So today is the "hump day" of week 12 .
I can't believe that i've almost finished this! I couldn't wait to track my weight and body fat, both of which i have decreased by about 7
This weekend when i'm officially done i will be taking measurements with the tape and my last progress photos.
Well today is day number 76 and i get to do an hour of any cardio i want. Haven't swam in a while so that will probably be my choice. This week hasn't kicked my butt in the negative way that plyometrics did, but I have definitely put in work . Its nice to be done at the gym within an hour. I've had several people say they can see a difference. I also find myself posing in the mirror or just glancing a lot more, and in general i just feel better
I'm already thinking about what comes next, its a scary question since everything i've done for 3 months has been planned out for me. I will definitely do this challenge again, but i think for the next 2 months i'm going to work on my flexibility and try some yoga/pilates. I won't stop lifting weights of course, but my flexibility is pathetic, really. My boyfriend has also mentioned cross fit, which is something i actually wouldn't mind trying, but the gyms are NOT cheap. Right now i spend at least 100 on gym membership and supplements each month, the cross fit gym is AT least $80 already. so ill stick with pilates and weights and go back to eason in a couple of months. I'm more excited than ever to cook healthy and try some vegetarian options as well. I've been researching recipes so that i can have variety and stick with eating clean. I'm positive about whats going to happen in the next stage.
The unsure face is a joke, I completed this week like a champ.
I pushed through every single moment. I grunted when it was tough, i sweat on the floor and machines. But i gave it everything i had. Plyometrics is no joke. (neither is hiit)
I definitely have more to prove over the last two weeks. But even at this point I feel extremely strong for making it past the point where I would have quit before, whether it was because it was too hard or because i didn't like the exercise. I have such an amazing support system, don't know where i would be today without those people who believe in me and helped me believe in myself. Constantly I tell myself out loud to do it, and that its almost done. ANd i have a killer back and shoulders to prove that it was worth it.
today's other defining moment came in the form of a second friend approaching me on my technique. Now, i'm no body building extraordinaire but if i can help my friends achieve the kind of thing i wanted and the happiness that i brought upon myself in their own mind, then its a win. I want people to believe that no matter what you're starting point, you can do it when you tell yourself that you can and will, and when you don't give up.
I'm feeling just a little empowered today
Finally got mind and body working together and I rocked out the bi's, back, and HIIT cardio. Tomorrow marks my last day of plyometrics.
i'm sure ill have more of a story and inspiring moments after completing tomorrow
yesterday was 4th of july and an anniversary celebration.
It was supposed to be low carb, but i changed my game plan and made it a high carb. I tried to let myself enjoy food, but I ended up eating it and thinking to myself, not only do i feel guilty for eating outside my diet in the midst of a carb cycle but I also did not enjoy it as much. I would rather dress up a salad with turkey bacon bits and a small serving of croutons or a turkey burger with 1/2 a serving of low fat cheese than eat a regular burger and a few french fries.
jamie eason's plan has done what its supposed to. I can't be any happier about that. today is day 67 and because i missed the gym yesterday I am considering two a day today, hopefully i have the motivation for it. Either way I have 17 days left of this challenge, with 3 days of rest at some point during. I am now going to finish this strong.
So after the first half of the first day cycling( yesterday) I had a moment where I thought to myself, you know, i don't feel like counting my carbs anymore....its really hard, I HAVE to count EVERY THING, and I just don't feel like it.
And then i asked my boyfriend, who is 6 weeks from a posing competition, for his opinion and advice. It took 15 minutes for him to convince me without trying to convince me that sometimes you have to do the things that suck....but that is when you need to be the strongest. That if it were him in my position, which it has been before, he would just do it.
in another 20 minutes =, it really did boil down to :
this is only 3 weeks
the results are going to be amazing.
i've already come this far.
and you know what happened? This morning I was excited to go to the gym. I gave it everything i had, and i finished strong. 2 weeks and 3 days to go!
So some people think calorie counting is hard.....HA!
Carb counting is way harder.
I cooked up a storm last night in preparation for this last three weeks of carb cycling, and everything smells and tastes awesome. However, i thought it was a reward to finally be able to have a single egg yolk with my breakfast. So i began to prep as normal....until I realized my seasoning had carbs...
and the 2 sugar free / low or no calorie sweeteners i use in my oat meal have carbs....
And here i've spent the entire week calculating how much of everything i can have so that I don't wander too far from the intended goal. So i have to think, do i sacrifice flavor for more food during the day or do i get the flavor i so love and take away from some of the meals through out the day. It's only day one so i guess i'll see how it goes and manage from there.
Jamie Eason says that these 2 weeks worth of plyometrics shocked my body the first time around and that this week is supposed to go easier. I really hope so. I plan to give it all i've got, but i really have to push to know that I only have 5 days more of these exercises and then i'm done.
