Core de Force: Day 2


Shakeology to start the day
Shakeology to start the day.

Check out the calories I burned during CORE DE FORCE HERE!

Today was Day 2 of Core de Force for me. The name of the workout is called Dynamic Strength and it’s 47 minutes long. There was a warmup, then 12 three minute rounds, and then a cool down. Each round had three moves, each lasting a minute. It was mostly pushups (so many different pushups!), kicks, planks, balancing, and situps. Some of the moves were super challenging and I did end up following the modifier for a few of them.

I was dripping with sweat by the end of this killer workout, and my Fitbit claimed I burned 345 calories. I really enjoyed this workout because it was just so different from everything else I have done before.

Midday coffee while doing school
Midday coffee while doing school

Today was kind of a rough day at home with my kiddos. Sometimes homeschooling and just being home with the kids all day is exhausting. And I mean we are not literally HOME all day. We DO go out and see people and places. Just sometimes the fighting and the constant messes drive me nuts. I’m so happy to have Beachbody On Demand so that I can just stream the workouts (any workout!) wherever and whenever. I’ve been using naptime as my workout time. I put the little one down for a nap and let the big kids watch a movie or show in my room while I workout downstairs. I totally need that little bit of “me” time.

My meal prep lately has been kinda boring and I’m quite okay with that. It makes it super easy for me. Lately I’ve been doing quinoa, peas, and fish. Today I had some yummy salmon cooked with garlic and rosemary. So delicious!

How was your workout today?

Calories burned during Core de Force

***Check out my before and after results here***

Hey guys! I know there are always a lot of questions about how many calories you burn when doing an exercise program. Well, that honestly depends on so many factors. Generally the more you weigh, the more calories you will actually burn while doing any activity. The harder you push yourself during your workout will help you burn more calories. If you don’t go as hard as you know you can you will end up burning less calories. So this is not meant to tell you that you will definitely burn “X” amount of calories doing this workout. This is basically just giving you a general idea, and letting you know what I burned myself while doing this amazing program. As a reference I am 173 pounds. I am using my Fitbit Charge HR to track my calories burned. I love it and also have used a Polar FT4 and FT7 heart rate monitor. A few times I have worn the Polar and the Fitbit at the same time and it came up with almost exactly the same amount of calories burned. The Fitbit is just much more comfortable to wear, so I love using it. And as always, check with your doctor before beginning any program.

I will update this post each day with the calories burned, so keep checking back!

Core de Force
Day 1: MMA Speed (27 Minutes) 255 calories burned
Day 2: Dynamic Strength (47 Minutes) 345 calories burned
Day 3: MMA Speed (27 Minutes) 256 calories burned
Day 4: Power Sculpt (36 Minutes) 351 calories burned
Day 5: MMA Shred (37 Minutes) 328 calories burned
Day 6: Dynamic Strength (47 Minutes) 318 calories burned
Day 7: Active Recovery (21 Minutes) 99 calories burned
Day 8: MMA Shred (37 Minutes) 340 calories burned
Core Kinetics (16 Minutes) 62 calories burned
Day 9: Power Sculpt (36 Minutes) 321 calories burned
Day 10: MMA Shred (37 Minutes) 357 calories burned
Core Kinetics (16 Minutes) 93 calories burned
Day 11: Dynamic Strength (47 Minutes) 294 calories burned
Day 12: MMA Power (47 Minutes) 429 calories burned
Day 13: Power Sculpt (36 Minutes) 296 calories burned
Day 14: Active Recovery (21 Minutes) 145 calories burned
Day 15: MMA Power (47 Minutes) 460 calories burned
Core Kinetics (16 Minutes) 68 calories burned
Day 16: Dynamic Strength (47 Minutes) 298 calories burned
5 Minute Core on the Floor (5 Minutes) 29 calories burned
Day 17: MMA Power (47 Minutes) 386 calories burned
Core Kinetics (16 Minutes) 83 calories burned
Day 18: Power Sculpt (36 Minutes) 282 calories burned
5 Minute Core on the Floor (5 Minutes) 22 calories burned
Day 19: MMA Plyo (47 Minutes) 370 calories burned
Day 20: Dynamic Strength (47 Minutes) 197 calories burned
5 Minute Core on the Floor (5 Minutes) 8 calories burned
Day 21: Active Recovery (21 Minutes) 88 calories burned
Day 22: MMA Plyo (47 Minutes) 382 calories burned
Core Kinetics (16 Minutes) 52 calories burned
Day 23: Power Sculpt (36 Minutes) 290 calories burned
5 Minute Core on the Floor (5 Minutes) 47 calories burned
Day 24: MMA Plyo (47 Minutes) 390 calories burned
Core Kinetics (16 Minutes) 45 calories burned
Day 25: Dynamic Strength (47 Minutes) 135 calories burned
5 Minute Core on the Floor (5 Minutes) 7 calories burned
Day 26: MMA Speed (27 Minutes) 230 calories burned
Core Kinetics (16 Minutes) 44 calories burned
Day 27: MMA Shred (37 Minutes) 291 calories burned
Core Kinetics (16 Minutes) 56 calories burned
Day 28: Active Recovery (21 Minutes) 62 calories burned
Day 29: MMA Power (47 Minutes) 354 calories burned
Core Kinetics (16 Minutes) 62 calories burned
Day 30: MMA Plyo (47 Minutes) 420 calories burned
Core Kinetics (16 Minutes) 78 calories burned

