Although I saw a lot of progress in my lower and upper body, I didn't notice any changes in my abs. Despite my sit ups, crunches and planks, I needed to change my diet. I decreased my sugar intake and focused on eating complex carbs, protein, fruits and vegetables. Guess what? Progress! Six pack, here I come!
I also tweaked my workout routine. Starting out, I only lifted heavy weights. Yet, I noticed that many of my fitness inspirations use a mix of light, heavy, and body weight when exercising. I now mix it up, and there are times when I work out at home where it's just me and my moves.
My word to you. There were times when I wasn't as consistent with my regimen. I had a few days where I slacked off. If that's you, it's o.k. Just start right back the next day or the next week. Don't stop altogether. Even if you need a couple of days or weeks to regroup, do so, but stick with your routine. You will reach your goals!
Tweaks I Made with My Diet
Drinking more water: I hardly drink juice or any other drink. I constantly drink water throughout the day and keep a glass/bottle at my desk.
Green Smoothies: My breakfast of choice. I blend spinach/kale, almond milk, fruit(s) of choice, a scoop of plain greek yogurt and water
Complex Carbs: I stay away from simple carbs as much as possible. Instead of white rice, I cook brown rice or quinoa.
Lower My Sugar Intake: I do have my cheat days (that's what cheat days are for right?). I only purchase healthy snacks like unsalted almonds, dark chocolate, or fruits. If it's not in my house, I'm probably not going to eat it.
Month Nine (Showing progress from beginning to nine months of fitness)