Back in December, I decided to do the new 60 day home workout program from Beachbody called Hammer and Chisel. This program is intense and includes a variety of different workouts, including cardio, weights, power lifting, agility and plyometric training. Following this program means working out six days a week for 30-40 mins at a time, and eating according to a portion controlled clean eating nutrition plan with the goal of chiseling out an amazing physique!
I was pumped and ready to start on December 14th.
I weighed myself to establish a baseline, but I never took before pics or measurements. Big no no! I always tell my clients that they need to establish their baseline before starting a new program so that they can see how far they have come. I sadly did not listen to my own advice.
Then winter break came…I kept working out at the gym at Deerhurst as we were up north for two weeks, but my nutrition went out the window. Let’s just say there was some pizza, some Dairy Queen and a bunch of muffins and chocolate. And then to top it off, I got sick for a few days and missed some workouts.
However, I have seen some fellow coaches acheive awesome results on this program so there was no way I was giving up on it. The only way to fail is to quit, and I was not going to quit!
Last Monday was my fresh start. I did things right this time. I weighed myself, I measured myself and I took my before pics. I’m sharing all of this here with you for accountability:
Starting weight – 132.8
Chest – 33.5
Arms – 10.75
Waist – 28.5
Hips – 35
Thighs – 21.25
I’m so proud to say that week 1 was a huge success!
For me – doing the workouts is a no brainer. Working out 5-7 days a week for 30-45 mins is just part of my routine. I don’t always want to work out before I start, but I crave the feeling that I get when I am done. I am addicted to the endorphins and how amazing I feel after my workouts. I love that I don’t have to go to a gym and be around other sweaty germy people. I love that I don’t need to leave my house on cold mornings. I just love my home workouts!
The part that is more of a struggle for me is following the meal plan.
I am going to be totally honest here and tell you that I love desserts. I love chocolate. I love cookies. I love all baked goods. I also love eating by myself when the kids go to sleep. It unfortunately had become a bad habit over the past few years – on most nights I would eat something once the kids are in bed. It was my way to unwind after a busy day. Sometimes it was healthy stuff like nuts or dried fruit. Sometimes it was unhealthy stuff like cake and ice cream. Either way, my body did not need those calories. I knew that this after dinner habit was the main thing that was preventing me from losing the last 5-15lbs that had took resisdence on my stomach and upper arm/back area. (I give a range of 5-15 lbs because at this point I’m not quite sure what my ideal weight is. I weighed 115 lbs before I had Dylan…is that an appropriate weight for me now? I’m not sure…but I do know that my abs and triceps are hiding under a layer of fat and I want them to come out and say HI!)
Anyways…I digress. My point here is that I have struggled in the past with nutrition and I believe that was the one thing holding me back from seeing defined muscles throughout my body, and in particular in my abdominals.
So…..I decided I would go all in with the meal plan for one week and see what happens. If I survived week one, I would give it a try for week two and so on and so forth, until I completed 8 weeks. I find it hard to commit to 8 weeks upfront, that’s why I decided to take it one week at a time.
How did I fare with the nutrition plan?
It was challenging at times, but I pushed through. Often we are tempted to take the easy way out, to not challenge ourselves or go beyond our comfort zone. I pushed myself way out of my comfort zone with the nutrition plan. I measured out and planned out every meal. We went out for dinner a few times and I stayed far away from desserts and bread and ordered a salad with protein (chicken or fish) and salad dressing on the side. I ate at least 4 servings of veggies and protein a day. I had ZERO sugary treats. For me, I do better when I have NONE rather than SOME dessert. When I have one cookie I want more and more and more. When I have none, I am OK. I learned this week that carrots are delicious and so is jicima. Your taste buds really start to change when you cut out processed food, and real food tastes AMAZING! I still ate carbs, but in the right portion and the right kind – ie sprouted grains, steel cut oats, quinoa and sweet potatoes. I was not hungry but I was definitely not stuffed. Sometimes right after I finished a meal, I felt like I could have eaten more, but then 30 mins later that feeling had passed. I have energy to power through my workouts, so to me that signals that I am eating the right amount. I have substitued my after dinner snacks with some tea and lighting a scented candle. I’m creating a new habit that is healthier…and it seems to be working!
So what happened in 8 days?
I lost almost 5 lbs! I went from 132.8 to 127 pounds. Since having Alex I see the 120s every once in a while…but it hasn’t been consistent. I feel good in the 120s and my clothes are fitting better. I want to stay in the 120s!
I don’t expect or want to lose 5 lbs every 8 days on this program. I know that the first week was getting rid of all the holiday fluff I had accumulated over the winter break as a result of carb overload. I’m curious to see what will happen as I keep going. However, I am making a promise to myself not to be obsessed with the scale – it is just one tool to use to track my progress.
I’m thrilled with my results, and the visible change is pushing me forward to be strong and keep going!
I’m putting together my next 21 day health and fitness challenge. We start February 1st. If you have been wanting to start taking better care of yourself – this is the perfect opportunity! Join my supportive community of women who help each other on their journies towards better health. Be a part of our group – work out everyday for 30 mins from the comfort of your home, learn about portion controlled clean eating and enrich your mind, body and spirit! If you want more info, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or PM me via Facebook and I will get back to you ASAP with the details about the challenge.
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