Thrive90 – Final Results

I finished up the Thrive90 program a little over a week ago; and would have had my results posted earlier but Hurricane Irene blew through and we had no power. So, it took a few extra days to get the stats and photos ready. Not only that, our homeschool started up again and we’ve been a little busy.

Without further adieu…

Here are the results from the end of Phase II to the end of Phase III.

  • I lost another 3 pounds,
  • My waist was smaller by 1.25″,
  • My hips declined by 0.5″,
  • I saw 0.5″ less of my thigh,
  • My arm shrunk by 0.25″,
  • I doubled my pushups from 1 to 2 (laughable, I know),
  • My situps increased from 7 to 12,
  • Sit & Reach test for flexibility showed an increase of another 0.5″,
  • Wall Squat went from 15 seconds to 25,
  • I actually held the Static Plank for a full 60 seconds!

Ok, now for the overall results – from start to finish:

  • Total pounds lost: 8.6
  • Total inches gone from my waist: 3.0
  • Total inches gone from my hips: 2.5
  • Total inches gone from my thigh: 2.0
  • Total inches gone from my arm: 1.25
  • Total inches gone from my body: 8.75!!!
  • My pushups went from a pathetic ZERO to 2
  • My situps went from a pathetic ZERO to 12
  • My flexibility increased from 3″ to 7″
  • My Wall Squat started out at 4 seconds and increased to 25 seconds!
  • My Static Plank started out at 35 seconds and increased to 60 seconds!

One other stat that’s not on my fit test, but that I found significant was that I am now wearing one size smaller than when I began the Thrive90 program. Not only that, but it’s getting a little loose now – it won’t be long…

My final thoughts:

While I did not suddenly start enjoying working out, I did find that once I started each workout, I was fully engaged. I worked hard, no matter what the day’s video was.

The program is flexible. I was able to find a way to work out even with a sprained ankle that negatively effected me for three weeks (which explains my lower numbers for the end of Phase II).

There was a lot of variety within the workouts. Even though I was scheduled to do the same type of activity each week (ie. Tuesday was always Core work), the work out changed with each phase. In addition, there were a variety of workouts for each week: Core, HIIT, Strength, Cardio, Power Yoga. My entire body got a workout each and every day.

Tony and Dustin provided much support and cheerleading. I received encouraging emails each week – in fact, I miss those now that I’m done. They answered any question that I had within 24-48 hours. I also found support on the Fit Marriage Facebook page. These guys truly want to help people reach their goals!

Doing Thrive90 at home really helped me. I didn’t have to get in my car to go to the gym. I didn’t waste gasoline or time. I didn’t have to worry about whether or not I could do the exercises as well as other people – I could stop and start, if necessary. My kids were right there with me (cheering me on as well!); they did not have to go to daycare. The price was right – for what I paid (around the price of a one month membership to the gym), I got three months of workouts that I will always own and can do anytime I wish. But I got more than videos; I got support, a fit test, exercise forms, articles, and more. It was well worth it!

Finally, I want to give a shout out to both Tony and Dustin, co-creators of Thrive90:  You guys are amazing and you put together a great program! I thank you for helping me get started on my weight loss journey. I thank you for the support you have given me. I started this program “from the couch” and was able to complete it. You taught me some things I didn’t know and helped me to look and feel better. I will not forget this time, nor will I stop exercising. I will eventually move on to P90X!

Now to prove that I have not been making these numbers up, I am going to be brave and post photos. Please keep in mind that I was considered obese when I started, and Thrive90 is a three month program; so I am not going to look like I went from fat to thin. But what you will see is a definite difference – a definite improvement. It worked for me; it can work for you. If you have thought about a weight loss program, this may be the one for you. (Note: I am not a doctor and am not advising anyone to start a fitness program without consulting their physician first). Remember, I started “from the couch,” meaning that I had not exercised in ages. I spent my nights on the couch looking at the computer – it was not a pretty sight.

Am I stalling, you ask? Ok, so I’m babbling a bit too much. Please ignore the hair, it’s usually brushed and styled a little nicer. Here are those photos now…

I see a vast difference in my face; but I also see space between my arms and my hips that wasn’t there when I started. Thank you, Dustin and Tony!

* This is not a paid endorsement. I purchased the Thrive90 program from Fit Marriage. I did all the workouts provided and followed their schedule – these are my actual results and my own opinions. Some of the links are affiliate links as I truly believe in this product.

First Day of Homeschool

Let’s try this again. I’m a little less stressed than I was last night (or early this morning) when I apparently deleted my entire post about our day. I still have no idea how I did it, but life goes on.

Our first day this year went very well. They enjoyed their new school supplies – personal dry erase board, notebooks, long floppy erasers, and a little gift. LegoFan got a box of erasers shaped like puzzle pieces (He loves the Autism Speaks logo!); and Diva got a mini notebook and pen, decorated with butterflies.

Then we had one of their favorite dishes for breakfast: French Toast! While I”m sure it has a bit too much sugar on it, I didn’t hear any complaints!

Then, before the academics began, we started both our year and the day with a little scripture. We decided that we would read one Psalm a day, in order, and the Proverb chapter that coordinated with the date. (We actually skipped #5 as I did not feel it was appropriate for young kids getting ready to start school!)

On to academics! For history we do <a href="Click here to visit RC History.” target=”_blank”>RC History and love it! I cannot say enough good things about this program. We have completed Volumes One and Two; and are currently working on Volume Three.  It’s great to know that all the living books suggested in the program have been pre-screened; so I’m not afraid to give either child any book on the list. We are working at the Grammar Stage now, but it’s set up so that we can spiral back through and delve deeper into history as the children get older.

