Phase 1, Day 19: Legs (aka RELAX YOUR FACE)

Full disclosure: I’m exhausted.

Not only did I push myself to lift heavy in Leg day, but then I also decided it would be a good idea to go play soccer directly after.

So I’m typing this after having scarfed down dinner, soaked in an epsom salt bath, and showered. There is very little time left in the day to get this blog post done. And even though it is doubtful that no one other than my scant number of followers will read this, I have committed to blogging this journey through 80 Day Obsession, each and every day. So here goes nothing.

Leg Day. This one gets you good. To recap: This week there’s three rounds with three exercises in each round. You do three sets of 10 reps for one round, before moving on to the next round. Exercises are as follows:

ROUND 1: Reverse lunges, squats, curtsy lunges.

ROUND 2: Sumo squats, front diagonal lunges, twisting back angle lunge.

ROUND 3: Single-Leg Good Morning, hip hinge, Buddha squats.

Here’s a photo of me doing the twisting back angle lunge:

Twisting back angle lunge
Damn, girl. RELAX THE FACE

It’s not the best form, for a very simply reason: I’m all tensed up in my neck and face. I didn’t even realize I was doing this, despite Autumn’s one phrase that stuck with me throughout the workout: RELAX YOUR FACE. Clearly, I need to take her advice, otherwise I’m going to carry the tension in my neck and back and risk throwing my back out. It also looks like I need to take a shorter step the the back. Lots to work on; again, glad I took a photo to check in on my form.

As I have stressed all week, really push yourself with this workout, but be mindful of your body. Pay attention. If something feels too easy, use a heavier weight, but don’t sacrifice your form to do it. If you get done with the first round and you aren’t sweating, you need to lift heavier weights. Your heart rate should be up, and if it isn’t, it’s because what you’re lifting is too light. Don’t be afraid to lift heavy UNLESS your body is flashing danger signs, or unless your doctor or another trained professional tells you not to. You will NOT bulk up. You will NOT turn mannish. I promise you that. Please, trust the program, and push yourself with the weights.

I should add a brief caveat about the bulking up: If you aren’t following the timed nutrition, and instead are going off the reservation and eating whatever you want, whenever you want, then even lifting the heaviest weights in the world can’t save you. You can’t out-train a bad diet. Which means that while you won’t bulk up, you also won’t see the results you otherwise could. You won’t tone up and slim down.

Crucially, don’t think that to tone up and slim down you need to eat LESS food. I have said it before and I will say it again: FOOD IS FUEL. You need to eat properly to fuel your body to get through these workouts. Please, also, learn from my experience.

At this point in the program on Day 19 my first time around, I was miserable. I was tired in the evenings, crabby, and just generally unpleasant to be around. Ask my boyfriend. It was no walk in the park living with me, and I figured it was a combination of long hours at the office, not enough sleep, and stress.

It was my boyfriend who eventually suggested that perhaps I was not eating enough. I shook him off, as my weight calculations had me eating out of Meal Plan B. I was committed to following the rules, and that included sticking with Meal Plan B, even if it turned me into a grumpy zombie.

I wish I had listened to my boyfriend and bumped up to Meal Plan C at this point in the program. Instead, I gutted it out through Phase 1 and most of Phase 2. I spent all of that time feeling hungry, crabby, tired, and constantly wondering if I should be feeling that way, since Autumn was always reminding us we should NOT be feeling deprived.

In truth, the only reason I bumped up to Meal Plan C was because Autumn, tiny, spritely Autumn, eats out of Meal Plan C –something I learned in one of the later weeks. And so I figured if she could do that with her 108-pound frame and still keep trim, then certainly it would work for my big-boned self.

The day I switched up meal plans, the day life changed for the better, and I have never looked back. My body needed more food, despite what the calculations told me. Maybe it was my metabolism or everything else life decided to throw at me, but Meal Plan B just wasn’t meeting my needs, and as a result, I wasn’t getting the most out of 80 Day Obsession.

While a period of adjustment is normal in the first week as your body gets used to eating clean food and eating often, if you’re not feeling good by Day 19, something needs to change.

Either you’re not eating enough, or maybe you have an undiagnosed food allergy or food sensitivity. If you are still foggy headed and have no energy and are a bear to be around, I strongly suggest you move up meal plans. If you are having…inconsistent movements, I strongly suggest you start keeping track of what’s going on and eventually talk to your doctor or naturopath or a trained health professional.

In the spirit of openness, I will tell you that as a result of tuning into my body throughout the first round of 80 Day Obsession, and continuing to do the same in the first three weeks of round 2, I saw a naturopath today for the first time in my life. Why? Because I appear to have stomach issues that persist, even though I eat clean and exercise and otherwise take care of myself. I was able to dial this in because 80 Day Obsession strips out the crap and really does offer a way to live your best self. But even with those tools, I couldn’t help but feel I was having an issue; something was stopping me from being my best self. Thus the naturopath. We’ll see what she says.

SO, please please PLEASE use this opportunity to tune into your body. How are you feeling? Are you sore? Are you constantly hungry? Do you have no energy in the evenings? Depending on your answers, consider increasing your caloric intake. Learn from my mistakes and be pro-active about your health in this journey.

Above all, savor the fact that you are just completed a kick-ass leg day, and you are about to finish Week 3! I hope at this point you have found your groove. If you haven’t, message me and let me know why. Or, if you have any other questions, let me know.

Otherwise, usual link included here for Beachbody.

Cheers to the weekend!

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