If you read last weeks post you know that my program called a deload week this week. A deload week is designed to give your body a “working” rest as a way to allow your body to heal and rebuild during your strength journey. The Beautiful Badass program I’m following instructed me to drop back to 70% of my Week 3 weights.
However, I wasn’t a total newbie to lifting when I started this program and I actually dropped back my weights at the start, so I felt it was OK to skip my deload week and press on. A part of this was being greedy and wanting to continue the satisfaction of lifting heavier each week. I was aware that I could be pushing too hard and decided to drop back if I felt I was doing too much.
My official Beautiful Badass Beginner’s (BBB) program start date was June 11, 2012. My goal is to post an update each Monday about the week before. So I’m only a few days behind with this first post. Go back to my first post if you want to know more about my plan.
I’m following Nia Shanks’s 3 days a week strength training program as close as possible with a few (approved) variances. I’ll also be throwing in Zumba twice a week and Boot Camp once a week because I love those classes. Wait!Did I just say I loved boot camp? Wow. Also Sunday will be my only free day, so any day that doesn’t include a workout or a class I’ll be doing hill sprints (highly recommended by Nia – hill sprints that is, not one day of rest) or taking a brisk walk. Whelp, that’s the plan.
You might remember I blogged a while back about how great 2012 was treating me. I discussed four of my 2012 goals and the progress I had made with each of them. One goal was to lose 15 pounds by April, I lost 12! I didn’t reach my goal but I was determined not to be discouraged. I set another goal to get down to 145 lbs. by my birthday, but that didn’t quite happen either. Again, I was only a few pounds off around 148. I just can’t seem to stay active and eat right around my birthday. The lure of cake and laziness is too strong for me to fight. Anyway, right after my birthday I said I was going to jump right back on track and hit my goal (145 lbs.) by July 13th (as I have a trip planned for that weekend). If you couldn’t tell I love goals, as a self-aware procrastinator they are necessary.
Even though I had been making progress, I realized I needed a new approach – a new outlook, if you will. You see I, like most women, have always been focused on cardio, cardio, cardio! I mean I did some “lifting” in my Body Works/Body Sculpting group gym classes and when I have hired a trainer in the past I’ve used the weight machines. So I know that having strong muscles is important. However, I had previously fell victim to the idea of low weight, high reps being the key to “toning”. Isn’t that what they who they hell are they anyway always tell women?