Paleo Yogi Turns Hard Corps


So, three months ago, I went hardcore paleo. I also started a new job and was super busy with my tribe. My fitness plan kind of got a little lazy. Instead of running 3 or 4 times a week and doing my yoga 2 or 3 times a week, it kind of switched over to yoga once or twice a week. When I had time. I was intensely tunnel visioned on starting this new position and making myself into a super paleo guru.

The super paleo guru has stuck, and I’ve rocked out the paleo thing for months now. Got this. Well, once the paleo was rock solid, and the new job started getting a bit more ingrained, I decided I was missing something that I needed. And what exactly was that? My exercise. I’m still not in bad shape. I can still pull out a killer crow pose. Like. A. Boss. That’s what 10 + years of yoga do for you.

But now I’m a paleoyogi. And I want to lift heavy things. Sort of like a crossfit paleoyogi. But here’s the thing. I’m a mother of a size large family of 8. I work full time. My budget is limited. My time is even more limited. There are limits to what I can do for extracurricular activities if I want to both commit and keep at it without going crazy in the head. It has to be time manageable. It has to be reasonably priced. It has to be something I can have some accountability with. It has to be fun.

So, my first thought went to crossfit. That’s fun and there’s lots of accountability. There’s even a box about 15 minutes away. That’s 30 minutes round trip along with an hour workout. 1.5 hours at least 3 times a week away from the family, typically during dinner or evening activities time. And it’s over $120 a month. Just for me. Not gonna work.

My next thought went to returning to the yoga studio. It’s my favorite place in the universe. Yvonne will force us into handstands and scorpion  like a boss. But the same problems for crossfit exist with yoga. Too much time away from my tribe, and too much money for something I won’t be able to commit to for more than 2 or 3 times a week. Frustrating!

I took my fitness crazed mind back to the drawing board. I started doing some research. (I seriously love that stuff). And I came across a new program that was just out. 22 minute hard corps. It’s a bootcamp. Military style. The reviews coming out looked pretty darn good. It’s reasonably priced and the challenge pack looked like a pretty good deal.

For $140 I could get:

  • The entire series of videos to get me through 2 months of workouts at 6 days per week.
  • A free month of body on demand (an entire video library of fitness videos including the 22 min hardcorps)
  • A month’s worth of shakeology
  • An ability to be a part of a challenge group

The problems I’ve had with workout videos over the years? Working out alone.  It’s that whole accountability thing. I need people and a challenge and accountability. And people. Being in a challenge group with others doing these workouts absolutely nailed it for me, since I love challenges, and I love people, and this would give me the opportunity to chat with other people doing the same thing I was doing and keep me accountable. SCORE!! Plus the videos of the workout looked superfun.  And my kiddo is thinking of going into the military after his senior year next year, so I got him to agree to work out with me. DOUBLE SCORE!! I love to work out with my kiddos, and they don’t always want me to work out with them. I don’t know why. I’m a supercool mom, so they have no reason to NOT want to. Right??

I digress.  Watch this video. Doesn’t it just make you want to do a bootcamp?

My dad was a Green Beret in the Vietnam War, so I grew up hearing his stories (the ones he was open to telling anyway), and loving the military. He was kind of a super badass Green Beret. I never did take the plunge and join the military, but I’ve always wanted to go to bootcamp. This may not make me as much of a super badass as he was, but I’m gonna try anyway.

So, my next issue was the whole shakeology thing. Shakeology is NOT PALEO. Which was really stressing me out. Because I’m hardcore paleo. I don’t do cheat meals. I don’t do 80/20. I’m 100 percent paleo. So, I did some more research, and found out that there is some really great nutrition in Shakeology. And a ton of positive reviews about it. Even from other hardcore paleo peeps. I decided to make a concession and see how my body does with shakeology for the next 30 days while I do my hard corps bootcamp. It’s like what they say in Whole 30. Add things in and see how your body handles them. So, I’ll add it in, and see. For the next 30 days. More to follow on that one. I am sort of excited to add the shakeology to my paleo thin mint recipe.

Okay, so the crow pose was pretty much my before picture. Welllll, I had kind of completed a few of the bootcamp workouts prior to posting, so it’s not exactly my pre pic. I’ll post more pics each week to see how much better my yoga poses get during this challenge. And I will probably go visit Yvonne at least once a week in the yoga studio during the challenge since I want to see how much stronger my poses get.

And if you want to join us, let me know. I’m all about getting more peeps in our challenge and accountability group. Shoot me a message in the contact form below, or message me on FB (  It’s superfun. It’s absolutely a challenge. And I kinda like being like my super badass Green Beret dad.