So last night I informed you all about my realization I am so thankful that this realization came to light because if I ever want to reach my goals something had to be done
In order for you all to fully understand what I am talking about exactly, I will give you some background information
All throughout my recovery process I have been in the “weight gain mindset”, obviously. However, at the beginning of last year I started to lift weights; therefore my goal changed to “muscle gain” which is awesome because I developed a huge passion for weight lifting!
Last year I was all about arms and abs, though. I hated lunges, squats, etc., so I simply didn’t do them! I developed nice little capped shoulders over the year, but no significant gains.
This summer I became even more of a lover for weight lifting. I began lifting heavy and loved the feeling! I read so many articles regarding lifting this summer, so my knowledge grew too which is why I started training each muscle group instead of only arms and abs! (I was a newbie! How was I to know that I shouldn’t be training the same muscle group multiple times a week!?)
Thankfully, I know better now
However, sometimes it’s hard to recognize and accept the fact that what you are doing is not helping you achieve your ultimate goals. Luckily, I have the best Mom in the world and I was able to discuss my feelings with her yesterday and realize that I have to take my own advice (why is this so hard to do?
What I have been doing currently:
For some reason I thought it was necessary to be able to see my 6 pack each and every day; therefore, I was following a eating schedule that individuals follow when trying to lean out. Hmm, how can I reach my muscle gain goals by doing this?
I enjoy doing HIIT on the treadmill about 2 times per week; however, knowing where my weight is at and seeing only a three pound gain within the past six months is pretty pathetic. Clearly, I am not eating enough to replenish all that I do within a day or I am doing too much. I need to build a foundation so I have something to work with. My Mom has given me this piece of information many of times, but for some reason I have only become strong enough to accept this statement now.
How can I build muscle if I have nothing to work with?
I hate the word “bulk” (it is so not feminine), but in reality it is something I have to do; however, I can refer to it as “muscle build” or “gain” to make it sound a little bit more pretty What I am getting at is…
I need to gain in order to build.
In my Dad’s words…
”You can’t build a two story building out of a chicken coop!”
I have laughed this statement off so many times in the past, but hey, my Dad is right!
I need some more… mass(?) on my “chicken coop” before I can make the two story building
Catch my drift?
So… my new program?
With all of my knowledge I really could set up my own little meal plan and workout routine; however, being the person I am and knowing that I will focus too much on creating the “perfect” meal plan and workout routine that will jive with one another I decided to follow Jamie Eason’s LIVEFIT Trainer I think this is a good decision and my Mom does, too Since other people have done and are doing it too, I will feel more confident doing this program than one of my own
Tomorrow is Day 1 of the program for me. It will be very different, meal plan wise, but I am looking forward to it. I know the changes within the meal plan for phase 1 are necessary for building my “chicken coop into a two story building”
Also, the aspect of doing absolutely no cardio will be different for me throughout phase 1, as well. However, I believe it is necessary in order to allow my body to achieve the gains I want to see!
Here is a quote from Jamie supporting the no cardio within phase 1 of her program:
“Don’t do cardio!! Even my fitness model friends make this mistake and ask me how I stay in shape all the time when they can’t. It’s because I allow time to really focus and build muscle where others don’t. With clean food, you won’t gain weight. Everyone is always trying to speed results when in actuality, its short-cuts and it doesn’t work.”
- Jamie Eason
So, each time I think that without doing my HIIT I am “slacking off” I will fight back with the knowledge given by Jamie
I am really excited to start this program and my Mom mentioned that her and my Dad may follow along as well! (This would motivate me even more!)
I actually “started” the program this summer, but only the workout portion because it was not until this fall that I mustered up the courage to have a bedtime snack (other wise, I ate very much, if not identical to phase 1 of the program throughout the entire summer). In the end, I didn’t follow through with Jamie’s program, though. I guess since I wasn’t following it to a “T” I didn’t see the point in following it at all…
My meals slightly changed once I started school. All of my starchy carbs were mainly consumed by mid afternoon leaving the three later meals of my day (4, 5, and 6) consisting of protein, veg, and healthy fats; however, in phase 1 of Jamie’s program I will be changing my “normal” meal plan and have an additional starchy carb at meal 5 which will be my dinner time (this is how I ate all summer). I know my body and I will respond fine to the additional carb. I think my body will enjoy it.
Thanks for all of the support last night I really appreciate all of my blog friends! Thank you!
Do you have a hard time taking your own advice at times?