September 19, 2012

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September 6, 2012

Having a Postive Self Image

Elder's Meditation of the Day - September 6   

"We all form self-images and much of our behavior is pretty well determined by how we feel about ourselves."  -- Eunice Baumann-Nelson, Ph.D., PENOBSCOT

There is a cycle of building beliefs called the self talk cycle. Our self talk builds our self image and our self image determines our behavior, our actions, and our self worth - how we feel about ourselves. If we want to change the way we feel about ourselves we need to change our self talk. We need to build ourselves up. We need to talk to ourselves in a kind, positive, uplifting, good way. We need to talk to ourselves about the good things that are happening and know that we are worthy and expect abundance now and always!


Talking to your self in a positive manner, YES I said talk to yourself. Think positive things and do positive things. It might sound silly but just because the concept is a simple one doesn't mean it's not effective.

Let's face it people with confidence are sexy and attractive, not to just to the eye but the heart and the soul. People that have confidence and walk around with their heads held high are positive people and believe in themselves, their strengths and capabilities!


Take time everyday to be good yourself and honor that amazing person you are; here and now!





September 3, 2012

P90X2: Phase 2 Review


The Strength phase of P90X2  is purely looking to help you get stronger and build muscle! This phase will be a bit more familiar to those of you who have been through P90X. It goes along with more practical, real world movements! In the first Phase we built up our core, now we are going to strengthen everything with a lot of the same instability we had in the Foundations Phase.

The schedule for the Strength Phase of P90X2 goes as follows:

Day 1: Chest + Back + Balance & X2 Ab Ripper – 77 mins.
Day 2: Plyocide – 57 mins.
Day 3: Rest or Recovery + Mobility – 58 mins.
Day 4: X2 Shoulders + Arms & X2 Ab Ripper – 70 mins.
Day 5: X2 Yoga – 66 mins.
Day 6: Back + Base & X2 Ab Ripper – 77 mins.
Day 7: Rest or Recovery + Mobility – 58 mins.


 Phase 2 lives up to its name by giving you strength where you didn’t know you had muscles.  It integrates old school muscle isolation with new discoveries in core training.  Tony has learned a lot of new tricks, and you will find no shortage of them presented here.They call this the STRENGTH PHaSE and that's what it is.

I do have to say I am also very happy with all the warm-up and cool down and stretching that X2 has, I felt this was a weakness in the original

At this point the program keeps getting better.  Unlike P90X, X2 has a much more customizable approach and feels more mature.  At this stage in your journey Tony assumes you’re not a fitness idiot and as such are capable of modifying, using stretch time to work on your own personal weaknesses, and even deciding to focus on a Phase of your choosing.
But the best is yet to come. 

To wrap up this P90X2 Review of the Strength Phase I’m going to reiterate what I said in the first review. Foundation Phase is absolutely necessary regardless of what you think. Because you can do all the push-up and pull-ups as you did in P90X…but when you add stability to all of those, it makes them entirely different workouts. If you do not have a strong core, you are going to suffer. The Strength Phase allows you to get some pretty good strength and muscle definition in about 4 weeks. I did 4 weeks of this phase and am so ready for Phase 3. I will be doing my final 4 weeks in the performance phase. I really liked this phase but can not wait for the PAP to start!!!

Some Picture of me doing some some Phase 2 moves.


Known as the Impossible/ Possible


After X2 Shoulder & Arms - the glamor muscles are BURNING!

1 legged chair :)



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August 29, 2012

P90X2: Phase 1 Review

P90X2 Phase 1 has been dominated! I actually am getting ready to go into Phase 3 when I just realized I never told ya'll about Phase 1 - oops.

I wanted to make this post to give any of you out there thinking about doing P90X2 or who are currently doing X2 my full opinion and thoughts on the Phase 1. 

I actually decided to do 5 weeks for the first phase. One things that is so great about X2 is it is customizable to fit your needs and desires each time you do it. For phase 1 you can stay in it for 3-6 weeks. Phase 1 is the foundation Phase and Phase 2 is focusing on the strength and muscle gain.Phase 3 is what I am most excited about, but more on that in a different post.

P90X2 Phase 1: Foundation

Basically the foundation phase of P90X2 is all about preparing yourself for the rest of the workouts, i.e. The Foundation. It is about finding your balance and stability that will help you master some of the more difficult moves in the later workouts.

The first series of workouts that are in P90X2 phase 1 that are specific just to to this phase are X2 Core, X2 Total Body, and X2 Balance and Power. These three workouts really focus on giving you the foundation you need to succeed with the future workouts. You also do yoga and plyocide as well but do these in both Phase 1 and Phase 2.

All of these workouts incorporate a lot of balance posters and core moves as they would suggest. You will do a lot of compound movements that involve you balancing on one leg, squatting, core contractions and extensions etc. If you have awful balance and a weak core then this will be a phase you may want to spend a little longer time on before advancing on to the next phase of P90X2. I was very interested in strengthening my core, balance and posture so I spent 5 weeks here in this phase!

