We are HALF WAY through Hammer and Chisel– it’s hard to believe it, but it’s been so much fun. I’ll post some update pictures later this week, but wanted to give a quick overview of week 5. This week was probably the biggest for me in terms of seeing my body changing and progress made, as well as one of the hardest weeks mentally since we were getting back into the work routine after Christmas break (funny how when you push through you see results, right?!)
The meal plan has become second nature– we don’t really measure our containers as much anymore because we know how to visualize the portions. Even on days where I may have slipped up a little, I always have the portions in the back of my head– knowing I may have had “more yellows” earlier in the day, so I can’t have any at night. That’s what has been the biggest game-changer for me in doing the 21 Day Fix programs and Hammer and Chisel…all that I’ve learned about nutrition– that you can over-eat on healthy foods was such an important factor for me to master. Having the knowledge about how many portions of which foods I need to eat a day really has changed my entire outlook on food and honestly my body. I know the portion containers can seem a little overwhelming at first, but after a couple weeks it gets easier– I promise!
Using the Beachbody performance line has been a big key into my personal success with this program. Engergize totally wakes me up in the morning and gets me pumped up for the workout, and the Recovery formula is my fave– it tastes like chocolate milk and I honestly think it’s been the key to not feeling SO SORE all the time– especially since this week I really pushed myself on the amount of weights I lifted!
I know that mentally, a 60 day program can sound intimidating, but because you switch up the workouts so often, you feel like you’re doing a new one every day. Sagi and Autumn are great trainers and know how to keep you motivated and engaged, and although I have loved all the Beachbody programs I’ve done, this one has given me definitely the biggest changes in my body. Doing it with Ben has been really fun too– he’s helped me with my power-lifting form as well, which is very helpful!
We’re going into week 6 with a great mindset and are ready to tackle the second half of this program. Our meal plan is pretty simple this week since we’re both busy at work. Again, because Ben eats so many more containers than I do (He’s on Plan F), so he eats a lot of the leftovers during the day or just has larger portions.
Below is our meal plan for the week- just click to enlarge. If you want a downloadable copy, you can get it here!
I’ll be kicking off my next Challenge group on January 18th. If you’d like more information on joining and are thinking about trying this program for youself, I’d love to have you! Fill out the form below: