Week 8 started on Oct 4th for me. I had built it up in my mind that
women are supposed to have a "week 8 miracle" and I knew it wouldn't
happen so I gave up. I was feeling really discouraged, I had not missed a
workout in those 7 weeks, but I had not lost any pounds or inches at
all, there was no change in how clothes fit or any other measurable
change in my body so I figured it just wouldn't work for me, plus I had
final projects and midterms to do that week. Where does the time go? I
have no idea. But Oct 4th I decided there was no way that I could devote
the first 4 or 5 hours of my day to Body For Life like I had been
doing, and still get my work done. So I planned to stop my challenge for
a week, then add another week at the end. Well, with the amount of work
I had to do, 1 week stretched into 2 weeks. Needless to say I wasn't
eating right or working out, but I did get 2 A's!
The good news is
I've decided to just start a new challenge altogether, which I began on
Monday. I'm just as flabby as I started, so I can't really resume the
first challenge. I will have to plan better so that finals don't derail
it again. I tried following someone's rule that I read on the forum, 20
to 25g of protein and 20 to 25g of carbs at each of your 6 meals (or
30-35g for men). What horrible advice! I did the math, 40 grams 6 times a
day is less than 1,000 calories! That is too low, and on top of working
out 6 days a week? Disaster. I think I became illogical and quit due to
I'm a little bummed out, people who started around
the same time I did have finished their challenge. People who felt
discouraged just like me, who had shared those unimpressive week 7
photos in threads about their frustrations over not seeing results...
NOW they've posted their 12 week photos and look so fit. Let me be
honest, those flabby pics didn't motivate me, it made me think BFL
doesn't work, they put in a solid 7 weeks and still looked the same. I
thought they'd never make it, judging by those photos... On BFL you go
from "fat" to "slightly less fat" I guess, NOT exactly "fit" or
anything. The BFL book doesn't show the weight loss process, just the
winner's beginning photo and their contest photo. I'm just rambling at
this point. I also wasn't recording how much weight I was lifting, but I
know I have increased. The machines are a little confusing. I think
it's pounds on one side and kilograms on the other.
I am sorry you made this choice but I think you go it. This is a process and not everyone sees the "champions"-type of results on one challenge. More personal and realistic expectations will get you through this one. Even though you were discouraged the first time perhaps a better way to look at your new challenge is that you will finish it. Prove to yourself that you can handle the tough moments of doubt and move forward. Even if you didnt see results you were making progress! I agree that you food intake was too low for the exercise you were putting in. So, going up and planning your meals will help your body not get into starvation mode.
I have to encourage to do the 12 weeks, you will too see results relative to where YOU started. Not relative to where other start. Stay strong and do it for yourself. This program really works. Good luck!
Here is some advice I can give based on personal experience.
I am a 6'4, 29 yr old guy and when I started I weighed 335 lbs, 52% body fat. I followed BFL by the book exactly and in 18 months, I got down to 208, 16% bodyfat.
Now the champion pics, some were exactly 12 weeks, but a lot of them took several challenges to get there.
Now forget calories. Forget grams of protein, etc. Eat a can of tuna mixed with 1/2c of brown rice, chicken *** with 1 potato, etc. Keep it simple and when you notice your body stall, IF it does stall, reduce your carb portion. Go down to 1/3c of rice, oats, beans etc.
Don't worry about the number of calories you are eating, because when you have your free day that is basically your refeed.
You say on BFL you go from fat to lightly less fat and not exactly fit. This is all depends on how much fat you have to lose. I can say for myself in a 12 week period I can drop 20-25 lbs. And the leaner you get the slower the process can be. You didn't gain your excess fat overnight and you will not lose it overnight.
Now if you really want some help, you can tell me your bf% and you can narrow down how much you can expect to drop in a 12 week period.
I am so sorry you threw in the towel early. I am in week 10, and plan to give it my all the next few weeks. I will always wonder what might have been if I don't give it my all for the full 12 weeks.
I read this in an Oxygen magazine this month; thought it may help you. "Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is the perfect body. You've mistreated your body for years and expect it to be ripped in weeks. Have patience and stay consistent and the reward will be worth it!" - Kendra Warren.
Best of luck to you on this new challenge. Stay the course!
"The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday!"
BDMom, quick question. How much have you lost so far????
Wow now let me just tell you all this...it took ME 10 years to go from a before to an after as they are in the book. Yep 10 long, deep, thought provoking years and the biggest lesson I learned along the way is this:
I am responsible for my own success.
