My first week on Beachbody with Piyo went rather well. I managed to stick to a calorie budget by using Myfitnesspal to track everything on my phone which helped tremendously. They really want you to eat clean during this challenge and so they include a guide with acceptable foods and how many servings you should have a day. I knew that that would be way too big of a change for me so I opted for good old calorie counting.
If you buy the Challenge Pack, it comes with a 24-30 day supply of Shakeology, their protein shake of choice. This is where I have a confession to make: I have only ever used a blender I think three times in my life, so the thought of making smoothies or shakes every day was/is a bit overwhelming to me. The first shake I tried to make turned out pretty awful. There was way too much liquid and the powder did not mix in very well. The next day I looked up recipes online and after following one exactly, was able to make a fairly decent shake. A week into it, I’ll admit I skipped the shake on the weekend because even as I improve my blending skills and find tastier recipes, it still has that aftertaste of a protein shake that I’ve never liked. For the sake of this program, I will keep at the shakes but I don’t hold much hope for them.
Besides the shakes, my meals consisted of a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables. Lunch was usually a turkey wrap on a whole wheat tortilla with Laughing Cow cheese and spinach with a side of baby carrots. Dinner was a lot of chicken. My husband started the week grilling several chicken breasts that were either served with salad and asparagus, or were used to top a salad later in the week. I had cheese sticks as snacks as well as bowls of mixed fruit. I kept my bread at a minimum until I discovered apple pie flavored English muffins which were so good that I just got better at working them into my calories.
The workouts: I am doing the PiYo challenge with a group on Facebook. This workout is a selection of DVDS that combines yoga with pilates. The very first day was a beginner’s crash course in a lot of the moves that will be seen in the program and lasted for 40 minutes. The actual workouts themselves so far have ranged from 19-38 minutes long. At the end of the week, I am proud to say that I completed my workout every day, but I was horrible at them! I am ridiculously out of shape and not very flexible at this point. My wrists and hands killed during the workouts and I couldn’t even make it into a lot of the poses, let alone hold them. I am happy that at least as soon as the workout was done, the wrist and hand pain never lingered, and everyone keeps telling me it will go away once I strengthen them enough, so overall I’m pleased with the workouts and would gladly keep doing them.
End of the week thoughts: While I stuck with a strict calorie count the first six days that had no Diet Coke at all, I caved on Sunday and had takeout tacos with a Diet Coke. I couldn’t sleep that night so I’m going to try really hard to keep limiting my pop as much as possible. I started this challenge weighing 217.8 pounds and ended the week at an even 215 so I’m pretty happy with a loss of 2.8 pounds.