Going To Get My POUND On!

If you haven’t heard of it yet, a new workout is sweeping the nation. POUND: Rockout. Workout. is absolutely the most fun you will ever have all while killing hundreds of calories. I took a POUND class a couple months ago, and was hooked immediately. Even after just one 30 minute class I was sore for three days. The kind of sore I have only experienced after hours of “leg day” at the gym. Two more live classes later, I couldn’t get enough and ordered the full kit and have been doing it almost daily ever since. I am totally, completely, 100% in love.

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POUND is a full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. The workout fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometrics and Isometric poses into a 45-minute series. Burn between 400 and 900+ calories per hour, strengthen and sculpt infrequently used muscles, and drum your way to a leaner, slimmer physique – all while rocking out to your favorite music! Through continual upper body motion using our lightly weighted drumsticks, called Ripstix™, you’ll turn into a calorie-torching drummer, POUNDing off pounds as each song flies by. Rock, rap, dubstep, pop and old school music fuse to create the POUNDtrack series, which is hand-selected by music enthusiasts, drummers and POUND founders Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom.

I have honestly never had so much fun working out. Zumba has been my love for the last two years, but POUND brings in a whole ‘nother element and brings out my inner rocker chick. I get those RipStix in my hand and suddenly I am the lead drummer in my own rock band. Check it out:

I love POUND so much that I signed up to become an instructor in April. I am also a certified Zumba Instructor (ZIN) but I never had any intentions of actually teaching a Zumba class – I just loved it and wanted to learn more. However with POUND I have already begun talking to my local gym about starting classes. I am doing POUND every day anyway at home – why not do it every day at the gym too!?

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If there is a POUND class near you, I highly recommend you going and checking it out. The atmosphere is amazing – everyone is so nice and supportive – true rockstars. If there isn’t, check out the at home kit which will give you that same incredible workout right in your living room. The Jam Session is my favorite – it is just exactly what it sounds like – a total jam session. I sweat, I laugh, and I have an absolute blast. And if it turns out that you love it as much as I do, consider being an instructor at one of their certification trainings around the country.

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I am so super excited about this I can’t even put it in to words. Finally I think I have found the workout just for me. POUND paired with Whole30 is my recipe for success in getting the banging, healthy body I deserve – all while enjoying every rockin minute of it. Check it all out at www.PoundFit.com

Just Eat The Cake

In the last couple of years I have obsessed about my weight. I am pretty sure I have done it since high school – but I do not remember it as vividly as I have in the last few years. I have “tried everything” from hiring an incredibly expensive personal trainer, drank “meal replacement” shakes, taken dozens of pills, started several gym memberships, did crossfit until I literally popped a rib out of socket and had to stop for risk of further injury, owned every FitBit product they have put out, done whole30 ad nauseum… you name it, I have done it.

About two weeks ago I just got SO sick of it ALL. I took off my FitBit, I ignored my scale, I stopped reading labels, skipped out on zumba – just took a mental break from everything weight loss related. I indulged in some treats – and over indulged in some cocktails – all while laughing with my friends to the point of tears.

It. Has.Been. Fantastic.

This week I have had a few very eye-opening moments, and it has made me stop and think about what my life has become and what I actually have been putting value and time and focus on. When I think of all of the time and energy I have put in to my weight over the last few years – it is depressingly sad. And with the exception of the 30 days of Whole30 – the weight has stayed the exact same. (I am proud to say I have not gained any pre-w30 weight back, but I have been within 1.5 pounds of the same weight since I completed it back in August) So all of that time in reality… has been wasted.

I spent a good part of this morning in a group text with two of my absolute closest friends that have known me since high school. The conversation somehow became weight and body image and society and how even though we are all very different in our weight / exercise routines / eating habits, we are all struggling with the exact same issues with our bodies – and our minds. It went in perfectly with how I have been feeling the last few weeks – these two best friends became my sounding board for everything that I have been feeling and surprisingly they have been feeling the same things too.

We said things like “why do we obsess over this crap?” and “why do we care what anyone else thinks?”

We all agreed that in general we are pretty happy with our own bodies – and our husbands are certainly happy with them – so why are we obsessing and letting society make use feel like we are anything less than exceptional? None of us are that overweight, nor does our weight affect our health or quality of life. So WHY can we not just shut up and quit stressing over it all the time? Why have we let this consume our thoughts and rob our joy? And why have we been made to feel bad about our choices? “Sometimes I just want an effing donut.”

One friend mentioned how her mother in law has been on a diet ever since she met her. Every event – every holiday, every birthday party, every lunch, every everything – all has been centered around what she can or can not eat with the particular fad diet she was on. It made me think of just the other day when I asked Mike where he wanted to go to dinner, and he said “well, where can you go?” Now, I know this mother in law and I have always thought she looked fantastic, but I completely get what she has been doing the last 20+ years. She’s been doing the exact same thing I have been doing. She has become addicted to dieting. I do not want to be that person. And I wonder if she even knows she is that person, or if it has become such a huge part of her identity that it is second nature.

