For the past few months, my workout routine has been in a bit of rut…or an identity crisis…or I don’t know what to call it, but something has been off. For well over a year, I had been in a really good groove of working out and actually enjoying what I was doing in the gym, but then, I guess I got bored. This summer, I started a weight lifting program and cut way back on the amount of cardio I was doing. This is where my fitness and aesthetic goals came off the tracks. Lifting heavy did not agree with my body. Sure, I got stronger. Yeah, I could lift heavier things, but I didn’t feel good, and my clothes were no longer fitting, and I just had this extra layer of “fluff” around my midsection, and I didn’t like what I was seeing in the mirror. I had to stop it since it wasn’t working for me. After 7 weeks of heavy lifting, I decided to stop the program and get back to regular cardio. Along with consistent cardio, a few times a week, I would add in light weights with high reps. That is what works for my body. That is what I enjoy. That is what is sustainable for me. I’ve been consistent with getting my cardio in, but the whole “toning up” piece of my exercise routine has really been lacking.
With my goals in mind, I’ve made the decision to jump back into the Tone It Up world. Tone It Up was how I first fell in love with fitness and holistic, healthy living all the way back in 2012. In the early days of Tone It Up, it was just Karena and Katrina (the founders of Tone It Up) filming workouts on the beach with their tripod. It’s an amazing brand and business, and I would never want to take away from what Karena and Katrina have built from the group up, but I intentionally took a break from them. All of a sudden, it seemed the company grew at an exponential rate and lost a lot of it’s charm and I felt disconnected from the community. I couldn’t tell if I had outgrown Tone It Up or if they had outgrown me. Despite all the changes in Tone It Up, and the business feeling extremely commercialized and impersonal from what it once was, I still can’t deny that having Tone It Up as a part of my normal exercise routine had me in the best shape of my life.
With the start of fall and being in this weird gym rut, I need a refresh. Tone It Up is beginning their yearly fall challenge called TIU 31. It begins on October 1 and runs through the 31 days of October. For the first time ever, they will have the challenge nutrition plan available for purchase if you are not a nutrition plan member (When you are a member the TIU nutrition plan, it’s a one time purchase of $150, and ALL updates are free for life. However, they are making this particular update available for purchase for non-members for $31.) You can follow their weekly workouts on the website (totally free) or their app (the daily moves are free, but the videos require a subscription.) I’m excited to add TIU back into my life and I hope you’ll follow along with me. And it’s not too late for you to also join in! You can do the challenge without purchasing a thing and it’s totally free to sign up! Just go to Tone It Up’s website to officially join us! I encourage you to give it a shot, and I’ll be right here to do the thing with you and to cheer you along!