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My day started with not enough sleep…but that’s nothing a Grit Strength, Body Attack and CXWORX class won’t fix ūüėČ

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After the warm up of Grit I felt abruptly awake. Like Body Step,¬†the classes I did this morning¬†were also launches for their new releases. I loved them all, I mean how could I not- it’s Les Mills!¬†Although none quite lived up to Body Step 90. I can’t wait to bring you my reviews and hear your thoughts also. Feel free to check out my other reviews for past releases of Les Mills programs on the Group Fitness page.

My day also started with a bit of a cooking fail but luckily it wasn’t my food (does that not sound selfishly terrible!). I enjoyed a piece of wholegrain toast with vegemite and an egg with a side of vegie scramble. Unfortunately, for some odd reason my boyfriend’s breakfast didn’t go to plan. We were hoping to relive our Eggs Benedict sensation we had a while back but the recipe was just not working for us today. Instead of hollandaise sauce he went with the second best thing(s) according to him- bbq sauce and aioli.

We then hurried off to do the weekly grocery shop. For some reason I feel so calm and at peace at this new grocery precinct. It’s not overly chaotic and also has a nearby fruit shop, butcher, chicken shop, chemist and bakery. It’s heaven for a foodie (and organisation freak) like me. The highlights of the shop would have to be the raw natural peanuts (you’ll see why), the tuna (craving this like crazy lately!) and the $1 a punnet strawberries (how could you go wrong).

We also popped to a larger shopping centre to get in some Christmas shopping and pay our final amounts for our Europe vacation next year. We have officially paid everything and I cannot wait! I had planned to get some Christmas stuff too, but I walked into one department store only to walk straight back out again. The lines were ludicrous. I like the hustle and bustle but waiting in a line that size when you’re hungry? Not going to happen. I think I’ll wait till everyone goes back to work during the week and try then.

Sooooo that reason that the peanuts were such a highlight?


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Some of you nut butter lovers would have already put it together but for those who need it spelt out- I made my own natural peanut butter today! And oh my god, this is where it’s at. So smooth, creamy and healthy! I kneel down to the lord of blenders- The Vitamix!

It was so simple and so quick- which is good for those of us who are impatient and don’t like waiting around, especially for nut butters.

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I love how the plunger-type device is the perfect size so it doesn’t reach the blade but carries out its’ purpose. They literally thought of everything.

Have you ever made your own nut butter? Is grocery shopping a mad rush for you or do you enjoy it?

Daily Healthy Thought: I will look after myself.
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Welcome challengers and readers to another Grit Challenge themed post! If you’ve missed earlier posts or want to re-read some you can find them here:

Today sums up the entire challenge and will be the final post for the Grit 21 Day Challenge. The challenge officially ends on Saturday the 1st of December. But turn that frown upside down- just because the challenge has finished doesn’t mean you can’t have a challenge of your own; and DEFINITELY does not mean you can’t keep doing Grit Strength. So instead of letting those 3 weeks just be another 3 weeks where you jumped on the wagon only to fall off it the day after you finished, why not set yourself some new goals, try new classes (Body Step- best class ever), and continue attending those Grit Strength classes! Because challenge or not, the benefits of Grit are still there.

Before wrapping up my Grit Challenge Series I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the challenge, to the Captains, the club- Go Health, and to those of you who tuned in for each instalment and got involved through comments. Without the other challengers and the fantastic captains there’d be no challenge- (duh) but there also wouldn’t be the competitive, encouraging and exciting environment and atmosphere that was always there with us through every (painful) class. For many of us there also wouldn’t be the motivation to continue going and annihilate this challenge and our goals.

Now let’s get into it. Naturally, being a group fitness instructor, an active gym participant (I’ma say gym-athlete if there ever was one) and a passionate fitness person I loved this challenge. Whilst I wasn’t gung ho about the meal plan, I felt it wasn’t essential for the Challenge- which made it really easy for literally anyone to get involved. However, setting goals was great.

I’m a goal setter anyway, so this was right up my alley. For those of us who need that little bit of push and organisation- this was the perfect way to keep on task. Although we handed our goals in at the start, actually writing them down imprinted them into my mind so they were never far away when I needed something to help me get one more push up jack in, or stack some extra weight on the bar. Did I accomplish my goals? Well I think so. I know for sure I increased my squat weight- twice actually! Which was an awesome feeling. [Side note: A not so awesome feeling? Lifting the bar up and down between those squats and jumps- I can squat it fine but boy do I struggle to lift it!]. I definitely saw myself getting stronger and fitter also. I was able to work harder during the classes and my other classes benefited too- I can rock out tricep push ups like nobodies business [on the toes people!]. Now goal number 2- the vanity goal. I guess this one is subjective, and someone with my history might not be the best judge in this case, but I did take photos to compare. One at the start of the challenge and near the end. I debated with myself, asked my partner and thought long and hard about whether or not to upload the pictures. I didn’t want to insult, scare, show off, revolt (ha) etc any of you. What I did want to do is show you that it does and can work. Personally, I can see differences- but that might just be me since I tend to go over myself with a fine tooth comb at times.

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Now these differences might not be JUST due to the incorporation of Grit and the challenge, but they definitely had an impact. My diet (in terms of what I eat- not a fad thing) didn’t change at all (complex carbs were still my good friends) and my exercise regime (albeit pretty high) still remained the same, with the addition of (soon to be- one more tonight!) 7 Grit Strength classes into my usual routine.

These weren’t the only improvements. We all know that real health starts (and lasts!) with our minds and our mental health. These classes gave me more confidence- yes I CAN do it, drive- relit my fitness crazy fire and self/body love. That last one is a really important one for me and truth be told most of us probably don’t see this as a priority, but it is. I began to incorporate rest days into my training (overtraining=bad idea), I listened and responded to my body and I nourished it. Some days (after that 9 hr extra fat burning woo!) my body was hungrier than normal. Other days my body was sore and needed some extra stretches and foam rolling. I complied. It’s not giving in but working with my body.

Before this turns into a novel (too late?) I’m going to wrap it up. But the discussion doesn’t have to end there- I’d LOVE to hear your challenge stories- struggles, triumphs, funny moments, so please leave a comment and lets continue this community feel! For those who are members at Go Health- see you round the gym (I teach Thursday night 5:40pm- Step!) and for my readers, I’ll chat to you in the morning.

What’s your Grit Challenge story? Please share!

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