I’m just over one week in to Beachbody’s newest program, Core de Force (see all the details on it here) and it was totally made for me! I am having so much fun, and since the first trimester of this pregnancy has been a little rougher than with Caleb, it is really the perfect workout for this phase. Plus, if you’re a little fiesty, starting off your day by throwing some punches and kicks is a lot of fun 😉
It combines cardio with MMA moves for a killer burn throughout your total body, but especially focusing on the core! I have loved it this first trimester because I haven’t felt up to intense cardio but still want to keep it incorporated, and don’t want to lose strength either. You alternate days of strength workouts (like the one below) with ones that are more fight-focused and it is such a great combination. For me, I haven’t had to modify as much either since the core work is not just made up of crunches– you literally get 180 degrees of work on your core which I know will help during this pregnancy and in recovery. In fact, my OB at my 14 week appointment today had a hard time measuring because my core was so tight (don’t worry it wasn’t a problem at all!), so it’s getting results, even though I can’t see as much of a change in inches or pounds lost, since clearly I’m gaining right now! I do know that I have gained only 7 lbs and maintained my strength and so am really happy with how this pregnancy is starting off.
The meal plan goes right along the other clean-eating focused programs that Beachbody has, so this is really just my same type of meal plan as normal. I haven’t upped my calories too much but will add in a little extra if I feel like I need it due to growing a baby. One thing I’m excited about is that in your second and third weeks, the meal plan actually calls for you to add in some extra fruits because you’re burning so many calories…bring on the fruit for snacks AND in my Shakeology! Speaking of which, that has been the lifesaver this trimester– literally the ONLY thing that doesn’t make me nauseous and my OB is having me drink it and add in folic acid rather than take a prenatal vitamin because it is so packed with nutrients!
Here’s my meal plan for the week, and it absolutely includes Thanksgiving with it. I don’t plan to really deviate much from the plan. The holiday is one day and it doesn’t mean that you have to throw all your hard work out the window. Remember it is about having balance– enjoying the holiday and things you want, but not going overboard. If you want pumpkin pie, have it! Just don’t eat the whole pie, and make sure you pick and choose the things you really want for the things you feel aren’t as important. So for me, I’ll probably pass on the rolls or sweet potatoes with marshmallows so I can have the mashed potatoes and pie.
I always get in a good sweat session on Thanksgiving morning and of course the day after. I plan out my meals and snacks both before and after as well which really helps me. If you are traveling like I will be, it is super easy. Just rock it out with your ipad, iphone or computer with Beachbody On Demand. If you don’t have it, ask me how. It’s super easy! You can stream your workouts anywhere there is wifi or download 7 workouts to your library to do with no wifi connection (and your first 30 days are FREE!).
When you change your mindset, you change the outcome. Don’t look at the holidays as a reason to fall off track, look at it as a reason to be a good example. It’s time to take control of this holiday week and crush it!
Do you want to give Core De Force or another program a try? Do you need a little holiday accountability? I am kicking off my Holiday Survival Guide challenge group starting on the 28th of November and there is still time to snag your spot. Complete the application below and I will contact you within 24 hours to get more details.