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I’ve made a plan

As you might have noticed from my posts (and lack of posts), I’ve been having a VERY difficult time transitioning to the last 30 days of the BeFit in 90. The workouts went from moderately challenging to hardcore (for someone like me who is very out of shape at least). Even with modifications, I’m really struggling with this. It has gotten to the point where I don’t even want to workout. I’ve been eating healthy (made delicious chicken taco soup for dinner. yum yum) but I know healthy eating is only part of a healthy lifestyle. I don’t want the hard work I’ve put in the past couple months to go down the drain just because I’m having a hard time transitioning. I’ve spent the past week or two really thinking about what I can do to make this easier.

While I was thinking about it this evening, I had an Aha moment. My whole issue is transitioning from the second 30 days of the program to the last 30 days. Why don’t I make the transition easier by adding another 30 days with both workouts in it! So I’ll be turning BeFit in 90 into BeFit in 120. I’m going to be redoing days 31-60 using the days as a general guideline. I plan on increasing my weights during the strength training videos, using the different plyo videos for the cardio and I also hope to add extra push-ups and squats to the workouts for extra strength. Each day will vary in intensity but hopefully it will give me the motivation I need. I’ll still be working out and the workouts will be a lot harder but they won’t be so hard that I have no interest in doing them. I’m hoping this extra 30 day transition will give me the extra strength and stamina I need to get through the last 30 days as instructed.

I’ll start implementing my new plan tomorrow. I’ll definitely keep you guys updated and will start posting more often. I am truly sorry for the lack of posts recently. I’ll try to make it up to you guys.

BeFit in 90- Day 49

Today Peanut was showing her Nana how big she's getting.

Today Peanut was showing her Nana how big she’s getting.

I really didn’t want to workout today. There is no excuse other than plain laziness. I did everything in my powerful to not workout. I made excuses, procrastinated, and every other thing I could to put off working out today. First excuse, Peanut let me sleep in. By the time I could have worked out, it was noon and too hot to workout without a fan. Second excuse, I had to leave for my in-laws right away because we were going to go to Blue Marsh (a lake to swim but the weather didn’t let us go). Third excuse, we didn’t get home until 5:30 and I had to make dinner. Fourth excuse, it was too hot and I had to wait for it to cool down. Fifth excuse, it’s 9pm and I’m too tired to workout. Sixth excuse, Hubby is going to bed. I can just do it tomorrow. I even went to bed with him but my conscience refused to let me. So I dragged myself out of bed at 11pm, put on my workout clothes, got myself plenty of water and gatorade and I worked out…

Boy, am I so glad I worked out today. I know I should have worked out much much much earlier today but it is better late than never. I feel so much better now! Day 49 consisted of the Warm-up 2, the Butt, Chest and Legs workout, the Back and Shoulders workout and the Sports Stretch. Double strength training day! It felt great though! I was sweating like crazy because it is hot (summer time), we don’t have any air conditioners and the fan was in the bedroom. It looked like I ran out into the rain. haha! The more you sweat, the better you detox! 😀 I used the 5lb weights during the Butt, Chest and Legs workout like I usually do. I didn’t think about changing them down to the 3 lb weights like I usually do for the Back and Shoulders. I made it 3/4ths of the way through before my shoulders were on fire and I had to switch them to the lower weight. I’ll be feeling it tomorrow! Well, today since it’s almost 1am. haha!

BeFit in 90- Days 44 and 45

Day 44

Double cardio day! Day 44 consists the Warm-up 2, the Cardio Booster (I did a double Zumba session), Cardio MMA Phase 2, and yoga. I had fun doing the Zumba. I did the Zumba Toning workout with the toning sticks. I would definitely use 3lb weights next time because the toning sticks were super easy. It was an easy workout overall.

