As you read this I am probably in San Diego getting mani/pedis with the bride-to-be and getting things ready for the rehearsal dinner tonight. Well, I guess that is if you are reading this on Friday morning/afternoon. LOL!
So, Phase 1 of the LiveFit Trainer has come to a close and I am done with my first week of Phase 2. In order to track my progress during the program, I am only recording my measurements at the end of each 4-week phase. Here is a side by side of my initial measurements on day one of Phase 1 and my measurements at the close of Phase 1 before starting Phase 2.
You can just pretend that the line on the far right edge of the table exists. I don't have the patience to go back and fix it now.
I'm not really sure why my neck got bigger, but as you can see, everything else remained the same or shrunk a little. The entire first month there was no cardio in the program. For the first couple of weeks I would turn some of my weight training sessions into circuits with 3 minutes of cardio in between every couple of exercises to keep my heart rate up, but once I started increasing the amount of weight I was lifiting, I realized I needed to save my energy between sets for the next set.
Phase 2 continues with the strength training, but starts to add in super sets (doing one set of two different exercises back-to-back before resting) and 30 minutes of moderate cardio 4 times a week. In order to fit all of this into my schedule, I have started getting up at 5am to fit in my 30 minutes of cardio before work since I already get home after 7pm with my current workouts. It's going well so far, so hopefully I can keep it up. The hope in Phase 2 is that adding the cardio and trading in starchy carbs for veggie based carbs will result in super duper fat burning!!!
I think I mentioned before that we started a FB group for other folks in our area (and outside of it, we have someone in DC and someone in Jersey in the group. We don't discriminate.) and it has really turned out to be a great source of encouragement and accountability. Some of us have shared stats and pics and we are all talking about our routines, what works for us, and have been sharing recipes with each other. I am really enjoying the program intself, but this group is what makes it better.
For your "enjoyment", and partially at the suggestion of Monica, here are my progress pics for the end of Phase 1 (No beginning pics, FAIL!):