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Obsessed: Four Weeks Later!

Phase One of 80 Day Obsessed = DONE!!!!

4 weeks following a timed nutrition program and a challenging workout structure, and, you guys…..I am still head over heels in love with it. This program is three phases long, so I am hoping that I feel the same way about the next two phases as I did the first.

The last week of the program was a little more challenging for me, and honestly, that was my own fault. When I started this program I knew that I would go off the meal plan for a Valentine’s Day dinner, which this year included tacos from my favorite local taco joint, Bomba. I always eat the chorizo/potato and the crispy avocado tacos, which aren’t that bad for you, but I did enjoy the chips and guac….their plantain chips are so good! I did feel awful after, and the next day was even worse, but I know that’s just because my body was adjusting to the foods I had consumed that I had eaten. The worst part: I felt extremely sluggish. That’s what happens when you eat the wrong kinds of foods….some make you feel sluggish ruggish bone!
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I was incredibly excited to come home earlier in the week to a package sent to me from Beachbody. It was an 80 day obsession tank and a new cushioned mat! I LOVE their cushioned mats and think they are an absolute must for home workouts….and since I’ve been using a blue one they sent several years ago nonstop, I was excited to replace it with a new one. So was Murphy….apparently.

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This week I felt like I was craving things way more than the previous weeks, and I’m not sure why. I thought about donuts every day, but I did avoid them. It seemed like my cravings were always for something sweet. To overcome them and my donut centered brain, I chose to surround myself with donuts that were ok….like these incredibly cute napkins…..and I also made sure to savor my chocolate recover and wonder woman shake! Thank heavens for those! Next week I have what’s called a Refeed day, and I am sooooo looking forward to brownies on that day!

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Workout wise, I loved how the workouts were structured this week. Even doing a 2 x15 routine, I was happy and felt stronger each workout. However, there’s that one workout we all loathe….the animal workout aka Cardio Flow, and it proceeded to kill me on Saturday. This poop emoji is the perfect indicator of how I felt.

But……I did feel myself getting stronger with some of the cardio flow moves though, and to me, that’s all it’s about. I know this week we do the same workout but go from 4 reps to 6, so send some positive juju my way….I’ll need it for that.

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Phase two meant I had to change my brackets when it came to my nutrition. I added several more containers, and all I was thinking was, “how the hell am I going to eat all this food?” Seriously….I feel like I’m always eating! Here’s what I’m eating!

I’m still rocking the breakfast bowls…they are so easy and filling, and I feel like I’m having a legit breakfast post workout. My main lunch-ish meal is a mason jar salad with strawberries, steak, feta, kalamata olives and happiness, and dinner is one of my faves: bibimbap! I’m actually using the Hello Fresh recipe I got a while back. I’m very into this meal plan and am thinking about sticking with timed nutrition when this program is over. We’ll see.

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I shared a Phase one pic with my social media following today, so I have to share with you all! The left is day one and the right is today. EIGHT pounds have been evicted, but countless inches. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t be a slave to a scale. It’s such a lying bitch, and it can play head games with you. Take measurements, see how your clothes feel on, focus on non scale victories. Trust me, that’s how you see/feel progress. Not because some scale was feeling hormonal and kept throwing up different numbers.

I’m getting excited for my March online fit club and helping others get started with this program. Snag a spot and hop in the group…..you’ll be so happy you did!

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And yes, in case you were wondering……

I did yell pineapples a time or two 😉

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Time to Fly.

Back in July our company announced the release of a brand new program, Core de Force, that would be launching the beginning of November. Of course, I was over the moon excited.

I always love the release of a new program because it is a new challenge for me, and since I want to educate my clients properly I always do them so I can offer advice and support. This one, being an MMA inspired program, was definitely something I had little experience with but loved the concept of. All I knew was that it would be 30 days in length with workouts ranging in length from 16 minutes to 47, and that it required no equipment.

I was even more excited about the release date, which fell at the very beginning of November. November, by far, is the hardest month for me, and I knew this year in particular would be extremely difficult. The middle of the month brought my grandmother’s birthday, and it would be the first time in my entire 35 years on this planet that we did not get to celebrate with her. A few short days later would mark the one year anniversary of the passing of my father.

