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3 Day Refresh – The Final Verdict

And there we have it folks! The 3 Day Refresh is in the books. I must say that my timing was good and not so good. Good that I finished right before my vacation. Why not so good? I had my last shake on the bus to NYC to start my vacation. Needless to say… I have no final weight. Whoops.

Besides weight lost, what has the 3-Day Refresh done for me? I has completely cut my carb and sweet craving. I can eat fruits and veggies all day every day and that is fine by me. I don’t even want to look at at piece of bread! And coming from me, that is saying a lot.
So who needs the 3-Day Refresh? Anyone who is looking to loose some weight quickly and in a healthy way. Anyone looking to get their digestion moving in the right direction (sorry had to go there). And anyone who wants to shake loose those pesky carb and/or sweet cravings, this is the program for you!

I did feel hungry at times, but not like I was about to past out like most cleanses. I think all of the liquid helped! And I’ not complaining. I have never felt this healthy, nutritionally in my life and I am going into vacation with the intention of not messing it up! The program is completely planned so it takes all (and I mean ALL) of the guess work out of what to eat, what to drink, and when. I loved this program and the results! Just take a look!

Yes that’s me and it took just three days of sticking to the plan.

Wanna know more about the 3 Day Refresh or get one for yourself? You can email me at bshart@gmail.com or like my Facebook fan page, Bianca – Just Bee You Fitness.
Now for some sun in the fun! Here’s to rum punch and fish cutter sandwiches. Everything in moderation folks.
Later Days
B

Refresh Day 1

Day 1 is in the books and I survived! It was a lot easier than I thought, even though I felt like I was smelling pizza and fries everywhere. Maybe that’s part of the detox process or just my detox process.

I will admit, I did feel a wee bit hungry between lunch and dinner. I already drank my water for the day (1 whole gallon) so I chewed on some gum for a little bit. That did the trick.
Let’s get one thing straight… there is no way to get dehydrated on the cleanse. You are drinking so much fluid. 8 oz of water in the morning, 8 oz of water with the fiber drink, 20 oz water for both meal shakes, on top of your daily water intake. I need to count how many calories I burn walking back and forth from the bathroom. LOL.
Unlike some cleanses, like Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset, which I am dying to try, you can workout. So T25 Cardio went down. Hop squats are not my jam… Cleanse and workout at the same time? Yes, please.
And…  I am eating, just in smaller portions and no meat, carbs, or dairy! No liquid cleanse here. Cucumber Tomato salad is the best thing ever!!!!  Or maybe the best think last night since it was the most solid food I had all day.
So there you have it. My Day 1 3-Day Refresh recap.
Short, sweet, and straight to the point!
Just like me!
Later Days.
B

Frankie on Fleek

Frankie (my fibroid) is on fleek. After a few weeks of eating meat
and not necessarily watching my diet, I started to notice that I was getting
fluffy in the mid-section, which tends to happen when one completely falls off
the diet wagon. But something wasn’t right. As soon as I ate something, my
stomach would become extremely bloated and start to hurt. I was waiting for
people to ask me when the baby was due.
No I am not pregnant.. I swear
And then it hit me. Or I hit it. Frankie was growing…
That alien thing on the left…. That’s Frankie!

It got to the point that I was seriously considering talking to my
doctor about surgery. Like cut this out of my now considering it. I reminded
myself that surgery was that absolute and final option for riding my uterus of
its unwanted inhabitant. Although Frankie is not causing any physical
discomfort; no matter how clean I eat, how hard I work out, or how much cardio
I do, my stomach will not get flat thanks to Frankie. Which is extremely
disheartening especially in prime swim suit season.

