Month 1 progress

Hey all!

It’s been 1 month since I started a new weightlifting program on bodybuilding.com and I decided to show you my progress. It is called shortcut to shred of anyone is interested! I’m not following the diet plan as I don’t do well on low carb but I am still ensuring I am getting adequate protein to keep myself anabolic.

These pictures are very personal and difficult to post so please be kind, this is a supportive blog!

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The first column is the before and second column after. I’m very proud of my upper back progress. It is my weakest muscle group due to the accident I was in a few years ago so it’s nice to see some progress both visibly and on the machines! Also I am loving the separation between glute and hamstring that is coming along, excited to see where that will be in another month! 🙂 recently the biggest thing I have noticed was my biceps and shoulders. As I’m in the gym I can actually see my bicep muscle working, moving up and down with each curl. It’s very satisfying and extremely motivating!

I can’t take all the credit though, the supplements I have been using have helped enormously! I started using Pre-Set pre-workout by Beyond Yourself and the pump was incredible! It helped me power through an extra 15 lbs on my squats and 20 on my deadlifts. I’m stoked to see how this will help with the next month of workouts.

Hope you guys get motivated from my progress! I’d love to hear back from you if you have done the shortcut to shred program on bodybuilding.com and the results you got!

Your fellow human,
April

*I am not affiliated with Beyond Yourself or any of their products.I got a single serving sample from work and decided to try it for myself. All opinions are my own.
*bodybuilding.com is a site I use to track my progress and I am not affiliated with them in any way.

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First “client”!

Hey everybody!

Sorry I haven’t written in a while. I feel like I say that in every post BUT now, I am getting a brand new car on Wednesday! I’m super crazy excited for it, it’ll be awesome not having to wake up an hour earlier for work… Which means I can squeeze a gym sesh in there! Finally! I was only working out 3 days a week before because I was working 16 hour days. I was tired but it pays off that’s for sure.

Also some super exciting news. A girl at work recently asked me to make up a meal plan for her. Something that would give many ideas for different meals and such. She had already lost a bunch of weight but now is only eating once a day and came to me for advice. Seriously guys. Words cannot describe how much that meant to me. No I haven’t lost a whack of weight, but it shows that my passion is being heard by at least a few people. I was on cloud nine for the rest of the day and was extremely eager to get started. I’m giving it to her tomorrow so hopefully (fingers crossed) she likes it! I also gave her a few weekly goals to try and incorporate until she feels comfortable doing it all. Small changes are the way to go people!!

I’m hoping others will reach out to me and ask for advice, even if they don’t use it I’m happy to know I have shared my knowledge with someone. The internet is a big place and the amount of information can be overwhelming!

If anyone has any questions feel free to contact me at davisapril17@gmail.com or post a comment here!

Your fellow human,
April

New job and summer plans

Hey all!

WOW it’s been a long time since I posted. Finals got the best of me but now I’m all done and summer had begun! So a quick run down of what has happened since: I got a new job at Popeyes Supplements! Words cannot explain how excited and thankful I am for the opportunity to work for such a great company in Canada. It was my second day today and I’m learning SOOOO much about different ingredients in supplements and how they work biochem-wise and such. Actually they brought out the manager from the city and he’s been training me so far. It’s super awesome because he took the same Human Nutritional Sciences program I’m planning on taking next year so he has so much to teach and explain! It’s amazing! Secondly, I’m considering getting my personal training certification over the summer and *fingers crossed* start doing some online training throughout the school year! If anyone would be interested that is 😉 and last but not least I’m also training for a bikini competition! I’m not going too hard right now, focusing on gaining some muscle before I really decide if it’s an opportunity I want to take advantage of in the fall.

All in all super excited and hopefully will be writing up some informational posts about supplement ingredients later on once I actually know what I’m talking about!

Have a lovely evening 🙂

Your fellow human,
April

Week 1: Review and onto week 2!!

Hey everyone!

Wishing you a happy Monday from Canada where this weekend we *gasp* reached 15 DEGREES CELSIUS BABY! I cannot describe how glorious it was. Of course this happens after I buy a new winter coat. Pssh.

So Week 1 is all finished and I’ve since begun Week 2. I’m so thrilled with how I have been feeling. So much more energy and feeling stronger already. Thanks so much Lisa!

Day 8: Workout 6 Full body!
Scores:
1. 10 total – 10lbs
2. 7 – these KILLED my butt
3. 4 rounds – 10 lbs
4. 5 rounds – did not elevate
5. 9 – 10 lbs
6. 7 – 10 lbs
7. 12 – Ok I just need to share this, last time I did this move (March 12) I got 10. I DID 2 MORE GUYS! To some it may not sound like a lot. To me. This. Is. Progress. YAHOO!! Moving on..
8. 13 – Beware. These look easy. Lisa even says so herself, then BAM. You can’t stand up when that 30 seconds is over.
9. 10 – The key here is to keep your knees together. I literally almost only had 9 then i was like ok April 3 seconds you can do this!!!
10. 6 – the hardest part about these were trying to remember what leg I did last *facepalm*
11. 7
12. 4 – I’m really starting to get the hang of tricep push-ups! Feeling proud 🙂 🙂

Note:
I also did Workout 5 today, my weekend was filled with work and sleep. Definitely a killer combo!