I miss my dad and grandma every single day, but just knowing these particular dates were approaching meant that I had to find a way to attack this difficult time. The old me would’ve eaten my feelings…..like wheels of brie cheese and stuffed crust pizzas and ice cream out the ying yang….and I didn’t want that to happen. For some reason these past couple of months I have been a lot angrier at the fact that my dad was taken from our family so young, and to me, a program that allowed me to get out my aggression would be just the perfect solution.

Enter Core de Force.I was determined to make this workout my saving grace as emotionally I was falling apart.

For 30 days I channeled my inner bad ass. I completed workouts that involved Muay Thai, Capoeira, and Jiu Jitsu, and I documented everything on The Sparkle Fitness Babe. Each day I shared with my followers a snippet of the workout I had just done as well as pow punch picture with the day. I NEEDED to document this program this way….I needed my followers to keep me accountable if it was getting late and my video wasn’t up yet. People often give us coaches crap for posting our selfies or our workouts or our meals on social media, but you know what? We use social media as our workout diary….this is what keeps US on track. It might not be your bag, but to me I need to know someone will call me out if they don’t see me post about a workout….and I like to track my progress this way. Don’t be afraid to share when you get your sweat on…or eat something fabulous…if people hate on you for holding yourself accountable then they have no business being in your life.

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30 Days of Accountability, one punch at a time.

When I started this program I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I hoped deep down I would. I love any workout with high intensity, which I knew this program had, but I worried some of the moves wouldn’t be up my alley.

I was wrong.

Every day I felt challenged by this program. Every day I felt stronger. Every day my technique got better. I looked forward to my workouts with this program every single day, which is a rarity for me. I found that I am actually pretty good at these moves and love MMA workouts. I am now considering joining an MMA gym to further explore my new love.

My favorite workout: MMA Plyo. My least favorite: Dynamic Strength. The one workout I still throw in every so often: 5 Minute Core of the Floor….Wowsers does that burn!

Who is this program good for? Any man or woman who likes a challenging, high intensity program. I do not recommend this for beginners, though if you really wanted to challenge yourself you could do it….I just personally think this is a program you should build up to. Some of the moves were incredibly difficult for me at first, and at times I got a little discouraged, even though I knew eventually I would get the move. I’d hate for someone to start with this, get down on themselves, and quit. I personally think this is a great program to toss in for some cross training if you are a runner or if you need to add cardio to your weight lifting routine but hate cardio like running.

How did I do with the program? Overall, I am very pleased!

I always take my Before and After photos first thing in the morning, so I always look like a hot mess, but that’s okay….I didn’t even care that I have the most ridiculous derp face in my after photo.

Overall I lost 5 pounds, which was fine…I’m not really interested in losing any weight…my focus is just to tone up and get stronger so I can kick American Ninja Warrior tryouts’ ass. I lost 2 and a half inches from my waist (it has CORE in the title for a reason), plus a half inch from each thigh and one inch from my hip.

Was I perfect during this program? Hell to the NO. I did kind of eat my feelings a little bit on the anniversary of my dad’s passing….i did indulge in lots of delicious things at Thanksgiving…I did celebrate a baby shower for a friend with a cupcake or two. I’m ok with that. This journey I’m on and this coaching thing I do….it is not about perfection. It’s about balance and has its ups and downs. I had loosened up on my nutrition the few months prior, so I was glad to get my abs back after this 30 days program.

And you know what? It proved to be the best outlet for my grief and emotions during the month of November. Ever hear that saying the exercise is the best form of therapy? It’s true.

I already can’t wait to do another round of this program, which I will be starting February 7th. After completing the first round of Core, I debated if I should do back to back rounds, but I opted to jump back to one of my other favorite programs, 22 Minute Hardcorps, which is a 60 day program for some variety. Once I finish it up I will be back for another 30 days of roundhouses!

If you are someone who has been wanting to make a healthier change, but don’t know how…just know I am here to help. You don’t have to round house or throw punches like I did in this program…I literally have a solution for everyone depending on your fitness level and interests. Not only can I hook you up with a great workout program and structured meal plan, but I can plug you into one of our online groups that help you stay on track and hold you accountable.

Register for my January Challenge Group HERE!

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Remember guys…. we all have the power to get healthier and stronger. You just have to be willing to get over the excuses and make the decision to start. Starting is the hardest part…I remember how scared I was when I got my challenge bundle in the mail….how afraid I was to fail.

What if you fail?

Oh, but what if you fly??????

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Woohoo!! Program graduate!

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