5 Weeks Out: Not Seeking Abs

Eeek, 5 WEEKS! Can’t quite believe it! I was lucky enough to be contacted by a personal trainer who works at an elite sports and performance center and got to work out with her this week! Made up for the fact that I am not at the Arnolds – it looks so motivating! I love being surrounded by like-minded people; something I have social media to thank!
Weight loss: 1.3lbs. Wahoo! My clothes are definitely not fitting as much as they used to. Waistbands on shorts/skirts are pretty much useless! I feel leaner this week although my stomach holds onto fat as do my legs. It’s funny because when I first started working out, all I wanted was abs. Now, I do wish my lower stomach ‘lay flat’ (it definitely bulges out), but abs…meh! What I love on other women is well-defined hamstrings and back muscles. They are what I think looks amazing on women. I think it is because anyone can ‘get abs’ from a quick diet, but it takes time and effort to build hamstrings and back muscles. So it is more the actual manifestation of hard work that I admire so much, plus it looks damn good!

Cardio: 2 x 9 HIIT intervals. I used the rower and have developed a sort of like for it?! It is actually quite satisfying to see progression and I never realised how technique driven this was!

Calories: 2 x refeed days a week (carbohydrates increase to 210g, fats have decreased and protein remain the same). Regular days my carbohydrates have been reduced and are at 145g.

Dieting approach: flexible dieting. Check out my Instagram to see what I have been eating.

Training: 6 workouts a week.

How I am feeling: Feeling great!! I went out for lunch once last week and then went out for a celebratory family dinner last night. Yes, I had to calorie count (as I always do!) but I was able to eat full plates of food and enjoy the company on both occasions. Funnily enough, I actually think I have eaten out more during prep than I have in my off-season! I don’t typically go out for food much as I am often left disappointed, I think my food is more tasty!!

My nutrition and workouts are programmed by New York Muscle Radio go check these guys out and search for their Podcast on iTunes or YouTube.

-Benchpressingbaubles, x