As we end the month of March (yes, END!) I wanted to share a few key point that will help in your journey.
Let’s recap just a little though…
THIS was me on January 13th of 2014.
It’s not the worst shape those abs have ever been in, but I wasn’t doing too well internally and my nutrition focus had become quite distorted. Even the most learned of nutrition professionals can resort to lifelong habits…
So, here was my plan:
- I entered a contest online (hey, everybody’s watching then)
- I set upon research about tried and true nutrition…not diets
- I started logging foods like a mad fool….but always making sure I logged the time of day, how I felt before and after
- I changed my workouts several times to find what suited my body
- I focused on NUTRITION, not food
This pic was taken February 13,2014
This was upon the implementation of HIIT training.
Now, HIIT seems to be confusing most people, so let’s get to it:
Some people will try to sell you a magic HIIT formula, but that’s bogus. HIIT is a style of training. Here is what mine looks like (I use a Tabata timer, and I will save that for another post): I pick 5-10 exercises, depending on if I am focusing on certain body parts OR total body. I set my timer and hit it HARD from start to finish. HIIT in truly about intensity. That means I can cut my workout time down to 20-40 minutes and still see results.
Come March…I was losing my butt (everything I have back there is built, not blessed!). So…my eating style changed to accommodate some internal digestive issues (don’t judge, we all get them!) AND I switched my training up a bit…
This pic was taken March 23, 2014 I was pretty pleased with my abs since genetics will dictate those puppies don’t pop. When I tell you I work HARD for that, I’m not lying.
So what changed?
I gave Intermittent Fasting (the LIFESTYLE, not the diet…) a try. I’ll be going over this style just a bit in the Nutrition Boot Camp and will blog about in a couple of months.
I kept the HIIT workouts on 2-3 days per week, but added HEAVY, slow lifting 3-4 days per week (note: I usually workout 5-6 days per week).
Do I sweat as much lifting heavy weights only 4-6 times? Maybe not right off the bat, but THIS style has been proven to rebuild the metabolism by changing the hormones. Does it work? For me, it does
So, what do I suggest to YOU?
- Get to know YOUR body. Strop following what other people are doing…cause you totally know you just wrote down what I did. Stop that! Can you pick something to try? Yeah, give it a few weeks and see how you respond.
- Track your macronutrients. This is the pivotal point that will change EVERYTHING. How? I cover that…in the Nutrition Boot Camp!
- Be a little flexible. Be willing to make changes as needed.
- Get help. Whether it be nutrition or training, seek out a little extra help to get you there.
- Set your goals and be CLEAR. What do I mean? Well, I had to ask myself this question: “Do I want to be super lean OR really strong?” Is it impossible to be both? Not really, but you can’t train for both at the same exact time. Right now, I would like more muscle to my frame and I want to challenge my strength. Therefore, my eating and training will suit those demands.
Follow these guidelines to push you towards your goal and you’ll see results…maybe in just a couple of months