So what did the challenge entail? Similar to the 30 Day Brittany Dawn Fitness program, the main components were:
- Weekly check-ins and macro adjustments with Miss Brittany Dawn herself
- 60 days of programming for the gym or a modified schedule for home workouts
There were also some additional bonuses – Lists of stretches, food recommendations, challenge rules, FAQs etc – That were aimed at participants new to the fitness or healthy eating party.
Read on to see, and read, what I thought of the program!
One of my favorite fitness quotes is “You can’t out-train a bad diet.” It’s so true. And I’ve always had a healthy – Pun intended – Appreciation of the importance of nutrition when it comes to meeting fitness goals. That being said, even though I’ve never been an avid calorie counter, I did spend years keeping calories in mind. They weren’t the most important thing to me, but I was aware of them.
The number one take away that I have from starting macro counting this Fall, is that you need to feed your muscles to see growth. Since my back injury I’ve been more interested in being strong and healthy than slim, but I still never quite got comfortable with a higher calorie diet. But I’ve seen more progress in my body and a more dramatic increase in strength since September than I have in all the years I’ve been focused on health and fitness.
While I’m not going to share my macros, as they were customized to meet my individual needs, I will say that I’m eating WAY more than I did six months ago. And way more calories. It’s not about how many calories, it’s about what kind of calories.
I love, love, LOVED the programming for this challenge. While a 60 day challenge during the end of the year has some inherent hurdles – Holidays, travel, social obligations, cocktail parties – I felt like I did a really good job of staying on top of the programming because I was so excited and looking forward to each workout.
My arms and abs got a lot more defined during the program, but more importantly, I gained a lot of strength.
I worked especially hard on the moves that I either dislike or that are more challenging for me due to my back injury, like deadlifts, and really saw progress throughout the 60 days.
Just like the 30 day Brittany Dawn Fitness program that I purchased, this was my favorite part of the challenge.
Each Monday I sent progress pictures, my measurements, weight, and a note about how I was feeling. It was really fun to look back and see how far I’d come. Such a motivating tool!
I’ve never shared selfies on this website and I’ve also never shared before-and-after type of photos before. But I really want to inspire my wonderful readers to try something new and challenge themselves in 2017, so I’m sharing my personal progress pictures here. I’m not claiming to have it all figured out or to be perfect, but I’m trying and I’m thrilled with my progress.
I think that if I can motivate just one person to take their health more seriously this year – I’ve succeeded!
What is YOUR fitness goal for 2017? What would you like to accomplish this year?