One year ago today, I was pretty much in the best shape of my life, and proud of it. I’d gone from my heaviest ever at 128, to about 115. Now to a lot of you, 128 might not seem like a lot, but keep in mind that I am barely 5 ft. tall. 128 was a lot of weight for ME.
My best friend Grisel and I had been doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Slimdown, which consisted of 30 Day Shred, No More Trouble Zones, and Banish Fat Boost Metabolism. We’d both had amazing results and as of 1/1/10, I’d lost about 12-15 lb. We were ready to step it up. So we did our research, well SHE did the research, and found a program called ChaLEAN Extreme. She purchased it for me for Christmas, and that was the beginning of a total life change for BOTH of us. I started it on 1/1, and I was hooked. Chalene Johnson is a phenomenal trainer and I loved working out with her! This program changed my body, I lost another 5 lb., doesn’t sound like a big deal but it was to me! But what amazed me is how STRONG I felt! It transformed my body.
Even better was that I could do it all at HOME!!! I’m a busy mom, at that time I was a SINGLE mom working full time, with a 2 hour commute. It was just me and Novali. Which meant it was not realistic for me to go to the gym. So what I would do was, I’d come home after work, start a quick dinner, and workout while dinner cooked. I had a tiny place so it was easy for me to keep a eye on everything. Novali had dinner first, and then I would eat after my workout. It was the only way for me to be able to balance it all. And I was determined.
After ChaLEAN I went on to do several more at home programs, including Insanity, P90X, and now TurboFire. They kept me in great shape. But ChaLEAN was the program that inspired me, and still it is my favorite. It’s my soulmate workout.
2 months ago I started TurboFire, also by Chalene Johnson. I LOVE it. But I’ve realized that the best workouts for me are the ones that incorporate a lot of resistance training. I love to lift weights and my body responds better that way. In the past few months, I’ve gained a few lb. back, and I’m determined to get back to where I was with ChaLEAN.
So in honor of my soulmate workout, I’m going to come full circle for 2011. I will continue TurboFire, but I am going to do the ChaLEAN Extreme/TurboFire Hybrid. The best of both worlds! I know that this will get me the results that I want… Tomorrow morning I will take my before pics and measurements so that I can compare in 3 months and see how far I’ve come!