Phase 1, Day 7: Roll & Release (aka Meet Your New Best Friend)

Roll and Release: Roll around on a foam roller for 15 minutes and give yourself the massage you never knew you could.

The new best friend reference, btw, is not to the “workout” (fear not, it’s not a workout), but rather to the foam roller. If you don’t have one, get one. Seriously, it’s life-changing. You know when you come home from those long days hunched over your computer at work and you have those unreachable knots bunched up under your shoulder blade? Spend a few minutes on the foam roller and you can roll that shit into oblivion. It gives your body the release you never thought you could get without being on a massage table.

I have, incidentally, walked out into the living room to find that my boyfriend has fallen asleep atop the foam roller. It’s that good.

But more importantly than making it to Day 7 and foam rolling the shit out of your body, you have finished Week 1 of 80 Day Obsession! Feel good about this accomplishment! And, remember this when the going gets tough in the rest of Phase 1:

YOU CAN DO EVERY MOVE IN PHASE 1. YOU ALREADY HAVE. SO KNOW YOU CAN DO IT.

There are going to be days up ahead where you are going to be tired. You won’t have slept the night before or you’ll be drained from work or you and your boyfriend will be going through some shit, and everything will ball up and make that workout you have to do seem insurmountable. You have to handle life AND those renegade rows with a twist and a GD resistance loop?

But here’s the deal. Even if you’re doubting whether you can handle the rest of the shit life will throw at you, KNOW you can handle the workout. You are not going to see ANYTHING new in Phase 1 from this point forward. The only thing that changes is the amount of times you do the exercise. Which means all you have to focus on doing is completing one rep at a time of an exercise you KNOW you CAN complete. You’ve done it before. You can push it to make it happen again.

I’ve hinted at it in other posts, but towards the end of Phase 1, I had some shit go down that made me doubt not only whether I could finish 80 Day Obsession, but make it through the day. The only thing that got me through the workout (Cardio Core) was knowing that I had done the workout before. It wasn’t rocket science. I wasn’t learning a foreign language. All I was doing was something I KNEW I could do. So I kept jumping and kept moving because I knew that’s what had worked for me in the past and that it would get me through this tough spot. And it did.

So yeah, when you think you can’t push through, remember you can because you JUST DID. Take a page out of Nike’s book and JUST DO IT.

With the exercise portion out of the way, let’s switch briefly to nutrition. Here’s my meal plan for the week:

Round 2 - Week 2
Menu for Week 2

This week, it will be a lot less assembling and prep for me on the weeknights, because with the exception of the skewers, I portion everything out into a separate container immediately after making it. As a result, here’s what a full day of food looks like for me, absent my shake, banana, and pre-workout meal:

Week 2 foods
Nomz Peanut Butter

Some day, I will learn better photog skillz with the iPhone. But that day is not today.

And, today is not the day when I conquer eating Home Baked Goods at my aunt’s house. I talked about this last night, how I struggle with sticking to my timed nutrition plan when I head to my aunt’s house for Sunday dinner.

Tonight, strangely enough, perhaps as a result of that blog, or as a result of eating at just the right time (hour and 15 minutes) prior to heading to her place, I felt really good about surviving the evening unscathed. I felt strong and wasn’t getting the urge to pig out like I normally do.

And in fact, I portioned stuff out on to my plate in acceptable sizes: Chicken Marabella – enough to fit one red; white rice – a little less than a yellow; green salad with vinaigrette beforehand – enough to fit a green; a small slice of home baked bread to round out the rest of the yellow. I savored it and ate it all and actually felt pretty good.

And then I saw my cousin going back to seconds, and it was like a tether snapped on my self control. Suddenly, the need to EAT ALL THE FOODZ was back and I was all in for more chicken and rice and bread. Then came dessert and I was all about that plum cake with ice cream. Two slices AND two scoops please! Fucking delicious.

So, my timed nutrition plan tanked for Sunday night. Again. But this time around, I’m trying to give myself a bit more grace. See, I know I didn’t stick to the plan. But at the same time, because I had two meals left in the day to eat, I kinda figure that from a caloric standpoint, I got roughly the same amount of calories as I should, just not at the right time. And as for the plum cake…well shit happens. And next time I should really only do one slice.

