Every month in 2013, I set a new goal for myself – health, fitness, eating, running, and more. In January, I decided to take on a new challenge, this one a little scary to me. Okay, so maybe a lot scary.
My friend Caitlyn is a Beachbody coach. I follow her on all things social media and she is also a runner (this amazing girl has run multiple marathons, she even ran the Berlin Marathon!). She lives in Tampa so I see her at some of the same races we run. In following her, I constantly see her posting about her amazing workouts and her love of Shakeology. After seeing the commercials for T25 many an early morning on TV, I finally asked her about it… What is all the hype about?
Turns out, T25 could be the perfect thing for me. It’s only 25 minutes a day, 5 days a week (except for Friday which is a double…). I am a crazy busy person and I want a workout that won’t take an hour or more – and most importantly, that won’t take away from my running. I have to have time to run. HAVE to. T25 is a 10-week program. The first 5 weeks you follow the Alpha workouts, and then the last 5 weeks, you do the Beta workouts.
When Caitlyn then mentioned she was starting a challenge group in February, I decided it was the perfect time to jump in on this and I ordered my Challenge Pack which includes T25 and a month of Shakeology. I’m up for a good challenge and I feel like I’m at that point in my weight loss where I need to start toning things up. Running has done wonders for my legs, but I need some serious toning on my abs and my arms.
Yesterday marked Day 1 of the challenge and I am super excited. I have a plan in place for the next 60 days for T25 and running, including all the races I have between now and April. I started my morning off with chocolate Shakeology, blended with unsweetened almond milk, a banana, and ice. YUM. For my fellow Weight Watchers, Shakeology is 3 points plus whatever you add to it. The almond milk was 1 point, so my breakfast was a total of 4 points. It was delicious and filling.
When I got home from work yesterday, it was time to tackle the first workout, Cardio. Having just completed my seventh half marathon on Saturday, I was a little bit sore so I knew I would not be able to do every single thing. But, the fabulous thing about T25 is that there are modifications. I love this. I may never be able to do every single move exactly as it should be done. But I can rock those modifications if I need to and that keeps me moving and burning calories.
I felt so great afterwards, I headed out for a mile run just to shake out my legs a little bit more and then I did a plank. I am definitely going to keep those up.
I am really excited about this challenge. I think it will help with my running and help me work on those trouble spots. Plus, I want killer arms.
I will post periodically about the challenge and how I’m doing. I’ll be taking measurements often, because we know it’s not always about the scale. Have to keep moving forward!
Have you participated in a Beachbody challenge group before? What was your experience?