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You Are Not Tired! --- Turbo Fire - Day 15 and 16

Updated on June 6, 2012

Burn it...

You are on fire... so now it is time to feel the burn!
You are on fire... so now it is time to feel the burn! | Source

Turbo Fire is just one of the exercise routines created by Chalene Johnson, fitness expert and creator of the original cardio kickboxing program Turbo Jam. The key to this program is the killer workout music and the exercise moves that will have you tight and toned in no time.

The Turbo Fire program lasts 12 weeks and throughout the program Chalene Johnson will teach you how to exercise effectively. She does this by giving you tips during each workout and also offering a "New to Class" option so you can learn the moves before you start kicking it into high gear.

Turbo Fire may not be for everybody. After all, it is a high intensity and high impact workout routine. It also gives you a workout schedule so each and every day you are not left wondering what you are going to do. This makes your workout something you never need to think about. You just need to pop the DVD in and push play!

When you purchase the program, everything you need comes with it. Not only do you get the schedule, the introduction book and nutrition book, but you also get a lower body band and a resistance band. So all you need to do is tie up your shoes, grab your water bottle, and be prepared to sweat!

Personal Journey

Many of you may be familiar with my personal journey with P90X, the program created by Tony Horton. I have come a long way since then, and since I am starting on a new journey with Turbo Fire, I thought I would do a similiar thing to keep me motivated. However, things are going to be a little different. After all, it is summer right now and things are going to be busy. I will try to keep updating my journey every day, but if you don't see a day, I will combine them. After all, the most important aspect is getting the workout in. However, limited time proves I might not always get the chance to write about it.

As part of my journey, I decided to become a BeachBody coach. If you would like to support my business, either by joining me with TurboFire or any other program, feel free to check out my website by visiting my BeachBody coach page. However, I welcome any kind of support regardless. If you would like to read about my time with P90X click here or feel free to just jump ahead and see the results on Day 90.

As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by and read. I know this journey can be hard to keep up with (especially if I write about every single day) and I look forward to the interaction in the comments section and your constant push to keep me going!

Day 15

It is hard to believe that we are already at the start of week 3 of this Turbo Fire journey, and it has gone by incredibly fast. Now I am not sure if that is just because this workout program is just plain fun, or if it is due to how busy life has been as of lately.

Going into the third week, I am still noticing that new workouts are being introduced. This one being the Fire 45EZ class. I have to say, this so far is one of my favorite workouts. I have done this one once before, prior to starting TurboFire, and the moves just make for a great workout. (And I am not tripping over my uncoordination!)

Most importantly though, the start of another week also marks results. And that is probably what most people are looking for. They want to see weight loss or inches lost... at least some kind of progress.

I have to say, I have not been looking forward to results day. I have been peaking at the scale throughout the week and what I have been seeing... well, I would rather not see. But, this is a journey and we all want to see what they are. So, I will take the bad with the good!

Are you friendly with the scale?

The scale is just one of the many tools to use to gauge your results!
The scale is just one of the many tools to use to gauge your results! | Source


As I stepped on the scale, I was not happy. But, I have to tell myself that the scale is just a number and fluctuates greatly. That being said, I have also been starting to get sick again, so I have been taking some over-the-counter medications that could possibly influence the results. In addition, it has also been very hot outside. I know I have a tendency to retain water when it is hot. To top it off, this past weekend I have had a large amount of sodium in my diet. Also another factor for water retention. Before even looking at the numbers... I knew it wasn't going to be a good week.

After 2 weeks on TurboFire: I have actually gained 4.6 pounds! Yeah - I was a little ticked off by that too! However, just this week I lost 2 inches, making my total inches lost 3.5 inches. (During this journey I don't expect the insane results in inches as I saw with P90X. After all, there is only so many inches that you can lose!)

When it comes to results, I need to take it with a grain of salt. After all, I am pretty close to goal (although not as close as I used to be after gaining some weight!) And obviously, losing inches will definately be a much great advantage than losing the weight. That means I am actually putting on muscle. That is beneficial because the more muscle you have, the more you actually burn during rest!

