Eat to Heal, Not to Numb

by Ali Piazza

I lost my baby.

Perhaps I was a little overexcited to share. I told pretty much everyone. I even wrote a post about it. I figured if it happened I’d deal. And here I am…dealing.

I had a dream the night before I went to he hospital. It was one of those vivid dreams that are very clear. In the dream, I was in my mother’s room and on the phone to my doctor. In the dream the doctor told me that the hormones were low and the baby wasn’t growing properly.

The next day, I began to bleed with lower back pain. I went to the hospital to confirm what I already knew in my heart…my baby was gone.

After my miscarriage, I took a week off work. At first I was hesitant to do so, but I was happy I did in the end cause it allowed me to feel the loss: the anger, the guilt and the all encompassing sadness that I think most women feel when they experience a miscarriage.

During that time, I barely ate. When severely heart broken, I don’t eat, even when I’m hungry.

Once I started to eat normally however, my weight skyrocketed to an all time high.
Who knows why, but obviously my body and hormones were outta whack. I felt bloated, frustrated, unattractive and seriously grumpy. It was just such an unpleasant feeling. I hadn’t felt like myself for months and it was getting worse!
So, I had a choice to make….and both involved food.
Do I continue to feel this way, but NUMB my discomfort by overeating yummy, uber fatty, calorie dense food and drink?
Do I HEAL myself (inside and out) with food that is satisfying, delicious and packed full of nutrients?
Even though there’s a lot more work involved, I’ve chosen to heal.
I chose to do a combination of the Wild Rose Detox and the 21 Day Fix, which is a new program from Beachbody.
By eliminating foods that cause me indigestion, proper portion control along and 30 min of exercise a day, Ive been able to lose almost 8 pounds in 7 days. That’s how bloated I was! No wonder I was so uncomfortable!
Has it been an easy week?
My fatigue continued and my cravings were strong. My sadness comes and goes.
During the Valentines day party in my class, I totally wanted to indulge in the donoughts and chips and cheesies that my students brought in for the party.
At the Justin Timberlake concert I can’t even tell you how badly I wanted cheesy garlic bread and poutine with large amounts of wine. But I stuck to my plan and enjoyed both the party and the concert without having to stuff my face. Which showed me it is possible to have fun without food.
To help with the cravings, I just tried to see the food I wanted from another perspective. I started to see the food I was craving as not helpful. The food at the party and the concert is not going to help me stop feeling the way I do. What is going to help me is food from this earth, created by the earth.
I don’t mean to sound so tree-huggerish, but it’s true!
Look at the difference 1 week can make. I still can’t believe it. And more importantly I can FEEL it the difference. Lighter and stronger. Cause after all, it’s a feeling we’re all ultimately chasing, not a number.
I made a commitment to myself, to heal and feel like myself again. And I think I’m well on my way!!

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Happy New Year!!! Don’t you just love the feeling of optimism and hope that this day brings??

A chance for making changes and creating new and wonderful things.

This year will definitely be a game changer for me…

First off because I’m getting married to the most AMAZING man (seriously a-mah-zing!) He’s got it all :) I’m am truly blessed that he entered my life. We were going to elope on the 30th but I didn’t have the proper divorce documentation. So, now I think the new plan is to elope in March on some tropical sandy beach. Ahhhhh I LOVE that idea!!!

And the other big change is that I’M PREGNANT!!! Currently only 8 weeks. I know I’m not ‘supposed’ to share before the 1st trimester is done, but I just want to. The new little one will be due in August. :)

Before I found out I was pregnant I was planning on doing P90X3 and getting the best results possible, aka – abs and slimmer thighs! That goal is obviously not happening, but the actions will be the same.

I’m still going to focus on proper nutrition so my baby can put him/herself together properly and I don’t gain the whopping 60 lbs like I did with my first pregnancy.

And I’m still going to attempt X3, but I’ll change it up to my liking.

So, basically I’m going to eat well and move my body. Nothing revolutionary – just making choices that EVERYBODY should be doing whether they want to lose weight of not. 

Doing P90X3 While Pregnant

I must admit, I’m a bit nervous about attempting to do this. Having completed the original P90X, I know how challenging the program is. And throw in the common pregnancy symptoms I’ve been feeling – nausea, fatigue, sore boobs, headaches etc. It’s going to be even more challenging.

My doctor said that I can continue to be as active as I was before. I was doing a round of ChaLEAN Extreme before so I feel I can start X3. Plus, according to Beachbody, P90X3 can be for anyone – both veteran’s and beginners because there’s modifications available. I’ve been debating between Lean and Classic version but I think I’ll go for Lean just cause that’s what I did when I did the original. There’s simply more cardio in the Lean version compared to the Classic.

I will also have to double up on the sports bras because my boobs are sooo sore!

My Pregnant Modifications

  • Do all modifications instead of regular
  • Do 15 reps with a lighter weight instead of the recommended 10.
  • Do low impact cardio instead of high impact –> no jumping and plyometrics.
  • Will not do exercises that require me to lie on my stomach, back or twist my torso.
  • Will attempt to do ab exercises on the stability ball.
  • Listen to my body. If I’m exhausted or nauseous I will do an easier workout from my DVD library.
  • I will aim to workout 4-5 x a week, I don’t know if I can commit to 6x a week cause of my fatigue.
  • Probably going to do 6 weeks (not 13) because that will bring me into my 2nd trimester.

