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2013 Get Fit Support Group. 90 Days of BRINGING IT!
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It's 2013 people. Time to get up and achieve those fitness goals. Stick with us for 90 days, be accountable on this thread and you WILL GET RESULTS!!

First-timer? Veteran? We have many group members at many different levels. We have the people and experience available to get you the information you need and the results you want. All you have to do is Bring It, Keep Pressing Play and Dig Deeper!

I personally have done p90x, Insanity, a p90x/Insanity hybrid and also p90x2. You CAN NOT go wrong with any of the beachbody programs. Follow the schedule, bring your best effort and stick to the nutrition.

Why should you join this group? Because motivation and accountability are an essential part to getting you through. Sharing your experiences in a forum like this will help to motivate and inspire you through your journey.

Exercise + Nutrition + Motivation = SUCCESS.

Now – are you ready to do this? Ready to commit 90 days of your life to a life changing event? Come join us. You will not be disappointed. We will get you there!!

A few items for you to review

EQUIPMENT

This varies on the program – but for those of you going the p90X route:

Dumbbells : Can begin with the standard dumbbells from Wal-Mart all the way to the Bowflex Select-Tech 552 dumbbells. Powerblocks are also an option. I personally use the Weider Core 100 pound select-a-weight set.

Resistance Bands: An affordable alternative to Dumbbells. These allow for easier storage. Better for on the go. Don’t go cheap on these. Buy quality bands to avoid breakage.

Chin-Up Bar : You can find these at Wal-Mart, Amazon,etc.

Push Up Bars: Totally optional. Some of you may experience some wrist pain from the push ups. If you do, the bars will eliminate that. These can be found at Wal-Mart or Amazon. The Power Stands are also available through Beachbody.

Yoga Mat: All the retailers have these. Just need something for a little cushion.

Yoga Blocks: If you are not the most flexible, these will assist you in your stretches. On the other side of things – if you are very flexible, the blocks will help enhance some of your stretches.

In addition for p90x2:

Medicine Balls: Two 4 pound medicine balls should suffice. You have the option of using other balls, such as basketballs, but once you use the medicine ball you may want to stick with it.

Stability Ball: 55 or 65cm depending on your size. 5'0 to 5'7 55 and 5'8 to 6'3” the 65. Other sizes are available for people out of those ranges. These are available at practically any store out there.

Foam Roller: Assists with relief of muscle and joint pain. Many varieties available out there. Have seen these sold on the Beachbody site or anywhere online that sells yoga or exercise equipment.

NUTRITION

This is not to be ignored and is an essential part of your success. Read through your nutrition guides that were provided with your products. Feel free to share tips and recipes on this forum to help others. For many, this can be a very challenging part of the program. If you have any questions on calories, meals, etc, please feel free to reach out to me.

Additional Nutritional Supplements

Shakeology : ‘The Healthiest Meal of the Day’. One glass a day of this delivers ultra-premium nutrition and contains numerous super foods. Replace one meal a day with Shakeology to increase energy, reduce cravings, lose weight, and improve digestion. It’s only 150 calories and tastes great. Flavors include Chocolate, Strawberry and Greenberry. There are many recipes out there as well to change things up. Interested in trying this? Message me and we can talk about sending you a free sample.

Whey Protein: You may find that you may need to add this supplement in order to get the protein you need in some of the phases in the P90X nutrition. Whey protein use is helpful before and after exercise to help refuel recovering muscles. This can be purchased through Beachbody or at numerous retailers.

Recovery drink : Tony and Shaun T talk about this constantly. It really is an important part of your post workout nutrition. It provides the carbs and protein your body needs for recovery. It will help to eliminate soreness and muscle fatigue. Make sure the carb:protein ratio is 4:1 like the P90X Results and Recovery Formula.

GOALS

Use the SMART Acronym

S = Specific. Not ‘I want to lose some weight’. Instead, how about ‘ I want to lose 15 pounds’.
M= Measureable. Make sure the goal you set is something you can easily measure and accomplish.
A=Attainable. Make sure the goal you are setting is realistic. Don’t go too easy – just make sure it is something within your reach in a 90 day time frame.
R=Realistic. Keep it real. Make sure it is attainable. Make sure it is challenging.
T=Time Limited. We’ve already made that one easy. 90 DAYS!!

