Why is fitness and nutrition so important to me? My WHY is what I think of when I feel like quitting. Whether I am thinking of skipping my workout that day or quitting the program I am on – I think back to WHY I started. For me my why is simple – Everyday I do some kind of exercise whether its walking, stretching or a workout program to prevent Lupus from taking control of my body making me immobile and either wheelchair or bed bound. I exercise to stay in control of my health for my family and for me! My family is so central to why I do most anything. My goal is to fight for good health everyday so Lupus doesn’t have an advantage. It may not be totally scientific but I believe that being active and eating right has minimized many of my symptoms over the years. I am about to start a new challenge group that is going to start P90X and continue on to P90X2 – Not too many people with Lupus can say that. I am not only just lucky that I am able to do these programs – I work hard and keep at it and I think that attitude and strength also fuels me on and enables me to continue to challenge myself physically even though some days I have a hard time because of my illness.
You may be reading this and have Lupus – or maybe you found this post because you searched P90X – either way you have a WHY! When times are tough and you feel like quitting – remember WHY you started and get back to it!
Love to MY WHY! <3
I have one more WHY that I want to talk about in this post – It’s Why I am a Beachbody Coach. I have seen friends and family members transform their health and reach fitness levels they didn’t think possible at their age! I have helped people with Lupus and Cancer fight their illness and stay positive and motivated even when things were tough. I love changing people’s lives. Is it a miracle cure – NO but it certainly can help! I know that helping people has changed my life and I have seen how coming together – supporting one another as we learn to be healthy and fit has changed others lives. It’s a wonderful feeling to see that happen. I saw this picture online one day and I thought it really summed up how I feel about coaching.
So what is the moral of this story? Take some time – think about Why leading a fit life is important to you and when you feel like quitting or skipping a workout – REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED!
Posted in End the Trend, Fitness, Lupus, P90X, p90x2
Tagged breast cancer, cancer, end the trend, exercise, fight the fight, fighting illness, fitness, live healthy, living with illness, living with lupus, lupus, nutrition
Ok, I have to say for myself I have had a tough winter. I have lost a very close friend to breast cancer, my son has had a number of surgeries and I have felt the effects of Lupus most of the season. It’s been challenging to say the least. But its spring, flowers are blooming, the weather is warming and I feel an urgency to get back to living well. Since going vegan in December I have lost a little weight but feel that I am eating healthier than ever in my life. I have learned so much through all the cookbooks, vegan guides and doctors research that I feel ready for a big challenge.
With that said – I want to take some of you along for the ride. After some considerable reflection I have decided that P90X was probably my favorite workout that I have done to date. Don’t get me wrong… I have loved my journey through TurboFire, Les Mills Pump and Les Mills Combat but none of them seemed to be as well-rounded as
P90X. P90x now has a second version P90X2 that takes your core, your athleticism and your strength to a whole new level. As I am feeling ready for a big challenge I am going to host a P90X to a P90X2 challenge group.
Starting with P90X in May a group of us together will journey through the challenging program with Tony Horton as your trainer and me as your enthusiastic coach. I have been cooking up a storm over the last year and I am going to share recipes from my favorite cookbooks along the way to keep you from getting bored with your food but keep you nutritionally ON TRACK!
For those who may be saying P90X is too hard — I do it – I have Lupus and some days are really challenging for me. P90X IS a challenging workout but Tony always has a modification for those who can’t jump or aren’t able to go full-out. I will say my week 1 when I first did this program was laughable – (no really my husband
and kids laughed at me) – but I stuck with it and at the end I was so much stronger and you can be too! Here’s a couple of videos to give you a sneak peek at the workouts!
P90X or P90X2
What is a challenge group you ask? It’s a Facebook private group of people all doing the same program as you – struggling and succeeding just like you – but working towards similar goals. We are all there to support each other. With that said – As this is a challenging program – I am looking for people who are ready to make a positive change in their life – that can put in the time to improve their health – commit to the program AND to the group. Expectations are that people post their workouts, share tips and recipes, and support each other through the process. We are stronger together than we are on our own! The best groups I have hosted had people who were in it till the end. Made the commitment, shared sweaty photos, food and their story and made a difference in their health and the success of the group! Here is a short video about the Beachbody Challenge.
What’s a Challenge group?
So what I am asking here? This is a CALL TO ACTION!!!! Do you want to change your life? How about your health? Want to learn more or have questions please feel free to post or email me at email@example.com. Like my Facebook page and post to me there! I am so excited about it I can hardly wait for MAY!!!!
Trying to make a cadet smile can be a challenge.
Now if that wasn’t enough – my son Taylor is coming home from Texas A&M for the summer. He has had two surgeries through the winter and is done with rehab and is ready to kick it up a notch. He’s a rising junior and is part of the Corps of Cadets. With that said he’s always been fit and skinny but not big by any stretch. He wants to do Body Beast! For those that don’t know Body Beast is a Beachbody workout that will pack on MUSCLE! He is also a coach and will be heavily involved in this group! If Muscle is what you are looking for this program is for YOU!!!! I have seen lean scrawny guys come out packing on the muscle – the supplements are different, the meal plans are different and its all about muscle! This group will kick of Mid MAY!!!
Beast up Peeps!
Are you ready to make a healthy change in your life? Take a first step and contact me today!
