you guys. i was really bad about updating you on my progress throughout this year's new year, new you contest at kdr fitness. all that is changing now. here's the story...
the contest started february 10. 18 teams of 3 individuals would spend the next 6 weeks eating as close to 100% compliance as possible and workout 4-5 times per week. the winning team (the team with the biggest change in % of body fat and % of lean muscle) wins $3,000 -- that's $1,000 per person! (you know i want those dolla dolla bills y'all!!!)
i teamed up with one of my favorite gym buddies, teena (who was a member of last year's winning team), and her boyfriend corey. we were trying to come up with a team name the week before the contest began, and the one we loved the most was 'team wedding', depite me being the only team member who was actually engaged. (teena and corey have been together for a few years and a walk down the aisle is part of their plan. just no ring, yet.)
once the contest started, the three of us had been 100% on board for about a week. perfect execution of a compliant meal (x5 meals a day) - check! plans to work out 4-5x a week - check! planned team outings to keep us motivated - check!
and then the first day of the contest came - february 10th. motivated and feeling inspired, corey and teena spent time (while prepping dinner) discussing ways to stay on track and additional things (other than the $1,000 prize) that were motivating factors. before teena could figure out what was happening, corey whips out this sparkler...(you know, as a motivating factor...)
...and (after a bit of screaming, crying, and teena saying 'yes' a hundred times) we became 'team wedding', officially.
so, after the excitement of the new engagement, we were uber motivated. and we had an amazing first two weeks.
(the weigh-ins happened at the beginning, and every two weeks until the end (for a total of 4 weigh ins). and the device we use is more than just a scale, it's an in-body machine. see the picture below. it measures your body composition based on body fat, lean muscle, etc.)
so, after the first two weeks were so amazing, we were hoping to keep up the momentum. but, you see, this thing happened to me (and many other contestants) in the third and fourth weeks of the contest: i had little to no change. in fact, my change was very little....but in the wrong direction. my fat went up and my muscle went down. (albeit by *tiny* amounts, but in the wrong direction nonetheless.) our team as a whole still made positive progress, but when you're on a team and you're relying on others and they are relying on you to make progress, it sucks to be the one to bring down the average.
my thoughts went something like this: how can i be making all of these educated and compliant choices with my food...how can i be cutting out every last drop of wine...how can i be pushing myself to lift more or faster...and nothing is happening?! we've all been there - the dreaded plateau. it's frustrating, but sharing that information maybe would've helped me overcome the emotional pain i was feeling by not progressing the way i thought i should given my effort to reach the goals i had set.
so, instead of sharing my plateau experience, assessing what i could do differently (and if i really needed to change anything), and continue on...i bottled it all up. i only shared my backwards progress with my teammates and a couple other close friends at the gym because i was very frustrated. (who wouldn't be?!) i had made lots of changes, had truly committed myself, and was pushing myself farther than ever...and nothing happened with the numbers on the scale.
i got pissed and frustrated and didn't understand.
and then i had today's weigh-in. i don't magically understand everything now, but i'm less frustrated since seeing actual results. and the picture below helps a little too.
today, i can proudly say...in the last two weeks:
i have burned 9 lbs of fat. (that's almost double the fat in the picture below!!!)
i have built 5.3 lbs of muscle.
having tangible evidence that my hard work is, well, working, is huge for me. have my clothes been fitting me better? sure, a little. but literally *knowing* your body weighs less than it did two weeks ago sure is some nice icing on the cake. (er, butter on the broccoli?)
i can't wait to hear the results of my team wedding teammates! the three of us have truly been giving it our all. counting every macronutrient, sweating buckets at the gym, and keeping each other motivated to stay in the game.
and speaking of the game... well, that's just it. it's a contest. do i want to win? of course. (it's a thousand m-f-ing dollars, yo!) but knowing that 54 people committed to themselves for this 6 week contest and worked their asses off and made sacrifices and proved they could do it? aren't we all winners? as cheesy as it is, we really are all winners. we've all made changes...we've all made progress...we've all learned lessons...we've all had good days and bad days...we've all wanted to cheat on our nutrition plan...we've all wanted to skip a workout...but you know what?
we didn't give up.
now we just have to wait for all of the contestants to weigh in (tomorrow is the last day!) and the coaches will compile the results. then, next friday at the nyny party, the results will be announced. i've got my fingers crossed for team wedding, but at this point, we've done the hard work...now we get to enjoy it!