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I’m Just A Little Insane

The actual quote from Alice in Wonderland is, “we’re all a little bit mad,” says the Mad Hatter. But in my case, I am still a little insane. I took last week off from Insanity for a couple of reasons. 1.) I was working on my dance moves with CIZE, and 2.) my workout mojo when MIA. Like completely left the building. The alarm would go off. I would turn it off and go back to sleep for another two hours.

 New week, fresh start. Banged through Cardio Recovery and Cardio Power and Resistance. but this morning I hit a snag. Beachbody on Demand was on the blink. 503 messages everywhere. What’s a girl to do? I have had a lot on my mind the past couple of days, so I figured some yoga would clear out the cobwebs. I had 30 minutes so in went 21 Day Fix Extreme Yoga Fix. This is one of my favorite yoga programs, maybe because we do Royal Dancer (my favorite yoga pose). And then it hit me. I wasn’t getting bored with Insanity because of the workout. I was getting bored because it was longer than 30 minutes. Mind blown!

I have been doing 25-30 minute workouts for over year. I have conditioned my mind the all I need is 30 minutes. 40 minutes is not going to cut it for me. Every time I opened a video and saw that the clock started at 40, I would cringe. Sorry Insanity, but I have to let you go.

But that doesn’t mean that I am not insane. Bring on Round 2 of Insanity Max 30!!! All the craziness of Insanity in only 30 minutes.  And this time, I’m going for it! No modifications.

It’s important to know what works and what doesn’t work for you. Don’t stay with something just because you feel you have an obligation to so do. If you don’t like, you are more likely to quit or not get the best results.

So find a workout, meal plan, or whatever to like and rock it out like a #BOSS. I know I will.

Later Days!
B

You’re Invited!!

I‘m so excited and I just can’t hide it! (such a gratuitous Saved By the Bell reference, but I don’t care)  I am please to announce my first ever Fit Camp! AHHHHHH. Seriously, I am so excited that I am bouncing in my chair!!! Can you tell!!! I hope so and I hope you will join me!

Since this is my first ever fit camp, I figured why not get people started off on the right foot with, wait for it….

First Steps to Fitness Fit Camp
(If I could make the words flash, I would. Trust Me)

Sound interesting??? Let’s see if this the group for you:

  1. Have you wanted to start a fitness program, but don’t know how?
  2. Intimidated by the number of fitness programs on the market and don’t know where to start?
  3. Want to clean up your diet but don’t know how?
  4. Have you started a fitness program but quit because no one was there to keep you accountable?
  5. Are you ready to make a change?

Did you answer yes to any other these questions? Then First Steps to Fitness is the group for you!

What is included in this amazing group?

  • 4 week program
  • 30 minute workouts that you can do from the comfort of your home according to your schedule
  • 30 Day supply of Shakeology, a Super Food Meal Replacement Shake that helps you with your sweet tooth cravings
  • 30 Day free trial of Beachbody on Demand (Beachbody’s streaming service)
  • Support and Accountability in a closed Facebook Group coach (Hooray!)
  • Me as your personal accountability Coach
  • Meal Plan, Nutrition Guide, and sample grocery list
  • Workout tips and tricks
  • Prizes
  • Tons of Fun
No, you don’t have to go to a gym. No heavy equipment required. Nope, you don’t have to live near or in Philadelphia (it would be cool if you did so we can meet up!) You just need 30 minutes a day, a positive mindset, and the desire to make a change in your life!

Why am I doing this? Because I want to help you like someone helped me. That’s it. I just want to help you. Two years ago, I was totally lost, depressed, and couldn’t figure out what was going on with me. Then I found my Coach. With her support, motivation, and amazing attitude, I finished my first workout program ever and laid the foundation for my fitness journey.  Now it’s time for me to pay it forward and do the same for you!

Ready to get started? Logistics are below:

Start Date – July 6th (Yup, right after the holiday!)
Interested? Click this link https://beebeehart.wufoo.com/forms/m1qvx33u0kg6fcb/ and fill out the form (Will take you 2 minutes tops to complete)

Or feel free to email be directly at bshart@gmail.com. You can also email me if you have any questions or would like more information!

Can’t wait to start this amazing journey with you!

