Half way results from Bodybuilding.com 200k challenge and Labrada Lean Body challenge 



Hey everyone!! I am about half way through the Bodybuilding.com 200k transformation challenge and the Labrada Lean body Challenge.  I can’t lie, I am excited about my results so far. In the last few years I haven’t really been a scale person so I know nothing about the numbers, but I am sure you will agree that pictures speak for themselves.  I have had a few bumps in the road along the way, and I have struggled, but that is all part of the process. I am learning to trust the process, and for this reason I am seeing progress. 

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Workout Wednesday- Chest

Hey Everyone!! As I do every week, I will be sharing a workout with you that I have completed recently. This week I will be sharing a recent chest workout that I did.  I typically work chest with my trainer, but this week I couldn’t make our session and had to workout on my own. So here is my workout.  As always, the amount of weight that you should use should be the maximum that you can handle while completing the recommended number of reps.

  • Barbell bench press- 4 sets of 10
  • Inclined bench press- 4 sets of 10
  • Chest Press machine- 4 sets of 12
  • Dumbbell flys- 4 sets of 10
  • Pec Dec Fly- 4 sets of 12
  • Dips- Chest version 4 sets of 12

Hope you enjoy this workout as much as I did!! If you have any questions I would love to hear them in the comments below!!!

Results- Week 1 Of the Bodybuilding.com 200k Transformation Challenge and the Labrada Lean Body Challenge

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Hey everyone!  I just wanted to check in to give you a progress update on how my first week of the Bodybuilding.com  200K Transformation Challenge and the Labrada Lean Body Challenge.  If has been a GREAT week and I am super excited about my results so far.

If you read my plan on a previous post (which you can find HERE), I have set several goals for myself each week. So here are the results

  • I have drank 7 of 7 planned gallons of water
  • I took 100,186 0f 100,000 planned steps.
  • I did 357 of 240 minutes planned cardio
  • I completed 3 of 3 planned HIIT sessions
  • I completed 5 of 5 planned strength training sessions
  • I stuck to my meal plan 7 of 7 days.

As you can see, I have had a very successful week with my goals but I am going to be honest, I didn’t really think it was working.  I just didn’t feel any changes happening and honestly I almost always felt bloated.  I was actually dreading taking my progress pictures when Sunday rolled around. In the end I sucked it up, and did them.  I was SO SHOCKED with the changes.

Week 1 results
Week 1 results

This week, in addition to my normal goals, I want to work on trusting the process. Awesome things are happening (as you see) and I am going continue to work hard and enjoy it!!

I am no gym damsel in distress

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Lately I have been very really aggravated with people at the gym. For those of you who have been following my journey for a while, or for those of you who actually know me, you may know that I actually have 2 gym memberships.  First of all I am a member of the most hard core (and only) weight lifting gym in my area.  I love being there, I love the atmosphere, and I love the people.  Unfortunately the hours don’t always fit my schedule. For this reason,  I am also a member of a 10 dollar a month chain gym that I use to get in my early morning gym workouts. While this gym is ok for the purposes I need, it comes with one big disadvantage, some of the people.

Before you start judging, don’t get me wrong, I am so glad that anyone that you may find in a gym is making an effort to workout and improve their health.  What I do not like is the fact that on a weekly basis some guy, at the chain gym, decides that he needs to come and give me workout advice.  Recently I have received advise regarding my form, number of reps, time between reps,  and what exercises I am doing. I mean really, what makes a guy think that just because a girl that I need/want their help.  Don’t get me wrong, I am 100% open to advise, and I actually love receiving it when it comes from someone that I believe is credible. But if I look at you and think “Bro do you even lift?”, I am probably not going to consider your opinion when I am planning out my exercise plan.

This ain’t my first rodeo. Yes I am a girl, but I am also strong and capable. After 3+ years I am more than capable of working out in the gym on my own (or with my trainer :)). I am no gym damsel in distress, and I do not need you to rescue me!

Workout Wednesday- Back

Hey everyone!! Hope you are having a GREAT day.  For this weeks Workout Wednesday I will be sharing a back workout that I recently did.  I could definitely feel it immediately after completing this workout.  As always, when you are doing these workouts, keep the weight as high as you possible can while still completing the recommended number of reps.

