As today marked the 1st day of week 4 on Body for Life for me, I am 25% done with the program. I though now would be a good time to provide more insight about it and how I am getting on with the program.
In a nutshell, I absolutely love it. It has completely changed my approach towards working out. Initially I had said that I am not going to be following the BFL eating plan. While I haven’t strictly been sticking to it, I have increased my protein intake and am trying to eat smaller meals more regularly throughout the day (5-6 mini meals). However if I am out for a meal which is carb-heavy, want a drink, or am tempted to indulge in dessert, I have no problem doing so…even if any of those don’t fall on the “free day”. So long as it does not dictate my life, I will continue to commit to the eating portion of BFL. As for the workouts, here you go:
- Consistency: With my workouts pre-planned, my propensity to skip a session is close to zero. Even though I was tempted to on 3 of the days, I didn’t give in.
- Short sessions: I no longer have the “I don’t have time” excuse at my disposal. The longest session is the upper body workout, and that too is only 46 minutes. I’m not an investment banker, I don’t have kids, and hence I can always find time to fit it in.
- Noticeable changes: My tummy area has always been the hardest place for me to lose weight but I am already 1 inch down on my waist and 1.5 inches down on my upper waist.
- Challenge: BFL has certainly taken me out of comfort zones in various ways: I’m lifting heavier and running at speeds faster than I ever have.
- Efficiency: It baffles me how I voluntarily used to spend 40+ minutes on cardio machines. With the 20-minute HIIT sessions, my workout is done before I know it, and yet I always feel like I’ve had a killer workout.
- Variety: There is quite an extensive list of exercises for each muscle group so I have been mixing it up to prevent my body from adapting. It has also encouraged me to try new machines/weight exercises that I wouldn’t have otherwise.
- Number of workout sessions: As I have always taken 2 rest days a week from exercise, that sixth day can sometimes be a mental struggle…especially on a Saturday morning after a night out and a few drinks. That being said, if I do feel like my body needs a break, I will definitely take an extra day off.
- Little focus on ab work: As the plan only incorporates 2 ab exercises on lower body days, I try to round up by cardio workouts with a bit of ab work.
Bring on week 4…!