I’m So Proud!

Posted by rebecca

YES! I did it! I finished Turbo fire program and I feel amazing.  I feel lighter, younger, stronger and healthier.  I lost around 4lbds only but my body fat dropped from 28.8% to 21%. Yes! Yes! Yes!  And you know what forget about the numbers, I can tell by looking in the mirror everyday how leaner I became. 

My ABS, I started to see them!! Before they used to be flat but with no definition because of the layer of fat that was always on top of them.  My thighs (my problem area), definitely more toned and look sexier in shorts and dresses. My back has never looked like that before with all these little beautiful muscles. 

I am so proud of my achievement and I am enjoying it all the time and everywhere.  Now, it takes me much less time to get ready for any kind of outing mainly because everything fits better than before and also because of a new self confidence level that I have reached.  I find it way easier to hang out with friends drinking or eating any type of food because I know that even if I ate bad one night I will burn it fast because of all the work I have put into building those muscles and I know that by now I am addicted to working out and being high! LOL, Chalean is right!

I am so thankful to Beachbody, TF & my working out buddies for my transformation and I promise I will keep it up!

Thanks

Miriam

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I Ran a 5K!

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It’s 90-days later and I’m pretty happy with the results; I lost 5.5 inches and 5 pounds! Now that it’s up to me to make my own healthy food I’m a little nervous but mostly excited.  It’s been a while since I whipped up anything in the kitchen but as long as I plan ahead it should be smooth sailing.
 
My goal from day 1 was to set the bar higher for exercise. At day 90 I definitely feel like that has been accomplished. I work out at least 6 days a week. I’m not a slave to a schedule, but know that I want to do something everyday.  This weekend I ran a 5k with another Turbo Girl and I ended up being the first female to finish as well as the winner of my division. Having never been a short distance runner I attribute so much of that race to the HIITs. Throughout the program we all had varied feedback but almost everyone could agree that our endurance levels were off the charts. Results like that motivate me to keep working out everyday—thanks Chalene!

XO,

O

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Thank You TurboFire!

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The journey is over.  And let me tell you, the last 30 days were the toughest!  I left my support group in Los Angeles and moved to the big, bad, New York City. I left behind the ladies who stand at my desk until I get up and come to the gym with them, the ones who sit and eat lunch with and kept my McDonald's ice cream cravings at bay, and those who made the class even more fun each day (I know what you're thinking, how much more fun can TurboFire get? Well, lots more, try doing it with a group of your own friends!)  I struggled through my last 30 days, but knew I couldn't stop.  And I'm so glad I didn't.

I lost 2lbs (not really my goal) and 4.5" over my body.  My abs and arms saw the biggest change.  Here I was thinking they were already my best body parts, and now they're Turbo-ed! Even better than before! I didn't loose as much on my lower half as I wanted, but I still felt more confident because I could feel the changes.  I could feel the hardness that my thighs/quads had, and even though they were only 1" smaller, they felt harder! Not soft and wiggly like before.

And of course, the most noticeable change was in my aerobic ability.  Earlier in the summer I went to 1,000 Steps Beach in South Laguna.  I don't know if you have ever been there, but you literally have to go down at least 300, maybe more, steps to get to this beautiful and private beach.  And where you go down, you must come up! The first time I went to this beach, I made it to the top, but definitely had to stop or slow down a little bit due to my quads killing me and my breath that was shortened.  After 60 days of TurboFire, I took a friend to this beach and once again, down and back up again at least 300 steps.  My girlfriend was me, 60 days before.  Needing to stop, breathing hard, and she was in shape (or so she thought).  There I was, I had made it to the top without stopping, without breathing hard, and I was yelling down at her "You can make it! Don't stop! You've got it! You're not tired!" I chuckled when that last statement came out of my mouth because here I was, a mini-Chalene, motivating my girlfriend to give it her all and make it up those steps.  This was an empowering and wonderful feeling! It told me, that even though I hadn't met my goal with inches lost below the belt, I was still healthier than before! Healthier and happier!