Therefore, Frankie must die.
I scoured the medical encyclopedia (Google) for natural fibroid remedies
and found a wonderfully helpful blog, shrunkfibroids.blogspot.com (how
appropritate). It is written by a woman who had fibroid surgery twice, only to
have them come back, so she decided to treat them naturally. With success. Her
battle plan, a vegetarian diet and vitamin supplement regime. Sounds simple
enough and since her fibroids shrunk, I figured why not give it a try. I have
nothing to lose. I quickly went to vitacost.com (the mecca of all things
natural) and filled my cart with my arsenal, most of which I had never heard of
before. And by the way, besides being extremely affordable (except for the $30 Whole Food vitamins), Vitacost constantly sends your promo codes for 10-12% off you next purchase or buy one Vitacost brand product, get one free. That’s how I scored a free bottle of DIM. Here’s my new vitamin regime and daily servings:
The Whole Food Vitamin (4 capsules daily)
Mangosteen Juice (1-2 ounces)
Decaf Green Tea Extract (1 daily)
DIM (1 daily)
Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar (1 ounce in 6 ounces of water)
The weapons of Frankie’s destruction

My supplements were waiting for me when I got home, but I bought
the apple cider vinegar this weekend. And since Frankie isn’t getting any small
(yet), there is no time like the present to start my attack. So, as
recommended, I drank 1 ounce of vinegar with 6 ounces of water. A dirty martini
it is not. It is not good at all. Like gag me with a spoon disgusting. And warm water did not help. I’ll try it
tomorrow with some honey any let you know how that turns out. Maybe you get used to the taste…

So here we are. No meat, no dairy, a whole lot of vitamins, and apple cider vinegar.
Frankie is going down!
Later Days

 

B

Now the real Insanity Begins…

Yes, I am insane… But in a good way….

 

I started Insanity Thursday. Yup, I finally took the plunge into
the deep end of the crazy pool. I completed the infamous Insanity Fit Test Wednesday
night after work and I did better than I thought I did (thanks Max 30!) I even
did full push up jacks. All 19 of them in 1 minute and I am proud of each and
every one of them.
The first 20 minutes of Plyometric Cardio workout
fooled me. I mean really fooled me. 3 cardio intervals followed by at least 5
minutes of stretching. I can handle this. If the rest of the workout is like this
I am set. It wasn’t. The second circuit came along and I was not ready. Like
not ready at all. Like totally unprepared for what my body was about to do. One
move called Level 1 had my heart at Defcon 5. You jump to a plank, do 4
pushups, jump your feet in and then jump up… For a minute. And that is the
second exercise in the circuit. And you repeat each circuit 3 times. Yeah, this
is where the workout gets its name from because it is flipping insane.
I don’t know how I made it through the last circuit. So much sweat
was pouring down my face (I really need to get a good headband). But I pushed
through even though I couldn’t see and thought I was going to pass out and
throw up at the same time. Sounds awesome doesn’t it?
And what is even crazier, I came back for more. Yesterday was
Power Cardio. More my pace because I am not a Plyo kinda girl, but I still had
my ass handed to me. Same warm up, but I knew it was the calm before the storm.
And I was ready for the ridiculous workout that Shaun T was about to put me
through. This workout contains a lot more jumping, and one thing is for sure…
this girl can’t jump. Maybe my body isn’t used to it. Maybe I was holding back
so I didn’t wake the neighbors by sounding like a thundering herd of wildebeests,
but using my core to increase the height of my jumps is something that I am
working on. Wow that sounds hella technical. Another thing that made this
workout easier was that a lot of the strength moves were in Inanity Max 30,
which made them familiar, but still a minute of tricep dips is a bit much.
I also, well I should say, my heart also liked the fact that the
cardio and power sections alternated which gave me time to recover. While my arms
were burning from V pushups, the air was returning to my burning lungs. Talk
about sweet relief. I guess.
But what was really awesome… I didn’t
modify! I’ve talked about how my thalassemia had kept me from going “all out”
in the past, but thanks to my iron pills and a year of heavy training, I am
doing full-on globe jumps, pushup jacks, and basketball drills. Albeit slow and
uncoordinated, but was I doing it! Any progress is good progress.
Insane Sweat Session = puppy salt lick
Today is Cardio recovery day. But if this workout is anything like
the last two… it will be insane.
Let’s do this!
Later Days

 

B

 

Broad Street Bound

Today was a good day I say as I stuff my face full of Chipotle (veggie salad. I did splurge on guac and chips). Today I finished my longest run for Broad Street training. It was supposed to be 8 miles, but we’ll get into what happened later.