Average Calories Burned Per Workout:

MMA Speed: 247 calories burned
Dynamic Strength: 264 calories burned
Power Sculpt: 308 calories burned
MMA Shred: 329 calories burned
Active Recovery: 99 calories burned
Core Kinetics: 64 calories burned
MMA Power: 407 calories burned
5 Minute Core on the Floor: 22 calories burned
MMA Plyo: 390 calories burned

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Becoming a Beachbody Coach

Hey everyone! Some exciting news here. So I’ve been doing really well over the past year and have dropped about 40 pounds total. I have been doing a mix of running, group exercises classes at the YMCA, and Beachbody workouts at home (mostly TurboFire and Chalean Extreme). I really love the programs Beachbody offers and truly believe in them. So I decided to sign up as a Coach!

I’m so excited about this new adventure. I’m definitely not atnmy goal weight or really anywhere close to it. But I am working hard at it. I love exercise so much and really just want to encourage people to find a program they can fall in love with as well. And that’s one of the best things about Beachbody (I think) is that there is literally a program out there for everyone, no matter what your fitness level is. I would love to chat with you and help you figure out your goals and help you decide how to achieve them.

As for myself, today I started Core de Force, which is a 30-day mixed martial arts inspired program.

I absolutely loved my first day. I was dripping with sweat. My first workout was called MMA Speed and it was 27 minutes long. It was definitely intense, but of course there were modifications they show you to bring it down a notch. I burned 255 calories in just 27 minutes, which I thought was awesome. I’m going to be creating a post where I will track my calories burned each day for Core de Force, so stay tuned for that.

Have you fallen in love with any at home workout programs?

Underactive Thyroid and Losing Weight

So it’s been super hard to lose weight, which it is for a lot of people. But I was doing all the right things, working out and eating at a good deficit. I should have been losing weight. I’ve basically been battling the scale for the past three years when I got pregnant. I’ve been in the 190s for the past three years. I’ve gone up and down about ten pounds, up down, up down. Over and over and the weight just wouldn’t come off.

I also am just completely exhausted all the time and can barely think. My brain feels foggy.

I went to the doctor and she checked my thyroid. It was very underactive. I got medicine to control it. It says that it can take about a month to start feeling better from the medicine. I’ve been on it for two weeks now. I don’t really feel a difference in my energy or an improvement in the brain fog yet. But I have lost 7 pounds. I don’t even know why. I’ve been exercising and eating at a deficit JUST like before, like the exact same calories and exact same exercises. But it’s finally working. The dr said that if my thyroid isn’t working right I just will not lose weight no matter what I’m doing.

I don’t want to get my hopes up but I am excited at the possibility of the medicine helping me to feel better overall and helping my metabolism to lose the weight.

Does anyone have any stories to tell about when they were diagnosed with hypothyroidism and how it affected their weight? Did you find it easier to lose weight when you started medicine for you thyroid?

