Yes! I am on week -5, this means that there are still 5 weeks before I start the BFL challenge. During this time I am doing quite a bit of soul searching and visualization trying to anticipate how am I going to feel during the actual challenge and what problems will I have to overcome. This is a process of denying denial being completely truthful with oneself in order to identify what can go wrong before it does, what are the strengths and the weakness of oneself.
For me is an indispensable preparation phase.
It also consists on actual preparations: getting a trainner from the gym on boat or really understanding the meal plans.
So what do you think? Am I over-thinking it?
Live life with passion!
If this approach works for you, don't worry about what anyone else thinks. Get your ducks in a row, enjoy the holidays and have a great challenge in 2011.
Want it. Plan it. Do it.
I am already enjoying. Today I had a weight training session with the trainer that will help me with the challenge. I am thankful he is taking it seriously!
I made a book for him with all of the weight schedules, plans and actual. I also took some of the before and after pictures and put it in the book and told him "I have to go from this to this in 12 weeks" hahaha. He is a great guy. We have fun working out. Well, me working out and he making me work out!
With the book he will plan and track my progress. So I really think I have the exercise part nailed down.
The diet is another issue. I am starting to stock up at work (tuna cans, apple sauce) I will stock up cans and also stuff for the refrigerator since we have a huge refrigerator at work. Things like yogurt and cottage cheese.
But the main problem is my eating habits (three times a day large meals) and I plan to ease down to six small meals through December (except for the holidays - I guess). On Week -1 I should be there. And then the real challenge!
I think it is good to get organized and set a start date. Just don't use the interim as an excuse to dig a hole you will need to work out of. Doesn't sound like you are. I plan on starting my next challenge on Jan 3. My current challenge ends Dec 20.
So what number is your next challenge? My is number one :-)
After yesterday workout I know there IS going to be PAIN (uf!) At least for a while... I have also realized that I will be going to bed VERY EARLY. Yes, need the rest and going to bed it also helps with not eating. An finally there is going to be hunger (most likely).
So.... From my last workout I learned:
1) To expect PAIN and learn to deal with it
2) To go to bed early in order to get enough rest (muscles and otherwise) and be able to accomplish my many obligations (work, home etc)
And from trying to cut food intake today I know I will go hungry... And I will try to adapt during these pre-weeks to the challenge by easing down into the diet plan. From past experiences I know that jumping into a diet doesn't work for me...
I started working out using the BFL approach last January, but was not locked into the 6 meal eating plan and was swimming instead of HIIT. Lost about 30 lbs by May and then stayed flat. Started a more strict BFL challenge Sept 27 that will wrap up before Christmas. Have been trying follow BFL more or less for the past year, but looser than most challenge people. I am pretty dialed into the lifting, pretty good with the cardio, and still trying to figure out the eating. In the latest round I tried to adopt the eating plan more closely and actually put on pounds. I think my meal sizes where too big. I don't think I gained much fat, but I haven't lost much eaither since Sept. This week I cut down on my portion sizes (esp. dinner) and I am sure that will help to lose weight. Will probably slow down my strength gains, but that is the other side of the coin. I think I will focus on getting my BF% < 20 and worry about muscle building once I get there. I have about 15 lbs to lose to get to down to 20% BF.
Wow! You have had a fantastic journey!
Yes, I believe that getting the diet part nailed down is the most difficult part. The exercise will make you hurt but doing it by teh book shouldn't be a problem.
As I said before, I'm stocking up food here at work. I brought almonds and oats. And yes, the portion size is key. But I think you might lose fat and not weight because of the muscle.
I am so eager to start! But need this time to figure out stuff that otherwise will pull me down. I need to work on my inside too so that I will not fail. DO NOT WANT TO FAIL, that's for sure.
Yesterday I decided that I will need plenty of rest, sleep to be precise. I will target 8-9 hours of sleep. That always puts me in a good mood. I will have to convince my husband to put our little daugther to bed by himself all the time (we take turns). I think he'll be fine with that as he is very supportive.
My boss knows I'll be taking 1 1/2 hours lunches (coming in earlier to make up for the time) and she is ok with that. She and another friend are the only ones that know what I'm up to. I want to do this for myself without the peer pressure.
December 15th I'll be 40 years old! Fantastic! I'm on the top and wouldn't want to be anywhere else... But I need my body to be its best ever too. This is why I'm doing this.
So... I'm building my little cocoon in order to be transform into a beautiful butterfly! And loving every day that gets me closer to the start!!!
Maybe we can support each other as you plan to start your challenge also January 3rd...
I turned 40 in May. I think that is a motivator for lots of people. I did the same thing with my boss letting him know I can not work late (don't schedule meetings after 5:00) because I need to get to the gym. For years I worked late regularly and never had time to work out or play in sports. This year I came to the conclusion that my health and fitness are more important to me.
I would love to stay connnected to support each other with the challenge!
OK Kahoona then we will support each other! ;-) I'm so looking forward to this!
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