My Focus T25 Results for #transformationtuesday

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Well, I’m being brave.

Really brave.

Showing you my belly fat all hanging out sloppy-like.

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I wasn’t going to share these because I didn’t think they were… “transformy” enough.  I was hoping to have dramatic aesthetic results, but I think what I’ve achieved with T25 is… decent.

Before T25

  • I had zero core strength
  • I was well over my normal weight
  • I was sluggish
  • I couldn’t really do anything that required cardio without panting, and
  • I was stressed out and mildly sleep deprived

When I started I was using the modifiers a whole lot, but by the end I was kinda keeping up with Shaun T! It was hard and I skipped some days but I made them up with a few 2-a-days and just continuing the program a bit longer.

Now After T25:

  • My weight only went down a few lbs and I lost a couple inches, but the non-scale results are great.
  • I can run 3 miles nonstop again with no walking (probably more, but the loop I run in FL is about 3 mi. so I haven’t tried longer)
  • My legs and shoulders feel stronger.
  • Even my core feels sliiiiightly stronger (but they’re in ROUGH shape after these c-sections)
  • My cardio has seriously improved, a lot less huffin’ and puffin’ when playing with Rohan.  (And that one is the BEST of all the results)
  • Plus there’s the satisfaction of completing a program I started.
  • Oh yeah, and my back fat rolls have gone down a bit too! :)

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I did not use the T25 nutrition plan. If I had, I’m sure my results would be seriously more dramatic. The first month of the program I was eating cleaner, but still a lot so I could compensate for the breastfeeding. The second month…I was in Florida…so you know I was eating like a horse, and it wasn’t clean. The only healthy thing I maintained while in Florida was drinking my shakeology every day.

I also didn’t do the Sunday stretch dvds…though I wish I had, I think I did it twice out of the whole two months.

At first when I took my t25 results photos I was disappointed. But I’m feeling a bit more realistic about it now. I made some physical improvements in just 2 months, spending only 25 minutes a day! That’s not bad at all. I had lots of excuses (working, travel, lethargia, deadlines, lack of time, marriage stress, and 2 very adorable excuses) but I pushed that aside and did what I had to do. I mean…it’s only 25 minutes!

What honestly helped me the most was being a part of my challenge group. I ran it with a fellow coach, and had some great, dedicated challengers. I knew I had to check in daily with my group whether I did the work out or not, whether I ate well or not, and having that accountability is what kept me from scrapping it when it got tough.

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At one point I skipped 3 days in a row, and was like F it, I’ll just start over when I get back to NY…but I scrolled through the group and saw my girls working hard and gettin’ it in and it really motivated me to suck it up, and get back on the horse. That’s when I pulled out a few 2-a-days and tried to catch back up.

I’m currently doing Body Beast (weight training program) and will be mixing in T25 and PiYo videos as well for cardio and stretch/balance. I’m excited to get more results and can’t wait to see where I am in the next 30, 60, 90 days. (I’ll keep updating you here for sure)

Overall I’m happy with T25 and would recommend it to anyone who wants an effective workout that is short on time. I’m happy to help you stay focused and get results too. If you’re interested in joining my next challenge group (starts August 4) let me know!


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Have you tried Focus T25? How’d you like it?

Sunday Social

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At it again, linking up with Ashley and Neely! Why dont ya join us?!

1. What is the most difficult thing you have been through?

Look, I’m always 100 with you here, so I’ll say this. I can’t discuss the most difficult thing I’ve been through here. But I will tell ya the 2nd most difficult. Cool? OK. I’d have to say it’s probably a tie between relationship troubles with John that have popped up throughout our time together. When you’re with someone for so long there are lots of ups, lots of middles, and some downs too. The downs are just really difficult for me.

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2. What was your best birthday?

Not sure. I don’t ever do anything huge for my birthdays so they’re all equally okay. It’s usually just dinner somewhere with John, and going to my family’s place. Actually, I guess my best birthday was back in 81 on the real day I was born. That was definitely a game changer! lol

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My 31st bday – I have no pics of my 32nd :(

3. What has been your favorite thing you’ve done in your own city?

For me it’s restaurants and shows. I know it’s NYC and there is about 75 billion amazing things to do here….but restaurants and shows are my fave. I love live theater, especially small nobody-ever-heard-of-it shows versus the big huge productions (but those are fun too) and I love eating at restaurants of celeb chefs and all the cute lil new places we have to eat in this city.

