PIYO Review

I should have done this before! This being, I should have reviewed my completed fitness endeavors on here. I’ve completed three different Beachbody programs now (P90x, P90x2, & now PIYO). I’ve also done P90x twice. Also, when I say I completed the program, I mean, I completed it in its entirety, not just a few workouts. I’m a little Type A, what can I say…

Back to PIYO.

9 months preggo vs. mid-PIYO

9 months preggo vs. mid-PIYO

The OLD me, AKA, the one who has ran a marathon and completed P90x twice would not have liked PIYO. I liked grit and tough. I’m not saying PIYO wasn’t tough. In fact, it kicked my butt the first week or two.


1) Breastfeeding and new mama friendly. With this I mean, low impact (read: friendly to the boobs). This leads me to my next point:

2) Time efficient. Workouts average 30 minutes. There’s a few shorter ones, and there is one about 50 minutes.

PIYO abs

PIYO abs

3) Good for bad backs. I never thought I’d find myself in the bad back group, but lugging around a car seat, breast pump, diaper bag, groceries, and possibly a laptop for work or 70 pound lab really takes its toll. The stretches and moves really address the core to support the back, and sometimes up-dog was like a personal chiro adjustment.

4) You need no equipment & get a total body workout. Points for originality on several of the moves. Some moves were unconventional and fresh.


1) Very girly. Very dancy. This might be a pro for some, & I’m not trying to gender stereotype; therefore, I will quote my husband instead who said, “I wouldn’t be caught dead doing these workouts.”

2) I have a  love-hate with 6-day a week programs. I like the results, but at times it’s body fatiguing and frankly hard to get in although I succeeded (see above point 2).

3) I found a lot of the moves and workouts repetitive (this does contrast my last PRO above). I get that it’s building on itself, but we did a lot of lunges, squats, and push-ups, and we did them in multiple workouts. I get that there are only so many moves and only so many more that you can do in your home, but c’mon, excite me a little!

4) Why was I doing push-ups during my cool-down? This was probably my biggest complaint, and it’s petty. However, I don’t care. I would rather have done the same amount of push-ups earlier in the workout. During the cool-down, I expect to relax and stretch and dangit, anytime I do yoga I expect savasana pose, even if it is a pilates-yoga hybrid. Where was my savasana?


1) I’m not sure how I feel about Chalene. Her spunk, her fitness while being a mom, and her success are all inspiring. I guess I’m just not sure. Two of my BFFs LOVE her and think she is amazeballs. I was just so-so. Hmm.

A fun selfie. I normally hate selfies, but was modeling my cute new clothes for a friend (that PIYO MADE me go out and buy), & I happened to really like my arms in it.

A fun selfie. I normally hate selfies, but was modeling my cute new clothes for a friend (that PIYO MADE me go out and buy), & I happened to really like my arms in it.

2) For me personally, I thought I had “good” results. Actually, probably as good as I could have with all things on my plate. That being said, I still have an image of my p90x body in my head, which is why I put this here.

3) I was always a little jealous of the cute workout clothes they had.

4) Anyone else ever wish the modifier actually looked like they were or needed a modifier instead of being a fit person looking uncomfortable as they modify their normal workout?

Plug: I’m technically a Beachbody “coach”. Don’t think I’m trying to sell you something here. I don’t work the biz, but do it for my own discounts. However, by all means, if you want a coach, I’ll be your gal. I think I’ve completed more of their programs than many of their big wig coaches, and I have loved using many of their products.

I’ll let each person draw their own conclusion or ask questions, rather than summarize. My bottom line: I was glad I did it.

Pre-PIYO and Post-PIYO (sorry for the bad lighting, I'm not attempting some trick of the lighting. I was in a hurry and am not photographically inclined)

Pre-PIYO and Post-PIYO (sorry for the bad lighting, I’m not attempting some trick of the lighting. I was in a hurry and am not photographically inclined)

Last but not least. My free shirt for submitting my results. Except, they goofed and sent the wrong shirt. Bummer, because I heard the PIYO tanks were cute! Too busy to try again though!

Last but not least: my free shirt for submitting my results. Except, they goofed and sent the wrong shirt. Bummer, because I heard the PIYO tanks were cute! Too busy to try again though!


Milk Sharing

Two years ago I would have thought this a crazy & weird topic. However, six and a half months ago, Jacoby Ray Nelson came into my life and changed what I thought I knew about nutrition, health, and life.

Breastfeeding in the beginning was hard. It hurt. It hurt in more ways than one. First, you have never used that part of your body in such a way before. Second, you have to figure out latching. Third, I got mastitis. Really, really bad mastitis. I couldn’t get more than sputters out of my right side. I was devastated I might not be able to breastfeed. This led to exclusive pumping for a few months. This in turn led to recurrent plugged milk ducts, which in turn led back to exclusive breastfeeding (I also missed the cuddles after I went back to work).

Anyway, I found that I make more milk than my guy drinks. My natura-friend mom suggested I look into Human Milk 4 Human Babies.1208494_644829642228245_1696077856_n

I agonized over deciding to try it out. What if I lost my supply tomorrow? I want my freezer stash for my own kiddo. However, my pastor’s message one day spoke to me. It was about grace and unconditional love. It was also about loving strangers, non-Christians as well as acting like a Christian through unconditional love. Basically, giving and loving with no expectation of return.

