Falling Back into Bodybuilding

Usually, health is at the forefront of my lifestyle; I don’t eat meat, avoid all animal products, and focus on chowing down on whole, plant-based foods. But, between traveling, my engagement (yay!) and the stress of job hunting, health & fitness have somehow slipped onto the back burner. Kale, avocado and potatoes have somehow morphed into cookies, candy bars and french fries.
After a week or two of poor eating, I pretty much feel like shit. My body is angry that I’ve been feeding it junk instead of the whole, healthy nutrition it’s used to. I feel bloated, tired, dizzy, and fat. And I can barely push my runs past a dismal three miles.

Naturally, I’m clamoring to get back into tip-top shape. It’s scary how quickly we can fall back into old habits – no matter how long we’ve been fighting them off. It’s been years since I’ve eaten and exercised as poorly as I have been lately. True, I do have more bills, less money, and phenomenally more stress (including a glaring sense of panic as joblessness drags on) but I know there’s no point in making excuses.

To get out of my rut, I’ve officially started Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer on bodybuilding.com. I’m a huge, huge fan of bodybuilding.com – they have super cheap supplements and protein powders, on top of tons of articles on exercise, nutrition, and hundreds of kick-ass workouts to boot.

I’ve done Phase 1 of Jamie’s LiveFit Trainer before, and I always saw amazing results. Even after running 8-plus miles a day, it wasn’t until I started lifting weights that my abs finally peeked out. Plus, Jamie is the cutest little Southern belle! I love following her workouts, especially since they usually kick my ass.

I also love lifting because I can stay in the gym, get in and out quickly (compared to an hour-and-a-half run) and I feel awesome. The soreness and cramps that come with long runs aren’t part of pumping iron; I can also work different muscle groups on different days, so that I can give part of my bod a break while still building up the rest.

The best part of lifting weights is that the affected muscles will continue to burn calories at an accelerated weight for forty-eight to seventy-two hours – yes, two to three DAYS – after said workout. No, I’m not kidding. Yes, I’m running off to the gym right now!

I’m excited to see how this goes! The hardest part will definitely be the clean eating, since I’ve been eating crap for two weeks. And having to eat every two to three hours, but a little planning and smart shopping goes a long way. This time, I’d also like to follow the entire 12-week program through – not just Phase 1.

I’ll be checking in every week on “Weight Loss Wednesday,” a new series I’ll be starting next week! Stay tuned to hear about my progress and battle against the lure of unclean, yummy, salty, (okay, I’ll stop!) foods. See you Wednesday!

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