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And I am rather proud of myself, actually. When I first started the plan, I peaked at the workouts in phase 3 and felt a little apprehensive, and was second-guessing myself a little–thinking that I might be tempted to quit at that point, or half-ass the workouts (since that’s what I would have done before). I’ll admit, the first day of phase 3 was a bit tough, and I was looking forward to it being over with. But I pushed through it, remembering that I didn’t get this far to quit now, and although I was sore for the rest of the week, I completed the workouts, and actually enjoyed them.
I like incorporating plyometrics into my workouts and having supersets and active rests. The workouts are definitely not boring! And the 30 minutes of sprints are really not as bad as I thought they’d be. I actually like them–it makes the 30 minutes seem to go by quicker, and I like to see how my heart rate shoots up; I feel like I am really working hard and challenging myself more than I would 30 minutes of steady cardio.
This week I start carb-cycling, a process that is new to me but apparently effective for some. For three weeks I will have three low-carb days and then a high-carb day. I have to plan my meals out a little more than I would have before, and pay attention to my macros. I had to sit down for a while Monday night to plan for the week. I use MyFitnessPal to track my daily intake (my username is JoJo0921 if anyone would like to add me). I made a list of all possible foods I could eat and listed the amount of carbs in each next to them, and made a chart with the days of the week and listed the foods under each, trying to get them to add up to the right numbers (75g of carbs on the low days and 188g of carbs on the high days). It was a bit tough yesterday since I seemed to be craving carbs all day! I’m actually looking forward to my high-carb day tomorrow. 🙂
And the workouts seem to get a little easier. The first workout of phase 3 that almost made me want to cry (of course, I want to cry any time I have to do walking barbell lunges–I hate lunges!) was easier for me to complete this week. And the sprints seem to be a bit easier to get through this week as well.
I haven’t seen any noticeable change in the scale, although my boyfriend did say I seem a bit thinner, and I definitely notice more muscles in my arms and can feel them when I run my hands up my arms. And my legs feel tighter. I’m curious to see how my body will react to the carb-cycling.