I am starting C2 tomorrow, Monday January 31, 2011.
I have some goals I want to achieve:
1. Lose 6lbs of fat and increase lean muscle mass (ultimate fat loss is 10lbs.)
2. Eat to live and fuel my body. No more mindless eating.
3. Be comfortable and confident in my own skin.
4. Be positive and improve my mindset
5. Learn to love myself, truely
One of my laws of reciprocation commitments are to log on to this forum and support others. I feel from my own personal journey I have a lot to give. People may see themselves in me and I want to show them it may take time but with the right commitment, patience and time I will succeed and you can too.
Well, I am going to ask that people try and keep it friendly as I do not like to hear the back and forth bantering on "my way is the right way". There is no "RIGHT" way or "ONE" way to get lean. There are many. I have trained with many trainers and tried many different methods. I do extensive reading on these topics as well. What works for some may not work for others etc. What worked in the past when one was 20yrs old may not work when someone is 36. I left another forum as the atmosphere was so negative I could not contribute any longer and I was a LONG STANDING member there.
Please, we are all on our own personal journeys. Let's try to be positive, supportive and kind to others. Makes us better people inside. When we are better on the inside I believe the outside transforms as well.
I have no problem with people giving their ideas and opinions. Let's just not make definitive statements and then have conflicting views fighting over ideas.
I look forward to sharing my journey with you and meeting my goals.
Here is my meal plan for C2:
7:15 AM: 1/2c oats,1tbsp pb2, 1 tbsp flax, 1/2c egg whites
10:30 AM PWO: Myoplex shake, 4oz sweet potato
1:00 PM: 1 can Tuna in water, 1/2c butternut squash (or sweet pot), cucumbers, carrots
3:30 PM: Myoplex Advantedge (or other) protein shake, fruit
(strawberries, blueberries, pear or apple)
5:30PM: 4.5 oz Chicken, grilled veggies,spinach salad and olive oil and apple cider vinegar dressing
8:00PM: Protein shake + 1 cup raw broccoli
Sometimes post workout I may have my fruit and have the sweet potato at the 3:30PM time or I also have a "Protein cookie" (135cals, 2g fat, 20 net carbs and 7g Protein) for the carb portion that fits into the plan that I may sub after workout or at afternoon snack. As well, at times I may sub in 0% Greek yogurt or fat free cottage cheese for a protein in the 3:30PM time.
As well, you may notice I have left out starchy carbs in my last two meals, I have veggies only. Feel free to chime in on this with your own personal experiences, don't point blank tell me I am wrong, opinions are welcome though on what has worked for you. Please understand right now I feel this works better for me. I am in the home stretch. I have 10lbs I want to lose to get to my ultimate "weight" goal. I have to experiment a bit and be really tight right now to get to where I want to go. For me it really is all about the eating. I may not make it in these 12 weeks but I am ok with that. I know I will make it. Right now my focus is on learning to embrace and love this lifestyle and be happy with it. If I lose a bit slower, then so be it...I want to enjoy my life and not feel like I am always fighting my weight. It will come off. Not overnight though.
I will also not focus solely on a scale number. There are the measurements as well. I want to feel good inside too. I will not be derailed by a number. That is kind of why I hate putting a number to my goal but it has to be measurable.
Anyway, with all this said...on to C2. Wish me luck!! And I hope you will follow along and support me to help me reach my goals!
I believe in you! Savor the battles you have already conqurered; and start your new challenge with insight, determination and begin anew. You my friend are a true inspiration to us all! I'm sure you will be successful in your quest. I look forward to following you along your journey.
Thanks so much Lori! Your support means so much to me. I can not thank you enough for all your help and the kindness you have shown. You are a really special person and I am privileged to know you!
Hey, good luck! great eating plan, don't mind if I steal some ideas LOL
I also started second session today... we are in this together!
Thanks HASAM. I am looking forward to these next 12 weeks. I am looking to continue improving my mindset and get leaner.
My first 12 weeks were my warm up...now it is time to FIGHT!!
Can we see some photos?
Wishing you a successful Challenge 2!!!!!!!
