Category Archives: Beachbody

Ultimate Reset: Days 7-9

Hello Friends! If you’re just finding my blog, WELCOME! So happy to have you here. If you wanna catch up:

Ultimate Reset Days 0-3

Ultimate Reset Days 4-6

Day 7

I finally broke through the mini plateau and hit 176lbs-YAY! I did spend about 3 hours outside in the 110 degree heat so I allowed myself a coconut water to rehydrate.

Day 8

This is the beginning of Week 2! That means new supplements, including the “detox” supplement.

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It actually doesn’t taste bad, despite how it looks. It tastes citrusy, and if I drank it quickly it vaguely reminded me of Fruit Loops. And because I’m drinking it 3 times a day before meals, it helps fill me up!

Day 9

I had smashed chick peas with garlic and olive oil and it was WAY better than I thought. No picture (sorry) but take my word for it. It was a nice change from the fruit breakfasts!

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I also dropped to 174lbs by Day 9, which felt good. Dinner was delicious too:

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Roasted asparagus with almonds, and Sweet potato and Roasted Red Pepper Bisque.

So far I’m feeling really proud of my success with the weight loss and I’m finding these veggie meals are pretty delicious! The prep is still time consuming, but it’s becoming more of a habit.

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❤ Raya

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Quinoa Salad

As promised in my last post…here is the Quinoa Salad recipe that I LOVED from the Ultimate Reset. I’ve played around with the recipe to make it serve more (the original serves 1), and I’ve added feta. It is just as delicious without the feta, I just happen to love cheese!

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Let me know if you try this! It’s perfect to bring to a summer BBQ!

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Ultimate Reset: Days 4-6

Hi, friends! If you’re just starting to follow along, you can read about my decision why I’m doing this Reset here, and Days 0-3 here.

Day 4

This was probably my most difficult thus far. I didn’t sleep well the night before (less than 6 hours, which is NOT enough for me), I somehow gained a pound  (how is that even possible?) and it was my first day with absolutely no coffee.

I really love coffee.

Breakfast was good-lots of fruit, which I love!

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Lunch was more sushi, and it was soggy because I made it the night before. And lentil lime salad, which I couldn’t finish because, like I said in my last post-I am NOT a fan.

Then I made Annie’s mac ‘n cheese for Dominic for dinner, and it took EVERY. SINGLE. OUNCE. of my willpower to not “just take one bite”…because I knew that one bite would turn into 6 bites and then somehow half of it would be gone. Then, I really wanted a glass of wine to “relax”…or maybe because it was Saturday…or maybe because I love wine, too.  Instead I did some stretches and tried to calm myself down. Luckily, dinner itself (stir-fry) tasted pretty good and filled me up.

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Day 5

You know that saying, the night is darkest before the dawn? Or something like that? Well, turns out it’s true because Day 5 was my FAVORITE! Breakfast was delicious (farina w/ apples, nuts, and pure maple syrup). If you’re wondering what farina is, it’s cream of wheat. I had to Google it, because the guy stocking the organic section at Fry’s told me “I’ve never heard of that in my life and we definitely don’t have it here.” Thanks, bud.

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Lunch was even more delicious (hummus has never tasted so good)…and that’s quinoa salad that you see in the corner. That shit was DELICIOUS. So much so, that you’ll be getting the recipe in an upcoming post!

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Day 6

Weight is still at 178.

Had smoked tempeh for breakfast and it tasted yummy. Kind of salty (which, if I’m saying it’s salty, then it definitely is because I love salt), but went well with the steamed spinach.

For lunch, I subbed out the microgreen salad for a vegan chocolate Shakeology mixed with berries and water. I needed something fast, and didn’t have time to cut up all those veggies.

Dinner was sooo good! Zucchini Cashew soup and Roasted Root Vegetable Medley.

This was my first time using cashews in this capacity-basically, you soak them in water for an hour, then blend them (I used my Nutribullet) with the water and the boiled zucchini, and you get soup!

