This is going to be one of those posts where I have to shut my eyes to hit send. I’ve got some photos to share with you today that are pretty embarrassing, but I hope they’ll help other people realize that “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
At the beginning of July, I took a big step out of my comfort zone and ordered one of those Beachbody kits – you know, the ones from all those infomercials. I had seen the infomercials for P90X, Insanity, Body Beast, and was so intimidated by all those buff bodies that I never really considered that I could do something like it! Then I started seeing the 21 Day Fix spot and thought “Now that’s more my speed!”
So when I called my friend Pam, who has had AMAZING results with several Beachbody programs, especially T25, that’s what I thought I’d be doing. I was all set to get 21 Day Fixed, and started saving my pennies to order the full challenge pack with Shakeology. Then I called her back and told her I was almost ready to order, and she said, “Before you do, I wanted to let you know that Chalene Johnson [creator of TurboJam and TurboFire] has a new program that I think you will LOVE! It’s called PiYo, and it’s brand new. If you want to wait one more week until it’s released, we can both order it and do it together.”
When she explained that PiYo is a pilates/yoga inspired workout that is focused on building strength and flexibility using just your body weight, I was intrigued. I’ve always enjoyed both pilates and yoga, and loved the idea of having someone to go through the program with. So I placed my order and joined Pam’s challenge group at the beginning of July.
One of the first things she told me to do was take “before” pictures and measurements as well as weighing myself. I was REALLY not happy about this, for reasons that all be obvious when you see the pictures a little later on! But I did it, and now I’m glad I did because changes are so gradual that is really hard to see any other way.
The program itself was great. There are multiple workouts on three DVD’s, so even though I was working out six days a week, I wasn’t getting bored with the repetition. The pack even included a calendar so that I didn’t have to try to figure out which workout to do next or when it was time to move on to some of the more advanced routines. And within each workout, Chalene and her team of instructors demonstrate each move with modifiers for the beginners and also for more advanced people.
That girl on the right is Modifier Michele – she’s my new best friend. No offense to my current best friends, but Michele and I hung out for at least one move in every workout for the last 60 days. I kind of feel like I owe her a Christmas card now! But I hardly ever manage to get cards in the mail anyway, so hopefully she’ll just see this blog and know that I appreciate her haha.
Finishing the program this week was bittersweet. There was a HUGE sense of accomplishment, and I am thrilled with my results…but I’m going to miss waking up and seeing Chalene’s smiling face every morning! There will be a round two of PiYo in my future, but after this weekend I’ll be moving on to the 21 Day Fix to mix things up a little.
Here are the three main pillars of the program as I followed it:
– 30 minute PiYo workout, 6 days a week
– 1 Shakeology daily
– 4-5 small meals a day based on clean eating principles (the challenge pack comes with a nutrition plan)
It really was easy to follow, I would do my workout and shake first thing in the morning and go about my day. I did well with eating clean, although I’ll never claim that I was perfect at it! I would probably have even more dramatic results if I had been perfect at it, but I was never aiming for a total transformation in only 8 weeks. I’m looking at this as the first 8 weeks of the rest of my life, and I will always need to make room for imperfection, because that’s how life works, right?
So how did these three pillars work out for me? Take a look and see!
I set a goal to lose 10 pounds and 10 inches in my 8 weeks on this program.
I missed one goal by a little, but I smashed the other one! I lost a total of 7 pounds and 16 inches by the last day. Most of the inches came off of my waist and my thighs, which is a-ok with me!
So there you have it, my “after” photos for PiYo, that have just become my “before” photos for 21 Day Fix! If you’re considering starting a fitness program, there is no time like the present. I’ve become a Beachbody coach as part of my journey, and would love to help you reach YOUR goals! I can hook you up with any of the workout programs Beachbody offers, and I’ve got challenge groups set up for the month of September, send me a message and I’ll get you enrolled!