Day 45

Today was a all new layout for my workout. I was surprised but delighted. Day 45 consisted of the Warm-up 2, the Butt, Legs and Chest workout, the Cardio Booster (I’ll explain it later), and the Cardio MMA Phase 2. Double cardio AND a strength training. Woohoo! I used 5lb weights during the Butt, Legs and Chest workout. It felt much better than the 3lb weights. While I was taking a drink after the strength workout, I heard Peanut awake and crying from her nap. I went up and brought her downstairs. She was so hot she couldn’t sleep. It was cooler downstairs than upstairs (heat rises) so she felt much better downstairs. Unfortunately, I wasn’t done my workout. I laid Peanut down with her toys and continued my workout. She had fun watching me workout. She just loves it!

I did the Cardio MMA Phase 2 workout. It was fine. It got me sweating but that was nothing! After the MMA, I did the Fat Blast workout on the Prevention Kick Start Your Metabolism DVD. It’s a kickboxing workout DVD. I was sweating like crazy by the end. It is so much more intense than the Cardio MMA workout. The hardest part of the workout was doing it while keeping an eye on Peanut. She kept rolling around and I had to make sure she wasn’t under foot. I tried laying her on the other side of the living room so I wouldn’t have to worry about stepping on her but she got mad because she couldn’t see me. haha! Don’t worry! I didn’t let her get close to me so I didn’t step on my cutie pie. 😀

I was really proud I could finish the Fat Blast workout. A few months ago I couldn’t even complete the 15 minute workout. I was gasping and couldn’t go on. Now, just a few months later, I am able to complete it after most of my BeFit in 90 workout. I’m so proud. This is what this journey is all about. I am just trying to better myself a little bit every day.

Today was a very challenging workout but I loved it! Hope everyone had an awesome day!

This was my workout lifesaver! Way too hot today but I did my workout anyway :D

This was my workout lifesaver! Way too hot today but I did my workout anyway 😀

Intense workout plus hot house equals sweaty mama! haha!

Intense workout plus hot house equals sweaty mama! haha!

BeFit in 90- Days 41, 42 and 43

Sorry it took me so long to post these. This weekend was busy. I celebrated 5 years of dating my husband by going to the movies to see Man of Steel, got new glasses, cleaned, spent most of yesterday with family, ran errands, and I’m trying to learn more about soluble fiber. I’ll try to post more 🙂

Day 41

I did my workout before getting ready for our date night. It was the first date night we had without anyone else. Just Hubby and I. It was really nice but I was very excited to see my Peanut after the movie. Anyways, day 41 consisted of the Warm-up 2, Ripped Abs and Arms, Cardio MMA Phase 2 and yoga. The Ripped Abs and Arms workout is still on the easier side but the abs workouts are much better this time than last month. The V sits are killer. My whole body shakes as I sit there awkwardly and pulse my arms. It’s so hard to do it the whole time… and I love it! My biggest issue with the last ab workout was the lack of a workout. My abs weren’t even sore before but they are now. I’m very glad because I want to work my abs hard. I had very strong abs before my pregnancy and I want strong abs again. I’ll get there. It just takes time. The Cardio MMA made me sweat and it was a nice workout. I am starting to like the yoga video more. I know it will take time and I have the time to give.

Day 42

Double strength training day! I spent most of the day at my in-laws house so I didn’t get to do my workout until after Peanut’s bedtime. At least it made me me tired for bedtime. Day 42 consisted of the Warm-up 2, the Back and Shoulders workout, the Ripped Abs and Arms workout and the Sports Stretch. My arms really felt this workout. I have a hard enough time completing the Back and Shoulders by itself so it was a good challenge to complete both. Plus my abs were still a bit sore from the Ripped Abs and Arms workout yesterday. All in all it was a great workout 🙂

Day 43

Rest day!!!! Today was a busy day filled with errands, a tired baby, lots of heat, board games and yummy chicken stir-fry. It was a wonderful day. I feel so blessed 🙂

BeFit in 90 Day 29/ 30 Day Squat Challenge Day 10

Day 29

I will survive!!! Woot woot! After looking at the playlist for Day 29, I could have swore BeFit in 90 was trying to kill me! A TRIPLE strength day!!!! Seriously??? Day 29 consists of the Warm-up, the Chest, Legs, and Buns workout, the Back and Shoulders workout, and the Ripped Arms and Abs workout. Holy crap! I did it though!!! All of it! I am so proud of myself. I did take water breaks in between workouts (as well as squats) but I did them all! Woohoo!

