Last week drove me to crazy and back again. One testament to this is that I signed up to the Bodybuilding.com 200k 12 week transformation challenge.
I must have been stark raving. I’m not usually competitive but when I sign up for a competition, or put myself into a competitive environment it all comes spilling out.
So, I committed myself to changing as much as possible in 12 weeks.
Where have I got in one week?
Up 3Ibs but happily going to assume that's water given the amount of muscle soreness, lowered calorie intake and smaller measurements.
Total 8cm loss on measurement points (bust, hips, stomach, thighs). Largest loss coming from stomach (or belly as I refer to it).
I’ve been following Craig Carpuso’s 30 day cut. 6 days a week in the gym, weights, HIIT + low intensity steady state cardio. In other words, killer workout plan. Every day this week has had a different area of me aching, but it’s been good. For years I’ve meant to separate out my workouts but until now it’s never been so clearly split.
(you can check it out here: 30 days out)
I may or may not, however, been able to get myself in and out of gym clothes. The beauty of gym clothes, especially lycra stylie ones are that they’re flush to your skin so that they don’t get in the way, but stretchy enough that you’re able to move without getting yourself caught on your trousers halfway into a split. The downside to this is that when you’re aching like you’ve personally removed your muscles from your body and left them in the freezer overnight to get all stiff it can be ….. awkward, to get into (and especially OUT of) such tightly fitting clothing. And by awkward I mean you may as well be in a cubicle in the swimming changing rooms having just had a swim and you’re all clammy. Or when you’re in a REALLY hot shop and have selected a top that is at LEAST a size too small and is now stuck over your boobs/shoulders and you feel like you may never get the damn thing back off.
Speaking of…wearing glasses and a headset type Walkman whilst trying to get a small-moderately neck sized hoodie/jumper over your head is an equal conundrum. Do you take the glasses off and risk dropping them? Or does the Walkman go? Do you hook it round your neck and get the top stuck there rather than round your head? And WHY do I always choose to do this before I get off the cross trainer?? I can’t balance on the darn things. I’ve never been able to balance on them – why would I suddenly get the gift when I have a hoodie wrapped round my head, with one ear sticking out, one ear bent over and my glasses crammed into my sinuses?!
Let’s not talk about the scales. It’ll just upset them because I have NOTHING NICE TO SAY ABOUT THEM.
Recently the highlight of my day has been a “milky bar yoghurt” that I’ve saved especially to have after my protein packed lunch. I don’t normally encourage strict dieting, but it’s time to strip some body fat and to do that, I’ve got to make some changes.
The downside to this is that I have been nearly non-stop hangry. On top of that I’ve been plain emotional from all of the goings on and on top of that I had my rage filled, kill something, kick something else TOM day during the last week. It wasn’t safe to be in the house.
So, protein is IN and carbs and calories are being reduced. I’ve rationalised this week’s change as “well, it’s just one less slice of bread every day” although in the depths of gnawing hunger (post-gym having been too lazy to make my own food and too hangry to accept food from DH), with the cat meowing at my feet having just dropped a half-eaten bowl of greek yoghurt and goodness knows what my DH had left on the side all over my feet it was more along the lines of “DAMMIT I’M STARVING AND NO ONE CARES. MY LIFE IS NEVER GOING TO BE THE SAME AGAIN. I HAAAAAATE MY LIFE” (I may tend to the dramatic during HANGER pangs). Cue cat removal and hubby silence. A cheese sandwich was shortly deposited on my desk by a hand that was quickly removed lest it get taken in the feeding frenzy that followed.
Disclaimer: nowt wrong with carbs but for me I find that increasing the protein content of my meals helps me drop weight (less water storage, less resultant glycogen storage and protein does have high satiety factor than carbs - a bit like fat does - meaning you eat less). Plus I'm a total carb fiend - years of being a lazy ass vegetarian!
So yeah, food is going well….I’m learning a lot about what has good nutritional value and what does not. Also what to do with egg whites. Getting lots of education on that…
TOP foodie TIP?
Drink 1 scoop of protein powder + however much water you like to add in for consistency (I use about 150ml/scoop) before you eat. Works on the same principle as drinking a glass of water before you eat, making you feel fuller, but it's also a nice protein hit before you eat - protein is great for satiety and the liquid fills a spot meaning you're not quite as insistent on overeating however hard done by you feel on the carb front (which for me is VERY VERY VERY :p)