March 29, 2016
PIIT28 1.0 ROUND 1 Transformations!
Soooo to celebrate the conclusion of PIIT28 1.0 and The 28 Day Reset, round 1…I am posting a mirror selfie in a sports bra! *GASP* I rarely ever wear clothes that show off my mid section because, to be honest, I’m very self-conscious of it! Growing up chubby, then losing a ton of weight for my Bikini Competition back in 2012, then gaining all of it back the few years following the competition put my body in a very bad stage of metabolic disruption. (I was eating close to 1000 cals a day and working out 4+ hrs a day during the comp prep.) You can watch my video on “Why I Will NEVER Diet Again” here. No matter what I ate or how I worked out, I would gain weight constantly. I’m talking eating a salad and doing HIIT vs eating a pizza and watching TV. Same results. In fact, sometimes, the pizza would make me lose weight. It was weird and incredibly frustrating. My body just wasn’t working for me anymore. I felt like it was working against me.
So, a year and a half ago, I started developing the beginnings of what would eventually become PIIT28. Tired from all of my travels and strapped for time, I put working out as a last priority. It sounds crazy (especially as a fitness instructor) but I was just so upset! I wanted to stop it all! Nothing I did seemed to work, so it was incredibly unmotivating. But…I noticed that I was also unhappier.
And that’s something I can’t accept – whether or not I have abs showing through.
I was determined to find a solution to find my JOY in exercise again. I paired together my 2 loves, Pilates and HIIT and created PIIT – Pilates Intense Interval Training. It was so intense that I knew under half an hour would do it if I went full max effort.
Slowly but surely, my body started changing. Tiny tiny things that only I could see, but it was SO SATISFYING to be able to dig myself out of this 3 year plateau. I personally tested all moves and routines over and over to make sure they would be safe, fun, and of course, effective for myself and for you guys. The truth is, I needed PIIT28 more than anyone. And I am SO HAPPY and SO PROUD that I gave my body time to heal. Because now, everything is working again 🙂 But more importantly, I am HAPPY and I am STRONG.
So many POPsters (or shall I say PIITsters!?) dared to endure the fury of PIIT28 1.0 with me when I released my program in March. And now, I have some REALLY COOL results to share with you guys after just 28 days of working out 28 min and 40 sec a day! I am so impressed by everyone’s dedication! Some girls did PIIT28 1.0 alone and some did The 28 Day Reset too, which was co-written with the Blogilates Exec Chef and Head of Nutrition, Erin Woodbury.
Now…get ready for some serious inspiration before we head off into Round 2 of PIIT28 1.0 on April 1st!
Meet Ilinca, @frostykitten
“Final day of #PIIT28 and #PIITSTAGRAM! Wow what a trip it’s been!
I never thought I’d be able to shed all this weight that’s accumulated from all the bad eating and lack of cardio, but here we are. I’ve lost weight before, but I’ve never had so many people tell me they notice a big change in my appearance. I’ve never had people go out of their way to compliment my body. I always thought I’d just be a bit chubby and that was OK. I learned to accept that.
I started this workout series not because I wanted to lose weight, but because I wanted to support Cassey and her hard work and improve my health. I truly never expected such big change and I can honestly say I look forward to round 2…and 3 and 4 and however many rounds there will be!
I love looking in the mirror and seeing myself as a strong person. I see muscles I never thought I’d see and definition I never knew was possible for my body.
But most importantly, piit taught me that there’s always time and energy for a 30 min workout and that to me is the biggest success because if I don’t workout consistently I have to endure health issues that so far have only been prevented or avoided by working out.
Thank you Cassey for such an amazing workout plan and not to mention amazing meal plan! I’m always well fed and my cravings are nonexistent. #piitprincess for life!”
Meet Brina, @fitbribri
“Last day of #piit28 is here! I’ve noticed huge changes in my body. My abs are tighter, my waist is smaller, my arms are stronger, and my confidence has improved! In terms of abs, mine were probably looking better last week since I’ve been a bit bloated recently, but looking at these two pictures side-by-side is so encouraging! I can’t believe that I’ve improved so much in only 28 days! I’ve lost around 10 lbs since I first starting working out in January and I’m down maybe 5 lbs from Cassey’s program. Now it’s time to gain it all back in muscle!”
Meet Jordan, @popster_jordan
Day 28: The last day of PIIT. How bittersweet. I have accomplished so much in these last 28 days and my journey is far from over, this is only the beginning. I can see a difference in myself. I have lost 13 lbs and 15.5 total inches, but I have gained much more than that. I have gained better posture, a happier mood, huge confidence in myself, a new found love of my body and deep appreciation for what I am capable of doing. I know I have a ways to go but PIIT gave me the tools and the courage to keep going. PIIT gave me my life back! I finished #PIIT28 and I am a #piitprincess!
Meet Katie, @katie.piit28
“Today is the final day of the challenge! This past month really has flown by. I’m so surprised by my results, especially since I wasn’t following a meal plan or counting macros or anything. I tried to mostly eat clean, but I would have a couple treat meals a week (still all vegan though). I feel so much stronger and am able to do better at each workout. I plan to restart the program from the beginning. Who else is restarting the program? . ? Good luck to everyone after this challenge! Let’s continue to support each other.”
