3 Weeks down, and 9 to go!

I am officially 3 full weeks into my competition prep and finally seeing some physical changes.  My total weight loss is 4lbs and I have have lost some inches in the waist and thighs.  I  do weekly check-ins with my coach and do not weigh myself daily.  The goal is to lose body fat and not muscle so I only shoot to lose 1.5 – 3lbs per week.  So far I am on track and loving the results.  This prep is different from my last two because I switched coaches.  The main difference is the diet and amount of cardio I am doing.  I love, love, love food and prefer variety.  This plan is slowly cutting all my variety out and I will eventually be eating the same thing every day.  It also has me doing five 45 minute cardio sessions per week and I hate cardio.  Good thing Beachbody just release Country Heat and I can get my cardio in by dancing!  I am okay with the changes though because my goal is to beat the person I was before and come in leaner and stronger.  To do that you have to step it up a notch and challenge yourself.  You cannot spell CHALLENGE without CHANGE.

The past week has been a little bit challenging with the diet because we have been traveling.  I spend 3 days in Indianapolis for my son’s AAU basketball tournament and had to watch my boys eat out each night.  I packed most of my food and traveled with a huge cooler.  We booked a hotel that had a gym and continental breakfast.  I went with plain oatmeal and a scoop of protein powder each morning.  Currently I am in Nashville for the annual Beachbody Summit.  My friend that I am traveling with is also in competition prep so we packed a huge cooker of cut up veggies for the road trip and did short workouts at each rest stop along the way. (I will post links below!)  Yesterday we hit up Whole Foods and stocked up on healthy groceries.  I brought half of my meals with me and had my yummy pumpkin protein pancakes for breakfast the last two days.  The condo has an amazing gym and this trip is going pretty well.  We walked a lot, went shopping, had pool time, etc.  No alcohol or partying on Broadway for us.

Here is my 3 week transformation photos and some links to all the quick workouts we did on the road trip!

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3 weeks of prep and down 4lbs.  Camera angle was a little off but I am liking the reduction in my waist and thighs. 

Chocolate Fudge No-Bake Cookies

WARNING – This recipe is for true chocolate lovers only!   If you don’t’ like deep, dark rich chocolate then you will not like this recipe.

Chocolate Cookies

 

I found this recipe on the recipe insert that was shipped with my Shakeology and modified it to fit my needs.  The original recipe called for regular peanut butter and I substituted for powdered peanut butter to lower calories and fat while increasing serving size.

What you need:

  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology  (This can be purchased from my website by clicking HERE)
  • 1 shakeology scoopful;of powdered peanut butter
  • 1 shakeology scoopful of rolled oats
  • 1 tsp organic honey
  • 1-4 tbsp. of cashew milk (for consistency only)

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

Directions:

  1. Add Shakeology, peanut butter and rolled oats to bowl and mix well.
  2. Add honey and mix well
  3. Add cashew milk a few drops at a time to make firm dough-like consistency
  4. Divide into 8 drop cookies, refrigerate and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (Per Cookie):

62 Calories, 8g Carbs, 4g Protein, 1g Fat

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

 

 

20 Minute Calorie Blast

 

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Short on time but need to fit in some cardio? Well, I have the perfect 20 minute high intensity workout for you that will have you sweating in no time! My favorite piece of cardio equipment at my gym is the stepmill. If your gym does not have one then I suggest cranking that treadmill up to an incline of 10 or more and work those hamstrings and glutes!

Workout Speed Time (Minutes)
Warmup 5 0-2:00
Climb 8 2:00-3:00
Climb 9 3:00-4:00
Climb 10 4:00-5:00
Climb 11 5:00-7:00
Climb 12 7:00-9:00
Max 13 9:00-11:00
Descend 12 11:00-13:00
Descend 11 13:00-15:00
Descend 10 15:00-16:00
Descend 9 16:00-17:00
Descend 8 17:00-18:00
Cool-down 5 18:00-20:00

22 Minute Hard Corps Workout Reveiw and Sample Meal Plan

So far I have completed the Cardio 1, Core 1 and Resistance 1 workouts for the 22 Minute Hard Corps and I am loving the program!  I do not have much coordination so the simple, basic workout moves used in this program are perfect for me.  The workouts are easy to follow, effective and over just when I think I might need to modify or take a break.  I definitely recommend having a pull-up bar for this to get the full benefit.  I put my feet in resistance bands attached to my bar so I can follow along with all the repetitions.  My back is very sore after only one 22 minute resistance workout.

