Check out the Stage 1 recap here.
Stage 2 is much shorter than Stage 1. 8 workouts vs. 18 workouts.
Due to the shorter length of the stage, the gains were not as drastic between my starting and my ending levels.
The Stage 2 workouts took longer, although not by much and you start to do interval training in your “B” workouts. Also, lifting gloves = Godsend. With the cold weather coming in my skin has been drying up and holding the barbell/dumbbells has been irritating my hands, but I found a good pair of female lifting gloves at Dick’s Sporting Goods that I quite like and make me look pretty B.A.
As far as my body goes, I haven’t been noticing as many difference as my Stage 1 results. I think that my biceps and deltoids are larger and my triceps might be getting more definition. Also, my thighs are a bit more muscular I think, but since I never took measurements I guess I’ll never know.
Sorry for the different lighting and scenery. Oh the joys of having a roommate who takes 3.5 hours to get ready in the morning when we only have ONE bathroom.
Maybe you guys will be able to see bigger differences, but I don’t know how much I see them since I’m used to sensing my body 24/7, whereas you guys see it only every few weeks or so.
I also started to look more at my diet. From what I’ve gathered I need to eat more fat. I consistently come out under the recommended value each day. Yes, there is a guideline for the minimum amount of fat that a person should eat just for normal cellular function and I am almost always too low.
So, for the next stage I am going to focus on a couple of things:
- Shoot for a 40-30-30 ratio (Carbohydrates-Protein-Fat) calorie breakdown with at least 35g of fat each day and 130g of protein on days that I lift
- Eat the majority (65-75%) of my carbohydrates in the first half of the day (before 2pm)
- Reduce nighttime snacking (I tend to snack a lot in the evenings. Snacking isn’t bad necessarily, but it could mean that I’m not eating enough during the day)
What did you work today?
Do you shoot for a certain macronutrient (carb, protein fat) ratio?