This might not be the most exciting post, but I wanted to share with you what’s next after we completed our year of proper training and nutrition. What do I mean by “new beginning?” Well, my coach (pictured here) and I worked so hard for the full year to get the results that you see in my “After” photos, but we aren’t stopping there. The work is never done! That is the exciting part about transformation. You never stop transforming. It’s amazing what the human body can do – so why not keep challenging it? We took a look at where my body was in April after the year, he adjusted my meal plan, and we increased the frequency and intensity of my weight training workouts. Time to see where this body can go in terms of leaning out and increasing muscle. You can see the small improvements in the picture below: waist and hips smaller and overall body is tightening up (YAY!!). I am REALLY excited about our new goals and I’m excited to share the progress with you as we go along.
TIME FOR CHANGE!
So what changes did we make? He added complex carbs into almost all of my six meals per day (not a large quantity but still – hurray carbs!), and increased the white fish to twice a day. Not my favorite, but heck, I’ve learned to like a lot of stuff that I never would have eaten before! I have flexibility in terms of what complex carbohydrate, vegetables and protein I eat in each meal, I just have to use the proper measurements. In terms of workouts, I now lift six times per week, cardio is an hour six times per week, and I have one complete rest day on Sunday. I have two lower body and two shoulder/arm workouts per week, and then the other days are chest, back, and a touch-up of everything upper body. We incorporate core training almost every workout. The bump up in carbs was necessary due to this increased workload on my muscles, and even though I was nervous about increasing my calories, it hasn’t hindered results at all. As usual, the process works.
This week at the gym someone who hasn’t been there in a few months said “wow, you’re so tiny but so buff!” That made my day. Heck, my month! I still have about 12 pounds to lose to get to my goal weight, but along the way we are increasing my lean muscle mass and that is leading to an increase in strength during my workouts. When I started this journey I NEVER thought either of those two words would be used to describe me, let alone both in the same sentence.
Not saying this to brag – you know me by now! I’m saying this because I want YOU to go for it – work your butt off to hear the words you never thought you would hear being used to describe you. Creative, funny, talented, whatever you want to work on – DO IT NOW!!! What better time to start? Tell me honestly: what are you waiting for? The exact perfect time will never, ever come, trust me. The same concepts can be applied to whatever you’ve been dying to do – it doesn’t have to be weight loss. Everyone has something they’ve been wanting to do, some type of hobby. We just put our own wants aside all too often due to other demands. SO – I challenge you to dust that off, and give YOURSELF some time to do something you enjoy. You will be so surprised and happy with how well it goes, and how fulfilled you are when you put yourself first even for a few minutes a day.