Hola! It has been a while since I’ve written anything, but I am back for at least the next 30 days.
So, as I have mentioned before, I workout with a group called Camp Gladiator here in Dallas. The trainers have come up with a 30 day challenge, including an eating plan, workout plan, and supplements. I will be writing about what I am eating, how the supplements are affecting me, and what my workouts are for the next 30 days.
For the most part, I consider myself to be a pretty healthy person. I work out at least 5 days a week and eat healthy most of those days. I do have a love for Mexican food and queso, but I can usually limit that to once every two or three weeks. However, this challenge eliminates a lot of things that I consider healthy (and they are, but every now and then a break is good from some of this stuff). Basically, you eat on a 1-1-5-5 plan. You have one service of whole grains per day, one serving of healthy fats, 5 plus servings of protein, and 5 plus servings of berries and vegetables. Some of the things I will miss will be bananas, gala apples, non-fat yogurt, granola, tea, and of course, cheese. But, I think I will be able to avoid these for a month. We also have to consume at least 96 ounces of water a day. Lots of bathroom breaks!!!
The next part of the challenge is the workout plan. We are required to work out 6 days/week and 3 of those workouts have to be Camp Gladiator workouts. On days that we go to camp, we are required to do an additional 30 minutes of cardio sometime throughout the day. On the days we don’t go to camp, we have to do 45-60 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength training. Camp is offered every day of the week, except Sunday, at different times throughout the day.
The last part of the challenge is the supplement part. The recommended supplements are Advocare products. For the first ten days of the challenge, everyone will be doing the Advocare herbal cleanse. On top of the cleanse, we will be taking Advocare Spark and Advocare Muscle Gain shakes. After the cleanse is up, there are a variety of different products you can purchase. I will be using muscle gain, spark, omega plus, probiotics, and catalyst, and will follow the instructions provided on the bottle. I have never actually used supplements before, only have taken regular vitamins, so I am very excited to see what these will do for me.
Like I mentioned, I try my hardest to lead a pretty healthy lifestyle. I consider myself to be in good shape, with maybe a few extra pounds to lose. I currently am a little under 5’5 and weigh 125 pounds (we had to get weighed in prior to the start of the challenge). 125 may sound like a lot to some and for some it is, but on my body, it works. I have a muscular frame, but still wear a size 2/26. We also had our measurements taken to see how much our bodies change over the course of the next month. I am really excited to see how my body fat percentage changes. My goal with the challenge is to try and get down to 120-122 pounds, but also gain muscle. I’m not expecting a lot of weight loss, since I want to add lean muscle and also just don’t see my body getting below 120. The challenge is actually a competition between other members of camp gladiator. We will be logging points on a daily basis for a variety of different things including eating right, taking supplements, going to camp, motivating one another, and doing the recommended amount of exercise.
I am so excited to see what this month does for my body and for my health. I won’t be taking measurements until the end of it, but will give updates on my weight once a week. I’ll also include everything I am eating and doing in terms of exercise in case anyone wants to join in!!!
5 am: Wake up, drink Spark
5:30: Camp Gladiator exercise
6:45: Fiber drink from cleanse
8:30: 4 egg whites
10: Muscle gain shake (chocolate, yum!!)
12:30: Lunch (2 grilled chicken tenders with pico de gallo on top, fresh veggies)
3:00: Snack (Cup of assorted fresh berries)
5:30: Extra 30 minute cardio – long run with Lizzie
6:30: Dinner (Ground turkey, sauteed vegetables, whole wheat noodles)
10: Fiber cleanse pills, probiotic, bed!!!