I’m including this not so that you think you have free license to eat anything and everything. If you do that, 80 Day Obsession won’t work for you.

I’m including this tidbit so you know the struggle is real. This is my second time through and I’m STILL trying to figure out how to get the most out of this program. Yeah, I had a bad night. But that doesn’t mean I’m giving up, or that I’m throwing the rest of the meal plan for the week to the wind. It just means that I will have to figure out something new for Sunday dinner next week. I’m not going to let that one failure ruin the rest of the week. And really, I’m not sure I would call it a failure, because it was good food surrounded by good people. So sorry, not sorry.

When you screw up – because you will – go easy on yourself. Try and figure out why the screw-up happened, then try and address the issue so it doesn’t happen again in the future. Or so it doesn’t happen so bad. But don’t stop. Don’t give up. What you’ll get out this program AND life is too good to let one set-back dictate how the rest of everything should go.

For me, I’m hoping that the 2B Mindset program will help with my self-control on these Sunday night dinners. I need that extra little boost to make it through. I need to figure out a way to enjoy myself without over-eating or going back for seconds or thirds or fourths. Because I don’t need those extra helpings. I’m eating enough during the day and getting plenty of good fuel. So something else is going on. I’m hopeful 2B Mindset can help get to the root of it.

Somehow, I managed to type over 1200 words on a rest day. TL;DR. I know I know.

Get some sleep and get ready for Week 2, starting tomorrow! And if you want to know more about 2B Mindset, check out the link below for more info.

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Phase 1, Day 3: Cardio Core (aka “I’m Not Going to Kill You”)

IF YOU ARE SCARED, READ ME.

I remember the night before Day 3, Cardio Core, when I was doing 80 Day Obsession for the first time. For whatever reason, I was nervous. Out of all the workouts during the week, Cardio Core was the one that had me wondering if I would be able to finish the workout. Or, really, wondering if I would be able to finish the workout without puking up my guts.

I think it’s because of the name: “Cardio Core” sounds like something you will barely survive, whereas “Cardo Flow” brings to mind some sort of fast-paced yoga.

I remember I even had butterflies before I hit play for the first time.

But, I did it. And I finished the workout. Barely.

And while the workout was hard, I didn’t die. As Autumn reminds us halfway through: “I’m not going to kill you!”

Here’s the dealio. Cardio Core is made up of, I believe (I can’t remember for sure – it’s been a long day) 5 rounds. Each round consists of 3 one-minute sets. Each one-minute set is comprised of 30 seconds of some sort of jumping plyometric that mimics a jump rope, followed immediately by 30 seconds of a high intensity interval training (HIIT) exercise. You do the three sets without any rest. Then after your third set, you go immediately into an ab exercise of 10 reps that use the sliders. The sliders look like this:

Strength Slides and Booties

After you get through the 5 rounds, you immediately go through and do all the ab exercises in a row, 10 reps for each exercise.

If you are still reading this and I haven’t scared you away yet, great! Because here’s the best part:

The first time doing Cardio Core, Autumn gives you, on average, 30 seconds to rest.

This does not mean the workout is easy. Far from it. But what this does mean is that the exercise is absolutely DO-ABLE. Again, they got the pacing on this exercise just right, because just when you think you can’t carry on, you get 30 seconds to catch your breath.

My first time, I needed every bit of those 30 seconds. And even then, it wasn’t until I was on Week 4 of Phase 1 that I was able to make it all the way through the workout without hitting pause. What killed me most were not necessarily the HIIT intervals or the jumping, but rather, the ab exercises.

See, with the jumping and HIIT, you can modify if you get super tired. You can either step it out or slow down. But with the ab exercises, you either keep up or get left behind. And it took me 4 weeks to not…I won’t say keep up (because that took another month), but at least, not get left behind.

ALSO, PRO TIP #A: IF YOU HAVE A SENSITIVE STOMACH, THIS IS THE ONE DAY WHERE YOU MIGHT CONSIDER LIGHTENING UP YOUR PRE-WORKOUT MEAL.

