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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. ūüôā

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. ūüėČ

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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Weight Loss 2013

Here we are in the New Year. Of course everyone starts some kind of weight loss program at the first of the year. I’ve actually been working on mine for a few months on & off. I picked up “running” for a bit but then we got a new dog who is still in the process of learning how to properly walk on a leash and that got halted. Mike has been doing¬†Jim Stoppani’s 12 Week Shortcut to Size¬†program¬†and let me tell you… WOW. He is lookin damn good. He completed it once already and is starting a second round and I’m joining in for this go around. Currently I’m finishing week two and I must say that it is getting easier. Before we get all into that I’ll give yall my back ground and stats for the before pictures.¬†
*BEFORE*

I took this picture last night for the Firefighter Wife group page on facebook so we can all hold each other accountable in our new Fit Fire Wife program. A lot of women were so brave posting their pictures and it’s cool to be able to trust each other with that kind of sensitive information. I’m honestly not looking for confidence boosters or people to tell me I’m already thin. I’m actually not disgusted with my body either, I just think it needs some fine tuning. I would love for my upper arms to be a little bit firmer, my thighs a little bit smaller, and perk the boobies up. My main reason though is I always see women who are dedicated to working out that snap back from pregnancies like they were never incubating a human in there. Lucky bitches. Granted I’ve seen my genetics two generations behind and I have no high expectations but I would like to have a smooth pregnancy and delivery. That’s my main goal. Healthy pregnancy one day which results in a healthy momma and baby. So even though I bitch and moan every day when “gym time” rolls around, I know it’s SOOOOO going to be worth it in the long run.¬†

Current Stats (January 2013):
  • Height: 5′ 6″ (ish)
  • Weight: 143 lbs
  • Bra size: 36D
  • Shirt Size: M/L
  • Pants: 6/8
  • Dress: 6/8 or M/L

Resources:

Multivitamin: http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/opt/women.html
Jim Stoppani Ebook: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/docs/2011/shortcut-to-size-e-book.pdf
Jamie Eason (female program): http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jamie-easons-livefit-introduction.html

Step 2 TTC – Update

So here is the conversation between myself and friend who is also “letting things happen” with her husband. We came to the conclusion that while trying to be high speed and thorough we screwed ourselves in the process. It sucks. All our hard work was flushed down the toilet by stupid DHA and Folic Acid. So frustrating. I’m still on them but am contemplating about switching to whole-food prenatals because I think mine are making me sick. Even if I take the vitamins on an empty stomach, full stomach or with food, I still get queasy. (And no! I’m not preggo, took a test and my monthly bitchy is still right on track.) Talked to a few other friends and they said the switch from synthetic to whole-food helped them alot. I’ll try it after I use up this bottle. I don’t like to waste.

So here is our convo for your enjoyment:

  • Follow TTC Friend-¬†Have you gained any weight from prenatals? My hips have expanded and Im gaining steady weight- despite working out and majorly dieting to lose it…. I googled it and it’s a possible side effect. Screw this. I can’t be fat.
    • Me-¬†LMAO now that you mention it…. I thought I was gaining muscle mass. But I’ve put on almost 4 lbs…
    • Ive started eating a hell of a lot healthier and working out a lot more with hubby. Well fuck…
    • Follow TTC Friend-¬†It’s the prenatals !!!! Omg!!! These little freaking aliens are ruining our bodies!
    • I’ve been working my freaking ass off trying to lose the weight& it just keeps climbing! I can’t fit my hips in any of my clothes!
  • Me-¬†dammit! here we are all trying to be fucking geniuses and prep out bodies and get fucked in the process
  • Follow TTC Friend-¬†Yeah is there a such thing as pre partum depression? Bc I have it now thanks to the freakin weight. I even joined weight watchers today and then I had the epiphany that is the vitamins.
  • Me-¬†LoL ya know Ive been kinda depressed too thinking about sacrifices to have a kid. I honestly dont want to anymore
    • Should we ditch em for a few wks & see what happens to be sure?
  • Follow TTC Friend-¬†NEITHER DO I! Omg!

    • Maybe ditch the prenatals but still take the folic acid? The folic acid is supposed to be in your system for like a year or something