Nov 26 2018
Week 8 Liift 4 Review – Tone and Weight Loss
Week 8 Liift 4 Review – A Mom’s Weight Loss Transformation!
Oh, it’s week eight and I am loving how tight and toned my body feels. I think some of the highlights from this program for me has been that when I am increasing my strength, I’ve been doing 25lbs for my chest presses. I’ve been doing seventeens and a half for my bicep curls. These are weights that I’ve never ever picked up before. But what happens when you’re picking up heavier weights. I don’t feel bulkier, but I feel tighter. My arms feel smaller and they’re tighter and I’ve lost inches, but I haven’t really lost pounds.
I’ve lost two pounds over the whole program, but I love that I can pick up these heavyweights and they feel lighter to me, so I’ve been able to stay on course with every single workout because it’s only been four days a week, which again, amazing for any busy mom.
The one other thing that I love besides feeling that super tight, toned, lean feeling, my body is that he had us working core every single workout, which I’ve never done before. So now I am in the habit of doing it and even if my program does not call for it. I am going to add it on and that is something that I have noticed my abs have changed the most. Obviously the meal plan has helped, but from working them everyday wanted to show you the moves from this program because sometimes when you see someone else doing it, you think to yourself if she can do it, so can I.
That’s the theme in our online groups is if she can do it. So can I. and that’s what I saw when I lost 40 pounds and I caught wind of these amazing calendars and these amazing trainers that I could just from a touch of my finger, play my workout and do it around my kids’ schedule.
It’s been such a blessing in my life and to be able to be consistent with it I think is the most important thing. Because I used to always think, why do these people have this healthy lifestyle and how do they fit in? I did not comprehend how they made it their lifestyle, with all the other things they had to get done in their daily life.
Now I know now I know and that’s why I love sharing it. So of course on my free day, I’m able to use my sliders, my loops from one of my other favorite programs. And this workout was a burner. It was leg day and 10 minutes in I was dead. I was dying. So I just wanted to show you all the amazing options that are at your fingertips.
There is a bundle deal that will save you so much money. Check it out HERE! It’s basically for a year of fitness, what most people pay in a month for their gym. I live in a little. It’s come down and to a couple of the workout moves with me because I honestly can feel that I’m showing them a healthy, happy lifestyle. And that brings me joy.
So one of my friends lost seven inches all over. Another one has no more workout guilt, because she’s never been able to fit all four workouts in a week before. When I started, I was drinking wine almost every night, lots of cheese and just feeling blah. Now I’ve been able to kick my wine cravings and I hardly ever even think about it because it’s been two months now. I’m going to have some over the holidays, but I just feel like it’s not part of my daily lifestyle anymore.
Nov 20 2018
Week 7 Liift 4 Review
Week 7 Liift 4 Review – A Mom’s Weight Loss Transformation!
I’m so excited to share week seven with you girls. I felt really focused when I started this week because I knew I only had two weeks left of the program and I do really well with short burst and short term goals. Obviously it’s a little bit easier to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so this started shred week for us. He does two weeks, I’ve shred week and you definitely notice that he has upped the cardiac.
Have to say though, when I was doing these workouts, I did not feel very lean, but playing back and watching the videos, I’m like, oh, I actually, I can see more muscle definition. I do feel and look a little leaner, so it’s good to have a mirror in your workout space. You can focus on form. It’s good to video yourself and see the progression because otherwise you just look in the mirror.
You’re going about your day to day business and you don’t notice how much you’re changing. I am dying. Jude is a nice little workout buddy. He came down, it was Chapel Day, so he had his little red tie on and he’s like, “Mom, can I work out with you?” So I love to see how much he was actually watching me, which just goes to prove that our kids are watching us so much more than we realize. Teaching them these good habits is priceless.
Joel mixed it up this week. He totally changed the order and which we used our muscle groups. I was thinking about this morning, how much I’m noticing an improvement in my ab area and it’s because I’m working my core pretty much every day. Um, I didn’t use to do this.
I was of the understanding that you only needed to work your core every other day, but working at it daily has been really strengthening it and I’m noticing a lot more tightness in that area, especially after having two kids. That’s a big deal because I do have a slight separation in the muscles going down the middle of my stomach. So I am really excited to have this opportunity to just focus on my core more on my second free days this week.
I chose AAA from A Little More Obsessed and again, using the bands and the slides are life. I love the way it makes my muscles feel and that just adds that extra tension to those tough to work areas.
Thank you Autumn for blasting out the fat on the side of my butt. I’m working my core in every single move.
I hope this inspires you and gives you some new ideas. I really hope that you’re inspired now to join our group because if you didn’t know there is a special running where when you get Shakeology that I’m obsessed with, you get a year of all these workouts for just $10. So hit me up.
Nov 12 2018
Week 6 Liift 4 Review
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
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
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.
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Oct 22 2018
Week Three Liift 4 Review
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 – Are You Looking for a Transformation?
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!!