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2 Weeks In

Tuesday night I had my 2 week check in with Max Muscle and my nutrition plan.  Want to see how I did with 2 weeks of eating right?

Weight: -3 lbs
Body Fat: -.9%
Fat Mass Lost: -3.78 lbs
Lean Mass Gained: +.78 lbs
Chest: +1 in
Waist: -.5 in
R Bicep: -.25 in
Hips: -.5 in
R Thigh: -1.75 in

Note that initial measurements were in the morning wearing sweats and now I check in at night after work and eating 4 meals of my 6 wearing my usual layers on top and fitted thicker leggings on the bottom.  So the measurements are hard to read into a lot considering I know my clothing was very different.  I’m going to consistently wear the work clothing from here on out so that should help.  I’m most excited about the almost 4 lbs of fat that I’ve lost.  That’s more important than the 3 lbs on the scale because that means that I’m actually losing fat – not just water weight and muscle mass.

I’m pretty pleased with this info and it was exactly what I needed after a rough day.  I was really down on Tuesday and seeing that my hard work is making a difference really helped me perk up and have the motivation to keep it moving.  My nutrition coach made some tweaks to my program – dropping the overall calories a bit (about 200) and bumping up my protein for a few meals and down on the carbs.  I’m happy about those tweaks because I do struggle to eat all my food sometimes.  I also get BREAD for lunch – hello sandwich 🙂  I still have sweet potatoes that I made before I got this tweak so I’ll probably have those this week, then next week I can have a sammy and salad for lunch, nice and a few more options open up for sure.

Okay I’m beat – I just knocked out an Insanity workout (Plyo Cardio Circuit) and now I’m going to get ready for work.  I have a meeting up north and I’ll have possibly the afternoon to work at home meaning I can finally knock my laundry out while reviewing some documents and answering emails.  Multi-tasking is my thing 🙂

Weekday Holidays Should Be Banned

Today is the weirdest Thursday ever.  Having a holiday yesterday, so a random Wednesday off was odd.  And it’s odd because the 4th of July is specifically a night time holiday.  Yes people bbq and all that jazz – but the joy of the fourth happens after dark.  Which means I was up until about 11:30 pm listening to cannons outside my house being set off and then car alarms going off from said cannons.

The 4th of July is distinctively less fun when one is (1) by herself and (2) has no children and (3) has to go to work the next day.

Anyway, I did manage to get up at 5:30 AM and knock out my 3rd Insanity dvd – cardio strengthening or whatever. Okay, let’s be real and call it what it really is – cardio jump around with a few pushups and squats.  Okay much better.  Seriously though – I kind of love Insanity so far (and no I’m not a beachbody coach, I don’t plan on becoming a coach either).  It’s hard, intense, and designed to make you basically feel like you should crawl into a corner and die after every workout.  I get that most people don’t like that – but I do.  I’m pretty sore everywhere after this workout – upper back, core, thighs, bum – and it was only 45 minutes (with a good length warmup, stretch, and cool down).  Tomorrow is cardio recovery – because those two words go together?  I’ve watched bits of it and it looks like it’s a yoga based workout so we’ll see.  I am excited for a good stretch going into pure cardio which I’ve heard is hell on earth.  Like I told my friend who got me into this mess in the first place – if you don’t lose weight doing this, you didn’t want to lose weight in the first place.  It’s that hard.

I’m also on day 4 of my nutrition plan.  Whoa.  I’m actually really proud of myself that I’ve stuck with it through the holiday.  I’m getting creative with making foods for dinner at least.  Lunch has been pretty standard salad with chicken and mashed sweet potato (oddly delicious).  Maybe I’ll do a day of eating in pictures to show what I’m eating.  I did create a Pinterest board that shows some food ideas that I’m collecting that fall within the plan OR I think I can make fit the plan with very minor modifications.  I figure if this is going to be a lifestyle, I better collect ideas that make it work for me so I don’t just give up.  I will be looking for more ideas for raw veggies (I’m supposed to have 2 cups at lunch time…and salad greens will get old really fast).  That board should grow a lot over the next 12 weeks at least.  I will probably be getting an update (minor I’m sure) in a few weeks based on how things go.  I’m positive eating the plan and doing insanity will be a sure fire weight loss plan.  I’m definitely going to be doing mainly Insanity for my workouts for the full 60 days (I may throw something else in here or there depending on travel or if I get bored or something).