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PiYo Persistance

Do you surround yourself with people who keep you motivated? People who support you as you work towards your goals? People who will push you to keep doing more?

One of the many things I love about teaching fitness classes is the motivating people I get to spend my days with. I am constantly meeting new people who are making lifestyle changes for the better, strengthening relationships with those who have been coming regularly, and finding myself pushing harder when I see others keeping themselves pushing past their limits. 

Especially with PiYo, I am privileged to see people be PERSISTENT with it and constantly reach new achievements.

Its easy to give up when something gets hard…And let me tell you, things get very challenging in PiYo, but when you PERSIST and stick with it, its amazing the things that can be achieved!!!

Remember, anything worth working for will challenge you. It will test you. It will make you SWEAT

All of that stuff is worth it! Burpees might seem like something you’ll never do. But get rid of that mindset! Break a challenge down into more doable steps.

Rather than starting out just saying “I want to do three tricep pushups,” break it into steps, such as:

1-Hold a plank on your knees for one minute.

2-Now hold a plank on your toes.

3-On your knees, lower down as far as you can while keeping your elbows tucked in to the sides of your body. When you feel your elbows chicken wing out, push back up. Gradually get lower and lower towards the mat.

4-Start on your toes. Lower down, keeping elbows tucked in, lower down to knees while at lowest point, and pushup on knees.

5-Once you can do approximately 8 of step 4, attempt the full tricep pushup on toes going down & up. Strive for once at first, return to knees when needed, and keep progressing with how many you can do on your toes from there.

Persist with PiYo by breaking it down into doable segments. EVERYONE can be successful with this fitness format, that is the beauty of it!

Keep going! And if you are considering PiYo, or any new workout format, GO FOR IT! Set realistic, but limit-pushing goals along the way! ๐Ÿ™‚

  

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PiYo Eating Plan Snack

Super tasty snack thats high in protein and satisfies while following the PiYo Eating Plan!
This recipe gives you:
2 Lean Proteins
1 Fresh Fruit

Ingredients:
1 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
1 scoop protein powder (Shakeology is what I usually use)
Splash unsweetened almond milk, or your choice of liquid
3/4 cup frozen blueberries

Directions:
Combine the first two ingredients, adding liquid (almond milk) to create desired consistency.
Mix in the blueberries.
Place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, depending on comsistency you prefer.
Enjoy!

Heres a vid I made about it:

PiYo: Sweat Review

Hey!

Check out my YouTube review of the PiYo Sweat workout! It may end up being my fave…(lets see how many more times i say that within this program haha).
Let me know what you think!


Check out my Sweat Review!!!

Get Lean Eating Plan

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For all of you doing, waiting to receive, or thinking about doing PiYo, one of the components of the program that comes with it for no additional cost is a “Get Lean Eating Plan.”
You will get results just doing the workouts, but you will accelerate those results and feel great if you use this eating plan along with it!
One thing I love about the plan is it doesnt tell you when or when it eat! You are free to choose your selection of foods based on a list from 5 food categories.

SO how do you know how much of what to eat?
Theres a little math here (I love math,
So anytime i get to calculate something, I’m all about it!)…just three steps and it gives you your Calorie Target.
Now, my Target they gave me is 1285…With all of the extra working out besides PiYo that i do, I didnt feel that was enough (They also say if your target is less than 1200, you need to round up to 12, because thats not healthy, and that this is an approximate amount-so dont be stressed about going a couple hundred cals over-PHEW, i love that they say this, because im not about starvation mode).
So if i had gone w my 1285, this put me in the 1200-1399 range for Plan A on the eating guide.
What the heck does that mean?

It means:
4 Servings of Primary Vegetables
2 Servings of Secondary Vegetables & Grains
2 Servings of Fresh Fruit
4 Servings of Lean Protein
3 Servings of Healthy Fats

(I just added another serving of lean protein bc i know my body…thats roughly 140 extra calories and i know my muscles need it ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
And then they give you long lists of things you can choose from for each category and the amount that equals one serving! I love it-all laid out nicely!

And coolest thing ever???!!!!
Shakeology is a versatile food! Meaning it can be counted as any of the following:
1.5 servings Seconday Veggies/Grains
2 servings Fresh Fruit
1 serving Lean Protein (<- The one i usually use it for!)

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CORE and MORE

So back to updating you on whats in the PiYo At Home Program!

The next workout is called “Core.”
This workout is just 30 mins!!!
Focus on that powerhouse! You’ll work the abs, obliques, and back.
Strengthen and sculpt to get the awesome results you want!


Then there’s “Strength Intervals,” which is just 25 minutes!
Nonstop body sculpting, calorie burning exercises. No need for weights or equipment to give you those long lean muscles that PiYo does like no other!


And you’ll also get “Drench.”
One of the longer workouts, this is 45 mins of endurance! Maximize fat burning while working every single muscle in your body!
Sure to work up a killer sweat, Drench will rev that metabolism to really burn the fat!


Lastly, you’ll get “Sculpt.”
A 30 min workout utilizing varying tempos to keep your muscles under tension for differing amounts of time.
This type of training generates muscular endurance and metabolic changes to transform your body!

Actual review and my take on each workout to come!!!

Stay Accountable!

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PiYo 60-Day Workout Calendar
I just touched the surface on this in my last post, however I think its an important message to share with people. It’s one of those things many of us experience, but few of us talk very openly about for fear of looking weak or being embarrassed.
In my last post I shared how I didn’t make it past DAY THREE of this new PiYo program I’ve started. I was even so excited for it that I started this blog entirely dedicated to this program. Not even that got me to stick with it through my busy weekend!

