Saturday, November 19, 2011
Well, I finally finished Phase 2 today. It actually took 6 weeks instead of 4, but that's ok. Around the end of Week 7 we had a snow storm and the power was out for a week. During that time I did not exercise and went out to eat every day since nothing could be cooked or refrigerated. When power was restored I got right back on track. Joanna (JOIE501) and I decided to repeat Week 7 then do Week 8 before moving onto Phase 3.
Here are my results for Phase 2:
End of Phase 1: 153.2
End of Phase 2: 149.6 (Lost 3.6 pounds this phase)
Waist: 33.5 down to 32 down to 31.5
Hips: 43.5 down to 41.5 down to 41
Thighs: 24.5 down to 23.5
Calves: 14.5 down to 14 up to 14.25
Arm: 12.75 down to 12.5 up to 12.75
Under Armpits: 35.5 to 34
My measurements for Phase 2 are not as impressive as Phase 1. I went up a quarter inch in arms and calves probably due to muscle gain, I stayed the same in my thighs and under my armpits, and I only lost a half inch in my waist and hips. Hopefully I will see more shrinkage in Phase 3.
I am loving all this muscle definition that I am getting! I can't wait to post after pics in 4 weeks when I am done with the program. Hopefully the progress will be visible. I am also loving clean eating. I love the food, and I love eating every 3 hours. I am rarely starving because of it, and I rarely feel deprived. After the program is done I plan to continue with clean eating. Right now I am just doing the program's version of clean eating which is more restrictive than regular clean eating, so I am looking forward to adding things in when I am finished, like cheese and dark chocolate. My plan when I am finished is to clean eat 90% of the time and keep a careful eye on my calorie range at the same time. I will probably do at least three days of heavy strength training because I don't want to lose my muscle I worked hard for, and I will return to Jillian Michaels videos because I miss her! I'll probably go to a Zumba class now and then for fun, and once spring comes I will also get back into running outside. My ultimate goal would be to reach 135, but if I can get to and maintain 140-145 and fit into my size 6 jeans I will be very happy.
If all goes according to plan, I will be finished with the Livefit Program on December 16th. Phase 3 starts tomorrow, and it is going to be ridiculous. Continued heavy lifting, but with HIIT mixed in, like plyometrics between sets. Then, to top off it off, 30 minutes of sprints on the treadmill (30 seconds on, 30 seconds off) 4 times a week for the first two weeks of Phase 3. Then the last two weeks it is back to cardio. Also, during the last 3 weeks you are suppose to carb cycle. We will see how that goes. If I have enough money at that time I will just try to follow Jamie's food plan exactly to help me carb cycle. If I don't have the money for that food, I will just continue to eat the way I am eating and not worry about it. I am suppose to be at the gym 6 days a week, but will more likely make it 4-5 days a week, so Joanna and I will either double up or forgo some exercises. I am at peace with doing this because I have seen so much progress even when I can't do everything perfectly and if I tried to follow it to a T I would be an insane person who wasn't enjoying my life.
Wednesday is the last weigh in of the Biggest Loser Contest at my school. At the moment I am in the lead but other people are close so it is anyone's game! I really hope I win because I need the money. I think it's around $250! I am staying very much on track this weekend because of it. Unfortunately this week is my period. What awful timing! I can still do it though! Wish me luck.