Meet Mackenzie, @Mackenzie.r.richardson
“Before pic on the left, after on the right. Can’t believe it’s been one month already! I’ve lost 8 lbs, I’ve definitely lost inches. Clothes fit me completely differently. My favorite change is how strong I feel. I never thought I’d be able to successfully do mountain climbers or plank jacks, but now I can. I also have way more energy throughout the day. Great job to everyone who completed PIIT and transformed themselves! Can’t wait to start round 2 April 1st and see how much more we all change!”
Meet Caitie, @caitie.did
“Day 28 of #PIIT28! I guess my abs have come out of hiding a little, but I’d like to share the things I have gained that are NOT abs:
1) Increased happiness (Cardio makes me happy, Pilates makes me happy, and combining the two has made me ecstatic)
2) Improved stamina (I promise that 4 minutes of jumping lunges have gone from being actual torture to actual fun)
3) A fulfilling sense of accomplishment (I did all 28 days!)
4) Improved posture (Which is not evidenced by this awkward selfie that I had to crouch in order to take in the TV lounge this morning )
5) New, inspiring friends in other #PIITSTAGRAMMERS! (Thanks for your support)
I have confidence that these 5 gains are going to remain, even if my abs go back into hiding in 5 days or 5 minutes from now. Thanks @blogilates for this awesome way to challenge myself physically and mentally.”
Meet Jen, @insta_jen77
“Day 28! Here’s my before & after for #PIIT28! I know the physical changes aren’t huge but I’ve made amazing progress with my endurance and stamina. I can feel the difference much more than you can see it here. I’ve really enjoyed this challenge and I’m looking forward to Round 2! I’m especially excited about adding some extra ab work & body weight work into the mix! Big thank you to Cassey (@blogilates) & the entire #Blogifam For creating such a quick, effective and fun workout! Now let’s go crush the next 4 weeks!”
Meet Raelyn, @rae.fit15
“Day 28: Progress Pics. I can’t believe we made it! Honestly when I started this 28 days ago there was a part of me that thought I wasn’t going to be able to finish, that I would get bored and just stop. I am so proud of myself for finishing though because I feel STRONGER, more CONFIDENT, and just HAPPIER!
When I look at my before and after pictures, I mostly see some ab definition and better posture!! Of course the real gain from this journey is mentally because I know I can finish something if I put my mind to it. Also if something is hard at the time, the result will feel great!!! I have loved being part of the blogilates community and I plan to keep posting on here with my journey through PIIT 28 round 2!!! I have loved watching everyone’s progress and the support is absolutely amazing! Thank you @blogilates for something I now look forward to everyday!”
Meet Meggie, @popstermarie
“#PIIT28 and 28-day reset results! I’d say it went pretty well 🙂 I feel stronger for sure, but I definitely feel wiser too. I’ve never gone loner than five hours “eating clean” before because I could get away with eating practically anything since I’m so active. Sustaining healthy habits over a long stretch of time has taught me that it’s possible to have continuous energy all day long. I seriously had no idea it was possible to feel like this!”
Meet Amy, @algeorge14
“Last day of the #piit28 #PIITSTAGRAM challenge!! Definitely a bittersweet day, BUT, Round 2 is just around the corner. Who’s signing up?!
So my results are a little cray but I feel great! I’ve lost a total of 6.5 inches all over my body. Now that might be startling to some people who know me. I never had weight to lose to start…But hold on my friend, I weighed myself yesterday at Dads & I’m 116lbs (normal weight) so the only possible explanation for my inch loss is FAT loss & muscle GAIN! And that’s exactly what Cassey said this program would do! My strength has 150% increased.
I remember the first week doing mountain climbers. I had to slow down halfway through. Now I can push through 4 rounds at a steady pace. It most definitely does NOT get easier, you just get better. I’m also impressed with my burpees. I know I’ve increased the amount each week! I think my PR is 11 per 45 seconds but I want to do even better next round! The moves I hated the most were: surfers, squat hops, plie hops & tuck jumps. My goal this round is to improve on these moves! My cardio has always sucked & PIIT is definitely helping.
Long gone are the days of spending hours at the gym. PIIT is where it’s at!! As for my diet, I followed the 28 Day Reset meal plan pretty darn close. You can’t expect to get great results if you’re just half a**ing it (to put it bluntly). HOWEVER, I allowed myself treats that fit the meal plan guidelines. Initially my body wasn’t used to all of this food, esp. the protein. It was difficult to eat it all. Now I feel like I can always eat. I’ve realized I’ve been undereating in the past & this was actually hurting me. Your body can adapt to all of the extra food & use it efficiently as fuel!! Never EVER under fuel. I’m kicking myself a little bit. But lesson learned. I now know how to treat my body correctly thanks to @blogilates.”
All of these girls ROCK!!!!
Notice how all of them talked about how much STRONGER and HAPPIER they each felt. Reading these captions made my heart so warm and my smile so big!! Because that was the REAL reason why I developed PIIT28 for myself to begin with. To find my balance and to find my happiness again 🙂
I really hope you guys enjoyed this blog post. Comment below and tell me how exercising makes you feel!