Category: Fitness

Don’t Be A Gym Judge!

*This post has been written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blog Ambassador program. All opinions expressed are my own.

Do you have a story? A reason why you are at the gym? Do you ever get discouraged by the buff people there?

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We all have a story and a reason, we need to not feel discouraged when we enter a gym. This is a place filled with all kinds of people. There are the buff super lifters who grunt, moan and yell when making those heavy complicated compound lifts. Don’t fear them, watch them, learn from them and study their form. In the same token , Mr buff super lifter , don’t look at the overweight guy trying to figure out how to put the clips on the bar and laugh at him. Help him, guide him and encourage him. Don’t laugh at the girl who is always on the elliptical and claim ” omg all she ever does is cardio, doesn’t she know she needs to lift” , let her do what works for her. To those who choose group classes over individual training, maybe they are encouraged by others and need that support, don’t think they are any less committed.

I have been there, I was that overweight girl on the treadmill, walking and watching people because I was afraid they were watching me. It took some time before I felt comfortable in the gym. The people at my GoodLife Fitness are helpful and always encouraging. Yes there are times when even I don’t know how to use a piece of equipment, typically I will just wait and watch someone use it and then I figure it out. But don’t judge me or anyone else who is there trying to make life a little better for themselves.

JUST DO YOU!

 

Week 7 Alpha Female Progress

Well, not much to report here.

I did a one day super low carb high fat experiment that failed miserably when my internal organs revolted against me, see prior post, BUT I also lost 3lbs in that 24 HR period so there is definitely something to say about low carb! I’m not off the low carb train yet. 

We got new exercises this week7-9 and so far so good. But, I did legs and calves on Tuesday and by Friday I couldn’t do my second leg day workout. My calves were toast! So I didn’t do it! I listened to my body when it said enough is enough. The rest of the week was great and I’m feeling stronger. I still hate chest day and bench pressing will forever be my least favorite exercise. 

Weight loss = 0lbs I’m at 177lbs still. 

I don’t see any changes and I still feel super fluffy. I think I need to lose at least 30lbs fat. According to my new fancy dancy scale I’m still obese

Here are my week 1-7 pics 

5 weeks left and I hope I can get my nutrition figured out. Protein is easy and carbs are way too high. Going to try and go a little lower on the carbs to see if I can get some fat loss going. I ran 2x this week doing HIIT sprints and it felt good, foot felt ok. The other days I spin and I love that. 

Here’s to week 8 , lifting heavier ,sweating more and eating less! 

Halfway! Week 6 Alpha Female Done

Halfway through this 12 week journey and I’m still 100% committed. 

I did have a mini freak out the other day when the scale hit 178lbs , but I talked to coach Evan and she said to just chill. It maybe muscle gain so let’s just see. 

Macros adjusted again , drop in calories so I’m now at 

135g Protein

150g Carbs 

50g Fats 

I increased my cardio this week to 5x of HIIT sprints and climbs on the spin bike. My foot is not down for running and I’m ready to rest it. Spinning really gets my HR up and I know I’m in the zone , I do wear a HRM. 

I bought a new fancy ass scale that measures all kinds of cool things , but ultimately it is still telling me I’m a fat ass ! Look 

This really is a pretty cool gadget though. I like that I have 93.4lbs of muscle on me! Yeah , go me! But I don’t like that my BMI has me over weight! I know , I’m working on that. 

Nutrition will be my focus for weeks 7-9. We have new exercises this phase so that’s good, I’m glad deadlifts are out because I wrecked my back this week doing them. My goal food wise is to eat more fish , veggies and lean protein-might even cook a turkey! Now let’s compare pics, these are before/week3/week6 pics. 

The only pic is actually see change in is the back pic. I see a leaner look there but the other ones-nope. 

So here’s to week 7 being the week that everything changes ! 

Week 5 Alpha Female – Frustration! 

Ok , I know I need to trust the process as its only been 5 weeks since starting BUT I’m not seeing results. 

Also my weight has gone up to 177lbs and that is not ok. If I see 180 on that scale I’m Done!!!! I haven’t weighed that much since my first year of WLS. That number on the scale scares the shit out of me.

My macros are still 160P , 150 C and 56F. I still think that carb amount is too high. One thing I’ve noticed is I’m not eating enough veggies, fruit and salads. Because my protein is high I eat my meat first then I’m full and can’t eat my veggies. When I was a vegan I was definitely a lot leaner but I suffered from extremely low iron levels. Still medicating for that issue. 

