I recently had
an argument “heated fellowship” with ODC about how selfish I am when it comes to my workouts. Many of his points were valid, and I really do want to be a great wife, but fitness is MY THING!! I research, I plan, and I execute. I never wake up and ‘wonder’ what I am going to do in the gym on any given day. I only bring up our…discussion, to highlight the fact that fitness is MY THING! So, why after 16+ years of ‘My Thing’ was I feeling like I have been running on a hamster wheel! Enter Insanity!
You know those informercials, the ones for Insanity. I love a challenge and looking at the results of the participants was enough to spark my curiosity to see what it would do for me. I faithfully followed the 60 day program (I did have to do a few make-up workouts during our move from Georgia to DC) and I would say that my results were decent. I didn’t really depend on the scale for feedback (too emotionally connected to the numbers) but I could tell that I did lose some weight and did experience gains in my cardiovascular abilities. There was still something missing. There is no way that I could do Insanity AND teach Spinning but still not have the lean, athletic, physique I was trying to achieve. In all fairness to the effectiveness of Insanity, I did not follow any particular eating plan. I mean, I didn’t eat crazy, but let’s just say that my eating was not as disciplined as my workouts.
I am always looking for my ‘Next Big Workout’ but when Sagdrina J offered a 8 week Fall Fitness Challenge I realized it was time that I refocus some of my energy on where I would get the most impact; how I ate. In a very well designed format, with the help of Sagdrina and her team of experts, I had an individualized plan with the added benefit of a group component. Using a very gradual and manageable design, over the span of 8 weeks, I was able to remove from my diet all beverages except for water, fast foods, processed foods, white stuff, and at one point grains (for a limited time period). More importantly, I added daily green smoothies, kale, beets, squash, cabbage, parsnips (these were very good!) to my repertoire. I do not necessarily enjoy cooking, but the challenge inspired me to try a few new recipes, like butternut squash soup and a cabbage and chirozo soup (even G1 liked it!). The 8 weeks also helped me to uncover some of my emotional attachments to some of my food choices and I made an intentional decision to decrease processed foods for my entire household and focus on whole foods. The challenge also provided specific guidance and support in terms of exercise, I actually added Yoga to my workouts (big accomplishment for a recovering ‘Cardio Snob’.)
I completed the challenge and I consider it as a ‘jump start’ to a lifetime of more conscious, mindful, and healthy eating. Sagdrina referred to the ‘sweet spot’ as the place where you can workout out and eat healthy without being super restrictive and still reach your fitness goals. I am still uncovering my ‘sweet spot’ while using what I learned in the challenge as my foundation and building on it. Sagdrina is a huge advocate for heavy lifting for women, and I have started to challenge myself with heavier weights during my strength training (3-4 days per week). Even as a fitness professional, my experience with Sagdrina J was what delivered the most impact to my approach to fitness. Those calories I burned with Insanity are long gone, but the Sagdrina J methodology is still providing sustainable benefits. My problem area (my tummy) is noticeably more toned and my legs no longer have a layer of cellulite on my hamstrings (YAY!!!).
Now it’s your turn! Start the New Year with a 21 Day Detox at an unbelievably low price! Register today for the Early Bird Special discount! I am a huge fan of Sagdrina and what she brings to the table in terms of nutrition and exercise education. I will be detoxing too, so let’s start 2014 clean, from the inside out. I will be posting each week during the 21 days, so let’s support one another!
Here’s to a Healthy, Happy, and Clean Eating 2014!