Healthy and Easy Microwave Potato Chips

Let’s talk about food. Food is so amazing. I totally believe that food is fuel. But I’ve almost always had an addiction to it. I overeat. I eat too much of the bad stuff. And that’s really been my problem for several years. I workout hard every week. I’m at the gym at least 4 times a week. But what I put in my mouth at meal times was just awful. No wonder I never really saw my weight going down.

For the past few weeks I’ve been really counting my calories again. But not even just calorie counting. I’ve been cleaning up what I’m eating. I don’t want to eat just 1500 calories. I want to eat 1500 calories of food that is going to nourish my body and fuel it. I don’t want to waste my calories on junk. I’ve been weighing my food on a digital food scale and that has opened my eyes so much to how much I was truly overeating before.

But I love crunchy snacks. Enter in the healthy and easy microwaved potato chip. The terribly oily and salty potato chips from a bag are a thing of the past for me. These chips are SO EASY. They are so quick to whip up, are crunchier and more satisfying than the bagged kind, are cheap to make, and you can do so many different flavors.

Let me show you how!

First choose a potato and wash that thing good. A vegetable scrub brush is your friend! Hey! And don’t forget to weigh it with your food scale!

Next, slice the potato nice and thin. I don’t have a fancy schmancy slicer. I got mine for like ten bucks at Walmart. It works nicely though.

Lay out a piece of parchment paper and arrange the sliced potato in a single layer. Try not to overlap the slices like I did a bit here. I had a bit more potato than I had parchment paper.

Season your potatoes! I used A1 Sweet Mesquite dry rub seasoning. A serving was two teaspoons and 15 calories. I used only one teaspoon, so 7.5 calories for my seasoning. I really wanted barbecue chips tonight and I could not find any barbecue seasoning without salt. If you know where I can find some let me know! I really want to not use any salt. I’ve made garlic flavored chips, onion flavored, even cinnamon and sugar. Just sprinkle some of your favorite flavors.

Place the parchment paper in the microwave. You can put it on a plate, but I like doing it without the plate because I feel it’s just as easy to slip the parchment paper into the microwave.  Microwave for five minutes and then check your potato chips. If they aren’t crispy yet, continue microwaving in one minute increments to check if they are done. If you let them cook too long they will burn. You will know when they are done because they won’t have any moisture left in them and they will crack and break like your classic potato chip.

And then enjoy!

These are so yummy and don’t make me feel gross like store bought chips. And they aren’t as time consuming as oven baked chips. I also do this with sweet potatoes and they are so yummy.

Try these and let me know what you think!

The Start of a New Year: Make Your Goals and Create Your Roadmap

Here we are at the end of 2015. It was not exactly the year I thought I would have. I turned 30 and was sure I would be in shape by this time. I am still so far away from being at my goal weight. However, I have many, many non-scale victories to celebrate.

In 2015 I became a regular at the gym. Like every day. I ran my first 5k. I tried so many new classes at the gym. And now I look forward to a challenge in the gym and am not afraid to try new things.

The past few weeks I’ve been better with my eating and my pants are starting to fall off. My main problem is my eating. I workout a ton. But no matter how much you workout, if you still eat like crap, you won’t see changes. That is what I have learned this year. Honestly. It’s so true. I have worked my butt off to the point where I have no dry spots left on my clothes. But yet, I end this year at just a few pounds lower than at the start of this year. And those few pounds I lost were just in the past few weeks. The eating HAS to be under control to see the changes.

You know I lost so much weight before. When I did it, I was very good about logging my food and not going over my calories. You could eat the right amount of calories for losing weight and NEVER workout and still lose weight. But you can’t workout and eat more calories than you burn in a day and expect to lose weight. And that’s what I’ve been doing. No more.

For Christmas I bought a Fitbit Charge HR and it has seriously been amazing. I’ve tried other trackers, the UP24, Fitbit Flex, BodyMedia Fit, polar Ft4, polar ft7 heart rate monitor, and the fitbit charge hr has been my favorite. It’s so easy to use and seems to be fairly accurate. I love the challenges I can participate in and that I can connect with my friends and family on it.

Okay so GOALS!!! New Year’s Resolutions. I love them. I really do. But we so often get off track a little with any resolution and get discouraged and GIVE UP. We need to set an attainable goal and then make a plan of action. How will we reach our goal?

