Chalean Extreme Burn Circuit 1

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Wow, did that feel great to get back at Chalean Extreme.  I have done so much cardio lately that I had forgotten how good weight training feels.  Looking back in my guide-book seeing how much weight I was lifting from day 1 to now is pretty incredible the strength that I have gained over the past 10 months.  I am confident this time I will see a transformation.

After my work out I enjoyed a delicious home-made energy drink that doubles as either a meal or snack, depending on your caloric intake.  The cost of shakeology can seem expensive  at $121.00 per bag,  but there is 30 servings per bag.  5 servings a week = 6 weeks,  chocolate is my favorite but the green is delicious too, I found mixing fruit with it helped to enhance the flavor.  If Shakeology is a product that you would love to hear more about contact Heather Buchman or Bill Patty at Beachbody.com

Keep coming back for more great home-made energy drink ideas, I will post them as I make them!

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Starting Over

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December 2010 I finished Chalean Extreme, my results where minimal at best but the work out was great and it certainly keep the joints from creaking.

I have worked with Chalene’s Turbo Fire and Turbo Jam, cycling indoors on my Schwinn Trainer and of course the old faithful treadmill.  I was not able to follow Turbo Fire, it was too difficult, instead of putting it in the box and forgetting about it I bought Turbo Jam to learn the TF moves and be a little better prepared for the intensity of TF.

Once Spring hit and of course all the outdoor work that needed to be done, my exercise regimen has been neglected.  I truly thought that the yard work would be a good compensation for my actual work out…not so. Although it has only been two weeks, my joints once again are aching, well, it can only be one thing, back to the work out routine.  Since I do have most of the out-door tree trimming and flower beds weeded and looking healthy I will start Chalean Extreme over and watch for the transformation that I didn’t get the last time.

 

Round two here I come!!!!

 

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Quick and easy breakfast

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This is a great protein pop em’s breakfast idea for those on the run or just in a hurry.

This recipe can be made on a Sunday and enjoyed during the week.  They will stay fresh in an air tight container for one week or up to 3 months in the freezer.

I altered some of the ingredients, I used dried cranberries instead of cherries, natural peanut butter instead of cashew butter, I did not use cashews, and Unicity brand Quadplex protein powder.  The pop ’ems taste great, had 3 for breakfast and they quite nicely tied me over until lunch, of course I don’t recommend skipping snack, I had a late breakfast and one extra pop ’em.

Enjoy!

 

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Fruits

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When I come across information that I feel is important to share, and I learn something from it, I love to pass it on.

My friend Lissa Coffey wrote this message about fruit and it definitely is going to change the how and when I am going to eat fruit.

We all grow up knowing that fruit is an important food to include in our diet because it is whole and fresh and healthy.  In Ayurveda, how and when we eat fruit is important to consider.  Fruit should always be eaten on an empty stomach, or before a meal, because fruit goes through the digestive tract more quickly than other foods.  When we eat fruit on an empty stomach it helps us to detoxify the body and supplies us with needed energy for weight loss and other activities.   However, when we eat fruit after a meal, the fruit is prevented from digesting because it is being blocked by the other foods that are ahead of it in line.  So the fruit juices come into contact with the other foods, turns into acid, and the whole meal starts to ferment and spoil.  When fruit mixes with other foods, it produces gas, so we feel bloated and burpy.

Ayurveda says that eating whole fruit is preferable to drinking fruit juice.  If you want to drink fruit juice, choose fresh fruit juice, never juice from a can.  Don’t drink juice that has been heated, as heating juice, or cooking fruit, takes away many of the nutrients.  When drinking fruit juice, take sips to mix the juice with saliva for better digestion, don’t take big gulps.

During my recent trip to Cuba, where I love to try new foods, I tried their carrot juice, it was delicious it actually had a mango sweetness to it.  Now I have to try homemade!  I hope that you get some benefit from this article as I did.

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Home made protein bars

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Looking for a way to get your protein in a treat?  These delicious little morsels are perfect as a meal replacement or an on the go snack.

I used a scoop of Shakeology for a chocolate flavor but cocoa could be used very easily, I also used Quadplex protein powder, it is a high quality whey protein isolate.

Give it a try, the bars are very satisfying, healthy and tasty!

 

 

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ChaLean Extreme Day 120

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Finished!

I completed each exercise with everything I had.  My results where good, there was some changes I did not expect and other changes that I expected that did not happen.  The last four weeks I started an eat clean challenge that my coach set for me to help me stay away from holiday goodies.  That alone was a great tool to use, I highly recommend eating clean, it will make such an amazing difference in your overall health.  I always felt that I eat very healthy, but I didn’t realize that I could take it to the next level.  Eating clean takes a little more time, but you will love the results of not eating processed food and you will be pleasantly surprised at how well your digestive system loves it too!

Since I still have toning to do my husband gave me Turbo Fire for Christmas,  now, Turbo Fire is all cardio, toning and flexibility training so for me I will add ChaLean resistance to the Turbo Fire cardio so that I don’t lose the muscle that I have gained.  I am very excited to take this to the next level in fitness.

I am going to continue with updates as good things happen in my transformation.  I know great things are going to happen, I can see them starting to take shape.

 

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Clean eating challenge update

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Dec 2 2010 I started a clean eating challenge with my Beach body coach to help us get through the Christmas season without cookies and chocolate.  This is my journey.

I avoided all alcohol, cookies, tarts, pies, cakes goodies of any sort.  The most challenging was chocolate, but I did it.  I did not deprive myself I simply told my self on Christmas day I could have chocolate and some alcohol.  I was a bit disappointed, a week before Christmas I weighed myself only to discover that the fat loss I experienced after the first week had returned with no explanation, I didn’t cheat and only ate non processed foods,  so what happened, I still have no idea.  Days before Christmas I thought o.k. I will weigh in one more time, and I was down to almost 20% body fat and down a total of 5 lbs, I was thrilled, with my body type I don’t need to lose pounds but  I do need to reduce my body fat.

Christmas morning I had 2 cups of coffee with Bailey’s and a couple of pieces of sugar-free chocolate that was given to me in my stocking,  throughout the day I had 3 glasses of wine ( home-made so it is sweeter than store-bought) 2 black Russians ( total of 4 oz of alcohol) and guess what, my weight is all the way back up to where it was before I started the clean eating challenge and my body fat is 22%!  I am way past disappointed, those few indulgences have destroyed all of my efforts.  I am hoping that once it all works its way out of my system I will return to my pre-Christmas numbers.

Needless to say I am back on the clean eating, and hope that I can stick with it for a long, long time to come.  I mentioned to my husband that my skin feels healthier, I feel healthier, I was not retaining fluids like I have in the past, there really is a lot of benefits to clean eating, if you are sitting on the fence about clean eating and would like some tips I would be happy to share them with you,  if you have recipes or suggestions for eating clean, please feel free to post them so that we can all benefit from being the healthiest we can be.

 

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