March 6, 2012

What's happening?

I’ve been bad…
I’ve been really bad about blogging.
The truth is I’ve just been busy. This doesn’t mean that I haven’t been working out or keeping up with my fitness. Actually, as I mentioned before, I’m doing the Body-For-Life program. I’m on my 3rd week and it’s going really well. I’ve changed my approach to my diet dramatically from what I was doing before.
Before, I was counting calories. I was losing weight, but it was just happening too slowly. I also felt hungry a lot. I realized that the restriction of calories was too much and I wasn’t giving my body enough nutrients. I was consuming enough calories, just not enough nutrients. Does that make sense? If not, basically, I was eating a lot of diet food which had a small calorie count, but had no nutrients. I didn’t like feeling exhausted and misguided. Instead of giving up, I went back to my roots.
I’m not a runner. I’m not an aerobics queen. I don’t like pilates, yoga or any other girly type of cardio. I like weight lifting. I like watching my muscles grow and watching my body change. So I looked up on Google, “Weight lifting diet for beginners,” and I found Body-For-Life. The results that people have had with this program are amazing. No denying that this program works, however what attracted me to it is that it described macronutrient ratios that I could actually adhere to. It also seemed pretty basic and like it could fit my lifestyle and not be a big deal. Regular food that I already had in my fridge and a program that required all the equipment I already owned in my garage….perfect! Sold!
In the last 2 weeks, I’ve gained so much strength. I haven’t lost any weight to write mom about, but I feel good and I know that if I see this through, I will eventually chisel out the body that I know I want and deserve. The best part is that I’ve rediscovered certain foods that I forgot that I used to love. For example, cottage cheese with strawberries….delicious!
Another thing I love about the program, it’s efficient. You work out 6 days a week, but no more than an hour each session. On the 7th day, you get to be lazy J and you also get a break from the diet and you can eat whatever you want. Sundays are my day off. Those are the days that I get to eat whatever I want. The first Sunday, I had Panda…lol. The second Sunday, I had a Mexican Pizza from Taco Bell…hahaha! Basically, I save my cravings for Sunday. Sometimes, the craving goes away. I mean at the beginning of last week, I wanted chocolate, chips and ice cream on my day off. I ended up only having a mexican pizza. I guess that’s the psychology behind the eating plan.
The workouts are going really well. The week looks as so:
M: Lower Body Workout (Alternate Upper Body Workout on following week)
T: HIIT Cardio (20 Minutes)
W: Upper Body Workout (Alternate Lower Body Workout on following week)
Th: HIIT Cardio (20 Minutes)
F: Lower Body Workout (Alternate Upper Body Workout on following week)
S: HIIT Cardio

I usually finish the weighted workouts within 45-50 minutes depending on how much I’m switching out the barbell with weights. I’ve seen the most change since starting this in my workouts. I’m much stronger and even had to go buy a few more 10lb. plates and 20lb. dumbbells this last weekend.

All in all, I feel great and I will finish the first round of this program right before Liam’s 3rd birthday. I’m hoping that I will be in awesome shape by his party. I don’t think I will be exactly where I want to be weight-wise, but I will be a lot closer to where I want to be. I plan on doing a second round just too fine tune my body. After the two rounds, I will continue the format of BFL, but I’m going to have more variety in that I want to take group fitness classes (like spin) for the cardio and do Cathe Friedrich lifting videos for the anaerobic days.

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