I was reminded of this in the middle of doing jumping cross-overs today. Because there is so much up and down in this workout, all the contents of your stomach get shaken like a milkshake. Or a salt shaker. Or a tail feather. You get the picture. The end result is that if you haven’t allowed yourself enough time to digest, or if you ate a super heavy pre-workout meal, there is a good chance you’re going to be making very good friends with your semi-digested foods. So, if you are worried about eating too much, or wondering whether your foods will stay down, this is the one day of the week where I absolutely recommend swapping out the pre-workout meal for the lighter Meal Option 1 (for those of you on the timed nutrition plan, you know what I’m talking about).  Once you know you can make it through with a happy tum-tum, make the switch back. But again, until you know how your body will react, if you are worried about it, proceed cautiously to give yourself every chance to succeed.

I have no good way to segue from stomach issues to the food plan in general, but here goes.

I started this blog because I thought it might be helpful to those Obsessors who come after me who have questions and aren’t sure where to look. One question I heard today that I thought a lot about as I went through 80 Day Obsession the first time, was whether the timed nutrition program is sustainable.

This question resonated with me because I had so much success with the timed nutrition program the first time around. My body responds really well to eating before and after workouts, and then eating three meals spaced out 2-3 hours apart after my workout block. And, as is perhaps expected, I (and my body) do very well eating relatively clean. That is, non-processed carbs, lean proteins, and lots of veggies and fruits. One reason 80 Day Obsession works for me is because I respond very well to that structure: Tell me what to eat and when and I am a happy clam.

But where I get into trouble is when I step outside my comfort zone into 3 problem areas: 1) Eating out, 2) Home Baked goods, and 3) Alcohol.

My problem with eating out is portion control: I know the combination of foods I should be eating; the problem is that most restaurants serve double or even triple the portion size I should be consuming. Plus, I was raised to clean my plate. This all combines for disastrous meals out, where I know what I should be eating and how much, but by the end of the meal I’m usually licking my plate and trying real hard to not order dessert.

Which is why, last night, when my boyfriend suggested we eat out to celebrate our last night of freedom before he returned to work today, I resisted. I didn’t want to leave my containers and the dinner I knew I had carefully portioned out and waiting for me in the fridge. But then I realized this was the perfect opportunity to see if the timed nutrition program WAS sustainable, and I wasn’t going to get any better at this eating out thing unless I actually practiced.

So, we went out. We walked down the street to Mexican food. My choice.

The good news about my choice is that I had gone to the same restaurant in Phase 2 with my parents and bf, and knew the steak fajitas fit perfectly into my red and green containers. I knew this because I brought said containers with me to the restaurant and to my boyfriend’s undying horror, then proceeded to separate the meat from the veg into their plastic counterparts. LIke I said, they fit perfectly.

The bad news is that the Mexican food, as per usual, came with a limitless supply of hot tortilla chips and salsa. WHO CAN RESIST HOT TORTILLA CHIPS AND SALSA?!?!?

Still, I took it as a challenge. Could I do this eating out thing AND 80 Day Obsession at the same time?

When we sat down, I allowed myself 10 chips. That was it. 10. (I chose that number because I had it in my head that you get 10 tortilla chips on refeed day, so that seemed a safe number to go with. More on refeed day in a later post!) I guzzled down my soda water with lime so that I wouldn’t notice it wasn’t a margarita (that didn’t work at all, but you gotta do what you gotta do).

And then our food arrived. And I had somehow only consumed 6 chips. Victory!

I didn’t have to worry about portioning out the dinner, because I knew it would fit. I did have to avoid the sour cream and guacamole, as delicious as they were, because it wasn’t time to have those macros in my diet. But you can bet I ladled on the salsa and enjoyed every bite of my fix-approved Mexican dinner out.

When we finished, I felt something I hadn’t felt in a long time, if ever, after leaving a Mexican restaurant: Not gross. Seriously, normally I leave having eaten my weight in tortilla chips and beans and rice. The end result is not pleasant for me in that moment, or anyone within a 10 foot radius a half hour later.

Even better, I had my first answer about the sustainability of the program in the face of one of my weaknesses: I can adapt the damn thing to eating out, but it does take practice and careful planning. And, let’s be honest, will power and avoidance.

Those last two strengths will be discussed further when I dive into addressing my other two weaknesses of home baked goods and alcohol. But I think that’s enough for tonight.

I hope, if you have made it to the end of this post, you finish it knowing you can do Cardio Core. But if you still have questions or doubts, ask me. Or per the norm, check out the link below for further details on the program.