Reach my GOAL WEIGHT by New Years Day 2017
Be diligent in logging my food into MyFitnessPal

That’s it. Those are my only goals. I want to give up soda and sweets and a bunch of other stuff, but I’m not going to say that. I’m going to try to limit those things, but I’m not giving anything up this year. The only thing I want to concentrate on is making sure I’m logging honestly and accurately and not going OVER my allotted calories, except on rare occasions.

So those are the goals. The PLAN OF ACTION:

Go to the gym at least five days a week (I already do that, so that’s easy) and workout hard. Push myself to get stronger.

Log in to MyFitnessPal every day to log my food. I need accountability. That’s where my MFP friends can come in, and that can include YOU. Add me!

I have 63 pounds to lose. Let the New Year begin!

Getting Over a Weight Loss Plateau: Getting the Scale Finally Moving Again!

Well guys, I have been trying to lose weight since my baby was born… 18 months ago. I hadn’t lost anything other than the 8 or so pounds immediately after he was born. I was breastfeeding him and expected the weight to fall off.  It didn’t.  I am still breastfeeding him and I heard that some people just hang on to the weight when they nurse. But still, it’s frustrating. But I had not been good about my eating. Or exercising. So why should I expect to lose any weight really, right?

So as I posted, I joined the YMCA at the end of February and ever since I have been going 4+ times a week! I have exercised SO much in the past few months and feel so proud. My fitness level has gone up tremendously. I went from literally never exercising to doing it every day! Surely I would lose weight then right? Wrong. I still wasn’t losing anything. Almost two months later and not even a pound lost. But guess what? My eating was still awful. I just didn’t care what I put into my body. But here is what I was thinking. If I’m eating roughly the same, but exercising more, it only makes sense that I should lose weight. But I still didn’t lose anything.

The past two weeks I have been really careful about my eating. I have not been super strict with staying within my calories, which I need to do, but I have been eating much less, and much healthier. I have been drinking more water. And guess what is happening? The scale is MOVING. I am finally losing weight!! The past two weeks shows a loss of about 6 pounds and my pants are starting to fall off. Just that little tip of the scale is giving me even more motivation to keep going.

Before I would get discouraged and want to give up. But then I thought, even if I’m not losing anything now, and I give up, what will happen? I won’t lose weight, that’s for sure. And I’ll probably go back up. But if I just continue and try harder then eventually I’m bound to lose some.

So here is what I’ve learned. Just don’t give up! Keep trying, keep going. Nothing will change if you don’t.

Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Review

A few years back, I was using the Polar FT4 heart rate monitor and loved it! I loved it all the way up until the battery died. Then you have to send it into the manufacturer for them to replace the battery. That is such a hassle. So I tried to pry the back open by myself without the tool, which ended up basically just ruining the device. Then I started using the body media fit, which I also loved, but didn’t love the monthly subscription fee.

A few months ago I bought the Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor (affiliate link). You can change the battery to this one by yourself. I have to say that this is by far my favorite way to track my calories and heart rate during a workout. The body media I felt did a great job tracking the calories I burned, but it didn’t tell me my heart rate. I’m a very visual person, so I absolutely love seeing all the data that the Polar FT7 gives me.

It’s important to me to see what my heart rate is during a workout to make sure it is not too high. It’s also nice to see my heart rate improve over time with all the cardio I do. The Polar FT7 seems to be very accurate (as accurate as these devices can be) with estimating my calories burned during an activity. I can review the data from my previous workout sessions and actually see how much of that workout was fat burn and how much of that was fitness. I can view my average heart rate during the activity as well as the maximum heart rate.

The Polar FT7 also has a backlight on the watch which is so helpful in low light or when I’m in a class like cycling with the lights off. The chest strap is very comfortable and once it is strapped onto my chest I never notice it at all until I take it off. I’ve been wearing the watch part of the heart rate monitor every day since I got it just as a watch. It’s not too bulky and I enjoy wearing it.

Overall, I am so pleased with my purchase. It is definitely, so far, my favorite workout accessory/tool.

