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.
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.