Love and unicorns,

Katie

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Phase 1, Day 2: Booty (aka the Silent Killer)

Confession: I am a workout snob.

It’s not my fault. It’s how I was raised. Or rather, it was how I spent my formative high school and college years.

Let me explain.

I played college basketball. Not well, mind you. But I was on a Division I women’s basketball team, which means my four years in college were spent participating in all things basketball-related, whether they were mandatory or “voluntary.” A typical day in pre-season looked like this:

  • Wake up;
  • Go to class;
  • “Voluntary” weights for an hour and a half;
  • Go back to class;
  • Conditioning (not a silent killer; just a flat-out killer);
  • Open gym;
  • Study.

Somewhere in there, I ate. Terrible food. And lots of it. All told, I spent approximately 4-5 hours a day working out. Which gave me free license, I thought to put whatever food I wanted into my body, because food was food was food. And food was fuel. Ergo, confetti cake was the perfect food to eat after a marathon gym session because it was…food.

My college days left me with a two-fold problem: 1) I thought that to get a quality workout, I needed to spend at least 4-5 hours sweating my ass off doing exercises I loathed, and B) I had no idea how to eat properly so that people could actually tell I had spent 4-5 hours sweating my ass off doing exercises I loathed.

Which brings me to today’s workout: Booty. Quickly, some logistics: It was again 2 sets of 15, where you go all the way through all the exercises, then go back through them all again. There were again 5 series:

  1. Glute Bridge;
  2. Quad Ped;
  3. Side Lying;
  4. Standing; and
  5. Moving.

The only equipment needed? Resistance Loops.

Here, friends, is where my workout snobbery kicked in my first time doing this workout: I thought there was no way in hell I could get anything remotely resembling a good workout without either using weights or losing half my body weight in water while jumping. As this workout requires neither of those options, I was prepared to write off Booty as another way to get some new Beachbody sucker to spend more money on over-priced Beachbody products (i.e. those loops).

My face in the photo below should tell you otherwise.

Booty Burn
My face says it all about the booty burn.

This workout is deceptively hard. You spend most of the workout off your feet, so you think, “no sweat, I got this!”

And then you get to the 12th rep and your ass is on fire and your legs are shaking and you have sweat dripping off your face onto the carpet and you’re cursing both Autumn Calabrese and her damn resistance loops from hell and wondering how the fuck you’re supposed to make it through ANOTHER round.

But then, suddenly, you’re done, and for the first time ever your butt feels slightly swollen following a workout. Not like sick swollen, but SWOLE swollen. The good kind.

Booty in Phase 1 with your friend. This workout lures you in and lulls you to sleep with the promise of of doing the majority of the exercises either on your back or on your side or on your hands and knees. There’s no running or jumping or heavy lifting. It’s all concentrated movements that focus on specific muscles. It is the perfect switch-up from the full body intensity that is total body core, and the jump-rope heavy plyometrics that is tomorrow’s workout. It is absolutely do-able, and it’s a good reminder that you don’t need to go crazy on a treadmill or in the gym in order to get a quality workout.

I learned this the first time I did the Booty workout, and I was reminded of it today when I went back to Basics with Day 2 in Phase 1. It was like hanging out with an old college friend after a decade apart and not missing a beat of conversation.

But then that friend pretty much pushes you into a pile of dog shit while walking; because you go to sit down on the toilet and almost fall off because it turns out those muscles aren’t quite up to the task of a controlled lower to the porcelain throne.

Which, frankly, is the mark of an amazing workout. And a super unfunny friend.

One last pearl of wisdom before I close up shop for the night: Two days in, you may be feeling sore and suffering from terrible cravings. You may be wondering if this will get better and if you should continue to do this.

Yes, this will get better. I promise. But it will take work.

Yes, you should continue to do this. It is worth it. But it will be work.

Tomorrow, if you are doubting your resolve or ability, promise yourself that you will at least put on your gym clothes. Promise yourself you will then at least go to the gym or hit play in the living room. Promise yourself to then at least do the warm-up, because you’re going to be sore, and the warm-up will at least loosen you up and make you feel better. Then, if you do that and you do feel better, promise yourself you will at least TRY the first move in Cardio Core, just to see what it’s like.