Later Days!
B

#singlegirlproblems

If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love
somebody else? Can I get an amen” ~RuPaul

The amazing RuPaul said it best. You have to love yourself
before you can even thinking about loving someone else.
How are you going to let someone love you if you don’t even
love yourself? Seriously? If you don’t know what love you want, how are you
going to ask for or accept it?
This goes back to last week’s post – what are your
standards? Are you looking for love in all the wrong places or are you looking for
the wrong kind of love? Or do you even know what you are looking for? Take a
moment to think about that?
Having trouble figuring out what is your “love type”? Try
this… date yourself.
Ok, I see you glaring at the computer screen thinking that
is already crazy girl has completely gone off the deep end with this one. And I
will admit it…. This takes some guts, but it is a completely liberating
experience. And you may find it addicting. I have!
Here are a couple of ways to find out what you want –
1.) Take yourself out on a date: I try to do this once a
month. Usually on a Saturday, I will go to a restaurant, get a table for one, eat,
and do some work. Yup, that’s it! Sometimes, I’ll treat myself to a movie as
well (if it’s in the budget). You’ll be amazed at how relaxing it is to sit at
a table by yourself and get be in the moment. Trust me, it is totally worth it.
2.) Go on vacation by yourself: I haven’t done this, well I
kind of have, but a solo vacay is in the works! On my recent trip to Disney
World, my friend had to work so I had a few hours to kill before her shift was
over. I could have stayed in the hotel and slept (which may have be the
responsible thing to do) but nooooooo, this is Disney World for crying out loud!
I changed in the hotel bathroom, had lunch and drinks at the bar while my phone
charged, and off to Epcot I went… by myself. And I has so much fun shopping,
getting on rides, and drinking my way through the World Showcase.
Now, after you have done either 1 or 2, analyze your experiences.
How did these outings make you feel? What did you like or did not like about
your date?
After going through these exercises, when you are on an
actual date, remember how you felt when you dated yourself. If the other person
does not make you feel or treat you better than you treated yourself, guess
what? They have got to go!
I know that I sound like a broken record, but repletion is
key! It’s all about what you! Yes, it may sound selfish and it is, but if you
don’t put yourself first, everyone will put yourself last. I’ll let that sink
in for a minute or a week 😉
So love yourself… so you can love someone else! Can I get an
amen!
Later Days!

 

B

#operationundertwohours…..

May 3, 2015…. A day that will live in infamy. Well, at least
in my life. May 3, 2015 was the 36th Annual Broad Street Run. This was
the day I would prove to myself and the world (well, just me again) just what I
was capable of. This would be my first race in 2 years. I was up for the
challenge and I wasn’t about to let my $150 investment (shoes and registration fee),
not to mention the two months that I spent training for this race go to waste.
It wasn’t until about halfway through my training that I
realized I had changed as a runner. I was stronger (thanks 21 Day Fix Extreme)
and calmer. But the biggest difference was me. I was no longer worried about how
everyone else doing. I was only focused on myself. I stopped fearing what would
happen if I ran faster. I just did it. After the first couple of weeks, when I
saw that my pace was consistently around 10 to 10:30 minutes, my ultimate goal
was formed: run Broad Street in under 2 hours….
That was in my head during all my training runs for two
months – #undertwohours
2015 Broad Street Run Powered by Disney
I thought that goal was in jeopardy when I got possibly the
worst night sleep ever. I honestly woke up every hour on the hour until my
alarm went off at 4:30am…. Yes 4:30am. I groggily got dressed, drank my race
day cup of coffee and headed out the door. Everything went smoothly. Made it to
the stadium parking lot by 5:15am. Was on the first train out and the start line
around 6:00am. Golden. Only two hours until race time…

 

On the train to the start – I think I am still half asleep

Waiting is the worst. You’re at the start, wanted to get
going and get the race over with, but you have to wait for the actual start of
the race. Then you have to wait for thousands of people to start before you,
which does not take minutes. While I am thankful for corrals and staggered
start, I can’t stand the start-stop rhythm until you finally get to the start
line and you are on your way!

