Camp Gladiator Camp #2: CG Fit and WHOLE 30:)

Camp Gladiator CG Fit and Whole 30

 

I made it through the first Camp Gladiator camp of 2017!  There were definitely times that I felt like my progress wasn’t that great…but there were a few times that I thought…hey…look how much better I am doing than before.  I remember one specific time that we were doing walking lunges and for the first time I could make my stride a little longer and deeper than before!  I still have SOOOOO far to go…but, hey I am making progress!

This month starts Camp Gladiator CAMP #2 of 2017!  And it happens to be a CG Fit Camp…what does that mean?  It means that we get to see what kind of progress we make in the 4-5 weeks of camp.  We do a fitness test at the beginning of camp to measure where we are starting, we do an InBody assessment that measures all our fat/muscles (fun times) and we make changes with our eating to see what kind of results we get at the end of the month.  It is a great opportunity to be really focused on making good changes with your diet and workout.  I participated in one similar last year, but didn’t focus as much on the eating as I had wanted.  This time, that is my main focus!

We have done Whole 30 before and I had great results, so I have wanted to see if when I lost if I lost muscle or fat?  So, Kevin and I have decided to do a whole 30 diet for the 30 days we are doing CG Fit:)  Whole 30 is pretty extreme because you can’t have grains, legumes, dairy, sugar or alcohol.  Don’t freak out…it’s okay:)  You CAN have protein, veggies, fruit, good fats and LOTS of water!  Last time we did it, we had great results and in the end felt SO much better…it also helped me get rid of my sugar/bread cravings.  So, that is what we are doing…I would love for you to join us…I will be posting our progress and some of our meals on here, Instagram and Facebook.

I created my weekly plan and grocery list that you are welcome to use for ideas and I will post links to the recipes that I use during the week.  If you get tired of waiting, you are welcome to visit my Whole 30 Pinterest board that should have most of them pinned.

CG Fit - Whole 30 - Not So Crunchy Mom

CG Fit - Whole 30 - Not So Crunchy Mom

Also, if you are in the DFW, Austin, Houston, Waco, San Antonio, Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Denver, Orlando, Tampa or Shreveport area…I would love to help you get started with Camp Gladiator.  I have a special this month that you can join one month of camp for $69 (regular fee $189).  Simply email me at christiesimons@me.com and I will help get you set up!

Let me know if you will be joining us on our Whole 30 journey!!

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My Camp Gladiator Experience YR 2 – Day 1

My Camp Gladiator Experience Year 2 - Day 1

Happy 2nd day of the new year!  This morning a crazy Texas storm hit us around 5AM with loud winds and lots of rain…and of course I woke up.  My awesome hubby was leaving for his 5:20AM Camp Gladiator workout in the pouring rain.  I was able to go back to sleep for a little longer and then didn’t want to get up when my alarm went off.  But, I knew that I had told all of you that I would be there today, so I got up and ready to leave.

Thankfully, my sweet friend Blair was there when I got there.  It always helps when you have a buddy to work out with:)  I saw some familiar faces and even got to meet some new friends like Jennifer who messaged me the night before.  She was brave and came out to camp today and rocked it!  I was a little nervous since I hadn’t been to camp in a few weeks…but oddly enough…compared to last year…it was awesome!  I feel like I often allow myself to get easily discouraged, but today I realized that even though I have a long journey ahead…I will celebrate how far I have come:)

How did you do on your goal today?  Tell me how it is going?

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My Camp Gladiator Experience – Year 2 Begins!

Camp Gladiator Year 2

Here we are on the first day of 2017!  I have to admit that 2016 ended up being a year that I was ready to see go and start fresh with 2017 (more on that later).  With 2017 comes blank pages, new planners and goals 🙂  How many of you have set goals for losing weight, getting healthier, working out or anything in a similar category?  I think I have had that goal for as long as I can remember…and every year I am still so far from the goal.  But last year I set out to be stronger which included starting Camp Gladiator.

If you happen to remember, it was something I was pretty fearful about…would I be the biggest person there, would I be able to do any of the exercises, would people stare at me, would I always be the last one and most of all…would I die?  haha…you think I am kidding…it is seriously something that I worry about:)  But, guess what?  I finished all 20 days of my first camp and over the past year I have attended 111 camps.  That is 111 HOURS of working out…say WHAT??  Of course if you are anything like me, I immediately think about the camps that I missed or skipped…or the ones that I didn’t give 100%…but not today.  Today I am going to proudly say that I went from a person that NEVER worked out…to someone that attended 111 Camp Gladiator camps and worked out 111 hours in the last year.  And that is something I am proud of!

