I have very unforgiving genetics and although I work out more and eat healthier than anyone I know, I'm still significantly larger than many of my friends. I've been feeling great on daily burn and ignite and even lost a few pounds, but now I'm on day 50-ish of cardio sculpt and I'm starting to plateau. Also, I just found out my scale is about 6 pounds under actual weight, so I'm 6 pounds heavier than I thought and about 2 pounds heavier than my 'original weight' I entered in. I'm somewhat discouraged now. How do I keep going?
I just finished my third rendition of Hydraulic Lower Body. The first time the workout KICKED MY BUTT. I felt so down after the first try- I had to do all the beginner modifications. My second try I told myself 'slow and steady' and I did about half and half with mods. This time I didn't have to do any beginner modifications. I did the workout start to finish and I'm so proud of myself! So if any of you are doubting your journey, I say hang in there! It's so worth it!
I have a 6.5 pound set of weights with really rounded ends, could I use those to replace a medicine ball in workouts like Cardio Ball?
I don't have (nor do I want to purchase) a pull-up bar, but the workout with pull-up challenge is coming up soon in my Cardio Sculpt. What should I do to replace them?
I've been following the Ignite plan religiously, maybe adding a few snacks that still follow the "Evil 6" rule. I just binged out and ate half a bag of quinoa chips (totally ignite friendly, but I ate a ton!). Should I re-ignite? I feel like it was cheating, but I'm not sure and would like to get a second opinion. In general, does anyone have any tips for what to do after a binge like this?
You could always look 5 days ahead into the program on your calendar and do that workout (you can select the individual workout in the "discover" section) and then you can switch to a new program once you're done.. Hope that helps!
thank you so much! I've made a commitment to myself now to put less stock in the numerical evidence and trust that in time I'll see change.
Thanks for the quick answer and the support! I'll keep those things in mind.
I think the bananas comment on the ignite guide was in reference to the shakes. Many shakes out there rely on bananas as sweetener, but on ignite they want to help you shed weight, so they recommend you avoid the sugar-heavy bananas on a daily basis. The blueberry almond energy bars are supposed to be a post-workout fuel type snack, so it's okay for you to have 1/4 of a banana with each one. As long as there are no "evil 6" ingredients, I would say you're fine.
When I'm in the mood for a lighter breakfast, I use a cup of coconut milk, a scoop of vanilla fuel/protein powder, a cup of diced cantaloupe and, if I want an added boost, a handful of spinach. If the melon is ripe, it tastes like a dessert shake rather than a breakfast concoction!
If I can feel a sweet craving coming on, I stick to the rule of no eating 3 hours before going to bed, and instead I have something right after dinner. I mix a few handfuls of dried unsweetened coconut flakes with a handful of unsalted cashew pieces and a handful of golden raisins. It's yummy, satisfying and won't set your goals back too much. As far as eating out goes, if it's a convenience issue try making large batches of recipes ahead of time when you get the chance so you can reheat them. Or if it's personal taste, you could try recreating fun healthy versions of your favorite restaurant foods.
I haven't personally tried it, but the Core workout series is (fittingly) designed to work your core, which includes your back. In terms of individual workouts, any of the ab workouts, and most of the upper body workouts will give you a full back workout as well.
Wow, I commend you for even having the motivation to start on this course! What a wonderful, resilient spirit you must have. It also sounds like you really love your family. Know that you undertaking a program for your personal health isn't selfish, it's actually going to benefit everyone around you. By eating healthy you are going to set a great example for your kids that will make them appreciate the value of healthy foods more. Maybe go on that walk alone at an earlier point in the day and use it as a time to meditate for yourself- you can go on a nice long walk or even just a short lap. If you want some cardio exercise, take bigger, faster steps or if you want more relaxing meditation, you can repeat a mantra such as "peace begins with me". If your family is ever around on a weekend, take them somewhere with fun physical activity, or even take someone grocery shopping with you and explain your food choices to them. But most of all know that this is one of the best things you can do for yourself and others. You've been granted a tremendous opportunity to practice patience and dedication. They say it takes 40 days to make something a habit, so take heart: If you can make simple changes for 40 days, you'll become the health superhero of your family! My thoughts are with you.