Health & Wellness

The Power Of A Workout (Week 2 with Revolt)

Monday 6 May 2013

If you’re like me (out-of-shape-mom-of-a-toddler) you know how ‘those days’ feel. You’re exhausted, not really feeling 100%, and the prospect of a tough workout that you’re not certain you can do seems so incredibly daunting. That was me today. For the first time in my blogging adventure I’m writing a pre-note almost a week ahead of when I plan to write a post because I think this is important. I woke up this morning and had, what I thought, was a huge breakfast. “Okay,” I said, “I trust that Nichole knows what she’s talking about so I’ll eat it.”  It wasn’t until later on in the morning that I realized I’d made a huge mistake:

I am an idiot. I don’t know how I misread the 4 tbsp of ground turkey sausage for 4 ounces. My mishap ended up giving me twice as much meat as I was supposed to have (4 tbsp = 2 ounces). I decided I would skip the protein that I was supposed to have later in the afternoon since I’d had so much with breakfast. A few hours later, I had lunch. A couple hours after that I ended up taking a nap with C and I woke up feeling horrible. I was exhausted. Still full. Working out and eating were the last things on my mind. But I’m no quitter and so when my husband got home from work I forced myself to get in my workout. Mountain climbers, reverse lunges, high knees, thrusters, and several other cardio movements (which you do in repeating circuits) later, I feel amazing.

I never, ever, in a million years, thought that a difficult workout would give me the energy I’ve been missing all day. So as you go on to read my post for this week keep this in mind. Maybe you’re wondering if Revolt is right for you or maybe you just need that motivation to get off the couch (once you’re done with this post, of course): Do it. I’m not in the best physical shape of my life. I’m overweight (like almost 75% of us here in America) and I haven’t been a hard core gym go-er. So you can relate?! Trust me when I say that what I learned today is that, even when it seems like the farthest thing from what you think you want to do, a good workout may be exactly what you need. If I can do it, so can you!

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If there’s anything that I learned from this week it’s this: Just keep moving.

Has my week been perfect?! No. Did I go for that Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte on Wednesday?! You bet. Have I had slip ups? Yes. But I’m still going. I’m making the time to do good things for my body, to get stronger and to learn about what it means to be healthier, better. I amazed even myself last night when I did my minute and fifteen second plank with no problems (something I wouldn’t have been able to get to a couple of weeks ago) followed by my daily May Squat challenge and then my Revolt workout. This isn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done but it’s worth every drop of sweat and every sore muscle to know that I’m stronger than I was yesterday and I’ll be even better tomorrow…and the next day…and the day after that…

Disclaimer: I am participating in the Revolt Now Fitness Program for the next twelve weeks for free in exchange for my weekly review of their program. I am under no obligation to write a positive review and the expressed thoughts are uniquely my own. Please feel free to contact me at with any questions. 

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Eggs, Spinach, and Water (Oh, my!): Revolt Now Fitness

42 Hard Boiled Egg Whites  

36 Cups of Spinach 

6 Gallons of Water 

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So what do sweat, hard boiled eggs, and a kettle-bell have in common? Revolt Now Fitness. A few weeks ago, I was contacted by this new company with an opportunity to become one of their bloggers. Essentially I’ll be participating in the program for two cycles (each uprising is six weeks at a time) in exchange for sharing my experience, what I’ve learned, and my thoughts about the program every week with each of you. I’m excited to share this journey with my readers and to try something that I really believe, maybe for the first time in my adult life, will become a life changing thing for me. That said, I want to talk a little bit today about what I’ve learned this first week and the challenges I’ve faced.

I always assumed that I had a relatively healthy diet. We try to get in our fruits and vegetables, have whole grains more often than their counterparts, and limit the amount of sweets that we eat each week. It wasn’t until I looked at the foods that I’ll be eating for the next twelve weeks that I really got it: A healthy diet isn’t just about fruits and veggies. It isn’t just about limiting processed foods. It’s the whole package that matters. And even though my diet wasn’t horrible before, it definitely wasn’t as good as it’s going to be from here on out. I’ve learned (and will continue to learn) that it isn’t just about having a vegetable with your meal or a piece of fruit as a snack. The way we pair our foods together can actually impact how we feel throughout the day and how the foods impact our body.

That’s not to say that this first week has been easy breezy, because it hasn’t. When you start Revolt, it’s strongly recommended that you begin with a Detox week, just to get your body used to not having so much sugar (which is in a lot of the foods most people eat on a daily basis). It wasn’t the ‘detox’ that bothered me…it was the amount of food and the repetitive nature of it. Six cups of spinach a day, hard boiled egg whites every morning and evening, and small meals every two to three hours. In looking forward to the next five weeks of meals, I’m really excited. Real food! Lava cake for dessert every night next week (and it’s healthy, SCORE!), celery and peanut butter, and meals that I know I’ll enjoy. The hardest thing, for me, in doing this program is saying goodbye to one of my favorite foods: cheese. Which brings me to the next thing I want to talk about.

In order for any sort of program (diet, fitness, or otherwise) to work, you have to have balance. We have a ‘cheat day’ built into the Revolt program which I ended up having to spread out throughout the week (we had a birthday dinner on Tuesday, an event last night, and a movie night tonight). Since I usually track my meals on My Fitness Pal, I know what my calorie deficit is for the week and I’m okay with the balance I have. So many of us found ourselves ‘caving’ at one point or another this week and having a bite of something that we weren’t supposed to have. I learned that it’s okay. It’s not the end of the world and life goes on. Mistakes happen, not every meal is going to be perfect, and the only thing you can do is accept it and move on. Tomorrow is a new day and an opportunity to be better.

The program combines healthy, clean eating, with a mix of workouts throughout the week meant to target the whole body. Nichole (Owner, trainer, goddess extraordinaire) posts daily workouts for us to follow. Three to four days a week we do large cardio circuits. We have an upper body sculpt workout once a week, a lower body workout one day a week. In the past, I’ve done the 30 Day Shred workouts but I actually prefer the Revolt Now Fitness program because I feel a difference in how my body reacts to the workouts. I’m excited to see how this program impacts my overall fitness level and my body over the next couple of months.

Even more so, I’m excited to share it with all of you. Care to join me?! The Revolt website is under construction until May 6th. Until then, you can find out more by visiting their Facebook page. I will post information about how you can join next week (it will include an affiliate link so if you’re going to sign up, I would love for Nichole to know that I sent you) so be on the lookout for that. Until then…

Disclaimer: I am participating in the Revolt Now Fitness Program for the next twelve weeks for free in exchange for my weekly review of their program. I am under no obligation to write a positive review and the expressed thoughts are uniquely my own. Please feel free to contact me at with any questions.