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Operation Tone Up

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A friend & I were talking this weekend about feeling comfortable enough to run in a sports bra & shorts this summer, like some of the ladies who we saw running on the trails we run on. Some of these ladies had great bodies & some not so great, but the confidence they displayed was very inspiring.

So, along with incorporating the Eat Clean lifestyle, I bought a new strength training program from It's called Body Beast. At first, I said no because it looked like it was for mainly guys who are trying build muscle mass & bulk up. Also, it could be a little intimidating after looking at the infomercial with these huge guys. However, on one of the many fitness Facebook pages I'm currently on, I saw a lady who started using this product & her arms look amazing. Then, I asked my Beachbody coach if he heard of any ladies who used this workout? It comes to find out that his secretary is using it & she loves it. So, I decided to get it. Thus far, I've been doing it for three days and definitely feel it. With this program, I have to lift heavy during the lower reps & lifting a little lighter during the higher reps. It's called Super Sets. The trainer who the other guys call Beast is so funny and enjoyable on the eyes (Ladies if you know what I'm saying)! LOL! Right now, I can say I'm enjoying myself despite the fact that this workout is designed for guys who want to get pumped up (my SNL Arnold Schwarzenegger impression).

Now, I've reached my goal and I've been maintaining between 134.8 to 135.5 pounds for almost a month. However, I want to tone up my body and continue to lower my body fat, which is currently 32.3%. I read an article that for a woman over 40 with 23% to 30% is considered good to excellent. I would like to make this range my goal as I continue with my running, strength training & eating clean.

I'm going to really work on eating lean proteins (135-200 grams) as I want to decrease my body fat, but increase my muscle mass. This is not going to be an easy feat, but I'm going to give it the best that I've got. In addition, I want to see how amazing can I get my body in these upcoming months. It took 11 months to lose 47 pounds. Now, let's see how many months will it take to create muscle definition & decrease my body fat to my goal range.

This year, I've learned that I can do anything if I put forth the time & effort. I'm so worth the sacrifice & discipline. I'm loving the path I'm on as it pertains to my health. So, I'm giving myself 6 months to really focus & be committed to becoming more toned. This is right around my 45th birthday. I want to see if I can be in better shape in my 40s than I was in my 20s (I'm already in better shape than my 30s). Here I go! Operation Tone Up in full effect.

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