I'm not one to "swiftly kick" but I'll tell you that you're not alone! I fell of the wagon a bit last week and I was debating just giving it up and trying something different because I felt frustrated and lost. But here's the thing I told myself. First, for every one that drops 10 lbs the first month there are people who don't see any results until the last 4 weeks. It totally depends on where you start, in my opinion.
I decided to keep going because, well, w hat do I have to lose? OK last week wasn't great, but I am feeling more toned and this program is giving me the structure and support I need so for that, it's working. I'm not going to win any contests for this and I know I might slip up again, but what I was doing before sure as heck wasn't working, and at least I am feeling stronger and more in control, so I'm sticking with it and I hope you do too. Think about the good habits that you're developing. We have to trust that the mirror will soon reflect the work that we're doing on the inside.
Thanks STBMJ -
I totally fell this weekend. And I feel like all my hard work went out the window and I guess I am just feeling sorry for myself. But we can all agree that no good can come from that emotion. I am DREADING tomorrow because I know it will be the absolute hardest day of my challenge so far. I completely fell back into old habits this weekend. And I know that my cravings will be high tomorrow because of all the sugar, caffeine, salt and carbs I had the past 2 days.
I made arrangements for a friend to meet me at the gym in the morning. I am hoping that is the motivation I need to get out of bed in the morning. And I already packed my lunch bag for tomorrow to stay on track. I promise myself - and all of you - that I will keep going. I WILL KEEP GOING.
Just at this moment, my mind and body have no fight left in them. Maybe a good night sleep will fix that.
Thanks again! All the best.....
Can you believe we're almost halfway through?! I also was less that "perfect" this weekend, and definitely overindulged on free day. I'm not sure when the "binging" mentality will end for me--unfortunately, I am an all or nothing person in most aspects, and apparently that carries over to my eating habits as well. Although, I'm finding that after a free day, I really do look forward to starting fresh on Monday morning at the gym and with my eating.
As for the pictures/challenge/measurements/weight--I haven't kept up with tracking that at all! At first, I was going to weigh and measure weekly, but on the advice of others I decided not to do that and instead to track on 4 wks, 8 wks and 12wks.
I did weigh in at some point (not sure which week) and felt VERY discouraged as I saw no significant change in weight. I think it's too easy to get caught up in numbers and let it negatively affect me--and like I said to you guys, my clothes have been looking a bit better. Honestly, I haven't really seen too much of a difference in anything but that--but like you all I will stick it out until the end.
I started at 21% BF and wanted to get down to 15-17%. I also wanted to lose 15 pounds of scale weight and a clothing size. This program has worked for thousands of people before us, I know it can work for me too. I just need to focus on my goals, make it a point to eat clean 6 days a week and kick my own butt every workout. Whether or not I attain these big goals, doing those things for myself, staying accountable and obtaining a healthier lifestyle is what is truly important.
Stay strong everyone---we're halfway there!!
I certainly would want you all to never fall down like I did this weekend. But it is comforting to know that I am not alone in having binge problems once in a while. Makes me feel like I can go on and am not so different after all. Thank you all so much for sharing! I did come back this morning. I feel so much better after eating clean this morning. I started out with 32% body fat. UGH!!! I have such a long way to go! But so much can happen in 6 weeks if I KEEP MY PROMISES! :) I don't want to weigh in this week because I feel that it will discourage me. So I will wait for week 8 to check my progress and just keep the faith that the program will work between now and then.
Good Morning All,
Sorry for the absence, My grandmother ended up in hospital last Wednesday and the Docs didn't think she would pull through, so had to head out of town to go see her. Turns out she's more stubborn and tough than they thought and she is doing much better. 97 and still going strong. So, spent the last 5 days down at my sisters house. Turned into quite the family reunion as relatives from all over had flown out to see her.
Missed my workouts but kept my eating fairly clean. Didn't get my 6 meals but avoided the junk for the most part. Nice to be home again and looking forward to hitting the gym today.
