Good morning, friends!
I mentioned at the beginning of January that I was doing a 60-Day Challenge with the Brittany Dawn Fitness team. I figured now that I just sent in my 6-week check-in, I should probably do a mid-challenge update with you guys!
I’m not ready to share my before/after photos quite yet (plus, it’s not really “after” yet) but I can tell you that I’m feeling wonderful. I struggled pretty hard in Week 4, and I’m happy to be back on the train. I love that Brittany doesn’t require a daily weigh-in because weighing myself every day like I did with my last coach really stressed me out.
I actually really love tracking macros. It’s like playing tetris with food 😉 You DO have to be prepared, though. A lot of times I will plan out my whole day in the morning or lunch time once I’ve had a meal. I don’t mind that, though. I can usually fit what I want into my macros and honestly, it stops me from eating some ridiculous stuff like alcohol. I have stopped myself from going out a bit more because of this challenge, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I have had my macros lowered only once – the carbs. I almost cried. 😉
We get one treat meal per week and I’ve been sticking to that pretty well. My birthday weekend I didn’t track Friday, Saturday or Sunday and guess what – I still lost a little weight that week. I was expecting to gain! Along with SLOWLY losing weight (I really don’t have a ton to lose) I can definitely see the muscle definition. But I’ll talk more about that in the workouts section!
One thing I do want to work on is getting in more vegetables and fruits. Honestly, they’re a lot of carbs and I’d rather waste carbs on pickles and hashbrowns. 🙂
I mentioned this above, but I am absolutely loving the muscle definition I’m noticing. My arms are tight – no flabbiness to them really anymore. My thighs are feeling “harder” instead of flabby. I’ve been able to up my lifts a bit. I can see my tricep muscle (WOO WOO). I think I have back muscles, but I can’t tell if they’re muscles or just my shoulder blades sticking out (I’m a moron). I don’t feel dumb in the gym … I feel strong! I bring my BD book with me, look up workouts on Google that I’m confused about and go to work. Most of my workouts last 45-minutes, but I’ll add in stretching or HIIT workouts sometimes. I go to the gym to workout about six days a week, but I’m enjoying it.
Weight loss: 6.6 lbs (technically it’s closer to 10, because the first day of the challenge I had the stomach flu, so I lost 3 lbs on that – ha!)
Total Inches loss: 6.5″
Gains: Happiness and feeling strong. 🙂
Last Week’s Workouts
Wednesday: Shoulders & Triceps (at home with much lighter weights because of the snow)
Thursday: HIIT & Abs
Friday: Glutes & Hamstrings
Saturday: Chest, Calves & Abs
Sunday: Back & Biceps; 12-minute HIIT on stairmaster
Monday: Quads, Hamstrings & Calves
Tuesday: Shoulders & Triceps; 12-minute HIIT on stairmaster
Today: Rest Day
What type of workout regimen works best for you?