4 Days In

4 Days In

It’s time for our second Project 90 post! Going into day four, Maggie learns about the basics of Burn nutrition and why results START in the kitchen and END in the gym! Let’s get her journal update…

May 4

“Fitness isn’t owned, it’s rented. And you have to pay rent every day.”

One of the components of Burn Boot Camp is to have regular “Focus Meetings” with the person you consider to be your primary trainer. Today I had my initial meeting. For anyone that has exercised or dieted, we’ve all been told to not focus on the number on the scale, but rather to focus on how we feel. I know that, but I can’t say I have ever been able to throw away the scale and disregard that number. Maybe I’ll get there someday. Today was not that day. I weighed myself at home right before heading off to my very first camp, and then today that darn scale said I had gained about three pounds in four days! I told her I wanted to use a different scale because that one had to be broken!

I learned a valuable lesson about nutrition today, and one that I guess I should be happy about – I am not eating enough. Crazy concept to hear when all you want to do is lose weight, but with the intensity of the daily camp, I really have to ramp up the nutrients I am putting in my body. I have been using an app to record a food diary and that has been very helpful. After my focus meeting today I switched to a different app where I can quickly and easily see not only the amount of calories I’ve consumed, but also the specifics on nutrition (i.e. protein, sugar, fiber). I think this app will be a helpful guide to ensure I am eating enough. I also got the ‘After Burn’ protein powder today to help with my daily protein intake.

I know there are some people that don’t believe in counting calories and I followed that method for a while (with great success) but, for me and where I am now, I am looking forward to the challenge of mixing and matching the proper foods to get the proper nutrient numbers. Personally, I think whichever method works for each individual is the one you should stick to – as long as you are sticking to it!

“If you bite it, write it!”

Breakfast: Bran flakes with chia seeds and milk; cold brew coffee with milk

Snack: Protein shake; cottage cheese with diced pears

Lunch: Chicken breast on flatbread with hummus, spicy mustard and spinach

Snack: Babybel cheese and Wheat Thins

Dinner: Turkey burger on bun with cranberry/apple relish and spinach; sweet potato fries; steamed broccoli

Snack: Skinny Pop popcorn

 

May 5

“The difference in winning and losing is most often…not quitting.” -Walt Disney

One of the perks of training with Burn Boot Camp is you can visit any one of the over 60 open locations nationwide and be assured you are getting the same high quality experience as at your home gym. Today I ventured over to the Denver, NC location.

There’s comfort in knowing the trainer is following the same daily protocol as other locations and you don’t have to learn new lingo to hang in there.

This is the end of my first week working out Burn Boot Camp style and it has been challenging, tough and rewarding! I look forward to feeling stronger and more confident at each session.

 

May 6th – 7th

“Never let a stumble be the end of your journey.”

I’m continuing to struggle with getting enough to eat each day to follow my recommended calorie intake. I understand the physiology behind it, but it is tough to wrap my head around needing to eat when I feel like I’ve consumed enough. It has been interesting to also track my protein and sugar intake.

Have you ever really looked at how much sugar is in just about every single food you eat?? Cottage cheese? Yep. Hummus? Yep. Rice cake? Yep. I’m not looking to remove all sugar from my diet, but it has been helpful to at least be more cognizant of it so I can make better choices.

Over the weekend I did not do any camps but I did use my treadmill at home and took the dogs for walks. It felt good to still be moving and to let my muscles and joints take a tiny break, but I am back at it bright and early tomorrow morning!

 

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