And the roasted root veggies-oh my. I don’t even like beets, but they tasted amazing in this! And the onions were crispy and caramelized…oh yum. This is another one I’m adding to my repertoire.

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Overall, I’ve definitely slept better these last few days now that I’m not experiencing symptoms of caffeine withdrawals. I’m excited to see what the rest of this challenge brings! Thanks for sticking with me :-*

Raya

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Body Beast: Week 3 Review

YAY! My last week of “Build” before I get in to the “Bulk” phase which lasts 5 weeks. The schedule for week 3 basically remains the same as the first two weeks, so I won’t go into detail like I did before because it would be repetitive.

I can say that I have upped my weights for at least some of the exercises for each muscle group, which is AWESOME! It means I’m already making progress!

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Can you see some arm definition?!?

As for the nutrition…I mentioned before that I’ve had to up my calories about 1,000 per day. I haven’t been weighing myself daily but I do know I am up 4 pounds from the weight I started at. I feel a bit worried, but mainly I’m okay about this, because I’m trusting the process. 

I can already tell that lifting heavy is becoming a slight obsession for me! I love to be “that girl” next to all the boys. Now I REALLY want to see some definition in my legs!

Do you lift heavy? Or, at all? Why or why not?

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Body Beast: Week 2 Review

WEEK 2 IS DONE!

The schedule looks like this:

Mon (gym): Leg Day! I went much lighter on the weights this time to pace myself, and it still felt like I was getting a killer workout. However, I was a little bummed that I was barely sore the next day. It seems that I need to find a happy medium between last week and this week.

Tues (gym): Back and Biceps: I hit the gym this time and used the assisted pull-up machine for the pull-ups and chin-ups.

Wednesday (home): Cardio + Abs: The cardio involves weights! I was NOT expecting that (if you remember, I skipped cardio the first week because I was so sore). But I like how it’s structured, and there are breaks so it’s not balls-to-the-wall for the entire 30 mins. The abs? Yeah. That hurt.

Thursday (gym): Shoulders: Love this one!

Friday: Rest

Saturday (gym): Chest and Tri: Already gone up in weight on a few exercises!

Sunday (gym): Legs: Upped my weights a bit from Monday and was pleasantly sore the next day, but not to the point where I couldn’t do things. Sweet!

Read my Week 1 Review here.

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Body Beast: Week 1 Review

 

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I started my first round of Body Beast this past week-YAY! After Piyo, I am really excited for this heart-pumping heavy-lifting workout.  Body Beast has two different plans-one if you want to get BIG and one if you want to get LEAN.

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Since I am a woman and have no interest in looking like a body builder (no offense to those women who do-it’s just not my thing), so I am following the lean path. The first week looks like this:

Mon (gym): Chest/Triceps: A great workout. I was really sore the next day, but it’s upper body so it wasn’t too bad.

Tues (gym): LEG DAY: I COMPLETELY overdid it. I started out using 20lb weights (and the weight increases in each set) for my squats and lunges and I couldn’t even finish some of the reps. By the end I could barely walk on my Jell-O legs, and I was in severe pain for about 4 days after.

Wed (home): Back/Biceps: I’m just thankful that I don’t have to use my legs much for this! This has pull-ups, which I find challenging to do at home. Will probably try it at the gym next week. 

Thursday (home): Beast Cardio and Beast Abs: I had to skip this in favor of a 30-minute walk around the block with the baby in the stroller. My legs are still in severe pain (I should probably add that I am not a wimp when it comes to being sore, and this soreness is easily one of the worst I’ve ever experienced in my life).  

Friday: Shoulders (home): GREAT! Loved this one. Legs still sore.

Saturday: Rest: THANK GOODNESS. Legs still sore.

Sunday (gym): Chest/Triceps: Still used the same weights as the first time, but felt great! Legs FINALLY better!