Sounds like everyone had kind of a tough week. Don't give up!. Weeks 6-8 is one of the toughest stretches for sure. Dig deep and remember to review your goals daily. Keep it in the front of your mind why you are doing this!
Have a great day everyone!
Today is my start to week 6 and I have new determination! HAPPY TUESDAY ALL!!! :)
today I measured myself in front of the mirror and apparently I measured myself incorrectly (not at the widest part) last time. oops! a brief moment of feeling slightly dumb ensued. still very good results, but not as dramatic as I'd thought.
yes bill, I feel that this may indeed be the toughest stretch. I started feeling skeptical today, wondering if this is going to be as effective as I want it to be, etc etc. fortunately I haven't burnt out on cottage cheese yet ;)
nancy, I think some amount of "I'm not pushing myself hard enough" is definitely normal. I'll be waddling awkwardly after a LBWO or gasping for breath after HIIT and saying the same thing to myself. Always wondering if I could be doing more, eating better, etc. I try not to stress too much and just use it as motivation to go further next time. Don't despair!
Good Afternoon All!
Hope everyone is having a great day. Felt sooooo good to get back into the routine yesterday. Had a very good run, on par with my best ones yet. Looking forward to hitting the gym this afternoon for a LBWO.
For those struggling a bit, like I said this next couple weeks is some of the hardest mentally. I know, especially for the women, it feels like you have been working your butt off and not seeing the results you hoped to. Just keep in mind that for many, the last 4 weeks pack in the biggest changes. By week 8 your body is becoming a finely tuned metabolic furnace. Everything you do now sets you up for success!
Go hard and give it everything you can muster, I know you can do it!
Hi all, I'm about to head out to bootcamp but I wanted to check in real quick first. I'm still frustrated by my lack of progress....but to be totally honest, I sneak little bites of food throughout the day that aren't authorized because I figure I'm still around 1500 calories and darn it that should be low enough! But, sabotaging myself like that isn't getting me anywhere emotionally or physically. So I'm done with that! I promise you, guys...
Workouts have been good, but finding the right schedule is tough because I'm SO busy. I think I just need to FORCE myself to get up early and train in the AM. Also, I love things like bootcamp and I want to take a free kettlebell class that's offered once a week in April but i'm not sure how to count those things because they are total body strength and cardio. Any ideas?
I am getting a ton of water (bought a new bottle which helps!) and working on going to bed earlier so that's a start. I'm doing my body fat testing this weekend and I'm a little embarrassed to have the trainer do it because I think there's been zero change. But I've got to keep plugging along!
Have a GREAT day and check back in! I really love hearing how ya'll are doing.
KEEP PLUGGING ALONG STBMJ!!! I love your positive attitude! :)
I too sneak bites. I am still losing weight, but I know that will halt if I keep taking those small bites because they do add up. I promise to stop too (after today!) hahaha I say that because it is my oldest son's birthday and I will eat a cupcake with him. My diet has been good. Like I said, I can tell I am still losing. But I haven't been working out this week. I haven't been able to drag myself out of bed. I know I can do so much better. And I know that, if I don't get the results I want, I have only myself to blame. I want to workout and acheive my goals. But I have trouble convincing myself of that at 5 a.m. My motivation has really dipped but I am still plugging along. I will not quit. I am hopeful that I can raise myself back up in the next few days. Happy Thursday!!!!
Hey everyone just checking in. Haven't been able ot for awhile as we have been super busy- but I want you to know I am still in this. Signed up for another half marathon in june- that way mentally I know I can do it before our Disneyland half in Sept. Took some measurements, starting to feel very square shaped , lol....and boobless. my bust is at 39 1/2, waist at 37 1/2 , hips 43, upper arm at 13, thigh 23, and calf 14 1/2..... So excited though, I went shopping for some clothes for our upcomng vacation the end of this month, and I am now in a size 10! Down from a 14 a couple months ago. Woohoo!
