Nov 12 2018
Week 6 Liift 4 Review – A Mom’s Weight Loss Transformation!
Hey guys, so week six in Liift 4 is still a building week, which means I’m going heavier with my weights. If I could not keep my proper form and if my elbows slipped and form got too ugly, I would put the weights down. I would quickly pick up something lighter just because form is crucial for me. I also don’t want to strain my neck because I have an old neck injury and I really have to protect it and I’m careful with it.
So I really tried to go hard with my hip moves and then on Wednesday my free day, I did a 45 minute booty day. You saw the move just now. That was in that and it was amazing. I used sliders, I used weights, I used bands and it was actually really fun. So I love having access to all these workouts and really I just tried to focus on form.
There were a couple times I’m like, dang, it’s dark. It’s winter. I really just want to pour a glass of red wine. I just really had to focus on my water intake and just kind of getting it done. I promised myself eight weeks, no alcohol, I’m finally going to get to have wine on Thanksgiving.
I feel so much leaner and less bloated and my body feels like it works better and I sleep better when I don’t have the wine. This is why I’m doing this, and it may seem extreme to some, I knew it would get me ahead. It would also gives me that edge, which we’re always looking for, that the thing that’s gonna get us a little bit further in our progress. That makes us feel amazing and unstoppable.
So of course triple bears here. Not My favorite, but I’m getting better at keeping my knees two inches off the ground and you can see I have less middle jiggle, which I’m really excited about. I think my belly button is moving north and spray tans are life. Can I just have a moment of silence for a good spray tan?!! So join our November Challenge Group. November is the group. You need to be in it. You need this plan. It’s amazing. Have a good week.
Nov 07 2018
Week Five Liift 4 Review – A Mom’s Weight Loss Transformation!
I’m in the full swing of week five and I’m excited to share with you because I am just loving this program. I feel like for any busy mom or for any woman who has a really hard time finishing a workout program and staying true to the promises that she’s made herself to complete a workout program, this one is the one for you, for us. It’s only 40 minutes at the most that you’re going to be working out and you can totally do that. And also it is just four days a week.
So if you want to do more, you can. If you don’t want to, there’s no guilt. So I was loving the core moves this week that he did because I pushed myself with the heavier weights. The core moves really hurt and I could feel them moving all the muscles. And on my rest day I did a pilates yoga fusion.
You can see here that I did 15 minutes of a stretch, and strength. It’s definitely a faster moving yoga because I don’t have a lot of patients for yoga, but it made me feel alive and awake. I just need that and that’s why I’m so addicted to the endorphin high that exercise brings me.
So leg day, I tried to, lift heavier weights, this was probably the hardest leg day that I’ve done in the program and he actually says that. So I was really trying to push myself and focus and lift heavier.
I did a workout on my rest day, on Saturday, I did A Little More Obsessed, which is an Autumn Calabrese calibration program that use sliders and bands. And that was a really good feeling as well because I could elongate my muscles again and just have something a little bit different. That’s not the heavy heavy weights.
I was thinking about something important this week because I think as women we so often break the promises that we make to ourselves in order to maybe take care of those around us. And I found that when I keep the promises to myself, it helps me to trust myself. So that I believe that I can actually do what I set out to do. So keep lifting those weights, working out hard and enjoy the process. On to week six!
Oct 29 2018
Week Four Liift 4 Review – A Mom’s Weight Loss Transformation!
I can’t believe it’s already week four! Our team is having so much success with Liift 4. Everyone is feeling more energized, lighter, tighter, more in control of their schedule and the fact that it’s only four days a week, is really making it successful for a lot of busy women.
We have a new group starting this week and then if you want to jump in on our next month’s group, please message me today. I am just loving that I can up my weights, track my weights and then on my two free days, I’m doing my favorite kickboxing, my Turbofire workout. I have almost a thousand workouts to choose from, so I can, you know, take those rest days and make the most of them and have fun with it.
Liift 4 has some awesome shoulder moves that look easy and are actually pretty difficult. He does the craziest hit moves and I swear every core move that Joel puts together for the end of the workout feels perfect in conjunction with what you did that day.
It’s like he knows exactly what muscles didn’t get worked and need to get worked. And then need to get double worked. It’s pretty crazy this week. Our leg day had no weights involved. It was only hiit and it was 27 minutes of pure craziness. My quads were on fire. Those triple bears are just crazy.
I definitely notice having no wine all month in my waist line. My love skin from having two kids is so much tighter because of the muscle that is happening underneath it. And the fact that I’m focusing on more water and no alcohol has helped a ton.
I’m also focusing on making new recipes. So of course I’ve been using my Instant Pot. You can see my other YouTube video for that. I use some spicy chicken sausage with my spaghetti squash and did a little sauce on top of that and warmed it up. I’m also making a fennel, almond and lemon salad. I’ll also be checking in next week with another video and then, a new transformation video so you can see the progress that I’ve made. Thanks for watching.
