Day #3 July 30 Day Challenge

Today was definitely a challenge to get on the treadmill early enough and fit in my Asylum workout.  I managed to get on the treadmill around noon.  Went to some friends house for some pool time with the kids.  Had Shakeology for Breakfast with my favorite ingredients: Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, Coconut Oil, Chia Seeds, PB2, and Ice, tastes better then a Mocha Coconut Frappacino, and my gosh 5,000 times more healthy.  So, I had to squeeze in Asylum Vertical Plyo which is 40 min long, but since my husband and I had date night planned with a movie involved I had only 20 min to fit it in and I did just that, 20 min and I was sweating like a dog.  I felt really bad about it but decided it was better then skipping it.  I enjoyed a movie and dinner but dinner was my first vegetarian screw up.  So I went to the Cheesecake Factory, looking for light vegetarian and I chose to order Angel Hair Pasta with tomatoes and Shrimp, Oops!! As soon as I ordered it, I hopped on my smartphone and looked up whether Shrimp was considered Vegetarian and guess what it was not, oh geez.  So when the food came I ate 3 out of the 5 shrimp felt guilty and decided to not eat the rest.  But I managed to avoid the cheese.  I did have one Skinny Martini that was under 150 calories.  Stay tuned for Day #4.

 

Overcoming Fitness Plateaus | My Story

By Anna Gray

Yes it is already Mid February 2013 but I have spent the last month and a half reflecting on my last year of health.  It officially appears that I am one of many trying to overcome their fitness plateaus.  See, I took control of my health and fitness back in 2009 when I did my first round of p90x and got amazing results!! Fast forward almost 4 years and where am I?  Well I am technically in the same pant size but I know in my heart that I am not in the same fitness level I was in back then.  Why?  I have done every Beachbody workout put out as soon as it was put out.  I will admit I have not always finished them.  I think that I have not finished them for multiple reasons.  One, my fitness business has taken off even more then I ever could even imagine and with me working full-time, having 2 young kids and a husband, something had to give.  So what gave if I was still doing all the workouts?  Well I still ate Clean as I have not had things like diet soda since my first round.  This month I have discovered what changed, was I was eating clean but I was eating too much which was fine when I was doing P90x and focusing on that program.  If you have ever done p90x you realize that you should be eating up close to 2000 cals a day even for a woman.  I realized I was still eating that way but I was not burning the calories and my metabolism wasn’t what it was then.  So, now why is that?  Well that is because I did not push myself in my workouts like I did with P90x.  Workouts like Insanity tested my patience and frustration levels as I felt like I wanted to puke because the workouts were so hard, TurboFire tested my patience since I didnt have the choreography skills like they did in the videos.  I have realized that these cardio based workouts as amazing as they are, did not tug at my heart like ones lifting weights did.

Now you say *gasp but don’t you sell those products why would you say that you wanted to puke or you were frustrated.  Because I am real!! I have plenty of friends, customers, family that have done them and have had AMAZING results because it really did tug at their heart!  For me it was when Les Mills Pump was brought in the picture and I could lift weights again and not worry too much about choreography and still have a blast doing it so guess what?  I started to see results again, but still felt like I was not where I wanted to be.  I really was just going through the motions and not pushing myself to my limits, those limits where you are just struggling to get those last 3 reps in, when I did push myself I knew I was getting results.  But at the same time since business was going so well there were days I skipped my workouts because I had a call to jump on or I had many emails to return and really didnt put my fitness first.  I put my family, my business and then my health in that order in my life and it showed.  Priorities are amazing things as they really do show you a reflection of who you are and where you are at.

So, in January I was lucky enough to spend a week in Hawaii as a reward trip for my business and spent a lot of time with some incredibly fit people.  I have always been the coach but I really never had a coach, coaching me.  I have had business success partners that push me in my business but not someone that really showed me it was possible to reach the goals my heart really wanted to reach until this trip.  I got to spend a lot of time with my friend Jade Nguyen, a mom and fellow business woman who was learning how to push her business further from me but what I gained from her was really how to push my fitness further.

 

Beachbody CEO and I

 

So here I am with a whole new outlook on 2013.  I have started to really dig deep in Beachbody’s Body Beast program as I feel like I am back home again lifting weights.  My body seems happy with me.  I have a new schedule that forces me to NOT skip my workouts.  I get up at 4:45am thanks to Chalene Johnsons’ highly suggested tip for successful individual and I get my workout in before heading to work.  I am really starting to learn to push myself again with my workouts until those last 3 reps are such a struggle.  Best of all I learned from Jade what simply to eat on this program and how I could incorporate that in my daily work schedule.  I have found many fitness success partners in the last few weeks pushing me to stay on track with these goals.  I am measuring my calories burned throughout the day and calorie intake so that EVERYDAY I am in a calorie deficit.

So, will my business struggle if my priorities change from Family, Business, Fitness to Family, Fitness, Business.  NO!! It won’t change because my business is FITNESS so these two will actually go side by side and I will be forced to hone in on my time management because all of the other things will be in place the way they should.  I am extremely excited for this years journey as I don’t see the last 3 years as a failure at all, I see it as a stepping stone to my next GOAL!!

I hope this inspires someone to brush off those cobwebs, get past that plateau because you know others have met the same goals you want to meet.  IT IS POSSIBLE!! ARE YOU WITH ME?

The Ultimate Reset Day #1 | Vlog

Day 1 of the Ultimate Reset seemed to be more than I bargained for.  This was my second round of the Reset as I had gone through this 21 day detox/reboot in 2012.  Here are my results.

