Fitness: Back to crazy workout mode

Healthy is the New Black, via GIPHY

If we are going to continue this online blogger-reader relationship, you should know that we get these crazy ideas in our heads to do fitness programs/challenges which are meant to help us form healthy habits,  transform our bodies and boost our mental strength (emphasis on transform our bodies). It all started a few years ago when Sarah had just moved to Rome from Paris and did the Insanity program for a few months while Rosemary was following Jillian Michaels’ 30 day Shred and Ripped in 30. Since then we have run a 20km race together, Sarah has run a few other half marathons, we have done a few Yoga with Adriene challenges and the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guides (BBG) 1 and 2 with the Whole 30 diet program. Generally we try to stay active but these challenges seem to give focus to our workouts which is sometimes necessary to keep it up! In the spring of this year we had the bright idea of doing PiYo in conjunction with running a 100mile challenge within two months which tragically resulted in injuries for the both of us. After spending most of the summer recovering (except when Sarah was climbing Kilimanjaro!) we were ready to try something new and ended up starting two new (different) plans. Sarah is doing the Tone It Up 31 day challenge for the month of October and Rosemary is following the Fitness Blender FBFit program — want to know more about these programs or interested in following our progress? See a short comparison below and keeping coming back to check in on how we are doing!

 Tone It Up: 31 Day Challenge and Meal PlanFitness Blender: FBFit and Meal Plan
What is it?31 day fitness and nutrition plan from in which you have "decided
that you want to feel amazing and confident, get healthy and fit, and
you also know your body deserves the very best."

Every day there are daily moves with 31 repetitions each, plus a designated time of cardio, HIIT and a Booty Call for morning workouts. There are a few active rest days but majority of days are focused on getting moving.
8 week paid program from to “lose weight, build lean muscle and tone up”. Mix of strength training, cardio, HIIT, and yoga. Workouts are about an hour long, 5 times a week with day 6 yoga/stretching though this is optional.

Also purchased the 4 week meal plan and nutrition guide which gives general nutrition advice and a day-to-day plan for three meals and two snacks depending on individually set calorie limits.
Cost31 day challenge: Free to sign up and receive the starter pack, which includes how the challenge runs and basics of the nutrition plan.

If you want the recipes and full nutrition plan: $150 for TIU membership, which not only gives you the nutrition plan but also a few of their other workout plans and recipes. You can tailor the recipe choice to your diet also -- I chose the pescatarian for myself.
8 week program: $14.99/ 13.77€
Meal plan: $19.99/ 17.75€

Both the workout program and the meal plan can be reused as many times as you want. I chose the omnivore meal plan.
Why try this program?I wanted to focus on getting back to a routine since I had been travelling and living out of a suitcase for the last 3 months. I have been following ToneItUp on Instagram for a while and have been curious but didn't want to make the $150 commitment for the membership. But then I saw the TIU challenge and I love a good challenge - generally keeps me more committed when there is a big goal at the end or challenge throughout. After hesitating for a while to buy this program, I finally decided to do it after completing FB Blend (also a paid program, although only 2 weeks). What I think is a little confusing about the paid programs on fitness blender is that a lot of people may not see the point of paying for the program if all the videos are available online. The big advantage of the paid programs however is that the order of the videos are all set for you— so no guess work on what to train and no cheating to do “easier” workouts!
Expectations?Priority one for me was to get back to my routine of working out and healthy-ish eating since being injured, vacationing and returning to the land of pizza, pasta, cheese and wine. Obviously securing a set of tone abs and arms are added bonuses that I will try to visualize during the workouts;)Top priority has to be getting a toned stomach! Next arm definition. Overall, I am hoping to feel stronger, have an increase in energy and sleep better. I think this program is going to be tough but following the meal plan will likely be tougher.


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