Moving to a New Site- CoachTerryG.com


before afterI have thought long and hard for a while about separating my personal and professional blogs. For a few different reasons, the time has finally come to do so.

So as of today, I am proud to announce that I have migrated my fitness posts to a new site dedicated to posts concerning fitness and exercise.

If you came to this site looking for information on diet, exercise, fitness or any of the numerous programs offered by Beachbody, you can now find all of those posts at www.CoachTerryG.com 

When I initially began coaching through Beachbody, it was convenient to simply use my personal blog to post about my journey towards fitness. I had already posted much of my transformation here, and it was easy to continue to do so.

What I should have done then, and what I have done now, is to create a separate site, dedicated to posting only about fitness advice and my experiences.

I will continue to use this blog space to post about whatever pops into my head, as it was originally meant for and as the title implies. If you came here looking for fitness and exercise information, please direct your browser to www.coachterryg.com.

 

P90X2-Asylum Hybrid Week 1… Turning 30

Well, that was fun. No workout tomorrow (more on that later) so today’s workout marks the end of week one of the P90X2-Asylum Hybrid we are currently undertaking.

One of the major reasons I was looking forward to another challenge was that I knew that I would be motivated to push myself harder than I would if I were just going through the workouts on my own.

This has absolutely been the case. Checking in with my Facebook group daily has provided me with the motivation necessary to push as hard as I can to achieve maximum results. So far so good, as I am feeling great so far. ur

I also turned 30 this week. I have had a hard time focusing my thoughts on what entering my 4th decade means. I was telling my students this week that if I go by how I feel, I am more like 20. I feel great and in my mind I am still somewhere in my early-mid twenties. It isn’t until I peek in a mirror at the lines that are etching their way across my face, that I begin to realize just how much time has gone by and how much I have aged.

That being said, I feel amazing and am surrounded by a life that is hard to put into words. Yesterday was one of those truly amazing day. With the temperature creeping up into the low 50’s, Danielle, myself, Jennifer (Avi’s mom) and her boyfriend Meade took Aviendha Shea skiing for the first time. I rarely (if ever) write on here about our non-traditional family (something that is bound to change when Jen and I begin work on our book about co-parenting a child through and after divorce) but I think today it is appropriate.

We had an amazing time, and it was great for Aviendha to see all of the adults in her life truly enjoying spending time together. I was worried about her first ski trip. I was afraid all it would take is one hard fall and she would be scarred off. Once again I under estimated Aviendha’s capacity for challenge (Jen and Meade have started taking her rock climbing and she is out climbing many adults).

Between Deftones Monday night, Skiing yesterday with our whole family, and my party next Saturday, this is definitely going to go down as one of the best birthday’s I have ever had (thank you Danielle).

 

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Ramping Back Up

I have been working hard since New Year’s with a P90X2/Asylum hybrid of my own design, however it is time to get back into it full-bore.

Starting tomorrow I am joining in a challenge group with a bunch of crazies who are tackling a P90X2/Asylum (of Asylum Vol. 2 depending on what people have) hybrid that is going to be INSANE.

It has been about six months since I have joined a challenge group like this and I am very much looking forward to the daily accountability that a challenge group provides.

I have mentioned here before how the one downside of working out at home is that you are really only accountable to yourself. Therefore, if you are one of those people who finds themselves making excuses or talking yourself out of a workout, it helps to have the support of a group (ours is on Facebook) that can keep you accountable and motivated.

Prior to joining the Facebook group, I would get through my workouts, but often wasn’t challenging myself to push harder. With daily challenges for specific moves and the support of the group, taking it easy really isn’t an option.

I have also decided to go (almost) supplement free for this challenge. I say almost because I am going to continue to drink my Shakeology daily, along with a scoop of whey protein and maybe a pre-workout drink. Aside from that, there will be no additional supplementation. That means no creatine, BCAAs, nothing. I am interested to see how my body responds to the challenging schedule along with work and everything else.

I plan on taking “Before” pictures this week (something I haven’t done since I completed Body Beast in October).

I turn 30 next Saturday and have been thinking a lot about what that means and how far I have come even from a few years ago. I began my P90X weight loss journey on March 15th of 2010, so we are rapidly approaching my three-year anniversary. It is really hard to fathom at times how far I have progressed from those early days of squeaking out three or four pull-ups with my foot on a chair doing Chest and Back.

If you own P90X2 and either Insanity: the Asylum or Asylum vol. 2, and are interested in joining us, you can check out the proposed schedule HERE and join our Facebook group by sending me a message on Facebook or through email.