BEFORE YOU START

Take a before photo. The p90x guide explains this in full detail. (Do this with ANY program you go with) Make sure you get front shots, side shots, back shots and muscle flexing shots. You want to make sure you can visually see your progress! You will also redo these shots at 30, 60 and 90 days.
Take measurements as outlined in your guide. This will provide you with additional information on your progress.
Take the fit test associated with your program and write it down. This is essential in judging your fitness level and tracking improvement.

ONCE YOU HAVE STARTED

Track your progress. Use the workout sheets to track reps/weights used/need to increase or decrease weights, etc.

Below is a link to the workout sheets for all of the programs.

Workout Worksheets



Tracking Your Nutrition

Keeping a journal of when and what you eat will help you track all of your calories, protein, carbs, fats, etc. MyFitnessPal, Livestrong, etc. all will provide assistance for you. All of the apps sync to their particular websites so that you have everything well documented. Calorie count is critical for your goals and is emphasized in all of the Beachbody nutrition books. Log your meals and see if you are where you need to be! These programs can also be very helpful when eating out in order to find out if the food you are ordering falls into the guidelines of the fitness program.

Well – that about sums it up. Lots of information here. Feel free to contact me with any questions that you have.

Who is with me? Let’s do this! Dig Deeper!!!! LETS GO!!!!!!!

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RE: 2013 Get Fit Support Group. 90 Days of BRINGING IT!
1/10/13 7:17 AM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
Happy 2013 indeed!

I'll keep this one short, but one more day til I start bringing it yet again!!
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RE: 2013 Get Fit Support Group. 90 Days of BRINGING IT!
1/10/13 2:47 PM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
Hola my friends. Been silent, I mean really silent a lot since December rolled in. I've been really slack on my exercise, but the thought of it still lingers in my mind, which is always a good thing. Keep this short, and I will update you all later. Best of luck and a Happy New Year!

- Andrew
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1/10/13 7:40 PM as a reply to harveysandrew.
Norm and Andrew - great to have you back!!

I'm prepping to get started here with another 90 days. Finished up p90x2 a week ago and now am doing a mix of workouts. Yesterday did a bonus disc that came with Power 90 - Tony Horton in Hawaii. It was a great Plyo workout!!!

Looking at another hybrid this round - possibly a p90x/x2/Insanity hybrid. emoticon

Looking forward to hearing how you are doing through the journey!!!

For those of you out there getting started, make sure you are doing those fit tests and taking those photos. You really want to have your baseline established so you can properly track your progress.

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RE: 2013 Get Fit Support Group. 90 Days of BRINGING IT!
1/11/13 6:51 AM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
Day one in the books!! Chest and back, love this one but not today! LOL. Hadn't done that one in a while and with the new form that Jason mentioned in a recent e-mail they were more difficult! Couldn't get as many reps when doing the ones with my feet on the wall. Discouraging? Actually no. In my mind, that makes them harder, the muscles have to work harder, better results in the end. So I am encouraged how this round will go now. Only thing is - I know in a few weeks, I'll be doing slow motion and plange push ups this way. Not looking forward to that at all. But I only have one thing to say about that...

BRING IT!!!!
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RE: 2013 Get Fit Support Group. 90 Days of BRINGING IT!
1/12/13 10:46 AM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
Ok Jason, I am holding up my end of the bargain emoticon Cardio Power & Resistance in the books for today. As gross as it may seem, it feels good to sweat again haha. I've already made it through the first week of Insanity not that long ago, so I decided to start off where I left off from, which is the start of week 2. My birthday is in July, and I want to be at least looking half of what Shaun T. is. That gives me just over 2 rounds of Insanity. Time to dig deep emoticon

- Andrew
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RE: 2013 Get Fit Support Group. 90 Days of BRINGING IT!
1/13/13 2:03 AM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
Hi there & Happy New Year everyone! I so need this Get Fit Support Group!
Tomorrow will mark Day 1 of Round 2 of bringing it with P90X. Round 1 was a bust, so.....

I will post updates of my progress. All the best to everyone for 2013!
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RE: 2013 Get Fit Support Group. 90 Days of BRINGING IT!
1/13/13 7:01 PM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
Hey Jason, checking in! Unfortunatley I did not get my exercise in today as I was not feeling very well. Last night I had come down with a stomach bug, and it did not go away until later this evening. Tomorrow, I will pick up where I left off at.

- Andrew
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RE: 2013 Get Fit Support Group. 90 Days of BRINGING IT!
1/13/13 7:17 PM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
Hey new me! What happened round one? What challenges did you have? Looking forward to hearing on your progress and seeing how this round goes for you!!

Norm and Andrew - great to see you on here. How did your weekend go? Stick with the plan?

