This program was a weird one for me, and in hindsight I wish I'd chosen to do the abs or glutes/thigh programs they have, or maybe just curated a schedule geared towards fat burning. I am just so new to the weight lifting thing that I read "mass" and interpreted as "strength". Dumb on my part because there really is a difference, mass building is exactly that, getting huge ass muscles. I was surprised in 4 short weeks that my arms went from being flabby but kind of sort of thin, to them being bulky with muscle. Now being muscular isn't a bad thing but my goals right now are to be smaller, so this program wasn't a good fit for me now. I'd love to revisit it later when I am at goal weight and have (hopefully) less body fat. For now though, I want to focus on actual weight loss and getting lean muscle.
There wasn't a fitness test with this one so I have no comparison for strength, but I have lost 2.8 pounds and 1.5 inches since the end of my FB Fit program. Not super amazing, but you know, I guess I'm chipping away at it. I do feel very confident when wearing sleeveless shirts now and find that that's a majority of what I wear these days! Here are some progress pictures. I don't feel like I look much smaller, but maybe that's me being insane.
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So what's next? Well we actually leave tomorrow for Los Angeles, so I will get somewhat of a respite from working out. We will be walking around a lot, and if time permits I will squeeze in short HIIT workouts in the hotel, but I'm sure we'll be eating a lot too. I'm just going to be as balanced and sane as I possibly can be while also enjoying my time down there. Once I get back I am going to be doing the FB Abs program, which is another short 4 week thing like the Mass program was. I really want to focus on strengthening my core and hopefully tighten up the tragedy that is my stomach. I feel so slimmed down and toned everywhere else, but my stomach just really bums me out. I'm hoping that between a core work focus and shifting back to focusing on HIIT, I'll be able to reduce fat in that area and see a difference.
I've also dropped back to 1400 calories for the past week and a half or so. It kind of blows honestly, not because I'm hungry really but because I really have to be on top of tracking in order to make sure I stay where I'm supposed to be, and it also really cuts out various little extras I like to have. I did see my weight finally drop a little so I think the stalls I was seeing was definitely a calorie thing.
I got a couple of questions about my side project, so I'm happy to share a teensy bit about it. Long story short it's kind of a music project and I'm advocating for someone to get into the Rock Hall. It was something I started as a hobby back at the end of January, but it grew much, much faster than I'd anticipated. Website, social media presence, contact with the person's family, that sort of thing. As it stands no one knows anything about me or who I am, they just know me as Project Name. Since there are so many eyeballs on it (certainly more than here), I guess I'm just being cautious about my privacy so that's why I haven't spilled many details. I just don't want to link the two because then any rando could find my blog and bam, here's where I live, what I look like, what my husband looks like and hell, even what my dog looks like. There's some stuff that happened in the beginning that made me jumpy, so I'm just being careful I guess. There's going to come a point where I think I'll forced to let people in that world know who I am, and then I'll have to make some decisions about the blog. I'd never get rid of it, but maybe would set it to private or something. We'll see what happens!
I am so incredibly excited about our LA trip. Everything in life is generally going very well, but it's always nice to have a break and a change in the routine. I will be posting plenty of pictures!