Wednesday, October 02, 2013
This morning I did Max Interval Plyo from Insanity and Dynamic Core from Focus T25. 2 amazing workouts that left me dripping in sweat by the time I was done but feeling great afterwards! I have decided that workouts should be something you enjoy doing. If you don't enjoy doing something, find something else! There are too many great programs, exercises, and other ways to be active to dread doing something on a daily basis. I personally love pretty much all the Beachbody programs, which is why they will always be a part of my workout schedule but I also enjoy workouts from other trainers such as Cathe, Zuzka, Tanya Becker from P57 and many more! However, for others, they may enjoy getting a great workout in a gym setting or they may enjoy doing crossfit. For others, they may get their workouts in by getting involved in sports on a regular basis. Bottom line, find what you enjoy and do it cause that will make staying healthy and fit more enjoyable!
Last night after the kids were in bed (not sleeping, but in bed), I sat down and thought about what I would like to accomplish for this month and for the rest of this year. For this month, I came up with a couple of goals I would like to achieve by the end of this month: 1) Maintain my weight range (I am at my goal so now it's time to make sure I can maintain this range), 2) Run 8 miles w/o stopping 3) Have a fun and memorable Halloween with the kids (I know the day will come when they no longer will want to hang out with my husband and I so I'm going to make every Halloween count) 4) Have fun at the Color Run!
With these goals written down, the choices I make on a daily basis will be made so I can meet these goals by the end of the month. #'s 2-4 will not be too hard. However #1 is where things get a little tricky. So far, for about 2 1/2 months, I have been doing the Carb Cycling plan by Chris Powell. On this plan, I have broken through my plateau and have gotten down to my goal weight which is awesome! However, now instead of losing weight, I want to focus on turning my flabby areas to muscle. So I did a little research last night and read up on how you should eat to build muscle while burning fat. I came across this site where it calculates your macronutrients and the numbers I got were 33% Protein, 25% Fat, and 42% Carbs. By eating this percentage of macronutrients, hopefully I will build muscle while burning fat. Now for calories, rather than eating a certain number every day, I will zigzag my calories. So while my caloric goal will change daily, my macronutrient percentage will stay the same.
As for workouts, for this month while I experiment with my new eating plan, I am going to choose workouts that follow this plan: Monday - Upper Body, Tuesday - Cardio, Wednesday - Lower Body, Thursday - Cardio, Friday - Abs, Saturday - Total Body, Sunday - Yoga/Stretch. This way I know I'm targeting all areas of my body and I can build upon each area.
So basically this month is a month of experimenting. By the end of this month, if I don't see much progress, I'll switch back to Carb Cycling and back to a schedule like the ones I have been doing. Keeping my fingers crossed that I see some progress with this!
What goals have you set for this month?
Today's caloric goal: 1889, carb 198g (42%), protein 155 g (33%), fat 52 g (25%)
Breakfast: Tropical Shakeology w/ banana & Crunchy Cashew Almond Rise Bar
Snack: Passion Fruit Greek yogurt
Lunch: Phase 8 protein shake, apple, celery w/ peanut butter
Dinner: Pork chops & sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, lettuce w/ Italian dressing
Snack: Vanilla Shakeology w/ watermelon chunks
Total calories: 1800 (194g - 42% carbs, 152g - 33% protein, 52g - 25% fat)