Eating while Pregnant

I will still plan my meal and I will share them here with you each week. I’m not going to be tracking calories. I will be focusing on eating whole foods – fruits, veggies, lean meats, light dairy (cause I’m totally craving cheese!) and whole grains. I’ll be continuing to make meals that are cheap, quick and easy to make and that the whole family will enjoy – including my uber picky 5 year old son!

Despite my meal planning, I will also follow my cravings in moderation cause I believe that pregnant women crave certain things for a reason. Perhaps the baby is needing more protein, or vitamin C or whatever nutrient he/she needs. Am I going to give into EVERY craving?…No. I’ve been craving beer recently, which is weird cause I don’t drink beer and I’m obviously not going to start now. I also want to gain a healthy amount of weight, not the amount I did with Evan.

I am also going to continue to drink Shakeology when I feel like it.

I of course asked my doctor first and she told me to call Motherisk to determine if it was safe to drink during pregnancy. The Motherisk Program is a clinical, research and teaching program run by The Hospital for Sick Children, one of the world’s leading paediatric health-care institutions. When I called they said that it was safe to drink. So, on days I don’t drink it I take my prenatal vitamin, and on days I do drink it I add a folic acid supplement.

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P90X3 is Here!!

by Ali Piazza

Oooh a NEW program!!


Well Hotties, Tony Horton has done it again! The program that revolutionized home fitness has launched it’s 3rd program, P90X 3 on the 10th of December :)

The original P90X has changed the bodies and lives of thousands of people including myself. (To read about my p90x experience click here)

Although the original is AWESOME, it was long and intense - you needed to commit about 1 hour a day. However with the new program, you'll still get the same intensity and the same results in HALF the time. Just 30 min of work to get you looking and feeling awesome!!

Also, unlike P90X2, which was a continuation of the original, you don't  need to be in stellar shape to start. You can be a total beginner and do the modifications until you gain the strength to do the advanced moves.

Start 2014 off right! - Join the Challenge

But what it really takes to succeed in the program is the right mentality, consistency and support.

And this is where I come in…I can help you with the mental and emotional component. I've done so many programs successfully, I know what it takes. By joining my challenge group, you will get the support, the inspiration and the tips you need that will keep you going to complete the 90 days and beyond!! You will be in a group of likeminded individuals - all who lead busy lives, but are wanting to take their health and fitness to the next level. All you need to join is to purchase the program or the Challenge Pack.

But if you're not ready to commit, perhaps a loved one…It makes a perfect Christmas present. In fact, I received the original P90X for Christmas from my sister back in 2008. That gift changed my life! If you want a Christmas delivery you'd need to order by the 15th, so don't delay!! It's like putting health and confidence in a box! Who doesn't want to get more fit, healthy and confident?? What an awesome gift :)

*Note: the best value is the Challenge Pack, which includes P90X3 and a monthly supply of Shakeology. The price will go up to from $180 to $205 in January. Bought separately, you would pay $240.

To Purchase click here.


When is P90X3 available for purchase? P90X3 will be available to order by end of day 12/10.

Where is P90X3 available for purchase? Find it here and take advantage of free shipping until 12/31. The tool kit will also be available by end of day 12/10.

When should I order it to guarantee I get it by Christmas? Order by 12/15 11:59 PM to guarantee delivery by 12/25.

What special offer is associated with the release of P90X3? All orders of P90X3, purchased through myself or through a Challenge Pack, from 12/10/13 through 12/31/13 will include a FREE P90X3 hat. There are no hats for P90X or P90X2 orders at this time.

Is there an App available? The P90X App will be available for Android on 12/10 and the Android version will include the ability to track P90X3 workouts. The functionality to track your P90X3 workouts will be available soon for the iPhone App.

Is there a vegan meal plan option available for P90X3? There will be vegan options included in the new P90X3 Nutrition Guide that will be available on December 10, 2013. For tips and ideas on how to modify the P90X3 meal plan to be more vegan friendly, we encourage customers to post the topic on the Team Beachbody message boards ( We have dietary experts that monitor the posts and provide some great ideas and direction.

How long does it take to complete P90X3? P90X3 is a 90 day program, split into 3 Blocks. Blocks 1 & 2 each consist of 4 weeks, while Block 3 lasts 5 weeks. Additionally, the Elite Block calendar, which is an optional block to be completed AFTER the initial 90 days, lasts 4 weeks. The Elite Block includes 3 workouts not included within the P90X3 Base Kit.

How long are the workouts for P90X3? All P90X3 workouts are 30 minutes. Ah-ma-zing!!! The lone exception is the X3 Ab Ripper workout (15 minutes), included within the Deluxe Kit. Most workouts include a 2-3 minute cool down period.

What is included in P90X3? P90X3 Base Kit Includes:

  • 16 unique and brand new workouts on 8 DVDs
  • Plus, 5 Free Gifts
  • Fitness Guide
  • Nutrition Guide
  • 90 Day Workout Calendar
  • How to Accelerate Intro DVD
  • 24/7 Online Support
  • Network Exclusive P90X One on One: On One Leg DVD
  • Network Exclusive Premium P90X3 Hat ($24.95 value) - December Only!

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