So, I guess I better turn my frown upside down and deal with it. Or just push harder this next coming week. Besides, I was pretty sore on weigh-in day. That also means I am probably retaining tons of water and my muscles are filled with lactic acid from the intense workouts. So more likely than not, I will see greater results in a couple of weeks. I am keeping my fingers crossed and trying not to get too frustrated!

Day 16

I am a big fan of the HIIT (high interval intensity training) days because I get to feed my sadistic workout self with these great, torturous workout routines. Ok - so I don't think they are torture. But they are hard work. After all, you only have to push through the the set for 1 minute, but you have to give 110% the entire time before you get a break. Oh yeah - and did I mention they usually repeat the sets a couple of times and usually do between 3 to 4 different sets in the workout. If you haven't tried that - it is tough. If you aren't huffing and puffing at the end, well, let's just say, you should be pushing a little harder.

This was the first time I have ever done Turbo Fire HIIT 25 class. So far it is the longest of all the HIIT workouts (that is unless you move into the advanced part of the program!) This was a killer workout. It includes a lot of jumping and frankly, it is probably the first time since I have started TurboFire where I felt like puking midway through! But I guess, that is a sign of a good workout.

Honestly though, I can't wait to do it again!

How do you measure your success?

Success can be measured in more than one way. If the scale doesn't agree with you, it is time to check out your other options!
Success can be measured in more than one way. If the scale doesn't agree with you, it is time to check out your other options! | Source

Do you got attitude?

You don't need a scale to gauge your results. You can tell by looking with your own eyes, and feeling how strong your muscles have become!
You don't need a scale to gauge your results. You can tell by looking with your own eyes, and feeling how strong your muscles have become! | Source

How to know your getting results

I enjoy my workouts, but I have to say, because I am not yet at goal, I find myself getting frustrated when I workout this hard and don't feel like I am seeing anything. So, for that reason, I have to emphasis the different ways to tell that you are getting results! I will probably emphasis this several times throughout my journey because I feel it is important and not only do I need the reminder, but someone else out there might need one too!. If we get frustrated with a lack of results, we are more likely to quit, assuming the program is not working.

So, if you feel like you aren't getting results, change what you are measuring with.

  1. Attitude - If you attitude has improved you know the workout program is doing something. Working out is a great way to release endorphins into your body. These happy endorphins will make you much happier and just a nicer person to be around. So what does that say - workout and make more friends!
  2. Inches - If the scale doesn't show you something, the tape measure probably will. Remember, one pound of muscle takes up a whole lot less space than one pound of fat. However, society has always stressed the numbers on the scale. Throw the scale away if you need to and show your success by the inches trimmed.
  3. The Mirror - The mirror doesn't lie. If you notice that your pants are hanging off of you or your clothes are fitting differently, chances are good that you have lost some weight and maybe toned up, whether the scale tells you that you have or not!
  4. Pictures - If you can't see it in the mirror, than take a picture and compare. Doing this at 30 day increments is a great way to see the differences. It is also a great way to show yourself how far you have come. When doing P90X, I thought I wasted a complete month. However, the pictures showed differently.
  5. Strength - Don't you feel it? You know - those muslces. I know I feel stronger. In fact on some days I feel like I can conquer the world. So even if the scale doesn't show the results, you truly know how you feel. So punch that scale out with those huge mucles! Or just have fun inviting your friends to the "Gun" Show!

So, how do you measure your success?

Want more?

If you would like start from the beginning of my personal journey and learn more about the TurboFire program, click here. If you would like to read about my previous day, click here.


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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Brett.Tesol - Thanks for the encouragement. I can really see the changes in the scale, but I will admit my calorie count has been skyrocketed lately because of bad choices. But, glad to know it isn't permanant. Besides, I would rather enjoy life then be constantly disappointed in myself for unrealistic standards! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Ruchira - It is funny how much heartache the scale really can bring. However, if you add all the successes together, then it really isn't so bad! :)

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Keep it going!! Don't let the scale get you down. When (I generally go through fads) I exercise a lot, I normally gain about 5kgs ... but, look better and drop the fat. Concentrate on your appearance change, as the development of muscle often means an increase in weight at some stage of the transformation.

