Hello there! This post might be redundant for many of you who know me or have followed along on my blog. I ask you to be patient and stick with me, as I hope to share some new things.
Nine years ago, I made the decision to go vegan. I had been vegetarian several years before that, as I love animals and just didn’t want to eat them any longer, and I knew that I’d be fine eliminating meat from my diet. As my diet progressed, I started eliminating more and more animal products from my diet until I finally became vegan. It’s been a journey of figuring out what works and what doesn’t, but I’ve settled on a mainly plant-based, whole foods diet and I feel really good eating this way.
Shortly after I became vegan, my health dramatically improved. I had more energy and decided to try running and after achieving my first major running goal of completing a 5k, I went on to complete other running goals, including several half-marathons and two full marathons. By the time I participated in a 75-mile relay race, however, my knees were tired and painful and I had grown to hate the training and long-distance mileage. I decided to take a long, extended break from running.
In the meantime, I was trying to find a type of exercise that I loved as much as running. I was also starting to eat a lot more junk food and drinking more alcohol and just wasn’t taking care of myself. I had the attitude that I was just going to enjoy my life and not worry about what I was eating or drinking. “Fuck it. Life is too short.” was my ongoing motto. What a huge mistake that was. I started feeling horrible, the scale kept moving up and up, and my clothes no longer fit me.
I needed to find an exercise program that would get me back on track. I love to bike and hike, but I don’t do these things on a regular enough basis. Walking is just not enough exercise for me, although I do enjoy doing this as well. In addition, I had tried joining a gym and it just wasn’t for me.
I was starting to sink into a frustrated, depressive state and my yearly physical exam in 2018 revealed that I had gained a lot of weight. I knew I had to do something.
I decided to revisit the Beachbody workouts. In the past, I had done the 21 Day Fix and PIYO workout programs for my cross-training while I was training for my running goals. I enjoyed the workouts and decided to do the 21 Day Fix workout program again. Once I got bored of that, which for me doesn’t take long, I did PIYO. Again, I got bored and purchased another Beachbody workout program, T25. After that, it was Rockin’ Body, a dance cardio workout program which focused a lot on the core. At this point, I’d invested quite a bit of money in these DVD workouts.
In March, I was telling my hairstylist about this and she told me about Beachbody on Demand. You can get lots of different Beachbody workouts online through an app, and the yearly subscription is much cheaper than a gym membership or purchasing the Beachbody workouts individually on DVDs. I decided to give it a try.
I’m completely in love with Beachbody on Demand (BOD). All you need is a smart TV so that you can download the BOD app, or you can pull up the app on a phone, tablet, or laptop. For most of the workouts, all you need are some dumbbells, a yoga mat or towel, and a bit of room to move. I can do these workouts any time, any day, anywhere. There are workouts for any fitness level, from beginner and intermediate, to challenging. There are programs for cardio, dance, kids, low impact, muscle building, and much more.
I scrolled through the 60+ workout programs and thought, “Where do I start?” I decided to try LIIFT4, an 8-week, 4-day a week program that combines strength training and HIIT exercises.
I’m truly obsessed with LIIFT4! I’m now on my 3rd round and I’ve yet to become bored. I love the trainer, Joel, and the cast members. I love that Joel emphasizes form over amount of weight you’re using. I love how strong my arms and core are feeling. I’m amazed at how excited I am to do these workouts. I haven’t felt this excited about working out since I first started running!
The nice thing is that on my days off from LIIFT4, I’ll pull up a workout from another program just to change things up, usually a dance cardio workout. There are so many options to choose from on BOD.
Nutritionally, I started following the vegan nutrition plan included with the LIIFT4 program. YES – there is a vegan plan! I cut back on the alcohol and really started eating whole and healthy again. Yes, I still indulge in the occasional pizza and Beyond Burgers, and a glass or two of wine or beer, but overall, I’m back on track.
I feel fantastic. I feel strong and fit again and I have Beachbody on Demand to thank.
Recently, I started trying some of the Beachbody nutritional products, such as the pre-workout and post-workout supplements and although I was initially skeptical, I’m convinced that these products are a beneficial addition to my fitness plan. The pre-workout drink, in particular, has given me so much more energy for my early morning workouts.
I’m so fricking excited about how good I feel that I decided to become a Beachbody coach and I can’t wait to help others along their health and fitness journey. And guess what? I already have a client – my husband, David!
Yes, my husband, who hasn’t worked out in almost two years and thinks that craft beer is a recommended food group has decided that he wants to “try this whole Beachbody thing” and has started the LIIFT4 program and is going to follow the nutritional program. I’m so excited and proud of him! My job will be to encourage and support him, guide him, and answer any questions that he has about the workouts or the nutrition.
So stay tuned as I give you progress reports on David, and also on how things are progressing for me. I’m on week 3 of my 3rd round of LIIFT4 and my plan is to move on to a different workout program once I finish LIIFT4.
I hope I haven’t sounded too much like an infomercial. I definitely don’t want to be one of those annoying people who are posting every five seconds about wanting you to buy their product! I’m just going to do what I always do on this blog – talk about what works for me, give you my honest reviews about different workout programs and products, and promise to be here for you if you decide you want to give this program a try!
May your glass always be full,