4 Weeks Out….And A Little Frustration

I’m 4 weeks out from my goal and here is my pic from last week (on the left) and from this morning (on the right).

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As you can see…I’m going a bit backwards, and it’s frustrating the hell out of me. These past 2 weeks things haven’t been going the way I need them too.

I judge most of my progress by the side view.

I can see how much my lower stomach is going down or not, which is the hardest place for me with fat loss.

As you can see…it is a little bigger than it was 2 weeks ago.

This is very frustrating, but it happens, even though you may be doing everything right.

And as much as I am frustrated, I think this is a great thing for people to see.

I know I have clients that are working towards a goal, they either hit a plateau or possibly a step back, like me.

When this happens, I explain to them that you can do 1 of 2 things.

  1. You can get so frustrated you give up and stop working towards that goal.
  2. You can change a couple of things up and keep going.

I have decided to change things up. I’m going to take some things out of my daily nutrition I think might be contributing to this and after about 1 weeks, maybe even sooner, I will see a difference in the right direction.

Check back in 2 weeks to see if changing a couple things up helps.

 

Video/Recipe: Mocha Smoothie

Believe it or not, breakfast is the most challenging meal for me to get in.

I’m just not hungry when I wake up.

But after going for so long not eating while I’m sleeping, and needing to make sure I get all my macros/calories in for the day, I NEED to make sure I eat.

So…I came up with a great way to get my breakfast in and not feel like I am forcing myself to just eat.

Watch the video to see just how I get my breakfast in!

Hope you enjoy the great recipe as much as I do and let me know if you come up with some other great recipes!!

Exercise of the Week!: Barbell Good Mornings

Here is a great exercise for the glutes and hamstrings.

Believe me when I say, you don’t need a lot of weight to feel these. And you will be feeling these for a couple days after ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!! ๐Ÿ™‚

6 Weeks Out!!! But Still A Lot of Work to Do!

Today I am 6 weeks out from my goal. And I’ll admit…I have a lot of work to do still.

Not much change from 2 weeks ago ๐Ÿ™

(The pic on the left is from 2 weeks ago and the pic on the right is from this morning.)

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Why?

Well, last week I caught a nasty stomach bug that put me down for basically the whole week.ย I only trained once, last Monday, and I barely ate anything until this past Saturday and Sunday.

I am pretty upset about it, since I feel I lost a whole week in which I could have made some really great strides in reaching my goal.

But I know this happens.

It’s life and there was nothing I could do to stop stuff like this happening.

I thought about fighting through and trying to train, but I knew that if I could barely stand for more than 5 minutes without feeling dizzy or sick, there was no way I could go and train.

Now what to do?

Do I give up?

Heck no!

I have 6 weeks and I’m going to make them count.

I HAVE to make them count.

The next 6 weeks are going to be hard, but I’m ready for the challenge!!!

 

 

 

3 Ways to Keep Your Cheat Meal(s) from Sabotaging Your Goals

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I’m a big advocate when it comes to having “cheat” or “reward” meals while you are training for your goals.

I believe they are essential for keeping a person sane while they are working towards those goals.

I’ve seen too many times, and have been there myself, where people refuse to have those cheat meals thinking they can get by without them and their goals will be reached quicker. ย Then it happens, they snap and sit down to an all you can eat buffet for a week.

Everyone needs, at least every 2 weeks, some sort of cheat/reward meal.

But….!

(There is always a but.)

Sometimes people can take the cheat meals to extremes, myself included.

Extremes such as sitting down to an all-you-can-eat buffet and eating to the point where you can’t move.

Or what I have done in the past, eating a whole pizza and a carton of Ben and Jerry’s. And I’m not going to lie…I could have eaten more.

But what then happens to my body?

Does it just get back on track?

Do I lean out more?

Am I getting closer to my goals?

I have seen many times people use cheat meals, as a way to gorge themselves because they rationalize that it is “allowed” and in the end they are screwing up everything they worked for during that week.

You have to remember, just because you know you need this cheat meal, it doesn’t mean the calories don’t count.

They do!

And if you’re not careful, you can put yourself right back to where you started and have to begin again each week.

So how do you get your cheat meals in, but not sabotage yourself?

Simple…

  1. First and foremost, DO NOT give yourself permission to eat anything and everything in your sight.ย Your goal is not to get as much food in your mouth during that hour, or so, but to give yourself a reprieve from the stricter nutrition you are eating throughout the week. Eat until you are satisfied, but not busting at the seams.
  2. PLAN!!! I always plan what I’m going to have as my cheat meal. I know what I’m going to have, how much of it I’m going to have and when I’m going to have it, meaning what day of the week. This way I don’t get off track and in the end eat more than I should have or have more cheat meals than I am allowing myself to have during the week.
  3. Don’t let liquid calories be your cheat meal.ย What I mean here is, don’t let alcoholic drinks be your cheat meal. Alcoholic drinks can have a lot of calories in one drink, than most people think. And normally, when people use alcoholic drinks as their cheat meal, they have way more than they expected. As well as any food they might be consuming. By the end of the cheat meal, you will have consumed twice, maybe three times more calories than if you would have just eaten. Also, usually when you drink, you eat…and I’m not talking about a salad, especially if you are out at a restaurant or bar. When you do this, you are only adding more calories to your cheat meal, but you are also probably extending the cheat meal to a couple hours or more.

I think the best thing you can do for your cheat meal, and to make sure it doesn’t get to be a “cheat sit down and gorge yourself” meal, is to PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!!!

Once you have a plan in place, stick with it. Remember, you don’t need to eat everything in sight, you do get another cheat meal next week.