I really love chest flies! I love the way they feel. They are one of my favorite workouts. I also love lateral raises even though my arms hate me for them. I love the challenge they give me. I know they’re working. I can feel it. Even though I don’t necessarily want to do three strength workouts everyday, I just love how I feel now that they are over. I know I was really challenged today and it makes me feel awesome. I love being able to say “Yep, I did it!”. It feels so rewarding! Let’s just hope I can keep up that attitude at work tonight LOL

30DSC Day 10

I broke my squats up throughout my BeFit in 90 workout. My legs were ready to surrender by the last 5 squats. Let me tell you! My legs were shaking and everything. It’s mainly due to the first strength workout since it worked my legs as well. But I did survive! LOL

After THREE strength workouts and 105 squats, I still manage to smile!

After THREE strength workouts and 105 squats, I still manage to smile!

BeFit in 90- Day 12

I’ll admit it…. the last thing I wanted to do today was workout. I’ve been worried all week about Peanut. Plus, I have been playing phone tag with her pediatrician for the past two days trying to find out her lab results. I am suppose to hear from him today so I’ve been hovering over my phone and checking to make sure the volume is up so I’ll hear it when it rings. The anxiety and worry has made me anxious, lazy, listless, distracted, and another hundred other emotions. So working out today was far on my list of things I wanted to do…. but I did. I am really glad I did too.

Today was a double strength training day again. Day 12 consists of the Warm-Up, Back & Shoulders, Abs & Arms, and the Sports Stretch & Flexibility cool-down. My triceps were pretty sure from yesterday’s workout (Abs & Arms workout) but otherwise I was ready to go. The workout was nice and made me break out in a nice sweat. One thing I did notice though. Why is it when the woman in workout videos sweat they look like they’re glistening? But when I sweat I look like someone dunked me in a vat of elephant snot. LOL At least, that’s what it feels like to me. Haha!

I am really glad I did my workout. It helped me relax and de-stress. I needed to just move my body to numb my brain for a bit. It made me feel better and more prepared to talk to her doctor when he calls.

BeFit in 90-Days 10 and 11

Day 10

Rest day!!!! Woot woot!!!! It was much needed. I spent most of the morning cleaning and worked in the evening. Not much to report.

Day 11

Today was a pretty easy workout. Day 11 included the Warm-up, Abs & Arms Workout, Cardio MMA phase 1, and Yoga. I increased my hand weights from 3lbs to 5lbs because the 3lbs made the workout too easy last time. It was a much better workout than the last time. I had to stop between the Abs & Arms workout and the Cardio MMA workout because Peanut woke up from her nap. I brought her down and put her in her walker so I could finish working out. She was just staring at me like “Mama, whatcha doing?”. I started the MMA Cardio workout, which is mainly different punches. After a few minutes into my workout, Peanut started getting bored and fussy. I know she loves different sounds and noises, so I started making different sounds as I punched. Pow! Bam! Phssss! Wam! She was smiling and staring at me. She thought it was the coolest thing and I felt like I was participating in a live action comic book. Haha! It made the workout much more entertaining.

I only got halfway through the yoga workout before Peanut was readying to have her lunch and started crying for food. At least I got most of my workout completed (thanks to my live action sounds).

Peanut is watching me while I'm making sounds like "Pow! Bam! Wham!".

Peanut is watching me workout while I’m making sounds like “Pow! Bam! Wham!”.

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