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Initial results and Plan for Fall

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Well, I got through my initial push back to forward momentum (after the summer 'slide') and had the results I wanted.
If you missed the plan I made, here's the link:

Still, I am looking forward to a different eating plan, as the super restrictive diet (800-1200 calories/day) had me a little loopy at times.
So, results after 2 weeks were 3 pounds lost. Additionally, I lost an inch around my navel, 1/2 inch on my hips, 3/4 inch around my chesk and 1/4-1/2 inches off my arms, neck, thighs, and calves. An unexpected surprise, actually, as I had forgotten to measure a week ago.

Today, I decided I would move on to the Lee Labrada Lean Body trainer (laid out at BodyBuilding.com). Its a 12 week program and I'm not sure I'll do all 12 or if I'll move back to LiveFit- but I have an evaluation point after my cruise in October. For now it fits well, 2 days of weight training, one day of rest (cardio), repeated. 2 of the weight training days are short (25 minutes or so), so two more days of cardio are added. Hoping this helps with quicker fat loss.

Nutritionally, I am going to try the Belly Fat Cure kickstart for the next week and then move into either Lee Labrada's nutritional program or Jamie Eason's Fat Burning program (which are very similar) or a combination. I would just go with Jamie's but it seems BodyBuilding.com doesn't have the full 12 week's laid out and one week's worth of meals as examples will get boring.
I'm not sure I quite understand the Sugar/Carb calculations in order to do the Belly Fat Cure diet longer term, but the kickstart is laid out- eating exactly the same thing for a week.
Mostly, I'm just curious if it works better short term than the normal clean & lean I've been doing for so long. And since I desperately need to lose inches around the middle to fit my clothes, it also looked appealing short term.

I *do* know that I need to work harder at eating more BALANCED meals. I am doing fine eating clean and plenty of protein, but I still have a hard time fitting in complex carbs.
In fact, I bought a carb supplement to help on the days I am not cutting it on the carb counts.

After the BFC kickstart week, I'll be adding a thermogenic fat burner supplement to my traditional BFAAs and protein (and the carb supplement for days I fall short).

My goal for my cruise is to lose most of the remaining summer-added weight. Down to 128# or less. I'd also like to look okay in that bikini again since I'll be at the pool and the beach a lot. So, I'm hoping to lose at least another 1/2 - 3/4 inch off the arms, thighs, calves, forearms and neck. And at least another inch each off the hips and waist.
I leave in less than 6 weeks.

I had hoped to start everything today- and although I did complete the first day of the Lee Labrada program. Yay, I even used the free weight area of the gym for the first time. Tomorrow, I am doing the workout at home as I have all the weights needed for the sets and I don't have cardio on the schedule.
I was not exact on the diet portion today as I had to go grocery shopping for missing items (bacon, sunflower seeds, string cheese) mid-day. I tried to stick to the S/C counts of BFC but again, not sure I have that right because even when I calculated it with the example meal I had (dinner is steak, ceasar salad with croutons and parmesan), I had it figured at 2/1 instead of the 4/2 that the kickstart said it was (and what I needed). I ended up only eating about 1100 calories. Tomorrow, I'll be perfect- just using the meals exactly as defined.

(Addition 9/3)
If you read my previous post, you'd know that I hadn't planned on a super restrictive diet for long and that I mostly was trying to break a cycle of extreme over-indulgence. My normal weight loss intake is 1200-1700 calories, to which I have returned, which even by Spark standards is correct for my height, weight and activity level. No lectures required.
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    sounds like a solid program. i agree- sometimes trying to calculate carbs is tricky! Its always so hard to stay on track with eating, but so much of it makes or breaks everything. You have a great plan, and can't wait to see how you do and congrats on what you've accomplished thus far!
    1656 days ago
    emoticon woohoo girlfriend, emoticon
    That is a solid plan.
    Congrats on the weight loss too. emoticon
    1656 days ago
    Dang girl, you got a solid plan in place! That's our LFF:) Congrats on the two week test. I have the Labrada plan bookmarked. I believe it was Libbie you turned me on to it in one of her blogs. Who knows, I may even join you if i start getting antsy in the last phase of LiveFit. Never heard of the Belly Fat Cure, will check it out. I am just starting to really add more protein in. Tough without all the meat.

    I get what Debbie says about the running, but I happen to be one of those people who does better with the sprints and longer runs do NOT mean lean legs for me. I have naturally bulky legs and there is just no stopping it. Funny thing is in high school the track coach said I was built for sprinting (never joined up though). Trails have helped me with the running, but I like the short bursts the most! Will say that my butt looks better with sprints. That is one area that has flattened since the longer runs:( I miss my short-lived booty. Hopefully ST will get it back.

    So I took up your blog with my rambling. lol

    You WILL rock it and I will be listening to what you think and what works for you!

    1657 days ago
    What a solid plan. I honestly like it. And I still have a problem fitting complex carbs into my diet as well, but I intend try that again . It's just so hard when we are creatures of habit you know?....

    You are naturally active, and that is something your body knows and recognizes. I really think you are going to be pleasantly surprised at the end of six weeks.

    My diet needs a overhaul....- this is a mental kick to get my house in order

    1657 days ago
    Your plan is very interesting. It all sounds good and I hope you enjoy getting ready for that trip. Have a wonderful trip!

    I'll check out Lee Labrada, Belly Fat Cure, and Jamie Eason to see exactly what you're doin'.

    1657 days ago
    Wow, you are so inspiring! I am so proud of you!

    Have you heard of James Wilson? He had something to do with Jamie Eason before he went out on his own. He has a 12 week trainer also but it's $55 and he has both at home and gym versions. It's through a PRIVATE facebook page but it is super active and 100% supportive; complete with nutrition & exercise feedback from him, his admins and the group members. Anyhoo...I learned through him that sprints = more muscle in your thighs/butt area and regular running/joggin = lean muscles. Compare an olympic sprinter to a long distance runner's looks and you'll get what I'm talking about. I only mentioned this because I saw in your last workout schedule you were doing sprints. But hey, if you're aiming for a bootylicious look, then more power to you ;)

    I know you are educated on exercise & healthy eating so I'm not trying to be "right" about anything, just passing on some learned info :) It also seems like for the amount of exercise you were doing, the calories were too low. I know you called it a restrictive type but I bet your body was storing fat since you weren't eating much.

    Awesome job on the 3 lb loss! I hope this next round of fitness gives you the results you're searching for. You can do it! emoticon
    1657 days ago
    Just remember, you're going to be eating meals for a very long time. That is why the sooner the better to start eating just as you think you should permanently. You probably won't use a gimmick for very long before you'll have to move on to something else. Take it from one who knows. Glenn
    1657 days ago
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