Day 2 and already feel better. Did cardio this morning and a kickboxing class this evening. I need to keep it up!
How is Day 3? So far so good for me. Had to switch to evening work out due to work conflicts. I did it, this is hard for me as I am hardcore morning person. Will do the same tomorrow. I am beat now.
Day 3 is done! I did upper body tonight and will be sore tomorrow. The 6 meals is hard for me-I can't seem to fit them all in. Four to five seem to work best for me, so I don't know if I will stress too much over the full six meals. Does anyone else feel the same? I don't eat lunch until 1 or 2pm and by the time I even think about the 4th meal, its time to leave work and head to the gym. Dinner comes in around 8pm and theres no way I'm eating anything after that! Let me know if anyone has suggestions. Good luck with the rest of the week!
I have a hard time fitting in all my meals also, my work schedule just doesn't allow it. I'm thinking about protein bars, but they are so sweet tasting...any suggestions? I'm so proud o myself for waking up at 5:00 three days already!!
Hi everyone! It looks like you all are doing great! I am too. This is day 6 of working out for me and I am already seeing prgression with my cardio. Of course, every muscle in my body hurts! For women, I think 5 meals a day is good but no less. I packed a little cooler to take with me today and it was much easier to get the food in. Melinda - try a slice of whole wheat bread with a tablespoon of peanut butter. You can put half a banana on top if you want. It's easy and it's kind of a treat. One of my meals is usually a Luna bar but since I packed my cooler today, I was able to get in some cottage cheese and an apple while I was driving. It's VERY important to get food every 2-3 hours so I am making it work so that I am not wasting my time with the rest of this. Hang in there you guys! We can do this!
Melinda: perhaps you could purchase protein shakes for those meals 2 and 4 which most of us eat at our work place. The whey is easily digested and holds you over till you are able to eat a full dinner and supper. I have the huge EAS tubs of protein and take a scoop with me to work to mix with water and a piece of fruit.
You are very wise to avoid the bars as they should only be in emergencies because of the high sugar content.
As for the bread, peanut butter and banana meal, I highly suggest you search through the threads and read about those foods to make your own decisions for using them as a meal on a day other than free day. What you decide will determine your results.
The sooner you make a schedule for your meals, the sooner your body will begin to use your food as fuel.
MANY people struggle the first week making adjustments with weights and meal planning. Learn from this week and then kick it into high gear next week with all 6 meals.
You will soon recognize true hunger. It feels like you are this egg timer and you can actually feel the sand falling out then BAM. Really!
Most of us that start BFL forgot what true hunger felt like and what real thirst is.
One workout, 6 meals, 3L of water(minimum), 8 hours sleep.
Rest, reset and repeat.
Good morning, Day 4 is here and another opportunity to continue positive momentum on BFL. I have decided that a "light" meal 6 is good. More focus on protein than carbs. I went to a calorie restricted diet a couple of months ago and sadly lost muscle definition in my abs. Adequate protein is necessary for muscle gain and defintion.
Morning All, 3 days down and onto Day 4. My legs are crazy sore this morning. Haven't ran or worked out my legs in months, going to be a rough run today, but I'm going to power through it. The eating is going pretty good, 6 meals a day isn't the problem, it's not grabbing the candy, I have a huge sweat tooth, and it is acting up. But I've been good, no candy or snacks so far. Looking forward to Free Day Sunday!
Hold out for your free day...I also have a sweet tooth, but a few days into it and the cravings are already lessening.
Worked out today and ate well. Next week I will work out my 6 meals, I just need to get through this week!!
Day 5 is here. Good workout last night, so so this morning. Weekends are a challenge. Following the eating schedule and having a pretty good eating plan is helpful. I've decided to limit my Free Day to dinner. This is a change for me. I think it will help bring faster results.
How is the weekend going? Good workout this morning. Eating is fine. It's hard on the weekends to follow a schedule.
Tonight I will make Ranch Chicken Salad from the Eating For Life cookbook.
I hope everyone's first week is ending on a positive note. Today I put on shorts that two weeks ago were snug, today they fit very nice. Progress will come with focus and consistency.
I too started on 8/23 and just found this thread and I'm so excited! I posted my bio and before pics on my profile and this week has been going great!
Personally, I feel like the workouts are the easy part for me...it's planning the food that is the kicker! I've been overcoming a summer cold so my schedule is all out whack due to sleeping in, which means I'm not on time with my meals and have had a heck of a time getting in all 6!
I have gone out to eat 4 times this week (I live in NYC, so it's kinda inevitable) and each time I was extremely mindful of my choices and made sure that they adhere to B4L.
I have also been sticking to the shakes, bars and CLA. Week 2 is time to buckle down and stay motivated! I'm excited to see our progress!
It's the start of week 2. Hope all are feeling good about another week and another step towards reaching our health and fitness goals. Today was my free day. I was free but also conservative. Better than in my past BFL challenge.
Good advice for the week about eating frequency -
Don't wait till your hungry, don't eat till you're full.
This helps me to remember to eat before I am so hungry I will eat anything and if I eat until I feel full, this is a guarantee that I will eat more than needed.
Have a great week.
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