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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