my plans with people I trusted who I knew wouldn’t laugh at me. It was difficult maintaining a steady motivation. There were days I had to dig deep inside of me not to give up. At first I hardly could finish a mile without stopping multiple times to catch my breath. Some nights during the middle of the night my legs would cramp up. Then occasionally, there would be days when I saw small progress giving me hope that I could really do this!

One day (two months later) I noticed changes in my body. Pants that didn’t buckle became easy to close. During training I was able to run not just a mile but 5 miles! My pace was super slow but it didn’t matter to me. I no longer looked like I was in pain instead tried to smile. I had heard somewhere that said if you smile then you can deceive your mind by thinking you aren’t in pain! HA! Not sure if that’s a fact but it helped me.

Another thing changed, my Boyfriend took me seriously on this crazy dream I had! We began to wait for each other after our run with a clean towel and some Gatorade for each other. The day I ran 12 miles he was waiting for me at the end of my route at our local park. I hugged him tightly. Looked up to the skies and thanked God for great health. At work I became more confident again and opportunities came around.

The morning of Race day I was extremely nervous. At that point I had made changes in my life. My relationship wasn’t working and instead of continuing to avoid our issues I made a decision to separate. The last two months I trained back home in my new apartment and never stopped Running. The nerves I had that morning wasn’t of me doubting my ability to finish the race but more for what it represented. As I ran that day I didn’t just run inspired by the strength of my Grandma and Aunt but for me. The girl who began with great doubt somehow found strength to not give up on herself. Be able to feel proud that I took action to make my happiness. Nowadays whenever life gets tough I look back to this experience. There is nothing in life I can’t accomplish.

The following year I crossed out from my “to do” list Running a Marathon. What became as something I wanted to cross off my list became a sport I love and respect more than anything. If it wasn’t for this sport I wouldn’t be the woman I am today and turned my life around for the better.

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