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1 out of 84

My whole journey has been a string of figuring out what works for me at a specific time. Once I’ve figured it I stick to the plan as much as possible until it doesn’t work anymore and then I figure out what is going to work from there. The past month like I mentioned last time had been a pretty crazy roller coaster and I finally feel like I have a handle on things. This past week was great as far as food and workouts and I now have a plan going forward.

I had tried the Bikini Body Guide in April and had pretty great results, but I had gotten bored around week 10 because I missed heavy lifting. I had wanted to stick to the guide so much that I wasn’t doing much of my own workouts outside of the guides. That drove me crazy.

I decide to restart BBG because I’m not happy with the little donut that is around my lower waist. I have a few pieces of clothing that aren’t as comfortable as they were before and I know that I can’t just stay stagnant and hope that shit changes itself. You want change, you have to change. Well the past week I got a handle on my meals and yesterday I re-started BBG 1.0 with Legs and Cardio, my right glute is especially feeling it today. I also wrote out my meal plan for the week. There’s a woman I follow on IG, her handle is @leanneislosingit, and I’m taking a play from her book. She has pretty much the same menu every day. I’ve decided to do this for Monday through Thursday because if I know my macros are perfect, why mess with them. I will have a little more fun with my macros on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Monday

Breakfast

  • Kodiak Power Cakes + egg white in the mix
  • 1 whole egg + egg white on the side

Lunch

  • 1/4 brown rice
  • 6 ounces chicken breast
  • 85g broccoli
  • Wholly guacamole

Dinner

  • Healthy multigrain sandwich thin
  • Turkey burger
  • 1 slice of pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2T sriracha mayo
  • 85g brussels sprouts + 100g asparagus

Snacks

  • apple + 2T peanut butter
  • light and fit strawberry Greek yogurt
  • Whey protein shake
  • 15g caramel rice crisps

 

Tuesday – Thursday

Breakfast

  • 2 egg whites + 1 whole egg
  • Joseph’s pita + 2T fat free cream cheese + fresh salsa
  • 100g sweet potatoes

Lunch

  • 1/4 brown rice
  • 6 ounces chicken breast
  • 85g broccoli
  • Wholly guacamole

Dinner

  • Healthy multigrain sandwich thin
  • Turkey burger
  • 1 slice of pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2T sriracha mayo
  • 85g brussels sprouts + 100g asparagus

Snacks

  • apple + 2T peanut butter
  • light and fit strawberry Greek yogurt
  • Whey protein shake
  • 15g caramel rice crisps

After two weeks of driving to work with a real commute, I now have a good idea of what the evening drive looks like so I have a plan for my workout schedule.

Saturday is my day 1, or the equivalent of Monday’s on the guides, which means Friday is my rest day. This is pretty much perfect because evening traffic on a Friday in Massachusetts is about as much fun as having drinks in Hell. For the first six weeks of the guides I will be able to still fit in Zumba on Monday nights because Monday workouts are the equivalent to Wednesday’s Arms and Ab days, so my legs will be ready to go for some shimmy and shaking. Wednesday is equivalent to Friday’s total body workout and this is where I figured out I can add 3 sets of heavy squats and 3 sets of deadlifts. I may be a little extra sore on Thursday’s, but I can stretch it out during cardio. If I feel that I want to get more arm work done as well I can add some arm work on Sunday’s before cardio, since it’s after legs. I prefer to rotate the muscle groups I work and that’s why I was so nervous to add anything last time because when I did, I was crawling to the bathroom for a few days… No bueno.

 

First 6 Weeks

Saturday – legs and cardio

Sunday – cardio

Monday – arms and abs, Zumba class at night

Tuesday – cardio

Wednesday – full body, added squats and deadlifts

Thursday – cardio

Friday – rest day

As far cardio, the guides suggest light cardio especially for those who aren’t used to working out, but I prefer HIIT or interval running and sprints. I will probably add a lot more miles on my shoes this time around, but I know low intensity isn’t always a bad things either.

So here’s my comparison photos. The left is when I started BBG the first time, the middle is when I finished and the right is Day 1 – yesterday.


I’m basically back to where I was in April and it’s only a few pound difference from June, but I gain my weight in my middle. My goal is to get rid of the donut around my lower waist. It’s also to balance lifting and these guides. As my body gets adjusted to the soreness of the circuits again, I can better determine where else I can add in lifting. I don’t want to lose strength like I did last time, it was devastating to have to build back up to where I was and even now I don’t feel as confident that I’ve built back completely.

A last addition to my overall health is to set outside of fitness goals like giving myself time to read or going to the museum. Since I have one job now, I have a lot of time and because I’m getting my workouts in during the day on my lunch hour I have even more time at night. I’m hoping these goals will help keep me occupied and on track because I eat when I’m bored, let’s be honest a lot of us do.

August goals:

  1. better balance of lifting and BBG workouts
  2. hit macros every day
  3. discover a new hiking trail
  4. visit a new art museum
  5. consume at least 4 fruits and veggies a day
  6. blog moreeffectively

What are your goals for August? 

<3 Cristina

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13 thoughts on “1 out of 84

      1. Hi, I’m just 4’11” and actually you’re totally right. That’s why I didn’t matter to me when I didn’t lose any weight during my 1st week, but I was just surprised that last week I actually dropped a kilo and I’m leading towards another one. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or bad.

      2. I see. I guess I need to increase mine as well. By the way, I really admire you and I really wish I can get that kind of result, too. I can just imagine how much effort you’ve allotted to get that result.

      3. I drink a lot because I lift a lot. It helps prevent cramping, I also don’t need to track my sodium as much either. Don’t compare your results to mine, I have about 5 inches on you and my body is completely different. I’m also doing it to cut fat, I don’t imagine you have the same BF % I do.

      4. I think I have lesser. I’m not really sure. The thing is, I’m not really fat at all, but my tummy area is so flabby. My body doesn’t look proportion and I don’t like how it looks. So far that’s the only thing I wish to get rid off and the other perks I get from going to the gym is just a plus

      5. Lifting is great for your body and I’m sure muscle development would help with any skin concerns. I have loose skin in my stomach, lifting has helped, but since I’ve lost so much only surgery would fix it.

      6. I see. Thanks for the tip. I think I need to tweak my routines. As a beginner I have this fear of having overly ripped off muscles due to lifting. But yah, maybe I can do more lifting from now on. Thanks again.

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