Camp Gladiator Year 2

Tomorrow starts a new year and a new Camp Gladiator camp!  I will wake up tomorrow for my 6:45 am camp and still have a nervous stomach and some of the same fears.  I will probably be one of the last on the warm up run, I will still have to use success options and will still have a slight fear that I can’t do it.  But, the difference is…I know that I can do it and that I AM getting stronger!  Maybe you are like me and want to make a change…and are scared of trying it out…I challenge you this year to JUST DO IT!  I am not quoting a Nike ad…just giving you a little push towards all those things that you have said you want to do, but haven’t committed and followed through with.  I know…because I have struggled with those things myself.  And tomorrow when I get up and it is freezing and I don’t want to go…I remember that I told all of you that I was going to DO IT…and it will help me get one step closer to the strong woman of God I was created to be.

So, what are you going to do or did you do today to get you one step closer to your goals?  I would love to hear about it!  Do you want to try out Camp Gladiator?  I happen to know that you can attend January camp for FREE!!  Just send me an email at notsocrunchymom@gmail.com and I can help you get started for free.  

Happy 2017…let’s JUST DO THIS!

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My Camp Gladiator Experience – Things I Couldn’t Do Before Camp Gladiator

My Camp Gladiator Experience - Things I Couldn't Do Before Camp Gladiator - Not So Crunchy Mom

I am almost finished with my 5th Camp in My Camp Gladiator Experience.  Although the scale doesn’t show a huge change, there have been things that have changed.  I remember reading somewhere that one small victory can cause you to have more belief to accomplish or even try other things.  To keep myself motivated, I decided to make a list of some of things that I couldn’t or wouldn’t have done or even tried before Camp Gladiator:

  1. Jog (I use that lightly) a complete warm up lap
  2. More than 5 push-ups (modified)
  3. Not cringe (as much) when the trainer says burpee
  4. Playing soccer with my boys in the back yard
  5. Riding a bike with my family
  6. Riding a bike to town on our trip in California (what?)
  7. Trying to hit the baseball with a bat with my kiddos
  8. Take pictures / Post pictures of myself in a sweaty mess
  9. Don’t dread walking or climbing stairs in places because I know I can do it
  10. Wear “active wear” out…and really be active 🙂
  11. Run up my stairs faster than before
  12. Wear shorts and tank tops without being so self conscious (still working on it)
  13. Actually show up and work out 3 to 5 times a week.
  14. Enjoy working out (most of the time)
  15. Feel stronger and like I can accomplish so much more
  16. Jump in a jump house with my kiddos
  17. Feel like I am getting healthier
  18. Have more endurance than when I started
  19. See muscles showing up on my arms and legs??  wut, wut!!
  20. Believe in myself more

I know that there are so many more, but some of these are SO big for me!  The changes may be slower than I would like…but I have to remember that it took me 37 years to get this way…and I am not going to change it in 5 months!

Good news!  You can join me this month!!  I have a few codes available to try out your very own 4 weeks of Camp Gladiator starting June 27.  Are you ready to start?  Send me an email at notsocrunchymom@gmail.com and I will let you know if I have any codes left for you to join!!

To check out My Camp Gladiator Experience from the beginning, check it out here.

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My Camp Gladiator Experience – Camp 3-4 Update Summary

My Camp Gladiator Experience - Camp 3 and 4 Summary - Not So Crunchy Mom

So…it has been a little while since I have updated on My Camp Gladiator Experience…and there are a few reasons for that…number 1 is that four letter word…FEAR!  It is funny if you look back at my posts it stops after week 3 of camp 3.  Guess what happened during week 4?  It’s this horrible thing that my dear trainers Kevin and Jessie Richardson like to call Fight Gone Bad.  If you remember, I completed it at the end of my first camp here.  I was SUPER excited about completing it at the end of Camp 3 to see how much progress I had made.  If you don’t remember, it is going through 1 minute of 5 different exercises with NO BREAK and then a 1 minute break between the 5 different rounds…so it adds up to 25 minutes of hard work with about 5 minutes of break in between.  It is TOUGH!

We began our FGB and I pushed HARD on the first round…at the beginning of the second round my body started feeling SO strange…so I slowed down, drank some water and tried to catch my breath.  I tried to keep working through my rounds, but just got really distracted by how weird I was feeling.  Something that I haven’t mentioned much is that I struggle with a little health anxiety and kinda freak out when my body starts feeling really weird.  So…instead of just calming down, taking a break, finding some shade…I got all freaked out and just packed up my stuff and left 🙁  I know it sounds so crazy…but I was afraid something was wrong and didn’t want to be embarrassed in front of everyone…so I just left.  The crazy thing is that after talking to my trainer Jessie, she informed me it is a natural reaction when you work hard and lose the sugar in your body…on top of that I hadn’t drank enough water and it was the first hot day of the year that we had worked out.