So how do you get past losing interest, losing motivation, GIVING UP?
I’m far from perfect, but here are some tips I’ve come up with through my personal fitness journey.

1) Know WHY you started in the first place. And make it about MORE than just the superficial.
Sure, you may want to lose 5 lbs, 4 inches from your waist, or build a more shapely booty, but that’s not going to happen overnight! Sorry!
You need a reason that will pull you through and get you to stick with it even on the days that you don’t see immediate change. Maybe you want to FEEL BETTER, have more energy, prove to yourself that you can finish a 60 day program, improve your flexibility and do a split, etc. Whatever it is, own your why!
Say it out loud! Tell other people WHY you started daily. This will make it more of a priority in your daily life even when you don’t see those immediate results.

2) Be Okay with giving up.
Wait…Say what?!
What I mean here is be OKAY with the fact that you took a break. Heck, even call it a break, never a failure. As long as you’re still alive and have the opportunity to start again, you can never REALLY fail! Once you’ve accepted the fact that things didn’t go as planned the first (or second, or third… ;D ) time, you can move on and get back to business stronger than when you first began! What good does beating yourself up over a bump in the road do? NONE!

3) Get an accountability partner!
You don’t have to do this alone! Find a friend who has similar goals and wants to start getting healthier/stronger/super sexy along with you ๐Ÿ˜‰ And if you don’t have a friend near you who wants to do that, get an online coach. There’s tons of us who do it for free (always feel free to ask me for more info on that, I LOVE helping people stay motivated and accountable to their goals). It’s easy to sleep in, go home early, or take a nap instead of working out when its just you, if you’re doing it with someone else or telling someone else about your workouts, you may find yourself less likely to skip them!
Some of us need to have someone to give them a kick in the ass sometimes! (No shame…I’m one of those people, as well!)

4) Change your outlook.
When I stopped looking at working out as a chore and something I did because I hated my body, everything changed! (Well…In some aspects, because I did just need to restart my PiYo program haha ;D )
Instead of a chore, it should be something you’re LUCKY that you’re able to do! You have the health to stand up straight, to bend over and pick something up off the ground, to lift a heavy bag of groceries. This is your health and you are fortunate enough to have it! As cheesy as it sounds, do this because it is a gift to your body! Be happy about working out, and if you arent having fun with your workouts, Get a NEW Workout! Spice it up and get moving!
Workout because you love your body, not because you hate it!

5) If you’re doing an at home program, just put in the DVD and see what happens!
Seriously, I’ve done this in the past! I remember sitting down on the couch, planning on taking a nap, but I made myself put the DVD in, sat back down, and within 1-2 minutes, guess what? I got my butt off the couch and got the workout done! And felt even more energized afterwards than I bet I would have had I taken a nap! The only workout you’ll regret is the one you don’t do!

6) Invest in gear that makes you feel good.
No, this doesn’t mean you need to go and spend $300 on a new lululemon outfit or $150 on a new pair of the latest sneakers. It means get clothes that make you feel good about yourself and excited to workout!
Shocker!!!!>>>This could be free!!!<<< I cut old tshirts alllll the time into workout shirts, and I get SO excited to wear them, especially if its a tee I haven’t worn in years!
You can also get killer deals at places like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Old Navy, and Target or Kohls (they both have awesome coupon alerts!)
If you feel good or even excited about your workout clothes, you’re much more likely to put them on, and once you’re wearing them, the workout is a natural progression ๐Ÿ™‚

7) SEE your goals.
Write down those goals. Post a workout calendar in a place you’ll see it throughout the day, so it reminds you how important it is. And when you’ve done that days workout, put a big, satisfying X on that day to show you did it! How good does it feel to cross off things on a To-Do list, right?! This is the same idea!
Get it done and show off that you did it!
Put post-its with your goals and positive affirmation around your house, in your car, at your office to remind yourself that you can do this!!!

7) Suck it Up!
Sorry (not sorry ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol) about the honesty here, but I’m not going to sugarcoat it…somedays you just have to be willing to suck it up and get it done. Stop thinking about it, researching workouts, telling yourself how busy you are, making excuses because you’re sore or tired, viewing “fitspo” posts online, etc. BE that Fitspiration! Respect yourself enough to Stop wasting your time!

Now that I got those out, any suggestions you’ve found helpful in staying motivated? Comment and share!!!

Wow-Not a good start for me. :(

LET'S TALK PiYoยฎSo…You know how sometimes you get SO pumped up to start a new routine, and then it gets here and you let it fall to the side like you never cared about it in the first place?

Well shoot, I let life get in the way of my workout (All of these workouts are less than 1 hour…Meaning they’re less than 4% of your entire day). ย There should be no excuses for that!
I could go into how I’ve been busy with teaching classes and work and I took an entire day long PiYo cert one of the days, but I’m not going to ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m going to admit that I lost momentum on DAY THREE!!! And I’ve got it back together now!
Start the calendar over with Yesterday being Day Two; Define-Lower Body (I’ll review that hotness lata), and today will be Day Three Define-Upper Body (which I’ll also review lata!). One suggestion: Actually display the calendar so you SEE it daily and it reminds you of what you need to work towards!

Have you ever had a setback that left you feeling less than accountable? Turn that attitude around and believe that you CAN finish and follow through!