So, Labor Day weekend has now come and gone and it’s hard to believe that we are heading into Fall season soon because it is still so gosh darned HOT here in southern California. Not a fan of 100 degree and muggy weather but I’m also not a fan of complaining so I’ll leave it there.
As many of you have heard me say for the past few months, I have been busy building lean muscle and cutting the fat on my body. I’m not sure how many of you can relate, but I am a BEAST when it comes to my workouts but the foods can be MEH over time. Know what I mean? 😉 It has been true with the Body Beast plan too. I did amazingly well the first round just before summer season. I logged in all of my foods, tracked my workouts every day and logged in my weight selection and stats in my progress and I was blown away at how much stronger I became and how much I changed in my updated photos.
I guess when the plan says you should be eating over 2,000 calories each day, you worry that you will actually LOSE weight, right? I also freaked out when the second month of the program was named “BULK” phase and the calorie needs actually went UP another few hundred calories each day.
Wait…what? But I’m not a guy! Have you ever thought this? Well you are not alone and I had to suck it up and just follow the plan as it was laid out (and trust in the process as I always tend to preach about! lol). The exciting part was that I started to see my results in becoming more LEAN and more TONED as I also dropped body fat and inches in my body. My clothes became looser and baggier and I needed to drop down a size (or more)…that made it all worth it!
As we now move into the season, I have noticed that this second round of the Body Beast hasn’t been as successful in my nutrition. I do get my workouts done and tracked, as before, but now my foods are done “on automatic pilot” and it’s easy to “fudge” along the way as I’m not tracking as I was before.
I’ve learned this is a wake up call that I need a CHANGE again! Our bodies and minds are good at adapting to what we are becoming more efficient at but in doing so, we then must create new challenges in our training and focus in our foods. So my plan is to MAKE THE CHANGE! (imagine hearing a screeching record player sound…)
My new plan is to change up my meals again and my workouts and the best way for me to do so is the following:
–> Get a jumpstart on my body’s habits by completing our “3 Day Refresh” program on Sept 18-20th.
–> Immediately follow the results with the PIYO workout and meal plan program – on Sept 21st.
This program has helped me:
- Achieve a stronger core and noticeable definition
- Complete the dreaded “tricep” pushups on my toes!
- Releasing tension and stress in my body through the flexibility aspects.
- Get back on my nutrition plan by changing it up enough to make it FUN again!
The funny thing is, even though there are NO weights in this program, I know that the strength from using my own body weight is truly amazing. (saves on having to get heavier weights this season!)
I also noticed that with Piyo, I don’t just feel like I am becoming stronger from the OUTSIDE only but also building internal strength at the same time. I focus more on my mindset, my emotions, my breathing, my stretching and just being more in tune with my body as a whole.
Now the food plan is a bit different than what I’ve been doing and here’s why. Obviously 80% of the results from any program lie in the foods we put (or not put) into our bodies. If we replace our old habits with better habits – we won’t just have a short term “fix” to a lifelong weight loss goal but a lifelong habit of making better choices, day in and day out.
We work on feeding our bodies 5-6 times a day with small, portioned meals that are set up to help our individual needs and goals. We focus on hydrating with at least 1/2 of our body weight in ounces of water daily and fueling ourselves with optimal foods that are nutritionally dense and never processed! I’m not a “fancy” meal type eater but these foods are definitely something we can live of and enjoy for the rest of our lives! I will share my meal plan with you soon to see what I mean.
Follow my journey this month on my Facebook Page and if you’d like to join me for one of the programs above (3 day refresh or Piyo); or even BOTH, fill out your info here so I can send you all the details: Shred the FAT
Or send me an email for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org