Time for my week 2 check in! 14 days down and I am LOVING this sense of focus and purpose I have right now. I needed this 90 Day Journey so much.
You see, my personality thrives off of challenges. My friends say I live my life in sets of challenges. When I don’t have a goal set and I am not working towards something (this is in business, fitness, or pretty much any area of my life) I don’t do well living in moderation. I feel like I am flailing. For some people, that may sound “imbalanced” or whatever you want to call it, but the truth is – this IS my balance. I am just an intense person. I am the opposite of a chill person. I am probably the most un-chill person you will ever meet! If I am happy, I will be bouncing off the walls, jumping, screaming and crying because I am so excited! If I am upset, I will be a depressed potato of sadness on the couch, also crying, because I cry about everything. Extreme is me – and yeah, Sam has to deal with A LOT because I do not stop 🙂
Anyway…check out my workout outfits of the week! I did not forget to take a pic of cardio day this time so I have all 6 pics this week. Yay!
OMG, also check this out…
Can we apreesh the beginnings of a leg muscle pop!!?? This is the first sign of physical progress in my body and I AM STOKED!!! I did not expect any sort of visual progress this fast, but it’s so cool to see because it means that I am on the right path on my 90 Day Journey to Muscle!
Here is my week 2 recap in my 90 Day Journal.
Main things I noticed this past week:
Food wise: I noticed myself reaching for nuts and avocado, which tells me that my body wanted more fats. So, I added that into my diet on top of what I had already planned out. (Interestingly, this was not happening in week 1.) Currently writing out my week 3 meal plan and will be adding more fats.
Workout wise: I am so proud of myself for lifting HEAVIER this week and for running FASTER too! Overall, my strength AND endurance are improving and I am feeling really happy about that. I do notice that my muscles get physically exhausted by the end of the week, so I have to take my rest day early. This past week, I took Friday off. I still ran in the morning but I went for a super deep tissue massage in the evening. It was perfection and helped me rest up for a weekend of intense workouts.
Sleep wise: I am failing. A few days this past week I averaged about 4-5 hours a night (it’s tough with all of the POPFLEX launches and the growth of the company – it’s so exciting and I keep wanting to go go go and never stop). NEED TO WORK ON THISSSSS and prioritize sleep! The lack of sleep left me with a headache towards the end of the week which forced me to go to bed earlier. I got some 8-9 hour nights a couple sleeps in a row. That was all nice until…my weekend sleeps were riddled with bad dreams. Dealing with some personal stuff right now and seems like my brain won’t stop til the problem is solved. (See what I mean by how I can’t chill?)
So, week 2 results?
All in all, I have gained 0.6 lbs since the start! Last week I got my period, so that explains the sharp increase in weight and then the slight drop after.
Now, I want to address a concern that I keep seeing in the comments. I see that some of you are questioning my diet, saying that I am in a severe caloric deficit, starving, and that I am not eating enough.
Let’s get one thing straight – everyone’s body is different and everyone will react to caloric intake and caloric burn differently based on genetics, metabolism, and past exercise history. If you are not me, then you do not know what is too much or too little for my body. Seeing arbitrary numbers floating around the internet and deciding what’s healthy and what’s not for a person you have only met through YouTube videos, IG posts, and blog posts is not a fair or accurate way to prescribe caloric intake for someone.
For those of you who followed along on my first 90 Day Journey, you understand how this works. I start somewhere based on my best knowledge of my body, and then I listen to my body, tweak and keep tweaking until I get the results I want. Thus far, I have gained 0.6 lbs over 2 weeks. I am very full, have great energy and am physically lifting heavier and running faster. Until I get my next Dexa scan, I won’t know if that weight gain is muscle mass or something else, but the fact that I am lifting heavier pushes me to believe it’s muscle, which is the entire goal of this journey! So, to put those comments to rest, as much as some people may want to believe it, NO I am not starving and NO I am not in a severe caloric deficit.
For weeks 3 and 4, I am keeping my workouts the same but will be tweaking my meal plan to keep things exciting. Like I said at the top of this post, I noticed that last week my body wanted more avocado and nuts so I will be increasing my fat grams this coming week to see how I feel. I will keep my protein grams the same, around the 150-ish range, because it’s been wonderful for my muscle growth. It will be interesting to increase my overall caloric intake for week 3 because I am curious if this will increase the rate of which I am gaining muscle and if it will help me lift even heavier!
Ok it’s 10:29pm and I should be in bed now. BYE!