After that day I had trouble finishing the end of camp and honestly the 4th camp was a me battling through my anxiety and just trying to push through.  I didn’t make it more than 3 times each week of camp and just kind of lost my fire and hope.  But I had signed up for Total Transformation in May…Camp 5…and knew I had to come in order to get results.  After much prayer, conversations and just doing it…I feel like I am getting back to a routine in Camp 5!

Although Camp 3 and 4 didn’t go as planned, I do have to highlight that I did have changes that wouldn’t have happened without Camp Gladiator in my life.  In the picture it shows my sister and nephew that came to try out Camp and most of all, my kiddos leading their own work out:)  Such great signs of things ahead!

If you want to catch up on My Camp Gladiator Experience from the beginning, check out my journey here.

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Summer Movies 2016 – Keller / North Fort Worth

Summer Movies 2016 Keller North Fort Worth - Not So Crunchy Mom

So, you are so excited about the thoughts of summer…no alarm, no packing lunches, not as hectic of a schedule…lots of time for swimming and fun, right?  And then day 1 your kiddos start arguing and don’t want to play with the MILLIONS of options they have to play with…probably just my kids 🙂  And then you think…what am I going to do to help keep everyone happy over the next 2-3 months?  I have one option for your schedule…SUMMER MOVIES!

Here is the North Fort Worth area / Keller area, we have some movie theaters that have some pretty cheap options for the summer.  It can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out what will work with your schedule…so I have helped you out with a free printable of the schedule for the nearest theaters to us.  Don’t worry…if you are not in our area, I will have links for you to see if any of these theaters have options wherever you live!

  1.   The Movie House – Locations in Keller, Austin, Flower Mound and sometime soon McKinney.  They have a FREE summer camp at each of these locations.  The movie is on Tuesday and tickets are available at 9am – first come, first serve.  I believe the movie begins at 10am.  We will be attending this week so I will have a better understanding of how it works:)  I am hoping that I don’t get my kiddos all excited to go and then they run out of tickets 🙁
  2. Harkins Theater – Locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.  They have Summer Movie Fun which is 10 movies for 10 weeks.  You can purchase a ticket for all 10 for $6 or you can just pay $1 per movie that you go to.  The movies are played at 9:45 AM every day Monday – Friday.  They have kids snack packs that are pretty good, but you can also purchase a loyalty t-shirt for $25 and get a free medium popcorn (or pay $1 to upgrade to a large) for each time to come to the movies.  They have MANY theaters open with the movie, but it is always good to get there early enough to get a good spot.
  3.   Cinemark TheaterLocations all over USA.  They offer a Summer Clubhouse at participating locations. You can purchase a ticket for all 10 movies for $5 or pay $1 per movie.  All movies start at 9AM and they play Monday – Thursday.  I haven’t ever been to this one because this is the first summer that it is available in our area.  Again, I will let you know how it all turns out:)

I also included the movies that are available at the Keller Summer Nights.  These are outside at the local town center.  For more details, visit here.

I hope you find one that will work for your family!  Let me know what you think and maybe we will see you there:)  There is a link below for the downloadable PDF as well.

Summer Movies 2016 - Keller/North Fort Worth - Not So Crunchy Mom

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My Camp Gladiator Experience – Camp 3 – Week 3

Camp Gladiator Camp 3 - Week 3 - Not So Crunchy Mom

Camp Gladiator Camp 3 – Week 3 began on Monday with one of the hardest workouts that we have done at camp in a very long time.  It consisted of two super bad words…BEAR CRAWLS!!  I had never really heard of Bear Crawls before CG and once I did…they strike fear in me:)  So we began with warm up and then ran a lap to get our group numbers so that we would be with someone close to the same level.  Then it began…one person bear crawled forward to the cone that seemed like FOREVER away…and you had to try and keep a cone balanced on your back while bear crawling.  The other person did a weighted exercise at the mat.  Then next time we had to do bear crawls BACKWARDS….then the last time we had to do them SIDEWAYS!  Let’s just say it was the third time that I cried at CG…silly I know, but this journey brings out all the emotions.  I am still working with exactly what causes me to get so discouraged…but I talked with my awesome encouragers…my buddy Karen and my trainer Jessie.  They reminded me that I am making progress even if I can always see it:)  I also hit my 50th check in!!  I can’t believe it!!

