Femme Friday | March 2
Since my last post, I decided on and started implementing a plan to get to a different level of health + fitness. I've been in a much better place mentally, so I have been feeling a good (and healthy) desire to set a new goal.
I joined a gym and started working out with my cousin, Savannah. After a few weeks of doing some cardio with her, I decided I was ready for more! By recommendation of (@jess_sandlin), I bought the Slim Fit Guide by Tara Crosley (@tcrosleyfit). The guide is an app on my phone that tells me exactly what to do and when. There are even videos for each workout which is KEY because I am such a newbie at the gym.
My review after one week: WOW. I get an amazing workout every day. I have admittedly been really sore (but this is my first time back in the gym full time since the miscarriage). Although I am sore, I still have enough in me to workout the next day.
I spend 45 minutes - an hour at the gym and go 5x each week. There are 15-30 minutes of moderate cardio 4x each week. Each day, I work out a different group of muscles, so that gives each group enough time to recoup before I work them out again. I am really happy with the plan! Luckily, I am in a stage of my life where I have time to devote to such a time-intensive goal. It has been a good, healthy way to deal with my stress lately.
A week in, I am sore, more energized, and also about 1.4lbs heavier. I know from my experience a year ago, that my body gains a few pounds of water weight, muscle, etc - then I will start leaning out once my body isn't in shock. I'm really pumped to see my body transform while being in a good mental place about it.
Yikes, I hate that word. Along with my new workout plan, I decided on a plan for what I am eating as well. Throughout the week, I am eating 1300-1400 calories. I got this goal with a TDEE calculator (please keep in mind -- I am short and I work at a desk all day... so please don't use my numbers!)
I don't specifically shoot for any macros, but I choose the most nutritionally dense foods as possible so I am full and get the nutrition I need. I am eating a lot of the same foods and True Co recipes (mostly Unrecipes), just less extra "crap" like chocolate and Mexican food. I usually eat 50% fats, 25% protein, and 25% carbs - again, not a goal, just what my body naturally wants and runs optimally on.
On the weekends, I plan on being more relaxed. My goal is to stay between 1400-2000 calories. But, I am not going to be crazy about my calorie goals. They are just good benchmarks to help my body transform quicker. If my body needs more or less, I will adjust.
I'll keep you updated. I took some "before" pictures - wowza. Never want to take those again and I'm kinda feeling victimized by seeing my body in those angles ;)