Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Body Earned: Review and Results

I don't even know where to begin with this program, except for maybe the end? I finished week 12! Happy dance! I'm really proud of myself for sticking out the whole thing and trusting the process. I'm not as proud with my nutrition - it was definitely more difficult to stay on track over the summer, especially in the last month of the program. Regardless, I don't think I can be TOO upset about finishing the summer looking like I did at the start. 

I was hesitant to post these pictures, to be honest. Once I took them and compared, I was upset because I didn't see many changes. I have to consider a few things though. The pictures on the left were taken at 6am, the ones on the right were taken at 8pm. Hello flat stomach! The photos were also taken with a different flash setting and a bit closer. But I'm not trying to make excuses! I can see some extra muscle everywhere! And I have to remind myself that this was over the summer.  Bran told me at the beginning that progress isn't for summer, and I think he wins. Summer is better for maintenance, and ta daaa! I maintained pretty well. This also really emphasizes that nutrition is 75-80% of the struggle. Had my nutrition been better over the summer, I think the photos on the left would have been MUCH different. There's some extra motivation for the rest of the year :)


Regardless of my nutrition, I still LOVED the workouts. The program takes you through different aspects of training, from full body workouts to body part training. It was fun to have something new everyday instead of doing the same thing over and over (which I'm doing now). The program often shocked me with what looked like an "easier" workout, until I was lying on the floor by the end of it. I find that having structure also makes it easier to stick to. I did change things here and there based on my preferences at times, but I always finished what I was supposed to do. 

I have to hand it to James though, because the best thing about this program isn't the workouts. It's the people. It's the group that you're welcomed into when you start this journey that are there to encourage you along the way. This facebook group (which you're invited to join when you purchase the program), is filled with all sorts of people. Some look like fitness models, others are just starting and have 50+ pounds to lose, but we're all working at the same thing, and doing it together. Whether you're active in the group, or you just read other people's posts and questions, it's amazing how motivating it is. James is also super active in the group, which is rare for fitness professionals. It's amazing to be able to write a question and have him respond in a short amount of time!

I'm going to be doing my own thing for the next month and a bit, but I'll be jumping right back into W1D1 in no time. In the meantime, I think it's YOUR turn to start! 
You just need to head here and message James to get started! 

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