Making Progress

On December 28, 2020 I started exercising with the T25 workout videos. I had borrowed some DVD’s with this program some years ago, but did not complete the entire plan. This time I decided to try it again. This is not sponsored and I am not a coach with the Beach Body program. However, I wanted to share my progress and what I did so far in hopes of encouraging others to want to move too. My results, after the first month, are in the pictures shown here.

If you have never done a Beach Body program, the videos come with a set of workouts, a meal plan, and support groups. With T25, it’s 25 minutes a day for 5 days a week. Each week looks like this: you do one workout video Monday through Thursday and on the 5th day (Friday) you are to do two workout videos (25 minutes each). I did not do two workouts on Fridays. Some people would do the second workout on Saturday, but I just chose between the two and took Saturday and Sunday off. There are 5 weeks for the first month and 5 weeks for the second month. There is a third month that is optional as well. In each video, there are 5 people doing the workouts that include the instructor (Shaun T.) and 4 others. One of the four is the modifier, the person who does the exercises at a lower intensity, usually for someone who is a beginner or getting back into exercising after stopping for a while. This is important because my results are from me doing the exercises daily, but with the modified moves and doing only one workout on Friday.

As you can see in my pictures, I had a lot of bloating (I also had my fifth baby in July of 2020) as well as unhealthy eating habits while being home during a pandemic. During my workouts, I did not follow a meal plan, mainly because I’m gluten-free due to a gluten allergy. I did, however, eat a post workout meal after every workout. A small portion of white rice, eggs over-medium, and 1/2 of an avocado. I stayed hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day and had regular meals and snacks throughout the day. I would also drink a small sports drink, 1/2 before my workout and the other half after. I also stayed away from soda. I have been soda-free since Thanksgiving of 2020. It was so important for me to do this because I have gone to the hospital on more than one occasion due to dehydration. I have the water bottle in the images below that helps me to stay hydrated. It is labeled with times of the day so I can stay on track. It’s called Hydracy and you can find it on Amazon or click the name I listed and it will take you directly to who I ordered it from. (This is not sponsored)

I am happy with the results I have achieved so far. I look forward to next week when I begin month two and can begin to tone the areas that are more difficult. My results will most likely vary from someone who does not do the modified moves and who follows the meal plan. I was just really curious to see if I could get any results without their meal plan and with changing some of my bad habits, but still having some meals that I normally would.

If you are looking to begin exercising, I would first talk with your doctor to be sure that it’s something you can do with your health history. I would also be sure to do the exercises at your own pace to prevent injury and to be sure you get the most out of the exercises. I plan to share my results at the end of the next round and will share anything that I have done differently. I’m just curious, but have you ever done one of the Beach Body workouts? If so, how did it go for you? Did you modify? Did you follow the meal plan? Did you complete it?

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