(I realize that it’s Tuesday, but I had some problems with posting! Kept losing drafts 😦 )
Well it’s been an eye-opening week for me! I had a minor (read: major) freak out because I haven’t really been seeing progress the way I’d expected. I’ve been getting way stronger, but was worried that maybe my diet was off. I found out that the progress that I’d seen from JE’s was because of the unmanageable carb-cycling and that I’m just gaining muscle right now, not losing fat. It just goes to show that you can do everything you’re supposed to and be where you want to be, but you still have to work your a$$ off to maintain it!
Though to be honest, I haven’t been the best at limiting my off meals 😦
Hey, I’m on vacation! Kinda….sorta…ish?
I also want to say good luck and keep on keeping on to those who have decided to start JE’s program or to just start living healthier! If you have any questions, feel free to comment, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or ask on facebook
Now for Six-Pack Sunday:)
- A reason to be motivated
- A fitness myth
- A new recipe
- A fitness trend
- A website
- A product review
1. A reason to be motivated
“Strong is the new sk*nny.”
Hell yeah! Lifting weights and eating right won’t make you shed fat immediately. You’ll gain muscle so that when you do begin to lose fat, you’ll actually have some definition underneath! You’ll come out of this with more muscle and a strength that is unbelievably empowering. I’ve always been called fragile (not even delicate, just fragile ugh), and to me that always implied weakness. Now, I can lift a case of sodas at work like it’s nothing and impress my coworkers with my man-like strength;) Having the ability to carry something heavy or lift yourself out of the pool with grace and ease is an amazing feeling. Mundane tasks become small little accomplishments because you couldn’t have done them before. It makes you feel even more independent and able to do absolutely anything:)
2. A Fitness Myth
“If I lift heavier weights then I’ll bulk up, so I’ll just do more reps with lower weights.”
WRONG. As usual, your body is largely reliant on your diet. If you stay with lower weights and never increase the weights that you use, you will just stay stagnant (ladies that means no more 3lb. weights!) While doing more reps in a circuit can increase you heart rate and keep you in a fat burning zone during strength training, if you continue with lower reps and languidly move from exercises you won’t hit that mark. Leaning out can occur from increasing cardio, decreasing your carb intake, and many other methods, but doing any or all of these in excess will only hurt you. The way to a tight and toned body is through lifting weights and improving upon your performance every day.
Tomatillo Steak and Eggs
2 oz. flank steak (I used leftovers so it’s already cooked)
2 egg whites
1 whole egg
1/4 cup homemade tomatillo salsa (grilled tomatillos, grilled poblano pepper, roasted garlic, chopped onion-blended)
1 tbs. flaxseed
1 cup of raw spinach
- Cut the steak in to small, bite-size pieces and toss in a pan just to heat up for a minute or so.
- Whisk the egg whites, whole egg, and tomatillo salsa together.
- Add the salsa-egg mixture to the pan with the steak.
- Cook until done, about 4 minutes-ish.
- Serve on a bed of spinach with a piece of whole-grain or ezekial toast, and top with flaxseeds!
4. A Fitness Trend
Crossfit is a strength program that has been around for awhile, but seems to be becoming more popular among housewives lately. This means that it’s popping up on every stay-at-home mom fitness/cooking/craft blog usually in the form of boot camps. That’s how it should be! While some think that the Crossfit lifestyle may be a bit cultlike, it’s an awesome way to stay fit. The workouts are similar to those of the military and police academies (think pushing heavy objects and running until you fall over), but are easily adaptable to anyone by adjusting the weight or intensity. There are a lot of my favorite exercises involved like squats, clean and press, and of course a lot of RUNNING! The difference is often the equipment. Since you aren’t slowly moving from machine to machine, equipment such as sandbags, kettleballs, plyoboxes (for box jumps, so terrifying!), sandbags, tires, etc.
If you hate the gym, then a crossfit program might be the perfect thing for you!
The Crossfit Games just ended, check out this video to see how freaking cool you can look doing it.
I’ve spent hours on this website! When I was first looking in to weightlifting, I was pretty much going off of nothing. I think I actually googled “women’s bodybuilding” 🙂 I found this incredible resource and used the Find A Plan app, which lead me to JE’s LiveFit Program. Since then I’ve used it not only for the program, but for recipes, support, supplement reviews and purchases, exercise references, and so many things! It has about a million different resources from articles and interviews to online community called Bodyspace to connect with others who have similar goals. I highly recommend you utilize this website and all of the free tools that they have to offer!
6. A Product Review
Nature’s Best Isopure Zero Carb Protein: Cookies & Cream
It is with great regret that I write this as I am no longer a user of this product. The regret comes from the fact that I absolutely LOVED it! It has zero carbs and high protein, which is great for leaning out, but i’ve realized I’m not quite ready to stop building muscle yet so I need those carbs:) I also am trying something a little more clean (yes protein powder can be clean!), MRM. I’d give the taste of Isopure a 9, it mixes really well with anything and is more cream than cookie which is perfect to me. There were no side effects and the only problem was that I ran through it wayyy too quickly.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your week! The highlight of mine so far as been the smoked salmon in the cafeteria, whoop dee doo!