Currently one month out. So far I’ve dropped 8 pounds and a pants size.
I owe this to a few things.
1) My current supplement stack is fairly simple. Protein (BSN Syntha – 6, Fish Oil). I’m not really using a Pre-Workout at this point, although I have used BSN’s Hyper FX off and on the last month, with a review pending.
2) I’m very, very selective on which blogs I follow for advice. But a great one? Workout Nirvana! I contacted Suzanne via email months ago, when I was completely lost with my nutrition. I’ve always brought it at the gym, but I was seeing no results what so ever. I emailed her, and Suzanne very clearly gave me advice on nutrition. The truth is, buy supplements out the wazoo and spending 2 hours in the gym is easy. The hard part for me has always been that I don’t know (didn’t know) how to grocery shop for myself. Suzanne pretty much explained to me the foods I need to shoot for as well as the types of workouts I need to be doing. IF you are only reading one workout blog to get an understanding of the unique interplay between nutrition, working out and mental/emotional health, let this site be the one. Go to Workout Nirvana— Where being strong is a lifestyle.
3) I finally decided to do something I hadn’t done before— SLEEP! The end of Spring has been useful for me as classes have ended and I’ve been able to sleep for a the normal recommended amount of sleep, without waking up to the anxiety of another crazily busy day. The importance of sleep can not be understated. Pulling all nighters and sleeping for 2-3 hours is not the way to live. Grad school or not. Get your 8 hours. I had to look at self and the truth is, that if I am pulling an all nighter, it means I wasted a large amount of time during the day and night. It means poor time management. The same discipline that’s required for going to the gym is the same discipline required to come up with a schedule and stick with it. It’s discipline.
4) Positivity. Call it trite or corny. But I think a generally positive disposition on life is beneficial in all areas of life, include our physical appearance. I think the ability to roll with the many punches life gives us, the ability to find the positive in all situations and the decision to choose to hope is only a help to fitness. How our bodies look matters not if we’re a wreck on the inside. And I have been that wreck before. I choose not to be anymore. I laugh. A lot. I smile when there’s not a really valid or good reason to. I look for the beauty in the disaster. I choose to be light. Hey, if nothing else— laughing burns calories. I would recommend that we all do more of it.
I have one more month before I bring the best beach body ever and celebrate the joys, beauty and love that exists in life.