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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

So excited to start this new program..always been a fan of Chalene so when they announce this new program I was ready to jump on it.
what I expect from it? really simple get more flexible, tone up and strengthen my core and lose some weight...still 30 lbs overweight so hopefully I can get this weight off and honestly I think that changing the pace of my programs would be fun I just finish third round of T25, and all this jumping around started to affect my feet and knees so I think I'll give it a break.
So here we go:

initial weight :172.4lb
Chest : 35 in
Waist: 27 in
Hips: 38 in
Thigh: 20 in
Calf: 13 in
Body Fat: 20.8 %

Last night I did PIYO Align: the fundamentals. I think it was a really good way to start the program, a step by step explanation of the poses and what's important to maintain, she goes explaining each pose and the different levels of modification, and I got the chance to go slowly and correct my posture and feel the poses and movements the right way...so getting excited about this program and what it has to offer... as for the meal plan I think I like the freedom it gives very much like the 21 day fix, only thing is like I fall in the higher side of the calorie intake so that it scares me a bit, but I will give it a try and modify as needed.

PIYO Day 2 Define: Lower body....it was a challenging not crazy challenging but enough to make my legs shaky and break a sweat, as calories burned not as much according to my HRM (96 calories) but I spent most of the time in the fat burning zone (51%), definitely is a change of pace compared to the other programs I have done but what I like so far is that she breaks the moves down really good

PIYO day 3 define:upper body: what can I say the best 18 min of the day... my triceps are on fire and my core was screaming, predicting great results with this workout, at the end of it I was dripping sweat like crazy

PIYO day 4:Sweat: the name of this one It sure is a real match for what she puts you through .... a booming 382 Cal and not a single jump...me and hubby looked like if just took a shower... had to stop here and there to pay attention to the moves and got confused during the warrior 3 part (by the way zero balance here especially when your mat is slippery LOL) so I guess as I get better at it I'll burn even more
On a side note I'm so sore from the previous 2 ... I guess I'm falling in love ..even my eating is started to clean up little by little

PIYO day 5 : Define:Lower body . I got a bit "easier" to follow and definitely felt it on my hamstrings and thighs....the stretches and the work in the lower part of the core .. burned 140 cal 53% cal fat so pushing more on my self

PIYO Day 6:weighted my self ... gained 1 lb (got to stop with the cheating if I want results...nobody else to blame but me) felt sore all over my body which I liked...we went to Six Flags so we walked all day long, it was really fun

PIYO Day 7: was supposed to do PIYO upper but we end-up not doing it...we were exhausted and my stepdaughter fell sleep in the living room (A.K.A workout area) but we did the color run in the morning and stayed all morning just jumping and running around so it counts.

PIYO Day 8: Sweat: Last nights sweat what an awesome workout...still stumbling with the warrior 3 pose but trying my best to hold it...I noticed I have more balance on my right leg than on my left leg, doing it a second time around didn't have to stop as much to check what is she doing so i can focus more on my own form.

PIYO Day 9: Define Lower: OMG leg soreness today, did this one last night and feeling it since...getting more comfortable with the moves and the transitions, which makes it better every time,because the more comfortable you get with the moves the easier it is to push yourself and the more you sweat.

PIYO Day 10: Core : It looks like a perfect workout for your abs but to be honest i didn't push my self as much...might be because it was the first time and I was trying to understand what was she doing...nevertheless some of the moves you could feel your abs and basically your core working...the curtsy lunge with the crunjavascript: crunch was a complete test for my balance and the side plank with crunches at the end was really hard....next time I will do better

PIYO day 11: Define: Upper body: this time around i did the pike crunches on my feet didn't modified and omg my obliques were on fire...also got better at the crow push up ...this is short but really sweet...feeling it in all my biceps and triceps

PIYO day 12: Rest day for the program, so i got time to do my boxing bootcamp and take my first BJJ class, it was an awesome experience, totally out of my comfort zone but awesome all the way around

PIYO DAY 13 : Sweat: every time i do this workout I get even more surprised as how much sweat drips out of my body....267 cal in only 30 min.... moves get easier to follow therefore I can push my self even more....also finding that my balance is getting much better with each workout
Weighted myself this morning and lost 2.4lbs this week alone (hubby lost 5lbs!!!! he's static)

PIYO Day 14: core: getting better at those piyo pikes and really feeling my abs on fire with that session of scissor legs, burned 150 cal (50% fat cal) according to my polar...i can't believe how much I can sweat with this program and still no jumping around... loving PIYO!!!!