I hope this helps when it comes to you choosing your cheat meals, as it has helped me over the past 8 weeks. My results are coming quicker and I’m much happier when I don’t feel like I’m going to bust at the seams. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

8 Week To Go…Half-Way There!!!

Today marks half-way point for my goal.

When I started working towards my goal, I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy one, but so far I am so happy with my results!!

Here are some progress pics…

The one on the left is when I started this journey, 8 weeks ago, and the one on the left is from this morning. Very excited you can start to see my baby abs from the pic this morning! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here is a side view…again I’m very happy!

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So now I’m sure you’re wondering…how much “scale weight” have I lost?

Honestly….only about 6 pounds.

Am I mad?

Hell NO!

I’m building muscle while I’m leaning out, this is the best case scenario out there!

Will my weight start to go down more during the next 8 weeks?

Probably, but I’m not expecting 15-20 pounds. I know that the goal is, and always has been, to lose fat while I keep and build muscle.

So far my nutrition has been on point, even getting one cheat meal a week, and my training has been great. I don’t plan on making any new adjustments over the next 2 weeks, so we will see how that works. I’m happy with everything, so why fix what’s not broke…right?

I will also be showing you what I am doing to get these results.

How I’m eating, how I’m training, etc.

I hope that you continue to keep up with my journey and possibly start one of your own!

Exercise of the Week!: Chest Supported Rows

I feel that any good training program will have exercises to not only help you obtain that physique you are dreaming about, but also will have exercises that will help things such as posture.

We, as a society, do way too many things that can make our shoulders round and give us poor posture.

Here is an exercise I love to have in my training to help fight that poor posture and give my back the definition I really want to have.

As you can see here I am using a machine that is used specifically for this exercise, but you do not need this to do the exercise. You can just as easily use a incline bench and dumbbells to do the exercise.

A couple “Do’s” for doing a chest supported row…

  1. Always make sure to squeeze your shoulder blades together as you row.
  2. Keep you abs tight. It can be easy to let the rest of your body “slack” while doing these because you are being supported, but don’t let it. Keep your abs and butt tight to help keep your lower back safe.
  3. Control the weight as you lower it back to starting position.

A couple of “Don’ts”…

  1. Don’t cheat the rep. Meaning, make sure you bring the weight all the way up to your chest and then completely straighten your arms at the bottom.
  2. Don’t use momentum. It can be very easy to jerk the weight as you row to get the rep in. Make sure every rep you are using your strength.

Hope you give these a try and let me know how you like them! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

10 Weeks Out Update!!!

So here is my update at 10 weeks out.

I’ve been working towards my goal for 6 weeks now, and I’m pretty happy with the progress I’ve made in just 6 weeks.

Here is my progress pic. The picture on the left is from this morning and the picture on the right is from two weeks ago.

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As you can see, there is a slight change since my “12 weeks out” update.

A little less around the lower abdominal area, which is great, but it’s time to lean out a lot more.

So starting today I am going to make a couple of simple changes to my nutrition to see if I can make even more of a change in the next 2 weeks.

I won’t be changing much, but it will be enough to hopefully give me the boost I need.

Hope you stick with me for the next 10 weeks to see WHAT I’m working towards and how my progress goes. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Exercise of the Week!: Hex Deadlifts

This is probably one of my favorite exercises (I know I say that a lot LOL) when it comes to deadlifts and targeting those glutes and hamstrings.

To do the Hex Deadlift….

  1. Make sure your feet are hip-width apart.
  2. Fold at the hips, pushing your butt back as far as you can. You should feel a nice stretch in the glute and hamstrings while doing this.
  3. Have a slight bend in the knees.
  4. Keep your back nice and straight with your head aligned. Meaning, don’t look too far up and don’t tuck your chin into to your chest.
  5. Grab the bar by the handles and stand up!

A couple of things to watch out for, aka…don’t do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. Don’t squat down to get the bar. It’s your glutes and hamstrings that should be doing most, if not all, of the work. Have enough bend in the knees to get the bar, but not so much where you are squating.
  2. Watch for rounding of the back, or making it look like a “rainbow”. If you are not working with someone, or a gym partner to watch you, I like to record a couple of reps to make sure I am doing the exercise correctly.
  3. YOUR BACK SHOULD NOT “FEEL IT” OR HURT!! If your back is getting tired or it is starting to hurt, stop what you are doing and reset yourself. You might be using your back to lift the bar and not your legs.

I do think these are a great exercise for people just starting off with learning deadlifts. For most, it is a more natural movement because it’s like picking up two suitcases, which most people have done before. I also like them a lot because you don’t need to use a lot of weight, at least starting out, to feel the exercise.

Plus…they build GREAT butts!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Exercise of the Week!: Barbell Bent Over Rows

Barbell bent over rowsย are one of those exercises that I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with.

I love them because they really work my back and help with my posture. (I tend to slouch…working on it though!) As a society we do way too many things in front of us.

Driving, working on the computer, eating, etc.

Doing all of this can make our shoulders come forward and ruin our posture.

These can help with that!

But I “hate” them (use that term lightly) because, well….they’re hard!

I do make sure I have these bad-boys in every training program I do. Whether I’m using a barbell, or in some cases, dumbbells.

You can either use a barbell, dumbbells, Kettlebells or even bands.

If you are going to use band, loop the band under your feet to make “handles” and pull up.

No matter what you are using as your tool, the movement is still the same though.

A couple things you want to keep in mind while doing these…

  1. Keep your abs tight! This will help protect your back.
  2. Squeeze your shoulder blades together as you row. Don’t make your arms do the work, make your upper back do the work. Squeezing the shoulder blades together at the top of each rep will help with that.
  3. Keep your elbows tight to your body, don’t let them flare out.

There you have it! A great exercise to not only help build a beautiful and strong back, but also one that helps with your posture!
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