Junibird...where the heck are you?? I friend requested you!! How have YOU been doing?? And no pics yet...maybe after these 12 weeks...
CajunMamma...thanks, welcome and good luck. I will be following you!!
So my first day went well. Eating, mindset and workout on point!!
I am contemplating doing fasted state cardio in the am. Til now I have not as I go to the gym at 9:00 after I drop off my girls. It will take some juggling of schedules but it is something I am considering.
Thoughts on fasted state cardio???? yay? nay? with back up...
Sorry, I totally fell off the face of the earth. Never got your request either--that's weird!
But congrats on starting C2. It's been really tough for me to find my way back. It's been about a month and I've really struggled. I finally weighed myself this morning and it was NOT pretty. I know that the scale numbers don't mean much but my bf is up almost 4% points so I have to buckle down NOW.
Anyway, that's so awesome you've finished C1---I know you don't want to post photos now but what were your stats like? You don't have to give specifics if you don't want to, I'm just curious to know if you had good fat loss or good scale loss, inches blah blah.
I'm really trying to reach deep to get back in the groove!
Keep it up!
Since the end of week 7 I have lost... (didn't measure from week 1 as I was just trying to make changes...now I have starting measurements for C2)
~ 0.75" from waist and hips (each)
~ 1.5" inches from saddlebag area
~ and maybe 2 lbs in weight
It is not much but things are starting to happen physically. In my mind I am in a MUCH better place. I have become much more positive about my body image, and about things in general. I don't feel punished or deprived or like I am always dieting. I enjoy my free day, more than that I enjoy knowing I HAVE a free day, but when its over...I am so ok with that. The rest of the week I work my butt off in the gym and enjoy the re-fueling and that's it.
It has been suggested that to get lower body fat I eat lower cals etc...I don't want to do that. This is about life for me and if I am always hungry I will not be happy and all this will backfire on me.
I am not positive what calorie level I am at now (prob 1400-1600) but I feel good at this level. I don't want to go lower (prob should go a bit higher) but I know I will get to my ultimate goal eventually. I am in no hurry. I have 4 kids...and now it is time to get into good mental and physical shape for good...for me!
The way I am seeing it, the first 12 weeks were more of a mental transformation, hopefully C2 will bring more physical transformations. If not though...it's not like I will quit...I will just do a C3, C4...
See I don't want to have this rebound weight gain etc I hear so much about. I am done with bouncing back and forth. Of course I want to be lean NOW, but it didn't take me 12 weeks to gain weight, it won't take only 12 to get it off.
I know I have come a long way....and I am still coming!!
and BTW Juni...I KNOW you can do this!!! Us shorty's gotta stick together!!
Sounds like you are in a great place with this---and I'm with you! I think I wasn't eating enough calories toward the end of my last challenge AND I was burning out a bit. I had some good results on the measuring tape but was feeling not so great---super hungry, irritable and TIRED!
I want to feel vibrant and light again!
So even though I was happy with the way I looked at the end of C1 (although there was still room to improve) I want to feel even better. Just gotta make some tweaks. It's a never ending journey!
You are so right, this is a journey. I really feel this journey has helped to make me who I am as well.
I was 179+lb at 11 yrs old 4'11". WOWZERS... I am also a twin so imagine the torture I endured...name calling etc. Well, I have come a long way since then...I weighed 154lbs when I got married 13 years ago (almost). I hit a high of 166 (not pregnant). I have had 4 kids and I am on my way to my best body and mind yet. I now sit at 136 and I would like to ideally be 125lbs.
I will do this. I must do this. For me. It just will take time. One challenge, 2 challenges or 10. I will do this and I am not going back to the crazy dieting I have done in the past. I like the way I am eating and working out... I will succeed.
I agree with the 'for Life" part. Why should we completely deprive ourselves of of social gatherings or a treat here and there, aside from one day a week? Besides my free day, there were times I needed to put a thin layer of all-natural mayo on my sandwich. or have a hershey kiss after dinner. If I cut carbs at night or at the end of my challenge, I know I would have binged after 12 weeks. It had to be steady smooth for 12 weeks +. I did not have a perfect transformation, but it was better than what i was doing before.
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