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4. What is your idea of the perfect date night?

Well, Idris would pick me up around 7…..

OK OK…

If I were being fantasy-full, I’d describe a date night consisting of private jets, personal masseuses and shopping sprees…but coming back down to earth I’d say:

Kids away for the weekend at my parents’ house, I get to luxuriate and pamper myself all day before the date, hair did, nails did, massage, long bubble bath. I sip on some sweet white wine and eat strawberries as I get dressed, Idris John is already dressed and waiting, we have a car waiting outside so we can both imbibe. We’re driven to a fanatastic restaurant and eat course after course of amazing food prepared special for us and brought out by the chef himself. We talk, we laugh, we kiss, we reminisce, we drink great wine. ….. then we go home get nakey and….(ahem)….watch a movie on demand til I pass out :) LOL
5. Have you ever been to a blogging conference? If so which one(s)? If not do you want to?

I’ve been to BlogHer two years runnin’ and going for year three in just a few days. I really want to go to Blogalicious, Niche Parent, Mom 2.0, Fitbloggin’ and Blogging While Brown.  Hell I wanna go to all of ‘em…

What about you?!

3 – 4 Months of Kaya

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OK…I started writing this post the day before Kaya turned 3 months to make a 3 month update. Now…we’re 2 days away from her turning 4 months!! #procrastinatemuch? At least I’m gettin’ to it! Right? Here is my 3 month baby update and 4 month baby update of Rohan for comparison.

Next survey update will be 6 months. I can’t believe 4 months have already passed since Kayabean’s birth. She is the best little girl I could’ve asked for.  I’m so grateful!  She’s such a big girl. and has changed so very much since her colicky beginning.  She’s so chill and only cries when she’s ready to sleep.

Weight Well this lil girl is getting long and heavy. I have to take her to the doctor soon so we’ll get an accurate weight, but when I get on our bathroom scale with her and then without her, there’s a 14.8 lb difference. So that’s a rough estimate for ya. Tho, she seems super light in comparison to Ro.

Clothes She is in 3-6 months and some 6 months! Her tiny lil shoes no longer fit either. She still fits her size 1 shoes. I gotta say, I LOVE baby girl clothes. All baby clothes is adorable just because of the tiny factor, but omg lil baby girl dresses and leggings and bows. ugh! I see why people go overboard with girls. I’m fighting it. (And let my mom go overboard on my behalf)

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Diapers We have tried a few brands with her so far: Pampers, Honest, Huggies, Love and even Publix. So far, no standouts for either great or awful, so going to try a few more brands and if none stand out will choose her diapers by price. Gotta say, Honest diapers are the cutest things ever!! I love the size 2 girls diapers w/ the strawberries. Honest wipes are my second fave, after Kirkland wipes from Costco.

Eating Kaya eats every 2 to 3 hours. I nurse on demand just like with Rohan. I get so worried now that she’s sleeping long at night that she’s starving. I know it’s irrational and that she’d wake up and cry if she wanted to nurse….but still.  When in Florida she got a bottle for the first time. It took her 3 attempts with a bottle to get used to the nipple. I’m glad she was able to catch on, I am not so tethered to her now. Overall she’s a good eater. There were some latch, and air gulping issues in the first month or so, but that’s over now.

Naps Kaya sleeps so randomly it’s ridiculous. Some days she’s the queen of cat naps, some days it feels like she sleeps for 24 hours, and some days it feels like she downed a bottle of no-doze and is tweaked out and wide awake. I am trying hard to find some sort of pattern, but she is throwing me for a loop. One great thing about her, that never happened with Roey, is that she will fall asleep on her own!

Nighttime Ahhh sweet night time. at about 7 weeks Kaya’s colickiness kicked the bucket and since then she’s been a perfect sleeper!! Before and during our time in Florida she would go down around 9:30/10 and then wake around 4:30 to nurse and pass out while nursing and stay asleep until 8 or 9.  Now, she goes down around 9:30 or 10, then wakes around 6:30 sometimes…and other days doesn’t wake until 8:30 or later! Thank you heavens!!

