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Best Body Bootcamp Week 3

wellllllll ok.

Week 3 of BBB started out great, did Workout A on Monday, and then cardio on Tuesday.

The rest of the week slip-slided downhill because not only did I have to go to Chicago for work, but there was a tragic chain of events that occurred…not tragic in the general sense necessarily, but these events definitely did me in as far as maintaining my workout plan.

I had planned on doing some restorative yoga in my hotel room Wednesday night after I arrived. I was supposed to be in Chicago by just after 9pm, so with traffic, etc I should have been checked in and settled by 10pm. But no. that unfortunately was not the case.

My first flight was delayed 2 hours due to mechanical difficulties, which meant that I missed my connecting flight, and had to scramble and wait in lines and scurry to get my checked back on the right plane and ouch my toes hurt so bad from those darn boots I wore and I was tired and frustrated. But I finally got on a connecting flight with my checked bag, but that flight was delayed as well. so I finally got to Chicago just after midnight. It was raining and thunderous and cold. I’m a Cali girl and therefore the concept of weather is foreign enough, let alone the the storm that awaited me.

I grabbed my bag from the baggage claim (thank goodness it made it) and headed out into the weather. I noticed a long Disneyland-like line that curled from one end of the walkway about a city block down and back around. Then I realized the awful gut churning truth: it was the line to get a taxi.


So over an hour later I finally got into a cab and sat in there through traffic, accidents taking up every lane, and rain so hard I don’t know how the driver could see the road.

I finally arrived after 2am and crashed after taking the following picture of the awesome stormy 15th floor view of the overlook to Lake Michigan:

chicago thunderstorm


I then also took one of the bathroom, because how cool is the decor?? I loved it and needed a picture before I mussed everything up:

chicago bathroom


After that I crashed out.

Needles to say, zero yoga was accomplished that day.

I did, however, in lieu of the gym workout I had planned (there is a fitness center in the hotel), I opted for some restorative yoga because I was so sore and stressed from the adventures of the previous day. It ended up being a wise choice.

I started feeling sick later that day, and came down with a cold by the next day, from which I am still recovering.

Although my flight home was far less horrific, I was sick, and so I have been resting the past few days.

I still accomplished my other Bootcamp goals: lots of water and daily devotionals. Those are easy and helpful when one is sick.

I am looking forward to next week which I am sure will be much better as far as workouts.

I will be able to get all of them in, provided I avoid catastrophe, and oh yeah, my tooth getting fixed doesn’t interfere too much. I also chipped a tooth whilst in Chicago. I know.

Don’t get me wrong, Chicago is a fun and amazing city, I just wish I had had more time, wasn’t sick, and hadn’t chipped a tooth.

That being said, I couldn’t appreciate more the fact that Tina allows for such weeks as this in the overall points for the drawings. I still have plenty of time to catch up.

If you would like more info on how you can join the next round of Bootcamp, please visit Tina’s website below.



Christin Joyful

Fitmixer Bootcamp Review Part 2

Welcome back!

Yesterday I began my review of Fitmixer’s Bootcamp, and talked about the positive changes for my body overall. Today, I am going to discuss how it changed my view of food. If you missed part 1, you can catch up here.

But now, without further ado, her’s part 2! :)

2) My view of food

I have always loved chocolate. And sugar. I blame my genetics for that one entirely, because then I don’t have to take responsibility for my sugar addiction…right?


Well at least now, after the fact, but before Bootcamp I would have used genetics and a host of other excuses. Probably the most valuable part of Fitmixer’s Bootcamp for me was getting my eating habits on track. They gave me all the tools to succeed, and all I needed to do was use them.

I honestly don’t know where to begin other than to say that planning all of my meals was key to my success. When I first got my meal plan I was a little shocked. They had me down for a 1400 calorie a day meal plan which included their two shakes, plus fruits and veggies and lean proteins and whole grains. No processed foods. Also, they had my meals broken down into 3 meals at around 200-400 calories for breakfast and lunch, and around 500 for dinner, plus 3 100-200 calorie snacks. 6 times eating total.

Then there was the water intake. Holy smokes it was a lot of water. I peed a lot. The ocean was jealous of me. At first I made excuses in my head, which is an old habit with me. I told myself things like, “how am I supposed to keep my Invisalign trays in for enough hours if I’m eating 6 meals. Can’t I just do 3 bigger healthy ones?” or “How am I supposed to have enough energy to work out every day if I’m only eating 1400 calories…isn’t that too few?”