As you can see noted above, I did some of the workouts at home and some at the gym, depending on the weights needed. Going forward, I now know I need to pace myself a bit and not go balls-to-the-wall right out of the gate. I love how the workouts are set up…starting with one single set, then a double set, and then a triple set…and then a few more single sets. So it starts out somewhat slow and builds. There is a lack of cardio in this plan, but personally my heart rate is up and I am dripping sweat during every workout. And I’ve heard the Beast: Cardio is “humbling” so stay tuned for more on that! 

Nutrition: Following the Beast calculations, my calories have been upped by about 1,000 per DAY! So crazy, but I am hungry enough to eat almost everything I’m supposed to. I’m not going to lie, it feels great to not be as strict about calories as I have been, but I am nervous to eat so much! I’ve stopped checking the scale daily. 

Goal for week 2: To not miss any workouts due to soreness (or other things!) and get to the gym for Back/Bi to allow me a chance to do the pull-ups and chin-ups.

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Piyo: My 4 Week Review

Hi friends! I am 4 weeks into my Piyo journey and I wanted to share how it’s going so that hopefully my experience can help you decide if this is right for you.  Please keep in mind that my fitness level at this point is probably intermediate (I’ve been working out consistently 5-7 days a week for the past 120 days) so what’s hard for me may not be for you, and so on.

If you’re not familiar with it, you’re probably thinking “What the heck is Piyo?”

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My thoughts so far:

Week 1: I honestly thought this was really easy. The Define: Upper workout is only 18 minutes and I didn’t feel like I had completed a workout at the end. I did LOVE the Define: Lower workout. I felt great afterwards, especially my hip flexors-they felt better than they have in years!

Week 2: I get lower in all my stances to try and kick up the intensity a bit. There is a new workout this week that is a bit harder. I am sore the next day after the workouts and feeling VERY stretchy. I am also HUNGRY constantly, so I adjust my meal plan a bit and add an extra serving of protein daily (I still follow the 21 Day Fix meal plan).

Week 3: I love that each week there is a new workout to add into the mix! Plus the calendar mixes it up so there’s no boredom. The Core workout is GREAT, and that extra serving of protein is perfect.

Week 4: I start to realize that the “easy” workouts are no longer found on the calendar going forward. Instead I have workouts called Drench and another called Sweat! I now see that they were building a foundation for the harder workouts, which I really liked. I also think that is GREAT for a beginner!

Results?  

I am down 4 pounds and 3.5 inches-and that is, honestly, a little disappointing to me over a full 4 weeks. I can tell that the lack of cardio has caused my results to slow a bit. Piyo gets my heart rate up, but it is not the same as high intensity “my lungs are on fire” cardio.  However-my eating has also not been as clean as it was the first few months.. And I am seeing that in these results, without a doubt.

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In a nutshell…

PROS: It’s quick, it’s very low-impact (great for those with knee issues or injuries!!!), I have increased flexibility, I am seeing toning and my muscles are leaning out, I feel sore in muscles I didn’t know I had, and Chalene is a great motivator! I feel much more “bendy” if that’s a word.

CONS: There aren’t many, but to be honest I am missing that lung-burning stress-relieving cardio fix that I NEED in my life. I actually don’t exercise just so I can look good-I do it to feel sane. I do it to prevent myself from getting so stressed out that I clench my jaw at night while I’m asleep (this has been happening the last 2 weeks or so!). I workout to feel HAPPY instead of depressed.

Now-would it help my business to sit here and write that Piyo is the next greatest thing and it will solve all your problems and that you should buy it? Maybe. At least in the short-term. But that’s not me-this is my honest opinion, and I want to share my journey with you, both good AND bad! I think Piyo would make a great COMPLEMENT to any workout plan-and I think incorporating it even 2-3 times a week would be phenomenal, especially for those involved in Martial Arts! Want to kick higher? Yeah, check this out. But don’t throw out your HIIT training just yet! 

