Jan 18th, 2012
Now that I’ve successfully completed the 12 week program, I’m so proud of myself. This is the first program that I’ve stuck with the whole way through. I can honestly say I’m very proud of myself and my results!
I’ll get right to the numbers. I measured myself last night after dinner (probably not the best idea because I was stuffed but I knew I wouldn’t do it in the morning!). Here are my measurements after the 12 week LiveFit trainer!!!!
I’m beyond excited with my results. I’m not 100% certain on my body fat percentage though. I checked it yesterday at the gym with a handheld device. I checked it several times and every time it was between 14% and 17% so I’m going to round up and say that it was 17% (but it could be lower!). If I get it tested within the next couple days, I”ll update this post.
Overall, I’m very happy with this program. I have learned SO much about working out, nutrition and my own body throughout these past 12 weeks. Now that I’m done, I’m going to go on my much deserved cruise to the Bahamas and then come back and hopefully continue to do workouts from phase 2 and phase 3 circuits.
Here’s a glance at what Phase 3 looked like:
What would I do differently next time around?
I would try to stick with the diet more. I didn’t follow the diet. I just tried to eat clean throughout the program. I don’t think I gave my body enough calories throughout this program. If I would have eaten more (especially in phase 1) then I would have seen much more muscle definition at the end of the 12 weeks.
Did you have a few cheat meals throughout this plan?
I had more than a “few” cheat meals. I was the poster child of what you’re NOT supposed to do on this plan. I had cheat WEEKENDS (not just meals) and continued to be social and had many beers on the weekends with my friends. I know it’s terrible but I”m not going to lie. It’s so hard for me to stay on point during the weekend. Nutrition is something I REALLY need to work on. On the other hand, this proves that this program does produce results, even if you’re not eating perfect. The weight lifting portion of the plan truly works alone and the proper diet will increases results.
Did you ever miss a workout?
Yes. I ended up missing several days around Thanksgiving and Christmas. There was a total of 7 days that I missed. I never skipped a workout though. If I had to miss a workout, I would just do the one I had planned on the next following day. When I started the plan, I was so nervous to miss a workout. By the end, I realized that life can get in the way and it’s OKAY to push a workout back a day. It’s not going to ruin your progress. My advice..don’t stress too much if you have to push a workout or two back a day. This is a program to change our lifestyle, not just a 3 month plan.
What was your favorite phase?
All of the phases have things that I enjoyed and didn’t so that’s hard to say. I really enjoyed the no-cardio of phase one but by phase two I was so ready to get on that treadmill. I also enjoyed lifting heavier in phase one.
In phase 2 I liked that we added cardio however it was hard for me to stay at a medium intensity cardio of 70% of my maximum. I always felt like I was going too slow. The workouts seemed SUPER long in phase 2 and I hit a wall around week 7. I felt like I was getting burnt out. Luckily I kept going and got back on track.
In phase 3, the sprints in weeks 9-10 were CRAZY. It was so hard doing them at 8mph+ but after I got done with them, I felt like I truly accomplished something. My favorite 2 weeks of the entire program were weeks 11-12. I LOVED the circuits and the 30-60 min. of cardio of your choice. One downside of phase 3 was that I felt like I really started to lose my hard earned muscle. Next time around, I would focus on lifting heavier in the first 2 phases and eat more calories so that in phase 3 I don’t lose it all!
Would you do this plan again?
Yes. I would do this plan again. Now that I’ve been through it, I think I can jump around from phase to phase more comfortably and know what I’m doing. The next time I do the plan, I may stay in one phase for a longer period of time, or modify it based on results. If I want to put on muscle, I’ll go to phase 1. If I want to maintain or continue to put on muscle, I’ll go to phase 2. if I want to lean out, I’ll go to phase 3. Every phase has it’s own purpose. Trust the program, it works!
Do you get paid for promoting this program?
NO! I am just a blogger who gave this program a shot and wanted to blog throughout my journey. When I first started the plan, I searched for a blog that I could follow by each day. I couldn’t find one, so I figured I’d start one! In return, my only hope is to help someone find motivation or inspire someone else to keep going.
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