I've had a terrible time sticking with the program the last week and a half. I've been in bed with the flu the whole time. I haven't been able to work out, no energy, and exercise brings on fits of coughing. And when I do have the energy to get out of bed and eat, I'm grabbing whatever seems good at the time. I'm finally starting to feel a little better, but don't want to push myself back into action. I planning to ick things back up where I left them on Monday. Give myself one more wekend of rest before I start to hit it hard again.
I'm glad a few of you are still with me!
Stasia - Good luck with your upcoming competitions! Talk about good motivation!
newphy - I'm so sorry you're not feeling well! Right now your focus should be on getting better and not on trying to exercise. There's plenty of time for that once you're well. Keep resting and pushing fluids and you'll be back with us in no time. :)
I'm going to try to post more often so we can keep this going. Programs like BFL have been proven to work better when you have a support group...so let's make sure we're still there for each other!
Hey Y'all ! I'm still here! Was busy last week with a convention and although I'm home this week, I've been swamped with work. Still staying with the program! I prepared for my convention and ate like I should and even did my work-outs but I did miss 2. I think part of the "for life" in this program is learning how to work around our own personal challenges - whether they be family complications, work interferences, illness, etc. Focus on progress, not perfection!
Roll call --- where is everyone else? Holla!
Here we come WEEK 8 !
Where is everyone? Ok - we're finishing out week 8. I am crazy hungry - anyone else? Maybe metabolism cranking up?
if you are in week 8 I'm sure your caloric requirements are higher now. You've developed more muscle and therefore your basal metabolic rate is higher! My experience with BFL is that you shouldn't really be hungry or you get tempted to cheat. You should consider slightly increasing portions so that 1) you aren't as hungry 2) you have the fuel you'll need to continue building that calorie consuming muscle :)
Congrats on making week 8! I'm finishing up week 2!
Yes, I fell off the bandwagon. Unfortunately, I've really been struggling the few months with an alcohol relapse (I was sober for 2 1/2 years) and I've not been following the diet. I'm still having trouble with my eating, but I'm sober now at least-three weeks and counting! I've spoken with my family about getting back on track with the diet and I am ready for a "reset."
Summer is coming, I'm graduating college in May, and I'm getting my life back on track- again!! With God's help I can finish this time...
Congratulations to all who stuck with it.
"The joy of life is the fruit of discipline" -S. Randall
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Wow, CatLinder I wish I could get changes. Hope your metabolism is cranking up and you will start to drop the pounds.
Way to go Katiebug. Stick with it. I know life can be stressful sometimes but I always turn to Him!!!! instead of alcohol. Sounds like you have a good support network in your family. They will help you get through this. Alcohol is waisted calories. Stick with it!!
Starting week nine. I haven't lost any weight but I know I'm building muscle. My body is changing some. I need to lose 20 pounds and that is sometimes harder than loosing a lot of weight. I love the program and plan to stick with it well beyond the 12 weeks. I want it to become a lifestyle.
rothj18 - I'm in the same boat. I've been following the program to the letter. I've seen small changes in the scale and in the mirror and it does get frustrating knowing you've been doing all this work and nothing seems to be happening. But trust me, things will start changing soon! The during my last challenge, I lost 30 pounds in the last four weeks...so just keep reminding yourself, like I do, that this final month in this challenge is where you'll see the most changes, both on the scale and in your reflection.
Have a great week 9 everyone!
Kaitebug, you can do it, sister! Like you stated, "with God's help" you can accomplish health and overcome your addiction to alcohol. Congratulation on finishing college next month - that's quite a milestone! I wanted to share with you something that I stumbled upon through this site and that's Bill Phillip's transformation.com website. There are a lot of people there who have overcome many adversities including alcoholism. Some have overcome drug addictions and other hurdles, too. It's a very non-judgemental and supportive group and Bill's book "Transformation" covers more on becoming healthy on the inside. It sounds like you have a supportive family and that's wonderful. Know that there are others who are around to support you also, don't be afraid to reach out! Everyone has their "something". Focus on your progress and don't beat yourself up for what you may view as shortcomings. I commend you for your courage and hope for wonderful things in your future. Hugs!
As for me, I do see changes but not a lot on the scale. My goal was to lose 20lbs and become stronger and more tone. At this point, I know I'm stronger, I can see that I'm somewhat leaner and tone has popped out of former fluffiness but I'm not where I hope to be in the end. I've only lost about 7 or 8 lbs on the scale but I know I've lost inches only because I can get my behind into some clothes that previously cut off my circulation. This week I am VERY tired and when it's time to eat I am VERY hungry. I have tried to go to bed earlier and I try to drink more water and eat more complex, whole foods to keep my tummy full longer. I figure we've made it this far, and the hardest part was the beginning so I'm forging on even though some mornings the last thing I want to do is go work up a sweat. I hope everyone is having a great day!
Thanks so much rothj18 and especially CatLinder for your support; it's much needed. I am on day 2 of the "return to BFL" and feeling fabulous. I think I'm too far gone to pick up where I left off, so I'm starting it over. Re-took measurement, weight, % body fat, etc. I am still going to post here and I hope that you all will too, during your "active rests!"
It took "X" amount of time for your body to be where it was before you started, so you can't expect to go from there to supermodel in twelve weeks, although you WILL see significant results by day 84. Second and third challenges put you in the "supermodel" category :)
Good luck to all and stay healthy, your body will love you for it...
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