Posted by Nicole

I’ve been putting off posting about this for a while because I wanted to gather my thoughts and word it all correctly.  If you don’t want to read my ramble about self-centered stuff, go ahead and skip this post.  Anyways, here goes!

Going into my freshman year of college, I felt great.  My job (as a grocery clerk) kept me in shape, as did hanging out with friends and enjoying the summer weather.  I was happy with my fitness and the my ability to wear whatever the heck I wanted.  Going into sophomore year, I also felt great.  The summer before Fall ’11, I started weight lifting through the New Rules of Lifting for Women book.  Also, I worked up my running mileage each week and eventually ran 20+ miles per week.  Though I carried a little more weight than I did the summer before, my clothes still fit, and I felt like I was in great shape.

Sophomore year, being at USC, was a whole new experience.  I was happy, which was great!  However, being at a new school that included a heck of a lot more partying gifted me with quite a few more pounds.  Partying multiple nights a week (sorryI’mnotsorry), pointless snacking, and dining hall buffets (with good food, aka I ate a lot) all took their toll.  Honestly, I don’t regret one minute of the choices I have made, I am just now realizing the negative consequences.  Not to say that I need to lose weight or have fallen off the “in shape” wagon, but I just don’t feel as great about myself.

  • I don’t feel as confident in the gym.
  • I don’t feel like my clothes fit me well.
  • I struggle to fit into pretty much EVERY pair of jeans I own.
  • [I don't want to buy new clothes...]
  • I want to get in shape for 2012, especially for the summer.
  • I want to regain confidence and feel great about myself again.

SO, here’s what I’m going to do!

  • Approach the situation with hope that I can and will get back to a comfortable size/fitness level/confidence level.
  • Make a plan and stick to it.
  • Realize that I didn’t gain the weight all at once, so I won’t lose it all at once.
  • Be realistic and not get psycho about losing weight/getting back in shape/etc.

Oh, and a note about the “losing weight” concept.  I should probably be phrasing it “losing fat,” but that just sounds kinda gross.  I want to gain muscle, trim down, and just be confident again.  Confidence is the recurring theme here, NOT being skinny.

To do all of this, I need to change a few things.  No more days of being stuffed to the brim with sweets and other junk (at least not for a while), no more crazy nights of drinking too much, no more eating when I’m not actually hungry.

To go along with this, I’m going to start the Jamie Eason LiveFit 12 Week Trainer.  You guys have heard Lauren talk about this quite a bit and there are reasons why!  I did a couple of the Stage 3 workouts with her last week and was so-close-to-quitting during them.  This is a good thing because it shows that the routines are a challenge; a challenge that I need to conquer to see results.  No matter how many calories I burn on cardio machines, I am not seeing any difference in my fitness level.  It’s time to try new things, yay.

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Day 2 on Left, Day 3 on Right

Although Lauren does the “weight lifting” portion of LiveFit, I’m also adopting the majority of the “diet” portion of the system.  This means lots of protein.  LOTS of protein.  The diet is based on eggs, lean protein, unlimited vegetables (yes please), and other healthy choices.  The plan requires 5-6 meals, which means eating every 2-3 hours.  LiveFit realizes that the body needs fuel.  Also, it’s not an annoying “no carbs!” or “no fat!” kind of diet.  It’s fairly balanced, but selective.

 The [Re]Shape Up

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Smoothies galore! Good thing they taste like ice cream

By the way, Jamie Eason’s recipe for Pumpkin Protein Bars is amazing. I have already eaten a lot and highly recommend them!

I know that I can enjoy my bowls of froyo and cupcakes, but now is not the time.  I have two more weeks at home before heading back to school.  I’ll be living in DG and I won’t have a meal plan (no more buffets thank goodness!).  That being said, I won’t be able to cook my own food.  For the next two weeks I am going to stick to the LiveFit diet and complete the first 2 weeks of the plan.

Although the plan will probably slow down when I go back to school, my goal is to finish every day in the 12 Week program before Spring 2012 finals.  Luckily, I am taking a weight lifting course during the Spring semester, one hour on Tuesday and one hour on Thursday!  Oh, and I also have to fit training for the Hollywood Half Marathon in somewhere… Let’s just say, I’ve got my work cut out for me.

I’m motivated and excited.  I’ve completed days 1-3 of the weight lifting and followed the diet *almost* perfectly for 3 days, and I feel fantastic.

Dear body: get ready.  You are going to get very strong, very lean, and even more beautiful. 

Q4U: How are you going to improve your fitness/physique in 2012?

 

3 Responses to The [Re]Shape Up

  1. I’m going to work on keeping a dedicated schedule for the gym especially for early mornings. I always want to sleep which usually results in me skipping the gym. I plan to just grin and bare it because I know I won’t regret it later.

  2. Kristine says:

    Hell yes! I was totally there after my first semester in college – between rushing, pledging, and all of the parties, and late night eating that go along with it and I did exactly what you did – it works, although it takes time! You’ll get there in no time – I see such a difference when I strength train a couple of times a week! (And you’ll probably kill your half-marathon because of it!)

  3. Ohhh college. It does that to you. In fact, my first semester at USC did that to me!! Second semester I just focused on eating right, taking yoga classes at the Lyon center, and walking EVERYWHERE. My bike was stolen and it was kind of a blessing in disguise. Walking back and forth to class from the row three times a day was great exercise!!!

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