I was out of town - but never fear.....I threw in Insanity fast and furious yesterday in the hotel room. Talk about 20 minutes of craziness. You can't do much better for a workout in 20 minutes from what that one gives you. I think Tami took some sweat pix emoticon

Here's my promise to those of you posting or watching this thread for this cycle. I will get on here daily to share my successes and challenges with my workouts and nutrition. In addition, I'm going to try to provide relevant info for you regarding food, nutrition, workout tips and recipes.

Let's have fun with this. And those of you on the sidelines watching the thread, please feel free to post! We're all here to help each other along. These programs are not easy. But.....the effort is WELL WORTH IT!! It changed my life!!

With that, here's my first tip. Breakfast. It is so important to start your day off right. I used to skip breakfast or have a bowl of cereal and run out the door. No longer. My breakfast usually consists of an egg-white omelette with diced ham and veggies, a couple slices of turkey bacon and a toasted whole wheat bagel thin. I enjoy this breakfast so much - I have been basically eating a very similar breakfast for over a year now! Later on in the morning I have a piece of fruit and also some yogurt or steel cut oats with berries.

Here's a great article on the importance of breakfast : Breakfast!

What did you have for breakfast? Do you have a favorite p90x/Insanity/Beachbody friendly breakfast??

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RE: 2013 Get Fit Support Group. 90 Days of BRINGING IT!
1/14/13 5:25 AM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
Hey Andrew - seems to be lots of 'stuff' going around right now. Stay hydrated and jump back in when you feel better.

Cranked through some X2 Total Body - awesome workout. Core plus upper body! Had not done that workout in a couple months. I was still able to maintain my numbers - that is a good thing. emoticon

Have a happy Monday everyone! I'll be checking back in this evening.
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1/14/13 6:51 AM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
Hello! Happy Monday! How are you starting your week? Do you have a fitness plan? Do you have a nutrition plan? I am off to the grocery store today to stock up for the week. A little bit of planning helps keep me on track. I always have fresh veggies in the fridge and ALWAYS bring food with me everywhere I go. I never want to be in a situation where by choice is a fast food joint or not eating. I do know that you can always find something healthy no matter where you are though--even Fast Food emoticon I am a firm believer that you get fit in the gym and lose weight in the kitchen!

So we went on a last minute weekend trip to Vegas to watch football...and we still were able to exercise. We just brought our stuff with us!! Here is a Jason with our little DVD player showing how much of a sweat we got doing Insanity Fast and Furious! Two lessons: you can workout anywhere...and...it's not about the length, it's about the intensity YOU BRING to the table. We also did a 35 minute Fat Burner Express DVD with Tony Horton in Hawaii last week--I think Jason was surprised at the burn he got when we did this one. We actually 'modified' this workout to increase the intensity!!

Off to start my Monday...Remember to drink your water...Get plenty of sleep...and push play!

CoachAzTami

YOU are the only thing standing in the way of meeting your goals...so get out of the way!
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1/14/13 9:27 AM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
Pure Cardio in the books! Wasn't easy, as I have just recovered from being sick, so my Cardio is shot. I didn't stop, I kept pushing as much as I could, but had to take extra breaks. I did my best! emoticon
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1/14/13 5:38 PM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
Wow - I had some nice bedhead up there, huh? Doesn't matter - got that workout in!! Heck Yeah!!

Just finished up Insanity Power cardio and resistance. It has been a while since I did some of these Insanity workouts - they just totally kick your butt. Typical Insanity aftermath - I'm a sweaty mess and the floor was a sweaty mess. THAT is what it is all about!!

SO - what did you have for breakfast today????

Lets talk lunch. Sometimes another 'forgotten' meal where we are so rushed and if not prepared we can skip it or grab something quick - which can sometimes not be a healthy option. Like the majority of fast food.

What do I do for lunch? I keep it simple. All it requires is a little prep work each week. I go with a romaine salad topped with a variety of peppers and onions, with one to two portions of lean protein. I go with chicken.

So on Sunday, take the time to dice some peppers and onions and stash in your fridge. I also bake chicken breasts topped with spices in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes. Each night before or morning of work its as easy as grabbing some lettuce, topping with peppers and onions and protein. Salad dressing? I go with salsa or 100 calorie guacamole packets. Avacado consists of 'good' fat and if you have not had your serving of it for the day, there you go!!!

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RE: 2013 Get Fit Support Group. 90 Days of BRINGING IT!
1/14/13 6:03 PM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
Jason and Tami - from Hawaii? Again?? I don't think I like you guys anymore. emoticon LOL.

