My Hammer and Chisel final results and review.
I can hardly believe that I have completed one round of Hammer and Chisel already! The last 60 days went by so fast. I really looked forward to every workout! As for my nutrition, I suppose it could have been a little better. To be honest, I don’t eat clean 100% of the time, I do eat foods like Quest Bars, Boom Chicka Pop popcorn, and Veggie Straws…foods which aren’t on the approved food lists. However, I’m just not one who can eat super clean foods 100% of the time, so this is my balance. Could I have achieved better results had I followed the plan to a T, probably. Would I have been cranky? Probably 😉
Despite not being perfect with the plan, I do see more muscle definition, which is exactly what I was aiming for. I am getting stronger and I feel better! I can now do an unassisted chin-up!!!
I don’t notice a lot of change, but I do see more muscle in my arms and my tummy did get a little more defined (just ignore the stretch marks!!)
My goal was not to lose weight. In fact, I actually gained weight!! Yes, that’s right, I GAINED weight!! So while I slimmed down in my chest, hips, and waist I also gained some inches in my arms and legs. This is why the scale is completely useless. If I had just looked at that number on the scale, I would have thought I failed this program. But in fact, it did exactly what I wanted it to: it gave me some more muscle while trimming down the areas that need it.
So this week marks the beginning of round 2 with Hammer and Chisel! Here are some things I learned from the first round:
- Track your weights so you know what you used the last time. You won’t remember the next time you go back to the workout, so make sure to write it down and track your progress.
- Track your food. It’s so easy to just eat throughout the day, thinking that you’re eating healthy, but in reality, your meals may be totally off balance and will therefore affect your results. So if you really want to see change, then write down what you’re eating and follow the plan.
- Constantly challenge yourself to push harder. Don’t be afraid to increase your weights as soon as it becomes easier.
- Trust the process! I learned that you have to have faith in the process. After a month of doing the program, I wasn’t seeing any results, and I was ready to throw in the towel. But I just kept going, believing that this was going to work. And sure enough, after I started month 2, that’s when the changes started happening! It seems that most women in the test group experienced the same thing! Don’t stop after 3 weeks…your body is like a little science experiment and it reacts differently to things. Some people can’t eat gluten or dairy while others can’t eat carbs after dinner. We all respond differently, so it’s important to track your food, note the trends, and ask your coach for help if you need it. It can be as simple as these little tweaks to your eating to help you see results again. Just know that Hammer and Chisel went through a lot of testing before it got to you. They know what they are doing, so TRUST and have FAITH that it works!
I’m really looking forward to round 2!! I can’t wait to see if I can increase my weights even more this round and really push myself to lift heavy. My workouts sheets have writing all over them 😉 Don’t forget to print off yours at teambeachbody.com under “Workout Sheets” on the left hand side.
My meal plan is ready for the week! I use mostly recipes from my blog because they are healthy and my whole family enjoys them!
So as I get ready to launch week 2, I’m extending an invite to you!
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My next group starts on March 14th! My goal is teach you how to make fitness and nutrition part of your lifestyle, not just a crash diet. I want to help you fuel your body for energy vs. comfort, learn what to look for in the grocery store, curb sugar cravings, but above all, enjoy life and know that you can have balance and still see results!!
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