But then something inside me clicked. I told myself, it’s only eight weeks. What have I got to lose by just following the plan the way it was created? The only way to go was to simply embrace everything. That was key. Letting go of everything I knew or thought I knew, and just following the plan. I kept track of my calories on Myfitnesspal for the first 4-5 weeks of Bootcamp pretty religiously. I needed to see how my meal choices stacked up both calorie-wise, and nutrient-wise. How ‘wise’ of me. LOL.

I learned a couple important things:

1)      You don’t need as many calories as you think to feel full.

2)      Quality over quantity is the key to both satiety and health.

3)      Most of us underestimate how many calories we eat, because everything adds up.

4)      It’s amazing how many fruits and veggies and protein you can eat for the same amount of calories as starchy carbs or fats.

5)      It’s easier than you think to stay within your calorie goals, even when eating out, if you plan ahead.

6)      Necessity truly is the mother of invention. I got to be very creative with my meal choices!

As I made it through the first week, and realized I wasn’t starving to death, and that I was staying on track with my calories, it became clear to me that I had been eating too much, and too much of the wrong things before. I hadn’t been a terrible eater per say, just a terrible snacker, and had also been eating too much of the good things. It was simply more than my 5’3” frame needed!

Fitmixer’s meal plan had proven that to me. Around mid-week two I began to realize that I could be a little more creative with my calories. I played around with different combinations of fruits and veggies and lean proteins. By staying clear of processed foods, dressings, etc, I could actually still have a bowl of popcorn and some fresh berries with a drizzle of chocolate “sauce” made by combining almond milk with chocolate protein powder.

I began to realize that I could actually live like this, with the occasional treat thrown in here and there and be totally happy. Totally satisfied and more healthy! Totally not gag myself with a spoon. Yep, just put my age out there. That just happened. My terrible puns I actually CAN blame on genetics. I get it from my Papa’s side of the family.

By week 4, I realized that my shopping cart was full of mostly fruits and veggies, plus lean proteins and some unprocessed carbs. I did it without barely blinking. So I started to wean myself off of Myfitnesspal.

Now, this is not to say that la dee da, life is perfect and I just clicked right into gear without issue. I definitely had some road blocks, but the attitude I had overall continued to be “I can do this” and that is what made the difference. My friends and loved ones questioned my choices and got irritated with my meals…especially ones they had to share. I had a tough time at restaurants and movie theaters, and got weird reactions from others, and even some scoldings. My husband kept forgetting, and offering me all kinds of treats. I slipped up a little on Valentines day and my birthday. Also, Girl Scouts are evil. They truly are the spawn of the devil. Stupid cookies. Argh!

But each event taught me better how to manage a my new healthy lifestyle and the choices that correspond with it in a real life setting. I brought apples and peanut butter to the movies. I got steak with sauce on the side and salad with dressing on the side on Valentines day. I overindulged on my birthday, yes, but I did it with permission from myself. I learned to ask myself, “Will I be able to have this treat again soon? Is it worth the indulgence?” And my birthday qualified for the indulgence, whereas going to the movies did not.

I kept my healthy habits up so that I could choose my indulgences. I made it work in real life, and learned to plan ahead. The thing is, it got easier as time went on. I learned where I could have treats and where I should skip them. Without even trying, I have found that most of my meals are vegan or vegetarian, with only  a handful of meals a week being meat-based. I didn’t do that on purpose, it just worked out that way. And I feel better for it! I feel like my choices are making a difference! I feel that by letting go of control, I gained control. I learned the lessons I had never bothered to before, because I was able to let go and try something new.

So far this first week out of Bootcamp I am doing well with my new eating habits, and I know that I will be able to keep up these habits because I have made them work for me, and my lifestyle.

So there you have it. My view of food has changed for the better. And I feel better for it!

And, on that note, I feel like I have once again blathered enough for a day…come back tomorrow to hear about how Fitmixer changed my view of exercise.






Fitmixer Bootcamp Review Part 1

Hello and Happy Monday!

Today I am reflecting back on an incredible experience that concluded on Friday…

Oh, what was it you ask? You didn’t ask? Ah…

Well too bad i’m gonna tell you anyway!



dah Dah DAH!!!


