Day 285 Transformation Journey

weight loss progress pics -6.9% body fat, -23.5 in, -12lbs, 4+ sizesBecause I shared my 21 Day Fix program results yesterday, I felt it was only fair to share my journey results today. The images on the top are June 11, 2013. Day one of Les Mills Combat, after I was released from remedial physical therapy to begin exercising. This journey has involved a lot of dedication, especially as I saw the scale move down and then back UP again. It is only the pictures and the measurements (and my clothes falling off me) that inspires me to keep going. I’m slow, but I’m steady and I’m building muscle – much of which was lost when I pinched my sciatic nerve in March 2013. I’m happy to say I am at that point where I am consistently surprised at what my body can do now. It’s a good place to be!

Weightloss Stats:  -6.9% body fat, -23.5 in, -12lbs, 4+ sizes

Up next is the Brazil Butt Lift Summer Slimdown Challenge! I look forward to being swimsuit ready this year and rocking it by the end of the summer. Sometimes I WISH we could *target* the trouble areas, but weight loss and body toning just isn’t like that. Ibut if I could…. that nastiness around the middle where abs are supposed to be would be on the top of my list!

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Day 284 Transformation Journey – Progress Pics 21 day FIX

21-day-fix-round-1Autumn got me results, I am stronger, I am leaner, I have more balance, and I am happy to be moving in a general forward motion toward my goal health and body.I traded body shape more than anything, because I was surprised to find a larger selection of my swimsuits *fit* when I searched for my *goal* swimsuit for the Brazil Butt Lift Summer Slimdown Challenge. I REALLY look forward to the next challenge, swimsuit season, here I come! Never fear, though Autumn Calabrese‘s workouts rock my world, so I will be revisiting her on a regular basis. She is now my 2nd favorite (the first being Chalene Johnson and ChaLean Extreme. GO HEAVY, OR GO HOME, am I right ladies?!?)

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March 31st: ‘Beaches, Barbecues, and Bikinis’

Want to kick your winter habits in the teeth, but not sure where to start? Join my next challenge group! Challenge groups generally run 21 days, 6 weeks, & 8 weeks – depending on your needs and the fitness program you choose. Whether you’re looking to drop those last few stubborn holiday pounds, or need a major lifestyle change, we can help you get there.

Time For Beaches, Barbecues, and Bikinis!

Our next beachbody challenge group is affectionately named ‘Beaches, Barbecues, and Bikinis’ and will begin on March 31st. If you couldn’t tell by it’s endearing name, this challenge group is geared toward getting you in shape for your summer wardrobe! I guess the summer weather start date really depends on where you are, but here in Florida, I’ve already been to the beach twice this year (not counting runs), and Spring Break has definitely already sprung!

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Burn Fat, Build Muscle, and Stop Starving Your Body!

One of the big questions is what and how much to eat when doing an intense, muscle building program like Chalean ExtremeLes Mills Pump, or even Body Beast. This is very important, because if you do not eat enough, or you don’t give your body enough protein, it will begin to break down your MUSCLE to use as fuel!!! I’m no sooth-sayer, but my thought is that if you’re taking the time and spending your energies on an intense fat loss, muscle-building workout program, then chances are you aren’t in it to loose muscle. Follow the instructions below to set up your eating plan to help your body burn fat, build muscle and increase your metabolism naturally when you do combined strength-training and cardio workouts!

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These are two varying  methods to find your BMR Basic Metabolic Rate and TDEE Total Daily Energy Expenditure. If you are already very fit, I believe the first method works well. If you are just beginning your fitness journey or … Continue reading