What’s Next?

I will definitely finish out the next 4 weeks of Piyo! I will clean up my eats (already have, actually), and I will add in 2-3 days of HIIT cardio during the week, in addition to Piyo. That still keeps my workouts at less than an hour each day which is completely acceptable in my opinion.

I am taking a Piyo LIVE class in a week or so, and will discuss that in my 8-week (and final) update! And, of course, if you’re interested in trying Piyo at home, please contact me here and we can chat! You can also find me on Facebook!  

Have you ever taken a Piyo class? What did you think?

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Why I Became a Beachbody Coach

It started for the discount (doesn’t it always?).  25% off of Shakeology and all other products? Yes, please.  I said I wouldn’t tell anyone unless I was asked (ha!).  Then, I started using the 21 Day Fix…and I simply could not believe that no one had thought of this earlier.  It was everything I needed as a busy new mom.  And the portion controlled containers? GENIUS.  As I started to get results, I began to see the value just in that program alone.  The 21DF is not the first Beachbody program I’ve tried-but it is the first one where I’ve committed myself to

1. Drink Shakeology daily and

2. Join a challenge group on FB to hold myself accountable…

So it’s no surprise that this is the first Beachbody program to give me BIG RESULTS (down 22 pounds and counting!).  And as if that wasn’t enough, I started to see the people on my team slowly earning enough money to leave their jobs.  And I thought…WOW. What an opportunity to do something I love, and be able to spend more time with my sweet little baby.   

Did I have objections before I signed up? ABSOLUTELY! My two big ones were:

1. It’s too expensive.  Yes, Shakeology is pricey…I completely understand.  What I’ve found is that it’s about priorities.  I would spend $3-4 a day just at Starbucks, or I would go to Target and somehow spend $75 when I only had one thing on my list.  I 100% believe that Shakeology helps with my cravings and is feeding my body superfoods every single day.  I feel SO good about myself now, that I can’t even put a price on that!

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2. Is this a pyramid scheme? Yes, I asked this.  No, it is not (those are illegal).  Beachbody uses a network marketing business model.  For more info on that, you can use Google or check out the book Go Pro (great read!).

Other than the great programs and results that Beachbody continues to provide, there is more that I love about the company!

-They do not alter or Photoshop their before/after photos in any way.  I could go on and on about this, but basically-what you see is what you get. REAL RESULTS.

-As a coach, you don’t have to hold any inventory.  And you can CHOOSE who you want to work with.  It is essentially your business to do as much or as little as you would like. 

-The company focus is on ending the obesity epidemic.  You cannot live in America and deny that we have a problem! People need help in this department.  I needed help in this department!

-Beachbody promotes personal development, first and foremost. I love this, because I was actually looking for books to improve my professional skills before I even began my coaching journey.  Some of my favorites so far have been The Compound Effect, Go Pro, and Go For No.

-No one will ever tell you this is a “get rich quick” business (if they do, RUN).  The only thing I have heard from the leaders on my team are that it takes time, consistency, and passion.  Helping the most amount of people is the goal!

I could keep going, but instead I will just say this.  I used to sell make-up for a company that I won’t name, and as much as I tried, I could never muster enough enthusiasm to be truly passionate about it. I would do makeup parties and I felt awkward, nervous and sweaty.  But you know what I realized years later? I hardly wear any makeup on a daily basis!!!! That company didn’t align with my personal values.  But fitness and nutrition is something I have been interested in for the last 10 years, if not more.  I am certainly not a salesperson, and I feel uncomfortable when people say that I am “selling” Beachbody products…because I don’t think of it that way.  I am offering people a solution to their problem…and there are many solutions out there.  This is just the one that I have used and that I believe works best.  There is nothing more rewarding than helping someone achieve a goal that they so desperately want.  The best way that I can sum all of this up:

 Beachbody has given me a vehicle that I didn’t know I needed, for a passion that I’ve always had.

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