Week off before another program!

Week off before another program!

May 13, 2014

Hello!!

Well, I’m taking the week off.  Last week was my  last week of my 12 week program from Ashley Horner.  I saw some great changes and make some great progress.  I’m taking a week off and then looking to start another one and take it to the next level!

I talked about recovery last week, and a week off between programs is just that!  It allows my muscles a break from the heavy lifting and the constant beating they take during my programs.  I can’t always take a full week off because I get antsy and just can’t sit around not lifting – but I keep this antsy-ness to a minimum by still doing 2-3 days of HIIT during my rest weeks.

Also – I’ve started to incorporate Intermittent Fasting.  To explain – you already participate in intermittent fasting whether you know it or not.  It’s just not eating for a period of time and keeping a “feeding time” to a certain number of hours.  But guess what?!  You do it!  You sleep at some point, which means after your last meal of the day and before your first meal the following day, you are fasting.  I’m just taking it to the next level – I’m starting with a 16 hour fast and a 8 hour feed.  I quit eating last night at 8pm and will not eat again until today at 12pm.  There is many differing opinions on IF vs the traditional “eat every 2-3 hours” approach – and quite honestly, I have no idea which works better or which I believe people should do.  I’m going to try IF for a while and see if I like it and if it works!  There has been a lot of research for both ways – and I really think it comes down to preference and what works for you!  My mornings can sometimes be busy and/or I don’t feel like eating breakfast.  This way, I just don’t eat until noon and then eat until 8pm.  I’ll still follow my meal plan that comes with the next program I do, but I’ll just eat all of those calories between 12pm and 8pm.  From what I’ve read, the 16/8 time frame is still considered a “bulking” diet and allows you to put on muscle or maintain the muscle you have.  The 20/4 approach – fasting for 20, feeding for 4 – is the “cutting” diet.  Since I’m just getting started and just seeing if I like it, I’m going with the 16/8 option!

I’ll keep everyone posted on whether or not it works for me and if I like it.  3 more hours until feeding time! 🙂

selfie  This photo was taken after my first show – I  just really like how my shoulders look in it!  Trying out IF to lean back out to around this leanness.  Not competition lean, but a “for life” lean. 😀

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