Monday, September 2, 2013

90-Day Challenge: Muscle Poppin', Weight Droppin'

Happy September, friends.
How the heck is it SEPTEMBER already? Didn't we just celebrate The New Year?

Today I'm teaming up with my best friend, Amanda, to bring you something new and exciting: a challenge.
A 90-Day Challenge to be specific.

As you all know, I have been working on losing weight and getting healthy for the past few months, and I have decided to take this to the next level. Amanda and I sat down and had a great chat with our friend, Ambrose, about our goals and where we'd like to see ourselves 'physically' in 3 months, 6 months, and a year from now. During our conversation, we decided that the 3 of us wanted to challenge each other and hold ourselves accountable to really try and and lose this weight. It works a lot better if you're doing it with other people, right? Right. Or so they say, I guess we'll see...



As of today, September 1st, I am starting a 90-day challenge.
I would LOVE for you to join me on this adventure and see what you can accomplish in the next three months. These goals don't have to be anything crazy, or they can be as crazy as you'd like - you're the one creating them afterall. Your goal could be to go on more walks, lose 10lbs, run 5k, or even just eat healthier. Whatever your goals are, I want you to spend the next 90 days working towards implementing them into your daily routines.

I feel as though I have hit a 'plateau' of sorts, and I need to break free from this. I currently do a lot of cardio, and I have been doing a lot of running. While this is great, and definitely better than sitting on the couch watching TV - it isn't really what I should be doing to lose weight. My brother, and my roommate have spent a lot of time lecturing me on the importance of strength training, and not solely doing cardio-based activities.

Cue the 90 day challenge.

I am cracking down on this fitness and weight-loss thing, and kicking it into high gear. For the past 3-4 months, I have been eating primarily clean. Typically, I'll eat well Sunday-Friday, and I will 'cheat' on Friday nights, and Saturdays. There are just so many reasons and excuses to cheat on weekends: going out with friends, failing to food prep, and just the pure convenience of not needing to cook. Essentially, I'm pulling the lazy-girl card on the regular (ie. most weekends), and it has to stop. My bank account and my waistline have had enough of my weekend laziness. I'm honestly making this sound 10x worse than it actually has been - my 'cheating' is not THAT bad, and it's not THAT often. However, it's still 'cheating' and I shouldn't be doing that at all.

Here are the changes that I'm making over the next 90 days:

  • 100% Clean Eating

  • This one might be a bit of a struggle, but I am 100% dedicated to no cheating during the next 90 days, and eating only clean foods. Which means that at the end of this 90-Day challenge, Amanda and I will be going out for a huge cheat meal of beer and calamari.

  • No Alcohol

  • This one isn't actually that hard for me. I've successfully done the whole 'no alcohol' thing a few times and it wasn't too bad. The only part that sucks is the whole social aspect of drinking. I'll probably be declining a lot of hangouts with friends - and I'm really just hoping that I still have friends at the end of this challenge. I'm kidding. But seriously - don't bail on me, friends.

  • Strength Training Workouts

  • It's time to get over my fear of working out with weights and it's time for me to start doing strength training exercises. Gaining muscle is the most beneficial fat-burning tool, and I need to stop avoiding it. At the end of this post I'll show a quick glimpse of what my workouts will look like.

  • ViSalus

  • ViSalus is a great tool to help ensure that you get the right nutrients in your meal, it keeps you full, and it tastes delicious too. I've done the ViSalus challenge in the past - and I can vouch for the fact that it WORKS. I stopped using it for about 2 years, but I've decided to give it a shot again. Instead of substituting two meals per day, I'll just be substituing one meal, and eating clean for the other two meals (and snacks). If you're new to the whole weight-loss thing, this is a great way to jumpstart your journey and get you going in the right direction. Plus, it seriously tastes amazing. Win-Win.

  • Couch 2 5K

  • If you've seen my posts on Instagram, then you probably already know that I'm doing the Couch 2 5K program. I've decided to give it a shot since I have a newfound love for running. I've decided to step it up a notch, and pair it with strength training to really shock my system and turn my body into a lean-mean-fat-burning machine. Yeah, I said it.



I am officially down about 75lbs since my heaviest weight, but I'm only half way. I have another 75lbs to go, and I'm determined to kick butt for the next 90 days.

For my workout schedule, I will be following the 'Body for Life' workout guide, and pairing it with the Couch 2 5k program. This is what my schedule will look like:

WEEK ONE

Monday - Upper Body Strength Training (chest, shoulders, back, triceps, biceps).
Tuesday - Couch 2 5k.
Wednesday - Lower Body Strength Training (quads, hamstrings, calves, abs).
Thursday - Couch 2 5k.
Friday - Upper Body Strength Training (chest, shoulders, back, triceps, biceps).
Saturday - Couch 2 5k.
Sunday - die REST.

