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8 Weeks Out – Grind Time

8 Weeks Out - Grind Time

Happy Sunday! Today marks the beginning of a new week, and a loooong one at that! To get the week started on the right note, I did an awesome HIIT workout incorporating sprint intervals on the treadmill and spin bike, as well as an awesome ab routine. You should def try it out!

I have big plans for switching up my workout routine this week. Hungry for more results! This weekend I took my progress photo comparing January and February a month apart exactly, and I didn’t see the results I was hoping to see. The pictures look almost exactly the same, sooooo this week I’m increasing my cardio in hopes to show off my obliques and shed some fat around my legs to show off the hammies and glutes.

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In the grand scheme of things, I’m very happy with my OVERALL progress since my very FIRST before pictures! Putting them next to each other makes me extremely proud of my hard work and dedication. Of course a lil’ tan helps too 😉

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This weekend I went to L.A Fitness to have my Body Fat measured, for the first time in 4 years! I was really curious to see where my % was at after months of rigorous training, hard work, strict dieting, and drastic physical changes.

First mistake, having a sales person do it.

Second mistake, letting him use the electronic ‘Omron’. When I asked him to use the calipers….

Third mistake, he only did ONE pinch instead of four…..

Sooooo, with all of that being said, my Body Fat % came out to 15%. I was pretty damn shocked! I thought my % would have been at 10%-12%! Last time I was measured 4 years ago I was at 17%, it’s hard to believe my Body Fat only decreased 2%. It kind of ruined my day actually, I let the number get to my head, I skulked around all day and even skipped my Cheat Meal for heaven’s sake! *Le siiiiiiigh* 

Although I believe the reading was horribly inaccurate, I came to the realization that numbers shouldn’t matter. I should have absolute confidence in my hard work and in my body regardless of the numbers. This sport can be incredibly draining; on your body, on your mind, on your confidence and will power. I have never been so critical of myself before. I wouldn’t say I’m insecure like I was in Junior High or High School, but I always think I can do BETTERMy glutes could be higher, rounder, and tighter; my hamstrings could be fuller, my obliques could be more defined, I could have less overall fat, etc. Some days can be extremely taxing, but the results and the strength I gain from this sport is what keeps me going.

So bring it on! I’m gonna KILL this week! Consistent workouts, staying on track with my diet and macro plan, and adding more cardio! I also have a posing practice scheduled for this Thursday at David Barton Gym, and it’s actually happening this time YAY!

BRING – IT – ON!

~Jess

 

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