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.

 

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.

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.

The 2012 Turkey Bowl

We (I) look forward to it all year. The general consensus was that this was one of, if not, the best we have ever had.

The combination of balanced teams, perfectly sized field and good weather made for a perfect game.

It doesn’t hurt that after years of heart break, Terry was finally on the winning team. I think the last time I was on the winning team the Gilmore Brothers combined for about 10 TDs.

Once again, thank you P90X and Insanity for helping me regain my athleticism

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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.

Les Mills Combat

I have been meaning to write about this for a while now.

Beachbody has released an MMA style training program, Les Mills Combat.

I am very interested in giving this program a shot (I don’t know when I will squeeze it in with The Asylum 2 available now.) But I would love to give this program a shot.

I wrote a while ago about TapouT XT an MMA style training/conditioning program that at the time I was very interested in. I never gave TapouT a shot, but not for lack of interest.

I have had great results with Beachbody programs, and trust that they have another great one here. I love the idea of a high intensity, MMA style workout. I would love at some point to get involved with Mixed Martial Arts training, and this could be a great lead into that.

According to Beachbody’s website:

LES MILLS COMBAT =

GET TOTALLY SHREDDED IN 60 DAYS!
Carve a lean, chiseled body in just 60 days with this fearsomely intense, utterly exhilarating, mixed martial arts-driven workout. With LES MILLS COMBAT—now available for pre-order—you’ll combine explosive, calorie-scorching moves and fat-shredding sequences from 6 major martial arts disciplines to punch, kick, block, and strike your way to an outrageously strong and sexy body.

The secret? Fast Twitch Integration Training.  LES MILLS COMBAT blends the most dynamic moves from karate, taekwondo, boxing, muay thai/kickboxing, capoeira, and jiu jitsu and combines them in explosive, escalating patterns.  This works your fast-twitch muscle fibers (the ones with the greatest capacity for change) like crazy! You’ll be burning massive amounts of calories during your workouts, and continue burning calories even after your workouts, so you’ll amp up strength and maximize lean muscle definition.  That’s how it builds your best body ever in just 60 days.

If you are interested in ordering, you can follow THIS Link or follow the Shopping Cart link on the upper right hand side of this site.

Feel free to contact me with questions. This is one I am really interested in (Maybe after Asylum 2?)