_ Well hello there!  How was the weekend?!  Mine was just fabulous!  Seems like as we head into week two of the new year, everything is starting to fall into place and routine is starting to become habit… this is a good thing!   Saturday, I traveled to Toledo for the Beachbody Super Saturday event.  Learned so much about what is to come with the company in 2012.  A new program is about to be released called Tai Cheng, Tropical Shakeology will be available on February 14th and The Beachbody Challenge is taking off!  Are you currently in a Beachbody Challenge Group?  If so, sound off in the comments below, how do you like it so far??  I’m currently in a my own Beachbody Challenge with a ton of other people who have made the commitment.  I’m doing P90X2, others are doing TurboFire, Brazil Butt Lift & Insanity, just to name a few! 

_ This will be week 2 of the challenge and I already feel like I’m starting to get stronger.  In P90X2, there are phases.  Phase 1 is the Foundation Phase, building the core.  And wow, does it ever!  I’ll be on this phase for at least 2-3 more weeks.  Here’s what my weekly workout schedule looks like….

 Monday:  Core

Tuesday:  Plyocide

Wednesday:  Rest or Recovery & Mobility (I also teach Turbo at night)

Thursday:  Total Body (Again, teaching Turbo this evening!)

Friday:  Yoga

Saturday:  Balance & Power (Teach Turbo in the AM!)

Sunday:  Rest or Recovery & Mobility

 Whew!  But, I honestly am loving every minute of it.  So blessed to be able to work this hard.

 n addition to my workout goals, I’ve also taken steps to better my personal goals.  I’m currently reading Chalene Johnson’s book, PUSH.  It’s a 30 day breakdown of exercises mapped out to help you plan out your goals and give you a clear cut path to achieve them.  Love this.  I did her 30 day PUSH video segment last summer in June and it completely changed the game for me.  Looking forward to another ‘PUSH’ this year, currently I’m on Day 7.  So far, I’ve already listed my goals, determined a PUSH goal and am currently in the middle of researching information on how to carefully reach my goals one step at a time.  Progress, I can feel it! 

_ So that’s about it for me this week.  I’ll continue to work hard during my workouts, keep focus on the task at hand to consistently move forward with my goals, both short-term and long.  Have a blessed week friends!

So, my nearly 2 week vacation has come to an end, normally this kind of time off flies by, however this year it seemed just perfect.  Sure, I wouldn't have minded it to be just a tad bit longer, but I really enjoyed my time off, didn't feel rushed, it wasn't a blur, it was just right, I really enjoyed the time with my family and got a TON of other stuff done in the meantime.  SUCCESS! 
Let me rewind back a bit and recap New Years, it was a family friendly kind of night, we headed over to some friends of ours who have small children like us and we broke bread and raised our glasses in the comfort of their home.  The kids ran wild, my  girlfriend and I rocked it on the Kinect to Dance Central 2... of course my fav of the night.... Lady Gaga!  However, to my dismay, I don't think I could ever cut it as one of her back of dancers... yikes :)  But totally fun!  My beverage of choice... Skinny Margarita of course!   Only indulged in one though, still had to keep track of the kiddos ;)
New Years day we were lazy bums, enjoyed being snuggled up in blankets, took a little cat nap, watched a really funny movie, House Bunny, HILARIOUS!  Then for dinner we made our way to my parents house for the traditional New Years meal of pork and saurkraut, YUM, I love that meal!  After dinner Tony and my dad settled into the back bedroom to watch the Browns (no good came from that room, lol), the kids played games with my mom and I headed next door to pay my grandparents a visit.  They are getting ready to head to Florida for a few months and I wanted to get over to see them before they left, plus my grandfather had a bout with pneomonia and I wanted to check up on him.  Which I'm happy to report he's doing just fine :)  Love chatting with them, they have that old fashioned mindset and sense of humor, I love it, and I learn so much just by listening to them talk, I'm incredibly blessed.  Definitely started the year off right :)
That night when we got home and after putting the kiddos to bed, I prepared myself for the next day, January 2, the day that kicks off 2012, that will set the tone for the entire year.  For the first time in 2012, I sat down, scheduled my day, got everything ready for me to start Day 1 of P90X2.  Today was Day 2 and all I can say is WOW.  This program is definitely next level stuff, I'm doing my best and I can def. say I have a TON of room to improve!  Loving it so far.
As I'm also emarking on a new fitness journey, I'm also planning on revamping my nutrition.  In my first round of X1, I didn't really follow the nutrition guide, this time around with X2, I'm definitely paying more attention in that area.  Check out what I had for breakfast this morning, straight out of my customized meal plan on TeamBeachbody.com, French Toast!  Made with egg substitute and whole wheat bread and turkey sausage, YUM, it was pretty good, and I didn't even use syrup with it!
So I think it's safe to say that 2012 is off to a fantastic start.  I started reading my new book PUSH by Chalene Johnson, it's a perfect read right now too because as I'm plotting and planning my plan of attack for my 2012 goals, this book makes for a great outline :)  Here's to 2012, let's make it GREAT!