I did it… 12 weeks on Bikini Body. 12 Thanksgiving-spanning, Department-lunch covering, three-time-of-the-month encompassing weeks. 12 weeks ago I squinted suspiciously at the impossibly-beautiful Amy Layne and debated whether she was another empty promise and short-lived lie. I sent her my $98. Best thing I ever did. Amy got me back ‘on track’, she taught me to care about overall food intake, not focus and obsess over individual macro- micro- whatevero- nutrients. I followed her workouts, stuck to her eating plan and watched myself change so much. For the first time, people really started commenting on how good I look. Not how slim (how skinny-fat), just how different, and how toned. AND, weirdly, for the first time I way relaxed about what I ate. I stopped dreading social occasions, I stopped fearing my own reactions to food. I think I have covered most of what I learned on this journey, but mostly it was;
-Never, ever resort to quick fixes
-Don’t obsess over the scales
-Stick to it through the ‘water weight days’
-Know that water weight days can last > 10 days in some (my) cases!
-Every time you “fall off the wagon”, just get right back on it, that SECOND. Not “tomorrow”; not “after the weekend” – right then.
-Make sure you do the exercises you HATE (hello squats). You probably hate them for a reason.
-Know that hungry before a meal is OK. Hungry all the time is not.
-Give up those artificial sweetners
-Chillax. Keep doing your best. Be proud of yourself for doing so.
The best practical tip that I learned was: Cook way in advance. Seriously. I would do a weekly shop, then make lietrally, 10 lunches and 10 dinners (5 for me, 5 for Wes). For example:a giant thing of whole wheat pasta with tuna and tomato; a tray of roasted veg and chicken, a large lasagne and tub of pre-cooked fajita mix. Then, portion out into single servings and store in the fridge. Wes and I could grab ‘n’ go as we liked, and it really only took ~40 mins to do the whole thing on a Sunday. Only one kitchen clean up too 🙂
And, I made my goal: a waist of 26″ without squeezing and pinching. I do have bikini-clad progress pics, but you have to email me for them as I fear future employers / students getting a gander 🙂 So you can have final stats instead:
Starting / after 2 weeks / after 4 weeks / after 6 weeks / after 12 weeks:
Weight: 143.5 lbs. / 138.5 / 135.5 / 137 / 134
Chest: 37 / 37 ” / 37 “ / 37″ / 37″ (good grief; no fecking change)
Waist: 30″ / 29″ / 28″ / 28″ / 26″ (wooooooo!)
Hips: 38″ / 37″ / 37″ / 37″ / 37″
What now? Well, a similar eating style + some wine in the evening, but slightly different workouts. Which leads me too:
Tough Mudder Training
So, for bikini body it has been all low weight, high rep ickiness. (I HATE that – let me move mountains, please!). Lots of interval workouts, and I did reach 15K (ever closer to my half marathon goal).
Now, I am switching it up, as my ADHD-like tendencies… OK, OK, my pure ADHD… does not allow me to stick at one plan too long. Here is a summary:
-Weights: 4 times a week, at a level where I fail on the 12th rep. Lots of ab work for the vanity.
-Interval training: Yes, OK, I will do it. At least 3 times a week. With lots of core work for the health.
-Running: Knee not coping so well. Twice a week: one long, one short run. With one elliptical session for the Chuck Bass ogling.
-Yoga: Twice a week, to help my fairly wrecked body. With one post-yoga glass of wine for the pain.
Finally. Pull up training. New (near impossible) goal: to be able to do a pull up (or four) by Tough Mudder. I’ll keep you posted. With videos for the voyeurism.
This week, I am entering the Lookout Mountain 10K. Kinda nervous about a full 10K on a trail… and how busy it will be. Also, I am in so much weight lifting / interval training pain at the moment, the thought of completing it is currently fairly inconceivable… but hey, this is just usual pre-race jitters, right? And, I have a new race to think about:
Woo-freakin’-Hoo. In January, I shall be running in the Canyonlands Half Marathon. Oh so pretty. Oh so damaging to my credit card. This is AWESOME news. But also quite scary. My goal? 2 hours 45. There. I said it. Wish me luck 🙂