Hammer and Chisel - Week One

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year, friends!

I made it through week one! And I've got to say that I'm in LOVE with this program! So funny to think that last summer I wasn't sure that this program was for me, but a week in and I'm feeling like this program is my spirit animal. So good!

After setting up my meal plan last week, Corbin and I made a big trip to the grocery store to fill our fridge with all sorts of good things!

I also picked up some heavier weights so that I would be ready to really challenge myself during the workout. I picked up a set of adjustable weights with 2.5, 5 and 7.5 lbs plates to take me all the way up to 25 lbs (ah!) and give me lots of variety. Corbin helped me to set up my bench that I got on Boxing Day and then I was all set to begin!!

One thing that I really like about this program is the variety in the workouts. There are 12 different workouts over the course of the program and they're not structured in the way that many Beachbody programs are where there is a lot of repetition. For this program, you may not see the same workout for 2 weeks!

Something that has been helpful already has been keeping a notebook with notes of the weights I'm using for each exercise. Autumn and Sagi don't always give guidance on how heavy a weight to start with for each exercise, so I think it will be great to have my notes to count on when I get back to each workout in the future! The workouts range between 25-45 minutes and they go by pretty quickly! I gave myself a little bit of extra time with each workout, because there were moments where I needed to rewind the workout just to ensure that I knew what I was doing. The workouts are tough, fast-paced and intense. They vary in how long you do each exercise, the reps and how many times each set is repeated.

I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about Sagi, but he knows his stuff! He's a little ridiculous at times, but I think he's growing on me. And I knew I loved Autumn after 21 Day Fix Extreme, so it's great to be training with her again! Both are very motivating and really encourage me to give it my all and truly make every rep count.

I'm proud of with how I did with my eating plan - I pretty much stuck to what I set out to do! I stayed within my containers each day, though sometimes I changed things around. Now that I'm more familiar with the containers it's a lot easier to be a bit more flexible, but having that set plan to start was incredibly helpful.

I enjoyed lots of the recipes that I made from the various meal guides, including the almond crusted chicken from the Hammer and Chisel guide.

I visited with my sweet friend Lindsay during the week and she was awesome and made us these delicious turkey tacos. She's always been incredibly accommodating with my eating, and these tacos fit into both of our meal plans quite nicely and were a perfect way for her to use leftover turkey!

I'm thankful that I had the containers to use as a guide, because I was simply ravenous this week. These new workouts are definitely getting my metabolism rolling and I was grateful for every single thing I had fit into my plan. Snacks were key!!

For New Year's Eve I ended up finally making the almond milk panna cotta from the Fixate cookbook. They had been in my plan earlier in the week, but wasn't able to make them and let them set long enough! I whipped everything up in the morning and in the evening we enjoyed a sweet dessert (whilst getting hooked on Making a Murderer --- who else is obsessed with this show?!) This made a really nice treat - I will definitely make these again! The panna cotta is like a custard and then you top it with berries / jam and an Italian meringue. Really great use of a yellow container.

I also made a batch of granola (also from the Fixate cookbook) on Friday morning. Granola just makes the house smell so good and is such a delicious food to eat. Loved it with berries and goat yogurt - truly the perfect combination!

I am all set with my plan for week 2 and I'm looking forward to making some really yummy meals including this spaghetti squash dish and trying out this tempeh stir fry.

I left Sunday a bit more flexible, and will adjust my plan based on what we have left in the house. We did our grocery shopping yesterday and now I'm all set! I did my final workout for the week which was Total Body Hammer + 10 minute Ab Hammer.

Holy jeez, it was tough!! By the time you read this, I may not be able to lift my arms above my head. #truestory #trexarmsforever

Even though it's tough. 
Even though I'm sore. 
Even though this meal plan is kicking my ass. 

I'm really and truly loving this workout and actually look forward to doing it each day! I can't wait to continue this week.

Today marks the first day of our January 'This Will Be My Year' Challenge Group and we've got close to 40 challengers and coaches who are ready to make changes in their fitness, eating and overall health this January and into 2016. I am already SO motivated by them and I know they're going to do an awesome job to keep me on track throughout this journey.

Anyone else getting started with The Master's Hammer and Chisel this week? I'd love to hear what you think!! And if you're interested in this program, I would love to save a spot for you in our February Challenge Group. 

1 comment:

Unknown said...

thank you for sharing your experience Ashley!! I was unsure about the program and if Id like it or not but this inspires me to give it a try:)

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