Where do I go from here?

Hey everyone!! If you are following my journey you know that I am currently participating in the Bodybuilding.com 200K Transformation Challenge and the Labrada Lean Body Challenge.  Well I am in the last month of both of these challenges, so it is time to think about where I go from here.  I always have a plan, because without a plan you just don’t get anywhere.

So after much thought I have decided I am going to do Insanity.

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I have done portions of the Insanity program before and I can tell you that it really has been the most difficult workout program I have ever done.  It is also very worthwhile and the feeling you get when you make it through one of those workouts is a feeling of great accomplishment.  I will be leading a challenge group to go along with this program.  It will be starting on April 1st.  I would love for you to join me!!! Anyone who wants to participate will be invited to join a private Facebook group and I will be there for questions and encouragement along the way.  No matter your fitness level, we WILL get through this together and we WILL see great changes. If you would like more informaito comment below or visit http://www.beachbodycoach.com/tabathacamacho and you can contact me there.  I am so excited that we might be taking this journey together!!!

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Workout Wednesday- Chest

Hey Everyone!! As I do every week, I will be sharing a workout with you that I have completed recently. This week I will be sharing a recent chest workout that I did.  I typically work chest with my trainer, but this week I couldn’t make our session and had to workout on my own. So here is my workout.  As always, the amount of weight that you should use should be the maximum that you can handle while completing the recommended number of reps.

  • Barbell bench press- 4 sets of 10
  • Inclined bench press- 4 sets of 10
  • Chest Press machine- 4 sets of 12
  • Dumbbell flys- 4 sets of 10
  • Pec Dec Fly- 4 sets of 12
  • Dips- Chest version 4 sets of 12

Hope you enjoy this workout as much as I did!! If you have any questions I would love to hear them in the comments below!!!

The Fit Girls Valentines Day Gift Guide

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Hey Everyone!!! I just realized in an email yesterday that Valentines Day is creeping up on us. So begins the stores filled with flowers and jewelry.  If you are a fit girl like me flowers don’t excite you when you could potentially receive a fit gifts.  So here it is my Fit Girl Valentines Day Gift guide (AKA my valentines day wish list:)) Of course I am including links so that you can check out the products for yourselves.

ISO-100 Protein– This protein really is SO yummy and it is a one of the highest quality proteins out there. My favorite flavor is the Gourmet Chocolate

Chocolate is the perfect Valentines day gift.  If I am getting chocolate it better be in the form of S’mores Quest Bars.  These things are AMAZING!! I really couldn’t put into words how great these are.  If you haven’t had one yet, drop everything right now and run to your local Vitamin Shoppe to get one.  They are to die for!!

Cellucor C4 is the perfect thing to get a fit girl who is wanting to have more endurance in her workout.  This will give her the boost she needs to rock any workout!!

What better way to show a girl you care than a Meal travel system like this Fitmark Meal Management System.  This would be perfect for any fit girl to carry around all the food she will need for a busy day.

Girls LOVE shoes. But any fit girl would love some new gym shoes. Check out some of THESE that I am sure your fit girl would love!!!

Any girl would be stylin’ at the gym with this gym bag. I just love the Under Armour Undeniable Duffel bag.  It is so cute and seems that it would be able to hold all of the stuff I need at the gym.

Fit girl or not, most all girls like jewelry.  I am sure any fit girl would love this Necklace by Shields of Strength.  The perfect gift for a girl who likes to life.

What is your ideal Valentines day gift for a fit girl? I would love to hear it!!

Results- Week 1 Of the Bodybuilding.com 200k Transformation Challenge and the Labrada Lean Body Challenge

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Hey everyone!  I just wanted to check in to give you a progress update on how my first week of the Bodybuilding.com  200K Transformation Challenge and the Labrada Lean Body Challenge.  If has been a GREAT week and I am super excited about my results so far.

If you read my plan on a previous post (which you can find HERE), I have set several goals for myself each week. So here are the results

  • I have drank 7 of 7 planned gallons of water
  • I took 100,186 0f 100,000 planned steps.
  • I did 357 of 240 minutes planned cardio
  • I completed 3 of 3 planned HIIT sessions
  • I completed 5 of 5 planned strength training sessions
  • I stuck to my meal plan 7 of 7 days.

As you can see, I have had a very successful week with my goals but I am going to be honest, I didn’t really think it was working.  I just didn’t feel any changes happening and honestly I almost always felt bloated.  I was actually dreading taking my progress pictures when Sunday rolled around. In the end I sucked it up, and did them.  I was SO SHOCKED with the changes.

Week 1 results
Week 1 results

This week, in addition to my normal goals, I want to work on trusting the process. Awesome things are happening (as you see) and I am going continue to work hard and enjoy it!!

Why I strength train and why you should too!!

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As I was hitting it hard in the weights section of my gym this morning, I looked around only to realize that I was surrounded by sweaty, testosterone filled, flexing in the mirror, grunting guys. There was not another female in sight.  This didn’t bother or intimidate me because believe me when I say I can hold my own in the weight room, but it did make me sad.  I can see how girls could be intimidated by this situation and how some girls may avoid the weight room for fear that they will look silly or they aren’t lifting as much as the guys. In the end if you consider all of the benefits of strength training, it is worth it to put on your big girl panties and start movin’ the weight.

Strength training has many benefits. One of the major benefits is that it can help turn your body into a calorie burning machine. The more you strength train the more muscle you will build.  The more muscle you build the more calories your body will burn at a resting rate.

Another benefit is that it really does make you feel better. On a personal note, I know my day is MUCH better when I start it out with my morning sweat session. But it really is true that exercise makes you feel better because when you exercise your body gets filled with dopamine (a feel-good neurotransmitter) which causes you to feel happy.

Strength training also makes you stronger (DUH!!). While this may be obvious, the true benefit comes from the advantages it gives you to be stronger. It makes your body strong which helps prevent injury. It makes your bones stronger which could help prevent osteoporosis. It gives you more energy which overall makes you live a more healthful life.

In addition, strength training also makes you look better. When I first started strength training my goal was to replace my fat with muscle. I had assumed that would result in weight loss. While I did not go down on the scale, I definitely noticed a difference in my body shape the reason for this is because muscle is more fat and dense than fat so it takes up less space than the same weight of fat would on your body.

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Finally, if the benefits above weren’t enough, strength training makes you feel like a complete badass.  Not my typical language usage, but honestly I am at a loss for  any other word that would express the feeling I get after leaving a workout where I have lifted heavier than ever before, and pushed myself to the point of exhaustion and kept going.  Since starting to strength train my self esteem has sky-rocketed and I have never been so sure of myself.  For me that is worth any about of work that I put in and benefit enough to keep going with strength training. All of the things listed above are just added bonuses.