Now that the TurboFire test group is over, I'm changing my workout routine just a little bit.  I've decided in order to get my rearend, literally, into the shape and size I want, I need a little bit of refocus.  I can't completely give up TurboFire, it's too much a part of my life now, so I needed to hybrid between it and Brazil Butt Lift.  I use TurboFire for the cardio, I am just addicted to the HIITs, but need a little more focus on shaping and slimming the back portion.  My problem isn't that it's too big, it's just too low.  Have you ever had that problem? You wake up one day and the perky bottom you had in college is now an old lady, saggy bottom?  Well, mine isn't quite to the old lady saggy bottom yet, but it's definitely falling at a quicker rate than I'd like.  So with Brazil Butt Lift, I'll be able to lift it up (which will completely change the way my body looks down there - less saddlebags, more shapely legs) and with TurboFire working as my cardio, I'll be sure to stay in aerobic shape, as well as blast calories!

I actually cannot wait for this hybrid "test" to be over so I can see how it worked.  I'm hoping it'll give me the body I want, and when it does, I'll share even more pictures! Keep checking back, because this is about to get booty-ful!

Til my next 60 days are complete,

Rebecca

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Final Results – and sweet wedding day!

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Before I started the Turbo Fire program, I balked at the thought of committing to anything for 90 days.  Looking back at the last 90 days, I realized that it went by rather quickly.  The commitment was not hard to follow because the program was fun, but challenging enough that I looked forward to it every day.  I also looked forward to spending time with my group mates, they really made the experience that much more enjoyable.  Seeing results week after week didn’t hurt either.

I started the Turbo Fire program because I wanted to look my best on my wedding day, and I have to admit, I was a very happy bride.  I am sure everyone tells the bride on her wedding she looked beautiful, but I really felt it.  I felt energized and was very confident with my image, which is something you cannot replace with a beautiful dress or pretty flowers; it is something that can only come from within.  Even if I wasn’t the skinniest bride ever, I felt like the best version of myself and that confidence gave me the “glow”. 

Without realizing it before, what I really needed Turbo Fire for came after the wedding.  My husband (still so weird to say this word) and I are avid travelers and we decided early on that we are not going to hole up in a bungalow on an exotic sounding beach somewhere.  Instead, we will have a great adventure and mix in a little relaxing at the end.  We decided to go track Mountain Gorillas in Parc National de Volcans in Rwanda.  The trip was physically challenging, so thankfully I was in great shape and was able to make the 4 hour hike through dense forest with no trouble.   I even got touched by two gorillas; it was the best experience ever!!

Our group of 7 visiting the Kwitonda family of gorillas was made up of a wide range of age and physical ability.  Everyone in the group, including a 72 year old grandpa with hip issues and his 65 year old wife, made the 4 hour hike with the exception of a 27 year old female.  The visibly overweight 27 year old woman could not even make it through the potato fields that led to the start of the hike without stopping the entire group multiple times to catch her breath.  Eventually, she had to hire 4 porters to carry her up the entire mountain on a stretcher.  She is 27 years old and she had let her health deteriorate to a point where she couldn’t walk a few steps without grasping for air, what is she going to do at 72?  How will she make it to 72?  Reflecting on this experience, it really highlights for me the importance of regular exercise to keep in shape and maintain a healthy weight.  Working out is not just about losing weight for aesthetic reasons, it is about being healthy, and living a fulfilling life where you are not limited to activities due to your physical condition.  I am really grateful with programs like Turbo Fire, everyone can have access to fitness programs that can help them achieve their physical goals. 

Yours,

Jennifer Y

**Jennifer Y lost 8 lbs and 8.5" total.  She's now mixing in Chalean Extreme  and TurboFire as a hybrid.**

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Jennifer B’s Final Results

Posted by rebecca

I FEEL GREAT!!!! I’ve lost 23 pounds total with TurboFire!

