Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Truth Behind Instagram & I'm Trying Turbofire. // Jen J.

I've gotten a lot of Instagram love (@fitnessunscripted) recently about how good I've been looking.  I truly appreciate it and I am proud of the 23ish pounds I have dropped since starting this journey.  However, I will caveat that statement by saying I feel like a giant phoney baloney sandwich.  Objects in real life are not as they appear on the Instagram.  It is easy to hide behind the miniscule lens of an iPhone and the filters of Instagram.

This is my truth.  Taken with a real camera.  No photo shop or nifty filters.  Post workout and dirty hair.  Why the hell didn't I at least run a brush through my hair?!!?  Gross.  Oh and if you zoom in close enough, you can see the rash but save yourself and don't. 

5' 8" // 177 pounds
My BF, who from here on out I am going to refer to as Tower (he's six foot six) took them.  Can you say humbling??!  Of course he knows what I look like - every nook and cranny.  But there is just something humiliating about posing in a sports bra for a few snaps.  God Bless him for being a good sport.  And how about my lady balls for posting this shit on the intertubes.  huh, huh?  Give it up for your girl.

Clearly, my trouble zone is my belly.  Always has been.  Never in my life have I rocked a bikini.  Sometimes I wonder......let's face it -  IF I would have been thin (and less geeky) in my teen years and early 20s,  I would have been a slut.  So maybe the gut is a blessing in disguise.  But now that I am older, mature, and in a committed relationship, I want a flat tummy - DAMN IT.  Now is my time!  Especially, before any babies.

I digress.

This is not my first before picture, but fingers crossed hopefully it is my last.  I have some important things coming up.  My boudoir photo shoot is scheduled for the end of February and at the beginning of March I am headed to Jamaica for a girls trip.  It's shit or get off the pot time.  Which means it is time for a new challenge.  I've had my fun with Jillian; it's been a good ride!  Yours truly is a 30 Day Shred and Ripped in 30 graduate.  Holla!  But frankly, it is time for a new lesbian crush.  Insert Chalene Johnson and Turbofire.

Honestly, I had not heard of her or Turbofire before Fit Camp but after seeing them both discussed in the group, I looked into it.  And surprise, surprise - I let you ladies influence me into another purchase.  I ordered it through a friend of mine who is a Beachbody coach.  It cost $79.90 and another $6.59 in shipping.  For those of you unfamiliar with Turbofire it is 90-day cardio conditioning program - part kickboxing, part dance - and includes 12 workouts on 5 DVDs.

Today was day five and I will be documenting my 90 day journey here.  It's time I stop pussyfooting around and make some progress.  I've been hovering at the 177 lb mark for too long and I hope this challenge will get me moving downward again.  To be honest though, to make some progress, I really need to get my head out of the feed bag.  Honest to God!  For example, I may have scarfed down some of this chocolate caramel popcorn today while watching an episode of Nashville.  That dang Tower brought it home after I gave him strict orders not too.  Them boys, they never listen.

I digress again.

Once a I get a full week in, I'll let you broads know what I  think of Chalene and Turbofire.  In the meantime, if any of my two readers have any experience with Chalene or Turbofire, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

16 comments:

  1. You have the most fun and get the most results in months 2n 3. And embrace the yoga. I actually do more yoga then in the program and i love it. I've done everything from zumba-Jillian Michaels and Turbo fire is my favorite. Ive gotten the best results from it

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  3. Way to put yourself out there!!!! I think you look great and can't wait to see progess pics with turbo fire. You rock!!!!

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  4. That effin popcorn is the DEVIL. You're going to kick Turbofire's ass. Hell, I may start! I have a copy somewhere, I think. ;)

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  5. gourmet popcorn is my weakness too! The hubby does consulting work for a local company that makes it and he always brings home free bags of it.... its so darn good I can't not eat it all immediately! GRRRR!

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  6. Nosy nellie right here :) you gotta send me some of that popcorn, i promise to only eat it as a cheat meal! .. its good to change it up, and im sure your body might have been getting used to the biatch JM.. let us know how you like it! P.s. that neon sports bra ROCKS!

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  7. You are so brave! I'm impressed with your lady balls! I can't wait to see how turbo fire works for you :)

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  8. You are brave, I admire you. You may have just talked me into posting some pics of myself on the ole blog. Can't wait to hear about you TF experience and success!

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  9. I am so proud of you Jen. This is great and you are going to rock the bikini and the photo shoot. You already rock:-) I had never successfully reached the flat tummy before and now that I have been dedicated to a fitness program and nutrition I'm almost there and I know you will get there also. Thanks for sharing with us, you are awesome!

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  10. Way to go putting yourself out there! I haven't done Turbofire, but I've done her TurboJam and love it! I want to try the fire, but I can't can't spend the $ on it right now. I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  11. I lost the bulk of my first 75 pounds with 2-3 rounds of turbofire! I love it. I'm wanting to start again in the mornings, but Chalene just doesn't appeal to me at 5am...spring is creeping up, I need to get on it!

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  12. I'm new to turbo fire but I loved turbo jam!!! It was fun and that little ball of energy Chalene made me want to be her. Love her. I started turbo fire in my routine and love it as well. Good luck girl. I've noticed if I eat within my calories I feel better when I workout vs eating crappy and then struggling through a workout. Great job and good luck. You can do this!

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  13. Number 1, way to ROCK the before pic...totally takes alot of guts to post that on the internet, I commend you! Number 2, I heart Chalene. Like way more than Jillian. I am a Turbo Jam lover, and bought Turbo Fire on a groupon, but I'm doing Insanity right now so I haven't really dove into the Fire DVDs as much. I will say some of the choreography with TF is tricky, but once you know the routine you can focus less on which way you're supposed to be turning and more on having fun moving your body! Oh and the TF music is a huge bonus for me, love a good song to work out to! Good luck!!

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  14. Who can resist the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company? Not me! Have you ever tried their Reese's peanut butter and chocolate popcorn? DON'T! It's too amazing!!! Good luck on Turbo Fire!

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  15. Oh my goodness, I identified with this post so much! Right down to the popcorn (my weakness is Chicago mix: part cheddar, part caramel corn, all delicious). I'm trying hard to get into my first bikini this summer, too, and feeling very discouraged about my stomach. Here's hoping we both get to rock the slutty look on the beach this year! :)

    p.s., new follower, obvz.

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  16. I agree with the IG statement. I recently had a "good" pic on there, and got tons of likes and "you look great" comments....but it was neck up. yes, maybe I have one less chin roll, but I'm pretty sure that's the only thing that looks different. maybe that's the reason that I love IG so much?!

    way to go on the pics...I hope my lady balls are as big as yours one day! :)

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