Thank Yous, Reverse Diet Milestone, Training Break & Cookbook

Here is the first “official” blog post since Solana Fitness went live!

Thank YOU!

I want to give a BIG thank you to everyone for your support of Solana Fitness!  I truly appreciate everyone’s sweet comments, posts of encouragement and overall support!  You guys are awesome!  I’m also overwhelmed with the positive response and am happy to share that I’ve been contacted by multiple people already!  I’m so excited and look forward to helping others get started on their healthier lifestyles!

My promotional offer for the 15% discount on the first five people who signed up has expired due to the responses I’ve received.  Thank you again!!!

Reverse Diet Milestone

If you’ve read any of my prior posts, you’ll know I’ve been on a conservative reverse diet for the past three months.  My goal has been to increase my calories as much as possible to stave off any metabolic damage from prolonged fat loss.  I decided to take my time with the reverse diet to limit fat gain as much as possible.  As part of the diet, I decided to set some mini-milestones to help acknowledge how things are going and to set some goals for structure, etc.

When beginning the reverse, I set the following goals:

  • Reach 200g of carbs
  • Remain less than 125 lbs
  • Reach 2,000 calories
  • Body Fat of 14-15%

Starting this week, I was able to hit the first milestone as I reached 200g of carbs!  This may not seem like a big deal, but when I started the reverse, I was consuming 100g of carbs a day.  Adding another 100g is the equivalent of adding 400 calories back!  I’ve also been able to maintain my weight thus far!  In fact, I’ve lost weight since beginning the reverse since I started at 124, and now average around 119.  Body fat percentage can be harder to track, but I believe I’m holding steady around 16%.  I’d like to drop a bit lower, but that may not happen before I start bulking later this year.

I still have the goal to reach 2,000 calories, but have also added a new goal of hitting around 65g of fat.  I’m currently at 55g right now, so another 10 grams will add another 90 calories.  By that time, my carbs should be well into the 200s!  I’ll keep you all updated of my progress!

Training Break

So, after 15 months of training, I’ve not taken many breaks from working out.  During my rounds of the 21 Day Fix/Extreme, there were no actual rest days.  One day a week was scheduled for yoga (which I LOVED), but it still wasn’t a true rest day.  PiYo, Hammer & Chisel and Body Beast all have a rest day included, however, I’ve never really taken more than a day or two off since I started working out.

It’s recommended to take some time off from training in between programs or roughly every 8-12 weeks.  You should still track what you eat and limit the treats where possible, however, a cheat meal or two will help keep that metabolism chugging along.  Also, giving your body a full week to rest will help avoid burn out, allow your muscles to truly rebuild, and give you back some time to enjoy other activities!  Often times, people come back stronger and more refreshed following a training break, however, some may experience a bit of atrophy if the break lasts more than a week.

Anyway, I wrap up the first round of Body Beast this coming Sunday and am planning to take August 22nd-28th off from training.  I’m still trying to decide what I’ll try next, but am looking at either another round of Hammer & Chisel, or a hybrid of Hammer & Chisel with Body Beast.

Cookbook

Because I don’t have enough project lined up at the moment <insert sarcastic smile here> I’m currently working on a cookbook I hope to release in the coming months.  I love creating new recipes by taking my favorite foods and making them a bit healthier.  Many people have requested I create a cookbook to easily reference the numerous recipes I’ve created, so I’m doing my best to actually create that book!  I already have a title lined up, and am currently working on the layout along with obtaining nutrition information and photos for each recipe.  My goal is to reference macros and Beachbody container equivalents for each recipe in the book.

Got a recipe you’d like to see me include?  Please leave a comment and let me know!

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