Most exciting thing about dropping 23 pounds and going down 3 dress sizes is that I GET TO GO SHOPPING…  I have a whole new wardrobe now and I’m enjoying the shopping sprees. I feel comfortable in my clothes now. Before I couldn’t wait to get home so I could change into my sweats! Oh what a difference 23 pounds makes. I thank you Chalene for your motivation and inspiration.

Looking back, I can’t believe that I got so heavy…  It feels so good to know that I earned this weight loss. I did it the right away. I didn’t take a pill, I didn’t starve myself, I didn’t drink a magic shake. I lost this weight by working my A#S OFF and eating healthy. You can do it too! If you stick with your workout program and healthy eating plan for 2 weeks straight, I guarantee you, it will become a habit! But NO CHEATING! If I learned 1 thing from this, it’s every time I “cheated” on the weekend, I didn’t have weight loss for that week. I had to train myself not to cheat.. It’s hard, but worth it in the end.

I still have some ways to go before I get to my goal weight, but I’m getting there slowly with Chalene’s help and my willpower. Although we completed the TurboFire program, I’m still eating healthy and still working out to my favorite TurboFire workouts like Fire 55. I LOVE IT!

Until next time….

Jenn

**Jennifer B lost 23 lbs and a total of 13.5" in 90 days.  Now she's training with a TurboFire/ChaLEAN Extreme Hybrid**

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Being good on the Road Trip!

Posted by rebecca

Hi All -

Right after our 60 day photos, I was transferred to our office in New York.  I used this opportunity to drive across the country.  I had already taken the southern route, so this time I was going to see what the northern route offered.  When I drove out on the southern route to California, I ate at every fast food restaurant at least once - but never twice.  At each stop, I would go to one of the best restaurants in each town, which sometimes meant I was ordering delicious, but definitely not good for you, lobster tempura caesar salad and bar-b-que.

On my trip back east, I knew I didn't want to reverse all the hard work and trimming I had achieved with TurboFire.  I was feeling better, looking better and most importantly, I was addicted to this awesome program.  I knew this wouldn't be easy, as there were some 10 hour days on the road and idle minds equal busy hands (mouths).  To combat this "issue", I made a plan.  But the plan never came to fruition, as I accidentally packed my TurboFire DVDs with the movers, which broke my heart - I had originally planned to do a HIIT or Fire 30 each morning to get my metabolism going. 

Insert Plan B.  First step, I wore my Bodybugg calorie counter every day.  You can see from my photos, I was taking pictures at beautiful places with this armband on.  But by wearing the bugg, I knew exactly how many calories I was burning sitting in a car all day long.  And since I knew my calorie burn, I knew exactly how many calories I could afford to consume.

Second step: Watch my calorie intake.  I know people say that you can't eat healthy on the road, but you can.  And I did.  When we were about an hour from stopping for lunch or dinner, I would look up the calorie counts from popular fast food restaurants and decide ahead of time what I wanted.  I knew at Wendy's, for example, I could get a baked potato, and burger, with no cheese, and be under 400 calories.  It may seem crazy, but it's true.  If I made up my mind what I was going to eat before smelling the delicious fries, or seeing the frosty shakes, I was less likely to falter in this plan.  I kept all calorie consumption at least 800 below my burn each day.  I chose to have a deficit of 800 calories because my body wasn't moving.  On a regular day, when working out with TurboFire, I would only have a 200-300 deficit because my body would keep burning calories until the the moment I went to sleep.  I also would walk about 10,000 steps or more a day, and on the road trip, I was only getting in about 3000.  So for me, this deficit worked.  I would keep my dinners under 700 calories (so many restaurants have a special "under 550 calorie" menu, so we chose to eat at those instead of places we didn't know what our calorie intake would be) and would eat sunflower seeds when bored on the road (much better than chips, takes WAY longer to eat a whole bag, and satisfied any salty craving I had).  I also drank tons of water, not soda or juice, only water, which didn't help with the bathroom stops for sure.

