Piyo | Month 1 Review

by Jen on August 8, 2014

My Piyo month 1 review and meal plan.

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I have officially completed the first four weeks of Piyo!  I can’t believe it’s been an entire month since I started.  I remember back to day one, and thinking to myself, “Am I really going to get results from this program?”  Even after one week, I still had a hard time convincing myself this workout would be enough to keep my muscle tone and build even more muscle.  But I continued to trust the process and kept going.  By the second week, I was sore in places I have never been sore before!  I started sweating more during the workouts, pushing myself harder to do all of the pushups on my toes!  I had days where I couldn’t even do that, so I knew the program was working, which is why I decided to commit to the full 60 days of this program.  I know my girl Chalene would not let me down!

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I really want to commit to this workout, especially now that I’m four weeks in.  You see, this is the problem with most people these days, we want instant gratification.  If we don’t see results within 2 days or we aren’t feeling “it” or we aren’t dripping in sweat, we QUIT!  We are quick to say that this isn’t tough enough, we aren’t burning enough calories, and we aren’t going to get results, so we may as well just throw in the towel. Then we look for the next quick solution, only to end up putting that one back on the shelf too because we didn’t see results fast enough!  We forget the reasons why we started in the first place.

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I feel that this is the reason so many people fail.  They are not willing to see the program through, they give up too fast.  If we don’t see instant results and instant transformation, then why bother?!  I didn’t lose 90 pounds overnight or in one month, or even one year!  It took me two rounds of ChaLEAN Extreme (which is nine months) and then a round of TurboFire (which is another 2 months) and then another round of combining the two programs (which is another 3 months).  I slowly learned how to change my eating and eat whole foods rather than the packaged junk food that was keeping me overweight.  I remember saying “no” so many times at parties, birthdays, outings, etc.  All the things I loved like cake, cookies, chocolate, chips…I said no to.  Yes, it was a sacrifice. Yes, it was hard.  But I knew what I wanted and I was willing to work for it.  Was it worth it?  ABSOLUTELY!!

The same holds true for you.  If you bought Piyo, then stick with it!  You invested the money in the program, and ultimately, yourself…so see it through and finish.  Follow the schedule, follow the meal plan, and give it 100%!  Put a picture of yourself up on the mirror and vow to be better than that.  Vow to transform that body and not quit.  Anything that you put your whole heart into you are going to succeed at, I promise!

So now, let’s get to my results after month one.

IMG_4630I took this picture just two days ago.  Do you think I’ve lost muscle?  It doesn’t look like it to me!  I am pleasantly surprised by my muscle building so far!!  I honestly thought I was going to lose muscle, but again, I TRUSTED the process and here we are.  My shoulders, biceps, triceps, and back have wonderful lean muscle.

My flexibility has also improved.  I can relax into the stretches rather than fighting the stretch.  I can go deeper into the stretches as well.  I can do all the tricep pushups on my toes now and I can hold plank and down dog longer than when I started.  It’s progress.  It’s one day at a time, one step at a time!

So what’s in store for next week?

The workouts get tougher in the second half of the program.  I’m going to be sweating like crazy!  Each of these are killer core and strength workouts.  In my opinion, this is going to take things to the next level…and I can’t wait!

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So what was on the menu from last week?

It was a little tricky as we were out of town for 3 days.  But this is no excuse to eat unhealthy!!!  You can totally be away and still eat really healthy, it just takes some planning.

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For our trip, I brought along 4 packets of Shakeology, some P90X protein bars, Ezekiel bread, almond butter, and then I bought some fruit when we got there.  I also bought some bottles of water and put them in our little mini fridge so I could have them when we were out.  Then for breakfast, I always know Starbucks has oatmeal, so I had that with a latte (my treat!) and we went to Subway for lunch all three days.  I mixed it up between a 6-inch turkey sub and a turkey salad.  When we were out for dinner, I made sure to stick to just protein with lots of veggies.

If you are holding out on starting a new workout because you are going on vacation, ask yourself WHY??!  You can still workout and eat healthy while away.  I’ve got women in my current challenge group who are on vacation and still manage to do their workouts and eat healthy!!  It’s about making the choice to do it.  Yeah, it may not be the perfect conditions, but so what??  Do your best and forget the rest.  Set limits on what you will indulge in and what you won’t indulge in and you won’t feel deprived.

GRAB YOUR OWN PIYO HERE!

I’m so looking forward to next week!

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