BFL Journal C2W9D2

Thoughts: I’ve been thinking a lot about the trends in fitness and nutrition lately. It’s hard not to when one has subscriptions to Shape, Oxygen, Self, Health, and Hers, and is essentially living the “Body-for-Lifestyle.” 😛 Add in my most recent non-periodical reading materials–Tom Venuto’s Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle, and Dave Greenwalt’s Leanness Lifestyle, and you could pretty much say that I’ve been absorbing more than my fair share of health lore.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that a lot of the same issues and topics keep coming up. Everyone seems to agree that the best way to lose fat and get a fit, toned look is to combine a healthy, portion-controlled diet with a regular exercise program that includes both strength training and cardio, but that would make for a very boring monthly magazine. So instead, we get pages and pages of “Fat-Burning Power Yoga” routines and “Six Pilates Core Moves That Will Shape Your Abs”.

I still have a derogatory Army grunt mentality about stuff like yoga and pilates. I do enjoy tai chi, probably because of the martial arts aspect (“This move can be used to block an opponent’s attack”) vs. the “I’m a *girl* and just want to develop feminine, LONG and LEAN muscles like a dancer!” line that I always hear from pilates enthusiasts. The women I’ve met who swear by pilates and yoga fall into two categories–those who were fit and active before they even started taking classes (and swear that pilates has tightened up their abs and booties, possibly with some truth since they are lean enough for minute, subtle changes to show) and those who are not so fit and lean, but believe that they will get there by going to the same classes as the first group.

Reality check time.

You get a dancer’s body by being a dancer and practicing for hours and hours each day. No amount of stretching and pumping your arms up and down really, really fast while huffing like a woman giving birth with lamaze is going to transform a 250 lb woman into a waifish ballerina if she doesn’t rein in her diet, pick up some dumbbells, and work the cardio hard in addition to the yoga and pilates sessions. Also, have you ever really looked at a dancer’s legs? They are pure muscle. You don’t get those kinds of legs from activities that primarily have you sitting on your ass on a sticky mat while a relaxing soundtrack complete with warbling birds and a waterfall plays in the background. In my personal opinion there’s a place for those sorts of activities, and it’s at the very bottom of the fitness priority list after diet, resistance training, and strenuous, sweat-inducing cardio. Rolling around like a ball might be vastly entertaining, but it can’t hold a candle to doing a full-tilt sprint on a treadmill for a full minute if you are trying to lose fat.

Besides, do you actually want to look like the women in the pilates DVDs and tapes? I have a few of the Stott Pilates videos, and the instructors are all saggy-lean (the look I associate with skinny-fat vegetarians) and not at all defined. When the instructor with the short blond hair admonishes me to take it easy the day after such a “strenuous” core muscle workout, I want to laugh in her face. Strenuous is a full hour of push-ups, flutter kicks, and sit-ups without a break followed by a 2-mile run. It is NOT 45 minutes of rolling backwards and clapping your F$#@!$# FEET TOGETHER like a seal and other similarly asinine exercises while a lady with the voice of a librarian on Prozac tells you keep your spine neutral and engage your powerhouse.



If I ever decide I want to look like Olive Oyl, I might just turn vegan and do only pilates. For now, though, I’d rather look like Elektra or Psylocke of the X-Men, so bring on the protein, the free weights and the treadmill. Screw the long and lean. I’m getting strong and jacked!

Nutrition (1200-1400 calorie low day with carb tapering)
1: Strawberry chocolate cottage cheese
2: Pepper-crusted steak with raspberry cabernet glaze, garlic spaghetti squash, and WW toast
3: Strawberry raisin bar
4: Chocolate shake
5: Asian beef stir fry with spaghetti squash
6: 3×1 veggie omelette with sauteed spinach

Multivitamin with iron
Calcium 500 + D
1 T. flax seed oil

Calories eaten and deficit for yesterday = 1578 / -310 (target -337)
Water: 15 cups
Ratios: 38% carb / 35% protein / 15% fat

8:30 am HIIT cardio–treadmill run
Warm up- 4 mph / 0% incline / 2 minutes
HIIT – 4.5, 6, 7, and 8 mph / 0% incline / 4 sets
Max – 9 mph / 0% incline / 1 minute
Cooldown – 4.0 mph / 0% incline / 3 minutes

8 pm Yoga sun salutations
8:20 pm steady-state cardio – bike for 20 minutes

The Awful Truth:
1. Subbed 2 servings of bubble tea for two of my carbs yesterday.
2. Skipped yoga and extra cardio.

Brownie Points:
1. 100% workout attendance!
2. Am almost done with this week’s laundry duty. 🙂
3. Back down to 130.6 lbs this morning and a 19% body fat reading from the Tanita while dehydrated.
4. Organized my disaster area of a closet.

Short-term Goals:
1. Do the dishes during lunch.
2. Vacuum the apartment.
3. Break down boxes in the living room.
4. Go grocery shopping tonight.

7 thoughts on “BFL Journal C2W9D2

  1. ooh, Stong and Jacked, I am right there with you!! Funny you said that about pilates. In my first BFL challenge I decided to add pilates with it. It took me all of one week to figure out it was bogus and the results I was getting were from the weights and cardio, not pilates!
    Also, what is Bubble Tea?

