I've have some questions about the 8 Week Challenge, so I'll post those answers here.
I'm gonna be real honest...I took 2 Benadryl Allergy's aboouuuttt an hour ago, so if I start trailing off or not making sense, you know why. :)
Do we send you before pictures now or wait until after the 8 weeks?
Wait until the 8 weeks is up, please! :)
How do you measure your body fat percentage?
I bought these fat calipers that I use. I also measure the same spot every time, which is my low belly.
Measure the area where you carry the most fat. And make sure you are measuring the same area every time!
What does your typical day of eating look like?
I'd say I eat about 90% clean every day, the 10% being my Advocare Spark, Rehydrate, Arginine Extreme (pre-workout) and my protein shakes.
I am currently eating (as of today) 1800-1850 calories a day (decreased already from 1900 a day last week).
That is FOR ME, decided by my trainer.
Not everyone should do that!
I eat lean meats, whole grains, healthy fats, fruits and veggies.
Such a cliche answer, right!? #douchey
But it's the truth.
I do sniff Nutella on occasion though... soooo there's that.
My calories will also slowly decrease weekly for me (in 50-100 calorie increments).
I'm guessing I'll END UP eating around 1600 calories a day in any specific leaning phase.
How are you measuring your thigh and quad? Aren't they the same?
When I measure my thigh, I am measuring high up on the leg. My quad measurements are above my knee. I know my right leg is stronger than my left (more so in the lower quad), so this just helps me keep a better track of progress on my legs.
How many times a week are you working out?
I work out 5-6 times a week. With my trainer three times a week and on my own 2-3 times a week.
I am only doing cardio twice a week. And when I say that, I mean I am doing 20 minutes of cardio in sprint intervals. Sprint 20 secs, rest 40 secs. If on a treadmill, speed is 9.5 and incline is at 4+.
Does this mean no alcohol?
Yep. It's just 8 weeks. You can do it!
Are you going to be picking a winner based on weight loss or by body fat %?
Body fat %, and overall best before/after pictures. Don't pull my chain here either... I'm before and after picture queen... I'll know if you've fudged up. :)
It would be AWESOMESAUCE if you could take before/afters in the same outfit, etc.
Are you serious when you say you need to diet? If you lose any more weight you'll look anorexic.
Scouts honor, someone said that.
NO, I don't think I need to lose weight. YES, I have FAT to lose. Most people do.
And NO, I don't "diet". When I say "my diet" I mean my way of eating. IT DOESN'T MEAN CALORIE RESTRICTION. If you will see above, I'm eating a crapton of food, uhthankyouverymuch.
Moving on. ;)
You look a lot leaner than the before pictures you shared, what's the deal?
Those bikini shots were taken last week, before I started. So I've already had time to flush all the trash out of my system, etc. with my diet being on point.
And honestly, clothes hide things well, folks. My limbs are very thin and lean. I tend to hold most of my fat in my stomach and hips.
And in workout gear, compression pants, etc., that shit is sucked in.
In a bikini, much different.
You wanna post a picture in a bikini for everyone to judge you?
Damned if you do and damned if you don't.
It is what it is. Only moving forward from here.
And it's sure a lot better than it once was. :)
The bikini pics are non-flexing pictures.
They were also taken on a non-leg day, so there is no "booty pump" going on.
Basically, when we work out our muscles, the blood flow to those specific muscles causes that area to "swell", often referred to as a "pump".
Have you ever gotten that feeling after working out that your muscles are going to bust out of your skin? THAT'S a pump.
Booty progress pictures are ALWAYS taken with a booty pump, bro.
When the booty is swollen. It's science. Or some shit. I don't know. I just know my ass looks better after I've deadlifted, lunged, and squatted that thing to the max. So I'm all "YES! PROGRESS PICTURE TIME!" And then I wake up the next morning and I'm all like "awww... I'm sad when my booty pump is gone."
Thus the reason some pics look different than others.
Stop being such a skeptic. I've never claimed to have a Kim Kardashian ass.
Just that I don't have a Miley one anymore.
I call that a slow win.
Progress, not perfection.
Here is a great article (albeit a little old) explaining all about "the pump".
And here is an interesting video about "the pump".
When does the 8 weeks start for us?
I've already started this process, I am 7 weeks out now. You will start NOW. Today. Not tomorrow. Not Monday. NOW. And you'll go the full 8 weeks, so you'll just finish after my challenge is already over.
No big deal because I have 2 photoshoots that are May 17th and May 25th, so technically 8 & 9 week challenges for me, so I won't be "stopping" after the 8 weeks.
Hope that clears some stuff up!
Let's rock this 8 weeks, ladies!