      Sharing, up and awesome.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      i agree times the weighing scale can be a big misconception. Cause of constant exercising, one gains muscle and that is weight!!

      you sure are not tired, girl...rock on!!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Real - Yeah - I am not too worried... I am so close to goal right now that I am well aware of how difficult this joureny would be. Unfortunately, it just doesn't look good for the program if I am not losing anything either! LOL But I feel good and that is all that matters! :)

      I still feel tired, but I think this is mostly allergies. Different climate is killing me!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You have come a long way - too long to worry about 4.5 pounds:) lol Maybe it is this summer heat and water retention - anyway you look great.

      How are you feeling? I hope you are in full recovery mode by now!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Modern Lady - The best thing to remember is you won't see any progress if your injured so it is definately a good idea to take it easy. Your back is nothing to mess with. I threw mine out in March and it ended up turning into a Kidney infection. It was probably one of the most painful things I have ever had to go through. So take it easy and really work your way into it. I would definately recommend starting with Slim in Six if you have it. And remember, if it feels like too much, slow down. You know your body best! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Danette Watt - Those are great ways. Funny that you mentioned the clothes. I put on a pair of my workout shorts and they are so huge my legs are swimming in them. However, I wanted clothes that could get wrecked because I was spray painting some stuff so I guess having fat clothes isn't the worse thing. However, that means I don't have much of any other clothes to wear either. They are almost all too big! Glad to see you are getting back into it!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @mythicalstorm273 - I think the weight gain has a lot to do with lactic acid. I did a lot of working out on Monday before weigh-in on Tuesday. (what can I say - I was playing catch-up on my workouts) So I think that had an adverse effect. To top it off, I retain water in the heat and it has been really hot. I am sure it will disappear quicker than I think. The bad/good thing is, I am so close to goal that results are going to come as easily! :) But, I guess that isn't something to be upset about either!

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      Modern Lady 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I did a liitle bit with Slim in Six a few years ago. I think you're right that it might be a better option for me. I'm definitely going to take it easy when I start. If things go well I'll kick it up a notch. Thanks!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Modern Lady - Thanks - I am glad you find this inspiring. Sorry to hear about your back injury. There is a way to ease into TurboFire, but because I don't know the extent of your injury, I can't really advise you much more than that. But, I can tell you that TurboFire is high impact and HIIT probably won't be good for you. That being said, depending on how good you are able to move, you should be able to do Slim in Six. This is much more lower impact but yet it has a great abdominal section so it will help strengthen your back. As an added bonus, it costs less than TurboFire as well. I would just hate for you to get injured again.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @ladypatience - They are a great set. I look at it this way, with the number of DVDs in the program you are pretty much paying the same amount as you are if you bought just one DVD at walmart. However, I can understand the difficulty to come up with the money right off the bat. I hope you get a chance to save some money up so you can enjoy TurboFire as well! :)

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      How do I measure success? Well, I don't own a scale so one way I gauge my weight/inches is how my clothes feel (and look at myself!) I can see that I've indulged in too many cafe mochas during bouts of the blues earlier in the year and lack of motivation to get out and run when the weather got nice in the spring.

      I also gauge myself in if I'm able to increase weights or reps in my bootcamp class. I'm slowing starting to get back into running and that helps with my mood and my "attitude."

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      mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

      With all that you have been doing I wasn't surprised to see a few pounds gained, but remember your body can also fluctuate up to 5 or even 10 pounds for some people in a single day. I know you weigh yourself at the same time everyday, but with all that water retention you may weigh less than you think at a different time of the day. Remember to just keep drinking your water, especially while in the pool! A lot of people forget to drink water while swimming, but that is one of the most important times to get your water in! If you keep up the hard work, keep up the water drinking, and get yourself healthy those few pounds will be gone without you even thinking about them! Just keep it up because YOU ARE NOT TIRED!! lol

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      Modern Lady 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      This is really inspiring. Keep up the great work! I've been contemplating starting an exercise program in preparation for my wedding. Unfortunately I'm recovering from a back injury so I'm reluctant to dive into HIIT. Do you think Turbo Fire is possible to ease into?

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      ladypatience 5 years ago from Missouri

      Cool. Congrats on your success thus far. That DVD would be cool to have, if only I had the money.