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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P90X2-Asylum Hybrid

I just wanted to give a quick update on my workout schedule. Going into the holidays, I was feeling a bit in a rut with my workout schedule. I was doing P90X2 or Insanity daily and just wasn’t feeling it.

I decided after the new year to jump back into a P90X2-Asylum hybrid schedule. So far, about three weeks into it I am loving it. I had forgotten how much “harder” the Asylum is that traditional Insanity. By harder, I mean just that I am far more tired, and burn more calories during a typical Asylum workout than an Insanity one.

My typical week looks like

Monday- X2 Chest Back and Balance (or Chest Shoulders and Tris)
Tuesday- Asylum Speed and Agility
Wednesday- X2 Shoulders and Arms (or V-Sculpt)
Thursday- Asylum Vertical Plyo
Friday- Asylum Strength
Saturday- X2 Yoga
Sunday- Rest

For a rest week, I will do something like:

Monday- X2 Core
Tuesday- Asylum Relief
Wednesday- X2 Total Body
Thursday- Asylum Back to Core
Friday- X2- Balance and Power
Saturday X2 Yoga

I also recently switched over to the new Chocolate Shakeology formula, and am loving the change. I am not quite sure yet what I am going to do for a workout schedule once this round is over. I am thinking maybe Body Beast/Insanity, but we will see.

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.

New Year’s Resolutions

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I have never been a huge fan of New Year’s Resolutions. I have tried to live to the best of my ability all the time, not just the first week after the calendar flips from December to January.

This year is a little bit different. Danielle and I came up with a short list of things that we would like to do better this year (organizing our house/life better). We agreed to each lose 10 pounds by my birthday (March 9th) yesterday and I am very much looking forward to the challenge. If I am able to lose 10 pounds in 3 months, I will usher in my 30’s weighing less than I have since college.

My current plan to accomplish this is to continue with the P90X2/Insanity hybrid I am currently working on, while rededicating myself to my 1900 calorie diet and cutting out all of the crap food that has crept into my diet since Halloween. If I have a weakness, it is candy, and there has been too damn much of it around our house these last few months.

To help me recommit, I will be getting back to using MyFitnessPal on my phone and computer to help me track what I am eating and ensure that I am hitting my goals.

I am also going to continue to drink my Shakeology every day. Beach Body just revamped their chocolate Shakeology formula and I have a bag of it on its way to my house as I type this. I have been drinking Greenberry every day since the end of the summer and am excited to try out something different for a while.

Danielle has committed to 3 months of Turbo Fire, which she started yesterday and promised me she would not skip today, even though last night was New Year’s Eve. I am hoping she will allow me to post updates to her progress here.

I am purchasing Les Mills Combat today and will mix in those workouts to my P90X2/Insanity routine when it arrives, along with updates about the workouts.

If anyone out there is interested in joining us on our three month New Year’s challenge, let me know either here in the comments section or on Facebook and we can set up a group to keep ourselves accountable. All Beach Body programs are available through the shopping cart link on the right side of this site. If you have any questions about workout programs, supplements or Shakeology, please do not hesitate to send them my way.

The first step towards a healthier, more organized life is a healthier you.

So What Now?

I finished Body Beast back in November and haven’t really updated with what I am doing now for a couple of reasons.

I started a new job that has me getting to work earlier, which has really effected my ability to get my workout in in the morning.

I started a P90X2-Insanity Hybrid right after finishing Body Beast, and so far I am enjoying it. I like that I can do the shorter Insanity workouts in the morning without having to mess around with getting equipment out and then cleaning up (I workout in the the living room). Where I have struggled is with getting my workout in after work. If I don’t get right to it when I get home, I get distracted, or end up waiting until my daughter gets off the bus to get started (I hate interrupting the workout) and then I get busy with her.

I am working to get into a routine of coming right home and working out immediately so to not allow myself to get lazy.

I am definitely in more of a maintenance mode, instead of a 90-day challenge mode right now.

Les Mills Combat was just released this week and I am going purchase it because I am feeling a bit in a rut with what I am currently doing.

I also have a Shakeology update in the works. I am in the process of ordering more samples of all three flavors of Shakeology to send out for people interested in trying before they buy. I am still drinking my Greenberry every morning mixed with vanilla whey protein, ice and water. It helps me get from 5 am- 11:15 when I have my first break without feeling hungry or a lack of energy.

If you are interested in ordering Les Mills Combat, you can follow This Link.

If you are interested in trying a months worth of Shakeology, risk free, you can follow This Link.

I think with the change in seasons, and the change in schedule, I need something new to break me out of my rut, and Les Mills Combat is going to be that thing that does it for me.

Body Beast Results/Review

I have neglected putting this post up for far too long.

I finished my 90 days of Body Beast back on November 6th and have been meaning to get this posted since, but have failed to… Until now.

I want to start by saying that overall, I think Body Beast is a tremendously effective program. Looking back on my results, and seeing how my body has regressed, even in the week or so since I finished, it is clear to me that Body Beast is truly an effective program, and one that I am going to continue to mix into my regular workout regime (more on this later).

If you have read any of my previous reviews of the program, you will note that I was somewhat turned off by the tenor of the workouts themselves (Here, Here, Here, Here, Here). There is definitely an air of “Meat-Headiness” to the program that I could do without. Listening to Sagi refer to himself in the third person as “The Beast” (is that fourth-person?” gets old really quickly. Many of the people who I did the program with resorted to turning the volume down or turning their own music up. I did this as well and it worked. The pace of many of the workouts is very fast, so with the sound off, it can be hard to keep up with what they are doing.

Body Beast incorporates a training system called “Dynamic Set Training”. What this basically refers to is the use of many different types of sets to achieve muscle fatigue. Whatever Sagi chooses to call it, it works. I have never been as sore as I was after my first few weeks of this program. Not even back when I first started P90X in March of ’11 and I had to skip workouts the first week because I was so sore.

On the whole, I think this is a worthwhile program for anyone who is looking to build muscle. I had pretty strict dietary goals that I set for myself. I did not want to gain any mass, so I did not follow the Beast diet guide, but instead chose to eat a 1900 calorie fat shredder diet for the majority of the 90 days. I was just not that interested in gaining muscle at the cost of putting on body fat. It wasn’t my goal. I can see how it would be easy to gain 5-10 lbs of muscle doing this program if you followed the suggested nutrition.

I didn’t take actual “Day 90” photos, so I have included pics of my in my Halloween costume, which fell right about 90 days. All in all, I am really happy with the results. I am two weeks into a P90X2/Insanity Hybrid, and I am already missing some of the heavy-lifting from the Beast.

Day 1:

Day 30:

Day 90:

 

Feel free to use the comment section for additional info on this or any Beachbody program.