I am responsible for staying the course when things are hard.
I am responsible for my own reality check when I'm having a pity party because someone else looks better than I do.
I am responsible for working harder to get to that next level of fitness.
I am the only person that can change me.
I am the one that must remain honest with myself.
Getting wrapped up in what others have accomplished and using that as an excuse for not pressing on is just that. You are not them, you are you and need to be realistic in your expectations.
Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right ~ Henry Ford
Michelle Simpson ~2009 Body-for-LIFE Champion 46+ Catagory
justagirl: I am 5'4", and started the challenge at 121#'s, so not a whole lot to lose. As of this past weekend, I was 112.5#'s. I don't expect to lose anymore, just continue to tone. I would have been fine with less weight loss on the scale, if the changes are still there.
Champster: Thanks for always keeping it "real" for all of us!!!
Champster: great way of putting things in perspective for us.
If one wants "champion" like results, they need to put in champion like efforts, diet and training.
I was very hesitant of posting my day 1 pics. The first week of BFL was rough but it got better. @ Week 5, i noticed results and it hit me "This BFL is legit!" I am on my week 8, and now, i dont even look at it as a diet but instead, i have embraced a lifestyle change.
But i did go thru some challenging times, week 6-7 i think was the worst. i even thought about just saying screw it and ill do a 12 week diet next time. But that would have mean that doubt overpowered me.
sbr, i wish you the best, this time around you will hit the ball out the park!
I will end my rambling by saying the same thing i tell my friends about dieting:
"Its all about dedication and less about perfection and comparison"
Funny, I came on here today because I found it really strange that I really wasn't seeing much in results this time around. I did the challenge last summer and after three weeks (where I am on my new challenge), the changes were already apparent. This time, nada. I'm working my a** off in the gym, eating well, so what gives? I'm feeling the muscles there, but no change in measurements or how my clothes fit or how I look in the mirror.
Well, after saying I would for a week, I finally went onto fitday.com today and filled out a food log to calculate exactly how many calories I've been eating... and wow, I'm way under for the amount of activity I'm doing on a daily basis so I think I shocked my system into a starvation mode.
So, I'm going to track my calories for now to make sure I'm feeding myself enough and stick with it.
Good luck with your new challenge and stick with it!
Without reading all of the responses, GOOD FOR YOU for starting a new challenge!! I highly reccommend getting the BFL Success Journal...it really is a great tool and has helped me a ton!
It will happen. You need to work BFL for BFL to work for you. I'm so glad you are back.
Remember that in addition to the protein / carbs you need healthy fats. The 25g "rule" works when you factor in the fats. Just do the palm / fist and that will work wonders for you.
Please let us know how you are doing.
- Mighty Max
MC - There is no such thing as starvation mode. That clever title is just a myth. Get away from fitday and any other calorie tracker, activity tracker etc.
Does BFL ever say to track calories? Does it ever say to track activity? Nope. It says to Intensely lift weights 3 days a week and to INTENSELY do 20 minutes of cardio. Take one day off.
It also says to eat 6 meals a day with protein and carbs, add vegetables to at least 2 meals, add a tbsp of unsaturated oil daily OR eat salmon 3 times a week. Drink lots of water.
Start your carb portions @ 1/2c. If over a 3 week period you are not seeing changes in clothes, body fat %'s or even scale weight, then reduce them to 1/3c portions.
Do this. Forget fitday, starvation mode and whatever else form the outside. Do what is INSIDE BODY - FOR - LIFE.
I feel on the verge of quiting myself. I have had to stop running due to an injury to my right instep. I can still do upper body but even doing squats seems to upset my foot. I have been walking however, atleast two hours a day, which surprisiingly feels ok. now, my question to you all is, if I follow the eating plan along with the walking and upperbody work (for now) will I still lose? Should I cut my portions in half again to counter the calories? I am unsure - but I dont want to quit. This is my fifth week and so far I am feeling fantastic - its working for me for sure. So considering how far I have come I dont want to stop. Maybe I should limit my meals to four a day?? I dont know....any help would be appreciated. Sorry to jump in on the tail end of this blog with my own questions, I wasnt sure how to start my own (lol) ...
thanks in advance,
Ren - keep your eating the same. Why cant you do leg extensions and leg curls to work your quads and hams?
Healthy fats are vital. Add fish oil DAILY. It will do wonders. We know a lot more about Omega 3 now than ever.
Also, there is a such things as starvation mode, but nothing to worry about on BFL.
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