I will also say that although I improved week after week (I LOVE and highly recommend you always use the workout sheets to track your weight and reps) there were also moves that after 5 weeks I was still not able to really get in and part of me wanted to stay, but I moved on. I had to get real with myself and realize this is not a program I will only do once, but again and again to constantly be improving. Knowing this allowed me to "Do MY Best - Forget The Rest"and keep on going....


OVERALL FOR ME.... it went very well. It challenged me and pushed like never before but I was actually impressed at the improvements that I had made over the weeks. Every week moves got easier and my core got stronger! I have to say also, I had never owned a stability ball or med balls in my life and actually found them to be much more difficult and yet fun then I imagined! X2 really does kick it up and take it full on to the next level. I am very impressed so far with the variation and not sick on Tony's "new" jokes just yet - lol

Top 3 Reason I love it:

* Only 5 days a week not 6 so I can do my own thing one day a week
* You customize when you move through the phases
* Yoga is only 1 hour :)



Some random pictures of me Doing X2.....


Holding Crane from the Yoga Video - GO ME - lol




 
Doing Push-ups on med Balls :)


x2 plyocide - x jack jumps with med ball 

x2 style baby - Holding warrior 3 and doing arm moves

August 27, 2012

3 Things You Need to Succeed in your Fitness Journey

 How many of you have ever sat back and thought about all the times you tried to get into shape. How many of you look back ask yourself “Why did I fail?” or “Why can’t I get into shape?”. It isn’t by coincidence I can promise you that.  There can certainly be more ways then what I am about to go over on how you can fail at your workout program, but I want to go over three of the biggest ones. So read on and maybe I can help to open your eyes. I certainly don’t want to make this a negative post so at the end I want to give you a special opportunity that will finally help you succeed with your workout program.



#1 - Have a strong WHY! Write it down and share it!


Many of you may have just read that and said “I did have a strong why, I wanted to be able to do this or that, or feel this or that way”. Whatever your reason was the fact is you still failed at it. So what does that mean? It means that your reason was not strong enough to keep you motivated to stick with it. Plain and simple. When something is truly important to you, when you truly want something you will do whatever it takes to get it.
I heard this story from Eric Thomas, a motivational speaker, and I want to give the quick synapse of that story to really put things into context for you. He told a story of a man that wanted to be successful. The man met this success guru at the beach. All the man could talk about is how successful he wanted to be and how bad he wanted it. So the guru brought the man out into the water , clothes and all, the man kept getting a little deeper until finally the water was at his chin. At this point the man thought the guru was crazy and was wondering what the heck this had to do with success. All of the sudden the guru shoves the man’s head under the water. He holds him there, 20 seconds go by then 30 then 40. Finally the man starts flailing his arms around and right when he is about to pass out the guru lifts him up and says you just learned the first principle of success. The man gasping for air shouts “What the hell are you talking about?” and the guru says:
“When you want to be successful as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful….”
Find your why my friends, look deep down inside of yourself and find what drives you and what motivates you and then you’ll be on the right path.

#2 - You Must Change Your Eating Habits!!

If you really want to make sure you fail at your workout program than not changing your eating habits is a big way to do it! Nutrition is 70% of the battle and you must learn how to make helathy chnages you can do for life. You can workout all you want, but if you continue to put crap into your body than you will always hinder your results. Does any of this ring a bell to you? Did you work your butt off and eat like crap and find  yourself to be surprised when you didn’t get the results you expected? NUTRTION, your body is not a trash can but a fine tuned machine - treat it like one!!
Luckily for you if you struggle with nutrition as much as I do then you have a secret weapon to help combat this problem. SHAKEOLOGY of course! If you are not sure what Shakeology is then check out my no BS Shakeology review.

# 3 - GET SUPPORT!!!!



Finally having no support system can be a critical missing piece that can lead you down the path to failure. How many times have you had to motivate yourself, and failed? Did you just go about the whole workout thing on your own terms and whatever happened happened? Keeping your motivation, trying to hold yourself accountable, and having little or no encouragement are all issues that can be solved by having the right support system.
The two main ways that you can solve this are:
1. Sign up for a Free Beachbody Account - by signing up for a free account you open up the doors to a whole community of people who are trying to accomplish the same fitness goals as you are. You can get on message boards to talk to others, find a workout buddy, and you’ll even get me as your personal coach to help you 100% of the way. This brings me to my second way and my special opportunity that I mentioned earlier in the post.
2. Join a Challenge Group - joining a challenge group with a small amount of people all committed to the single goal of getting into shape can be a complete game changer. I want to offer you that chance. Check out my “No Excuses” Challenge Group and see if you are ready to do what it takes to get into the best shape of your life. SERIOUS CHALLENGERS ONLY!!
I hope you enjoyed this post and will take some of these to heart. I want nothing more than to help you succeed in your fitness. It has been a truly life changing journey for me thus far.
I want to get you started on your fitness journey right here and right now, so if you are serious then answer the question and leave your answer in the comment box below:

What is your why?