Jan Week 1: Are you sticking to your goals?

Jan Week 1 is over! Did everyone stick to their goals for the first week of the new year? Getting started is always the hardest, but once you get into a routine, it should come more naturally.

To kick off my new year goal of consistently working out, I started Beachbody’s Core de Force program. Here is my week’s recap:


Oh my goodness what a hangover! Future Hubby and I decided drinking half a bottle of champagne leftover from New Year’s Eve and 2 bottles of red wine on New Year’s Day sounded like a great idea. We were incorrect in our assumption. I spent the first part of my day laying around in a “woe is me” state and hydrating like my life (and liver) depended on it. Around 5pm I was sufficiently recovered enough to workout. The first Core de Force workout, MMA Speed, is 27 minutes long and consists of 6 rounds of 3 minute workouts. Each round you alternate between a 60 second boxing combination and a 30 second cardio spike. The last cardio spike, is called ground to fighter stance. Sounds cool, right? Lies. This is just a fancy name for a burpee variation. I was dripping sweat by the end of the workout and it felt so satisfying to check off that box.





I have a feeling this program is going to work because my core is super sore from yesterday’s workout. The program includes a 5 minute recovery that you’re encouraged to do before bed to help prepare you for the next day. My listening skills could use some work because I did not do this last night and it hurts to laugh, sneeze, and move my body. Today’s workout is Dynamic Strength. 12 rounds of 3 different moves, for 47 minutes. The second 6 rounds are the same as the first 6, only intensified, because apparently the first 6 rounds weren’t hard enough(?!). The first of the 3 moves in each round are push-up variations. My poor, weak, arms were so jiggly by the end! This workout was HARD, but I will probably see the most improvement and development because I have a lot room to grow. The videos feature a modifier so if you can’t do a sphinx blaster, you can still get a good workout in until you build up to it. She became my best friend.

A new day, new strength, fresh new opportunities. Happy Tuesday!


Last night I did about 3 minutes of the 5 minute recovery stretch and it helped a lot. I guess these professionals know what they are talking about. I am still sore but I am making less whimpering noises every time I move or sneeze. Maybe one day I will try the full 5 minutes. I may have to steal Katie’s Stretch resolution!

Today I am back to MMA Speed. I really enjoy this workout, minus the burpees in disguise at the end. I could have very easily stayed snuggled under fluffy blankets on the couch but I made the conscious decision to get up and get moving. This was a huge win for me! I was so proud of myself that I pushed myself even harder than I did on Monday. So hard that I almost lost my dinner on Round 6!

You can have results or excuses, not both.


Today I would have typically used the excuse that I was too mentally exhausted to workout. I fought that urge by changing into my workout clothes as soon as I got home, popping in the DVD, and hitting play. I am glad I didn’t give myself much time to think about what I was about to do because Power Sculpt was no joke.

Power Sculpt has 9 rounds that last 3 minutes. The moves get harder as the round progresses so each move was timed as such: 60 seconds, 45 seconds, 35 seconds, with short breaks. Round 1-4 are repeated for round 5-8. The final round 9 is a burnout series with no breaks. These moves are complex, tricky, and take some careful steps to perform accurately .I found myself saying, “you want me to do WHAT with my body?!” more often than I’d like. This was HARD. Jess, you fantastic modifier you, I love you.

The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.


I woke up early and sleepily looked at my phone to see which workout I needed to do this morning. I thought I saw MMA Speed, which is only 27 minutes long, so I hit my snooze button for an extra 15 minutes of sleep. Turns out, I needed to do MMA Shred, a 37 minute workout. I skipped the cool down to jump into the shower sooner and I can almost guarantee I will pay for this tomorrow.

MMA Shred is very similar to MMA Speed in that it alternates between 60 second combos and 30 second spikes for 3 minutes per round. Shred has 9 rounds vs Speed’s 6. Shred is based on Muay Thai fighting. There are a lot of elbows, punches, knees, and kicks. The elbows force you to rotate your core even more, making you really feel it. I am loving these cardio workouts! I am going to try to accomplish my workout in the mornings so I have time to just chill out at night

Wake up. Sweat. Repeat.


IT’S A SNOW DAY! Oh wait, it’s Saturday and I am an adult… Snow days were much more fun as a kid! Since I was trapped inside against my will, I had no choice but to get my workout in! Oh boy, back to Dynamic Strength! This workout did not get easier from when I did it on Tuesday. I like that the program alternates between cardio and strength days, but I need to really work on getting my strength up. Tomorrow is an active recover day. I could use it after this week of butt kicking fun!

I did manage to escape the inside of my apartment to hang out with a friend. Walking in the snow on poorly shoveled sidewalks is a pretty good workout too. My body was tired from earlier and then definitely exhausted after trudging over the hill and through the streets. I am totally counting this as a workout, despite the wine the followed.

Excuses don’t burn calories.



I did not do my active recovery today. #FAIL, but I am still happy I worked out 6 days in a row! That is a record for me. Starting small to win big!

Instead of working out, I did a lot of #adulting today. Ran to Target, went food shopping, ran errands we put off yesterday due to snow. Planning ahead is the key to being successful. I meal prep on Sundays so I don’t put my nutrition at risk during the week. This week, I made a veggie-egg white bake for breakfasts, Paleo Chicken Teriyaki, and Paleo Bread. Also on the menu this week, Turkey Burgers on a lettuce bun, Sweet and Sour Meatballs, and Shrimp Lettuce Wraps.

Do you have any go to recipes?

What healthy choices did you make this week? Did you stick to your goals?

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