Project Comeback | Somewhere in the Middle
I did it. I completed the full 12 weeks of Fresh Body Fit Mind! Woohoo!!! So let me reflect.
the fitness process
I started out really strong and did 4/5 of the workouts every week for the first 4 weeks. Then school started and I got busy and lazy and stressed and it dwindled down to 3/5 workouts. By the last 5 weeks, I was doing only 1 or 2 workouts a week. So, there it is. I admit that it was not perfect at all, but that doesn't mean it wasn't beneficial. The process was awesome and I felt myself get stronger and stronger as each week went by, even when I didn't commit to every single workout. Along with my FBFM workouts, I was also teaching yoga 4 times a week and going to a yoga class 1 to 2 times a week. So, I was active most days, but again... never "perfect." There were definitely days when I barely got off my butt. Also, I can honestly say that I never followed the FBFM program perfectly for even one week. I always made adjustments to fit my schedule or my body (which is encouraged by Amanda).
The truth about any fitness process, is just that. It's a process and it's never going to be perfect. Life happens and that's okay. You can't beat yourself up or feel guilty when you "slip" or have a cheat day or a rest day. Your well-being matters so it's important to listen to treat your body and mind well.
the kitchen changes
I never went on an official diet, but I thought I'd share the things that changed when it came to food. Overall, I made it my mission to not eat out so damn much. I definitely had a two week span during the 12 weeks where I ate out probably 14 times. Not good. (1) I was spending too much money and (2) I was facing the consequences in my body. I felt icky and my pants were tighter. Even though I was working out, those extra meals were having a negative effect on my body. SO I am now cooking more, while still splurging once or twice a week on a meal out.
The biggest change happened only within the last 5 weeks. That change is that I'm slowly becoming a vegetarian. Key word: SLOWLYYYYYYYYYY. Being a vegetarian happened on accident and it wasn't something I set my mind on doing after watching scary documentaries. You see, I used to prep chicken every 2 weeks or so. I'd also invest in some ground beef for tacos and an occasional steak when I was feeling fancy. On nights out, you bet I'd order something meaty... normally a burger. Then, over the course of 3 weeks I slowly ran out of meat and then just stopped buying it when I went grocery shopping. After a while, the idea of chicken was meh, I just wasn't into it anymore. Then I had bacon and got a major headache and thought wtf?! Weird, right? Since then, I've just chosen meat-free options. I got sausage-less sausage to make a pasta dish and I buy lots of tofu and eat the vegetarian options at restaurants. I still eat lots of eggs and the occasional sprinkle of cheese, but other than that, no animal products for me! I'm eating a lot of veggies and A LOT of carbs. I used to think that carbs made me gain weight, but now I have carbs with every meal: whole wheat bread, healthy pasta, rice, potatoes, etc. Keep in mind, I was a MAJOR MEAT LOVER! Which is why the key word is still, SLOWLYYYYY, because every once in awhile, I'll get that rare itch for meat and so I'll have some. Overall, I'm an "at-home vegetarian" if that is a thing, because I eat a vegetarian diet when I'm cooking at home. However, when my food options are limited and not in my control and I am starving, then I will consume meat which is normally when I'm not in my own kitchen.
Anyway, it is still a big change and it is still a process.
So what happened? I know before and after pictures are great and really show progress and stuff, but I'm still insecure to post them. So for now, you're just gonna have to take my word for my changes. Maybe later I'll post them here or add them in the future. For now, I'm not ready because I'm human and still have insecurities. Something else to keep in mind: I went through a lot of changes the last 12 weeks. Emotionally, I became stressed out with a busy schedule. Physically, I started working out more AND became an "at-home vegetarian" so it's hard to pinpoint which changes caused what outcomes. Just keep that in mind.
So it's nothing crazy. I can tell you I didn't lose a single pound, in fact I'm pretty sure I gained 2. What I did lose was a few inches around my waist, hips, arms and legs. I didn't get crazy muscular. I don't have a perfect six pack or even toned arms or legs. In fact, I still barely look toned. But hey, I still progressed and am proud of that. If you want to see and feel lifestyle changes that last forever then you need to put in the effort and the time, AND BE PATIENT (something I'm still trying to do). Again, it's a process so it's never ending, which brings me to my next point...
the next step
So why is this not called "Project Comeback | After?" BECAUSE it's not over. I've learned from my past mistakes that whenever I come to the end of a program, my mindset is normally, hey I see the changes, cool, now I can stop. NOT THIS TIME OLIVIA. This time, I'm restarting the program right away, but a little differently.
I've restarted this program a million times and have always done the first 4 weeks super well, but never the last. SO I'm going to do the 12 weeks again, but in reverse order. This way, I'll start with the most intense workouts AND have that fresh-start-mindset to get my heart racing right away. Also, now that I've figured out my own ways of eating, I can focus on the workouts and see their true benefits. ...Given, there is an option to buy workouts for weeks 13-19, but I figure I'll wait until I can master the current program!
ROUND TWO, LET'S GO!
P.S. I'm debating about trying out some other fitness programs at some point. If you have any great options other than the few I've listed below then let me know! Or if you have thoughts on these, then comment below! I'd love to hear your experiences!
1. Kayla's BBG: I've already done this multiple times and always strongly dislike it, BUT I'm thinking that it could challenge me in a new way. So why not try it out with a fresh mindset? (Note: I have the older version on my phone, rather than her new app or monthly/quarterly subscription service.)
2. Sarah's Sweat It To Shred It (say that ten times fast): I LOVE SARAH and her YouTube videos. She is my favorite fitness person ever because she is all about listening to your body. She's incredible and I've heard good things about her program. Downside: it's pricey (more expensive than FBFM) and it's only 8 weeks.
3. K&K's Tone It Up: I'm still learning about TIU, but I've heard positive things so far. Love that it's an app, but I'm not sure if I'd want to do the monthly subscription (cuz commitment issues) or one of their challenges (which are normally seasonal).
I AM NOT A NUTRITIONIST OR PERSONAL TRAINER. EVERYTHING I HAVE TALKED ABOUT HAS COME FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE AND IS WHAT HAS WORKED FOR ME. I AM NOT PROMISING THAT IF YOU DO WHAT I DO THEN YOU WILL SEE THE SAME RESULTS. I KNOW DISCLAIMERS ARE ANNOYING BUT WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH, FITNESS, DIET, ETC., IT CAN BE NECESSARY.