So here’s my plan for this week, I’m going to drink my protein in the form of shakes and eat a ton of fresh veggies- almost like I was a vegan again. So long as I hit my macros who cares where my protein comes from right. I’m going to eat lots of low calorie cucumbers, tomatoes, salad and eggs. I’m not so concerned about my fats being up because it’s coming from good sources. 

Now let’s have a peek at the pics, because that’s the proof right?

Left pics are before right is now, top is before below is now. I see no changes! I’m still fluffy aka fat! I gotta figure this out because I’m lifting heavier each week and doing my cardio. I almost think I need to add more cardio to the plan. Coach wants us doing HIIT sprints on the treadmill but my foot is still messed up and I’m doing mine on the bike. Trust me I’m killing it on that spin bike doing sprints and hill climbs. 

So let’s see if this helps and here’s to finally seeing some changes. 

Alphafemale Week 4 Pics

Week 4 is done and this week a lot changed. My macros are now 150C 160P and 56F and this was a new week of lifts. We lifted 6x a week and cardio was bumped up to HIIT instead of moderate. By Saturday my legs were killing me and I was sore all over, that’s good right? Making gains right? 

Well I made my daughter hide the scale this week so I wouldn’t weigh in daily. 

Start weight was 175, last week I was 174 and today I was 176. I’m so not letting it define me and I’m 100% chalking it up to gains. I know my quads and glutes have gotten bigger and that’s muscle weight dammit!

My intake on my macros hasn’t been perfect, I typically over on fats , calories and carbs and I miss protein by a little ( under ). 

This week I will focus on low fat protein, getting in more veggies and try to keep carbs balanced. I feel good about my lifts and the 8 million squats I seem to be doing, booty gains. 

Now onto the pics, I don’t see any changes personally but there has to be right? Who puts this much dedication into it without physically seeing results? 

Week 1 to Week 4

I’m not giving up, I’m going into this week 5 super focused. My iron levels are getting better ( I’m not nearly as fatigued) and I’m lifting heavier. My goal is to lean out and build muscle. 

How are my other Alpha ladies doing? 

Alpha Female Week 3 Progress Pics 

Stats 

Before Weight 175.2 

Today’s Weight 174.6 

Coach changed my macros this week when I asked about lowering carbs and increasing fat. We changed them to these macros

P 175g

C 125g

F 71g 

I need to drink about 3-4 protein shakes a day to hit my macros on protein as I simply can’t eat that much. 

So we made some new changes for weeks 4-6 and I’m now increasing my carbs 

160g P 

150g C

56g F 

Here’s  the pics from weeks 1-3

Not sure I’m seeing much change but I’m only through the first phase. This week marks phase 2 and new workouts, more sets and heavier weights. 

The lifting part I’m loving and I like challenging myself to go heavier. This phase also incorporates HIIT on the treadmill which is awesome because it makes that 20 minutes fly by! 

So let’s see what happens this week, let’s hit those macro targets, let’s build some muscle and make some gains.

Alpha Female Week 2 Progress Pics

Week 2 Done! 

Weight lost 0lbs , I went from 175 down to 173 and back up to 175.8 this morning. This is frustrating. Yes I know muscle weighs more than fat but really, I’m logging all my food, hitting so close to my macros and working out like a beast- move scale dammit! 

Macros

My targets are 175g protein 170g carbs and 51g of fat. 

I’m always over on fat and my carbs and protein get pretty close. Carbs do go over some days too. Coach reevaluates these macros after 3 weeks on the program. I’m curious to hear what she has to say. 

After doing Keto I find it hard to eat low fat because I always understood that low fat meant chemical shit storm !!!! Added in sugars and crap to make things low fat. This was last nights low fat high protein meal – shrimp, low fat cottage cheese and cucumbers.

Workouts are going well and I’m even bumpin up the weights a bit. I still feel challenged so this is good. But, the proof is in the pictures so you tell me if you see changes. The scale sure doesn’t.

Now for the measurements 

Bust before 40

Bust now 40 same

Waist before 36

Waist now 36 same

Hips before 41.5 

Hips now 42 up .5

Left Bicep before 12

Left bicep after 12.5 up .5

Right bicep before 12

Right bicep after 13 up 1 

So my guns have grown but nothing else is shrinking urgh. 

