I’m Talking About the Big 4-0 At Facing 40!

In March I’m going to be turning the big 4-0. The number isn’t an issue for me – it’s just a number. What I’m having a hard time with is everything that comes with the number: the sagging, the wrinkles, and all the other fun things that go hand-in-hand with aging. So I decided to talk about it.

I’m at one of my favorite blogger’s places talking about changes that come with the big 4-0. My friend Poppy asked me to guest post at her place Facing 40 and of course I couldn’t say no.

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One of the things I’m focusing on right now is my health. Not just trying to get in shape to look great in a bathing suit, but trying to get in shape because it’s the right thing to do. My body needs it…my stress level needs it!

So head over to Poppy’s place to read more. Later this week I’ll be sharing more about this, too. I’m in it for the long haul!

Looking for a Workout Video? Try Sara Haley’s Sweat Unlimited

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the Sweat Unlimited workout video to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

I know, I know…you can’t believe I’m actually on a diet. After all, the last couple of days I’ve done nothing but blog about wine, wine glasses, and delectable cooking from scratch recipes. But I can indulge occasionally because I’ve been working out like a crazy woman and trying to get myself back into shape! And so that I can have a glass of wine or a sinful snack, I have been using Sara Haley’s Sweat Unlimited workout video.

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Sweat Unlimited Workout Video

Now I am already doing an exercise program that keeps me sweating 5 days a week. But on my free days, I like to mix things up and try out new workouts that keep me interested and on my toes. The Sweat Unlimited workout video does that.

Whether I have just a few minutes or an hour to spare, there’s a workout on the DVD for me. Workouts range from 5 to 45 minutes, so you really have no excuse to not get moving. It’s fast paced to keep your heart rate up and burn more calories more quickly. It’s perfect if you are a busy mom with no extra time to spend for hours at the gym.

Better yet, you don’t even have to go to the gym to get in great shape. These workouts were designed for the fit and healthy woman who is looking to stay active and energized during a busy day. Only have time for one workout in the morning? No problem. Choose another one to do in the evening.

Here is what you will get:

There are 4 different workouts with a bonus stretch routine and a mix and match option menu.

    • Sweat Extreme 5: Trigger, Tone, and Tighten: 5 minutes of Sara’s most effective and energizing exercises that wake up, strengthen and challenge your entire body.
    • Sweat Strength 15: Burn, Baby, Burn: 15 minutes of total body sculpting that keeps your heart rate up and your muscles burning
    • Sweat Cardio 30: Pop, Rock and Drop: 30 minutes of fat-burning cardio drills consisting of moves inspired by the dance club, rock ‘n roll and break dancing (plus a warm up and a cool down)
    • Sweat Box 45: 45 minutes of Tabata-inspired intervals that alternate between boxing drills and core exercises to give you a metabolic burn and core blast
    • BONUS: Sweat Stretch 5: Reach, Relax, and Rejuvenate: 5 minutes to breathe, stretch and relax as  you focus on decreasing muscle soreness

My favorites so far are the Sweat Extreme 5, which makes for a great warm up, and Sweat Stretch 5, which I’ve been using daily to end all my workouts. Sweat Strength 15 really does make it burn, and Sweat Box 45 is a hard core workout that will have you feeling on top of the world. I’ll be honest, cardio isn’t my thing, but the Cardio 30 is a pretty fun workout!

Here’s a peak at what you can expect out of Sweat Unlimited…

Are you ready to sweat? Head over and purchase the Sweat Unlimited workout video for yourself. Follow Sarah Haley on Facebook and Twitter too! No more excuses…you can do this!

 

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Revolt Fitness Program: First Uprising Results

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I made it through my first Revolt Fitness Program uprising! An uprising is a 6-week cycle that Revolt uses to help us all stay on track and motivated. I knew it was going to take more than one uprising to get me where I wanted to be, and Monday I started my second uprising. The format and workouts have all changed, so I’m looking forward to exciting new challenges!

revolt_fitness_program I’ve learned so much about my body and about myself. I started out trying to talk myself out of working out for whatever reason – too busy, too tired, too sore. Then somewhere along the way these past 6 weeks, something changed. Now I talk myself into one more rep, one more circuit, 5 extra pounds.

It’s been the same with food. I started out justifying putting anything into my mouth. Since I worked out, eating fries wasn’t so bad. A glass of wine every night wasn’t going to kill me. And that all changed too. I’ve been working so hard trying to transform my body that I know that extra calories and sugar just because I am having a weak moment really will make a difference – those extra calories throughout the day do add up. And while I’m not perfect, I really do try to save the cheating for my cheat days.

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So let’s get to the results. After just six weeks, I’m already seeing some significant changes! revolt_uprising1_results

I’ve lost over 11 inches and almost 10 pounds of fat! That’s a decrease in fat mass of about 19%!

fitness_programA few people that don’t know how hard I’m working have even asked if I’ve been losing weight. My family has told me they can see a difference in my face and tummy. I can see small changes here and there. I see definition beginning to take shape. My muffin top is decreasing.

But the biggest change for me is the way my body physically feels. My legs aren’t as wobbly as they used to be; when I touch them, they are hard instead of flabby.