    ~Stacey 🙂

  2. Pilates just feels stupid. Yoga is kind of relaxing, though. 🙂

    Bubble tea is sort of the evil Frappuccino with the works of the Asian crowd. It’s also called milk or boba tea. Basically, it’s tea with sweetened condensed milk shaken in a covered cup with plenty of ice and about half a cup of tapioca “pearls” about 1/2″ in diameter each. It’s FABULOUS, but pretty much 100% carbs.

  3. i guess you feel pretty strongly about pilates and yoga 😯 i do too!! put it a little testosterone in those workouts, WOOSIES! HAHA

    nice post, girlie!


  4. I don’t like pilates much either. I like yoga…Rodney Yee dvds are my favorite. Question for you on BFFM ❓ …do you think it can be tweaked for maintenance, with some muscle building? His faq says yes, but he’s trying to sell the thing!:eek:

  5. Thanks Jessica. I was a bit harsh on the pilates/yoga, but I’m just tired of seeing women who want to lose weight rely only on 3 pilates classes a week as their only exercise. I have a bit more respect for yoga because most yoga classes and videos don’t tout it as a weight loss solution. It seems to be more of a spiritual thing. Pilates and its claims to sculpt you a long, lean body really do play to the desire of most women to become slimmer without risk of “bulking up”. It is deceptive.

    Mandi, I *think* BFFM could be modified for maintenance. After finishing up my current BFL cycle on November 21, I’m probably going to do another 12 weeks using either BFFM or Leanness Lifestyle at a maintenance level and see if I can experience some more muscle gains. Nutritionwise, BFFM seems to encourage a higher average calorie count than BFL for women who are working out at least 5 days a week. Most female BFL’ers seem to eat between 1300-1650 calories a day plus free day, but BFFM says that I should be aiming for 1750-1860 to lose weight at a regular rate and 1530-1641 to lose at an accelerated rate.

    Maintenance for me will probably be targeting my TDEE of 2188 calories as my average, and zigzagging between 4 days at 1700 calories and 3 days at a whopping (whew) 2600-2700 calories. Wow…that seems like a lot of food. 🙂 I might have to work up to that.

  6. Maggie—can i just tell you that the following (underneath my email) …it was extremely well worded and even though my results are nowhere near yours as of the present…i hear those comments from the dreaded sedentary folk (my friends) all the time…ALL THE TIME…well this morning i recieved all kinds of pictures from my high school reunion via email (since i couldnt attend) and umm…..WOW, i am in the best shape of my life (and am JUST GETTING STARTED) all those skinny phony girls who were my “friends” in high school….with or without kids they have all gotten fat and lazy….i am soooo proud to say that i am not!! seeing those pics just pushes me harder…as just as soon as I thought i was “fat” i realize I once was, but am NO MORE—just on my way to gettin hella lean and mean! (i was 198 at my highest in highschool currently at a solid 158—i am 5’9…anyway–you are such an inspiration
    (oh and i am in the navy too by the way) nine years….since you and the whole army thing….yeah just thought i would share (i’m in san diego by the way) where are you?
    happy veterans day

    Thoughts: Why is it that some people just can’t handle it when someone they know makes a lasting, permanent switch to a healthy lifestyle? You know–”friends” who tell you that you are “wasting away” and just need to have “one little cookie” when you don’t want one at all.

    You’ll also hear them say things like:

    “You are fine! You don’t need to lose any weight!”
    “Are you STILL on that crazy diet?”
    “Going to the gym AGAIN? Why don’t you take a break?”
    “Uh oh…are you sure you can eat that? It doesn’t contain any protein powder you know!”
    “You should just relax and enjoy life!”
    “I’d go crazy if I had to track everything that went into my mouth!”
    “Mmmm…this burger/dessert/candy/etc. is sooo good. Too bad you can’t have any!”
    “Watch out, if you keep lifting weights you’ll wind up looking like a guy.”
    Articles I’ve read on “diet sabotage” state a few reasons for this type of response, but these are the three I think are the most prevalent.

    They fear you will change inside as well as outside and leave them behind.
    They resent the amount of attention and time you are focusing on your meals and workouts and want you to return your focus to them.
    Your success makes them feel bad about their own physical condition–like an indirect criticism of their eating habits and lack of exercise–and they want to bring you down to their level again.
    Stupid, right?

    You’d think that people in general would be happy for you as you make the switch from flabtastic to fit, but the typical human psyche is just not constructed that way. It’s easier to make snide remarks to try to bring you down than it is to get to a gym, change their own diet, or :: gasp :: maybe ask you what you are doing to get that spiffy definition in your arms and legs.

    Well, screw those effortlessly thin or “happily” (yeah, right) fluffy lamers and their small, petty attitudes, I say. The decision to transform yourself starts from within and must be continually fueled by that internal drive to be the best that you can be given your genetic make up and efforts. What everybody else might think of your new lifestyle is totally insignificant because they aren’t the ones that have to live in your body day in and day out, from the dreaded swimsuit season through the slinky holiday party dress rounds.

    Smile, shrug, chug down your protein shake and plan out your next workout. You are part of an elite minority.

  7. I have tried pilates for the past two weeks and I think it’s ridiculous. I’ve spent the classes lying on the mat, listening to the complicated directions for moves that have no purpose as far as I could tell, and wondering -are these other people really buying this stuff? And I’ve have to bite the inside of my cheek to keep from bursting out in laughter at the idiocy of it all. Maybe I’m just not “centered” enough after doing aerobics and step and weight training pretty regularly for fifteen years, but I won’t be back in the pilates class any time soon. Glad I’m not alone in thinking it’s dumb!

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