The first two days on the diet went pretty good but I didn’t plan my carbs very well and went over by one container.  Last night I sat down with a pen while packaging my food for the day and dialed my nutrition in.  Here is an example of what I ate today:

Meal 1: Oatmeal Banana Protein Bake with Chia Seeds(1 Red, 1 purple, 1 Yellow, 1 Orange)

Meal 2: Beef Stew over brown rice and spinach (1 Red, 1 Green, 1 Yellow)

Meal 3: Egg Muffins, Romaine Lettuce Salad with Bell peppers, Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar and Salsa for Dressing (2 Greens, 1 Red, 1 Blue)

Meal 4: Gala Apple and 4 tsp Almond Butter (1 Purple, 4 Oil)

Meal 5: 6 oz. Grilled Chicken Breast, Broccoli, Sweet Potato (1 1/2 Red, 1 Green, 1 Yellow)

Meal 6: 1/2 Scoop Chocolate Casein Protein powder mixed with 1/4 cup unsweetened cashew milk and decaf coffee with 1 packet stevia (1/2 Red)

Totals:  5 Red, 4 Green, 3 Yellow, 2 Purple, 1 Blue, 4 Oil, 1 Orange

 

I am following plan 2 for nutrition because my goal is to maintain my weight while building muscle.  I think the biggest key to success is planning out your nutrition the day before.  You cannot out work a bad diet and figuring out how to fit in all your colored containers is easier when done a full day at a time.  It is kind of like building a puzzle.

 

 

Day 1 of 22 Hard Corps

Today marks day one of an eight week fitness challenge I’m starting. We are following beachbodies 22 minute hard core program.

I’m leading a challenge group on Facebook of over 15 individuals following the same program and we all started today.

My plan is to blog my journey and give an honest review of the program. The challenge pack we purchased included the eight week fitness program DVDs, access to all of our workouts online through beachbody on demand, a detailed nutrition plan with portion control containers and one month supply of shakeology. We were able to get all of that for only $140 on my beachbody website. The added bonus for all my customers is me as their personal coach!

Day one starts off with the PT test that includes jumping jacks, push-ups, pull-ups, squat thrust and a plank hold. You had one minute to complete as many reps as possible in each exercise with the exception of the plank, which you had to hold for your maximum time. I completed 30 push-ups, 40 squat thrust with a 10 pound dumbbells, one pull-up, 75 jumping jacks and a two minute and 18 seconds plank hold.  My husband and kids also did the PT test with me so it was a lot of fun!

Today’s workout was a 22 minute cardio video and then an eight minute core video. I completed it on lunch with some friends at work in only 30 minutes.  I meal prep yesterday and planned out our food for the day. It’s 6 PM and we’re still on track with our nutrition for the day. If you’re curious what I eat each day you can find me on MyFitnessPal username Nicole_J.

So far I really like the program. The workouts seem quick and effective in the nutrition is easy to follow.

 

getting ready to start day one workout streaming it on demand

 

Took leftover beef stew and put it over spinach and brown rice. Equals one red container, one yellow container, and one green

 

This is what our fridge looked like Sunday night after I did all of our food prep

 

Why I Chose to Compete

One week from today I will be stepping on the stage for my second time.  I am exhausted and have many emotions going through me right now; however, this time around the biggest emotion is excitement.  I am excited to go out there and beat the girl I was back in September.  She was nervous,scared, uncomfortable, timid, anxious and extremely frightened.  Today I am confident and excited to show that girl what a champion is made of.  I am competing against myself and pushing myself to be a better version of me.

So why on earth do I even want to compete?  Well, it all started 4 years ago when I started working out with a fierce group a ladies and an amazing trainer.  I gained strength and confidence and felt empowered to be who I wanted to be.  A few girls at the gym did bodybuilding competitions and I always imagined it was something I could never achieve.  After thinking about it for a couple years I just decided to go for it, why the hell not?    I wanted to show my kids that if you want something bad enough, and you work you ass off, you can achieve it.  Although not everyone wants to stand on stage in an itsy bitsy bikini and flex their glutes, the concept of determining your goals and staying commited to them is the same.   Don’t sit around thinking about your goals, get up and start working on them!  We can not change who we were yesterday but we can work on today and live for tomorrow.

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This is my 12 week transformation for my first NPC Bikini Competition. I placed 3rd in Open and qualified for Nationals.

How I find the time to fit it all in

Lately a lot of people have been commenting to me I don’t know how you find all that extra time.
In this video I give a brief summary of my strategies and techniques for staying fit and living a healthy life.  Oh, and if you don’t like people that tell you how it is you’re probably not gonna love my video blog.