That’s right, I participated in a very cool, very gnarly and very awesome 8 weeks of  Christin shaping.

And it was everything I ‘d hoped it would be!

It was an incredible journey with a nice long story of how I won a spot and cut away the bad calories, and did lots of burpees…lots of burpees. OMG so many freaking burpees.


But let me start from the beginning.


Back in December I was looking for a way to start off the new year. I know. An amazing and unique concept, right? And while I absolutely LOVE Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp, and had signed up for it, I saw a contest on Fitmixer’s website for a chance to win a spot in their January Bootcamp through Pinterest, and couldn’t resist. It included a meal plan and lots of supplies to help get my body in gear. Who wouldn’t want to join, right?!

So I read the rules, logged onto Pinterest, created a Fitmixer Bootcamp pinboard, and started pinning. I honestly didn’t think I would win the spot. I knew a lot of people would be interested in winning a spot because it is valued at over $150, and because of  the exercise plan and meal plans and protein powders and aminos and blender bottle, and so forth…so I decided to just pray and put it in the Lord’s hands.

But guess what…I DID WIN!! Haha! woot woot!

Party hats and protein drinks!!

Fitmixer products are awesome…

So I gave up my spot in Tina’s amazing bootcamp to let someone else have a try (promising Tina that I would be back for the next round, of course!!) and bit my lower lip and furrowed my almost nonexistent blonde brows in determination and anticipation.

I knew I was going to need to commit to exercise. Lots of exercise. And a diet plan. And by diet plan, I mean healthy eating habits in a lower calorie range. In other words, cut out the junk and put in the whole foods!

Foods that are whole…not full of nutritional holes!

I had no idea what I was getting myself into, and no idea how much it would change the way I view my body, food, exercise, and my very sense of self in general!!

So lets break it down then shall we? Let’s review how Fitmixer Bootcamp changed each one:

1) My body

2) My view of food

3) My view of exercise

4) My sense of self



When I say Fitmixer Bootcamp changed my body, I mean that it changed in the way it looks, but also in the way it acts and reacts. It was a much needed makeover from the inside out, as opposed to the outside in which is a very important distinction to make. Why? Because in order to create a permanent change, you need to create new habits. Changing habits  implies a lasting commitment from deep down inside somewhere in order to create a lasting, or long term effect.

Yes, all those workouts and meal plans helped change the way my body looks on the outside. My muscles are more defined, I lost body fat, as well a a few pounds. I lost inches, and gained muscle mass. heck, I even went down a clothing size! Those things are valuable to me in that I look better on the outside, but in reality the important thing for me is that when I look in the mirror, it is a visual reminder of what has changed on the inside.

So what are these inside benefits I gained through changing my habits?

To put it as plainly as possible, my body just works better now!

Think about it this way…when you give a plant sunlight, nutrient rich soil, and plenty of water, what does it do? How does it look? How does it feel to the touch?

Well your body is the same way. Makeup can only go so far. Deep conditioners can only go so far.  Nail polish, perfume, hair dye, and plastic surgery can only go so far.

Just like plants will wither up and look unhealthy when you don’t give them nutrients and sunlight and water, your body will too! You are a living organism! You need vitamins and exercise and water to be healthy!

You’re not getting these things from soda and chips and cookies. They are empty calories. your body gets these things and doesn’t even know what to do with them. Your insides seriously scratch their little cell heads and think; “Really? What am I supposed to do with this stuff? how am I supposed to run a body on this? Maybe I can use…nope. Nevermind. Nothing here to work with. Just send it on through to the dump.”

This is your cells. This is your cells on junk food.


You can see where i’m going with this. You’re not an idiot. (I know this because you are reading my blog…hehe)

It makes sense that if you give your body what it needs to function well and feel well…it will do just that. And your appearance will reflect that! The hard part is getting into the habit of drinking plenty of water and cutting out soda. Eating whole foods and cutting out the processed junk. Eating regularly throughout the day. Exercising regularly. Pooping regularly. (Yes. I said poop. Pooping regularly was a very big thing and another benefit. It’s not to be taken lightly. Poop is a serious thing in the blog world. you need to know that.)

Fitmixer’s plan provided a way to develop these healthy habits. Fitmixer gave me the tools, and all I had to do was use them!

So there you have it. My body is changed for the better. Poop and all.


This is already a long post, so I will continue on tomorrow with Part 2!!