Last week after realizing I had just 3 weeks left in this program I got back to following the nutrition plan more closely and put in the work during the strength training workouts. I’ve had great momentum during this program but this week seemed like a breakthrough. This was the week that I really started to see serious changes in my body and it feels good! This week was also the last week of the “Build It” phase before we finish with two “Shred It” weeks where the workout format will change (each workout in this program is unique but they follow a similar format so you can really perfect your form in the strength training moves track your progress as you increase weights over time). On the running side, I didn’t do any high intensity runs and scaled back on my weekend long run mileage to give myself a little recovery week.
The babies are still going through the 4 month sleep regression and my toddler continues to wake in the night and climb in our bed (we put her right back but it’s still an interruption) so I was very tired last week. It’s been about a month now of really terrible sleep (when the babies were about 3 months old they were both actually sleeping through the night!) and I felt it!
LIIFT4 Week 6 & Running Recap
Monday: LIIFT4 Chest and Triceps Circuit. Waited til the end of the day but got it done! This workout was all weights which is why I picked to do it because I was not feeling any HIIT! I like that we can switch up the order of the workouts if we want!
Tuesday: 5 mile run. Nice and easy pace along the beautiful coast!
Wednesday: Rest Day. I went for a short walk with one of the new coaches on my team who is in town visiting family but otherwise no workout for me. I was super tired!
Thursday: 5 mile run with Kelley. This was my first 6 a.m. run and man did I feel it. I have to wake up at least 45 min early to pump before a run but Rowan woke up at 5 AM so I just nursed her instead, but then I was up for the day. I thought I’d be able to get in a nap later in the day since my mom comes on Thursdays but when I got in bed I couldn’t fall asleep! (PS Are you confused by the fact that I have two different running buddies named Kelly/Kelley!? Kelley with an “ey” is my Beachbody teammate/coach and Kelly with just a “y” is a friend who is a recruiter who I met when I was working in finance)
Friday: LIIFT4 Legs – HIIT. This was all HIIT, no lifting. Honestly I kind of half-assed it, I was tired!
Saturday: 6 mile run. After 3 weeks of building up my long run mileage, I took a step back and just ran 6 miles, 4 of which were with my friend Kelley. We just ran the trails near our houses and it was nice to have this finished quickly and early so I could spend the rest of the day with family (when I go out to meet friends for a long run I’m usually gone for 2.5-3 hours).
Sunday: LIIFT4 Back and Biceps & LIIFT4 Shoulders. This is the first time I’ve had to double up. I kept thinking I’d get in Back & Biceps and it kept getting pushed off until I had nothing to do but double up! Luckily both these workouts were on the shorter side (Shoulders was only 27 min) so it wasn’t too crazy to combine but my arms were so tired and I was so sweaty by the end because both workouts had HIIT.
Total Miles Run: 16
Total Strength Workouts: 4
LIIFT Week 6 Nutrition
Last week I did great with nutrition – I tracked my portions during the weekdays and used Friday as my cheat day – I had two beers and split a flatbread and burger and fries with my friend Shahara. It was delicious and nice to get away for happy hour! Otherwise I did really well – not perfect but no one is. Over the weekend I was more hungry so ate a little more but not worried about that!
LIIFT Week 6 Weight Loss & Before and After Photos
I lost another 2 lbs this week, putting my total to 9.5 pounds in 6 weeks. I haven’t done measurements but I really feel like this was a breakthrough week after a couple weeks of more of a plateau. I think it had a lot to do with nutrition!
Can’t believe we have less than 2 weeks left!
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