p.volve 90 day challenge: 30 day before & after
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In this blog post and the ones to follow I’m going to do a little recap of how my 30 days went, what my schedule was and share progress photos.
As many of you probably know by now, I do P.volve pretty consistently. It has become my primary form of working out with some walking and studio classes sprinkled in. January for me has been, to be honest, absolute horrible (a story for another blog post) and unfortunately being healthy has kind of fallen to wayside. I have to admit that the first month didn’t exactly go as planned… Halfway through January I traveled to Boston with Noah and his family and I DID bring a few P.volve equipment (the best workout for traveling!) but probably ate everything in sight because, well food.
Ok, day 1! I woke up a 5a this morning because I have to work in another city today and have a hair appointment at 5p, but no excuses! I completed RK with the P.Ball and holy cow that was hard but felt so good!
Woah! I worked out for 7 days in a row?? I’m definitely feeling lean and stronger. I was honestly enjoying these workouts so much I didn’t even realize I hadn’t taken a rest day yet. But that’s what I love about them! You can literally roll out of bed and just turn on your computer or p.volve app and get a workout in.
I had just returned from a 5 day trip to Boston and although I brought some equipment with me (light ankle band, gliders and p.band) I definitely didn’t workout as much as I hoped (twice + one Barry’s Bootcamp class) and I ate so much more than usual. I am feeling fluffy, swollen and like I undid everything! Travel is always one of my downfalls, next time I’m going to follow P and Rachel’s travel tips on their Youtube Channel and Blog.
OMG, I am finally not sore from Barry’s Bootcamp. Barry’s was super fun and it was nice to see what all the hype is about. Noah and I ended up taking their “Legs and Butt” class and since I have only been doing P.volve for strength, I basically ripped my muscles apart! This experience helped me realize how important low-impact workouts are better for your body; less inflammation, less bulking, you’re not left so sore you can’t sit on the toilet!
Being home for a week has really helped me focus on my diet a lot more. I’ve been trying to eat more balanced meals with fat, carbs and protein and drinking a little less. I only have 3/16 days left that are required of the challenge but hopefully can fit in more before month 1 is over!
FINISHED THE 16 WORKOUTS! With 3 more days left of the challenge I am deciding to push myself to the fullest by completing the 3 Day Body Burn before the 30 day mark. It always leaves me feeling 100% and I want to look my best for the after photos (not like what I looked like the day after the super bowl…)
Here is what my schedule looked like for the first month:
Now onto the before + after!
Let’s start with the “befores” I don’t have many so let’s go wayyyyyy back; college. I honestly didn’t even realize how unhealthy I looked and felt at this time – I worked out just because I felt so gross from eating lots of junk food, late night meals and drinking day and night. At this point I virtually had zero confidence. I was definitely stuffing my unhappiness with food and alcohol.
This was about two years later (2015), I started Kayla Itsines’ BBG program and became a litttttle obsessed. I became plant based and would consume no more than 1200 cals a day… basically a very unhealthy way to lose weight! I lost my mensural cycle, became afraid of so many food groups and would never miss a workout. I developed a very unhealthy relationship with food and exercise.
This cycle of restriction and over exercise lasted up until about 2017 when I discovered P.volve and developed a much healthier relationship to exercise. This was me in October 2018 after doing P.volve for a year, on and off.
Here was me in November 2018 (clearly before all the holiday fun)
Here was me at the start of the 90 day challenge (after all the holiday fun. tehe)
First month into the challenge!
There you have it! Whew, thanks for sticking with me! The posts after this will be shorter, I promise.
And on that note, this is part two of a four part series — we’ll be looking at my progress through this challenge at the beginning of each month! Here’s the break down:
March: I’ll share you a little more of my fave recipes as well as more progress pics
April: All of my final thoughts on this experience and looking back on the last 3 months!
It’s going to be a fun challenge! See you for the next one and drop any questions below!