Sample Diet

Screenshot_2013-01-03-14-32-10In my post concerning New Year’s Resolutions, I talked about recommitting to the 1900 Calorie Fat Shredder diet that I had success with in the past.

I wanted to take a minute and share exactly what that looks like. For me, I distinctly remember sitting down about a year ago at this time and mapping out my diet and nutrition (this was also about the time I started drinking Shakeology daily), and feeling completely overwhelmed.

One of the best features of my new phone (Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which I freaking love) is the ability to take screen shots and share them. I completed my nutrition diary for Tuesday of this week, to show exactly what I ate that day using MyFitnessPal and am sharing those images here.

Hopefully, if you are feeling like I did a year ago, wanting to change your diet, or overall health, but are feeling completely lost as to how to go about doing so, this will help.

The image on the right is the pie chart for the percentages of Protein, Fat and Carbs that I consumed on Tuesday. On a fat-shredder diet, you should be shooting for 40-50% of your diet coming from protein. This can be really hard to accomplish, especially for someone not accustomed to eating so much protein in a day.

Drinking protein shakes makes up for a lot of this, as most protein powders have at least 25 grams of protein per scoop (usually around 140 calories). As you can see in the image below, I get a large amount of protein from my breakfast/morning snack.

Another important factor is timing your food. I have had really good success eating three larger “meals” and two-three “snacks” a day. Each meal is around 250-300 calories, and each snack is between 150-200 calories. This spaces out my metabolism and helps to keep me from crashing at any point during the day. I never feel overly hungry throughout the day because I keep myself feeling full by eating constantly. I am a high school teacher, and my classes are 70 minutes long, and I teach most of the day, and am still able to find time to eat healthy foods throughout the day.

A typical day’s worth of food looks something like this:

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I had to take two screen shots, so I really only ate one can of tuna (the big can, or the equivalent of two smaller cans). I know from personal experience how difficult it can be to try to understand this stuff, so if you read this and are confused or need clarification, feel free to use the comment section.

I am not a nutritionist but I have had some good results using this formula.

For additional diet related posts, check out the Diet tab at the top of this site.

On a slightly different, although not unrelated topic, my YouTube video went over 15,000 views this week. Which I have to say is pretty hard to comprehend. I know that there are some pretty crazy P90X results videos out there that blow my results out of the water, but the mere fact that I have been able to accomplish what I have, and 15,000 people have witnessed it, is hard to fathom.

Body Beast- Home Stretch

I am in the Beast Phase of Body Beast, which means I can almost see the finish line. I am eager to finish the program for a number of reasons.

First, I am excited to see the changes my body has undergone from this program. I know for an absolute fact that I am bigger and stronger thanks to this program. I am lifting more weight now that I was in week 1, and have seen gains in literally every routine.

Second, I am excited to start something new. Insanity: The Asylum Vol. 2 will be released soon, and I am looking forward to giving it a shot. I will have full Body Beast before and after results up at the end of October.

Anyone looking to join a group of people killing it with Asylum Vol. 2, send me an email (terrancegilmore@gmail.com) or message me on Facebook. We have a dedicated group of workout nuts who are going to be crushing Asylum 2 together. There is nothing like the support and motivation of tackling an at-home workout with a group of people online.

Body Beast has been good, but I am ready for something new. Once again, this is why I love Beachbody. The diversity in programs that are available means I never get bored with what I am doing.

And just a quick programming update. I will have a full Shakeology update up soon, along with available samples. I started a new job last week (more on this later as well) and things have been a bit crazy. During all of this professional transition, the one thing that has been consistent has been my diet and exercise.  

 

Getting Started

Monday marked the beginning of another 90 day journey for me.Last week was the end of my P90X2/Asylum hybrid. I didn’t take official “Day 90” pictures because we were in Cape Cod, but as you can see from the pictures in that post, the results were good. This is off topic, but I forgot to mention it in the Cape Cod post earlier this week. I we camped on an electric site, so I brought my blender, Shakeology, and three tubs of protein (which apparently was an issue for Danielle, and Avi when one fell on her head in the car). I had about two scoops of Greenberry Shakeology in a Tupperware container. After the third night in a row of raccoons stealing our bread, I put everything away before bed, except my small Tupperware of Shakeology. There are now a couple of super healthy raccoons running around Provincetown.

Back to the point of this post. On Monday I started Body Beast, which is a new program from BeachBody, the makers of P90X, Insanity etc. Body Beast focuses on building muscle and is more of a straight weight lifting program than Insanity or P90X2. It is somewhat similar to P90X, but I am finding it to be way more challenging. With the start of the new program (which I will have a week 1 review of up later this week) I got thinking about some of the things that go into getting started and what I have learned over the course of the last 18 months about doing at-home workout programs. These are, in my opinion, the keys to being successful with any 60 or 90 day at home workout.

