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Let’s talk about HORMONES! SSS Wk 03

SSS week 03- Let’s talk about HORMONES!

Boosting- “the second half of the month”- PMS –2 weeks…

Week #3 Coaching Session– all about “Boosting”

Mindset
-Maintain what you attained during buffing – try to keep the scale steady if you are shooting for overall weight loss (chances are you will gain a bit of weight, know that it is just water weight and will come off as soon as PMS is over—make sure to chart this info so that you can be aware—knowledge is powerful!!)
—if just shooting to build muscle allow yourself to gain up to 2-5 pounds (you will have to up your caloric intake more than just 300cals for this to happen)
-Return to a bit higher caloric intake- maintenance level
-Allow yourself a bit less of intensity and relax more during your workouts and overall

Basically- we all know that during the second half of the month our motivation levels drop, we are typically much more emotional, stressed, and often times slightly depressed- bloated, tired, crampy, gassy, full of pains, etc…-this is when we often “quit” or “give up”…BUT knowing that it is our hormones triggering these negative thoughts and feelings, will allow us to work through these tough patches–

SO! it is like we are fighting against ourselves if we plan to workout a ton and diet hard–it takes sheer guts to stick to our aspirations during this time of the month…THUS we typically fail to do what we planned and that compounds the stress and negative emotions.

HORMONAL TIMING takes this into account–you need plan on working out less, being less intense, being less likely to stick to your low calorie “perfect” diet, etc….

NOW physically there is a ton of cool and not so cool things going on in our bodies during this time.

#1- your body is in an “anabolic” (building) mode–you have more hormones in your system including estrogen, progesterone, and TESTOSTERONE….so why not use those hormones to BUILD yourself some fat burning muscles?

This is part of why we have such troubles controlling our diets during PMS–our body wants to build–so instead of totally fighting it- use it to your advantage–get aggressive on your lifting workouts and hit some PB’s (personal bests)–trust me you will!

Also it is mentally it is easier to lift than to do “cardio” during this phase so up the frequency of your lifting workouts…maybe try a bigger split…think boosting your metabolism by building your body into a fat burning machine, by building your muscles!

#2- Your body needs a break from its caloric deficit. Your metabolism will thank you. My goal in all of this is to be able to eat as much as I want and maintain my thin appearance and be comfortable and confident at all times. If you are constantly living on a low caloric intake your body adjusts and learns how to be efficient with its energy usage and soon your metabolism slows and over long periods of caloric deficits your body keeps chugging, but at the expense of your health. Your body will be not getting enough nutrients to fight off disease, properly recovery from just everyday life and will in essence eat itself. Malnutrition is very common among women—we are vain and would often times rather be thin than healthy. Just look at the incidence of osteoporosis—which is basically caused by malnutrition. Studies have shown that in just 2 weeks our body adjust and adapt to its caloric intake and activity level. Our body is an amazing machine and learns to function at optimal levels no matter what the conditions. This is called adaptation.

#3- Boosting is MENTAL break from the “perfect” diet and workout routine—you need to take an extra day off to relax. You need to have a couple more cheat meals and a few more treats. Think of Hormonal Timing as a long term solution, long term we all need to be able to live, laugh and love life!! SO why not do it when our bodies naturally want to relax more?

#4 Boosting is NOT a license to throw all diet and fitness out the window—you still need to keep tabs on yourself—keeping your caloric intakes reasonable and making sure to keep up with your workouts. You will not go forward if each time boosting rolls around you go completely backwards. There are many advantages to working out through pms…stress relief is the biggest one…also as I mentioned before muscle building and FAT BURNING is increased. So if you can manage to get in some good interval or cardio sessions they are very effective.

#5 one final interesting finding is that during the week prior to your period women burn up to 500 calories more each day—DUH? No wonder why we are so hungry during that time of the month! So know that if you can just make it through to the “other side” you will see the fruits of your labor.

Alright ladies you know the drill—ask away and I will do my best to answer any questions you have—and tomorrow we will dive into buffing a bit more—then from there we keep on learning—PLEASE, MAKE SURE TO BLOG YOUR JOURNEY and IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS POST HERE, please don’t e-mail me or pm me, THAT WAY EVERYONE WHO HAS THE SAME QUESTION CAN LEARN THE ANSWER.

Keep on rockin’ this contest!! Man I can’t wait to see the results—

Love ya,
Michelle

Hormone SYMPTOMS

Check as many as may apply to describe what effects your hormones have on you.