I hope anyone reading remembers that the exercises you normally hate, are probably the best for you, and that they are going to to give you those awesome results. Fight through it and beast mode!!
Plyometrics are no joke. Today was a hamstring and calf killer.
My plan of going to bed early and hitting the gym earlier has been working, but since i didn't have to go into work today I thought i'd enjoy my morning. It felt weird AND when i made it to the gym it was super busy and just annoying. But I am sleeping much better.
I forgot the jump rope today and we don't have a standing leg curl machine, but I made due with a jump rope motion and doing lying leg curls, which were already part of the program so I doubled up. Overall my motivation when I am at the gym is still high. I have moments when I think about not doing the last 3 reps, or cutting down on something, but IMMEDIATELY i get refocused. I have 2 more days to go for this week and then one more round and I am done with plyo.............I'm going to have to pull out everything i've got in order to complete this portion.
My boyfriend could see a difference and verbally said so, thats when i realized i just gotta do this...I am almost there!
Today i completed day 58. Holy crap plyometrics, i hate you, but not as much as i thought. If i had to pick the worst part about it i would have to choose the jump roping. When i finish though, i feel pretty positive about doing it even better the next time. I don't expect to be a boxing jump roper, but in due time I think i can maybe take fewer mini breaks.
The HIIT 30sec on/off training is a bit of a struggle too. Due to time restraint and using Vibram shoes for the first round of this had me only stick in for 23 minutes instead of the full 30. But i feel good about it, i went as hard as i could, gave it everything i had.....and now my calves are screaming ...
In the 2 days i've done this, I've already noticed a difference in going to bed earlier and going to the gym earlier as well. I feel better rested and more energetic.
I'm still trying to work on the diet portion of the next 3 weeks for carb cycling, not easy on a budget.
Hope everyone is keeping it beast mode today!
I am 8 weeks done with Jamie Eason live fit.
to keep it short and sweet on my off day, I need to listen to the motivation of results, not my cravings.
I've got 4 weeks to go beast mode and create insane results and i know its going to be hard, but I am going to finish this strong.
So it's hump day for week 8. My chest and heart will be put to the test with todays workout. I feel good about this week. Right now the most bothersome thing about the past 2 weeks or so worth
of workouts is that I went from spending 30-45 in the gym, to 1 hour
-1.5 hours now. Not that i have a problem with the time in the gym, but
when the plyometrics come in , there are even more exercises so i'm
worried about the increase in gym time that comes with that vs my work
they say that gym time creates energy, but the workouts that start my
day cause me to want to crash the moment i get off of work.
Im also trying to plan for my changed diet (carb cycling for the last three weeks) and its starting to make me a little nervous. I'm just not even sure where to begin calculating my intake for more than just calories. Because the amounts are based on weight, there is no immediate amount of the foods i should take in, i have to create the list. Thank god for my fitness guru and boyfriend. Hopefully i can have that completed this weekend.
The plyometrics aren't as scary as i imagined seeing as they are only a 2 week thing (thank goodness) then it turns out that MRT workouts are part of the last two weeks.
So its a bitter sweet feeling about the next phase for this work out.
I'm also getting ready to enroll myself in an all online class bachelors degree program that will be starting in 19 days or so; that will leave me with 32 days left in this challenge. Hopefully school and gym wont collide; but since it will be mostly MRT based at that time, those workouts should be insanely quick.
either way, its still time to beast mode!
well, today marks the last day of week 7. Holy crap is all i can think to say at this point. I've got lower intake of carbs, carb cycling, and plyometrics ahead. It actually scares me, but i've got to finish it out and make it count.
I cheated on my diet this weekend; it definitely wasn't the worst i could have done, but i felt guilty after words and it is my goal to stick to diet 100% in this last phase so i can get as close to an expected finish as possible. I'm really going to need to stay motivated, but i hope everyone out there has the motivation to continue what they are doing too.
I'm going to take it easy today , as it is a rest day, and tomorrow i'm starting week 8 in the most beast mode of ways!
A couple of changes in numbers for my stats, i'm happy about that. Extremely happy in fact...
However, I realized that i am giving the 110% for the weighted workouts, but i'm lagging in the cardio. It occurred to me that my goal is maybe a little off for weight .... Something in me says my frame just isn't meant to dip below 140lbs.... oh well. But i'm going to make it my next mini goal to really push myself in the cardio to see what change i can make. WE are half way through this transformation. Its scary seeing how far i've come and how far I've got to go. But its a good scary....
beast mode today like i never have before!
These last couple of days i've been a little less eager to hit the gym. 50% of me doesn't see the right results, the other 50% is so ready to go ! Its a struggle i'm forcing myself past because i want this.
The diet officially hit a calorie count point today, so I need to do everything in my power to actually track the real amount I'm taking in and to follow through. Thank goodness for phone fitness applications! I hope to take some mid way progress pictures and measurements this week!
to anyone who's lacking motivation like me, its time to put up and BEAST MODE it out!