P90X3 Week 6 Review (Results and Update)

Yet another week has literally flown by in the world of P90X3.  We’ve wrapped up week 6 and I’m still enjoying the benefits to my new lifestyle and workout program.  My energy, strength, agility, confidence, and contentedness are all skyrocketing. Simply put – I feel amazing. Aside from the usual, I’m also noticing some other changes – my skin looks more vibrant and healthier, my immune system seems stronger (last year I got the flu twice – once in January and once in February), and my body seems more compact (as in less flabby). 😉  Past workouts that seemed difficult are getting easier and my reps and weight amounts have all been increasing.  Again, I was able to decrease the amount of support in my pull-up assist and I was still able to do more reps with less support!  Jackpot!  I think my pull-ups/chin-ups are the most exciting part of this adventure.  I’m slowly inching my way to being able to do unsupported pull-ups.  When (I almost wrote if…but realized it’s not an if, because I am determined to do it) I am able to do one without the assist, I will post a video. For you fitness buffs who can easily squeeze out unassisted pull-ups, it may look pathetic, but for those of us who never thought we’d be able to do one, it will be quite the accomplishment (well, at least in my eyes!).

Today’s weigh in, itself, is quite exciting for me as I’ve officially reached the 10 lb weight loss mark!!! I cannot remember the last time I was able to drop 10 lbs (and definitely not in 6 weeks!).  That’s another 1.4 lbs drop from last week. I cannot stress enough how proud I am of my work and how grateful I am to have found this program, the accountability I get from my challenge groups and husband, and the motivation I have from using Workout Tip Jar. With these tools, I am able to stay focused on my healthy eating and my exercising.  At this point, after 6 weeks, it’s almost become second-nature.  Eating healthy isn’t difficult and I’m enjoying all the foods I put in my body. In fact, I don’t even miss the junk I used to eat. To be blunt, feeling this incredible is way better than how junk food ever tasted.  My journey itself is not over.  I still have another 30 lbs that I’d like to lose (although that number may change depending on how my body composition itself changes). Yet, I know I can do it this time, and you can do whatever you set your mind to, too.  

If you’re doing P90X3, how have your results been so far??  Do share below!

 

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

Shakeology Review

By now, you have probably heard of Shakeology, which is tagged as the “healthiest meal of the day.”  But what exactly is Shakeology?

Shakeology is a protein-based shake that is packed with superfoods and essential vitamins and minerals.  All you have to do is look at the ingredient list to see that it is filled with proteins, phytonutrients, antioxidants, enzymes, prebiotics, and probiotics. Being someone who always forgets to take vitamin pills, Shakeology is a huge life-saver for me.  Because I eat/drink  it daily, I know I am getting many of those super important vitamins and minerals that my body requires and is likely lacking. But, enough spouting off stuff you already know – the real question, does it actually work?

Before we get into the nitty gritty of Shakeology, lets take a closer look. For one, it can be used in several ways, such as (but not limited to):

1) As a meal replacement shake

2) As a snack (i.e. pre- or post-workout)

3) A substitute “treat” for other unhealthier options

4) A replacement for some potential supplement pills

5) A way to get dense nutrition (particularly for those who may not eat the healthiest diets)

What is it supposed to do for us?

According to the website, Shakeology is supposed to do the following for people:

1) Help you lose weight

2) Curb cravings

3)  Increase energy and stamina

4) Promote healthy digestion and regularity

5) Taste delicious

 

Here is a video (approximately 15 minutes) with some doctors’ opinions on Shakeology, if you’re interested:

So…Does it Really Do That??

Since I’ve been drinking Shakeology for over a year now, do I find these “findings” accurate?  For the most part, yes (although I’ll explain more below). Below are my answers according to how Shakeology has affected me. Please remember that not everyone will be the same.

1)  Does Shakeology help me lose weight? Yes, BUT with conditions, of course.  If I was eating unhealthy food all day and just added in a shake, I, of course, would not suddenly lose weight.  Rather, when I choose to eat mainly healthy and I substitute Shakeology for one of my meals,  I lose weight quite consistently. In fact, there were times when I was eating healthy, but not drinking Shakeology and I struggled to lose even 0.2 lbs.  For some reason, when I include Shakeology into my diet, I have an easier time dropping weight.  I’m not entirely sure why, but I have a feeling that it likely has to do with the ingredients in Shakeology and that it is nourishing my body. When I wasn’t drinking it, my body was not necessarily getting all the important vitamins and minerals, etc., which may have interfered with my progress.  Again, it’s not a magic “shake” that makes you drop weight immediately, but if you pair it with a healthy diet, you will likely see results. It is one of the reasons why I continue to drink it daily. If I didn’t see results, I wouldn’t keep drinking it.

2) Does Shakeology help me reduce cravings? I would say that it helps reduce cravings for other things, but does not entirely eliminate them.  There are definitely times when I’d rather just go eat that chocolate chip cookie or Dairy Queen Blizzard than have my shake (which, hey, is fine once in a while…everything in moderation, right?). However, the amount and frequency of cravings I have have definitely been reduced (just ask my husband…I always had cravings…and more cravings…and more cravings). 😉  I have also used some of the recipe suggestions provided by Shakeology and have made bars that I keep in my freezer for when I am fighting a huge craving. It has really helped me from overindulging in something unhealthy (like the entire Dairy Queen menu).