  • Pull Downs- 4 sets of 12
  • Seated Rows- 4 sets of 10
  • Front Pull Downs- 4 sets of 12
  • Pull Ups -4 sets of 8 (I used an assisted pull up machine)
  • Standing Rows- 4 sets of 10

I followed this workout up with a HIIT cardio session.  For more information about that check HERE.

Hope you enjoy this workout as much as I did!!!

Why I still enter transformation challenges on Bodybuilding.com even though I have no chance of winning

make-yourself-proudI have always been intrigued by a challenge. For some reason I can get motivated to work a lot harder when I know I am going to be held accountable at the end. I crave competition. It is for this reason that time and time again I register for the Bodybuilding.com transformation challenges. If I am honest with myself I know that I have a snowballs chance in hell of winning one of these. Please don’t take this as my low self esteem rearing its ugly head yet again, because this is about me loving myself and being proud of what I can accomplish no matter what others think about it.

Results from the fall 2014 , 6 week challenge on Bodybuilding.com
Results from the fall 2014 , 6 week challenge on Bodybuilding.com

Starting in less than 2 weeks, January 11th to be exact, the Bodybuilding.com $200,000 Transformation challenge presented by Dymatize will start and you can bet that I am already registered and getting excited about taking my training and meal plan to the next level. For 12 grueling weeks I will work my butt off ( literally) by following a strict workout regimen and diet plan. I will weigh every morsel of food that goes in my mouth, eat every 3 hours (if not sooner), workout at least 6 days a week, and make great progress that I will be proud of in the end.

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So with all of this being said, the question remains, why will I not win.  It is all about aesthetics.  I just don’t have the Bodybuilding.com look and I probably never will. I have extra skin that just wont go away, I have a saggy tummy that has several scars, and yet no matter the results of the transformation, I can still be proud of the fact that for 12 weeks I gave it my all and at the end I will be in the best shape of my life. I don’t know what you think but that definitely sounds like a win to me!!

7 THINGS YOU NOTICE AFTER YOU START LIFTING WEIGHTS

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When I first started strength training I was excited because I thought I would definitely lose some weight and that would be the only result of my weight lifting. Boy was I wrong!! Here are the 7 things that I most noticed as a result of my weightlifting

1. It is addictive! After just a short time I lifting weights I stopped dreading my weight lifting sessions and looked forward to them. I even caught myself adding in extra workouts when I could.

2. You really do enjoy the DOMS! After my first weight lifting session I had trouble walking out of the gym. #legday I hurt so much the days that followed due to DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). I really did not think I would continue because, let’s be serious, who really wants to inflict pain on themselves? Over time I began To appreciate the soreness and now when I am not sore after a workout I feel like I wasted a workout.

3. You will love feeling your muscles! When I first started developing arm muscles I would catch my self flexing and feeling of them all the time. There was such novelty there. Usually when you get something new, you are really interested for a while, and then the novelty wear off. Well with muscles that never happens. I still (3+ years in) catch myself feeling my muscles all the time.

4. It’s fun to flex! I never thought I would be a person that would stand in front of a mirror and flex. When I started doing it I realize I wasn’t that type of person because I didn’t have anything worth flexing. Now that I actually have some visible muscles, I love flexing them!!

5. -You will find muscles you never knew you had! I feel like I am always discovering new. Muscles There will come a day after you workout when you will feel DOMS in a new place. Or maybe you are as clueless as I was about my body when I first started I gave my trainer a good laugh when I was convinced something was wrong with me (tumor, mass, etc,) when I felt a newly developed muscle.

6. Workout clothes will become your fashion statement! . There is nothing more exciting than wearing a new set of workout clothes to the gym and I am always on the lookout for new workout clothes. If I am buying new clothes more than likely they are going to be do the gym.

7. You lift weights for fun! I never imagined that I would be a Person who would actually enjoy doing any form of exercise. Let’s be serious, working out can be exhausting (or so I thought). Now not only do I think my weight lifting sessions are fun, but I would give up any night on the town to hit the gym and throw around some heavy weight.

So if you have just started strength training and thinking of giving up, DON’T!!! It’s only a matter of time till you start noticing these things too!!