I get asked which I prefer more, quite often, between Focus T25 and P90X3.
Here's the skinny, no pun intended....
T25 is probably my favorite program right now, as far as mindless, easy, anyone can do-exercise/fitness/movement. The modifications cater to TRULY ANYONE, at any fitness level. So I recommend it most often, lately, because it is great for beginners as well as more advanced people who need to be pushed. The multiple levels of options in each move are the best Beachbody has offered to date. PLUS, the programs are each 25 minutes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is STUPID easy for ANYONE to fit in. Cardio makes us lean, this is a fact. And it is good for your heart! No brainer there. But different than Shaun T's Insanity workout program, it does not at all beat your joints up or leave you crying for Mother Mary. I find it WAY, WAY more enjoyable. Plus the addition of free weights in month 2 make it something that really speaks to me. I love synergistic exercise, LOVE IT (exercise where you move multiple body parts at once, like doing a lunge with the legs and curl with the arms/free weights at the same time-I love moving in that way).
As for P90X3, I have done that as well. And Tony Horton IS. THE. MAN. Seriously. Anyone who loves and respects Yoga as much as he, has GOT to have his mind super squared away, in my opinion. I did T25 when I was moving, stressed out, deploying husband, had NO TIME and it provided, quick, mindless, effective workouts for an extremely busy lifestyle. It worked really well for me. But when it is time to take your life and totally resurrect your wellness and health, then P90X3 is the PERFECT place to start. You will NEVER get bored with this program. You will be jumping lightly, moving like a speed skater, doing Pilates, Yoga and pull ups with a bar or band, whichever your body or home accommodates. The equipment is minimal and fun. You work each and every muscle group in your body in a million different ways. Blocks one and two are SUPER easy compared to the 1st version of P90X and block 3 is where the massive results seem to happen for most people (so you CANNOT quit or you will be disappointed, but who likes a quitter anyway?). The modifications are not quite as obvious in this program as they are in T25, but I can help you make that better if you are a beginner, or plug into a good coach who will help you there. I recommend it because it is Beachbody and ANYTHING they make is worth the money and comes with a free coach. These workouts are 30 minutes and I preferred following the "Lean" version, but you have 3 options/versions to best choose from for your particular body type. So the amazing options are endless. This is definitely a good one to have in a life long video library and always have on hand to own.
In both the programs, the meal planners are extremely decent. I will leave it at that. But again, working with an experienced coach is where your success will lie in this department. To sum it all up, just get moving. Your body will LOVE you for it. "Do your best and forget the rest." FOR REAL. Please contact me for more info, if you want to talk about it further HERE is to your ever-improving health and fitness!!!!!!!!
XOXOX, Good vibes and high fives, Coach Becca Sweeney
I swear I really do NOT like to cook. But food is essential to the healthy body, mind and life. So I dove into nutrition studies, cleanses and food seasonings over the past couple years. It is serving me well -even though honestly I am not one of those women who loves to be in the kitchen. I do it because I have to. I do it for me and for my kiddos BEST health.
Make this soup. Don't judge it before you try it. It is oddly simple and miraculously delicious. I got this recipe from the Beachbody Ultimate Reset Cleanse. I make this recipe at least once a week. I like things that are 5 ingredients or less. Bam. Boo ya.
Hit me up with questions! Enjoy!
Life Changing. The end. I cannot go on enough. Just watch my video blog below to get my full thoughts! I am always here to help you, if you decide this cleanse is for you too! I cannot say enough good things. So happy I did this....again. I fully intend to do this cleanse every year in September, for the rest of my life. Click here for more info!
These were my final day pictures from the new Beachbody program Focus T25. The camera did not get a really clear shot because, I was moving and used my phone timer to take the shots. Which brings me to my first point. MOVING. It is no secret. I LOATHE moving. Yes. I am a military wife too. Yes. Cruel irony. I know. But it seriously stresses me out. I get pathetic, drink, eat doughnuts, the whole nine yards. But I achieved doing nearly 100% of the new program T25 all while preparing my husband for deployment. Scheduling a move out of our town house in Augusta, to shopping for a new home three hours south in Georgia. Went through a home purchase process. Scheduled a move in (desperately scraping by to get us in before HE deployed). Got moved. Stayed in hotels. Started to unpack. Scheduled the kids in two new schools. On and on and on and on. All within about a month and half time period. And I committed to trying desperately to stay fit through it all. But all I could possible give was that 25 minutes a day. I knew I would do the program because I could talk myself out of being too busy to go for a run or do a 30 minute, 45 or 60 minute workout. But not 25 minutes. I could not talk myself out of that. So I did it. But I did not really expect results of any kind.
