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Focus T25 Challenge!

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After completing Insanity (twice), Asylum 1 and 2, and some of P90X, I wanted to challenge myself once again. I had heard that the Beach Body Insanity team was coming up with another revolutionary workout routine. And I had been waiting for it for a while, until they released it finally last week. So the long wait finally ended for me and today marks the first day of my Focus T25 challenge. Eventhough the regimen asks you to follow it for 60 days, I will be working on it until August 15th. I will try to document my progress as much as I can, but if I am not able to get a blog post out there, I will atleast get a progress picture out soon.
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Insanity/Asylum Vol 1/Asylum Vol 2 – Which One is for You?

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By Pallavi Sharma

Continuing on my “Insanity” journey, I picked up Asylum Volume 1 over the month of January and successfully completed it! It involved alot of hard work and more than that, dedication. Currently I am over half way into Volume 2. Now out of all these workouts, which one is best suited for you?

There are multitudes of blog posts and articles out there which will give you quite a detailed analysis of each workout in each of the programs. I will be listing some of those in this post for your reference. But my idea of this post is to give you a gist of all the three and give you an honest picture of which one is best suited for you.

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I Am Now Officially “Insane”

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By Pallavi Sharma

After 60 days of dedication and determination to stick to a fitness program, I can proudly say that I finally finished the “Insanity”! And boy was it tough!

The workouts in Insanity are focussed around maximum interval training. Their philosophy is to crank up your heart rate for 3 minutes and give you a 30 second rest (and there aren’t a whole lot of 30 second breaks in the entire 60 minute workout – maybe 3 to 4 only). Yes I know its brutal, but that is what gets you in the “best shape of your life”. They are not kidding in the informercials when they promise you the best shape ever.

The exercises are centered around plyometrics and fast cardio moves and the best part about the workout is – NO EQUIPMENT! Unlike many fitness programs, Insanity workouts just require your body weight and a strong will to keep going.

So change something around in the coming new year. Take up a fitness program, whatever suits your body, and do it. Apart from getting back to being college skinny, I was more proud of having stuck with the program and never surrendering. Thanks to my neighbor downstairs who finally gave up on complaining to the apartment manager about all the jumping and thumping. Her support meant alot to me 🙂 So if you can simply stay committed, you are half way there! Just take one day at a time and do the workout, no matter how much your body resists.

I would like to know about the workouts you guys have been working on, so that I could get some fitness tips from you guys. Please feel free to leave a comment and DIG DEEPER!

Sweet Potato Your Way To Skinnyness

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By Pallavi Sharma

Let me be clear about the title. When I say “skinnyness” I do not mean being unhealthy skinny. What I meant was being healthy and fit. So you might ask me why sweet potatoes? And I’ll say why not?

Quite recently I joined the “team beach body” wagon of Insanity and P90X workouts, and now I know what it means and takes to be part of the special and elite group of these merciless workout program survivors. I am very proud to be a part of that group! I am currently working on my 60 day Insanity challenge, and I am not too far away from the finish line. Through the last 60 days what really kept me going was not just the fun workouts and Shaun T yelling in my ears saying, “dig deeper” or “you can do it” or better still, “you just gotta F***ing do it”, but it was some of the diet tips from him that made a huge difference as well. And the food that really appealed to me were the “sweet potatoes”.

Most of us will easily miss the “sweet potato” aisle in the grocery store. But next time you are there, pick a few up, because it has all that your body needs. It truly is a powerhouse of food as it contains Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Magnesium and Iron. To top it all, it tastes wonderful! Most diet foods I have come across have been bland and boring and that is what I struggle with when I am trying to watch what I eat. The trick here is the way you cook it. And in case of sweet potatoes which already are tasty, it gets even easier to make the food interesting and fun.

I found a great recipe that I have enjoyed trying out. It is quick and simple and it adds an extra zest and flavor to the sweet potatoes, making them very appealing to your taste buds.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/baked-sweet-potatoes/

Also for more information on the health benefits of sweet potatoes, check this link out:

www.care2.com/greenliving/9-reasons-to-love-sweet-potatoes.html