As many of you know, I started the Body for Life Training program about 12 weeks ago. Last Saturday was the last day of the challenge and I’ve had some time to get my thoughts together about my experience.
Overall, I think the program was a great way for me to start a consistent strength training routine. When I first started my journey to getting healthy, I was the queen of cardio. I either ran, walked or did the elliptical for 30-45 minutes each time I worked out. The cardio definitely helped me lose the weight! Fast forward 7-8 years, I have stayed at a pretty consistent weight through regular workouts and eating healthy, but I was still longing to be stronger- for instance being able to do a pull-up is one of my fitness goals. Oh, and ripped abs have always been on the wish list as well. 🙂
I knew I needed to amp up my strength training so I figured doing a regimented challenge would be beneficial. Janetha and Mama Pea’s BFL progress picts pretty much sold me on the Body For Life program so I bought the book, found a partner in crime and got started. This was back in May.
I followed the training plan almost exactly. Even when I was traveling for work I made sure to get in my workouts. I think I may have missed 2-3 workouts but I typically always made them up.
When I posted my 6 week update, I mentioned that I was feeling stronger, but that I had gained weight. This was fine because my primary goal wasn’t to lose weight and I figured it was just water retention or muscle building (although it was a little too soon to see that kind of muscle building). I thought that as the program moved on I would notice a difference in the way my clothes fit.
I definitely feel stronger – my arm and back muscles have definitely grown. I’ve also noticed a difference in the way my clothes fit, but not in a good way. All my pants seem so tight in the thighs and belly. <– Definitely didn’t get the abs I was hoping for, hence the reason I don’t have a picture of that to share.
Needless to say, this isn’t what I expected to happen when deciding to do Body for Life, BUT I think I know why I didn’t see the results I wanted.
So there you have it, I don’t have ribbed abs to show off but here’s what I do have:
I haven’t decided what I want to do next. I know I will continue to keep strength training as a big part of my workout routine, but I might incorporate more full-body workouts rather than separating lower body and upper body into different days. I hope to incorporate more yoga, because as the program progress my yoga practice suffered. I’ll also probably add in more running now that the leg tingling issue I had been experiencing has pretty much cleared up.
In other news, I’m currently in Philadelphia for the Healthy Living Summit, which I’ll be speaking at tomorrow!! I’m so excited.
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