Set your goals

What are you hoping to accomplish? When I first started P90X, my goal was just to get through it. I didn’t have a clear goal in mind. I was hoping to get down from 235 to 225 (a goal that I surpassed). I think that because I didn’t have a clearly defined goal, my results were less than they could have been. If you are looking to lose fat, gain muscle, get in better shape, dunk a basketball, or whatever, you have to clearly define it if you are to know how to go about doing it. It is very difficult to cut body fat and build muscle simultaneously. My suggestion is to focus on fat loss first, then when your body fat percentage is where you want it, adjust your diet to build muscle and run at a calorie surplus.

Set your nutritional goals

If losing fat is your goal, then you have to run a calorie deficit. You can use any number of online tools to calculate your body’s daily caloric needs. Once you know what your body needs in a day, you can decide what you are going to put into it each day. I suggest using the Fat Shredder diets listed under the Diet tabs at the top of this page. Get set up with MyFitnessPal, or a similar food tracking app. I got lazy with tracking my food this summer. Starting this week, I am tracking everything again. I am eating 2000 calories a day, 40% Protein, 40% Carbs, 20% Fat. MyFitnessPal does all the math for me, and also includes a pie chart to help me know where I am at for the day. If you are not tracking your food, you are not going to be honest with yourself about what you are consuming, and you are not going to be able to reach your goals. Period. It is in my opinion the greatest key to my success. One of the first questions I get asked is “did you follow the diet guide”, and the answer is yes, I follow the diet guide. But instead of trying to calculate it all myself, as the diet guides would have me do, I let the app and website do it for me.

My goal for Body Beast is to gain some muscle mass while continuing to cut body fat. So I upped my calories a bit (from 1900-2000) so that my body will have the fuel it needs to build muscle. I am not looking to get huge, so I am not eating to get huge. The diet is the key to the results.

Take Day 1 pictures

I famously skipped this step in my first round of P90X, which is why I have to resort to using the pictures from Cape Cod in 2008. Those are the closest approximation to how I looked last March that I have. I think I got camera shy because of how I looked. It does make for a cool comparison shot between then and now. You don’t have to show anyone but yourself, but you will want a record of your progress.

Select the program that works for you

I use BeachBody programs because they have worked really well for me. If TapouT XT is your thing do it. If you are looking for cardio and want to cut fat, Insanity is awesome for it. If you want to improve sports performance, Insanity: The Asylum is fantastic. Everyone pretty much knows what P90X is. I love it, it works. P90X2 takes P90X to a whole new level. Each program offers something different. I have done them all, and each is great in its own way. If you have done one and are ready for something new, there are great hybrid schedules available at TeamRIPPED.com

Make yourself accountable

When I started P90X, I signed up for a free account with Team BeachBody, went to the message boards, and found a group of people who all started P90X around the same day as me. It was awesome to have people to talk to every day that were experiencing the same things I was. Because it is anonymous, I didn’t feel stupid sharing the challenges I was facing. It was through this group that I learned about TeamRIPPED. If you are interested in something like this, you can follow the Join My Team link on the right side of this site and I can connect you with any number of TeamRIPPED Facebook groups. I am currently in two Facebook groups, one for veterans of X2/Asylum, and one for people currently doing Body Beast. The awesome part of the Body Beast group is that Sagi Kalev, the Tony Horton of Body Beast is a member of the group and posts advice and support. By signing up for a Team Beachbody account, you will have access to the message boards, which is where I built my foundation of knowledge.

Decide what supplements you are going to use

I have used a ton of different supplements. I like to try new things and get bored with the same thing after a while. One supplement that I take every day is Shakeology. I believe in the hype. The stuff is amazing and is the foundation of my daily nutrition. I also take a pre-workout almost every day. I take BeachBody’s Energy and Endurance right now for a pre-workout. I am also a huge fan of post-workout drinks. My favorite to date is Results and Recovery formula. If you are going to workout hard every day, you are most likely going to need to supplement your diet in order to maximize your results. I didn’t start using all of these things at once. I tried one, then added another until I found a combination that I found to work.

Stick with it

My first week of P90X, I missed two workouts because I was so sore I couldn’t move. I doubled up workouts at the end of my first week to catch up and didn’t miss another workout for 90 days. There are going to be times when it gets tough. Things are going to come up that get in the way. You are going to get sick, your kids are going to get sick. My suggestion is to keep pushing play. Once you build up momentum, it only takes a day or two to undo it. Stick with it. The results will be there in the end if you stick with the diet and exercise. If you cheat by skipping workouts or eating like crap on the weekends, you will not have the same level of success. Period.