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Likes

  • Her brother – she stares and smiles and giggles and coos at him all day long
  • Being upright and walking around – she likes to see everything going on
  • Pulling hair, blankets, earrings, fingers, anything within reach
  • music, being sung to
  • her playmat and her rocker
  • bathtime – kicking and splashing
  • sucking her fingers – I’m happy she can self soothe and fall asleep, but worried she’ll be a longtime sucker

Dislikes

  • being held in one position for too long
  • being in an unmoving car
  • waiting for me to pull my breast out – those 2 seconds are entirely too long when she’s ready to nurse

Milestones

  • Rolling over! I gotta get her on camera, I always just catch her after she’s done the deed.
  • Scooting around
  • Giggling! i gotta get that on camera too
  • Taking her first dip in the pool and first flights

Overall

She’s such a calm baby. She’s so much easier than Roey and Roey wasn’t even that bad! #SOGRATEFUL I think she’s going to have a calmer personality/toddlerhood that Ro, but we’ll see. She may be a lil tornado just like her big bro. She’s already full of personality and makes the best faces! She’s just the softest snuggliest lil thing and I’m so excited to be her mommy.

Thoughts on Thursday

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I just realized I leave for BlogHer14 in a week and I am SO unprepared. I didn’t secure a sponsor so the trip is being paid with beachbody earnings, didn’t reach out to brands and other bloggers via social media…I didn’t even order biz cards! What is goin’ on with me?! ::sigh:: I almost feel like I shouldn’t go because my blogging hasn’t been up to par these days. But I think attending will help re-energize and re-inspire me.

Are you going to BlogHer?

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When Rohan was little his jumparoo was the best. He would just jump and jump until he passed out. I loved it! Now Kaya is too small for the jumparoo just yet, but her lil playgym thingy is working out just the same. She will scoot and roll and kick and reach and swat until she’s pooped! Today she took a random nap that let me have a lil quiet time. (If we’re Instagram friends you already know how I celebrated lol)

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So I am psyched for October. John and I are going to take our first baby-free vacation since our 1st anniversary Vegas trip in October 2011. We’re dropping Ro and Kai (sidebar, my LLC is KaiRo, I thought that was cute…..anyway….) we’re dropping them off with my family in Florida and taking a quickie cruise to Key West and Cozumel. This’ll be our first Carnival Cruise too. I. Cannot. Wait.

cruise-itinerary-okdani-blog When’s your next vacay, and where ya headed?

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So, after my lackluster T25 results (which are so embarrassing that I am SO NOT sharing pics until I get closer to my goal) I really had to “life coach” myself and commit (well, re-commit) to eating healthfully again. Granted, it’s a lot easier now that I’m home and am preparing the healthy meals instead of having delicious, but unhealthy, meals made for me by family. I’m glad that John’s on board, too.  Today I asked Roey “what do you want for snack, apple sauce or yogurt?” he replied, “Salad.” John and I looked at each other wide-eyed. I’m glad lil man’s on board too!!

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How’s your week goin’? What are your thoughts this fine thursday?

My Fifty Dollar Hair Mistake

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Why Braids are the devil

or

Why I will Never Get Braids Again

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Did you know your hairline could pucker?

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I think the African hair braider wanted me dead

……..ummmm…….

Not sure which title is best for this lil post…but….

::sigh::

OK,

So…. This happened:

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…..And not even 24 hours later I took those suckers right the F out!!

Oh my god.

I don’t know how people do it. They were heavy, painful, super tight and felt like it was pulling my hairline right off of my head!! I asked homegirl to make the front loose, and it felt like she was doing them looser (ish) but…umm…. I could feel each follicle dying.

Seriously.

I wanted to get braids so I wouldn’t have to deal with my hair at all and could just enjoy my time in Florida. However, taking those braids out the next morning was the best thing I could’ve done. I didn’t want to end up like this:

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Or worse…. 520782f0160c5

(I’m sorry but I busted out a big ol’ laugh the first time I saw that poor man’s fro loading up. He must be on dial up. 56k modem style)

My hairline is naturally far back and thinner on the sides like my dad’s, plus I’ve got a fivehead, I can’t afford a 6, 7 or 8 head. No way!

Anywaaaaayyyy…..

My postpartum shedding has started up with a vengeance so I’m glad I am braid free so everything can shed as it needs to. (sidebar: it’s so unsettling to see huge amounts of hair just falling from your head all day long, no matter if you know it’s supposed to happen, no matter how “prepared” you are for it…it’s still pretty scary)

Now…. despite my puckering hairline and not being able to hold my head up straight…..I still haven’t learned my lesson….

I think I’m going to get something like this the next time I lose my mind and wanna get braids:

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Sooo pretty.

Have you had any hair mishaps lately?

Any postpartum shedding advice for me?

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