Monday, August 31, 2015

Week 1: Kelsey Byers 12 Weeks to Skinny Jeans Challenge

I'm back with my review of the first week of the Kelsey Byers 12 Weeks to Skinny Jeans Challenge. I don't think I was totally successful with the workouts, but I was pretty spot on with my eating. Until Friday.

(C) Kelsey Byers Fitness

The Food

To start it off, here's how my week looked.

Breakfast: 2 Jamie Eason Pumpkin Protein Bars and coffee with cream and stevia
2nd Breakfast: 2 Egg White Quinoa Cups (Need to tweak the recipe)
Lunch: Varied, but I made sure to have a protein, veggie, and carb.
Snack: Vanilla Greek Yogurt and Kashi GoLean Crunch.
Dinner: Whatever my family had, but I tried to keep the protein/veggie/carb ratio there.
Evening Snack: If I was still hungry, I had a protein shake.

Early in the week, I noticed that I was starving after my afternoon snack, so I upped my calories the next day. Honestly, my calories before dinner were sitting under 1000, and with lifting, I know my body wouldn't be able to sustain that for the long term. I want to fuel my body to build muscles and burn more fat. You have to eat to really see results.

The Workouts

I won't be listing the workouts here, as I had to pay Kelsey for them. Her plan is still available and today is the last day to start her Challenge for a chance to win $500!

I'm not that familiar with doing Lifting and Cardio in one day. It's hard to do. Like, really hard! After lifting, I just want to go home, but on all days, except leg day, you're supposed to do steady state or HIIT cardio (whichever you're comfortable with) for 30 minutes. I tried the stairmill this week, and that is hard stuff. I only lasted a couple minutes before I switched to walking on a sharp incline, and watching Girl Meets World on Netflix.

Changes to Week 2

I admit that I was going easy on myself during week one. I haven't worked out consistently in a long time, but I honestly want to win this Challenge, or give everyone a run for their money. 

Last week, I lifted pretty heavy, and pushed myself hard in the lifting portion. I didn't during Cardio. 

This week, I will continue to lift heavy, but I also want to do a little HIIT training, maybe via C25k-style running, or a mixture of non-machine HIIT exercises (Burpees, Mountain Climbers, Jump Rope, Jumping Jacks, etc). I think what I need to do most is step it up and really hit it hard. 

Tracking

I won't be weighing myself for awhile. After the fourth week, I'll probably take measurements again, and again after eight weeks. I thought about doing weekly pictures, but I get discouraged if I don't see results right away. Comparing two pictures so close together tends to drive me absolutely nuts. Putting a bit of distance between pictures hopefully will help.

Changes

It might be my imagination, or something, but I felt like my skinny jeans were looser. After a week of clean eating a lifting, I'm sure it's just my jeans needing to be washed, where they'll shrink up again. 

My arms are the first to really show off that I've been lifting, and I can tell when I flex that my muscles are doing something. It doesn't last, but I can tell I've worked out! 

Looking forward to week 2!

  • If you're following Kelsey's challenge, how are you doing?
  • There's still time to join the Challenge yourself! Ends at Midnight!

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