Switchin Up The Fitness

When I first started my fitness journey I tagged along with Mike while he used Jim Stoppani’s “Shortcut to Size” workout plan. It was simple enough for me to learn the motions and if something was too complicated, Mike modified it for me. Super simplistic. I started getting serious about working out last December after I graduated from college. Then in January-ish my hours were cut back at work so I was able to go in the mornings before work with Mike. I got to the point where I was in the gym 4-5 times per week until 5 months later where I had to go back to 40 hours a week. Bleh. I hate working Mon through Fri 8-5. I’m not a morning person and going to the gym after 5 sucks because everyone and their mom is there. Ok I’m getting off track.

Anyways, I’ve done two cycles of 12 weeks on the Stoppani program and am wanting to switch things up a bit. Basically it comes down to me being bored. I love following Jamie Eason (former Houston Texans cheerleader turned weightlifting/figure/bodybuilding athlete) because she’s realistic in her body’s expectations. I decided to try out her LiveFit program from bodybuilding.com. It’s different. It will be challenging. One, it’s new exercises I’ve never ventured into. Two, new exercises to test the capabilities of my left hand/arm and push the limits. Three, SUPERSETS. *groan* Google that. Tell me how excited you’d be to do those too. Lastly, her program calls for carb cycling. I live for carbs since I’m primarily meat free so I may quite cranky by the end of this.

Back when school started for our area I decided I’d start getting up at 5am so I can be at the gym by 6am to get my workout in, and also avoid the crazy school traffic in my neighborhood. I kind of like the early morning workouts because it seems only the cardio gods are awake that early so I have free reign to all the weights. It’s nice. I’m able to get in and knock out my routine, maybe even 15 minutes of cardio and STILL make it to work 10 minutes early. I just have to round out those preworkout scoops instead of them being flat. 🙂

During the summer I picked up a second job that took up my days off that left me utterly exhausted and I was only working out MAYBE once a week at the gym. BUT, big but, I actually was still getting some exercise at the part time job because of what it required so it wasn’t a total fail. I’ve decided with this new program that I’ll be taking measurements at the start of each new phase (3 phases, 12 weeks total).  Below are my stats from January and my current stats before starting the LiveFit program.

 Jan 06, 2014 

Stats:
  • Height:        5′ 6″
  • Weight:       140 lbs
  • Bra size:      36D
  • Shirt Size:    M/L
  • Pants:          4/6
  • Dress:          6/8 or M/L

Measurements:

  • Upper Arms: 13 inches (not flexed)
  • Bust:              37 inches
  • Waist:            28 inches
  • Butt:              39-40 inches
  • Thighs:          22 inches

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*February 28, 2014*

Sept 10, 2014 

*Items in BOLD denote changes. Pictures will be added soon.

Stats:

  • Height:        5′ 6″
  • Weight:       150 lbs
  • Bra size:      36D (Large in Aerie bralette. Way too hot for regular bras right now.)
  • Shirt Size:    M/L (Starting to hate sleeves of any kind. I’m popping the seams to loosen them.)
  • Pants:          4 is a little snug. 6 is loose.
  • Dress:          6/8 or M/L

Measurements:

  • Upper Arms: 12.5 (not flexed), 13 inches (flexed)
  • Bust:              38 inches (I think this is more of the fact that they are finally lifting some, not actually getting bigger.)
  • Waist:            27.5 inches
  • Hips:              37 inches*
  • Butt:              42 inches*
  • Thighs:          20.5 inches

*I decided to differentiate between hips & butt from here on out. My waist is very defined so I’m measuring at the cinched area above my belly button. My hips are across my upper pelvic bone. My butt is the center of my arse. Now that I’m starting to see actual changes, I’d like to be more specific in my measurements. I think I may start including calves also.

As you can see I put back on the eight pounds that I lost. I’m not too distraught about it since I clearly have added some “GAINZ” into that. 😉

I “lost” half of an inch in my arms when they aren’t flexed. Hellooooooo baby biceps/triceps though when they are flexed.

I’ve lost half of an inch in my waist. Not sure where it went. Or how.

The hips/ butt area… that one is kind of tricky. By the numbers it would show I’ve lost but if you split it into hips and butt, it kind of evens out. I’m more concerned about firming and lifting the booty. No plans on having it run down the back of my legs.

I’m excited to get this going. We are hoping to go on a cruise the first week of December so this is my goal. Try and stick with this like the plan dictates so I can be all kinds of cut by then. Ohhhhh yeah! Getting excited!!

 

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*September 12, 2014*

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