Over the past 6 weeks I have been working my butt off (literally) to slim down and sculpt my body. During my journey to get fit I’ve been going through different experiments with my diet and my workout habits. It has taught me an incredible amount about my body and overall health.
To give you a little background about myself I am 26 years old, I’m tall and others would classify me as “long & lean.” When I was younger I was self conscious about my height. Girls would call me deer legs, or daddy long legs making fun of my skinny long limbs. Even after 6 years of playing volleyball I was never able to gain much muscle. It was only until the last few college years I was able to put on some weight and fill out, but that wasn’t due to exercise or healthy diets. Fast forward to present day and I’m still not a person who needs to loose 10 or 20lbs – BUT I am a girl just like you who wants to feel fit, lean, and comfortable in my own skin.
So, to tone up and lose the muffin top I joined an awesome program called Bodies by Rachel. I enrolled in her 6 week Bikini Body Gym challenge and these were my results!
I’m proud of what I have been able to accomplish in a short period of time. But before I elaborate on that please keep in mind that everyone’s body is different, so what may work for me may not work for you, but as long as you put in the time and the effort you will notice a difference in your progress. Another thing, I don’t glorify that number on the scale, what matters most to me is the visual progress I see and how I feel. I take pictures to compare my week by week progress & watch how my body is changing. I write down how my body and mind feels after certain diets & workouts. If one variable is not working for me, I change it up.
I still feel a bit nervous when publishing progress pictures but I really-really hope my transformation, story, lessons learned and experience can help YOU to realize your body dreams! So here are a few things I’ve learned:
Lesson #1: Consistency is key
I’ll say this in almost every fitness post I write but to see the results you want, consistency is key. This means your diet and you workout regime. For me I ate the SAME foods for 6 weeks and worked out right after work at 5pm everyday to remain as consistent as possible.
My diet during this time was:
Breakfast- Protein Shake: Vanilla Soy Milk, Vanilla Protein Powder, Strawberries, Bananas
Lunch: Beef, Rice, Mixed Salad w/ Avocado
Dinner: Fish – mostly Salmon, and 2 veggies (broccoli, asparagus, peppers, etc)
Snacks: Peanuts, Bananas, Hummus, Dark Chocolate, Edamame
After 6 weeks of this diet and working out 6x a week I dropped 6lbs and toned up – A LOT! Some girls questioned my progress and asked me how I got results so fast – the truth is I stuck to the program & , allowed myself 1 cheat meal a week, and let myself have a drink on rare occasion. It’s okay to treat yourself if you’re not overdoing it.
Lesson #2: Workout your entire body
At the beginning of my fitness journey I only wanted to do cardio (lose weight?) and core workouts (flat stomach?), but that’s NOT how it works. You really have to work on your entire body and train each muscle group to get the best results. A full body workout will give you a well balanced fit body and help you get the most out of your workouts! For me I trained legs 2x a week, arms, back, and chest at least 1x a week, and full body sculpting / Pilates 1x a week.
Lesson #3: Go for a HIIT
If you must do cardio swap out regular cardio workout for a HIIT. I hear a lot of times from girls that they find it a bit scary to try a HIIT, because you’re afraid to fail and can’t complete it. I feel your pain, because I’ve been there too but STOP! We all can do a HIIT and you will also get better each time. It’s about progress! With a HIIT you’ll burn many more calories and fat and you’re workout won’t take so long. Doing HIIT really showed some impressive results to my weight and body.
Lesson # 4: Understand your body will not always look the same
I have come to realize that my body will not always look the same. Please understand that your health and fitness journey is going to change overtime and you’re going to have different priorities and focuses at different points. The past 6 weeks for me was slimming down and toning, my new focus is bulking and gaining muscle, especially in the lower 1/2 of my body – a place where I have never seen muscle grow before! I know with muscle gain there is also fat gain. I know I wont look as slim as I am now in 6 weeks and I’m totally okay with that!
A few of you have already asked me about my experience with the the diet/ program I followed and I will preach it again – it works! (Please do not contact me asking for their program – these girls work hard for thier money- I will not give it to you). I highly recommend you go check out their site for yourself and sign up for the next challenge if your looking to try something new.
If you have already signed up -Congratulations! I hope you kick ass and feel 10x better like I did after the challenge. I’ll be joining her 6 week build a booty challenge – so stay tuned for more progress pictures!
If you have any questions feel free to leave them below and I’ll answer!!
This post is in no way sponsored by the Bodies by Rachel program – I just really love it that much!