We are moving right along into Phase Two! This past week workouts were different, new moves, new weights, etc. The thing I love the MOST about this program is the variety in workouts, no two days are exactly the same.
If I am being completely honest here, last week was a rough one for me, nutritionally. I experienced a endometriosis flare up, which always leaves me feeling cranky, tired and super bloated. I felt like it was such a setback, but mostly emotionally as I watched my abs disappear. I shared my frustrations but also tips on how to combat the situation in a recent blog post. You can read it HERE. I am happy to say that bloating is gone for the most part, but even in these progress pictures I see a little bit of it.
I have been relying heavily on photos since I am not taking any measurements or weighing myself during this program. Even though I felt frustrated about last week’s setback, putting my “before” picture and recent pictures side-by-side I still saw noticeable changes, which helps to keep me motivated. I am pleasantly surprised at the changing shape of my booty! I can feel a physical difference in the way my jeans are fitting, and can see it in my updated pictures.
THIS WEEK’S MEAL PLAN
I say it every week, but THIS week my focus is on keeping it 100% with nutrition. I have a few new recipes this week as well, including this Shepherd’s Pie with Lentils and Sweet Potato.
I’ve been trying to figure out how to incorporate green containers into my pre-workout meal. Since I work out so early in the morning, I don’t want to mess with cooking anything. I loved the Carrot Cake Muffins and Zucchini Bread. This week I decided to make Pumpkin Pie Oats with Greek Yogurt. It was a really quick recipe!
I cooked 1 1/2 cups rolled oats according to the package, then I added 6 cups of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix). I stirred that together, then added 3 tablespoons of pumpkin pie seasoning and 6 teaspoons of pure maple syrup. My pre-workout meal calls for one green container (pumpkin) 1 yellow container (oats) one red container (yogurt) and one teaspoon (maple syrup). Technically the teaspoon is supposed to be a fat, but I’m substituting the maple syrup there. I doubt it will hinder my results too much.
We also get a “refeed” day this week, where we are adding additional carbohydrates from a specific list. The goal is to help replenish glycogen stores in preparation for leg day. Oh boy! I’m excited to kick off this second week and continue to increase weights and strength.
Want to try this program? Have questions about it? Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask firstname.lastname@example.org and if you are ready to start your own journey, you can apply HERE and I will reach out to you within 24 hours. Now is the time to start preparing for Summer and shedding those pesky Winter pounds.