Round 2 was very different from Round 1. I had traveling, 2 birthdays in our family (mine and my husband's), 3 Christmas celebrations, New Year's Day, a tendon strain in my foot, and a flair up of tendinitis in my knees. Shew! So...to say this round had some obstacles would be correct.
BUT-- if you know me, I do not give up!
Week 1: This week I started off with modifying movements as I gained strength in my left foot. I had a tendon strain when I rolled it during a record-breaking 10K run, so I had to do some physical therapy exercises and get used to icing after every workout (and I already ice my knees regularly). After having an athletic trainer look at it, I was able to continue with the workouts, and just listen to my body. My running was limited to weekends, which is fine since training season was not starting yet.
Week 2: During the second week, my family and I began celebrating birthdays and Christmas. My birthday fell on Day 38, and my husband's was on Day 42, which was also our Christmas with our children. We went out to dinner to celebrate our birthdays, and I have never felt more confident in a dress than that night! I was SO pleased to not have to wear control-top panty-hose or spanx! I enjoyed every bite of my birthday cheesecake that night, with no regrets!
The idea of healthy eating and portion control is that you can eat well 80% of the time, so that 20% of the time you can splurge on something like cheesecake (or our Christmas tradition of homemade cinnamon rolls), and it won't ruin all of your progress. I teach my challengers MODERATION and how to BREAK FREE of the grip of sugar that is so strong. Falling back can become a slippery slope, and this season, I felt a bit of that, unfortunately.
Week 3: Christmas Day fell right before the start of Week 3. The difficulty in this week was to get the workouts completed while being away from home, out of routine, and not having the availability of time that I would have liked. Week 3 begins "double workouts" with a 35-45 minute workout, followed by a 5 or 15-minute core-focused workout. This means, that some mornings I had to wake up at 5:15 a.m. at my in-laws' house so that I could get my hour workout done before the kiddos woke up and our day began. It wasn't easy, but again, I'm not a quitter. When your reason is big enough, you can make the sacrifices necessary to get it done.
Then, the chocolate-covered pretzel fiasco happened. I had eaten a good part of a BOX of amazingly delicious local chocolate pretzels one night, after everyone had gone to bed. This was a prime example of how strong the sugar can take hold of me, if I let it. I knew better, and I did it anyway. The biggest issue with this was that it woke me up to how much I have to FOCUS so I don't get side-tracked and let my eating get out of control, like it had been for so long in my past. It was definitely a lesson.
Week 4: We had returned back home, and I was determined to buckle down, do the work, and get some kind of visible results after a total of 60 days of hard work. I love this program, and I didn't want some holiday treats to totally derail my progress. I ate according to my meal plan (back to 5-6 small meals each day, comprising of a variety of whole foods, including Shakeology). We had one more weekend of travel, but I got up early to get the workouts in and get it done, and allowed for one cheat meal with no regrets.
And here are my results:
I'm pretty proud of the fact that I continued to see progress, even with my nutrition not always at the 80/20 level that I try to maintain. The fact is, this program WORKS!
You don't have to beat yourself up when you slip. Give yourself GRACE and be KIND. If you are looking for something different, something you can do right from HOME, and no weights needed, THIS IS IT!
AND NOW---You can have this full program and over 40 others from Beachbody for an ENTIRE YEAR for less than the cost of Netflix! How cool is that? So, you CAN do multiple rounds of Core De Force, and I believe you will want to when you start to see the progress you can get, OR you can move to another program without having to buy anything again this year!
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My name is Rachel. I'm a goal getter.
I literally THRIVE on goals.
They also stress me out. But, I keep doing it.
When I first began coaching, I just wanted to lose the extra pant size I had gained over an injury period in my running career. I started with 21-Day Fix and loved the results so much that I stuck with it for three rounds! Once I added in ab work each day, I saw a SERIOUS difference. I was hooked.
Since then, I have completed PiYo, The Master's Hammer & Chisel, 22-Minute Hard Corps, Insanity:Max30, Country Heat, and now Core De Force. I also dabbled in CIZE and 21-Day Fix Extreme.
Let me tell you, when I was at the 2016 Coach Summit in Nashville, and Core De Force was announced....I was STOKED. I knew right then and there that THIS was going to be my JAM. See, ever since 21-Day Fix, I have wanted to tighten my core and get some noticeable abs. Maybe that sounds vain, but as a runner, a strong core is a MUST, and being able to SEE the results of hard work makes it even more satisfying. I saw the results of the test groups, and so I waited until the release day (very impatiently), and bought it that day.
All season long, my running goal was a sub-2 hour half marathon. I trained really hard and knew that I needed to finish that training before beginning a hard "core" program, so the day after my goal race at Marshall University, on November 7, 2016, I began Day 1 of Core De Force.
While I don't have a scale, I did take all my photos and made sure to document each workout.
The Core De Force program is an MMA-style workout you can do anywhere. No weights, and you don't even need a lot of space. I worked out in my living room most days, which is a narrow space, but I made it work. I loved that I could do this workout barefoot if I wanted to, and the alternating MMA workouts and strength-training workouts challenged my body like never before.
Wanna know my favorite part? My hubby decided to commit to all 30 days WITH me, and even my daughter worked out with me from time to time! I love when my family gets involved!
The workouts range between 25-47 minutes, and there are a couple of extra workouts that are 5 and 15 minutes that get added onto the calendar as the weeks progress. While I was used to 30-minute workouts, I loved this program SO much, that I just allowed myself an hour each day, and if the workout(s) for the day were less than that, bonus! Besides, if I was training in a gym, the time to drive there and back and get anything done would be at least two hours, anyway, so I felt I could set aside 4% of my day for some abs.
