I’m consistently on the hunt for things that actually WORK.
I was intrigued when I heard about Beachbody’s new program – I know I can hear you rolling your eyes from here. The people that load up your newsfeed. But, what I like about these workouts is you can do them in your own home, without anyone being subjected to how uncoordinated you are. I’m just not slick enough to look up those butt tightening workouts on Pinterest. I need to actually watch someone do it, and copy it the best I can (usually tripping over my own feet the first few times). One of my best friends is a coach, so it’s no harm, no foul.
I committed to doing this brand new 21 day program called Shift Shop – guaranteeing I’ll get ‘leaner, stronger and faster’ in three weeks. Perfect.
In reality, after getting back into the swing of things (and by things I mean not being a complete lazy ass) since February and experiencing about a ten pound weight loss, I am still looking to improve on a lot. Now that I have the cardio thing down, I’m clueless when it comes to toning and lifting. Programs like this are lighter weights, making me strong in areas that will get me to that under two hour mark for my next half (October 8th, btw). Also, not jiggling everywhere would be a plus.
Going into my second afternoon of the program, I can say the workouts (so far) are doable for someone who is in shape and works out consistently. I haven’t had to modify by much (except for one exercize that was hurting my wrist – damn, crab walks). I can see it being a bit challenging straight off the couch, but it’s definitely manageable. The first week the workouts are only 25 minutes each, and increase as we get closer to day 21. Simple enough, right?
Wrong. This meal plan is killing me. Ok, being honest, I ate like a freaking pig this past week (nevermind the four hours of beer drinking I just did on Saturday). I need this meal plan for the results I want – period. Can I whine about it – isn’t that what this blog is for? I need someone to listen to meeee while I eat my asparagus and really plain Salmon, ok!?
I need accountability – pronto. Which is why I love these programs too (the Facebook group and my friend Eryn are on my ass if I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be doing – i.e. eating Klondike bars).
Day 2. These workouts will still be paired with my running and regular cardio routines, which I can handle. It’s the fish and grilled chicken I’m going to need a little extra moral support.
I’ll keep you posted and planning a mid-way check in on 1) if I didn’t drink any wine and 2) if I’ve actually toned up. Maybe as an additional bonus, I’ll include video footage of me doing the Speed 25 segment. It’s ugly.