The Kelly Drive loop (Boathouse Row/MLK Drive) is perfect for an 8 mile run. Already measured out and you get to see both sides of the river. Just start running and you’re golden. This would have been perfect if there wasn’t a walk on MLK Drive and a high school regatta on Kelly Drive. What is a girl to do when her favorite running path is congested???? Run the other way! Instead of getting all worked up and bent out of shape, I just ran in a different direction. Seriously, instead of going right, I went left.

I stretched, turned on my Nike+ GPS watch and started running. And what a glorious run. Behind the Art Museum, past 30th Street Station and out on the river. There is a stretch of the path that actually goes out onto the River. Honestly, that was my favorite part of the run. But what I wasn’t expecting was a dead end. At the end of the path, there was no where else to go. Well I could have gone up the steps and continued to run on the street, but I wasn’t feeling it. So I turned around and went back. Which put me right on Kelly Drive and in the middle of the high school regatta.

Now, I am not a “social” runner. Those that just jog to jog. There is nothing against that, but it’s not me. I’m out there to train. Go hard or go home dammit. I could have gotten mad (and I did) or I could use these slight traffic jams for intervals. So that’s what I did. I would sprint past people until the path was clear in front of me and then slow down to my pace, and when that didn’t work, I moved off the path and onto the road (literally). Thanks to the above mentioned regatta, a pretty good section of the Drive was closed to traffoc. So much better for my sanity and endurance.

Now, why was my run 9.14 miles instead of 8 you ask? Because I suck at math. By the time I got on the Drive, I was already about 5 and 1/2 miles in. So, I figured if I turn around at the 2 1/4 mark, I would be good. My watch proved me wrong. Now, I could have stopped when my watch said 8. That would have been ok. But why stop. I was feeling good, so I decided to keep going. I’ll be running 10 miles in a couple of weeks,so what was the big deal. There wasn’t one. It’s easy to stop when you are supposed to, but it takes mental toughness to go the extra mile. Or in my case, 1.4 miles.

Sometimes you have to do a little more work, stay late at work, or do a few more reps to make yourself better. Change doesn’t have to happen all at once. It can build up over time by doing little things.What did I learn for this longer than anticipated run, I am well on my way to accomplishing my goal of running Broad Street in under 2 hours and it pays to be flexible. When you can’t go right, go left!

Besides, who would want to leave a view like this:

Later Days Peeps!
B

 

Insanity Max 30 – The first 30 days

I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I was prepared for the complete butt whooping that was going to take place.I knew I was going to be pushed mentally and physically. I knew that it this was going to be the toughest workout that I had ever done. And that’s what I wanted. I wanted to push myself to the absolute limits. I wanted to see how far I could actually go. That’s why I bought Insanity Max 30 because I knew Shaun T would bring it. And he did.The first week it was all physical. There were times when I physically couldn’t do another rep because I would pass out or throw up. But after that, it was all mental. I knew that if I pushed past a certain point, I could make it to the end of the workout!

Cardio Challenge: This is basically a fit test. All cardio, all the time. Each interval is made up of three exercises that you repeat for three rounds and then you get  a water break. I knew that if I could just get through the last interval, I would get a water break. Getting there was 95% mental.


Tabata Power: The first time I did this workout, I thought my arms were going to fall off. Well, at least I knew what part of my fitness I need to work on! Push-ups, push-ups and more push-ups!! I got through the leg exercises just fine, but anything having to do with my arms was pure torture, especially triceps dips. After the second workout, it turned into mind over body. I knew that if I could get through the 3rd interval without taking breaks, I could make it to the end of the workout. And that’s what I did!!

Sweat Intervals: And it’s time for cardio again!!! Who doesn’t like a good sweat fest. Even more intervals and some ab work too! An amazing intense cardio work out that will have to wondering, why am I doing this and when can I do it again!

Tabata Strength: Well, if Tabata Power wasn’t enough, Shaun T decides to turn it up a couple of notches with this program. The first time I saw the first exercise, I stopped and said out loud, “are you crazy?” This workout is no flippin joke. Just when I thought my arms and shoulders were getting stronger, Shaun T showed me otherwise. To be honest, there were times when I cried and grunted my way through some of the intervals. But I soon realized that I love Tabata style workouts! Just before I pass out, the interval is over! Yeah! There is a reason this program starts during week 3.

