Breakthroughs are happening over here, kids! Big breakthroughs.
On the scale? Certainly not. That would’ve been too easy.
Weight: +/- 0 lbs. (still .5 lbs. up from my lowest in the last 4 months, but I’m happy with that)
I also need to remember that when I started my creatine supplement, the scale jumped 3-4 lbs. in that week. I’ve since lost all that, but am still on creatine, so if I weren’t on creatine, it would probably be 3-4 lbs. lower. Either way though, I honestly DON’T CARE, and I’m not just saying that. I’m so happy with my results in the gym, the changes I can see in my body, but more than anything I’m happy with the 100% sustainable lifestyle I’ve found and how easy it is to maintain. I am energized, happy with what I’m eating, and peaceful and fulfilled in my heart and my spirit. Gonna take more than the scale to destroy that.
I haven’t taken measurements in a couple weeks, but I did throw a tape measure around my waist this past weekend to find that I was down 3.5″ off my waist!
And I’m seeing visible muscle in my back, so I’m super freaking happy about how I’m leaning out, slowly but surely.
MY STRENGTH IS EXPLODING! If you’re a girl who lifts, you know how empowering this can be. When you go in the gym and see how much strength you’ve gained, there is magic empowerment that spreads to the rest of life – you feel like you can conquer the world.
Back squat: on a 30-20-10-5-5-10-20-30 rep scheme –> 140 for 10 reps, 155 for 5 reps (up from only using 95 for 3 sets of 12-15)
Dumbbell chest press: 20 reps with the 25s (up from 20 reps with the 15s just 2 weeks ago)
Hammer curl: 15s (up from the 10s)
Lat pull down: on a 20-15-10-5-5-10-15-20 rep scheme –> 75 lbs. for 10, 85 lbs. for 5 (up from 60-70 just 2 weeks ago)
Tools for progress:
As many of you may know, I recently started online health coaching. If you’re at all interested in figuring out a workout plan that works for you (in the gym or at home) getting some guidance on food/nutrition, or just figuring out ways you can alter your lifestyle to achieve optimal health and feel better in your skin, send me an email! I would love to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to reach out.
That being said, a huge part of my recent success is due to those who endlessly support me. You know who you are. Those who go to the gym with me, join in the game of bringing Tupperware meals to the movie theater, ask for my progress pictures, encourage me to keep going, take endless photos of me in the gym, and, of course, read my blog :) But it’s not just that. It’s also the more subtle things – surrounding yourself with people who want to truly live a healthy lifestyle and encourage you to reach your goals, no matter how crazy or unattainable they may seem.
How I’m doing:
Still just loving life. I’ve been feeling so much more energized since I hopped on the “flexible dieting” train. I’m not actually flexible dieting the way most people use that term, but I opted to increase my fat and protein a bit from the typical high carb vegan lifestyle, so within those ranges I have some flexibility even though I stick to 90% whole foods. Right now I’m eating about a 65 C | 20 P | 15F macro breakdown, although I’m not a stickler about it. Some days it’s closer to 75 C | 15P | 10F depending on what my body feels like eating. I’m loving intuitive eating – just listening carefully to what I’m craving, why I’m craving it, and giving my body what it’s asking for when it needs it.
How are you doing?
Do you have people around you who support you?
Do you have goals that are so big you’re scared to say them out loud?