This week, so far, they have done two map exercises. I don’t expect them to know how to fill everything in at this point so we talk about it and they fill in the important boundaries, names, rivers, etc. Then they get to color! We use Knowledge Quest’s Blackline Maps for the ancient world and the Americas.

We also learned a little bit about a couple of saints from the same time period. One was St. Anthony who is said to have been blessed by a visit from the Infant Jesus.

The second one was St. Hyacinth who was saving the Holy Eucharist from and invasion when he heard the Blessed Mother call out for him to save her statue as well. Apparently, this statue was much too heavy for him to carry, but it became miraculously weightless as he carried it out of the church. All were safe from the attack.

Science is Exploring Creation Through Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day. We’ve been through their Astronomy, Botany, Zoology 1, and Zoology 2 courses as well. The kids enjoy the short lessons and activities; and I enjoy the fact that God and His creation are at the center of the program.

For Language Arts, Diva is finishing up with First Language Lessons of the Well-Trained Mind, Level 4; but since there is no Level 5, we had to find something else for LegoFan. What we found was Lingua Mater. We haven’t started it yet, so I’ll have to report on that a bit later.

Our spelling program is also amazing: All About Spelling. This program works great for LegoFan who had Asperger’s and ADHD; as it is a multi-sensory program. He gets to learn to spell words through magnetic tiles, color-coded cards, speaking, and writing. Diva likes all the different activities too. In fact, this program has eliminated many of the, “Mama, how do you spell…?” questions.

Math is Singapore Math. The spiral format, again, is great for LegoFan as he gets just the right amount of one topic and then moves on to another one. With each book, they delve deeper into the various skills.

We are also doing Art (Artistic Pursuits), Music (Classics For Kids – Free online course), Religion (Faith and Life), French (a free program from the BBC), Geography (using Holling C Holling’s books), and an introduction to Shakespeare. It’s a full year, but the kids and I are looking forward to it!

We found, and are following, a curriculum put together by Michele Quigley and Kathryn Faulkner called Mater Amabilis. I wish I would have found this curriculum earlier.

But back to our day… after the academics were complete, we had a dinner of the children’s choosing – pizza!

All in all, it was a very good beginning to our school year. After their prayers, they each told me that that they enjoyed their day; and that they were looking forward to more. That sounds like a first day of school success!

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First Day

I have no idea what just happened. I was almost finished with a post on our first day of our homeschool – around 1000 words – when I added a picture that wouldn’t display. I thought to hit save draft, but somehow all I saved was was an empty post! What happens to those drafts it says it’s saving as I type?!

Unfortunately it’s late and I’m just too tired to try to reconstruct it right now. I will try again tomorrow before I send my laptop in for repairs. I’m not looking forward to being computer-less for a week to ten days. But I should have those books read for those reviews I promised in the last post; so something good will come of it!

Calm After the Storm

I’m sure everyone’s done talking about Hurricane Irene; some feel it was hype, while others are still cleaning up. My thoughts and prayers are with those who got hit hard and are still struggling.

We were kind of in the middle – a huge amount of rain, many trees and branches down, and power outages galore. But for the most part, we were safe; and I am grateful.

But I want to talk about a different effect Irene had on me and my family. We got hit with a majority of our rain on Saturday night, into Sunday morning. Once the rains stopped, the wind didn’t. We made it through Saturday with only a few flickers; so we thought all was good. We were going to try to go to Mass at noon. However, that was not to be the case. The winds were just too strong for my car; and we decided we’d better not risk it.

We are fortunate to get the Catholic television station, EWTN, so we planned to participate in Mass via the TV. It’s not exactly the same, but we can hear the readings, participate in the prayers, and learn from the homily. Mass was due to be televised at noon, so we made plans to gather around the TV at that time. But that was not to be the case either.

The power went out at 10:49 am. It remained off until 1:30 pm on Monday. Then we had a fire in a transformer across the street and lost power again at 9:00 pm on Monday. It remained off again until sometime Wednesday afternoon. It was an interesting couple of days, but I want to get back to Sunday…

I had awoken early Sunday morning (probably due to loud wind gusts), and began the day reading my Bible. {I am participating in reading the Bible in 90 days} Then, when we couldn’t go to Mass, or even participate via TV, I gathered the kids around me and we did the Sunday readings ourselves – Diva wanted to do two of the readings herself {love that!} – and we prayed the Lord’s Prayer together. The rest of the day, even without power (and maybe because we didn’t have power), was one of the most peaceful days I have ever experienced.

Don’t get me wrong: I love my church and my faith; wouldn’t trade them for anything! But I spent so much of the day, in little chunks here and there, in God’s word, in prayer, and reading another book based in His word (I will be reviewing that book very soon, so come back and check it out – you’re gonna wanna read this one!!!).

There was no work; only rest. There was no noise; only peace and quiet (ok, the kids weren’t exactly quiet all day, but you know what I mean). We read, we prayed, we laughed together. It was a wonderful day – it was a Sabbath.

Now that I’ve re-stocked the fridge and freezer, and cleaned up parts of the yard; it’s time to get ready for TS Lee and TS Katia – they should converge on our area very close to one another, between Thursday and Saturday.

We’ll head to Mass in the morning as usual this week, but as these two storms approach, I can’t help but wonder what next weekend has in store for us…

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