Friday Fight Round 1: Ok. If you thought Monday through Thursday was tough, just wait until Friday!!! For me, if I am doing a timed interval or circuit, I live for the water breaks. For the beginning of the week, water breaks are every five minutes. Rough, but doable. Not on Friday. For a 30 minute workout, you get three water breaks. For reals dude? And if that is not enough, Shaun T decides that it would be  great idea to repeat the toughest exercises of the week during one program. Sheesh. Burpee lunges, squat kicks, Ab attack. triceps dips. All the good stuff wrapped up in a nice little package. Honestly, the hardest workout I have ever done! I am the first workout where I laid out on the floor when it was done!

Overall Thoughts: Shaun T said that he was going to kick my butt and he did. I knew going into this, before I even hit pay now on the Beachbody website, that I was in for a tough workout. This program pushed me mentally and physically harder than any other program that I have done before (and that includes T25). Obviously I learned that strength training is my weakness, especially triceps work, but I am getting better. My cardio has improved tremendously over the past month and most importantly, my mental toughness to get through and push past the pain has increased as well!

So who wants to see some pics???

Day 1

And……

                                      
Whoa! Mind blown! My arms and legs grew a little bit,but the biggest change… 2 inches off of my hips. In 30 Days. And only 30 more to go!
Can’t wait for Shaun T to bring it!!!
Later Days!

Where’s the Will Power????

I know that I will be dating myself, but does anyone remember the Wendy’s commerical with the old lady and she asks, “Where’s the beef?” Well, I find myself asking, “Where’s the will power?”

I know, and my instagram (@beebeehart) followers know that my workout schedule is on point. That is now an automatic, no-brainer, non-negotiable activity (it didn’t used to be) unless I am really sick or my body is telling me to rest. I drink a gallon of water a day. Eating, that is another story.

I love me some carbs….

I have all the intention in the world of eating right. I drink my Shakeology in the moring, pack my lunch and snacks, drink water, the whole bit. And then someone says, “Chipotle for lunch?” All of a sudden, my spinach and qunioa seems totally unappealing and I am drooling over the thought of guac and chips. My mind is telling me, “so you’re just gonna throw that ridiculously hard Max 30 workout out of the window?” And my stomach replies, in typical fashion, “shut up, I’m eating my burrito bowl.”

Ugh the struggle! WHERE IS MY WILL POWER!!! Doing the 21 Day Fix, I was so good. I would pack my meals and snacks and be set for the day. Someone would ask, what’s for lunch and I would say, “I already ate.” But after a while, I fell off the portion control wagon and my taste buds took over. Granted, it is not as bad as it used to be (I cut out a lot, a lot of processed foods and allow myself “treat meals” on the weekends). I know I need to tackle my nutrition and meal planning harder, but gosh dangit, it is so hard.

Maybe I got bored with eating the same thing every week. Maybe I just like potato chips over apples (but Trader Joe’s dried seaweed is amazeballs). Or, just maybe I lack the will power to put down the damn candy bar and pick up a carrot.

And what they say is true. Healthy living to 80% eating and 20% working out. Nailed the 20%. The 80%….. that’s a work in progress. I am probably beating myself up for a process that takes time. But does it really take more than 21 days to establish healthy eating habits? I guess it does when you have the will power of a gnat.

So, now that we have addressed the problem, how do I fix it? I can’t just put on an electric shock collar that knocks me on my butt with 100 volts when I touch a chocolate chip cookie and I can’t live in a bubble where the only food allowed in isorganic, non-gmo, hasn’t been touch by a chemcial or someone who may have be in contact with chemcials within the past 30 seconds. I guess the only options is to….. get some will power.

No one said that changing lifestyles would be easy, but I didn’t think that my resistance to eating strawberries over french fries would be so low. I mean really low. *face plant on desk*. No one is perfect and neither is the road to a healthy lifestyle.

Time to buck up, get some will power and tackle this clean eating thing head on. Oh look, cake!

Later Days Peeps!