Step 3: Get my body moving when I could.  Even though the days were long, and the mornings were early, I made sure to get up and move each morning.  It wasn't as fun as TurboFire, and took twice as much time, but each morning I would go to the gym at the hotel and run intervals on the treadmill for an hour, do a bit of weight-lifting, or swim laps in the pool.  As I said before, it took twice as long to burn the calories, so I knew I couldn't hit that snooze button or take an extra long shower after in order to keep us on schedule.  I had to commit myself to an hour or longer at the gym.  When we'd stop in cities, we'd park the car and walk for hours. 

I'm proud to say, that even on my road trip (6 days long - we had a flat in Ohio), I was able to burn 2000-2200 calories and intake only 1200-1400.  When we finally landed in New York, I was feeling good and when we went to the beach that weekend, I was feeling confident, slim, and proud at my accomplishments (even if I was on the beach with thin girls 10 years younger than me!).  I flaunted my hard work in my bikini and short shorts, which made me even more excited to get back to the city and do MORE TurboFire (because working out harder would mean I could eat more! And isn't that what I wanted all along?)!

I hope this helps all you busy ladies - if you make a plan, and stick to it, nothing will derail the hard work you've put in, and you'll come out the other side feeling like you should - happy, confident, and most importantly - HOT!

See you at Day 90!

Rebecca

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The best fitness tip I’ve learned so far

Posted by rebecca

We’ve been working out with TurboFire for awhile now, so the moves are familiar and it’s easier to put a lot of energy into every workout. I’m punching, kicking, and jumping way harder now than I was at first, and I’ve noticed that my calorie burn goes up when I do. That got me thinking about how much (or how little) I move throughout the rest of my day.  So I started paying closer attention to my daily calorie burn. What I discovered shocked me.

I can significantly increase my calorie burn every day just by moving around a little more.

That’s right: Just a walk around the block a couple times a day, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and getting out of my office chair as often as possible, and I can burn an extra 300-400 calories in a single day! How do I know this? Because I’m wearing a GoWearFit body monitor, which tracks my movements and activities to show me how many calories I use up.

On an average day I burn 200-500 calories doing TurboFire (the low end is HIIT 15 and the high end is Fire 55 EZ). If I don’t do a lot of other movement, like when I’m stuck at my desk all day, I’ll burn about 2200 calories total (including exercise). But when I add two short strolls around the block of our office building, a few quick trips up and down the stairs, and several opportunities to get out of my desk chair and walk to the restroom or mailroom, my calories burned in a day can easily get up to 2600. These things aren’t hard to do, and I hardly notice that I’m moving more. But wow, it’s worth it! I knew about this phenomenon (scientists call it NEAT, or non-exercise activity thermogenesis), but I didn’t realize just how much my personal caloric burn could be affected.

One of the best things that TurboFire has done for me is to increase my cardio capacity so I have a lot more energy than when I started. The more intensity I add to my workouts, the more calories I burn. And now I know that adding a little more movement to my day is way easier than I thought. TurboFire has not only given me better fitness, it’s also inspired me to get active in other ways too.

Oh, and it’s paying off. So far I’ve lost 1.75 inches from my waist since I started doing these workouts!   

~Whit

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Being good in the land of PLENTY!

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Recently I traveled home to beloved North Carolina for a long weekend. I was super excited about seeing my family and friends (it had been a few years)  but was not super excited about the turbo situation. How was I going to workout everyday in 85 degree heat with 90-something percent humidity and stick with the nutrition plan? I’m here to tell you, my friends, that it was not that hard.

