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Body Beast, Here I Come!

I want to let you guys in on a little secret.  If you have been paying attention to my Twitter or Facebook, you might know already.  As of Tuesday, I started a new Beach Body Program:

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You might be wondering “Why Body Beast” so let’s go through it…

(1)  It gives me a goal and focus (read my How to Be Successful in Fitness blog)
(2)  It gives me an accountability/workout partner in Rob!
(3)  It lets me ankle rest for the next 90 days.
(4)  I have learned in the past that my body responds very well to heavy lifting, even when I’m doing minimal cardio.
(5)  It’s something different, that I’ve never tried before.

I think that about sums it up.  I will be doing the “Lean” version of the program and do not plan on modifying the workouts whatsoever for the next 90 days.  I want to see what happens to my body while on the program.  I am also happy that my ankle will really have time to rest.  It doesn’t really hurt unless I do something silly (wearing too-high heels, twisting it on a curb, etc.) or lots of jumping, twisting workouts (Zumba, plyometrics, jumping jacks).  Running isn’t so bad but this will be a good time to completely rest it!

What I’m hoping to get out of this program is a lot more strength, muscle tone, and decrease body fat.  Last time I checked, I was about 156lbs and around 32% body fat (that is just under 50lbs of fat).  I don’t care what my end weight is, just to be more fit!  I will retake my measurements this weekend and take pictures.  I just forgot last weekend.

As for nutrition, I will not be following the plan in the book.  As you might know, Body Beast is geared toward men who want to “Get huge”.  Obviously not me.  I will continue to eat Paleo.  I have not tracked in about a month but decided to the last few days.  I thought my calories would be too high but they were actually a little on the low side.  I will keep tracking for the next few days and adjust as I see fit.  I plan on eating around maintenance level (since I want to lose fat) but will probably stop tracking after a week or so.  This is the only thing I am changing about the “program”.  I will discuss supplements another day!

My favorite things about this program so far:
(1)  Working out with my husband
(2)  Sagi Kalev
(3)  That good soreness!

I’ve only done 2 days so far so I won’t write a review.  I like to do weekly reviews but this “cycle” is actually 6 days.  Check for a review early next week!

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Great article on Women Doing Body Beast (source of above photo)

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