Food:
I was so busy this weekend I literally did not track a single thing. I’m starting to think that is good though. My goal for this week is to include at least 2 green smoothies a day. I’ll try to post as many pictures as I can!

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Another note:
I will post progress pictures every 2 weeks. Stay tuned for next Monday’s two week progress!

Have a lovely evening my beautiful peaches!

Your fellow human,
April

Day 4: Ab babies

Happy Friday!

I’d say it was happy for me, but as any of you know by reading other posts. I work all weekend. Usually 5-9 hours Friday night, 10-16 hours on Saturday and 8 hours Sunday morning. The life of a broke dietetics student eh.

Workout: WHY LISA WHY! Those mountain climbers are SERIOUS. My poor little ab babies couldn’t even gear up enough strength to get me out of bed this morning.

1. 10
2. 8
3. 11
4. 9 no tri’s
5. 15 dumbbell 10 lbs
6. 5 each side – girl pushups
7. 8 – on the table
8. 7
9. 9
10 3.5
11. 7
12. 7

Food:
10 rice crackers
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp hemp protein
0.5 cup pineapple
1 cup rice milk
1 cup choco rice milk
1/2 cup buckwheat groats
4 cups romaine
2 bananas
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1.5 cups sweet potato
3 stalks celery
1/3 cucumber
1/4 cup hummus
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 serving black bean pasta
1/2 cup tomato sauce
Few shreds of daiya cheese
2 rice cakes
1/4 avocado

Day 4

Calories from fruits and veg – 37.8%

Summary: Ratio’s were great! It’s SO HARD to get in all those fruits and veg though. I am determined to do it and have it become as easy as pie!

Side note: I went grocery shopping last night
– 2 sweet potatoes
– 4 bulk beets
– 1 bag of mushrooms (NEXT REINTRODUCTION YAHOO!)
– 1 container of organic roma tomatoes
– bunch of bananas
– bag of frozen cherries
Total: 22.00 (the cherries and sweet potatoes are the most expensive, but I love them. So it’s worth it)
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Have a lovely day everyone!

Your fellow human,
April

Day 3: Stringbean arms

Hello again!

Day 3 it is. This workout here was brutal for my poor little stringbean arms and abs. I may have stringbeans but every day they are getting stronger and bigger! She said to do burpees. I did not do burpees. I skipped again.

Here are my scores:
1. 5
2. 9 with 10 lb weight
3. 4
4. 2
5. 33
6. 13 – girl pushups (I told you. Stringbeans.)
7. 5 – no weight
8. 5 – no weight
9. 6 – overhead tricep
10. 3 (she’s nuts for putting this on here)
11. 4
12. 4 – 10 lb each hand

Needless to say my arms, chest and abs are dying today. I know these numbers don’t look huge but this is MY PERSONAL FITNESS JOURNEY. I will not lie and say I did better than I did because I want to see PROGRESS.
Food:
1 cup Frozen berries
1 tbsp hemp protein
1 tbsp carob powder
1 cup pineapple
3 lettuce leaves
3 celery stalks
1/3 cucumber
0.5 cup black beans
2 bananas
1 cup sweet potato
1 cup brown rice flour
0.25 cup blueberries
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 cup rice milk
2 rice cakes
0.5 avocado
0.5 cup chickpeas

Carbs – 378.11     74%
Protein – 60.1g    12%
Fats – 32.42 g       14%
Calories – 1965.8

% calories from fruit and veg: 39.83% – I did a bit better! This is going to be tougher than I thought. But I sure will feel healthy 🙂

Not too much else went on today, I did buy a Nutribullet though. So that’s exciting. Review to come!

nutribullet

Your fellow human,
April

Day 2: Busy mason jar salad life

Hello!

Sorry for the late post, I was supposed to do this Tuesday but I was waaaaay too tired after getting home from work at 2am then having to finish up a lab report… fail on my part. Anywho let’s get down to business!

Workout: None. Zip. Zilch. Honestly I barely had enough time to come home from school and get food ready before I went to work. I was also very sore from Monday.

Food:
3 bananas
2 cups chocolate rice milk
20 rice crackers
2 cups quinoa
2 cups broccoli
1 cup pineapple
1/2 avocado
1/3 cup black beans
1/4 cup bison
0.66 cup snap peas

Carbs – 311.4     69.7%
Fats – 35.5g        18.3%
Protein – 52.4g  12%
Calories – 1712
% calories from fruit and veg: 38% – This is new, one of my goals during this process is to be able to eat at LEAST 50% of my calories from all them delicious nutritious fruits and veggies!

Today was definitely better ratio wise. Oh yeah. I GOT TO EAT BANANAS AGAIN! Words cannot describe how blissfully sweet it was to sit in my car and scarf down 3 bananas on my drive home… like 20 blocks away. Hehe. Banana’s were my first food reintroduction and NO SIDE EFFECTS! Next up: tomatoes!

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Side note:
Jar Salads = my life. I spent 10 minutes in the morning aside from cooking my black beans to put together enough for the week’s lunches. I’m so proud of myself.

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My Studious looking mason jar salad 😉

Have a gloriously fabulous day.

Your fellow human,
April