I am excited to see what the next 90 days will bring. If you are interested in getting connected with the message boards, or any of the TeamRIPPED Facebook groups to support you through your journey, let me know.

 

I took the picture on the left four years ago in Cape Cod when Avi was 11 months old. I was weighing somewhere around 225. The picture on the right is me and Avi (she turned 5 two weeks ago) on the same beach four years later. I weigh 184 and am in the best shape of my entire life. I didn’t look like this in high school. I didn’t look like this in college. I look like this because I followed the steps I listed above and pushed play every day.

11,000 is a Large Number

My P90X2 results video went over 11,000 views today. I have to thank everyone who has viewed and shared it. I had someone tell me the other day that they are three weeks into P90X and their reason for getting started was that I motivated them. It took a while for this to register with me. It was for this exact reason that I became a Beachbody Coach. It is for this exact reason that I post here about my diet and exercise and share my pictures and videos.

On a sort-of-related note, I took Avi to the spray park in Spencerport today, followed by lunch at her favorite restaurant, Abe’s (it’s and honest meal). While there I was flipping through the Living Section of the paper and I saw two articles that caught my attention.

The first of which offered tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle while on vacation. This was of particular interest to me, as we will be leaving for 1o days in Cape Cod next Friday. Among the tips were get exercise in the morning so that you can enjoy the rest of your day, plan your meals and snacks so you are not caught trying to find healthy choices, and bring easy to carry workout equipment with you. Luckily for me, our trip coincides with my recovery week. Next week is the final week of my P90X2/Asylum hybrid, I will treat the week in Cape Cod as recovery and be tackling the Body Beast when we get home.

I plan on running at least 4 times in Cape Cod. I will also do yoga on the beach. I am packing my Rumble Roller. We also walk a few miles every day between the beach and Provincetown (many of those walks will have a 40 lb 5-year old on my shoulders).

For food, I am planning on bringing and grilling lots of chicken (although I have joked about a total-seafood week). I will also be bringing my Shakeology and whey protein. On a sort-of side note, I think I have mastered the art of blending Tropical Strawberry Shakeology. I mix 1 scoop Shakeology. I scoop vanilla whey protein. 8 ice cubes. A small handful of Dole frozen tropical fruit. And almond milk mixed with orange juice. The stuff comes out amazing.

Our trip is not going to turn into one 10 day long cheat meal. I will continue follow the same basic dietary guidelines I have established for myself while we are there, while also remembering that we are on vacation and I am allowed to enjoy myself. I am already resigning myself that when we go to Fenway to see the Red Sox and Tigers, there will be very few healthy options on the menu.

The second article I found in the Living section had to do with the importance of keeping a food journal, especially for women. I have written before about the importance of tracking food. I thought I was eating healthy my first few rounds of P90X. It wasn’t until I began using MyFitnessPal and following the 1900 Calorie diet posted to the TeamRIPPED website that I realized just how wrong I was. It is nearly impossible to be honest with yourself about what you have consumed in a day, and how those calories fit into your dietary goals if you are not keeping a record. Either through an app like MyFitnessPal, or with a simple pencil and a piece of paper. Anyone who is looking to lose body fat has to be calorie deficient (take in less than they burn in day) while also hitting specific percentages of carbs, fats and proteins. The best way that I have found to do this is by using MyFitnessPal because it does all of the math for you and tracks those essential macro-nutrients.

Danielle is in the middle of her fourth week of ChaLEAN Extreme She is loving it and I can say that there is already a noticeable difference in the way that she looks. ChaLEAN is a toned down program similar to P90X. It is not as extreme as P90X and is geared towards women. But I can honestly say, the few times I did a workout with her (using heavier weights) I was sweating my ass off along with her. The workouts are shorter (in the 35-45 minute range) and fast paced. They are a combination of resistance and cardio exercises based on the principal that muscle burns fat. I am hoping Danielle will guest-post a full review here along with before and after pictures when she is done.

With finishing my X2/Asylum hybrid next week, I will hopefully have a chance to take some after pictures. If not, any we take on vacation will have to suffice. I can honestly say I have never been in this kind of athletic shape. It is ironic that we are going to Cape Cod and I am feeling so good about how I look. Because many of the “before” pictures I have used in my posts, videos and as motivation to get in shape were taken there in the summer of ’08.

If you have found my video motivational, please keep sharing it. I have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that 11,000 people, most of them total strangers have viewed this thing already. If you would like to sign up to have me as your coach, you can follow the “Join My Team” link on the top right side of this site. It is free to sign up and only takes a few minutes. For those of you have already gotten in touch with me, keep up the good work.