Day one, I landed in NC at 9:30am exhausted after not sleeping on the red eye from LA. My mom greeted me with coffee and we hung for a bit. Then I took a much needed 2 hour nap. In the afternoon I asked her if she wanted to turbo with me. A side note about my mother, she is a dancer, has always been very athletic and to look at her you would never guess she’s a grandmother.  She gave an enthusiastic “YES!” so I put in Fire 55.

We had such a great time—laughing as she went right and I went left, watching the glass panes in the entertainment center shake out of control during the HIITS (we moved to the porch after that) and sweating so profusely in the heat that we could barely see—it hardly seemed like exercise. Working out everyday on vacation? Check.

Anyone who has been to the South should be familiar with some of our staple food and drink items: sweet tea, biscuits, fried chicken, BBQ, potato salad… I love every one of these things. What I didn’t do: wake up and have cheese grits with a butter-slathered biscuit for breakfast followed by BBQ ribs and mashed potatoes for lunch. What I did do: Ate a lot of salad. A LOT. Everyone had “’maters” (tomatoes) to give away and my parents had veggies growing in the garden. Protein was readily available at every meal and if it wasn’t lean then I had a veggie burger.

Everything paid off it seems because when I came home and jumped on the scale I hadn’t gained a single pound!

See you soon!

O

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20lbs lighter and BIG changes in my life!

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We are 2 months into TurboFire now and I’ve lost about 20 pounds… AMAZING!

Looking back to Day 1, I can’t believe how different I feel now. Before TurboFire, I COULD NOT wake up in the mornings. I was always winded when I would walk up stairs and I always felt bloated.

My typical morning pre-TurboFire: I had 3 alarm clocks! My alarm went off and I would sleep right through it. My husband’s alarm would go off and I usually slept through that as well. Last attempt..  My husband would try to drag me out of bed.

My typical morning during TurboFire: My alarm goes off earlier than it used to and I pop right up! And… I’m not tired!  And to think for years I thought that I just wasn’t a morning person. WRONG! I JUST WASN’T HEALTHY and my body was trying to tell me!

Other big changes… I can easily walk and run up the stairs and not feel winded. I used to get so tired that I would think, “Wow, I am really out of shape. This is ridiculous.” Now I just watch others getting winded and try to encourage them to keep going!

The most amazing change of all…. I DON’T FEEL BLOATED ANYMORE! Oh my, the worst feeling is finishing with dinner and feeling like someone took an air pump and started pumping you full of air. Now after dinner, I feel satisfied and normal.  Portion control and learning to control ingredients so I don’t feel this way has totally helped!

I can honestly say, this is the best I’ve ever felt. I can’t wait to see how much better I feel after these next 30 days of TurboFire. Looking forward to shedding the next 20-30 pounds!

~Jenn B

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It is my right to choose the best for myself!

Posted by rebecca

Surviving 60 days of Turbo Fire might seem exhausting & tiring, but it is simply the opposite!  I totally feel stronger, way stronger!  I jump higher in class, I punch stronger than ever, I feel my ABS muscles squeezing harder and I am not scared of the siren as before, however sometimes I wait for it!

I have tons of energy not only for my daily workouts but also for other life physical activities.  I walked the other day almost a mile to the grocery store, bought my groceries, which weighed at least 15 lbs, and carried them back.  Usually I would take my car for that!   Another day I accepted a friend’s invitation to a spinning class which was after my TF class! 

I also noticed that I became, I would call it demanding, others might call it annoying, when it comes to eating outside.  I have so many questions for the waiters about the details of my order (calories, type of fat used, whole grain carbs, dressing on the side, grams of protein, etc.…).  But although friends might criticize me for that, they come back and tell me that they envy me for that power will and knowledge which makes me really proud of what I am doing.  And I totally believe that it is my right to choose the best for myself, so I don’t mind being selfish and taking longer time to place my order. 

I also used to love having a glass of wine with my dinner or a glass of beer over the pool, now I find myself satisfied by taking sips from my husband’s glass if I really wanted it.  

Thanks

Miriam

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