I’m sort of in shock that there’s only a week left in the month of June – this month has flown by! It’s now officially summer, my favorite season here in the Northwest. We’ve had absolutely gorgeous weather over the last week, and it’s cooler and cloudy today which is a welcome change because we’re supposed to have some record-breaking heat this weekend. I’m not sure I’m prepared for that but here we are!
As of today I’m halfway through the 9 Week Control Freak (9WCF) program I’ve been following. I haven’t missed a single workout, although I have been straying from the plan when it comes to which days to rest and which days to work out – I like working out Monday through Friday so that I can sleep in on weekends. I do think it’s very important to listen to my body, and if I feel too sore I will definitely take a rest day during the week – but if I can push through I’d rather do it that way.
Although I’ve stayed extremely consistent with my workout plan, as always nutrition is my struggle. I do feel very pleased so far with my new calorie-counting method of looking at weekly and monthly averages, and although I wasn’t super optimistic that I could actually average 1,500 calories or below this month since I didn’t start this new way of counting until I was already into June, I’m actually sitting at an average of 1,568 calories/day for the month so far which I’m very happy with.
I’ve been thinking for some time that I really needed a nutrition plan that’s similar to my workout plans – although the workout days and lengths vary by program when I’m doing Beachbody on Demand workout programs, they all have a set plan for me to follow and when I’m given that sort of road map I seem to do really well. Same with when I used to go to dance classes – on dance days, I was there, very consistently. I want the same sort of road map for my nutrition, without having to follow a strict plan like Whole 30 or Medifast. I really believe that they only changes that will last are the ones that I not only can sustain for the rest of my life, but that I am WILLING to sustain for the rest of my life. Why cut out carbs or wine for thirty days if I know that I’m not going to do that forever? But knowing what I didn’t want to do wasn’t helping me figure out a plan that I could actually follow forever.
The other day, I was mindlessly scrolling my Instagram feed (I know, I know, but I was tired and I’m human), when I noticed a post from trainer Jordan Syatt about a Calorie Cycling contest. Jordan’s the trainer whose video I linked to in my last post, when I was talking about how I calculated the number of calories on average per day I’d need to consume for fat loss. I love him because not only is he a super positive dude, but he shares my philosophy that health and fitness need to be lifestyle changes and not short-term programs. I’d seen his posts about Calorie Cycling challenges that he’s run in the past, but was just never in the headspace before to look into joining one. This time though, it looked like exactly what I needed, so I started reading more about it and ultimately signed up.
The concept of the challenge is simple enough: I paid $100 to enter and receive all of the materials about how calorie cycling works and some guides to maximizing my progress by calculating how much protein, carbs, and fats to incorporate into my diet for fat loss. A lot of the topics are actually covered in videos that are free on Jordan’s YouTube channel, but there is some exclusive content that’s just for challenge participants. I also get a free month in Jordan’s Inner Circle, which is the community he created for people participating in his workout and training programs. I’d always been curious about the Inner Circle but since I already pay for Beachbody on Demand I was hesitant to pay for another subscription workout access, especially since I really like the workouts I already have access to. Now though, I get to try it out!
The Calorie Cycling challenge is a 30-day challenge that starts on July 6. It’s not a weight-loss challenge, which I love; it’s geared toward helping you form habits that support your goals. On the first day of the challenge I need to submit photos, and on the last day I’ll submit progress photos wearing the same outfit. Instead of a final weigh-in, the second part of the challenge is to write and submit an essay about how the challenge went. Winners will receive $1,000. While I am totally motivated by the fact that I paid to participate in this challenge and also by the hope of winning the prize money, what I really want the most out of this is the nutrition road map that I’ve been seeking. I’m hoping that following this challenge will be exactly that.