Just try it. Take small steps to see how you feel. Because I guarantee those small steps will make you feel way better than you anticipated, and before you know it, you will have Day 3 in the bag.

But, until then, be careful going to the bathroom.

Link below for more info on the Beachbody stuff. Oh, and don’t skimp on the resistance loops. They are high quality and absolutely worth the price, and you will probably go through 2 sets of them during a single round of 80 Day Obsession. I know I did.

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T-2 Days to 80 Day Obsession – Fortune Favors the Prepared

Welcome to the Splash Zone.

We have less than 2 days to go before we start 80 Day Obsession. At this point heading into my first round of 80 Day Obsession, it was January 13, 2018, and I was frantically guzzling beer and downing french fries to make up for the next 80 days of deprivation. I was feeling overwhelmed by the meal planning aspect of the program, and I was having serious doubts as to whether I would have the grit to get up at 5 am every day to make it to the gym to workout (something my busy work/school/life schedule demanded).

I had questions and doubts and fears and felt like I had nowhere to turn. I watched the videos available for 80 Day Obsession on Beachbody On Demand religiously, but all I saw were happy, perky people who had a direct lifeline to the Creator (Autumn Calabrese) and thus all the answers.

In case you are like me, I’m using this post and tomorrow’s to address my biggest doubts/fears about the program, in the hope this will help you, dear reader, if you have any similar concerns.

  1. FOOD IS FUEL – PLAN ACCORDINGLY

The first thing you MUST do, if you have decided to bite the bullet and start 80 Day Obsession, is read the starter guide to figure out your meal plan. The Starter Guide uses your weight to determine your caloric intake – and thus your meal plan – for the first phase of 80 Day Obsession.

If you are like me, you are probably thinking, “but Katie, I want this program to WORK, and I want results FAST, so why can’t I just ignore the guidelines and start with the LEAST amount of calories on Meal Plan A?” That’s what I thought, and, frankly, that’s what I did for Day 1 of the program.

My idiocy did not last for longer than that one day.

Pro tip #1: You MUST FUEL your body with enough food to complete these intense workouts.

FOOD IS FUEL.

Repeat that to yourself over and over again. And when you think you’ve said it enough, repeat it at least 100 more times. If you have a fucked up relationship with food, this, more than anything, will hopefully start to address a few issues.

This program is NOT about getting skinny. It’s about getting strong and building muscle which in turn will cause you to lean and shred out. To do that, you need to eat enough to BUILD muscle. You can’t do that if you are starving yourself or depriving your body of necessary nutrition.

Again, I am NOT a nutritionist, but learn from my experience: Like an idiot, I meal prepped for Plan A; the first day, after making it through the first workout, I had no energy by lunchtime and felt terrible; my lethargy continued into the afternoon, until I finally caved and ate an extra helping of protein and vegetables. Like magic, my energy improved and my head cleared. That night, I went home and amended my meal plan to meet the needs of Plan B.

BUT EVEN THEN, in retrospect, what I should have done was bump up to Plan C.

As my boyfriend will tell you, I spent the first month a horrible grump, low on energy and crabby in the evenings. This continued until halfway through the second phase, when I got a clue and bumped up to Plan C. Immediately, my body was a lot happier with the increase in caloric intake, and instead of struggling to finish workouts, I started crushing them.

And, if you’re thinking this caused me to gain weight and bulk up, it didn’t: I continued to drop pounds and inches and feel GREAT.

So, please please please please PLEASE do NOT do what I did and skimp on the calories because you think that will help. It won’t. Remember, FOOD IS FUEL. You wouldn’t refuse to put gas in your car before a cross-country road trip; why would you demand your body do the same?

2. MEAL PREP – PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS

Let’s just call a spade a spade: I am a terrible cook. I am a master at overcooking chicken and burning toast. I routinely forget to season everything, and as a result, usually just end up dousing my food in hot sauce to make up for it.

Which means, when I sat down to meal prep for the week for the week, I knew in the beginning I would NOT have a lot of success if I was having to cook a lot of elaborate, fancy, healthy meals for the week.

The good news, however, is I make up for my lack of kitchen prowess with an ability to eat the same meal every day of the week – what I lack in skill I make up for in routine. And, thankfully, I have a boyfriend who CAN cook and is very good at not roasting chicken to a crisp.

