Because I have not blogged very consistently since last August, I have lots and lots of blanks to fill in.
As you may know, though, I got back into shape with PiYo, my first Beach Body program last fall. I lost over seven inches and fourteen pounds.
I jumped immediately into my second program, TurboFire, which is a combination of low and high intensity cardio and kickboxing workouts.
I loved the first video of the series and then hated the second video. I thought, uh oh. I couldn’t keep up with the fast moves! I persisted though, and eventually got used to the names of the different punches and kicks.
I enjoyed it so much that when the first three months were almost finished, I asked the Mr. if I could get the extended program. He agreed to my request, which allowed me to completed two more months! It wound up being twenty weeks long.
The reason why I wanted to do this program was because I’d read about how many calories a person can burn, and I knew I wanted to burn off the belly fat that remained after the PiYo.
What was tricky, though, was adjusting to an altered eating pattern. On PiYo, I limited myself to 1200 calories. The diet was very strict, and I followed it to the letter.
With TurboFire, I was supposed to increase my calories twice. The first time I increased, I gained weight, which ticked me off. I wound up going back down to 1260 calories and was able to maintain my weight despite burning tons of calories. I didn’t follow the diet as strictly because I wanted things like margaritas and pasta. I still watched my portions but trimmed back on the number of snacks I was allowing myself.
All in all, I am proud of the results. I lost a few more inches, mainly in my waist, which was my goal, and wound up two pounds up from what I’d ended with PiYo. That could be due to muscle weight, water retention, or just natural fluctuation.
Here are my before (the left) and after (the right) photos.
The changes aren’t as drastic as with the PiYo, but I am more toned than before, and my abs started appearing. I have more work to do and will start my new program in a couple of weeks.
Good health, I’ve continued to find, is not something that happens to me but, the older I get, must be maintained through careful eating habits and a consistent exercise routine.
I feel so much better about myself than I ever have…evidenced by the bikini I wore to the pool yesterday…brand new…that had been hanging from my mirror as incentive.
Not only am I transforming myself on the outside but on the inside as well. Talk about being fired up!