Accident Prone Aggression & Violence Paranoia
Hyper sexual Are thirsty Asthma
Attempted Suicide Backache Bloating
Blurred Vision Boils Breast Engorgement
Breast Tenderness Bronchitis Bruises Easily
Capillary Fragility Child Abuse Cold Extremities
Cramps Weeping spells Dark circles under eyes
Depression Difficulty in Concentrating More frequent Diseases
Dry Hair Dry Skin Epilepsy
Excess use of alcohol Exhaustion-Mental/Physical Eye Irritation
Eye Puffiness Facial pallor Fainting Spells
Fatigue Feelings of being crazy Feelings of Panic
Flu & Cold Food Cravings Frequent Urination
Frustrations Fever Gall Bladder Symptoms
Gas Greasy Hair Hair Loss
Headaches Herpes Simplex No 1 Hoarseness
Hypoglycemic Hysteria Bladder infection
Infection Infertility Insomnia
Irritability Joint Inflammation Joint Muscle Pain
Lack of Appetite Leg & Muscle Cramps Lethargy
Lowered Libido Migraines Mood swings
Motor Coordination Poor Dream Recall Runny Eyes
Runny Nose Self Inflicted Injuries Sinusitis
Sleep Disturbances Slow Digestion Sore Throat
Spontaneous Abortion Stiffness Sudden Anger
Traction Upper Respiratory Problems Water Retention
Weight Gain White Spots in fingernails Nympho Mania
Vaginal hyper secretion Night Sweats Yeast infection
Flatulence Migrane Ovarian pain
Weight gain Feelings of Isolation Stress

FINISH IT!! ~S6day33

Do you FINISH?  Would you consider yourself a finisher?  I would have to say that I AM~ most of the time… When I don’t finish something it’s because my heart is not in the project or I let my negative thoughts take over.  NOT FINISHING can become a bad habit…just like anything else.  I challenge you to challenge yourself and focus on FINISHING tasks and projects that you embark upon!  It will stretch you, make you grow, give you a sense of accomplishment,  and make you PROUD!!  You CAN do it!  Now is the time to FINISH!

I have Finishing on my mind because we are at the Finish of our 6 week Sizzlin’ in 6 contest….Just Just 10 Days left!!!….a little over a week left to get results that will show in my pictures and in my stats!  These next few days are also the FINISH of my Boosting Phase, YAY!! I plan to start buffing a bit early this month, my hormones are going to cooperate weather they want to or not!! I will finish the contest strong!!

Some of the things I am going to be staunch about during the finish of this contest are:

  • FASTED cardio!  i have not done much of this the past 2 years….just because I am in  a nice “comfort zone” with my body.  Well This buffing phase I don’t care about being comfortable…I want to see some fat loss!
  • Low-Low Carb diet…I am going to shoot for no more than 2 servings of Carbs a day.  The only way I am able to accomplish this is to go in with a NO CARB mindset.  I do that because carbs always “slip” in~ they are SNEAKY!
  • Smaller portion sizes- I typically have portions that are 25-30grams in size.  I’ll be shooting for 20g portions these next 2 weeks.
  • EXTRA Cardio- 20 mins EXTRA- 3 times a week and ONE LONG cardio day- 45-60 min session.

All of that combined with what i normally do WILL eliminate some fat off this body and I’ll be more ripped than I’ve been in quite a while!! I am ready to FINISH STRONG!!

Here are my workouts from the past 2 days:

Wed- Legs most exercises 3×10
Warm up elliptical
Leg Press
Squats
One leg at a time leg press
Smith Squats
Smith Lunges
Leg Extensions
Leg Curls

and some abs- not many…I was a bit tired this day~ cycle day 3 does that to me, plus I think I had some sinus issues.

Thurs-upper body- most exercises 3×10
warm up tanning- the gym got new a tanning bed!!
lat pulls- 1 set knee ups on roman chair between sets
pull ups
incline HS press- knee ups on bench between – 1 set
HS high lat pull- Standing knee ups- 2 sets
Bench
2 sets tricep bench dips- with plank finish

came home then ran hard intervals outside- 17mins total, but I PUSHED hard~ I am finally in good engouh shape to challenge my lungs…I am getting in shape man!!!  YAY!!

then I did 2 sets of perfect push ups, 2 sets of sit ups, some leg raises and stretching

Water is a little low…I think I’ll make myself some tea 🙂

Let’s FINISH strong!!!

-Michelle

Day 33: WORKOUTS as laid out on http://blog.buffmother.com/3931/s6day28/

Warm up- 6 minutes of cardio- any type… ease into it, prepare your body and mind for an effective workout.

Upper Body #2, ABS and Intervals
1- Lat Pull Downs– 3 sets of 10 (3×10)
…first set medium wt. warm up, second set heavier, heavier if needed ;
last set 10th rep should be close to failure

Between sets- ABS: Roman Chair Knee UPS- 2×20; Rest 1min

Soo…. For example:
Lat Pulls
Knee ups 20 reps
Rest 1min (up weights, stretch)
Lat Pulls
Knee ups 20 reps
Rest 1min (up weights, stretch)
Lat Pulls REST (clear weights)
Next exercise…

2- Seated Rows– 3×10
ABS: Ball Crunches- 2×15; Rest 1 min

3- Incline Flys- 3×10
ABS:
Standing High Knees- 2×20 each leg; REST 1 min

4-DB Shoulder Press– 3×10
ABS:
CATS(and DOGS)- 2x 3 reps of each position- holding both up (CAT) and down (DOG) for 5 seconds each

5-Lateral Raises– 3×10; one arm at a time

ABS: Vacuums- 2 x 5: 10 second vacuums (10-20 sec rest between reps)

Then…
INTERVALS

“BuffMotherobics!”- any mode you like (running, swimming, biking, elliptical, jumprope, rowing, etc…)
20 minutes of “Even Minute” INTERVALS
Min 1-3: Warm up
Min 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 hard/ “on” even minutes
Min 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 easier/recovery minutes
Min 16-20 cool down