As I find myself approaching the “half century” mark next month I am also finding changes happening to my body that I’m not necessarily excited about. Where I could once just cut back for a bit and drop a few pounds they now really seem to like hanging around. I guess I’m just such a great hostess they don’t want to leave. LOL
I’m now considered officially in menopause. I’m on the young end of the spectrum for this, but I’ve gone over a year without a period. I don’t mind that part, but I can tell it’s definitely affected my metabolism and slowed it down. I’ve always been small through my midsection but could see that beginning to change and was not a fan.
I’ve been a faithful exerciser for 20 years. After having Katie I started walking a couple times a week on a treadmill and then progressed to outside pushing a stroller that probably weighed well over 100 pounds with both kids in it. Gradually I added different exercise videos/dvd workouts and changed over to a combo of cardio and weights. So for the last 10-15 years I’ll cycle back and forth between walking and doing interval type things.
I’m just going to be honest and say I’m too cheap to join a gym and thankfully I’m very self motivated to workout at home. I figure by the time I would drive to a gym and back I can stay home and get it done.
With the aging process and changes in my body I had a few pounds that had crept on and wouldn’t budge no matter what I tried. I heard about the Faster Way To Fat Loss through Cyndi Spivey’s blog and decided maybe I’d give it a try to see if it would give me a reset and kick things back into gear.
At the beginning of the summer when Katie came home she agreed to do it along side of me. I’ll tell you if you can get a buddy to do a program like this with you it it’s a whole lot more fun. We held each other accountable and would push each other when one of us just wasn’t feeling it.
The Faster Way To Fat Loss is a total program based on clean eating, carb cycling and exercises. Clean eating is “all the rage” these days. It seems I’m constantly hearing about someone who’s doing Whole 30 or some other program designed to transform your eating habits.
The whole clean eating phenomenon was scary and intimidating for me. We eat pretty well, but when you commit to eating only foods with no extra ingredients or preservatives it takes a little effort. What I did find/have found is that you can eat a lot more than you think you can on a program like this. When you are eating “whole foods” that are better for your body it takes more to fulfill the calories you need. Eating clean wasn’t as hard as I feared.
The FWTFL program guides you through 6 weeks (7 if you count the prep week) of eating and exercises. The exercises are my favorite part. That probably sounds weird, but I love having a trainer give me exercises that I can see doing something for my body. While on the program I lost over 6 inches and really gained muscle and strength. I LOVE that!
If you are looking for a way to reset your body and try something different from what you’ve been doing than this might be the program for you. There is another round of the Faster Way starting on September 10. You will be put in a private Facebook group with other women doing the same thing to cheer each other on, ask questions, swap ideas and help hold each other accountable.
I’m more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
Happy Wednesday friends!