Tuesday I did my best to approach the workout with a more positive outlook.  We had some running exercises to warm up.  Then we got in groups of 3 and we each had exercises to do…one stable/resting exercising, one moving exercise at the mat and SPRINTS.  I have to admit that I pushed myself pretty hard and was able to do better than I thought with the sprints.

Thursday we were in groups and did a little “game”.  We all had weighted mat exercises while one of them traveled, ran and threw a sand bell into the hoola hoop to get points.  The weighted exercises first round were shoulder exercises, the second round was abs and the last round was thrusters and lunges ( I think).

Friday’s workout started with a really difficult “death by sprinting”.  We had a distance between cones about 10 yards…we had a minute to get back and forth 6 times…then whatever time we had left in one minute we get to rest…then start again with 7 times…and so on until we couldn’t make it in the minute.  I think I made it to 12…which was more than I thought I could…and there were two ladies that did 17!!  It was really difficult, but kind of fun to see how I could do.  Then we did some mat exercises and played a game where we had to try and get the sandbag past the cones at the end of the parking lot.

Lastly, I added a little picture of my favorite breakfast smoothie:)  Sometimes I have trouble with breakfast and I don’t usually like protein smoothies, but Balance Complete is the first one that I really like.  Young Living is a company that I love and appreciate that all their products are made of good things…plus this one taste wonderful:)  Let me know if you would like to try some!

Next week is week 4!!  And Fight Gone Bad is back!!

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My Camp Gladiator Experience – Camp 3 – Week 2

Camp Gladiator Camp 3 - Week 2 - Not So Crunchy Mom

Camp Gladiator #3 – Week 2 was a little different this camp.  Usually we do “functional training”, but they decided to do a little more Strength and Agility.  Monday, we started with a lot of ladder work, which is best if you can jump…but I am not quite there yet.  I can move my feet decently, so I just did that…In, In, Out, Out…over and over….and maybe a little side to side.  We also did mat work (squat with press, I think), while our partner did the ladders.  Then we switched with our other partners and did running with a high intensity activity (fast jacks or high knees) and the other person did a weighted exercise (chest press or bent over rows).  I had to battle my mental feelings of focusing on what I couldn’t do versus what I CAN do now.

Tuesday and Thursday we continued to work on our strength and agility.  We got to do more ladders and I was introduced to the shuffle box.  Allyson talked about how it was something she was familiar with from PE in school or something…but, I never remember doing that at all…but I also disliked PE so much…I probably forgot. 🙂  We did mat work while our partner was doing that traveling work.  I have learned I really like doing most of the weighted workouts…for some reason it make me feel like I am getting stronger when I am lifting the weights:)

Wedding Anniversary 12

Friday was a special day for us:)  Mine and Kevin’s 12 year wedding anniversary fell on Easter  Sunday this year, so I found a deal for us to stay overnight in a local hotel for a quick 24 hour getaway.  My parents were nice enough to keep our 3 kiddos so we could have all of Friday and half a day Saturday to celebrate.  We started this anniversary unlike ANY other anniversary before…we went to CG Camp together!  It was a pretty rough workout, but it was amazing to have my hubby with me through out it.  We did a LOT of running activities for the “game” for fun Friday and then we had 4 stations to do:  box steps and tricep dips, battle rope slams, run with the fire hose and doing abs with the roller boards.  It was A LOT and hard, but they are actually some of my favorite workouts because it goes by really quickly and you feel like you have accomplished a ton!  Best of all, I love to spend time with my cute hubby and having him there with me was great!  Jessie even got a video of us running with the fire hose…I have to admit, I think I look pretty silly running…but it is good to have to compare to a few months from now:)  Camp Gladiator Camp 3 – Week 2 video with Kevin

Now on to Week 3…HIIT week…always causes a nervousness in me:)

 

 

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My Camp Gladiator Experience – Camp 3 – Week 1

Camp Gladiator Camp 3 - Week 1 - Not So Crunchy Mom

After a week off from working out, I was a back to nervousness arriving at the first week of Camp 3.  Last week was Bold week which is where you get workouts for just Bold members…but a lot of our trainers were out of town for Spring Break so there weren’t very many options at times I could attend.  I also had my oldest on Spring Break and we made the most of the two days by ourselves.

Camp 3 started Monday at a new location, we moved to the parking lot of a nearby church.  It was really nice outside, so that was nice.  The only sad part is that the parking lot is MUCH larger and is a hill…so the running was much harder:(  We started Monday with a “sub” trainer Monica. My littles had spring break this week and my Dad was out of town…so I took my kiddos with me.  They did pretty good and even wanted to run and workout with me.  I have to admit that I was pretty stressed with managing them and the workout…but it was SUPER motivating to have my little 3 year old trying to work out with me.  The workout was pretty good and a great way to get back into it.