Off to a good start, but did not do shoulders and arm yesterday - for good reason! My eldest had a gymnastics meet Sunday. I have volunteered the last couple years to do a tear down of ALL the equipment used in the meet. It was four hours of solid, non stop hard labor! We literally moved tons of equipment. I would venture to say that this would more than suffice for the workouts 'cause I used every muscle I do in that DVD! And then some. Wow, I'm still feeling it! So much so that I pushed back yoga one day. But man, the corpse pose sounds soooo good right now! LOL.

Bring it people!!!

Jason, you ever hear of a hat? LOL!
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RE: 2013 Get Fit Support Group. 90 Days of BRINGING IT!
1/14/13 6:41 PM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
Haha - no big Hawaii trip. Just a quick jaunt up to Vegas for a quick weekend emoticon

I don't like wearing a hat during my workouts - but maybe I should to avoid the dorky photos emoticon

Good to hear from you Norm. Sounds like the equipment move qualifies for a good upper body workout emoticon
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1/15/13 6:45 AM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
Ugh, not such a great orkout today, though I did my best. Cardio is a little better than yesterdays. Today though, my issue was acid reflux. So not pleasant during a workout. Ah well, at least I made it half way through, and I didn't miss the cool down either. That is all for now emoticon

- Andrew
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1/15/13 5:53 PM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
Hey Andrew - so acid reflux. What time of day did you do your workout? Next question - when and what did you have to eat prior to the workout?
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1/15/13 5:59 PM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
Just cranked out some X2 Power and balance. A few push ups on med balls. Some more on a stability ball. Some cool balance moves. Overall a good workout!

One of the things I hear from people when they first start out is the soreness they experience. Heck - after my 1st p90x workout I had difficulty raising my arms above my shoulders!!!!! I wish I would have had these tips when I first started out. They are located here : Soreness

A few things I quickly picked up here. Recovery drink. This stuff really helps. I use it after every intense workout. A FOAM ROLLER. I'm telling you, these things work. Stick with a closed foam version for a firmer roller. The rumble roller is only for those people that are Hard Core!!!

If you have any questions about this stuff, email me directly or feel free to post on here!!!

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1/15/13 7:50 PM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
I am re-visiting all the X2 workouts this month so that I can take notes and incorporate the balance/core moves into my next program: P90X/Insanity hybrid. Tonight was X2 Balance and Power...wrote down just a few things: rows/press while in warrior 3...push-ups while extending one hand/opposite foot.

My daily diet consists of the same basic things: I like what I eat so I don't mind the same thing day after day. I have shakeology w/some protein powder for breakfast, yogurt/berries/kashi for morning snack, omelot w/veggies, ham, spinach for lunch with a whole wheat tortilla and guacamole, and then an afternoon snack of chicken/carrots/cucumbers. I also have a protein bar somewhere in there and an apple if I am hungry. Dinner is some sort of protein with romaine lettuce salad/veggies. I try to aim for 1800 calories a day with 40/40/20 carb/protein/fat ratio.

I also drink my water!! I do need to be better about that...

Andrew: do you have a history of acid reflux? Did you eat something wrong before the workout? I use to have occasional issues with that but thankfully mine was all related to what I was eating/drinking so I very rarely have problems now!

See ya all tomorrow!
Tami
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1/16/13 7:36 PM as a reply to TamiRPh.
Got off of work early today and decided since it was 58 degrees out to go HIKING!!! Prior to P90x, I would do this loop in an hour plus. It's about 4.3 miles...tonight: 52 minutes. Was a great hike...then home to make dinner which was 'buffalo chicken pizza'.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza Pies
Makes 6 Servings

One 12-ounce package whole wheat English muffins (6 muffins)
1 medium orange bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch dice (about 1½ cups)
1 tablespoon canola oil
12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into ½-inch dice
1/2 cup pasta sauce
1 tablespoon Buffalo sauce
1 tablespoon blue cheese dressing
1 to 1½ cups shredded, part-skim mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Slice the English muffins in half and place on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven for about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.

2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes.

3. Add the chicken and cook until no longer pink, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the pasta sauce, Buffalo sauce, and blue cheese dressing and mix well.

4. To assemble the pizzas, top each muffin half evenly with the chicken mixture, and sprinkle evenly with the cheese. Bake until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes.

Here is a picture prior to the hike...my thumb is pointing to Tom's Thumb on the trail!
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