Challenge Update Week 5

Well here I am – officially one month into my 90-Day Challenge of getting more active and completing some sort of physical activity every day for at least 30 minutes a day.  I’ve had some challenging days but ultimately, if anything, I’m always obligated to get my dog out for a 30 minute walk – so it counts.  🙂

Here are some 1 month highlights from me – and while I have not lost any weight (and it’s not a goal of mine), I have been able to increase weights in many areas.

  • Increased leg press weights from 75 pounds to 100 pounds
  • Increased leg extensions weights from 35 pounds to 45 pounds
  • Increased hamstring curl weights from 35 pounds to 45 pounds
  • Increased hip adduction weights from 45 pounds to 60 pounds
  • Increased dumbbell chest press from 15 pounds to 20 pounds
  • Increased lat pull down weights from 45 pounds to 70 pounds
  • Increased dumbbell rows from 15 pounds to 25 pounds
  • Increased dumbbell reverse fly from 8 pounds to 15 pounds
  • Increased dumbbell bicep curls from 10 pounds to 15 pounds
  • Increased triceps close grip press from 35 pounds to 45 pounds
  • Increased dumbbell military press from 8 pounds to 12 pounds
  • Increased front and side dumbbell raises from 8 pounds to 10 pounds
  • Today I completed my FIRST unassisted pull up EVER!

My typical meal plan Monday – Friday looks something like this:
Breakfast 6:30 AM – 12 oz. Vi-Shape Shake with light soy milk, 12 oz. coffee with fat free creamer, and Vi-PAK
Snack 10:30 AM – a piece of fruit and/or low fat string cheese
Lunch 12:00 PM – 12 oz. Vi-Shape Shake with light soy milk
Snack 2:45 PM – another piece of fruit
Snack 5:30 PM – 1 cup Cottage Cheese with strawberry preserves
Activity/Workout 6:30ish PM – ViSalus Go mixed with water
Immediately After Workout – Chocolate Chip Nutra Cookie
Dinner – lean protein/high veggie dinner (example – steamed broccoli, shrimp, & rice or lean pot roast with root veggies)

I just received my free CORE KIT in the mail today and I’m excited to incorporate NEURO into my daily routine as an energy builder to help me get through my days with more focus and alertness minus the jitters.  Looking forward to my next 30 days!


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About Food4Thought

I am no fitness expert. I am simply someone who has found joy in fitness and nutrition. I am a certified group fitness instructor. I’ve been teaching at the local health club for about 3 years now. While Zumba was my first love, I have since added Total Conditioning, Bodyworks plus Abs, and Core to my repertoire of classes. I work with a personal trainer to help me reach my fitness goals that I cannot obtain through group fitness alone. This year I ran my first 5K and plan to run my first 10K in March. To further my knowledge in the fitness realm, I have begun reading Strong Women Stay Slim, New Rules for Lifting Abs, and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women. On my list to read next is Wheat Belly. I am always looking for new ways to further my education and knowledge to better serve the members that take my group fitness classes. Lately, I have started tinkering with recipes, buying healthy cookbooks, and finding easy, tasty, and healthy foods to make. Like I mentioned earlier, I am by no means an expert, but the things I share with you have helped me tremendously with my fitness journey. It is my hope that with these easy tips and recipes, that you too can make these tiny steps and see big positive changes in your life.

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