So, the layout of the Reset is 21 days following a meal plan that is broken up into 3 phases/weeks.  The Meal plans start with animal protein (or vegan option of that is your choice) and by the end you are eating Lots of veggies and fruit.  This plan is not made to starve you by any means.  There is also a supplement schedule to follow every day.  The supplements vary during each phase.  Most of them are  capsules with the exception of the Alkalize and the Detox those are in powder form, mix them with water and GULP.

My Goals for this round are:

–Ween myself from coffee
–Get rid of a layer of goo
–Gain back some mental clarity
–Get rid of my ankle achiness after fracturing it in the spring.

Day 1 Recap

I woke up as usual and rather than make my normal cup of coffee with a TBS of half and half I was prepared with a fake Teecino (herbal non-caffienated coffee).  I prepared a normal breakfast:  Two eggs, sautéed spinach, 1 piece of Toast.  I took all my supplements as planned and was hoping to be a breeze all day since I knew what to expect.  OR did I??
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I suffered a horrendous headache from the moment I woke up tip the moment I hit the pillow.  the day before I kind of joked that I would deal with the consequences of my coffee.  In hindsight I should have started to ween my self off of coffee a few days prior.  Totally my fault.

I still managed to make and eat my lunch and dinner and will have to say that I am not a Salmon person by any means but really, really enjoyed the salmon I made using the recipe in the meal guide.  That was a success since I probably could have slept all day if I had the ability to.

Worst part about it was that I was invited to the Los Angeles Kings game with the best seats we have ever had.  I was also supposed to play hockey (even though you are not supposed to workout).  I was definitely skipping my hockey game for this headache but not the Kings game so I had to give in and take an Aleeve.. only one but there was no way would be able to survive that game without throwing up.   I will also say that I started to experience some chills, like I was just getting the flu towards the end of the night.

The game was great, we came home and I crawled into a ball and passed out, hoodie, socks and all.

Here is my day 1 Video (midday before my headache got worse)

If you have any questions about this 21 Day Detox/Reboot, please feel free to send me an email at Fitbalanz@gmail.com

3 Tools I use to stay organized as a working entrepreneur mom | Quick Tips

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I have been asked over the last 3 years

“How do you do it?”

“How do you work a full time job, be a mom and run a successful business?”

Well I am here to show you a few quick tips on what tools I use to stay organized and stay on top of everything without letting anything fall through the cracks.  Well, not everything.  I have been known to forget to invite people to my daughters birthday parties or forget to pay a bill or two, hey nobody’s perfect!

Here are 3 Tools I use everyday to keep me on top of my game.  Please comment below if this video was helpful or if you would like to see more videos like these.

Is Skipping Meals a Good Idea?

Is Skipping Meals a Good Idea?

We’ve all been taught that in order to lose weight, we have to reduce our calories, and many people try to accomplish this by skipping meals.  It seems like a good idea up front…it’s easy to do, just rush out of the house and skip breakfast or work straight through lunch.  However, while you might see a few pounds fall off right at the start, by skipping meals you are setting yourself up for a tremendous problem in your near future.  So, to answer the question….skipping meals is definitely NOT a good idea.

What’s the Matter With Skipping Meals?

By skipping meals you may see some immediate improvement, but what you don’t see is the damage being done to your metabolism. Restricting your calories can plummet your calorie-burning capacity by up to 50%! When you do this, your body will burn approximately 500 less calories a day.

You see, your thyroid thinks your body is starving when you diet, and as a result your metabolism will slow down in order to conserve the little food you’re eating. Once your body has turned down the thermostat, it can take years to turn it back up.  For this reason, people who suffer from a thyroid imbalance need to pay particular attention to the timing and quality of their meals!

Dieting this way will destroy your metabolism.

There are three basic diet rules to follow to make sure you keep your metabolism fired up. (1) never skip a meal, (2) eat protein and complex carbs with each meal, and (3) eat at least 5-6 small meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner and two-three snacks).

eggs and oatmealNo doubt you’ve heard this before…breakfast is the most important meal of the day!  Why? Because you’ve literally been fasting from the night before your last meal (thus the name break-fast). So, if you don’t eat breakfast and you get up and-go in the morning without eating, your body will slow its metabolism to conserve energy because it doesn’t have an immediate source of energy (food).

So, eat breakfast!

This leads to rule number two. Eat protein with each meal. If you get up and eat a Danish with a cup of coffee, you’re just feeding your body sugar and stimulating your nervous system. This may give you the morning jolt you’re looking for, but ultimately your blood sugar will drop causing mood swings, cravings, and hunger.

This type of meal is a quick fix and will not sustain your energy. However, if you feed your body some protein such as eggs, meat, or fish along with some fibrous veggies or whole grains, it will keep you full and give you energy throughout the morning. Also, this type of food heats up the body because it takes a lot of energy to break it down. This is your metabolism at work – you’re burning calories. So the idea is to use the right kind of fuel to keep your metabolic rate up.

Lastly, don’t skip meals. Skipping meals like lunch or dinner is the same as skipping breakfast. If your body doesn’t know when the next meal will arrive, it will protect itself by conserving and slowing the metabolic rate. And guess what controls your metabolic rate…your thyroid.  People with thyroid issues are especially at risk of slowed metabolisms and must pay particular attention to when and what they are eating.

apple nut butterIt’s important to snack between meals. Choose snacks like almonds, hardboiled eggs, veggies and humus, combined with a piece of fruit or whole grain crackers. Also, you should make sure you eat every 2 1/2 -3 hours.  Don’t eat lunch at 11 a.m. and then wait until 7 p.m. to eat dinner. Having a regular food schedule is important because if your body doesn’t know when the next meal is coming, it will slow down. (It doesn’t have to be the exact same time every day, just start the clock when you get up, eating within the first hour of waking.)

These rules sound simple, but you’d be surprised how many people break them. It is very important to follow the diet rules of eating breakfast, eating protein and complex carbs with every meal, and not skipping meals!