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Monday, March 11, 2013

12 weeks out

So here we are, I have scheduled a photo shoot for June 7th and there is no turning back now. I have tried a few times before to get lean enough for this sort of thing (competition, etc.) and have failed. For me, the biggest challenge is diet and cardio. With the diet, it's not what I'm eating... I always eat healthy food, it's the amount I eat. I find that I will graze on almonds and thing like that during the day. Most of you would say "almonds are good for you" and it's true, they are. But, I was eating several handfuls beyond what was planned our in my caloric needs, so..... I would not be at a caloric deficit at the end of the week. You cannot lose fat without the deficit. The other way to achieve the deficit is through cardio and I have a limited amount of time at the gym so getting in enough cardio is a challenge for me. So, what did I do? I got rid of all the almonds and peanut butter in my house so I cannot graze anymore. I will follow my meal plan as it's laid out and get in as much extra cardio as I can. I plan to do cardio in the morning at least 3 days during the week and 1-2 days on the weekend. In addition, I will be doing my weight training at a fast pace so I will have more time after my lift sessions for additional cardio.

Can any of you relate to this? Have you had goals and fallen short? How did you overcome what was holding you back? Most of the time, we hold ourselves back, that is true in my case. No one is feeding me the almonds and PB, I'm doing it to myself. No one is limiting my cardio, if I want it bad enough, I have to get out of bed and go after it. That's exactly what I'm doing this time around. Once I achieve the level of leanness I desire, I will do everything I can to stay very close to that level so I will not have to go to such measures to lean out again.

I will keep updating my blog with progress and hopefully my journey will inspire some of you along the way!

Share with me in the comments, I'd love to hear about your experience



  1. I've been in the same boat. Actually I am in the same boat! I had a reasonable goal for myself to reach and I failed miserably. I could give you 10 reasonable and liable excuses but to me they just wont cut it and really no one should really have an excuse for why the can't.(to a point) But much like yourself. I've cleaned out my entire kitchen and have had our "family meeting" giving everyone the memoe of not having the processed "fake" food in the house. It will be hard but it's the best thing to do to help me over come what I need to and to make sure my kids are eating what they should be eating not what they want to be eating...

    1. Sounds like you're on the right track, keep it up!

  2. I just set my plan to have 12 weeks challenge to get leaner - and I cant keep any almonds or peanut butter at home as I know at some point I just wont be able to control myself.To make things worst I can only exercise at home - I do quite a lot of cardio and some weight training - which is a bit limited due to exercising at home and looking after 2 yo toddler in the same time - it aint easy :D I am at least feeding my daughter with healthy food and some foods are completely banned.I will be reading your blog as I am in the same boat and will try to get as much motivation from it as possible :) best wishes