3) Does Shakeology increase my energy and stamina?  Most definitely. When I drink Shakeology I can workout with more intensity and for longer periods of time; I have more energy to do things (even “blech” house cleaning…); and it helps me keep up with the chaos of my day-to-day life. It’s not like a sudden huge rush of energy (I wasn’t the Energizer Bunny…), but an overall feeling.  I once gave an older couple in their 60s a Shakeology challenge: to drink one shake a day for an entire week. After taking the challenge, the couple felt more energized, had lost an average of 4 lbs each that week, and just felt better.   In fact, the older gentleman even said that he had to drink his Shakeology earlier in the day as he had too much energy when he drank it in the evening. Shazam! And yes, they still drink Shakeology to this day.

4) Does Shakeology promote healthy digestion and regularity? Yes…’nough said.  😉

5) Does Shakeology taste delicious to me? Hmm…this one is probably the hardest one for me answer. The way your Shakeology tastes is highly dependent upon how  you make it and what you put in it (and probably what flavor you have). The way I make my Shakeology does in fact result in it being delicious. Every. Single. Time. But…I learned the hard way. I, on occasion, before I had the wonderful invention of the shaker cup, tried simply adding the Shakeology powder to some cold milk and stirring with a spoon…yeah…bad choice. It was HORRIBLE. It was lumpy and gross and frothy and just unpleasant in general. However, when you mix it with a Shaker cup or blend it up (my favorite way), it tastes 1000 x better.  I often prefer to make mine really thick with frozen fruit so that it actually tastes more like a sorbet or ice cream.  So…to be short…it can most definitely be delicious if made certain ways.

BUT, what about….

the price?.  A common concern I hear is that it is too expensive. I suppose this depends on your outlook on life. For me, the cost of it is definitely outweighed by its benefits. Because it is so packed with awesome ingredients, I don’t have to worry about purchasing a bazillion different supplements in hopes that I am getting all the nutrients my body needs. Furthermore, because it’s replacing a meal for me, it’s really actually quite cheap. Furthermore, if I treat my body now while I’m younger, I will likely have fewer (or smaller) medical bills in the future. I figure I may as well invest in my health while I’m younger and still can. Check out the funny video with Tony Horton below…

other protein shakes? Another common concern I hear is that it is way cheaper and easier to get other protein shakes in stores.  I have tried other protein shakes and honestly don’t get the benefits that I do from Shakeology (in fact, I sometimes feel sick after them). Plus, those other protein shakes likely don’t have the vast ingredients and super foods that Shakeology does. Furthermore, if you chose Home Direct for your Shakeology order, then it gets delivered to you every month and the cost of shipping is free. AND, if you don’t like it, they have a bottom of the bag guarantee (I believe it’s 30 days..). If you aren’t satisfied with the product, you can contact customer service and they will refund you the cost of the bag (minus shipping and handling). Sounds pretty easy to me…

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

My Fitness Plan

Now that it’s summer and I have yet to find out what I’ll be teaching in the fall, I have more time to focus on myself and on getting more physically fit.  In order to do this, I need to have some goals in mind as well as a plan.

 

My Goals

1) To improve my 5K running time by 1 minute by September.

2) To lose 10 lbs by the end of the summer (equals approximately 5 lbs/month).

3) To workout a minimum of 5 times/week.

4) To eat healthy 90% of the time.

So now that I have some goals, how am I going to achieve them?

 

The Plan: The Workouts

To improve my fitness, I plan on following the Focus T25 workout guide. In addition, I plan on incorporating Chalean Extreme’s strength training DVDs three times/week.  The workout schedule for T25 only covers 5 days/week, so I also plan on adding in some running and other videos on my days off (such as Asylum, Insanity, LesMills Combat, TurboFire, TurboJam, and HipHop Abs). I try not to plan a “rest” day, because I know I take them when I need them. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to not overdue it! However, while I await for T25’s arrival, I will be following my own little hybrid of two amazing DVD series: Insanity: The Asylum (Volumes 1 and 2) as well as Les Mills Combat.

The reason I decided to make a hybrid of these two series is because they are two of my favorite DVD sets and I haven’t done them in a while.  Asylum will definitely help improve my speed and agility which will then help improve my 5K run time and my overall fitness. Les Mills Combat is just plain fun and something I always love to do do when I’m not feeling like working out (so it gives me the kick in the butt that I need).

The Plan: Nutrition

As with everything, we all know that nutrition is a huge factor in one’s overall health. As such, I hope to follow whatever food plan is in the T25 guide.  However, until that arrives, I will be following the food guide in Les Mills Combat.  The last time I followed this plan (which includes daily Shakeology), I lost 12 lbs in just over a month.

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.  This is just my tentative plan in order to improve my overall health. All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.