Monday, January 31, 2011

My passion project

 I am married and have a supportive husband and two amazing dogs.  I have been running marathons and ultra-marathons for close to 8 years.  My health history includes several major running related injuries, stemming from overuse and imbalances.  I decided to get certified as an RRCA running coach, to better coach myself and stay healthy.  I started coaching others to reach marathons and found their successes to be even more rewarding.

Over the last two years, my weight kept creeping up.  I exercised intensely and did my best to eat a healthy diet.  I hired personal trainers to help me get trim, but it got too expensive to keep up with.  I tried to lift weights and cross train on my own, but had a hard time with motivation.  In the spring of 2009, I ordered TurboJam.  I LOVED it!  It was such a breath of fresh air to have FUN while working out (besides running, of course).  Soon, I ordered Chalean Extreme and ordered my select tech weights.  The strength gains were amazing!  I followed with P90X classic and continued to improve.  September 2009, while heading into my 3rd month of P90X, I watched my marathon times improve significantly (from 4:30 to 3:55).  I never felt stronger!  The exciting thing is, there is room to improve MORE.

I became a certified TurboKick instructor on my 90th day of P90X.  I now teach three classes per week and love it!!  I just became certified in Hip Hop Hustle recently to change it up.

I continue to see improvements and the weight has been melting off.  Since July 2009, I have dropped 18 lbs!  I changed my diet to only whole, unprocessed foods and I was able to kick the night time snacking.  This was very hard, considering I was a full blown popcorn addict!

So far, I have done Turbo Jam, Chalean Extreme, P90X, Brazil Butt Lift, TurboFire and just started Insanity in January 2011   Since incorporating these programs into my workout regimen, I have been injury free.  I am now up to 53 marathons/ultra and I Boston qualified in the fall of 2010.  I'm registered for Boston 2011 (yeah, baby, yeah!!) Crazy, I know....but that is another conversation ;)

My new life goal is to reach out to others and help them realize how much they are capable of.  We only get one shot at life and it is so important to have strength and confidence to enjoy it.  This is why I became a Beachbody coach.  I think there will be nothing more rewarding than to know I've influenced someone in adapting to a healthier lifestyle.  Give yourself the chance to find your true potential within.   Feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions for me personally or about Beachbody products. I am here to help.  This is my passion!

One month down....

I can't believe we are onto February already.  2011 is already flying!   Slow down, Time!  
I started week 4 of Insanity today.  I'm a little nervous because after next week, the longer, more intense workouts begin.  I've heard the first month really prepares you for it.  I hope to see big changes, especially in my day60 photo.  My new profile pic is my day20 photo.  I can already see changes in my shoulders and back.  I hope the abs join in too, but I know that will depend on eating well.  I want muscles!  Not too much, but definitely improved tone. 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Fitness fury for 2011!

The moment the new year rang in, I was ready to really make some changes this year.  I started 2011 with the completion of triple marathons (12/31, 1/02 and 1/02).  It was intense.  It pushed my limits.  I finished without injury and for that (in my mind), makes me a winner.

After a week of gentle recovery, I dove head-first into the Insanity program by Beachbody (I am a coach and can tell you more about that later).  It is a humbling program.  What I love about the program is the 2 week fit tests to track progress.  I wasn't sure if I was improving.  My 2nd fit test from yesterday proves it.  Remarkable improvements!  I can tell my legs are getting more powerful.  Hopefully, this will lead to faster running.

Just the tip of the iceberg of what I have in store for this year.  I had to start from somewhere, being my first blog and all ;)