Update on Brittany Dawn Fitness Challenge

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.

Macros
I actually really love tracking macros. It’s like playing tetris with food πŸ˜‰ 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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ™‚

Macros

Workouts
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 liftsΒ 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.

PicMonkey Collage

Current Status
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:Β Happiness and feeling strong. πŸ™‚

Last Week’s Workouts
Wednesday: Shoulders & Triceps (at home with much lighter weights because of the snow)
Thursday:Β 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?

4 comments

    • Jessie says:

      They are definitely challenging and tough. I even showed one of my personal trainer friends at the gym I work out at and he said he thought they were tough, too! Granted, this was for the specific program, so I’m not sure what her other packages are like but I’m sure they’re great! If you do decide to sign up for something, can you tell her I sent you? πŸ™‚

  1. Megan says:

    I’m glad that the challenge is going well! Is it 8 weeks? (I can’t remember exactly). I really need to just bite the bullet & try her macro consultation. I’m pretty sure the personal trainers at the gym don’t do any sort of nutrition programs. That is so awesome about your weight loss & feeling strong! It’s a good feeling when you start to see definition & can lift more than you were before. I definitely want to see your before & after pictures! πŸ™‚

    Ugh, HIIT workouts on the stairmaster… you are awesome! I wanted to die on that thing tonight, haha.
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    • Jessie says:

      It is 8-weeks! It’s done the first week in March πŸ™ I still don’t feel like my before/after pictures are that spectacular, but obviously something’s happening if I’ve lost weight. If you do sign up for her stuff, can you say I recommended you to her? Might help me out πŸ˜‰ Not sure that it will, but HEY might as well try!

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