Instant Pot Blog and Recipe: https://stacyrody.com/2018/10/19/instant-pot-recipe/
Oct 22 2018
Week Three Liift 4 Review – A Mom’s Weight Loss Transformation!
I just drank my Energize so I am ready to go on shoulders week three, day three, and the girls and I are chatting in the online accountability group. How amazing we feel and how we can’t believe it’s already week three.
No workout is the same for the entire eight weeks that keeps us engaged and interested and one little tip I have for you that helps me a ton are mirrors. I went to Ikea and picked up three mirrors I use at to check my form.
I think about the muscles I’m using and I know that that really helps with my results, I’m not just guessing how my form is. I actually know where my knee is bending up over my ankle to my elbows are in windows, close to my body. This applies to my bicep curls as well.
When you’re lifting heavy, and if you need to go heavier, you should invest in the heavier weights as needed. You will find yourself needing heavier as this program goes. But as I’m lifting heavy and pushing myself, I must focus on proper form because I don’t want to get injured. And if I’m going to take time to do this, I want the best results.
The meal plan on this program is really, really simple and it’s laid out a lot like some of the other programs that I’ve done. And, there’s an app where you can track all the containers. And really what it is, is it’s eating right for either your weight loss goals or your muscle building goals. So that being said, a lot of the times when we calculate, we can find, okay, I’m eating too many healthy fats and proteins. What I need, is more healthy carbs and veggies and there are different ways that I can help you figure out how to get those in your day. And, the app lets you track everything.
Today I have 10 baby carrots as a veggie and then I’ve got some Turkey lunch meat. It doesn’t have to be fancy. You can measure it and throw it in a bag and go. And then for dinner tonight, I used my Instant Pot, I did spaghetti squash and a harvest fall pasta sauce, and then I just did onion and lean ground turkey meat. (For full recipe click here.)
So of course I get my daily shake everyday. That’s a dessert that helps with my cravings. And you also get a cheat meal and he wants you to have it. Now this is really, really smart. He wants you to either have it on Wednesday night because Wednesday’s the rest day, he knows you’re going to have a workout on Thursday, so you can use the energy from the cheat meal or the treat meal like I like to say for energy the next day.
So again, Saturday, Sunday are off on this plan. You can either do an active rest day, you can do a different program since you have access to over a thousand workouts, you can do a different workout. I’ve been choosing some booty day workouts because I need a little extra help, or just plain cardio or something fun that I like or Pilates or yoga. But since you have Saturday, Sunday off, you can do your cheat meal on Sunday night too, because you know you’re going to be pushing it hard on Monday.
Remember, you’re going to use those calories, that energy from those cheat foods and you’re going to be able to have fun. And the average American, 80 percent do not stick to a plan. Six days a week is not doable for a lot of people that either commute, work full time, have super busy schedules, so being four days a week I feel like is the perfect workout for a busy lifestyle.
I’m happy to report that I am down three pounds since I started this challenge. Ditching the alcohol and focusing more on sleep and water has really helped me. I’m excited to see what’s to come and my superfood shake has been helping with my cravings. So if you want to get in on the my next challenge, don’t forget to message me and I’ll get you in.
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Oct 16 2018
Week Two Liift 4 Review – A Mom’s Weight Loss Transformation!
This week has been full of ups and downs! I didn’t get enough sleep which can hurt with progress and I didn’t feel or see many changes in my weight or body.I stuck to the plan and did some fun shorter workouts on my free days. I always workout six days a week even when the plan is only four. I just feel better when I push play more often. I feel more alive once I’ve moved my body.Some realizations I had this week reminded me that change lives in the hard moments. Change happens when I want to give up and don’t. During the jump squats or mountain climbers, when I want to drop to my knees and stop, I dig deep and push harder. I know I have a reserve I can tap into and once I do, I build my inner strength.I’m hopeful that in a few days I will wake up and see the changes I think I deserved this week. And if I don’t, I won’t quit. I will stay in the game and push just as hard because the results will come. They will happen. I trust and believe. I also know that even though I gave up alcohol, my nutrition hasn’t been 100% on point. I drink my superfoods daily and focus on my containers but I also sneak treats like Trader Joe’s Power Berries, and extra peanut butter. Dialing in sleep and nutrition this week and I can’t wait to see how I’ll feel!!
Oct 09 2018
Week One Liift 4 Review – A Mom’s Weight Loss Transformation!
It’s here, the structure of Fall and the rhythm of routine. I enjoy Summer so much but I’m learning to love this even more. When I first started my fitness journey, my babies were little and the discipline of daily to-do lists kept me sane. They still do.
With the Liift 4 calendar and meal plan paired with giving up alcohol for this round, I feel pretty confident I’ll see the results I want.
4 Days a week of weights, HIIT and core moves will be the perfect combination. I will have two other days to do anything else I want!
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