Popping in really quick to say hi and see how everyone is doing. I also look forward to reading how everyone who started at the same time as me are doing!
@bill--I am so sorry to hear about you grandmother, but glad to know that you were able to be with family and that she is doing better. your commitment to this challenge is a HUGE motivator for me and I truly value your experience. Thanks for encouraging me to see it through and stick it out--I'[m really hoping in the second half of this challenge I start seeing the results of all this hard work!
My eating has been super clean all week. I'm really focusing of making sure I'm getting carbs in at each meal and drinking a lot of water. My calorie counts after 5 meals have still been low and then subtracting cals burned from WOs are dipping almost TOO low (like 900s-1000s).
WOs have also been good--I'm actually experiencing some major DOMS in my calves, ankles and tops of my feet. I'm wondering if it's from the stairmaster, my LBWO on Tuesday or lack of proper form. Anyway, it's not enough for me to stop/skip a WO just more of an annoyance...
Hope everyone is having a great Thurs!
Good Morning Group!
Nice to see everyone checking in.
Nancy, have you considered working out in the afternoon/evening instead of the am? I am so NOT a morning person. I know that despite my best intentions, planning on getting up at 5am or so would equal missing many workouts. So, I hit the gym after work instead. Are AM workouts more effective? I have no idea, I have read yes and no. What I do know is that PM workouts are 100% MORE effective than no workouts.
@A- Thanks for your well wishes and happy to see your motivation continues strong. Considering the location of the DOMS I would say it's probably the stairmaster. Maybe consider lowering the resistance and upping the pace for your intervals instead. I have stuck with the treadmill over the course of both my challenges as I find running is best for my cardio with out adding muscle soreness to my lower body. People who use the eliptical,bike or stairmaster tend to increase resistance for the intervals which turns the workout into more anaerobic than aerobic. Combined with the LBWOs it can impact the needed muscle recovery. Just an idea, but maybe try running as your cardio on double LBWO weeks to make sure you aren't over taxing the legs.
Have a fantastic day everyone. Finish the week strong!
I often do evening workouts as well -- morning workouts only happen when they involve getting up at a reasonable hour. My few attempts to do HIIT in the morning on an empty stomach were disastrous. I would definitely burn out/miss workouts if I were trying to get up at the crack of dawn to exercise every day.
Today was less than ideal, to put it mildly. I forgot my lunch bag at home, which really screwed up my eating for the day. (It was a good reminder of how crappy it feels to do the whole no breakfast + lunch with hardly any protein thing, though.) I ended up turning to coffee with milk and sugar for energy. My protein intake was low, and my protein/carb/fat ratio for the day ended up being 29/51/20 -- sigh.
I didn't make it to the gym until 10pm, and then I had to cut my (already lackluster) LBWO short due to weird abdominal pain and feeling weirdly parched. Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow and can do the rest before my HIIT.
It's FRIDAY!!!! YAY!
I hope you all have a great weekend. Enjoy your free day (not too much) and I look forward to seeing you all at the start of week 7! :)
I am very much so a morning person. I love to workout in the mornings. I am just in a funk right now and having difficulty waking up early. I know it is stress. However, I am still very proud of what I accomplished this week. Because the old me would have allowed my stress to make me turn to food for comfort and I would have completely destroyed the diet part of my challenge. I didn't let it derail me in that way. I feel that is huge progress for me. Now I just need to couple that with continuing my workouts. I am hoping to start them again tomorrow (I don't have to wake up quite so early).
I absolutely cannot work out in the afternoons and evenings. I work full time - home by 6 - 6:30 and have two small children to care for (one who is disabled). My evenings are filled with family dinner time, homework, bath time, reading bed time stories, cleaning up after dinner, etc. etc, until finally all three of us pass out in bed by 9. I wouldn't change it for the world! Unless of course I didn't have to work the full time job. ;)
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