Phase 3, Day 74: Booty (WELCOME TO THE END OF PHASE 3!)

Today is a bit anticlimactic. If you are like me my first time through 80 Day Obsession, you go into today thinking you’re at the end of Phase 3 and thus the end of the program.

But then you click open Beachbody on Demand, find the workout…and note that today is only Day 74.

What the F are you going to do for the next six days?

Peak Week. That’s what.

But before we get into planning for Peak Week, let’s talk about today’s workout: Booty. Two sets of 15 reps, where you take it all a series at a time.

As per usual, the workout flows real nicely until you get to the third series with its front-lunge-side-lunge mayhem. Then it takes another half hour and the sweat starts to pour and you begin to wonder why the hell you’re doing all this in the first place.

And that, my friends, is how I know I’m close to burnout. Not the good kind of muscle burnout that tells you you’re burning some major calories. No, I’m talking about mental burnout that then leads to you not working out for the rest of the year (been there, done that).

My first time through 80 Day Obsession, I was tired, sure. But I was also so excited with my results and how I was feeling. I was proud of how many sizes I dropped and the shape of my arms. I loved how confident the program left me feeling as I started each day after completing a tough workout. I couldn’t wait to share my success with others, because I knew if the program was working this well for me, it could do the same for you.

As I close out Phase 3 of this second round of 80 Day Obsession, I’m still proud of what I’ve accomplished. I love how I feel and how my legs look, and this is the most comfortable I have ever been in a bikini. But the workouts, at this point, do feel a bit like a slog. Case in point, today was the kinda day where this happened:

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Totally dropped my weight on the pen because I was too tired to set it down properly.

More than anything this time around, fatigue is my enemy. I know a lot of it has to do with long summer nights and not being as religious about my sleep schedule as I was in the winter months. It’s hard to be when it’s light out until 10 pm. Which means that I have not been as mentally sharp as I was at this point in the program my first time ’round.

I know what this means: I need a break. Not a break from working out, but a break from the strict regime that is 80 Day Obsession.

But I want to keep my results. Which means I might just bite the bullet and go for Beachbody’s new program, LIIFT4. From what I hear, the workouts are only 30-40 minutes long and you only work out four days a week – a welcome relief from the marathon sessions we’ve been putting in with 80 Day Obsession. Plus, the eating plan apparently comes with a built-in cheat day, which might help me tame my weekend weakness for sweets.

Or, I might do 21 Day Refresh, though I’m not entirely sure what it is. Yoga?

All I know is I need a change and I need something a bit easier than 80 Day Obsession.

I am musing about all this outloud, dear Reader, because I have learned that if I don’t have a plan in place when one workout program ends, it might be another six months before I jump back on the exercise band wagon. I’d like to think I’m more disciplined now, but why take that risk?

Plus, if I know what lies ahead of me, that will make it a bit easier to give Peak Week my all because I will know it is truly THE END of 80 Day Obsession…until next time.

Now. Peak Week.

I will be honest: Like Refeed Day, Peak Week didn’t really do anything for me. I am pretty sure I did it correctly. But instead of feeling super shredded, I felt overly full most of the time because of the added meal. I was also crabby and missed my fruit.

If I have one pro tip for you to conquer Peak Week, it would be to simply copy the meal plan Autumn provides. That takes out the guesswork and you won’t have to wonder if you’re doing it right. I wish I had done that because I otherwise spent the week wondering if I chose the right foods or was doing it right.

Also, for those of you who received your 80 Day Obsession Challenge Pack in the mail and then immediately misplaced your workout calendar, you do the deplete meal plan for two days in a row – Monday and Tuesday – and then do a normal day for Wednesday; then do a deplete day for Thursday and Friday, followed by a normal day on Saturday. I guess the idea is that when you take your final pic Saturday night/Sunday morning, you should be super leaned out.

Again, that didn’t work for me, but if you follow Autumn’s plan to a T, you’ll probably have more luck.

If you have any questions about the process or my own experience, feel free to hit me up. Or check out the usual Beachbody link.

Above all, I hope you are excited for the LAST week in 80 Day Obsession! YOU ARE SO CLOSE! ALMOST THERE! Whatever you do, do NOT give up now. Why would you give up 10 feet before the finish line? It is literally within reach. You already did 74 days. What’s another six?