Two Months of Working Out Regularly

So we rejoined the YMCA and I started going at the beginning of March. I am happy to say that I have gone at least 4 times a week since we have joined. Here we are at the end of April so that makes two months of actually going to the gym and working out on a regular basis!

I have had so much fun. I have taken so many classes like Zumba, KettleworX, Step (which is my FAVORITE!), and Piloxing and many more. I’ve tried almost every class! I finished the YChange program and signed up for a second round.

The disappointing part. I’ve only lost 2 pounds. It’s a little discouraging but I know what the problem is. Although my exercise has been great, my eating has sucked. Really bad. And I don’t drink enough water. So I absolutely know that’s where I need to make changes.

It’s so hard. Exercising is easy. Food is hard. It’s hard to break the bad habits. Night time is when I really struggle. After the kids have been bugging me all day long it’s hard to care about what I eat. I won’t see results unless I buckle down though. So the past three days I have been on track and logging my food with MyFitnessPal and staying under my goal. And I really want to start ChaLean Extreme again on Monday. I’ve been doing lots of cardio at the gym but not so much weights.  Weights are a little intimidating for me at the gym. Everyone in the weight room is so professional and knows exactly what to do. I want to lift weights so I’m hoping to start ChaLean Extreme on Monday and at least do the lifting days. I get plenty of cardio at the YMCA, as well as abs.

So, after months and months and months of not being able to stick to anything, I have finally found something I was able to stick to… the YMCA. My kids love to go. They get play time and exercise. We go as a family. It’s so awesome. So my new challenge is to eat better, drink more water, and start ChaLean Extreme so I can finally be comfortable lifting weights.

Is It Worth It to Join the YMCA?

I just cannot do it. I have tried so many times and failed. Working out at home with the three little kids is just not working out. They bug me nonstop when I’m trying to work out, and they need me constantly. The little one crawls all over me and the older ones yell or fight. I can’t do it. Sure, I can do it at nap time. But we homeschool and nap time is school time. If I do work out while they are awake I end up being so overly stressed that it’s not an enjoyable experience. I get so stressed out doing the very thing that is supposed to help me destress. Working out is supposed to be my “me” time. It just hasn’t been. It’s been miserable. I am miserable trying to do it at home.

So two weeks ago we re-joined the YMCA. We were members from like 2010 until last summer. I gotta tell you, we honestly only went a few times a year, other than in the summer time. We used the outside pool all the time in the summer. But actually GOING to the YMCA to workout on a regular basis? We didn’t do that. The kids would fuss about going in the stay and play and so I just never took them. What a waste of money, right? But now… now it is so wonderful. We have gone every day for the past two weeks and I don’t see how I could ever do without it ever again.

They watch my kids for me for TWO HOURS a day while I exercise! I get to take fun classes or run on the treadmill, or even just WALK on the treadmill and watch Netflix if that’s all I’m feeling. And they do FUN things with the kids. They don’t just let them play in a playroom. They do crafts and games with them. And at certain times during the day, they take the kids for group exercises. They have not had to come get me even one time because a kid was crying or needed me. The kids are always happy when I pick them up and don’t even want to leave. They look forward to going every day!

So now I’m getting plenty of exercise every day. I’m not really doing any program yet, just taking a class or so a day and I’m doing Couch to 5k. I’m on the last day of week 2. And I signed up for the Y-Change program, which starts tomorrow morning. I’m excited to see what that will be like.

I’m so happy to get some exercise and some peaceful time for myself. I’m so happy the KIDS are happy and they get play time and interaction with other kids AND exercise. We have a great schedule going. We wake up, eat breakfast, get dressed, go to the Y, come home and it’s lunch time! Then naps for the littles, school time for the bigger little, then we can all play together or go to the park until dinner. It’s been great.

I also ordered a NEW heart rate monitor. I ordered this one because with my Polar FT4, I could not change the batteries myself. I can change the batteries myself in this one. It was supposed to arrive today by 8:00 p.m. and it is not here yet. I was really hoping to use it tomorrow. I’m sure it’ll come tomorrow and I will let you all know how much I love it!


It’s so pretty, isn’t it? I got blue and lilac because I really wanted something that wasn’t too flashy or girl, or draw too much attention to myself.

I hope you all are doing well!