My Journey the past few months

Over the past few months, I have really learned a lot about myself. If I want something bad enough, I will stick to it and keep the goal.

I began a new nutrition cleanse program on April 1, 2013. The program was for 30 days.  Before I started, I stopped drinking coffee and diet coke cold turkey. Never in my life, did I think I could do that!  But I did and it was so simple.

I followed the program to a “T” and after 30 days, I had lost 15.5 LBS of weight and 24.5 Inches.  I was ecstatic.

I have 4 LBs back and I am not upset. It was because of my food and drink choices and solely my responsible.  Will I fret? Absolutely not!

I have finished day 17 today of Shaun T’s Insanity program and only have 50 days to go.   I am loving it. I knew it was time in April when I decided to take my health back and do something about it.  I wanted to lose weight and get back to being healthy and feeling fit so I went for it.

I am still using my nutrition program from April and quite enjoy it.

I am happy with my health, my weight and continue to work every day to ensure I am moving forward.  It won’t happen overnight and you just have to be realistic with your goals.  Aim for small attainable goals instead of long-term goals. It is easier to keep them.

It is so worth it and if I can do it, anyone can! If you are looking for a change, just do it!  And if you need motivation, email me and I am more than happy to spread the cheer!

Take care!

Vacation

For the second year in a row, my family has taken a week vacation away as soon as school is over for the year and it is so nice to relax about being so busy the last two months with school and home activities.

We rented a cottage and had a blast.  It was great to spend time with family and have a wonderful time.

These are a few of my favorite vacation shots:

 

Melissa at cottage Justin at cottage Ethan at cottage Chase at cottage Canada day 2013 w all the kids Boshkung Lake in evening.... Ashleigh at cottage

Easy Pasta Salad

pasta salad

 

Yesterday, I was looking for a very easy pasta salad recipe to make to go along with dinner.  I found the following recipe online and the link is http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Easy-Cold-Pasta-Salad/

 

Ingredients

 

  • 14 ounces                             uncooked rotini pasta
  • 2                             cucumbers, chopped
  • 1/2                             onion, finely chopped
  • 10                             cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 3/4 cup                             pitted black olives, sliced
  • 1 cup                             Italian-style salad dressing

                           Directions

  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the rotini, and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and cool by running cold water over the pasta in a colander set in the sink.
  2. Combine cooked and cooled pasta with the cucumbers, onion, tomatoes, and olives in a large bowl. Pour the Italian dressing over the salad and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.

 

This was a super easy recipe. I did not put in the olives as my household doesn’t like the but it turned out well. It was very yummy.

 

Insanity…… awesome!

This morning, I completed Day 5 of Shaun T’s Insanity exercise program. And I tell you, I LOVE it! (5 days of workouts)

Not only do I sweat more than I ever have in any other workout I have done, I am sore constantly from the workouts. A very good sore, which means that the program is working for me!  The program is for 60 days with one week in between as a recovery week before you begin Month 2.  (so a total of 9 weeks) The program is 6 days with 1 rest day a week.

Over the years, I have tried many programs and then stopped because I was too lazy but finally after getting my nutrition program in check, the exercise was next on my list to be added. I feel healthier and stronger knowing I am giving my body what it needs and I am so excited to work on my fitness goals as well.  Wish me luck!

Let me know if you decide to try the program out. And Good luck to you also!

 

Typical schedule:

Shaun T Insanity Workout Schedule (Month One)

Week 1 

  • Mon: Fit Test
  • Tue: Plyometric Cardio Circuit
  • Wed: Cardio Power & Resistance
  • Thu: Cardio Recovery
  • Fri: Pure Cardio
  • Sat: Plyometric Cardio Circuit
  • Sun: Rest
Week 2 

  • Mon: Cardio Power & Resistance
  • Tue: Pure Cardio
  • Wed: Plyometric Cardio Circuit
  • Thu: Cardio Recovery
  • Fri: Cardio Power & Resistance
  • Sat: Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs
  • Sun: Rest
Week 3 

  • Mon: Fit Test
  • Tue: Plyometric Cardio Circuit
  • Wed: Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs
  • Thu: Cardio Recovery
  • Fri: Cardio Power & Resistance
  • Sat: Plyometric Cardio Circuit
  • Sun: Rest
Week 4 

  • Mon: Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs
  • Tue: Cardio Power & Resistance
  • Wed: Plyometric Cardio Circuit
  • Thu: Cardio Recovery
  • Fri: Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs
  • Sat: Plyometric Cardio Circuit
  • Sun: Rest

Recovery Week

  • Mon: Core Cardio & Balance
  • Tue: Core Cardio & Balance
  • Wed: Core Cardio & Balance
  • Thu: Core Cardio & Balance
  • Fri: Core Cardio & Balance
  • Sat: Core Cardio & Balance
  • Sun: Rest

Shaun T Insanity Workout Schedule (Month Two)

Week 5 

  • Mon: Fit Test & MAX Interval Circuit
  • Tue: MAX Interval Plyo
  • Wed: MAX Cardio Conditioning
  • Thu: MAX Recovery
  • Fri: MAX Interval Circuit
  • Sat: Max Interval Plyo
  • Sun: Rest
Week 6 

  • Mon: MAX Cardio Conditioning
  • Tue: MAX Interval Circuit
  • Wed: MAX Interval Plyo
  • Thu: MAX Recovery
  • Fri: MAX Cardio & Cardio Abs
  • Sat: Core Cardio & Balance
  • Sun: Off
Week 7 

  • Mon: Fit Test & MAX Interval Circuit
  • Tue: MAX Interval Plyo
  • Wed: MAX Cardio & Cardio Abs
  • Thu: MAX Recovery
  • Fri: MAX Interval Circuit
  • Sat: Core Cardio & Balance
  • Sun: Off
Week 8 

  • Mon: MAX Interval Plyo
  • Tue: MAX Cardio & Cardio Abs
  • Wed: MAX Interval Circuit
  • Thu: Core Cardio & Balance
  • Fri: MAX Interval Plyo
  • Sat: MAX Cardio & Cardio Abs
  • Sun: Rest

 

 

 

 

 

 

Been a while

Well, it has been a while since I have written a post. The last month of school was crazy with kids activities, as well as working.  This year has gone so fast so far.

I spent a week away and returned yesterday from a week of a cottage rental in Minden, Ontario.  It was absolutely amazing. The cottage was beautiful and the time with the family was priceless.  If you don’t have a chance to get away, try too. It is so relaxing and fun.

Here are some favorite photos from our cottage vacation this week:

 

Ashleigh at cottage Boshkung Lake in evening.... Canada day 2013 w all the kids Chase at cottage Ethan at cottage Justin at cottage Melissa at cottage Samantha at cottage

We all had a wonderful time and not trying to come up with something for our week in August that can top this.

Please send me suggestions for family getaways in Ontario if you have somewhere you LOVE to spend time with your family.