I started BFL on August 2 as well. This is my first challenge.
As Day 5 winds down for me, I have found myself exhausted and losing faith. This tends to happen at the end of week 1 of any program for me. I hit the floor running on Monday morning and by Friday afternoon all I want is to fall back into my old, comfortable routine.
But this time is different. I am armed with my vision board and clear goals. I have used this website to strengthen my faith in following this program and I have written myself a pep talk in my adversity journal. I wanted share my thoughts in case they could be beneficial to anyone else....
I may not have been 100% these first but I am striving for progress and not perfection. Although, I have missed a meal here and ate too much there and workout too hard in the beginning of the week that I missed a workout this morning I still have made A LOT of progress compared to my actions last week.
Last week, I drank almost NO water. This week, I have had nothing but water and an unsweetened tea today. Last week, I was eating multiple "sweets" every day. This week, I have had none, saving them for my free day. Last week, I did as little as possible to be physically active. This week, I have completed 7 "workouts."
Have fun everyone and make sure to notice what progress you have made!
@ tralan....it is a muscle building milkshake made by six star and sold at walmart. I use one scoop instead of two and add half a bannana/ water and ice...it's good. I would buy the myoplex if it fit in my budget...because I am aware of the starter packs and GNC specials...I am just broke so I am using what fits in my budget. Like I said though, I am using a few BFL products (like CLA and Reload). The reload (which I don't have in front of me) doesn't taste that good. If you want to know its benefits, you can look it up on this site under products. The myoplex chocolate shakes are wonderful tasting if that fits into your budget. What I buy though costs 17 dollars for a 2 lb tub opposed to 40-60 $ for small packs that you buy twice or more a month. I wish you well!....no matter what you buy, this program works! Take care, Aimee
A WEEK LATER AND I FEEL GREAT !
There is no longer the need to rush straight in to bed after work to take a nap before continuing the rest of my afternoon , MY ENERGY LEVES ARE UP
Weight training was daunting on the first day , but I got to gym with a copy of my exercise a pen n stop watch did what I need to do , realising that THIS is not the time to worry about what PEOPLE THINK !
I also had to swop around my weight training days and had a back to back upper and lower body work out. Do url think it would still be effective as if i had done it on alternate days ?
I participated in a 20 km off road trail.And yes ! the very next day I weight trained .
There was a feeliing almost as if had become invincible and I believe I am , .... this week I not only learnt but experienced that we all are as strong as our minds wants us to be , we control our minds and we can and will control the decisions we make .
I choose not to get onto the scale this week ! I feel that if there is no change it could initiate a feeling sadness and I will not allow for any of that . I will definately be getting onto the scale however every two weeks and taking those pics once in four weeks .
Eating ! every two hour a natual clock hits me its time to eat ! since I planned out my meals and the time I eat ... Not to dwell there was a day in the week that I ate a few things that i was not surpose to. I highlighted that in my eating plan and vowed to become aware of those craving that come up not cos i want to eat it but because its there ! any of you out there experienced this ?
I need to get onto a few supplemets still havent found an alternative for myoplex in S.A. and online ooo well url work in $ $ and I have to pay in rand I will never afford that . Lets see what this week holds.
Today being my free day I enjoyed a free breakfast but balanced that out with a friendly game of squash .. I felt the need to be fair to all that I achieved this week .
My sub goal this week is to focus on my visualisation and commands .
To the end of one and the begining of another ...
Midweek ? BFL aug how are you guys doing ?
I am starting the BFL Challenge tommorrow being the 12th August 2010
Very nervous but very excited at the same time
Looking forward to hearing everyones progress, tips and ideas
It's day 10 for me & I'm doing pretty good. My eating has improved this week. I'm getting into a routine w/my meals. It's hard to eat 6 times a day. Part of that is I'm not getting up as early as I will when school starts back up. I haven't missed a workout, I actually look forward to them. Especially my cardio b/c it only takes 20 minutes.
Thanks for all the comments & encouragement...you guys keep me motivated.
Welcome tiredofbeingsickandtired! Kudos to you for joining this too!
This is my second week and I'm doing great! During the first week I could barely walk after my leg workout-- seriously for 3 days! That was rough. But now I had another killer leg workout, and guess what? I can walk! The diet's going great. We are eating only healthy foods and I find that I'm hungry after only 2 hours. We planned and prepared all of our meals on Sunday and what a relief during the week that is!
I'm not seeing the weight come off yet (I'm 5'8" and 167 pounds), but it's only been about 10 days. I think the FREE day set me back a bit to be honest. I think I'll still consider it a free day but go a little less crazy next time around.
Also, I'm doing indoor soccer on Wednesday nights instead of cardio in the AM. I had to switch up my schedule a bit. Soccer is great exercise (especially indoor which is very fast-paced).