Posted in Body Beast, End the Trend, Find the Time, Fitness, Les Mills Combat, LES MILLS PUMP, Lupus, Nutrition, P90X, p90x2, TurboFire
Tagged Aggies, beachbody, beachbody challenge, body beast, breast cancer, Corps of Cadets, end the trend, fitness, get off the couch, lupus, nutrition, p90x, p90x2, Texas A&M
Eating a balanced plant-based diet
It has been a little bit of time since I have posted. I have been really working hard to get my eating right over the last several months. I am Vegan now with an occasional fish dish here and there. Eating this way has definitely allowed me to maintain my weight easily whether I was counting calories or not, exercising or not and has made it much easier when I eat out to make healthier choices. Although I will say eating out definitely has new challenges for me as most restaurants do not have a vegan friendly menu, I have gotten really good at making a dish vegan and when its impossible – I go to the fish.
Les Mills Combat!
As for my workouts lately I have been doing Les Mills Combat. I find it to be fun and – I always feel like I could possibly kick some serious ass after finishing one of their workouts. lol Now that I have moved through several Beachbody programs I feel like I have come full circle back to P90X. When I was doing P90X I feel like I was pushing myself harder and in new ways throughout the program. Since my start I have graduated from P90X, TurboFire, made it through most of the Les Mills Pump and Combat workouts and dabbled in Insanity and Tai Chang. I found each of them to be instructive and fun in different ways. Here is my take:
You’re Not Tired!
TurboFire - FUN! High props to Chalene for building my confidence, self-image and making me believe I can do anything. I definitely recommend Chalene if you are down about your body image and LOVE funky fun cardio. She gets it done and really pumps you up. I looked forward to my workouts with Chalene every day. I did miss the weights though – but she did kick my butt with the bands. Also easy to travel with if you have to travel for your work.
Pump you up!
Les Mills Pump - I had never done a lot of bar bell work. I loved the bar – it was easier for me to control and I definitely noticed I was getting stronger. Some of the instructors are a bit cheesy and need to get a little more natural in their delivery but the workouts were challenging and I learned a lot about form. I also like the fact that their schedule wasn’t as intense as P90X. Weights 3 days a week plus some cardio, yoga and stretching mixed in. It was manageable with a busy schedule.
Stay with the fight!
Les Mills Combat - Cardio with Combat. I love my strapping on my gloves – getting into some boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Thai fighting – so many styles. I learned a lot and loved the Kata’s. Again – a little cheesy here and there but a mix of weights and cardio (a bit heavier on the cardio side) but challenging. But its all combat all the time.
Are you ready?
Insanity - I love Shaun T. I do – but there is no modified example for Insanity and my joints can’t take his high impact lashing he gives you in each Insanity workout. I would get through a workout and then feel like I was disabled for like 2 days. Its tough. Now remember I have Lupus. My friend Val who is a little older than me totally rocked Insanity not missing 1 day. She is a rock star if you ask me but doesn’t have the joint issues I do. If you want an insane push yourself beyond your limits every workout intense cardio experience that will definitely lean you out and you are up for that kind of challenge – go for it! In 60 days you will have great results. If you are like me and need to modify occasionally – pick another program.
What’s your favorite soup? lol
Now back to the program that started it all for me – P90X for me was very well-rounded. It had cardio, it had weights, it pushed you. I personally find Tony Horton to be funny (not everyone would agree with me here) but he motivates me. I wasn’t bored and noticed results. I also was able to build up to the routines and because you track what you do for each workout I could see I was improving in weights and reps. The toughest thing about P90X is the time – if you are a busy working professional with a family finding an hour a day, 6 days a week can be challenging. Oh did I mention Yoga X is 90 min – so one day its an hour and a half. Is it worth it? Yes – but you have to find the time.
What’s next for me? – I am going to finish out Les Mills Combat and move on to P90X2. I will be starting a challenge group for those who want to join in – have an amazing summer getting fit and athletic and need support along the way. If that’s you – post a message and connect with me on Facebook www.facebook.com/anastasiarjahadi
What is your favorite Beachbody program and why? I’d love to hear from you!
Posted in Fitness, Insanity, LES MILLS PUMP, Lupus, Nutrition, P90X, Programs, TurboFire
Tagged beachbody, exercise, Insanity, Les Mills Combat, Les Mills Pump, lupus, p90x, turbofire, Vegan
My first round of P90X was not a failure by any stretch. I was stronger than I had ever been in my life BUT I didn’t have extreme results like so many that had come before me. The difference? THE DIET. I didn’t follow the meal plan enough, I ate better but I didn’t make the change I needed for the results I wanted. Don’t let this be you. I’ll give you some great suggestions to make sure you have the success you want whether do it yourself is what you desire or deliver to your home works best for you I have some good recommendations to make eating healthy part of your routine! Continue reading
Posted in Nutrition
Tagged Alicia Silverstone, Brendan Brazier, Cooking, diet, eating healthy, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, kim barnouin, Neal Barnard, nutrition, p90x, Personal Chef to Go, Raw Diet, Raw Foods, Roberto Martin, skinny bitch, The Get Healthy Go Vegan Cookbook, The Kind Diet, Thrive Foods, tony horton, Tony Horton Kitchen, Vegan, Vegan cooking for Carnivores, Veganomicon
Posted in Nutrition, Other Great Blog Posts, Recipes
Tagged Cooking, Dressings, Food, Gluten Free, recipes, Salads, Vegan, Vegetables, vegetarian
So if you follow my blog you know I am a big advocate of planning your meals. I have recently changed over to a new website/app called pepperplate (www.pepperplate.com). Every Friday or Saturday I sit down with my cookbooks, laptop and figure out what meals I am going to make for the week. Previously I would then create a grocery list from the recipes and then do another version of the list in order of my grocery store aisles. Then I discover Pepperplate. Continue reading