I cannot say enough how much I am LOVING this program!
I was so intimidated and scared to death before it started, but the longer we get into the process, the more I am loving it. The workouts are tough, sure, but I am DOING THEM! I am feeling stronger literally week by week, and sometimes day by day. I am pushing myself more than I ever have before, and I’m being successful, which I honestly didn’t believe could happen. I am sticking to the nutrition plan better and longer than I have EVER stuck to a plan before–I’m on day 57 of the nutrition and going strong!
For some reason that I really can’t explain, this program has been the easiest for me to stick to, even though it’s longer and more intense than anything I’ve ever done before. It’s not EASY to stick to at all–I have cravings, and I have days where I really don’t want to work out. But it has been easIER than past programs I’ve done. I’ve been trying to figure out why that is, but haven’t been able to come up with a clear answer. Maybe it’s the fact that I committed to a test group, meaning I committed to my company that I would follow the program exactly, instead of just doing it on my own. Maybe it’s because I’m using the preworkout, so once I drink that, it’s accountability to actually do the workout–I’m not wasting that good stuff! Maybe it’s because the nutrition plan is so structured and spelled out for me–it takes a lot of guesswork out for me and makes it simpler for me to make my meal plan for the week. Maybe it’s because this is the first time I’ve consistently meal planned for more than 3 weeks in a row. Maybe it’s because I’m actually doing meal prep on Sundays instead of trying to fix every meal every day. Maybe it was because I was in the right place mentally to make a change. I honestly don’t know, but whatever it is, this program brought it out in me and I love it!
This second phase of the program was a “build” phase, so it’s not really designed to give big results as far as weight loss and fat loss. These workouts were designed to build lean muscle and burn fat, but with more of an emphasis on building the lean muscle. I still lost weight and inches, and am wearing a smaller size of jeans now, so I still got some awesome results, but definitely not as big of a drop as Phase 1. Phase 3 is designed to be the shred phase, really focusing on fat loss, so I’m pretty pumped to see my results at the end!
The nutrition for Phase 2 was pretty identical to Phase 1, but added something totally new to my nutrition routine called Refeed Days. Basically, Refeed Day is a day where I eat more fruit and more carbs than normal, and my carbs are refined flours to up my sugar levels to help my muscles recover better and faster. I’m still eating my lean protein and veggies and I’m still following my plan, so it’s definitely NOT a free-for-all cheat day that I am normally accustomed to. And that is fine with me! I got to eat white flour waffles, some amazing cookies, and a whole banana in my shake–it was the best day.
I was actually kind of scared of Refeed Day–because my past experience is with cheat days where I stuff my face, I was afraid of having cravings and having the Refeed Day turn into a Refeed Week, and derail me and my progress. But that didn’t happen!!! Know why? BECAUSE I FOLLOWED THE PLAN. I ate the approved Refeed foods and nothing else, and I went back to the regular meal plan the next day. It’s pretty simple, y’all. If you have a good plan and you actually follow it, it’s amazing what can happen!
I did get a little tired by the end of Refeed because of the extra sugar, but overall I felt GREAT. I didn’t feel sick to my stomach, I didn’t have acid reflux like I was afraid of, and I felt great the next day too! It really did up my energy and help me push more in my workout the next day, which was the whole point. I get a Refeed Day every other week until the end of the program now, which is very exciting! It’s nice to have a little bit of a mental break from focusing on eating what will fuel my body, to feel like I’m cheating just a little, but to still know that I’m 100% on track!
Overall, I am thrilled with Phase 2. Not just with my Phase 2 results, but with my energy, my confidence, and the boost this entire program has given to my mindset. I had completely lost that mindset that healthy living is a LIFESTYLE and had fallen into that trap of doing short-term plans, seeing some good results, and then going right back to my old habits. It was a constant struggle and I struggled a lot with feeling like a failure. NO MORE. No freaking more! I’m done with starting over–I’ve done it more than once, and I’m not planning on doing it again. This program has done that for me and I’m so grateful–and it’s not even over yet!
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