PIYO Day 15: Upper Body: in order to keep a good accountability I have to be honest...didn't do it...got a dentist appointment and go home late planning on doing it on the rest day or as a double with another workout...eating wise I gave in to my fave arroz con gandules and pernil...didn't eat as much still it is over my calorie intake...got to behave the rest of the week

PIYO Day 16: Buns: legs shaking and on fire....different level of squats plus the skater and the floor work, i'm feeling it every where in my lower body...major sweat pouring from everywhere 237 cal burned (53%cal fat)
I even feel my buns tighter

PIYO Day 17: Core: still intense, now i can actually do the piyo pikes without modification...working on my form so i don't put all the weight on my shoulder but definitely getting better at this...obliques so sore and actually i feel sore everywhere.
Love the program

PIYO Day 18: Lower body: this week it seems that my body is in constant soreness ever since buns....I was feeling this in my hamstrings like never before, pigeon was a much needed relieve, the down dog split my legs were feeling like if they weighted a ton...sweat pouring on my arms, legs, face... food wise trying to keep it close to the guidelines, not perfect but doing my best

PIYO Day 19: Rest: well today was a non piyo program day...which is perfect because I can do my boxing bootcamp class...and today was incredible, I am getting better at it, my form and punches are stronger and when I sparred with the instructor I am not as afraid as I was at the beginning

PIYO Day 20: Sweat: today was really an awesome day, got to spend quality time walking in downtown Manhattan with my kids and my stepdaughter and then home to a nice sweaty workout....loving it even more each day, got to push harder next time to increase calorie burned but for the rest it was a really good one this time around

PIYO day 21: Strength intervals:OMG I was in love with the pain in this workout...i could feel it working on my total body from minute 1....about to cry during the sumo / lunges but all good for my legs...skaters are hard!!!!! just how i like it...short but really intense

PIYO Day 22: Sweat: ok so seriously who thought of scheduling this one the day after Strength intervals? I felt my legs were about to spontaneously explode, especially during the power session, I was seriously feeling the burned, balance getting much better on my left side (that's my weak side) so i was happy with that...today I feel like I could still use a good nap and believe it or not legs still feel shaky, as far as cal burn 287 precious cal left my body

PIYO Day 23: Core and Hardcore on the floor: Did this workout in the morning today because last night I was feeling so sick and dizzy i was not in the mood for it...so this morning I manage to do both not back to back of course and what I found out was that I like the hardcore better, I don't know why but even though it is tougher I was able to follow her more easily with the moves, I love the beast combination and I'm so sure I will feel it tomorrow.

As for Core pushing my self a bit more with the piyo pedals and the piyo pikes, less modification with each passing day

Total calories burned almost 450 cal

PIYO Day 24: Buns: this one doesn't matter how many times you do it legs feel like about to fall, what a fire on the thighs and hamstrings, the first part is a total fat burning killer session...I love it... maybe ext time i'll be bold enough and use ankle weights

PIYO Day 25: Drench: it honors its name, what a sweat feast...if you think that sweat is hard, wait till you do drench....love the way it's designed, starts with the regular warm up, passing to push ups and a short heat wave then it works your legs just in time to go to the power session and then the flow session (this was my hubby's least favorite part because he's not fond of yoga), this was my favorite part i totally love it specially the piyo plank, you can feel all your body working and finishing with stretch and strength... in total I burned 376 cal in 48 minutes...and that's doing it without intensity because I was learning the moves

PIYO Day 27: Strength Intervals: this one I did Saturday, right after I came back home from an almost 4 hrs walk in Central Park and Midtown...legs feeling the burned in every muscle that I had and I'm so glad I did it

PIYO Day 28: Sweat: that was Sunday but that day I went to the movies with my daughter and just decided that walk around the city was equally fun, plus my workout partner A.K.A hubby was at the Yankee's game and came back home pretty late, anyways I really enjoyed that unexpected day off, my body really needed it

PIYO Day 29: Sculpt: OHHH my legs, if I don't end up with the best legs that I ever dreamed of I don't know ... burn burn burn, lunges, bowler lunges, sumo squats, then those triangle push ups and tricep push ups, my tiny arms looked like jello during this session, 28 min of pure torture, but totally worth every single second of it

