Hello friends!! Happy Thursday! It’s been about a month since i have last blogged… typical Lauren right there. Just been busy with work; studying, all the usual adult responsibilities.
But… i figured now would be a good time to actually let you guys know what’s been going on with me, what my goals are, and how things have been progressin’ with ya know, my current body goals.
At first, i was hesitant to even write a post about this because honestly, i didn’t know exactly what my goals were going to be. Was i going to prep for another bodybuilding competition after taking a lot of time off?… was i not?… i didn’t know. If i WAS going to prep, i didn’t want to announce it to everyone right away, i kinda just wanted to work hard in silence…. Eventually, i did decide that i was not going to start a “prep” but i was going to start a cutting phase again with my previous coach, Eric Martinez of @dynamicduotraining.
I reached out to him a little bit before New Years (cliche i know ha) about starting to work together again. I told him i wanted to start a dieting phase but not necessarily a prep. I said as of right then, i did not want to prep BUT i reserved the right to change my mind later on (lol). As of right now, about 14 weeks later… i have stuck to that.
Starting January 2nd, i started working with him again. I started hitting my macros, following a more specific training program, and implementing cardio on a more consistent basis. Granted, we did hit a temporary “pause button” in February for the Mardi Gras Festivities that would ensue … That’s New Orleans livin’ for ya haha.
Progress has by no means been linear or instantaneous for that matter, since starting my cut. For about the first 5 or so weeks, i didn’t lose any weight… L O L @ my body. I upped my cardio, decreased macros and was literally gaining weight. COOL. But… i didn’t let that derail me or discourage me… i still stuck to the plan and eventually… the scale starting cooperating.
I am not going to tell you how much I’m eating or how much cardio i am doing bc it is specific to me and my goals. Everyone is different. I also do not want to tell you how much i weigh. This is for a lot of reasons. But ultimately i don’t want other people to see how much i weigh and think that that is how much they should weigh too. Or that they should have the same “goal weight” as i do. We are all different. 150 lbs on one person, WILL look completely different on someone else. So i am just leaving my weight out of this completely. However, what i will tell you about my prep is that:
- I am doing cardio 4x a week… 3 MISS days and 1 HIIT day.
- I strength train 4x a week.
- I take 1 rest day off completely from the gym.
- I have 1 refeed day (I.E. higher carb day) a week where my carbs are about 100g higher than the rest of the week.
I also have been focusing on hitting a certain number of steps on a daily basis. I got a Fitbit in February so i have been using that to keep track of my NEAT (Nonexercise Energy Activity Thermogenesis). In February, my goal was 10,000 steps a day and in March i would say, we have upped that to 12,000.
I have had TWO macro cuts and TWO increases to my cardio since starting in January. I am definitely in a caloric deficit (burning more calories than i am taking in) and on most days, yes, i am hungry. But at fourteen weeks in, i do not feel “burnt out” or like I’m dieting super hard.
Granted, after 12 weeks of dieting, Coach did give me a diet break. This means decreasing cardio and eating more calories (fats and carbs). This was to give myself and my body a little bit of a break, recover, and just feel better overall. At first i was like “Ehhhh, idk if i need one”. Yo… your girl snapped out of that idea REAL quick haha. Why would i say no to more food???? So i ate more, did less cardio… AND I LOST WEIGHT!!! Hell yes to my metabolism haha. Because of that, i am now on Week 2 of a diet break and we plan to get back onto my dieting macros starting next Tuesday, March 10th… And as of now, my weekly progress says i am down almost another pound. Yay!! Take note y’all… more is not always better. I REPEAT… MORE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER.
So, how have i been measuring my progress? Well, i weigh myself every day. I also take weekly progress pics and take weekly measurements.
Here are the progress pics. If you are offended by underwear pics, then kindly exit stage left. My swimsuit covers way less than this (so did my competition bikini) and these pics are strictly for progress pictures anyway. So if you are offended … BYE. Here they are in 3…
*Also, please excuse my terrible morning face and i know the lighting is a little bit different, but you get the idea lol*
Photos on the LEFT: 1/2/2018 // Photos on the RIGHT: 4/2/2018
After about 14 weeks of dieting, i have lost about 7 lbs. i have lost about 2.5 inches on my waist and about 4 inches on my hips.
Honestly, considering i lost NO weight the first few weeks, I’m totally happy with that. I haven’t been “perfect on my macros” but i will say i am accurate 98% of the time. Consistency is key and i am the type of person where if i am paying for coaching and someone is giving me a plan, I’m going to stick to it. And that works for me. As i said, this is not a “bodybuilding prep diet” just a “lifestyle diet” … so i do still have alcohol on occasion, i have a lot more flexibility with my food choices and if i go over or don’t hit my macros perfectly… it is not a big deal.
So what is my END GOAL for this cut? Great question haha. This cut is different than what I’m used to because there is no goal of “stage” at the end of this cut. I want a leaner physique and i want more definition in my abs. Obviously, i cannot just magically lose fat from my abs so those abs are just going to pop with more dieting, good nutrition, and consistency. I do not know what my “goal weight” is and I do not know when I am going to be satisfied.
I bought myself a littttttle bikini for a beach vacation with @mbkellyy, (Go follow her on IG if you don’t already… girl is making hella progress and she’s so inspiring. I’m so proud, gah! Go follow her) and all i know is I’m going to be rocking that on the beach in June. It is also HOT AF in New Orleans, during the summer, so i just want to make sure that i am looking and feeling my best. So how many more lbs does that mean i want to lose? Um… maybe 5? Ish. Give or take… we shall see.
And there you have it! There is a very rambly recap of my current physique goals and the process i have made the past 14 weeks. Progress has by no means been linear but i feel like I’m making progress and I’m excited to see where i end up. I guess if you take away anything from this blog, just know that whatever goal you set for yourself- work hard, be consistent, don’t quit when things don’t go your way, and you can achieve anything you set your mind to!
If you wanna share your current fitness goals, leave a comment and we can encourage each other! Also, if you have any blog topics that you would like to see for future posts, i would love to know!
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