5 things Friday: Turbo Fire

A few months ago, I stumbled across a blog post that talked about Turbo Fire, and it just sort of tucked itself away in my brain. It looked like fun, sure, but it also looked a little bit insane. There was just no way I could workout that hard.

Was there?

I’ve been looking for a workout I could love and stay consistent with for what feels like forever.

I like running, but only outside and only first thing in the morning…which doesn’t always work with my schedule or the weather. I like the elliptical…for about two days and then I’m bored out of my mind. I’ve tried different workout DVD’s…for years…and I last about a week before I’m itching for something new.

I still don’t know what made me order Turbo Fire a few weeks ago. I’d been starting to look for a DVD series that I could do here at home, knowing that school would be starting up again soon. One of my summer goals was to get into a sustainable workout routine that would survive the kids – and me – going back to school. I searched online, found Turbo Fire again, did some more research and one night in June finally pushed submit on my order.

And I love it. I do have a few difficulties – my inability to do roundhouse kicks, trying to navigate a high impact workout with sneakers and carpet (just call me Agador Spartacus), on occassion I do in fact punch myself in the face – but I wake up every morning excited about working out.

That’s big.

5 reasons why I’m in love with Turbo Fire:

  1. Once my order was processed, I was sent a link to a video online of the Fire Starter (beginner’s) workout. The DVD’s shipped quickly – in less than a week – but I was able to get started learning the moves and getting a solid workout immediately.
  2. 14 workouts on 10 DVD’s means I’m not getting bored. Other than the days I did the Fire Starter workout, every day of the week is different which means I’m staying engaged and my muscles are getting nice and confused. Some days, it’s a long cardio workout…others it’s a 20 minutes of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and others focus on sculpting or deep stretching. The DVD set came with a class schedule, and I’m following it explicitly…even when I don’t want to. I’m sure I’ll deviate at some point, but I’m committed for at least 12 weeks to do exactly what it tells me to.
  3. I like the trainer, Chalene Johnson. Actually, I really like the trainer – she’s upbeat, does every single move with you and is encouraging. I feel like I’m working out with friends, and if she says to kick two inches higher…well, I kick two inches higher. After three weeks of workouts, I still think she’s someone I’d like to hang out with.
  4. I do the Stretch 10 class, almost every day. It’s helping my flexibility but I think more importantly, it’s kept me from having lingering muscle pain and stiffness. Unlike other DVD’s that leave me unable to walk the day afterwards (coughcough30dayshredcoughcough), I’m working out harder than I ever have before and can do it again easily the next day.
  5. I’m seeing results. In the first two weeks, I was down nearly 4 inches. More importantly, I’m improving. Yoga poses are getting easier, my punches are getting faster and my flexibility is pretty impressive. Every day I feel stronger.
    And I don’t feel quite like dying at the end of workout anymore.

What’s your favorite workout right now?

Just a note: I’m not affiliated with Beachbody or Turbo Fire in any way – just a fan.

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five for friday: paleo reality bites

Hmmm…not reality bites as in reality bites…more as in a few quick thoughts…

  1. I continue to be excited and amazed by how good I feel when I eat paleo. I’m also surprised that for the first time in my life, I don’t wake up starving.
    Seriously.
    I’ve always woken up with my stomach growing and have had to eat first thing. Now, I wake up and can take care of getting the kids off to school before enjoying a more leisurely breakfast.
    Stable blood sugar is a good thing, friends.
  2. I added up a guesstimate of all of the money I’ve spent over the years on Weight Watchers, online programs, diet books, even shots…and it was scary. All along, all  I ever needed more fat, more protein, more vegetables, along with less sugar, no grains, no processed. Real food.
    Good to know.
    And I’ll keep doing all I can to spread the word: you can lose weight and get healthy without counting calories or points, and while eating real food that tastes good.
    Even bacon.
  3. I only lost about 3 pounds in January, putting me back at where I was at the end of my Whole 30 (I dove head-first into some not-great holiday eating – trust me, a few pounds gained was nothing compared to how terrible I felt). Kind of disappointing, but I added up the inches I’ve lost in the past two years yesterday.
    48.5.
    In two years, I’ve lost 48.5 inches when I add up the 8 spots I measure.
    Holy cats.
    Nearly 10 inches from my waist alone. And about a third of that has been since I went paleo in September.
    I felt a lot better about that 3 pounds.
  4. I stopped my second Whole30 on about day 8 while I was watching my son make his lunch for school: cheese, saltines and an orange. I had a bit of a bit of a lightbulb moment that I need to work on what the rest of the family is eating, and it’s easier to do that if my eating is a little bit looser than what a Whole30 allows. I’m sure I’ll do another one (maybe summer?) but until then, there’s more important work for me to focus on.
  5. I’m doing Clean Eats in the Zoo’s 30 Day At-Home Cross Fit Challenge, in addition to a couch to 5 k trainer right now. For the first 3 or 4 months of eating paleo, I didn’t exercise.
    At all.
    I started back to the gym last month, and was just miserable there. I’m finding I really want to be outside and am surprised again by how much I like running. And how much I like strength training, especially my kettlebell workouts.

And a few quick goals for February – and hey, what do you know! They fit in with my 2012 goals too:

  • another 3 or 4 pounds and another 2 inches down would be awesome. 5 pounds would be even more awesome, but I know I’m building muscle with these workouts
  • 25 workouts – split between the challenge, running and the kettlebell
  • keep up with my daily devotional and prayer time

What are your Febrary goals?

the mental soundtrack of an early morning workout

5:20 – if I’m going to go and get one of the good elliptical machines, I have to get out of bed now.

5:22 – maybe no one else will want to be there this early. I’m good for a few more minutes.

5:25 – if I’m going to go and get home before I have to get the kids up, I really have to go now.

5:30 – stumble into workout clothes

5:35 – grab iPhone and bottle of water

5:40 – start car and leave for the gym, after carefully checking to make sure no one is hiding in the backseat

5:45 – arrive at the gym and dang!, someone beat me to the good elliptical…and someone else is coming in that likes them…better sign in and get to it…what’s my last name again?

5:50 – I am going to die. Why do I do this? I’m going to fall off this machine and just stay right here for a while and then go home. Why do I torture myself by getting up an hour before the sun? (a few minutes into the elliptical, just starting sprint intervals)

6:00 – I wish the gym were open this early every morning. Loving this podcast. I’m killing these intervals. Where’d that mosquito come from? I could go for an hour.

6:05 – 20 minutes on the elliptical done, off to find weights

6:10 – I really don’t like weight machines. One of these days, I need to learn how to do free and Olympic weights…or maybe watch that kettlebell DVD I bought a few weeks ago. Oh, the monotony.

6:12 – who the heck is this short? I can’t even figure out how to get this bench back up. I hope no one is watching me because I’ve got to look like a complete idiot.

6:15 – some sit ups sound like a good idea.

6:16 – who the heck thought sit ups were a good idea? Crunches are where it’s at. I haven’t done sit ups since I was a sophomore in high school.

6:20 – one more set of weights – leg presses and a chest machine. 12 reps of each, back and forth between the two.(I try to do this with 6 different machines each workout, plus sit ups/crunches and squats)

6:25 – where did the time go?

Someday, I hope to be one of those people who look forward to working out. I don’t despise it as much as I used to – and always enjoy once I get started, but that getting started tends to be my stumbling block.

Do you have a mental soundtrack for your workout?