Yesterday as I was strolling through Publix I saw the table of King Cakes. I passed them… and then turned around. I stood there for a minute – thinking how every Mardi Gras we always have a King Cake. Then I thought back over all of my whole30 training and how I didn’t reach my weight loss goal last year and how I have a big event I am training for this year. I thought about how huge it was and wished they were smaller so I could have just a bit and not be tempted by the rest. I thought about how many people I have inspired to do Whole30 – which is fantastic – and wondered if I would be letting them down if they knew I ate a King Cake.

And then… I got the cake anyway. 

In that moment I made the conscious decision to just eat the cake. To stop worrying and obsessing over the scale. To stop telling myself what I “can’t” have and focus on what I can – and what I want. To stop beating myself up over my choices and to just embrace life and focus on being HAPPY – whatever that means. I am not going off the rails and eat everything in sight and never break a sweat again – but I AM going to quit this awful self deprecating cycle that I have been doing for as many years as I can remember.

Some day I am going to look back on my 30’s and I do not want every memory to be riddled with a weight issue and body struggles. I do not want my girls to look back on their childhood and remember every diet their Mom was on. And I do not want to even think about the time I have already wasted thinking about this crap already. I had this goal to “weigh 135 by 35″ – and you know what… I really just do not care. I am going to turn 35 this year whether I weigh 135 or not. So why not just enjoy it – especially since I will be eating cake then too.

Today in text my friend said “I am going to be 40 in a few years, and while I do not have the desire to wear a bikini, I do have the desire to sit on the beach with my husband and sip pina coladas and not worry how many calories are in them.” 

Me too, honey. Me too.

Photo credit: http://www.ambrosiabakery.com/mardi-gras-king-cakes

My #Whole30 Experience – #IAmWhole30

Twenty nine days ago I began a program called Whole30. I have tried everything to lose weight – a personal trainer, a gym membership, Naked Fitness, and even over $800 in AdvoCare – and while I had some results with some of them, I was still not where I wanted to be. When my friend Jen challenged me to do a round of Whole30 I whined and complained and told her she was nuts. But she kept insisting – ragging on me about never being able to turn down a challenge. Finally I gave in – begrudgingly – and we both started our Whole30 Journey on July 7th.

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Whole30 isn’t just about losing weight, but about breaking your addictions and emotional issues with food. By eliminating certain food groups that could be having a negative impact on your health, you force your body into using the correct nutrients to perform the correct actions in your body – kind of like pushing a reset button. The basics of Whole30 is like a very strict Paleo – no sugar, no grain, no beans, and no dairy. Sounds impossible right?

To say that I was skeptical when I began this is the understatement of the year. I didn’t even want to blog about it because I didn’t have much hope. To me it was just another “diet” and something I would see mediocre results from just like everything else I had tried. OR – more likely – I would give in after a few days and go back to eating normal, deciding I was going to just love every extra pound. After all, I wasn’t grossly overweight or even unhealthy – it was more vanity pushing me than anything. Either way I jumped in – keeping Jen on speed dial – ready to see what would happen. I wont bore you with every detail, but here is a quick snapshot of how the last 29.5 days have been for me:

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CrossFit, My Highschool Love, And Second Chances

When I was in high school I worked at the local grocery store with my friend Emmilee. Since we went to school together AND worked together we were pretty much inseparable. She met this guy named Keith who was in the Marine Corps that she really liked – so she did what any best friend would do… “Hey Lynsey…you know Keith has this friend Rob that I think you would really like…”  A few phone calls later and my blind date was set. Neither of us had ever been on a blind date before and you never hear anything good coming from them but whatever – this was happening. Rob and I decided to meet for lunch at the little diner next to the grocery store.

We met up and had lunch… and it was nice… but… something just didn’t “click.” Even as we were leaving we did the whole “ok, well it was nice to meet you – see you around” kind of thing. When I walked back in to the grocery store and saw Emmilee, she beamed “Sooooo how was it!?” and I just shrugged and said “meh, it was ok, I just dont think we are each other’s type.”

But Emmilee wasnt satisfied with that so the whole rest of the shift she pestered me – knowing that she and I being best friends and Rob and Keith being best friends – we were all going to be around each other a whole lot. So later that week Rob and I met up again – and before long it was the two of US who were inseparable.

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Get Moov-ing – Wearable Fitness Tracker – On Sale Now

moovIf you have been following me long, you know I have a mild addiction to my FitBit. I have had five different FitBits actually – three FitBit Ultras I kept accidentally killing by tossing them into the washing machine still attached to sweaty gym clothes, one FitBit Flex which I loved but hated wearing with a watch, and as I type this I am wearing my FitBit Force – which I have stood beside even with the recall as mine has never given me of bit of trouble.

But there is a new Fitness monitor on the horizon – one I have already ordered for myself and for Mike and can not wait to share my love for it with all of you. It’s called Moov – a wearable “personal fitness coach” that like FitBit tracks your activity – but will also help critique your form, intensity, and even encourage you along the way… check it out:

Moov connects with your smart phone and other devices to record all of your data, and offers a community so you can connect with your friends for added competition and encouragement. Plus it talks to you!!  I mean – how cool is that!?

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