Day One of Three-Day Cleanse

So, in my last post, I discussed my toxic relationship with meat and how I’m not going to eat it as much, which is difficult since my mother is here from Dominican Republic cooking up a storm. But I’ve given up meat before. I did it for God, I can do it for myself.
So, today is the start of my three- day cleanse, I need to reboot, I’m not feeling my best.  Here’s what I’m doing: the Shakeology Three-Day Cleanse.

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Wish me luck, and stay tuned for your next slice of genius.

Weight Loss Journey Milestone: Nailed It!

So, I finished T-25 Beta cycle, and I finally became a Beachbody Coach (Yay!).  Shaun T’s workouts are so amazing that I’m actually starting Insanity. I feel better than I have in years, and I even signed up for my first 5K run!

I'm running for this girl right here, so we can beat cancer!!

I’m running for this girl right here, so we can beat cancer!!

My first 5K Yay!

  My first 5K Yay!

 

So, now I’m training and seeing my body change daily. I’ve lost all of the weight I gained during my pregnancy and a little more, and my body feels like it did when I was an overactive teenager. I can feel the muscle in my body, and I look better than I did before I got pregnant. Here, take a look:

This is me days before I got pregnant

This is me days before I got pregnant

This is me on 4/19 in jeans I haven't fit in since 2011

This is me on 4/19 in jeans I haven’t fit in since 2011

I know it doesn’t look like much of a difference, but I feel the difference. I know for a fact that I consist of more muscle now, and my endurance and stamina is greater. And I’m only getting better.

Where was I going with this post? Oh yeah, T-25 Beta cycle: NAILED IT!. I’m not going do Gamma just yet so, I’m on to insanity.

 

BTW, if any of you are interested in learning more about Beachbody programs and products, Here is my page: http://www.beachbodycoach.com/JessicaCo

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Monthly Measurements April 2014…Weight Loss Journey Continues

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The blue shorts pics are from when my weight loss journey began: December 19, 2013. I had just gotten the okay from the doctor to workout after baby.

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Bikini Comparison. the top row is current, the bottom row is from January 4, 2014

 

It’s the beginning of April, so it’s time for an update on my weight loss journey. I only lost two pounds, but I’m okay with that. Here’s why:

I slacked off while mummy dearest was visiting. I didn’t work out for almost two weeks (shame on me, I know) and I refused to resist my mom’s cooking. I don’t feel guilty at all. I think that’s very important.

Guilt can be dangerous, especially when it comes to losing weight. It can lead to trying to make up for the lost time, and it’s like sleep, you can’t catch up on lost sleep. Some may try to stop eating to balance out overeating and exercising too much (yes, it’s possible and it’s unsafe) to make up for the weeks off. I just picked up where I left off and didn’t give it a second thought, and look, I still lost inches and two pounds!

I haven’t eaten meat since Lent began. Well, I accidentally ate mini meat empanadas at a birthday party before I remembered I wasn’t supposed to eat meat, but as a penitence, I gave up alcohol as well. So, no meat and no alcohol helped me during the weeks I didn’t work out. I resumed my regular workout routine the week my mom left (week of March 24).

Now that it’s getting warmer out, I have incorporated swimming (I didn’t want to risk catching pneumonia by going outside with wet hair) and will be starting tennis, tennis, and jogging. Springtime is great for weight loss because you go outdoors more often, and every trip outdoors is opportunity to be active. My son is already asking to go to the park, so walking there pushing the baby stroller is activity. Let’s see how my weight loss journey fares in the month of April!

Stay tuned for your next slice of genius.

My Super Awesome Workout Playlist!

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Life is so awesome, it should always be set to music. Sadly, some things can’t, but for everything that can, I sing or blast my playlists. Here’s my workout playlist. I’ve put them in an order that rises and falls in intensity along with me. After about seven or eight songs, I cool it down since T-25 workouts are only 25 minutes, add warm up and cool down.

Still Trekking on My Weight Loss Journey

I had a baby almost five months ago! Scarlett is beautiful and amazing, but having her did a number on my body. The week I got pregnant, I weighed 207 lbs. and the day I had her, I weighed 254 lbs. I gave birth via c-section because I had an emergency c-section when I had my son 9 years ago.

After my second c-section, my core was practically non-existent, and I only breast fed for three weeks, so I couldn’t count on nursing to get rid of the fat for me—I did lose 27 lbs. in the first week, though. My sister is a Beachbody coach, and she was doing the T-25 workouts so I started doing the workouts and drinking the Shakeology shakes.

I began on December 19, 2013 and I’ve been tracking my progress. See the picture below.

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I’m already 4 lbs. away from my pre-pregnancy weight! Well, here are my measurements and weight from December 19, 2013 to today. With a combination of the T-25 workouts, the shakes, and healthy eating, I’ve lost 15 lbs since December and 43 lbs. since I had Scarlett.

Here are some easy changes I made at home:

  • ·         I’ve incorporated more tofu, it’s delicious and nutritious (yeah, that rhymes)
  • ·         I stopped buying juice. My son isn’t too happy, but he is drinking a whole lot more water.
  • ·         I use my oven for like every meal, and if I don’t, I used extra virgin olive oil or canola oil.
  • ·         Flaxseeds, ‘nuff said.
  • ·         More vegetables, less rice.
  • ·         I’ve always done this, but I just keep doing it: about half a gallon or more of water a day.

Also, when it’s warm out, I walk, I play baseball, football, tennis, and I like to swim.

I’m so excited to see results, and I can’t wait to reach my end goal of 190 lbs.

Well, that’s that. Stay tuned for your next slice of genius.