O.K. all....I am finishing up my tenth week. I have seen some changes, but not the jaw dropping changes so many others see. I am wondering when YOU saw the most changes? I find it hard to believe that the next two weeks are gonna bring me to where I envisioned myself at the end of this challenge. I would love to read your stories, so please share. I could use the motivation right now!!!
"The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday!"
I've done several challenges. In each one I saw the biggest changes at some point in the last 4 weeks, even as late as the 12th week.
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Week 10!! Awesome!! Time to kick it up a notch. Take everyting you have learned about BFL and about yourself and go hard. You can do this and finish strong!!
For me, I saw my biggest changes in the last two weeks. Everything started coming together. But in all honesty I didn't realize how much I had changed until I saw my after photos beside my before pictures. For days after I finished C2 I kept looking at my pictures. I couldn't believe the guy in the afer picture was me. We can be so hard on ourselves. For some reason even when our body is changing we continue to view ourselves the same way.
Know you are changing. You are improving. You are achieving your goals. I know you are doing great! Keep Going! Finish strong!
Without a doubt is has always been in the final 4 weeks for me. My pics will speak for themselves. In my case I think the biggest reason is because the last layer of bodyfat has disappeared and that is when a persons muscularity really begins to show through. I've discovered that my body looks completely different at 8% bodyfat than it does and 10%. I know that may not sound like much but it's the difference between seeing muscle definition and veins......and not seeing them because a thin layrer of fat is hiding them.
fit4life "The dream must be bigger than the pain"
Thank you all so much for your insight. You have all been such an inspiration for me, and I have followed your stories/journeys.
Thanks for the info.
One week ahead of ya! Week 12 coming up. I noticed a change this morning from yesterday! Hang tough. I would say that I am also not where I thought I would be at the end of my challenge BUT happy with the results.
LDPower: Maybe you will see changes every day going forward now. Congrats on almost being done. Have you decided what you are doing next? Have you met any of the goals you set for yourself? I have, and should be proud of that. I guess I just have seen so many pictures & expected to look a certain way. We will see what the next two weeks has in store.
I have been thinking of things I can do next for sure. I plan on trying some of Emily's meals on her 4 week meal plan that she sent out. I am also planning on still eating mostly BFL except have some grace when it comes to dinner hour. That has been the hardest. Making dinner for a family of 7 the BFL way is expensive and not reality. I have mostly made a different dinner for myself and that is annoying.
As far as goals- the only ones I had set was to see some definition, lose some bodyfat, and build some muscle. Which I definately have conquered. I did not take before photos because I do not own a bikini. Haven't worn one in 14 years- due to being pregnant and post partum for the past 13 years. My hubby is wishing I had before pics so that I could really see the difference. I took measurements, had bodyfat % taken, and will post those at the end of the 12 weeks.
Natalie-Great changes in your pics! I see the definition especially in your abs and quads...here's my question to you...
Which of these goals have you met?
I plan to be @ 115#'s scale weight in 12 weeks
I plan to be @ 17% body fat in 12 weeks
I plan to have a toned tummy in 12 weeks (& a visible waist)
I plan to cut back on my sugar cravings in 12 weeks
I plan to be physically stronger in 12 weeks
I plan to make new friends and learn a lot of valuable information on the forums in the next 12 weeks!!
I know you've met the third and last one!! =)
I saw most of my changes in weeks 10-12, then throughout C2. During C2 I didn't lose a pound until the last 10 days where I lost 5 pounds. But apparently I toned considerably because everyone thought I'd lost tons of weight over the summer.
Hang in there...we can see changes....let your mind see the changes and roll with it!! =)
DebMO :0) Blessed to be a Blessing...
Hang in there BDMOM!
The best is yet to come. I looked back at my journal entries for C1 and confirmed the same results Orrin saw - the biggest changes can in weeks 10 - 12. That said, I did increase my weight loadings by 5 - 10% for those weeks as well. Of course, where you end up after Week 12 will depend on the state you were in when you started back in Week 1.
It was a really revealing look back - I can compare to what I'm doing 18 months later, and there is no doubt even more changes come if you continue beyond your first challenge.
Once I discovered the joys of weight training, all other passions were transcended.
LD: I hear you on the dinner front. I know I will be incorporating Eating for Life recipes for the entire family. I am glad you have met your goals; that is the important part. Can't wait to see final numbers. I don't wear a bikini, even after having two babies. I bought these on clearance, once they started putting fall clothing out. I have some loose skin and stretch marks, and makes me uncomfortable to be in one for very long.
DebMo: I am below 115#s. My bodyfat @ 5 weeks was 18.5, so I really think I'll hit that goal of 17 or lower. My tummy is more toned, but I would love that hourglass that I used to have, and don't think I will get again, I have cut back on sugar cravings pretty much; I still feel like I need some on Sundays though, I am lifting heavier than I ever have. So, yes I am making progress for sure!!! Glad to hear you saw more changes in your final weeks. I don't expect to see more scale loss, and really don't care, just want to see some more leanness and toning. I will hit it strong the next two weeks!!
Jacium: Thank you for your input. It seems so strange to me that we can make steady progress for ten weeks, and then wham bam overnight people's bodies transform in the last two weeks. I guess that is why the program in laid out the way it is. I didn't have a lot of body fat to lose when I started, so I guess I expected to see changes sooner than if I had been really overweight to start. I will continue on beyond my first challenge, but not right away; there are some other things I want to try when I am done with this one.
Thank you all soooo much!
The muscle definition will be most apparent once the body fat drops below 12% or so (for men - probably slightly higher for women, you can look up the number for low body fat % for women your age). If someone started the challenge 100 lbs overweight, I'm sure even 12 weeks wouldn't be enough, right? Regardless, in reading your posts over the past few months I've gotten the sense that you're not the type to drop things after C1 - just take that deserved break and continue on to your next set of goals. I feel like after 18 months I am finally getting the type of results I really like!
Thanks for this post. IIt's an inspiration for me too. 'm a few weeks behind you (week 6) but I can see the difference in your photos. If there is anything that seems to continue to echo over and over on these forums, it's "if you keep it up, you will get the results you want". I'm sure you will and would like to congratulate you on the incredible progress you've made so far!!!
junibird: Thank you so much for the encouragement. We can all use plenty of that. How are you doing? I remember feeling a bit discouraged in week 6. Are you hanging strong? How has your progress been so far? I really think this is a twelve week process for a reason.
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