PIYO DAY 30: Sweat: ok so here i go again...after a break of some weeks of piyo (stepdaughter visiting from college so we spent as much time as we could with her) I'm back on the wagon (my only workout was the spartan lunge challenge..but hey something is better than nothing)...me and hubby decided to re-start month 2 so today is day 30 of Piyo: sweat: I felt like I was dying, at the end got really dizzy so i had to modify the moves but I finished, burned 330 cal and now I feel accomplished

PIYO DAY 31:Core: Facing this one again was totally painful but fun, I can focus more on form and I can feel my abs contracting and working. I know I am going to feel it tomorrow, still need to work on my balance during the PIYO punters.
Now I am just feeling super sore on my shoulders and biceps I guess it's all those downward dogs and planks.

PIYO DAY 32: Drench: to be honest with this diary...didn't do it, I had a really bad day at work and my head was pounding so I just decided to skip it and take a break

PIYO DAY 33: Buns: OMG, what a burned...my legs were feeling about to break, I was sweating like crazy and still amazes me because honestly is like zero jumping involved
I love how my clothes are fitting and I'm trying to avoid the scale all together, still my number 1 struggle is eating healthy but I'm trying, I'm taking it one day at a time

PIYO DAY 34: Strength Intervals: who told her this is nice? my legs were like what the heck is going on....are you trying to kill us?but I pushed passed the point of pain and finished...happily it was only 20 minutes workout, and prep the food for the next day...this week I'll stick to my meal plan as close as i possible can do it

PIYO DAY 36:Drench: still can't make myself to do this one...I got to spoiled with the 30 minute workouts that i just don't like the hour long ones...but hey I did PIYO upper body and I really felt it and made me feel better after a really bad day at work..food wise I did good (except for the oreo cookies I ate at dinner) burned 198 cal

PIYO DAY 37: Core: Ohhh my abs they hurt so good and bad, the crisscross part makes my upper, lower and obliques feel like they are on fire, the PIyo punter is getting easier to do and now I can actually see my foot when I look over my shoulder and do the kick, piyo pikes getting better, burned 178 cal and food wise I did pretty good I might say

PIYO DAY 38: Buns: this one gets me every time, my legs feel like they are so numb i can't even feel them, the good thing is that I'm getting my booty a bit more hard and lift every time
keep dealing with my eating issues and trying to do the best I can

PIYO DAY 39: Sculpt: Seriously, what was she thinking putting this one right after the other one...great sweat but ouch my arms feel like jello, all those pushups

PIYO DAY 41: Drench: Finally I did it!!! I bit the bullet and did this one...I almost passed out, thank God for those 10 minutes of only yoga, I was about to die... 425 cal burned

PIYO DAY 43: Sculpt: I really enjoyed this workout, it helped me clear my mind a little bit, got bad news from my home country about my father and i really was in a funk .... gladly I could do this instead of stuffing my face..there it is a nsv for me
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    Just started this program last night. Curious as to what your end results were.
    2220 days ago
    Just got the dvd set and I'm excited to try it. Thanks for posting this blog! emoticon
    2372 days ago
    sorry posted twice emoticon
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  • PSAGI77
    I stopped the program because I had my stepdaughter visiting...definitely I started to see some changes in my body,

    restarted month 2 today so I'll be keeping up with my long blog and let everyone know my final results

    so far I have noticed more definition on my abs, my legs and my arms and kept it despite of interrupting the program for some weeks
    2534 days ago
    How are you doing with it now? I'm curious for your end results!
    2539 days ago
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    Would love to see an update!
    2545 days ago
  • PSAGI77
    hi KY_RD79, I did T25 and honest to God that was a beast, like I always say is Insanity on steroids. an excellent program and I totally loved the energy
    As for PIYO is not crazy jumpy hard on your knees workout but even though is low impact the intensity is high, she breaks the moves really good and the modifier is awesome, not a single jump and you manage to burned from 200 to almost 400 cal depending on the workout.
    and the aftermath is super, you feel so sore and like all the muscles you thought you didn't have, yes you do have it.

    so my advice go for it, it's a really good program
    2561 days ago
  • KY_RD79
    I have been wondering about this workout DVD and thinking of trying it. How do you compare it to T25 intensity? That was a little hard on me!
    2561 days ago
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