Tuesday we had two new intern trainers that were working on some of their last workouts.  We worked at our mats and did exercises and then ran EVERY TIME we finished our exercise.  Let’s just say…there was SO MUCH RUNNING!!  It was fun to have variety, but I have to admit I was a little discouraged…I mean, I was hoping that we could do something a little different than run every time…it gets a little boring. (not that I don’t need all the work I can get on my running)

Wednesday we were back at the church with two other intern trainers.  We did a bunch of different exercises with travels in between.  I enjoyed the mat work, but seem to be having a little problem with some of the “normal” exercises…mountain climbers, burpees and inch worms…but I tried the best I could.  We also had to run up hill and pretty far for the travels…but there was some variety.

Thursday was St. Patrick’s Day and it was kind of stormy.  We worked in partners to do weighted exercises while our partner did traveling work.  It was fun and I always enjoy weight days.  We ended with relays as team, it always stresses me out when they say that word…because it brings all those fears of holding people back and keeping them behind.  I pushed myself to do the best I could and didn’t hold them back too much.  We finished up and ended up winning!

Friday I ended up skipping because I had my kiddos with me all week and did I forget to mention I was potty training my youngest this week too??  So, we stayed home and spent time together relaxing.

One thing that is a little surprising to me is that it is still so difficult.  I definitely feel better and stronger…but I can’t wait until my endurance and running is even better!  I know that part of that is that my nutrition has been very poor the past week or two:(  I really gotta get that all in order and make some good changes!

See you next week!

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My Camp Gladiator Experience – Camp 2 – Week 4

Camp Gladiator - Camp 2 Week 4

Week 4 of Camp Gladiator started off a little different.  It was Leap Day on Monday, so we planned a little family day outing to celebrate.  We visited Dinosaur World in Glen Rose, TX.  We had a blast and I will be doing a review in one of the next few posts:)  I decided to go to a different camp that evening so that I didn’t miss.  It was a camp with Allyson, although we had two new “intern” trainers.  The workout was great, but I realized that evenings (and change) are MUCH harder for me.  I was tired from the day, it was a different group of people, we got split in groups where I was separated from Amanda (who came with me) and it was two new trainers that I didn’t know and we were in a parking lot that had a hill and a LOT OF RUNNING!  I was trying to be good with everything, but after not being able to do a couple of things that they mentioned, I lost it and had my second break down of CG:(  I literally went on my “run” and cried the entire time.  I feel so silly sharing that with you guys, but I want to share my whole journey…and sometimes it is not very pretty.  I pulled myself together and completed the rest of the workout.

Tuesday we were at camp with one of the same “intern” trainers and we did a very similar workout.  3 exercises at the mat with running at the end…on repeat.  I had a better attitude today and pushed through and tried to be encouraging.  We had to do sprints in front of pretty much the whole group at the end of the workout…I was a little scared, but just tried my best!

Wednesday I woke up in a funny mood and wasn’t really feeling it.  I showed up at camp and there was a “sub” trainer because Kevin and Jessie were out of town.  She threw us all off by telling us that we should bring our weights…and saying that as a sub her job is to make the workout harder 🙁  I have to admit that my attitude was not very accepting or excited…then she shared her workout…which was listed out on a white board and had A LOT OF NUMBERS…one of which was like 200 high knees!  As I have mentioned…big numbers of reps and the whole workout in one fell swoop…although it helps me know what is going to happen (which I usually like), but makes me feel an immediate feeling of overwhelming, defeat and “I can’t do that” 🙁  It is crazy how just those numbers can do that!  Mid way through the workout I realized it wasn’t as “hard” as I thought…and that my attitude was unacceptable:(  I apologized to a few of my camper friends for having such a bad attitude and they were sweet and said that it was okay.

Thursday we had a great workout with weights and I was in a much better mood.  I don’t know what it is about being with friends in the sunshine…and maybe knowing that I wasn’t going to have to run as much:)  It helped me feel better and push through the workout:)

Friday I was without childcare and decided to take the day off…so we got lots of things done at the house and ready for the weekend:)

I forgot to mention that Allyson re-checked my weight and measurements on Thursday after workout.  She had measured me last camp around the same time and it looks like I have lost an inch or two…but gained 2 lbs according to her scale:(  I know that I have not been going great with my nutrition, but I was a little sad about it…but, I am not going to dwell…I will press on and start making plans for changes in my nutrition!

How is you goal going?  We are two months in…are you still working on it??  I want to hear:)

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