Before I go further, I’m copying and pasting the mission statement behind HM4HB from their Facebook page.

HM4HB does not question the reasons why families seek breastmilk, and we don’t prioritize requests and/or offers. We hope that all babies and children in need receive human milk, regardless of age, health, or personal circumstance.

We respect the right of families to make informed choices, and we expect our members to take full responsibility for those choices. It is up to the participants to get to know each other, to ask questions, and to continue talking and engaging directly with one another until a relationship of trust is established.

We operate on the basis of informed choice, a choice made by competent individuals, free from coercion, that takes into account sufficient information to make a decision. We also honour the role that an individual’s intuition plays in the process of making informed choices. If at any time a recipient does not feel comfortable with their donor, or vice versa, you are under no obligation to participate in milk sharing with that person, and are welcome to repost on our pages at any time to find a more suitable arrangement.

To honour the informed choice and personal responsibility of our members, so that recipients may choose and/or screen their own donors, and so that donors may choose and/or screen their own recipients, we ask that milksharing on these pages be for your own personal use as a donor or recipient.

If a family member, health care provider, or personal family friend is authorized to collect milk on your behalf, they should be prepared to include your explicit consent in the post, or you may kindly stop by to confirm their proxy.

Any other third party participant in your milksharing arrangement who organizes matches on your behalf (with or without compensation), is in conflict with the above stated Mission, Vision, and Values of HM4HB. In the spirit of informed choice, we do not support the use of our community pages as a place for go-betweens in milksharing arrangements.”

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For me, I wanted to be able to keep my massive freezer stash, “in case”. I ended up finding a mom who still breastfeeds her kiddo, but doesn’t pump enough while she’s away at work. Since extra lipase can be an issue, I have given out fresh, unfrozen milkies at the end of the week. I also wanted to disclose my health & JRNnutritional status as well as any concerns I had. For example, no medical conditions, no drugs (prescription or otherwise), and I felt as though I ate healthier than the average American although doing so often results in gas-inducing milkies!

For fun: my husband told me we didn’t have much more room in our freezer. However, when he found out I was milk sharing, he was concerned I might be inviting a serial killer into our home, and he lingered down the block to make sure it was a mom with a babe coming to pick up milkies the first time!

Meanwhile, my recipient said her husband was concerned that people would use milk donation as a way to harm babies! The first exchange was awkward, but we broke the ice with that.

I don’t think, “Oh, weird” anymore, that someone else’s kid is drinking something that came from my boob. I now think milk sharing is a beautiful thing even though I’m only getting into it. Instead, I think, someone’s kiddo doesn’t have to drink formula, with over 50 ingredients, from a cow’s boob and pumped full of hormones. I think: my child has never been sick. This is free milk that I have anyway (most recipients help supply bags). I think, unconditional love! If I reach a year of breastfeeding, I plan on shipping out large quantities of my freezer stash. However, in the mean time, I’ll donate my extra fresh milkies, because that’s what works for me and for the recipient, and that’s what HM4HB does, it allows you to do what works for you!

Disclaimer: I’m not perpetuating any mommy war. I respect everyone’s lifestyle choice. I dutifully mail my formula coupons to a mama in need. I understand milk sharing isn’t for everyone, but if you think it could be, look into your local chapter or ask me a question!

What nearly 2700 ounces of milkies looks like in the deep freeze!

What nearly 2700 ounces of milkies looks like in the deep freeze!

A Little Bit of Purpose

When was the last time you….

gave someone encouraging words and actually meant it?

Someone once told me that people can tell if you’re sincere or not. Since I work in a rehab setting, where productivity and minutes matter, I’d often finish with a patient, tell them to have a good day, and leave. After hearing that, I decided to look them in the eye and mean it. The results are self explanatory.

distinguished yourself from everyone else?

Our pastor recently gave us some excerpts from a book he read. He summarized that a large scale study found that Christians were only more likely to give to a religious organization than other individuals. They were just as likely to lie, steal, or cheat on their spouses.

We segue-wayed into our church mission statement, “Build a community, to reach a community.” This really got my husband and I thinking. If Jesus & our church calls us to pray, give, serve, and participate in order to build a community, we are failing. I’ve always said I don’t like kids. I want my own, but I don’t want to volunteer in the nursery. A year or so earlier, I’d read “The Purpose Driven Life” and was left feeling even more confused. However, this time, we had some ideas. We immediately gave some money to a couple that had unforeseen medical bills. It wasn’t a grand total. We actually had felt convicted to give it several months prior, but we pushed it aside with excuses, “We just had a baby”, “I’m on maternity leave and not making an income”…

Next, I donated breast milk to a woman that cannot produce enough on her own.

Lastly, my husband just decided that we should sell our car (AKA give via an extremely low exchange of money) to a woman we are only acquainted to who is recovering her life.

didn’t generalize?

I don’t have a fun story for you here where I did, “the right thing”.

I saw a comment today on a news thread. The story had nothing to do with a comment that said something to the extent of, Crazy Republicans always full of hate. I was taken aback because the story was about some teens getting kicked out of a school dance. Nothing political.

That’s all. Short, so that hopefully I can publish before boy-boy wakes up.