Saturday, September 07, 2013
Well kids, this is the last day of the Alpha Phase. I'm really pleased with myself and the program. I can tell that I've made progress from week to week and even workout to workout.
I've seen situations where people get frustrated with their workout program, because they just can't get down the choreography or move at the fast tempo, and there for don't feel like they're making much progress. So far T25 is not like that. Yes it's intense and it can be hard, but it's easy to get better along the way. That's really gratifying, and can be a big factor in causing people to want to stick with the program.
I've been pretty happy with the meal plan. I didn't have to change my diet too much, but it was a nice eye opener to realize I had fallen back into some ruts. Like thinking cheese has to be included in every meal. It doesn't. Some of my sandwiches and scrambled eggs have been just as satisfying without it, or realizing that just because you're always eaten certain ingredients in sandwich form doesn't mean that these ingredients just shouldn't exist without two pieces of bread. For example, my new favorite snack is wrapping turkey lunch meat around slices of avocado, or chicken salad with nuts, grapes and veggies is just as good on it's own. If there is an area of the program that I really need to put in more effort to approve upon. It would be the nutrition area specifically on the weekends.
My progress in detail. I feel very comfortable in my clothes. I'm fitting into a wearing some that I haven't worn in years. My posture is better. My core is stronger and tighter. I'm able to carry in more groceries at a time. While playing softball I feel like I've become quicker and stronger. Over the Labor Day weekend I went on an all girl trip to a music festival, and guess which girl had the brute strength to get the over sized cooler up the hotel stairs. This one right here!!!! I've lost an inch in my waist and chest, 1/2 inch in my hips and 1/4 inch in my thighs. Now I know all of you are just sitting on the edge of your chair reading this entire blog saying, "Okay okay. Just tell me how much weight you've lost!!!" The truth is I didn't weigh myself at this bench mark. Based on my experience with other programs I haven't seen much change on the scale during a foundation phase. There are lots of reasons why. You're preparing your body to move onto something more advanced, so during this time your body is transitioning and adjusting. It may retain water in order to protect itself against the new intense exercises. It builds muscle in order to support the type of exercise I'm doing, etc. Soooo above I listed many reasons why I know I'm making progress, and I feel good about it. Why would I then discourage myself by getting on the scale and see the number hasn't really changed that much?
I used to be obsessed with the number on the scale, and I would be lying if I said I just don't care about how much I weigh, but I've learned it's not the only gauge of my happiness. It really does break my heart when I see people on Spark let the scale be the judge of how good they should feel about themselves. Throughout the week I read the most beautiful things people have to say about themselves. About how good they feel, and how proud they are about their workout streak, making good eating choices, drinking enough water, meeting their daily steps, their efforts have rubbed off on their family, and then it never fails they get on the scale and all that pride and happiness is swiped away, because the number has barely budged. Now their posts are about how discouraged they are, why am I wasting my time, I'm failing again and I have nothing to show for my efforts. I think...that horrible scale has struck again. I know it's an important device, but I honestly think it was invented to make us crazy. I'm thinking about creating a challenge group where you don't weigh yourself for a month or two. Did I just make you gasp? I bet you would get better and faster results. Okay I'm stepping down from my soap box. I hope my scale bashing has not offended anyone.
Back to my review. First five weeks of T25 have been awesome.