I will now try to encapsulate the last two months in one blog post.
- CARB CYCLING: yes yes yes. Yes, it works. More importantly: yes, the results stay (mostly) once you stop cycling, assuming your typical daily foods are pretty healthy.
The cycle I tried first: 2 days low-carb, one day normal-carb, 2 more low-carb, 1 more normal-carb, "cheat day"...which just meant that I tried to overeat and didn't worry about macros, but did *not* mean that I ate giant banana splits, whole pizzas, etc.
I lost about 1% of my bodyfat in 2 weeks using that cycle. (Your results will vary, of course - this is just my anecdotal report of my personal experience.) However, I was worried that my results would evaporate - or worse - as soon as I went back to eating normally. Thankfully, that was not the case at all! I lost a little bit of the "hard" look that my muscles had after four days of eating my normal diet, but the fat didn't come back.
I would love to go into more detail but I will let Chris Powell say it for me for now - if you want more info, check out his thoughts chrispowell.com/carb-cyc
. Make sure you drink a lot of water when you increase your protein intake!
- STUDIO UPDATE: Loving it. It has highs and lows like everything in life, and I am learning to strike a balance that works for me as far as teaching, taking care of myself, and all of my other commitments. My adorable, wonderful clients are already seeing results and I love that I get to host a Zumba party seven times a week.
- NEW GOALS: I have a performance this summer and a visit to the Zumba convention thereafter, so I am going out of coast-while-I-open-a-business mode and committing to a few new body goals. I have a plan in place that includes TRX workouts, weightlifting, and my regular regime of Zumba and dance classes...goal check-in #1 is Memorial Day weekend, and I am hoping to see increased strength, definition, and flexibility by then.
- MY DOG: brought a dead animal into my house. He is lucky that I am forgiving because...shudder.
I will be around more now because I have to go back to tracking my food - that habit fell by the wayside while I was opening my studio, but I have found myself a. undereating, of course, and b. jotting down my intake on random scraps of paper and iPhone notes, when I have a perfectly effective system here on spark. Silly!!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful spring!