The start – The calm before the storm
My memory of the race is fuzzy because I wasn’t thinking
about “the race”. I just let my mind wander. There were a couple of times along
the course where I paused my music to listen to the crowd (I had a kick ass
playlist), especially at Temple. The crowds were amazing and thick along the
entire race course. Church goers waving from the steps right after services, the
funniest race signs ever, little kids handing out high fives. It was awesome.
It was a little touchy around mile 7.5. Clearly my two
apples had been worked off and I felt myself fading fast. Besides finishing in
under two hours, my underlining goal always is to not pass out or need medical
attention. After some Gatorade at the last two water stops I was good.
Soon the Navy Yard was in view and the finish line was in
sight. I had to do some fancy crowd maneuvering, but I kept my pace and started
that last sprint to the finish. Time kind of stood still as I waited for my
watch to bring up my time… 1:46:21. Not only did I beat my goal, I crushed it!
Yes I did cry, but I didn’t ball. Too many people around.
When people ask me how the race was, I tell them that it was
fun. And it was. A little on the hot side, but I had the time of my life.
Because I didn’t think about it. I just went with it.  Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and
let God steer you.
#operationundertwohours …. #missionaccomplished
Boom!
Later Days!

 

B

Ladies Who Lift

I always remember that I love lifting when I start to lift again after taking a break. Insanity Max 30 focuses on using your body weight (think push-ups, planks, and tricep dips) to build muscle, which don’t get me wrong, is amazing and did tone my arms and legs quite a bit, but there is just something about picking up some free weights and doing bicep curls and sqauts that does my body (and booty) good.

“Stop lifting weights. You’re going to turn into a man”, says my mom. No Mother. I will not all of a sudden turn into a Mr. Olympia contestant. Contrary to popular belief, women will not “bulk up” if they lift weights. Strength training will actually give you lean, slender and defined muscles (think Michelle Obama arms), so don’t be afraid to lift! Although, my summer work pants from last year no longer fit due to my current “quadzilla situation”( I am no longer a size petite in the thigh area).

Women, by being women, do not have testosterone, and therefore will not bulk up (myth busted). But there is a certain strength that comes from within when you push through a drop set of weighted Bulgarian squats that makes you feel like you can conquer the world. Go on, give it a try. You may thank me or hate my guts afterward.

I was having trouble deciding which Beachbody program to do while training for the Broad Street Run. My race training plan is pretty simple. Run three days a week (long run on Saturdays), cross train 2 days, and have 2 rest days. Well, let’s just say those rest days turned into cross training days, just because I can’t take that many days off (#teamnodaysoff). Strength training is very popular in the running community because increased muscle mass= faster running and more endurance. Just what every runner wants. Sign me up.

I had been looking at the 21 Day Fix Extreme since it was released in February or March and was sold. I had tremendous results with the original program and since I had just finished Max 30, I could handle the challenge and I would be lifting again and still working out only 30 minutes a day. Score!

I was not ready… and thanks to Beachbody on Demand, I was able to start the program before my DVDs came in the mail. Amazeballs. On deck for Monday…Plyo Fix Extreme. The back story, Plyo and I are not friends. In fact, we are not even aquaintances. I don’t know if I am uber uncoordinated or jumping and my knees don’t have a good working relationship, but everytime I hear the world Plyo, I cringe. But with any journey, you have to do things that you don’t want to so I sucked it up and pressed play. The modifier was jumping. Hold please. Smaller jumps, but she was still jumping. Autumn does not mess around.

 My only saving grace is that Monday is Plyo day so at least I get it out of the way. I will admit, the moves are getting easier to do, but I will not be getting any air like Michael Jordan on my squat jumps.Oh and if Plyo wasn’t enough Wednesday is Pilates… with resistance bands day. Crazy town. Pilates alone gets my butt and abs buring so just think what adding extra resistance does.

For my first round, I used 5 and 8lbs weights, which worked in the begining, but last week I felt like I wasn’t getting a “good” workout. So this week I deceided to increase my weight… which increased the sweat factor! I am actually excited to see what the increase in weight will do.

But that’s not all folks…. the 21 day Fix Extreme also comes with these awesome color-coded containers so you know exactly how much of each food group (protein, carbs, fruits, veggies, healthy fats, and oils) to eat eah day. This is a total game changer. Fitness and nutrition in one deal, plus the workouts are only 30 minutes and the enitre program is three weeks.

Off to through some weight around.

Later Days!