BBG Prep – Getting Ready For My 12 Week Sweat App Challenge
You have to know where you are to know where you’re going…
With that in mind, I had to take a hard look at where I was at NOW. Let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty. For me, prepping for the Sweat Apps 12 Week Challenge (I’m doing Kayla Itsines BBG 1.0 program) wasn’t easy. Changes to my nutrition were ABSOLUTELY necessary and I wasn’t looking forward to that.
I’ve spent the last 15 months enjoying late night snacks (“I deserved them after a hard day!” mentality), not eating until dinner time, and picking up fast food after therapy sessions. It just got bad, no other way to say it.
I knew that the changes weren’t going to be easy so I had to set myself up for success. Hubby and I did some major grocery shopping and meal prepping.
- White rice was out in exchange for mixed brown rice with lentils
- Fruit needed to be available (grapes are my favorite)
- Healthy, filling dishes needed to be in the fridge ready for a quick warm up in the micro. I made homemade tomato sauce to use in recipes like Healthy Sloppy Joes, homemade pizzas. Turkey chili with garbanzo beans & edamame, a healthy Chicken Tortilla soup, and we had shredded chicken for fajitas. All delicious all healthy!
- My go to snack: Pirates Booty!!!! It had to be nowhere in sight.
Sugar in my coffee is probably one of the worst parts of my diet. I use organic cane sugar but still, sugar is sugar. I use a lot of it and I drink coffee until the late afternoon. What to do? I set an alarm on my phone at 11 am “No More Coffee”.
Late night snacks? My Pirates Booty has been replaced with cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is so great to have before bed! It’s made of slow releasing which is ideal for sleepytime!
I’m a big believer in supplements! A pre workout is necessary for me. Protein is also necessary. I make a protein shake after every workout and I’ve decided to change that recipe up. Instead of milk/water, protein powder, banana, peanut butter…I made some changes.
- 8 oz of water
- A scoop of protein powder
- A scoop of Garden of Life Super Seed (new to me and provides 6 g of fiber and 6 g of protein)
- Banana (1)
- Tablespoon of low-fat greek yogurt
- Handful of kale or spinach (frozen or fresh)
So I have the pre workout, the protein powder, and the added benefits of Super Seed, I decided on one more thing – BCAA’s (Branched-Chain Amino Acids). BCAA’s are helpful with increasing muscle growth and decreasing muscle soreness. I have 1 scoop in 24 oz of water and drink it post workout.
I covered the nutrition & supplements part of my prep but what about the other part. The really hard part. The numbers!! I’m not talking about numbers on the scale, I don’t trust those and I don’t think they are an accurate way of measuring progress. What I am talking about is body measurements.
So how do I know where I’m at?
There are a few different ways to measure your body. Grab a measuring tape and measure! Just make sure you are doing it in the same locations every time. You can also go to a gym and have a trainer measure you. But I didn’t want to do either of those. I wanted some really true, in your face numbers!
A local supplement store has an InBody Machine. You step on this machine and in minutes you have a print out that tells you your body fat percentage and how many pounds of fat you are carrying in your body. It also tells you your muscle mass and how many pounds of muscle your body is carrying. This print out has a ton of info as well as suggested numbers to use as a goal. Awesome right? Well, if you’ve been slacking on your health & fitness like me…not so awesome.
I’m going to save my numbers for the end but I will tell you this, it scared me. Those numbers scared the crap out of me and really helped me focus on my goals.
I had to know where I was to know where I’m going!