As some of you may recall, July I set out on a whole new fitness venture with the aim of competing in my first ever bikini fitness competition in 2018. Well, it has now been exactly four weeks since I started down this road and here is where I’m at…
In July I started out at 54kg. I’d already been cutting/shredding/dieting (whichever terminology you prefer!) since April, and while I’d seen progress I had started to really level out. This isn’t surprising when you’re taking weight loss slow and steady in an effort to keep a healthy mindset. At the end of my first four weeks though I’m now down to 52.5kg. Result!
This is probably the area of my programme that I’ve struggled with the most. Having never thought of myself as a low carber before now, I find it near impossible to hit my goal numbers on my high carb days. I completely understand the logic of having high carbs on days I train – it makes complete sense to fuel my body, and yet the logistics of 220g carbs and no more than 38g fat are tripping me up time and time again. Goal for this month is to really focus in on my macros and get those neatly nailed down. Time to start meal prepping…
Apart from one low energy week where I was just generally feeling run down I have loved my new programme. Split into four days focusing on posterior chain (god I love hip thrusts), upper push, lower push and upper pull, I really feel that the programme is one of the most effective and challenging I’ve been on. Weights for most of my lifts have gone up significantly, and even those that I hate or find really difficult (looking at you push press) have at least improved a little in form if not weight. I still need to get better in adding two 30minute HIIT sessions into my schedule, so again that’s something for me to focus on over the next training block. Overall though, it’s been great to feel like I’ve got some traction in my training again rather than just spinning my wheels in the gym.
And of course, probably most important of all, progress photos! Looking at my photos I can see significant improvement in where I started and where I am after just four weeks. Clearly a more structured, targeted programme catering to my specific goals was exactly what I needed. I’ve still got a long way to go, but I’m super pleased with how I’ve done so far and can’t wait to see what the next four weeks brings.
What do you guys think? How have your goals been going this month?
Featured image credit: Kim Nicole Photography