It’s over! I have completed my personal 90 day challenge of ChaLEAN Extreme, my very first Beachbody home workout. It is a three month program, and this past weekend marked the end of those three months. I am pretty happy with my how it turned out and I’m sharing my ChaLEAN Extreme results and my honest review of the program! Read on to see how it went and see my before and after photos.
Sorry for the poor picture quality. My phone wasn’t ready for all of this at 5:30 AM.
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My Journey with ChaLEAN Extreme
I first decided to do a Beachbody home workout program in March 2013. I was tired of feeling tired and unhappy with the way I looked.
My friend Kelly had been doing Beachbody (which I ignored for a while, because hellooo it must be an annoying scam, right?) and I happened to see her progress photos on Facebook one day.
I immediately messaged her and asked for the details.
She had been doing ChaLEAN Extreme as well, and had amazing results! I figured if she could do it, so could I.
Only… in 33 years I had never stuck with something for 90 days before. And it seemed expensive. And what if it was one of those weight loss schemes that didn’t really work for a “real person?”
After having my son (my 2nd child) in 2009, I had never lost the pregnancy weight. And I was ready to feel good again. I decided to go for it and prove to myself that I could give it my all for 90 days.
How I got my ChaLEAN Extreme results
There are a few things I did that really helped me to get my results and make this program a true success:
- I worked out every day. I did every single workout – even when we went to the beach for a weekend vacation and even when I moved my entire family from Georgia to Oklahoma. If I had to miss a day (unloading a Uhaul is still a workout!) I started back up the very next day.
- I drank Shakeology every single day. Chocolate is my favorite.
- Although I didn’t follow the nutrition guide 100%, I was conscious about my portions and I cleaned up my diet. More on that below.
- I challenged myself with my weights. I increased my weights as long as I could keep good form, to gain strength.
- Through the entire program, I kept a positive mindset.
- I checked in with my Beachbody coach almost every single day.
I’m a real person, y’all. A mom of two and I stay busy. But my health is a priority, so I had to make this happen!
CLEAN EATING 80/20
I ate clean foods probably 80% of the time. I definitely would’ve seen better results if I had watched my foods a little more closely, especially in this last month.
Aaaand I was a little too friendly with the wine and I let myself have some snackier foods that I should’ve done without.
But I’m not mad about it! I just know what choices I have made that have given me the results I got instead of more of the muscle definition that I wanted.
I would definitely recommend getting any trigger foods or snacks that are too tempting out of your house. My clean eating pantry organization tips are really helpful for stocking up on better food choices! (Plus I have a printable shopping list you can use!)
My Review of ChaLEAN Extreme
So here’s my honest opinion of this program.
This is supposedly a workout for advanced fitness people, but I disagree. Yes, it’s tough. It was tough for me when I first started. I did a lot of pushing pause to catch my breath, especially during the cardio days (HIIT, what what!!!). I would
yell talk loudly, grunt and groan, and I may have let a few choice words fly.
Sorry I called you names, Chalene.
But the program itself is genius. It mixes weight training with cardio to perfection. It is a program that grows with you! So you can only do bicep curls with 3 pound weights? No problem! Do it. And then when that gets too easy, move up to 5 pounds.
Or on the inverse of that – maybe you are a guy and you can curl 20 pounds. Super. Do it, and do it slowwwwlllyyyy, and when that’s too easy, increase it.
And uh, whether you are a man or a woman, you are going to fall in love with Chalene. She’s motivating, inspiring, not annoying, super cute, and infectious.
My ChaLEAN Extreme results and before/after photos
Here they are! My before and after photos. My real ChaLEAN Extreme results (the camera doesn’t lie y’all) from all the hard work I put in.
UPDATE: Beachbody used MY pictures on the ChaLEAN Extreme Facebook page!
So as you can see, I haven’t had any amazing transformation like what you might see on The Biggest Loser, but I have had some pretty awesome results! I lost a little over 10 pounds in 3 months — which may not sound like much, but when you know that muscle is denser than fat, and I gained a LOT of muscle, 10 pounds is a pretty good number!
I also lost inches all over my body. My clothes either fit much better or have gotten to be too big.
I’m excited to have a reason to buy new clothes soon! My tummy is flatter, my shoulders are more defined, my booty is perkier and tighter than it was, and my thighs (my BIG problem area) have gotten smaller and more shapely!
I’m not embarrassed to take my kids to the pool anymore. I’m not afraid of running in shorts (haha, inner thigh burn, anyone??). I don’t mind wearing tank tops all summer.
For me, it’s more about how I feel.
My body isn’t perfect. It probably never will be. But it is better and I am COMFORTABLE in my SKIN. I am proud of what I’ve accomplished – and I don’t just mean weight loss.
I am proud of sticking with something for THREE WHOLE MONTHS!! Honestly, I never thought I could do that, and I’m sure hubs didn’t believe me when I said I would try. I did it religiously, no excuses for skipping workouts except when we moved across the country.
Eventually I increased my strength and now I can do work around the house and yard that I used to not be able (or willing) to do. I am seeing improvement and success in every area of my life.
Most importantly, I have CONFIDENCE.
Shakeology + ChaLEAN Extreme
Pairing ChaLEAN Extreme with Shakeology is just a winning combination. I have been able to keep my B12 levels up without giving myself weekly shots. I have felt energy that I didn’t have before, and I don’t crave as many sweets or bad foods as I did before.
And knowing that I’m committed to this program has given me the FOCUS and DRIVE to push through it.
Now that I’m finished, I’ve been a little slack on exercising. I’m about to start running again, but eh…I haven’t wanted to get up and work out since my program is over. You know I like my coffee and PJs.
And I am still drinking my shakes, but I’ve relaxed a little bit in the carbs department. And you know what? My body is feeling it. Yesterday I felt like poo all day and even fell asleep on the couch. My body is telling me that what I’m doing isn’t working for me.
That only means one thing…
Time for my next workout: Focus T25
So I’m starting Focus T25 in less than two weeks!! I already have a couple of friends who have committed to doing it with me, and I couldn’t be happier!
I’m even going to force my offspring to work out with me, mwahahahaha. I’m the best mom EVERRR. And she is going to LOVE IT!!
(UPDATE: Check out my Focus T25 Results and see why I was SHOCKED at my before and after photos!)
Check out my friend Kelly’s CLX results in this video! Another real mom with real AMAZING results!
Amanda is a mom of 4 living a mostly crunchy lifestyle outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 dogs, and a cat. As a former special education teacher who also has her personal training certification — Amanda really enjoys teaching others how to do things!
When she’s not working, Amanda enjoys DIY projects, exercising, photography, hiking, and long walks through Target.