T25 While Pregnant

I can not say it enough.  I am so happy that Shaun T’s, Focus T25 hit the shelves when I happened to be in my second trimester.  I was so nauseous during my first trimester that I couldn’t work out. I thought about it and even tried.  It just led to more nausea and lots of fatigue.  So I knew better.

I have had a lot of mommies ask me if it is ok to do T25 while pregnant.  I am not a doctor and all I can offer are some suggestions about what has worked for me.  If you haven’t worked out a day in your life and you are pregnant, now is not the time to start some new semi-intense routine.  If I were you, I would walk every day, building up to 1 hour of walking, do prenatal yoga, and maybe lift light weights.  If you were working out before finding out you were pregnant, then Focus T25 may be a good option for you.

I started the program 5 weeks ago.  I fell in love with it instantly.  My favorite workouts from the set are Cardio and Total Body Circuit.  The workouts are 25 minutes and Tania modifies the whole time.  At first, I didn’t need to follow her very much but over the last two weeks, I have had some pretty bad sciatica.  So, I choose to follow her for my own good.  I modify more with the Speed workout because I just can’t get myself to move that quickly.  Some days I have to remind myself that I am 26 weeks pregnant and that I am carrying an extra 15lbs.  That may not seem like a lot but remember– it’s not spread out.  For the most part, it’s 15lbs of extra belly!

The fact that each workout is 25 minutes and Tania modifies the whole time, sealed the deal for me.  I will continue with this workout through the rest of my pregnancy.  This is baby #2.  For baby #1, I followed Turbofire and did a lot of walking.  I know I am working out more consistently this pregnancy and I haven’t gained as much weight.  It’s not my goal to keep weight off…it’s my goal to remain as healthy as I can, eat better, and be ready to get back into the swing of things as soon as I get the clear from my doctor after our baby boy is born.

If you have any questions- leave a comment below, send me an email (landofmoms@gmail.com), or find me on Facebook!  You know your body better than anyone else!  I would love to have you join my team for accountability and extra support and motivation so don’t hesitate to reach out.

Do You Have Time for a Workout?

A few weeks ago, my husband came home from the yearly Beachbody Summit with a very nice present.  Actually TWO very nice presents–Vanilla Shakeology and Shaun T’s newest workout, Focus T25.  I couldn’t have been any more giddy.  It was like Christmas in the summer! We have been waiting for Vanilla Shakeology for years.  We love our Chocolate but we kept asking ourselves when Beachbody was going to “figure it out.”  The issue (and I won’t go into all the crazy details now) is that most vanilla on the market is created from a chemical process.  Many products don’t have vanilla as a flavor in it’s natural state.  They have vanilla flavoring.  Well what about natural flavoring?  After a little research, I found some articles about how natural flavors can be worse off than artifical ones because there is more science involved.  I’m not a scientist though and I am getting away from the point of my story! If you want to see the science behind Vanilla Shakeology and why it is different from anything else out there–check out this video.

I ripped open Vanilla Shakeology and gave it a try.  I didn’t want it blended.  I didn’t want it mixed with anything else but ice and water.  How would I be able to tell what it really tasted like?  Oh. My. Gosh.  It was DELICIOUS!  I love it.  I can’t decide which is my favorite–Vanilla or Chocolate…it doesn’t really matter.  Both are heavenly.

Ok, so then I ripped open T25.  I already had my workout gear on.  I was so psyched to try this program.  Why?  It’s 25 minutes.  That’s it.  No more excuses.  No more pushing pause 20 times to help my 2 year old draw a palm tree on the chalk board (she usually gets bored of me working out around the 30 minute mark!).  No more rushing around in the morning to make it to a 10am storytime.  25 minutes of pure focus.  I push play, get the job done, shower off, and go on with my day.

This is a 10 week program with two phases.  You workout five days a week, 25 minutes a day. Everyone’s got time for that!  So far, I have done Cardio, Total Body, and Speed and Agility.  I have’t touched the Ab Interval workout because I am a little nervous.  Actually, it’s probably more because of the fact that I am 23 weeks pregnant and I want to be able to push myself like I used to but when it comes to ab work, I know that isn’t always possible.  Either way, I am kicking butt every day.  When I need it, I follow the “modifier”–Tania–the chic from INSANITY.  She is there showing you a low impact way to do every single move.  It’s pretty awesome.  You don’t have to worry about what kind of shape you are in.  You don’t have to ask questions like, “Will I be able to do this workout?”.  I am telling you, you can do this.  Hahahaha.  Now, I sound like Shaun T.

Have you seen a video trailer for Focus T25?  If not, check it out HERE.  Comment below if you want more information or you can always find me on FB at https://www.facebook.com/regina.micillospennacchio.  Join me and so many others as we take on the Focus T25 Challenge!!


Beachbody Challenge Packs 101

Here is a mini-course on the Beachbody Challenge Packs–what they are, what comes in them, how much they cost, and quite frankly, how you might spend more than you have to, if you don’t know you’re stuff.

Here’s the break down:

WHAT IS A BEACHBODY CHALLENGE PACK: It’s a Beachbody workout program and 1 month’s supply of Shakeology (any flavor) bundled together and shipped straight to your door for $2. In other words, it’s a bundle option that SAVES YOU MONEY!

WHAT WORKOUTS ARE AVAILABLE: Any of the Beachbody workout programs are available as a challenge pack.


WHY PURCHASE A CHALLENGE PACK: It’s simple. You. Save. Money. Here is where my math skills come into play.
Let’s say you were going to purchase the INSANITY Challenge Pack. This includes, Shaun T’s entire INSANITY workout program, a 1-month supply of Shakeology (any flavor), and a 1-month free trial of the Beachbody Club Membership (which now gives you access to Team Beachbody On Demand!!). It will cost you $205.

Now, let’s say you were to make the purchases separately. You would pay $119.85 for INSANITY, $129.95 for Shakeology, $13 for the 1-month Beachbody Club Membership, $12 shipping for INSANITY, and $12 shipping for Shakeology. That brings your grand total to….drum roll please….$286.80. You would save $81.80 if you purchased a Challenge Pack! I don’t know about you but I will take an extra $80 in my pocket any day of the week.

It gets even crazier. Let’s say that you know a little about Team Beachbody. Maybe you have already tried Shakeology and you love it. Maybe you want to learn more about the business and you are interested in being a coach. Well, you can sign up as a coach when you make your Challenge Pack purchase for FREE! The coach sign up fee of $39.95 is WAIVED. This means you have the potential of saving over $120!!

This is a no-brainer. If you are thinking about purchasing a Beachbody program and/or Shakeology, then you really need to consider the Challenge Pack options.