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Weeks 1 and 2 with Chalean Extreme and What in the World is Kefir Anyway?

on April 8, 2013

I started a new program a few weeks ago.  Because for me hubby’s deployments usually mean something new to entertain myself with.  Last year it was Jillian Michaels 90 day body revolution.  This time is Chalean Extreme.

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So right now I am in the “Burn” phase.  There are 4 phases Burn, Push, Lean and then Lean for Life.  Each phase lasts 4 weeks (except for the last one I suppose), today I started week 3.  Two things I have learned so far

  1. I need some heavier weights.  I am looking into adjustable dial weights.  Expensive but may save both space and money in the future.  If I get the right set that both the hubby and I can use.
  2. Phase 1 “Burn” may be a little too easy for someone who is used to working out regularly, however I think heavier weights would solve this issue.

Schedule

I am also into half marathon training so I am not following the schedule to a tee.  The schedule is 3 days of strength and 2 days of cardio (total of 5)  I am doing 3 days of strength, 1 day of Chalean cardio and 3-4 days of running weekly.  So I am doing one less of her cardio DVD’s but more cardio overall.  Hope that makes sense.

So Far

I really like it.  Chalean is pleasant and informative.  I like that she reviews form through out the entire workout, and provides a good warm up and cool down stretch routines.  The ab routine is KILLER!  I thought my ab strength was pretty good…hmmm maybe not, lol.  I have seen about 1 pound in weight change, but I am seeing other changes such as in my clothes.

Eating Plan

I have NOT been incorporating her eating plan, but I have been looking at my eating habits as of late.  I kind of fell off the wagon there for a while and have been enjoying too many carbs and sweets.  Time to reel that in a bit.  I am planning on mixing her plan and some other low carb plans.

I am excited to start the push phase in a few weeks.  I have also put the weight set on my birthday wish list.

What’s new on the menu?

I have also introduced Kefir  into my diet.  So what the heck is Kefir?  Good question.  It’s a fermented milk product. it’s similar to drinkable yogurt but far more probiotic. Most yogurt contains only two to three strains of “live and active” cultures, the one I use has 12.

I have been using Plain Unsweetened Lowfat Kefir.  Click for more info.  I don’t work for this company nor did they ask me to review their product.  I’m just giving you some extra info.

Probiotics?  Yes probiotics…basically it’s the good stuff in yogurt and Kefir.  For more info click here for an overview on probiotics from Web MD.

So for now I have switched out my usual Unsweetened Almond Milk for Kefir in my post workout smoothie for added protein and probiotics.

My Favorite Post Workout Smoothie

  • 8 oz Kefir
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • 1 scoop Protein Powder  (I use Raw Protein – Vanilla Flavor)
  • a few ice cubes

******* Question for you:  Have you ever tried Kefir?******


6 Responses to “Weeks 1 and 2 with Chalean Extreme and What in the World is Kefir Anyway?”

  1. april3006 says:

    I tried kefir for three months…during that time I got the worst bacterial infection ever (vaginal). Went away after I stopped the kefir

    Good luck 🙂

  2. I’ve never tried kefir, sounds interesting though. I may have to give it a shot 🙂

  3. Karen :0) says:

    Sounds like a great program! I’ve never tried Kefir but have heard great things about it!

  4. Chalean Extreme is on my try list, at the moment I am half way through Les Mills Combat and I love it! I haven’t tried Kefir, but I am interested in how it goes for you.

  5. I desperately need to reel my eating habits in and start eating more healthy ASAP!! Thinking about looking into Paleo. A friend of mine started it and doing Crossfit and looks AMAZING!! My jaw hit the ground when I saw her recently! I have a trip in two months and honestly if I can just trim 5 pounds off to look & feel better in my dresses I would be happy.
    Feel free to pass on any tips :~)

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