I won’t forget the day I was soaping up to shave my legs and I realized that my legs were hard…there is muscle there now! To be honest, I don’t see a huge change when I put on my bathing suit, but I know from my measurements and the way my body is transforming that I am doing all I can.

So here are a couple of final pics. I’m just showing the side profile because I think it shows the most significant changes. I won’t continue to post these all the time – maybe just at the end of each six weeks.

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I hope that some of you will join me! What started out as an opportunity to blog about a fitness program as turned into an addiction fro me. I can’t say enough about how much I love the Revolt Fitness Prorgram!

Disclaimer: I was chosen as a Revolt Fitness Program blogger and received free membership to try the fitness program out. All opinions expressed are my own. And yes, I would pay for the program and will continue to follow it even after my six week commitment is up.


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Revolt Fitness Program: Week 4 Down

I’ve been at the Revolt Fitness Program for 4 weeks now. A month, though it doesn’t seem like it. Working out has become part of my day – I actually look forward to it instead of dreading it like I used to. This week, I’m going to share my measurements with you. Gulp.

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Revolt Fitness Program: 1-Month Measurements

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Why do we always lose it in the boobs?! The biggest loss of course was in my stomach. No surprise for me there. And while I see the biggest difference in my arms and legs, I also have the least loss there. Go figure.

So I’ve lost 10 inches in one month…I’m really happy with that! But what’s even more important to me is the amount of fat I’ve lost. I started at the beginning of the month with 34.75% fat mass, which is 51.53 lbs. of fat. Four weeks later, I have 30.05% fat mass (I was really hoping to break into the 20’s!), which is 43.72 lbs. of fat. That means I lost 7.81 pounds of fat! I’ve also gained 5 lbs. of lean mass. This is working.

While I’ve lost 7.81 lbs. of fat mass, from what I understand I replaced it with lean mass…not pounds off the scale. I started this month out weighing 148.3 lbs. I now weigh 145.5, meaning I’ve only lost 2.8 lbs.

I’ll be honest, it’s discouraging not seeing the scale numbers move, but I am happy with the results.

Okay…and now the pictures…

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These numbers and pictures were really hard to share. I think because I’m so embarrassed by where I started from. Don’t get me wrong, I knew I was out of shape, but I guess I had no idea how bad it actually was.  And also because my body is nowhere where I want it to me…I still have a long ways to go. A LONG ways.

revolt_fitness_program That being said, I will get there…I am not giving up. I will keep on working on me. I have two weeks left of this current Revolt Uprising (AKA 6 week workout program), and then I’ll be starting the next one.

Are you ready to join me yet? You can  join the Revolt Fitness Program for just $9.99 a month. There are no contracts and you can cancel at any time. You have nothing to lose except fat and everything to gain. Let’s do this together!

Disclaimer: I was chosen as a Revolt Fitness Program blogger and received free membership to try the fitness program out. All opinions expressed are my own. And yes, I would pay for the program and will continue to follow it even after my six week commitment is up.

 


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Revolt Fitness Program: Week 3 Down And Some Advice

I’ve been at the Revolt Fitness Program for 3 weeks now. 21 days. That’s how long they say it takes to make something a habit after doing it over and over…and this is one habit I am happy to have! Last week I told you what I learned since starting the Revolt fitness program. Today, I’m going to give  you a bit of advice…

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Revolt Fitness Program: Advice

Right now, it’s that time of the month for me. I am crampy, grouchy, and hungry. All I want to do is sit around and do nothing while eating junk. Obviously, that’s how I got myself 35% body fat in the first place.

revolt_fitness_programSo my biggest piece of advice is to not listen to that little voice in your head that says it’s okay to skip a day of working out (unless it’s a rest day of course).

Do not listen to that little voice that tells you since you already had a cookie (or other small cheat) you might as well just blow off the rest of the day and start again fresh tomorrow.

That little voice is a liar and a lazy liar at that. That little voice is what has kept me miserable with the way I feel about myself for far too long.

I told you last week that I stopped listening to that voice, and even though it still pops up and says something a couple of times a day, I don’t even acknowledge it because I know it’s wrong and gives me horrible advice. So just don’t pay attention to it at all, that’s my advice to you!

Week 3 is pivotal in the Revolt fitness program. Nichole Huntsman, our trainer extraordinaire, said that Week 3 is the week that people sometimes get frustrated and decide to give up. Maybe because they aren’t seeing the progress they want to see? All I can say is that this week, I can see changes to the way my body looks. I can feel changes – my body is starting to feel more solid than flabby.

And even more exciting than me noticing changes is that Jason is noticing them too! He says that I’m slimming down in my face and stomach. He can see definition in my arms. He is helping motivate me and pushing me to keep at it and not to give up. He wants this for me almost as much as I do!

What are you waiting for? Head over and join the Revolt Fitness Program for just $9.99 a month. There are no contracts and you can cancel at any time. You have nothing to lose except fat and everything to gain. Let’s do this together!

Next week I’m sharing my before and after measurements and pictures from the first month…I can’t wait!

Disclaimer: I was chosen as a Revolt Fitness Program blogger and received free membership to try the fitness program out. All opinions expressed are my own. And yes, I would pay for the program and will continue to follow it even after my six week commitment is up.


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