Which is all to say, my meal plan that first week played to my strengths: Most of my meals involved a cooked protein and a salad of some sort, and always, a Shake for breakfast (more on Shakeology in a later post). The reason being that my boyfriend was responsible for cooking the protein, while I was responsible for the chopping of vegetables, which I can handle. Kind of. Not well, but I can do it.

And, I chose meals where I could chop up most of the vegetables on Sunday, put them in separate containers, and then from those containers assemble my meals for the week the night before they were needed.

This is pretty much what I am doing this time around. Here is my menu for the week:

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Menu for Week 1, 80 Day Obsession. Note Container count in upper right-hand corner.

I am on a taco salad kick a the moment. Don’t ask me why. All I know is the recipe for ground turkey taco meat off of FIXATE (the Beachbody On Demand cooking show featuring Autumn Calabrese and her chef brother, Bobby Calabrese) is AMAZING and I can’t get enough of it. Similarly, the stuffed shells – they are at the edge of my culinary skills, but I can manage. And they are totally worth the effort.

I’m already over 1,000 words and think I’m rambling, so I’ll save discussion about the containers for a later post.

3.  PRINT OUT TRACKER SHEETS TO TRACK YOUR WEIGHTS – AND USE THEM!

Confession: I did NOT do this the first time around, and I wish I did. I had no idea how I progressed or how much stronger I got, and I found I was having to rely on the weights Autumn was using in the workout to judge what I should be lifting.

I am including this tip NOW so that if you have to go somewhere to print out the tracker sheets (found under the “program materials” tab in the 80 Day Obsession program on the Beachbody On Demand website), YOU CAN DO IT.

Here is the basic layout of the weeks in the phases of 80 Day Obsession: There are three phases, four weeks in each phase. In Week One, for every workout, you will do 2 sets of 15 reps; in Week Two, you will do 3 sets of 10 reps, but it is structured so that you go all the way through ALL the exercises 3 times in a row (this was my least favorite week of each phase). In Week Three, you will again do 3 sets of 10 reps, but this time, instead of doing ALL exercises 3 times in a row, the exercises are broken up, roughly according to muscle groups, so that you do three exercises in a row for 10 reps each, and then repeat two more times before moving on to the next muscle group. (This was my FAVORITE week.) Then, in Week Four, you go back to 2 sets of 15 reps.

If you learn from my mistakes and use the tracker sheets, you will be able to see how much stronger you are from Week 1 to Week 4 BECAUSE YOU HAVE TRACKED YOUR WEIGHTS.  As per usual, Autumn included these sheets for a reason. Use them. I swear she knows what she’s doing.

4. EXILE SHIT FOOD FROM YOUR KITCHEN/PANTRY/HOUSE

“Shit food” is, of course, a scientific term for “junk food.” I call it “shit food” because I always feel like shit after eating it (AND YET IT’S STILL SO HARD TO RESIST).

Do yourself a favor: Throw it away. Now. DO IT. Just get rid of the temptation and get it out of your house so you can’t reach for it in a moment of weakness.

Because I will tell you, the first week, when your body is adjusting to a new, clean, meal plan, and recovering from the beer and cheeseburgers you stuffed down your gullet the weekend before, you will have cravings. For a few days, your body will want what it’s used to: Shit food. You either have to a) be strong enough to resist these cravings, or b) remove the shit food from your house and then do what you need to do to ensure you don’t leave the house to get the shit food.

I had cravings. I wanted more beer that first week. Or a glass of wine after a tough day of work. I got all of that shit out of the house prior to Day 1. Then, when I got home from work, I immediately changed into sweats.

Ladies, what does this mean? I took off my bra. And as you all know, once that happens, I’m not leaving the house for ANY reason. I may have had the cravings, but now I had no way to satiate those cravings. Because once the bra comes off, I’m not putting it back on.

I also got in the habit of having tea for “dessert.” I could have as many cups of decaf tea as I wanted when I got home – Trader Joe’s does a great “well-rested” tea that is supposed to help put you to sleep. After a week or two of calling tea “dessert,” I had brainwashed myself into thinking it was true.

My point being, expect these challenges, and do what you need to do to overcome them.

Wow, well this post got long. More tips to come tomorrow. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about Beachbody products, link below. Or, email me with questions.