Thank you jj91709 for the warm welcome
Had a upper body workout today split into 2 sessions
Feeling great that I have completed the first workout of 84 : )
I had a neice do a 12 week training program (not sure if it was BFL) and took weekly photos so she could see her progress. She achieved amazing results and said that the photos helped keep her motivated so I am adopting the same idea
My eating has been great today so very happy with day 1 : )
"Inch by inch its a cinch"
Halfway through day 2 and had an aerobic day planned. Would say I hit a level 6 which is not cool but "something is better than nothing" : )
My eating has been ok and could be better but still very excited about the challenge
I plan to give an update on this forum on a daily basis so that I become accountable
Hope everyone is doing great with their challenge : )
This is day 12 & I'm getting a little discouraged. I've eaten better this week, but I've had a couple of slip ups. Tuesday was my b-day so I had some cake. Then Wednesday we had friends come in town & they wanted to eat at Pizza Hut, where I had 2 slices of pepperoni. Yuck! So today I weighed & gained back a little of what I lost last week. I haven't missed a workout, which is good. I've only had water to drink, no sodas. I'm ready to see change. I think I'll skip my free day this week & eat right.
Boy I know the feeling-- Yesterday I was so tired from the brutal workouts I fell asleep at my desk and nearly hit my head on the corner of my desk! Could I file an L&I claim for a work-related injury for that? hehe
But at the gym, even though I was dead tired, I totally nailed my leg workout. I hit a new high with weights and I'm not even that sore today! I encourage you to give it all you have in your workouts (and aerobics). Even when you're tired or just plain don't feel like it, dig deep and give it everything you have. I hope you hit a 10 intensity level at your next workout. Let me know if you do! I know you can do it. :)
Don't get discouraged--we're human and it's not always easy to hit the mark 100% of the time. A couple pieces of pizza and cake (on your birthday for heaven's sake!) isn't the end of the world. Just get back on the bandwagon. I myself last night had a couple of alcoholic drinks. I told myself I would only do it on my off day, but I was playing pool and that's a trigger for me.
Let's pull through this. I'm fighting exhaustion myself. I'm 2 weeks into this and my body fat is about the same which is a bit discouraging, but I do see my muscle size increasing which is good. These workouts are brutal! Keep it up! I hear around week 4 is when you start to notice the differences. Remember to take pictures at weeks 4, 8 and 12 (and hopefully you did before you started too).
Hello everyone.. To be honest the first week I couldn’t exercise and follow the program. I work in a clinic and free food is around all day long. Drug's reps bring donuts, candy bars, lunches every day and all day long. I finally convinced one of my co-workers to follow at least the eating system together. We went shopping for food and stacked up on healthy choices. Some days we get so busy that we forget to eat, so I set up a reminder in my computer and every 2 or 3 hrs it notifies me that its "time to eat" even if we are not hungry because when we get hungry we eat more. I have been trying to convince my friend that we should not be looking forward for a meal but for nutrition. A meal starts with bread and butter, has soup, a main course, salad and desert. We need nutrition not a meal. With regarding to the exercise program, I need to be more constant. I am a single mom with 3 kids younger than 10 yrs old. My time is gold. I have a few changes to exercise during the day and if I missed it, it is gone. At the same time when I am at the gym its gold time that I can't waste. I focus on the exercise and do my best because as soon as am done I have to get back home. I have big expectations and I want to succeed. I really dont want to loose my hopes so early in the challenge
My wife works in an OB/GYN clinic and she has the same challenges with not finding time to eat. Therefore, she would eat 2 or 3 big meals a day and had challenges with weight gain.
She started bringing these protein drinks to work (Premier Protein from Costco) and can chug it down in less than 15 seconds. It's a difficult environment to work in from a diet perspective. The good news is you're probably very active at work (on your feet all the time), is that correct? I bring a lunchbox to work and fill it with ice so everything stays cold and just eat every 2-3 hours (after 2.5 hours without eating I'm starving). You just have to force yourself to eat even if you're not hungry after 2-3 hours. You're absolutely right about nutrition, not meals. You just need one good carb and protein. You should be able to wolf it down in about 5 minutes. Shakes are great for that. Have you tried the Myoplex shakes? I have 1-2 a day and they're a great combo of protein and good carbs that are low in sugar.
Good luck to you!
Tralan – hang in there. We are all barracking for you. “Kia kaha” (pronounced key- a- car- har) from the maori language (the indigenous language of New Zealand) which means “Be Strong”
Jj91709 – That is so awesome you are hitting level 10’s on your workouts and congrats on the increase in weights. Very encouraging and I look forward to more of your very spirited comments. On that note I did hit a level 10 (due to your comments) but my eating went pear-shaped on my last 2 meals . All a learning curve and will jump back on the wagon tomorrow
Nani – We are all rooting for you too succeed. “Go Nani Go Nani” Whatever challenges you are experiencing I sincerely hope you manage to work through them. Jj91709 has some great advice which is what so wonderful about this forum
Have a great day tomorrow to you ALL!
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