My 30 Day Challenge – Lizz
I took the 30 day challenge last month, so I just wanted to share my experience with anyone who is considering the challenge, who might be on the fence about doing it or not, or want some tips to get them through it if you’ve already committed!
So here’s the numbers:
Start: 131 lbs, 18.2% body fat
Day 30: 126 lbs, 11.4% body fat
I was 98% good when it came to sticking to the meal plan and workouts – of course there will be temptations and slip ups and days where you just don’t feel like it and days where you question if you really need to eat this or do that along the way – but stick to the plan step by step and you will not be disappointed in the results!
What’s the hardest part of the challenge?
The hardest part for me was not seeing the number on the scale go down the way I was expecting it to. You’re putting in the work and that’s where you expect to see the results, but my weight went down the first week, then back up and stayed up (at/around my starting weight)
But then every week we tested my body fat and those numbers were going down.
And every day someone new was coming up and telling me how great I looked, even though looking in the mirror I didn’t feel like I looked that different. So even though I didn’t notice how different my body looked, other people were, which can be really encouraging.
You’re going to be your own toughest critic, but the numbers are going to support your progress in some way or another – for me it was in body fat testing and for other people it was on the scale and for others its going down a size in pants!
That’s just the beauty of having your own journey – you can’t compare it to anyone else’s or expect the same results, you’re all making progress!
What helped the most?
BCAA’s were my number 1 saving grace! I normally never drank them before, but since I have a sweet tooth, I bought them in hopes of fighting off cravings. I drank them during workouts and then sometimes when I couldn’t force myself to drink water by itself (I’m such a brat).
I love the Stance Pink Lemonade (I got them from Nutrishop) because it’s not too sweet, and has that tang that I love.
Brett and Mallory swear by the Raspberry Lemonade Optimum Nutrition, and we’ve argued about which one is better (in reality they probably taste exactly the same.)
I also love the Salted Caramel BCAA’s by Slap Nutrition – I mix one scoop with 1 scoop of Oh yeah! Protein post workout because it tastes like heaven.
But whatever brand or flavor you like, I highly recommend getting some BCAA’s to get you through the 30 days. We sell the Optimum Nutrition at Gold’s Gym Southern Pines, and anyone participating in the challenge can get 10% off (or even more of a discount in the supplement stack) so that’s a perk!
I’m sure there is also some science and research that goes along with preventing muscle loss and all that, but I drank them for the taste and the scientific benefits were just a bonus.
How were your cravings?
I thought that neglecting my Little Debbie cakes was going to be the hardest part – I eat dessert every day of my life, sometimes with every meal, so I figured cutting that out would be the hardest part.
Surprisingly alcohol was what I craved, even though I rarely crave it like that on a regular basis. I wanted a beer or a glass of wine almost every day when I went home the first 2 weeks. But I didn’t give in until my cheat meal 2 weeks in, and the cravings subsided. Just ride them out.
Mallory wrote out my meal plan and when I should be eating my meals, and having the mindset that you have a set meal plan and you can’t have anything that’s not on that helps. It makes it cut and dry, and so much easier to say no to any temptations.
Do you need the supplement stack?
We designed the supplement stack to get you through the 30 Day Challenge with some basics at a discounted price when you buy the stack, rather than buying individually:
- Fat Burner
Everyone is different. I personally only used 2/4 things in the supplement stack during my 30 Day Challenge: protein and BCAA’s.
For protein, I use the Oh yeah! Protein we have a Gold’s for the pure sake of convenience. We have a prepaid smoothie card for the 30 Day Challenge so you don’t even have to bring your credit card to the gym with you (or miss your window of gains!)
I do not take preworkout anymore, as of about a month before I started the challenge. I had been trying to find one that I like, but most of them make me nauseous, or make my heart race just from warming up, which I hate, so I usually just go without. For me, I don’t need preworkout to have a good workout, so it works, but most people need a good preworkout, for the energy or the pump, and when you’re dieting you need a little extra push, so to normal people I would definitely recommend a good preworkout.
I didn’t take a fat burner because I wanted to see what my progress would be like without it. I’m happy with my results, but had I taken a fat burner, I would have probably had more drastic results. It just depends on the results you want. Plus most fat burners also give you extra energy, which is definitely a perk.
A good protein powder is a must though, and as I’ve said before the BCAA’s are strongly recommended by me.
You can find more information on the challenge at http://www.goldsgym.com/pinehurstnc/2016/12/12/new-year-30-day-challenge/
You can sign up for the 30 Day Challenge at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PK325HR
Good luck to everyone! If I can do it so can you – it’s going to be so much fun, I PROMISE!!!