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80 Day Obsession – T-3 Days!

Welcome!

If you are reading this, you must be VERY curious about Beachbody’s latest program, “80 Day Obsession,” because I know this blog is way down the list when it comes to sites on the subject. Still, I’m glad you’re here! My name is Katie and you can learn more about me under the “About” tab. I am an independent Beachbody Coach – I became a Coach halfway through the 80 Day Obsession program because I was so inspired by my results and how I was feeling that I knew I had to let others know this program could work for them.

However, as much as I enjoyed my journey through 80 Day Obsession, and the physical and mental changes the program brings, I found I had a LOT of questions as I was navigating each week. I would Google my questions to see if anyone else had the same questions as me, but to my surprise, all of the 80 Day Obsession blogs consisted either of a SINGLE post of an excited coach who was admitted to the test group in August 2017, or of a SINGLE post of an excited coach who was promoting the program prior to its release in January 2018. I saw nothing about workout clothes or eating plans or foods or refeed days or the like. Nobody was blogging as they simultaneously conquered each workout.

So, with Round 2 of 80 Day Obsession set to start on April 23rd, I decided to fill the void with this blog.

First and foremost, I am NOT a nutritionist, nor am I a personal trainer or a doctor. And, obviously, as with any workout program, results vary. However, I can tell you what worked for me and didn’t work for me.

Secondly, I know I can’t be alone with these questions. Nor am I alone with the fact that during the first round of 80 Day Obsession, life didn’t really want to cooperate with me. It was not an easy ride, and if I had given up when a loved one landed in the hospital, everyone would have understood. Except me.

I was ready for a change and I wanted to see what my body could do.

If I am describing you right now, then I seriously urge you to consider starting 80 Day Obsession.

If you are reluctant, or if you worry about your fitness level, here’s what I can share about my own experience and fitness level when I started.

In 2017, I started and completed Beachbody’s Hammer and Chisel. I LOVED it, and I found myself hooked on both Beachbody on Demand and Shakeology. After Hammer and Chisel, I did 21 Day Fix, then 21 Day Fix Extreme. Then I did 21 Day Fix Extreme again.

And then I did nothing.

The workouts I described took me up to about September 2017, and after Labor Day, I literally did not work out again until I did a week of A Little Obsessed the week before 80 Day Obsession started on January 15, 2018.

Yes. I was DYING during the week of A Little Obsessed. It was terrible. I had no idea how I was going to get through the next 80 days given how out of shape I was. But at that  point, I had already received by 80 Day Obsession Challenge Pack in the mail, and I had already planned out my first week of meals. So I decided to go for it.

Best decision I ever made.

Again, I am not a personal trainer or a nutritionist, but if you are wondering if 80 Day Obsession is for you given your current fitness level, consider the following: If you have been working out regularly in the weeks leading up to this point in time, then 80 Day Obsession could be a good fit. If you have been exercising sporadically up ’til now, and don’t get winded walking upstairs, again, 80 Day Obsession could be a good fit. If you haven’t worked out in months, or even years, and you don’t have an underlying foundation in fitness (i.e. a history in playing serious sports, or of exercising regularly), think hard about whether 80 Day Obsession is right for you at this time. Maybe consult with your doctor. Or, try one of Beachbody’s other programs to test your fitness, such as 21 Day Fix. If you know you can make it through a week of 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme without going into cardiac arrest, then you can do 80 Day Obsession.

If, after the above, you doubt your physical condition but know that you HAVE to at least TRY 80 Day Obsession, then follow the modifier. That’s the great thing about these workouts – every single one has a modifier demonstrating what you can do if the move is too hard or the weight too heavy. You can adapt each workout to the level you are at right now, and as you get stronger and your fitness improves, you can step it up.

I realize this post is light on 80 Day Obsession details – don’t worry, I have at least 80 days to fill in the gaps. But for right now, if you found this page, congratulations – you are curious about putting your health and fitness first. If you decide to start 80 Day Obsession and you stick with it, you won’t regret it.

And, of course, if you have any questions, feel free to message me, or click on the link below to learn more about the programs mentioned above.

You are on the precipice of a change in lifestyle and mindset. I’m so excited for you to see what’s on the other side.

https://mysite.coach.teambeachbody.com?coachId=1603264&locale=en_US