MIND OFFICIALLY BLOWN!!!~
I didn't take measurements or before photos. I was too busy! But I can honestly say, that I did NOT follow the meal plan. We ate on the road! I did not always get the double workout day in that falls on Fridays. I did not. AND STILL....I was SO HAPPY with my progress and final day photos. THIS. IS. THE. BEST. PROGRAM. I HAVE FOUND: For busy, busy Moms, military wives, people with hectic work schedules, etc. Look NO FURTHER. Please contact me if you have questions about it. I will talk to you all day about it! ANYONE can do this program. Beginners, people who have just had a baby, 100+ lbs over weight. ANYONE. I can help you through it and this program offers awesome modifications and low to NO impact for every body. (firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions to ask me about it) I am SO STOKED. I love that I have this solution in my life. I LOVE the results I did get! Between this and the cleanse I am on, I KNOW I have finally found ALL the tools I need to maintain my perfect balance, body, health and life. Stick a fork in me! I AM DONE and psyched!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Check out my video below about it and where I am at now:
Don't blink! You might have missed my first drink. For those who don't know, I stopped drinking for a really long time. Sobriety for me totaled over seven months and I found it to be the most enlightening experience EVER. I even wrote a book about it (shameless plug), in case you didn't know.
I hesitated to share my first drink (since all of that) publicly for those might be looking to me for inspiration and support and reasons to keep on staying sober themselves. But I never wrote the book for recovering addicts in the first place. Did addicts get something from it? I am not sure. I hope so. I know a few who have purchased the book. But again, I did not write it for the people out there who feel like they cannot make it in life without professional help. I sort of wrote it for everyone else. Everyone who drinks, doesn't really interfere with their life. But there is a grey area for them and feel alcohol doesn't really serve them a whole lot, they don't really feel a dependency to it, but also they cannot really say "NO." That was me, that was who the book was for. And the book was also for anyone else who got anything at all out of it.
So I had another drink! Yup. After 7 months. Why start again? Because I knew it wasn't ever going to be a life style for me ever again. Because I wanted to observe what happened to me with it. And also because my husband was leaving for war and he wanted to have a drink with me. I thought, well, really I am making a conscious decision to do this FOR him. (should he have wanted me to drink? Well THAT is another blog) But he was leaving, and when they leave you are not sure if they are ever coming back. Why would you not want to be totally present and sober for those last days? THAT is another blog too. Our relationship is a really complicated one. We have had some troubles. And I will admit that I thought joining him at his level of consciousness that night might have been an ok thing to do. He absolutely loves drinking and had to say goodbye to it for a year. So I said goodbye to it with him.
Turns out it wasn't that good. I felt nothing from the wine we chose. It made me feel sluggish and not really happy. I have also noticed since then, I have had different wines and drinks here and there that make me feel deliriously happy. Perhaps it is the mood we are in, or the mood of those around us when we drink that effects how we feel? Perhaps it is the food we have eaten or not eaten that day? I am sure it is endless factors that contribute. But my first time back at drinking, I decided to stay conscious. I did not have that many drinks. I think I had two. And I chose to drink wine with my parents when they came to visit and one or two other times as well over the past two months. Each time felt different. Each time I stayed conscious and present and decided to stop before I got too crazy with it. And each morning after, I didn't feel hung over, I just felt sluggish and slightly depressed. So I learned and re-learned what I already knew. Sometimes alcohol brings joy and celebration, sort of, but more often it brings despair and a snow ball effect of bad decisions and slumping energy. I found myself not getting out of bed as easy since I was sober. I found myself slowly gaining weight back on, yes, even with just a few days of drinking sporadically. When I abstained from alcohol following after a night of drinking a couple, the days since the drinking felt better and better each day without the alcohol. Nothing I didn't already know.
But the best news to me was, after welcoming alcohol back into my life for a brief moment, I got really excited about giving it up again! I am eagerly planning my 21 day cleanse I do every September. I start tomorrow and I cannot wait! So I realized in these past two months, that I have forever changed my life when I took that fateful seven month sabbatical with sobriety. I recommend EVERYONE take at least 6 months, if not a year off of drinking in their life, if they don't already abstain from alcohol....and I DON'T mean for pregnancy. I mean regular old, being sober for YOURSELF. It is a wonderful time to reflect, be clear, clean, journal and give your health a super duper gift.
My seven months did change me forever. I am SO READY to cleanse now. I am so excited to lose the last ten pounds I have to lose. I hit a weight loss plateau last year in my fitness and weight loss journey. I knew it was all food-related. A cleanse gets me back on the right track in so many ways. The Ultimate Reset Cleanse broke that plateau that I thought would NEVER be broken. It is the safest, finest cleanse on the market. That weight has nearly all stayed off, but I am not yet quite at my goal weight still. I am sure I will get there with this second round of cleansing. And I plan to do this cleanse yearly. So exciting.
Aside from the alcohol lately, I know my diet has been less than desirable. I have gone through some serious, dramatic stress. And I am not a perfect health and diet nutritionist guru. I lean on food and alcohol (used to) when I feel stress. I know this. And I get better and better as the years go by. I keep my goals in mind and go easy on myself when I stumble. So the cookies and cheat meals have happened a little more often than I would like to admit. But I am human! And man this stress has been real. But I know this is not the authentic ME, to cheat this much. So I am rectifying it! Join me cleansing!!! It is the second best gift you can give to your life and human experience! I have an incredible, free, private support group for it. Let me know if you want in. And thanks no matter what for reading and following along with my journey. I hope to inspire many to take care of their ONE life they are given.
Good vibes and high fives, Coach Becca
One of my cheat meals or PRE-tox splurges recently from a local Italian delivery joint. Totally worth it. But at the same time, making me feel sluggish and dragged down and that 'aint cool. I am over it....again :)
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