The nutrition plan is similar to the 21-Day Fix, in that it utilizes those awesome color-coded portion control containers. I LOVE this system. No counting calories, macros, or carbs. Plus, I can pack up snacks in those little containers and eat on the go with no problem! I basically learned the system when I started with 21-Day Fix, and after two solid weeks of meal planning and tracking containers, I had it down to where I could keep track in my head. Now, there is a great 21-Day Fix Tracker app to take all the guess work out! I have been eating this way for a year and a half and have maintained my weight loss with no problem. I think that is WINNING!
The best part of the Core De Force nutrition plan is that you can ADD on more food in Weeks 2 and 3. Week 2 you can add in an extra fruit, and in Week 3 you get the extra fruit AND a healthy fat like almonds, cheese, or avocado! YUM!
The key ingredient to staying on track, especially with three kids running around, is Shakeology. I have been drinking it daily for 17 months to keep my cravings at bay, give me energy in the afternoon, and help me recover from workouts. I love that I can literally "grab and go" any time I want, and KNOW that I am feeding my body whole foods, giving it the nutrients it needs. I have NEVER felt better than I have with Shakeology. My hair and nails are healthier and grow like crazy. When I am on the road and there aren't great options for "fast" food, I can grab my little packet and be filled for hours. With Core De Force, I drank Shakeology for breakfast, after my workout, and sometimes even as an afternoon snack, if I had enough red containers left. When I first heard about this shake, I wasn't so sure, but I can tell you, it has changed my life!
Along with Shakeology, I have been an advocate for the Beachbody Performance Line products, specifically Energize and Recover. I used to drink coffee around the clock, and claim it gave me energy for workouts. The problem was, it was literally DEhydrating me. So, I decided to give Energize the test against these high-powered workouts. I got into a routine of waking up early, drinking my Energize on the couch while I did my devotions and personal development. Then, I was ready to rock and roll. I love that this formula is light, has no aftertaste, and woke me up without the jitters.
After the workouts, I would shake up some Recover formula with ice and water and drink it while I iced my knees and cooled down. I fell in love with this product during my training season a year ago. My calves would get super tight after a long run and nothing but a LONG salt water bath would cure it. Well, I didn't have time for an hour-long bath after runs most days, so I tried Recover. BAM! The leg cramps were GONE in minutes! I was a believer. Recover has a ton of protein and phytonutrients to help muscles recover faster and increase strength, and when you drink it within 30 minutes of your workout, you don't even have to count it as a container in your nutrition plan! BOOM! I honestly love the orange flavor best, but my husband prefers chocolate, so our latest batch was the chocolate. I'm still not complaining!
Let's get to the results.
After Week 1, I HONESTLY felt like I had made some progress. I know that sounds crazy, but just the fact that I FELT amazing was enough to get me to keep pushing at my maximum effort.
After Week 2, I KNEW there was progress. Only 15 days and I was starting to see abs trying to come through. Baby ones, but again, enough for me to keep pushing and sticking to my meal plan. I KNOW that abs are made in the kitchen.
After Week 3, I had SUCH good results that I HAD to share them on social media. 22 days and I felt like a NEW person! I couldn't believe it. To be completely honest, this was my hardest week to push through workouts. Many of the days were double workouts with either 5-Minute Core on the Floor or Core Kinetics (15 minute workout). I was tired and a bit sore, and still trying to add in running days...oh, and did I mention Thanksgiving? Yeah...that happened. And yet...results.
After Week 4, I was ready to get to Day 30. Day 25 was the last day of strength workouts and then I just had the last 5 days with MMA training. That would have been awesome, but I decided to run a personal best at my last half marathon of the year, so I combined workouts on Sunday, instead of an entire Active Recovery day, thus, not giving myself a real rest day for the last 9 days. I wouldn't recommend this, but I was determined to cross off EVERY SINGLE WORKOUT of the program calendar.
So, here are my final 30-Day results:
There is part of me that was feeling a little bit of a letdown that there wasn't more progress between weeks 3 and 4, as far as physical appearance, but then, I had to do a literal "gut check." On the last day of the program, I FINALLY fought through ALL of Core Kinetics. The only move I had to take a break on was the repeating single-leg push kicks. This was MASSIVE progress from the first time I attempted that workout. I also gained quite a bit of upper body strength and definition in my arms, which was always a closet goal of mine, too. This was confirmed by the push-up quality as the program progressed. My last bit of non-scale victory was surprising, though with the nature of CDF, I should not have been surprised...the waistline of my pants got bigger, and based on the pictures, my bottom even shaped up! Oh, and that sub-2-hour half marathon goal? I crushed it on Day 27 of this program. Think core strength doesn't matter?
So, what now?
Since I have decided this is my soulmate workout program, I am committing to another 30 days for sure. I can't wait to see 60-day results and even more non-scale victories, like higher kicks, less modifying, and more strength! Plus, while there is definite progress, I'm even MORE motivated to stay the course and get those abs!
I told you, I'm a goal-getter.
What about YOU?
Are you ready to #FightForIt? I'm going to be honest. I got the results that I did only because I was 100% committed to this program. I completed every workout, even on holidays. I followed the nutrition plan 85-90% of the time (though I definitely think 80/20 will get you there). And I drank Shakeology every single day without fail. My Core De Force VIP Test Group is the bomb.com, and I am SO glad that we have been able to encourage one another every single day as we sweat, punch, and kick our way to healthier lives.
Talk to me about joining my next health and fitness accountability group. I want to help YOU succeed and find not only new strength, but new confidence in what you CAN do and what you can ACHIEVE. It may take 30 days, it may take 90 or 180...but we will get there together! You just have to START!
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