Morning abs???? Are you in there Let’s see what happens in week 3 and pray that changes start. 

Week 1 Alpha Female Results 

Weight lost – 0lbs 

Inches Bust 40(same), Waist 35.5(down.5),hips 41(down .5) biceps 12 each side (no change) 

Macros- I’ve found that I’ve been going way over on my fats, not getting my protein and carbs close enough so this weeks focus is to hit my targeted macros everyday! I need to plan this out better. 

Luckily my trip to the US netted me some amazing finds in the protein dept

Nutrition is always hard for me. 

I was in the US to visit my Bariatric surgery clinic for my 6yr post op revision visit and I told the NP that my 10lbs weight gain from last year (166-176) was likely due to lifting and I’ve gained muscle weight. She told me “No, muscle doesn’t weigh anymore than fat” *smh 😳 what???? Are you serious? I also am told by them not to drink my calories in the form of protein shakes, well I do and I will continue to. That’s the only way I can get 175g of protein in a day! 

Here’s my before and week 1 pics 

I see no real change , just my booty seems to be filling out. 

Here’s to Week 2 , bigger lifts and better nutrition. 

#alphafemale 

Day 3 Thinner Leaner Stronger

Weigh in 174.6 

Same as yesterday, when does the leaner part kick in? 

Today’s workout was 

Military Press Seated 40×10 40×8 40×8

Side Lateral Raises 12.5×8 for 3 sets

Rear lateral raise 15lbsx12 for 3 sets

Calf raises on the leg press 70×15 for 3 sets 

Honestly, this did not feel like a workout for me. I was done in about 20 minutes and didn’t feel spent. Maybe I wasn’t lifting heavy enough but it just didn’t feel like enough weight was lifted, so I too it upon myself to do more. 

DB press 17.5lbsx10 for 3

Reverse machine flyes 50lbsx8 for 3

Then I did an ab workout . 

Meals were 

Pre workout

1 protein shake

1 egg, 2 pieces WW bread

Aminos

Post workout

1 protein shake 

1 banana

Lunch

4 oz rotisserie chicken

Frisée , 1 Armstrong old cheese stick and Renee’s caesar dressing (1.5 tbsp) 


Snack 

2 pieces WW bread, 100 calorie package of corned beef, mustard

Supper

Ribs, asparagus and peas! 


BUT, I’m over my calorie goal for today as I don’t eat back my exercise calories. Well guess what, I don’t care. I’m hungry, I am eating. 

I will still have an evening snack and likely a casein shake before bed to get that extra protein. My macros aren’t looking so good 

Getting enough protein is hard! 

Baby steps, it’s only Day 3 trying to figure this all out! 

#thinnerleanerstronger 

#muscleforlife 

GoodLife City Chase Race

*This post has been written as part of the GoodLife Fitness blog ambassador program.

The GoodLife City Chase   is known as Canada’s Largest Urban Adventure. This race tests both your fitness level and your mind. This is very different than your typical running races as you compete in a team of 2 and you get a clue sheet at the beginning of the race. You will need to decipher these clues and find hidden “Chasepoints” located throughout the streets of Toronto. You must navigate between 10 “Chasepoints” to return back to the start/finish line to claim your victory and proceed onto the after party.

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Need further info on this most epic challenge, here is a little snippet as taken directly from the website

“What the heck is a ChasePoint?!:
A ChasePoint is a unique challenge that will test your wits, athletic ability, team work, good looks, speed, intelligence, or personal limits! Click to watch a video that will show you some of the challenges.

What if I can’t run so good?!:
To navigate The Chase, you can either use your feet or take public transit. All different fitness levels participate in this unique adventure!

What if I can’t think so good?!:
During The Chase you are encouraged to use technology including phoning a friend if necessary. If you don’t have friends … well then here’s hoping you’re smart!

Do I need to like my teammate?:
There is a 50/50 chance you won’t like them by the end of this race … so choose someone you REALLY like to ensure you still talk to them after the event! Get ready to have your friendship tested!

For those harder core competitors there are also extra challenges to check out and of course winning entrance into the National Finals. The GoodLife Fitness City Chase is unique, challenging, and a mountain of fun.”

 

So cool right!

Heres the link to register for the Toronto event here on June 25
And for the August 20th race in Toronto  here . 

 

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