3 more weeks to go, I can't believe
I undestand that they will be tough and exhausting. I have been so tired lately that the only thing thing i have energy for is my workout that's it. I struggle so hard to get through the long days...
what to do after?
I know i will be entering officially in another challenge but what to do in the meantime? do i take a break or just keep at it? please advise
My advise would be to just give it your all and push it beyond what you think you are capable of! Increase your weights and just go all out! Also make sure you don't slack on eating.
I am taking one week of active rest myself. They suggest 1-2 weeks. Active rest is keeping active but not weight training or doing HIIT. I plan to use my elliptical and run outdoors this week then starting again May 31st. I was going to take 2 weeks but I don't feel I need it. I wish I could just keep on going with no break but I know my body needs a little rest.
Amazing things happen in that last 3 weeks! Go get em!
Josephine, Can you see the finish line?? Keep going strong, lady! Heather is right, Amazing things happen in the last 3 weeks!! That's when I got most of my results and people started to notice!
I was only going to take 1 week off of AR, but got strep throat the first week then a migraine which ended up being a 4-day one, stopped me from starting 2nd challenge. So I was off 2 weeks, which was good, cause I needed it.
I thought I was going to go crazy not working out and such...during the two weeks I did Wii Fit 2 times, that's it...ended up still losing 5 lbs. and 5 inches during that time just by eating clean!
So do give that body a rest! And hit these last 3 weeks HARD!!! :-)
DebMO :0) Blessed to be a Blessing...
Josephine: last week (week 11 for me) was tough...I was tired most days and kinda cranky. Today is beginning of week 12. I slept alot this weekend, thanks to our nice Canadian weather - ICK! - and feel renewed and will kick week 12 hard. 2 LB and 1UB left.
Do the best you can, the days will go by whether you put your heart into it or not. So do your best, for YOU!
thank, what great advice. Oh my god I can so feeling it, today I did not eat enough, very bad palnning on my part waht used to be enough food at the begining of the challenge is clearly not enough, I felt like I was going to faint, it was drueling, traffic was a nightmare it took me 1 1/2 to get home. I was just like a wilted veggie. I will be going to bed early and focus the finish line and taking it one day at time. I have not tried the chocolate flavor, it might be just what I need. thanks again
BFLMIKES’ WISDOM ONCE AGAIN!
THE LAST 3 OR 4 WEEKS!…………NOTE TO SELF–AND OTHERS!
As you approach the last 3 or 4 weeks of your challenge, you will be met by many conflicting emotions and events! Here’s what is "likely" to happen if you have been working hard and dieting consistently. (If you haven’t been working hard and dieting consistently you’re probably not reading this and not even trying anymore anyway!):
1. Tired..First of all, you’re going to be a bit tired, even after a weekend of light activity and reasonable eating. Bottom line is that a 12 week all out transformation takes a toll on both body and mind, and right now the body is beginning to signal that it is getting leaner and that it isn’t recovering fully from the beating you are giving it.
While this could turn into an overtraining effect if it continued for another 8 weeks, keep in mind you have at most 4 weeks to go and this is the reward time. Force yourself to get a little more rest, even a nap if you can work it in, but DON’T cut back on the workout intensity. This is when muscles start popping out, striations and tendon inserts show up, and you begin to look like that poster or that photo you’ve been dreaming about! Completing a winning transformation takes lots of strength and stamina, and this is when you need it most!
When you’re going through Hell, keep going!
2. Emotions can really be on edge….. It can be almost like 4 solid weeks of PMS for some ladies! So, guys, if you’re reading this and your significant other is in week 8, it might be time to stock the bomb shelter or man cave with more beer and Diehard movies!
3. Others will notice the very serious changes…. and they often kick into overdrive their efforts to "stop the madness" because your new appearance threatens them or requires them to think about why it is that they are not changing
4. Hungry…..You will definitely feel a need for more food than in the past. You will be experiencing true hunger after two hours instead of around three hours as before. Depending on your leanness levels and goals you will want to choose either to ignore the hunger and eat the same schedule, if you are still needing to lose scale weight, or to add in about 20% more protein per meal if you are wanting to continue to grow or preserve muscle and are near the leanness level you want.
I promise you that the next and last four weeks will not be easy. In fact, it will be very hard. But this is clearly no time to quit–you can practically see the finish line from here.
Do what champions do, and literally force that flesh to do what you want it to. The body always thinks it’s going to die and tries to send all these "stop" messages to the brain.
The disciplined mind will take those whiney messages for what they are worth and will step it up to the very end!
I have heard someone say to cut the starchy carbs out of the diet to lean out better. I'm in week 10- would this be a good idea? I still have scale weight to lose.
Stacy: I believe some have done that to get rid of a very few nagging pounds near the end of a challenge. For someone with ten or more, I highly doubt that would help at this point. It will however probably leave you tired and moody. :) I would just eat clean as usual and use that energy to give yourself some real good workouts and more chance to build lean muscles.
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