WEEK TWO

Monday - Lower Body Strength Training (quads, hamstrings, calves, abs).
Tuesday - Couch 2 5k.
Wednesday - Upper Body Strength Training (chest, shoulders, back, triceps, biceps).
Thursday - Couch 2 5k.
Friday - Lower Body Strength Training (quads, hamstrings, calves, abs).
Saturday - Couch 2 5k.
Sunday - REST.

These are what my two different weeks will look like, and I will just be alternating them back and forth for the entire 90 days.

Amanda and I would love to have everyone get involved in this 90-Day Challenge. Please join us. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or if you just want support - please don't hesitate to comment, tweet, or e-mail us to talk to us. We are both here to help motivate, support, and help in any way that we can.

I'll leave you with an inspirational quote from Amanda...

"Lets get these muscles poppin' and this weight droppin'."


16 comments:

Carolyn said...

75 lbs-- you go girl!!! That is awesome and you look phenomenal!!

Regarding the whole drinking thing, that's a big commitment! Obviously weight loss has made me very conscious of my drinking, and I've definitely dealt with friends getting annoyed by my drinking less (like-- not trying to cramp your style, friends, go nuts! Just I'M tryna not drink 1000 calories tonight! You do you).

So, out of curiosity, how do you handle stuff like that? Do you go out less? Just stick to your guns? Have another excuse? I'm pretty good about sticking to my guns, but honestly, sometimes I'm tempted to not go out at all because I don't want to deal with the nagging about it. Sad, but true.

Lisa said...

Good Luck Ladies!!!! You all are rockstars!! I am attempting to get back on the wagon starting today!!

Amy @ Living n Learning said...

I should definitely join in. I need to get my butt in gear. I'm off to go think on my goals. If I can do something for 3 months then I can do it for the rest of my life. What a great starting point for me.

Keep kicking butt girl. You're awesome!

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

LOVE IT!!! remember to take initial measurements and photos each month; visual changes are hugely motivating!!

looking forward to the progress posts!

-kathy
Vodka and Soda

By Grace, Through Faith said...

You are truly inspiring with your weight loss! Congrats on 75 pounds down! :)

It's crazy how you started this today, I was planning on starting today, getting back into shape and making a lot of major changes!

I would love to start this and cannot wait!

Keep up the good work!

B Dav said...

I'm so inspired!!!
Good luck, girl! I am hoping to experience some of your success over the next 90 days as well :)
Britt @ One&20

Hannah T. said...

Great! Good luck! :)
x Hannah
http://theadventurouslifestylelab.blogspot.be/

Jo Steel said...
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Jo Steel said...

75 lb is an AWESOME achievement - good luck with the next 75, and just FYI, you look fantastic right now.

Khrysty and Leanne said...

I am so in! I hit a major plateau a few months ago and I haven't been able to overcome it.. I think this is just what I need so thanks for the motivation. What kind of foods do you eat? Especially for breakfasts.

Also, congrats on 75 lbs down, that is a huge feat and you look amazing!!

xoxo, khrysty

Diary of a Dreamer said...

Woah there. 75lbs? That's amazing. I think when you're closer to your 'goal weight' you'll probably realize that it's more about how you feel/look than how much you weigh. Muscle mass is heavier and all of that jazz.
I'm surprised by the fact you take Sundays off. I don't ever work out on Sundays and it makes it awkward when I'm trying to follow any plans. Who wants their off day on Tuesday ? lol Good luck by the way~!

Elle Vee said...

I'm sure you will do great :)

Sam said...

You look amazing!!!

Pistol Pete said...

As I've said a bagillion times Faith, I'm super proud of your accomplishments so far. But almost all the experts teach that cheat-days once a week aren't just OK, they actually help create and maintain the maximum metabolic rate (not to mention giving you that emotional light at the end of the tunnel each week). Your brother learned this when he lost his 100+ lbs ... and I did when I lost my 70+ lbs.

Love this post. You are inspiring others while changing yourself.

Love ya
Dad

PS... I don't think chat-roulette is gonna help your fitness goals ... just sayin'

Sami said...

Okay I need to jump on this bandwagon. Maybe mine can be an 80 day challenge or maybe mine will go 10 more days than yours. Either way I am sitting down this weekend and I am making a plan and sticking to it. So basically expect me to stalk you all weekend asking you and your roommate questions ;) I want to be as motivated as you Faithy! We can doooo it.

brain hamailton said...

this is really great and good going all of you. glad to know about this. thanks for giving this opportunity to know this.
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