Week 3! Mid Week Update! The “Lowe” Down: Get Fit with Kylee Lowe!

Hello all!
I hope this post finds you all well! Today I’ll be posting my results & recapping my experience of Week 2 (Days 8 – 15) & giving a mid week update on my progress through Week 3 (Days 16 – 21) of the “Lowe” Down: Get Fit with Kylee Lowe! If you’ve been keeping up with the blog (click the FOLLOW button on the top right of this page to get email notifications whenever I post) you’ll remember the “Lowe” Down is a Health/Fitness Plan created for me by my friend and Fitness Guru, Miss Kylee Lowe. Check out her Instagram: @loveleeloe for fitness tips, yummy healthy recipes, and other fun goodies. Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 7.52.02 PM

WEEK 3 RESULTS
Week 2 Weight: ~ 5lbs                 > Week 3: About the same
Week 2 Measurements                > Week 3 Measurements
Biceps: (L) – 12”, (R) – 12.5”        Biceps: (L) – 11″, (R) – 11.5″
Chest/Bust: 42″                            Chest: 43″
Waist: 34”                                     Waist: 33″
Hips: 45.5”                                    Hips: 46″
Thighs: (L) – 26”, (R) – 25.75”      Thighs: (L) – 26.75″, (R) – 26″
I would be lying if I said these were the results I’m looking for, but I know this can be a slow process. I wish I was losing more weight, but I’m keeping in mind that numbers on the scale can be misleading and measurements and how I feel are more important. With that being said, although I’ve gained some inches back in my Chest/Hips/Thighs, I think that makes sense based on the Weight Lifting plan I’m on. I’m still losing in my waist, so that’s keeping me motivated. Also, I can feel my body changing – I know it hasn’t been that long – but I feel leaner and lighter. Other people have even commented that I look taller, I’m obviously not – haha!, but I think that’s due to my muscles changing which is causing my posture to change.

Days 8 – 14:
Week 2 had some interesting highs and lows. Around Day 10 I started feeling sick after some of the more vegetable heavy meals, such as the Green Juice and the Veggies/Hummus snack. I guess maybe that was my body getting used to the changes, but I’d been eating the same food all week with no negative reaction – I’m not sure what changed. I tried to stick to the meal plan as best as I could, but as soon as my stomach started to feel queasy, I stopped eating. I didn’t binge on other foods, which is obviously a plus, but I’m sure it’s not great that I wasn’t finishing all the meals. I’m happy to be going to the gym on a regular basis. I do enjoy working out, believe it or not. I’m just not sure I’m doing the right stuff or that my form is correct – one of the negatives of having your trainer live in a different state! 😦 I might look into working with a Personal Trainer from my gym just for a session on proper form. I’ve also signed up for a month long pass at a Dance Studio that offers Hot Hula, Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, etc, and I’m really excited to start that in March.

The “Lowe” Down – Week 3!

Days 15 – 21:
Not much to report this week. Week 3 is the same meal plan as Week 2. Fitness is almost the same – add another day of weight training. I was hoping to get some new recipes because I have enjoyed learning about proper portion size and different healthy recipes, but I guess if it’s not broke – don’t fix it!

Have you been following along with my posts about The “Lowe” Down? What are your thoughts at this point? I can’t wait to see the end results of all this after Week 4! Keep checking back to follow my progress and contact Kylee on Instagram: @loveleeloe if you’re interested in working with her on a Get Fit plan of your own! Thanks for reading, until next time…

Mid Week Update! Get the “Lowe” Down: Get Fit with Kylee Lowe!

Hi all! Keep reading to see what happened during Days 2 & 3 of the Juicing Phase of The “Lowe” Down, a Diet/Fitness plan created by my friend & fitness guru Kylee Lowe! Go follow her on Instagram: @loveleeloe and contact her to get a plan of your own! Follow me on Instagram/Twitter: @missal_leigh for more updates and pics! Click here to see what happened on Day 1 and the full Week 1 plan!

IMG_3028First off, just in case anyone is curious, here are my Starting Measurements. I would like to lose at least 10 inches from my Chest/Waist/Hips, but obviously, I expect that will take some time.
Biceps: (L) – 13.25”, (R) – 13.5”
Chest/Bust: 43”/36-38 DDD
Waist: 36”
Hips: 45.5”
Thighs: (L) – 26.25”, (R) – 26.5”

Day 2 & 3:
As expected Days 2 & 3 went much better than Day 1. I did not find Juicing, or at least Kylee’s version of it, to be as difficult as people say it is. I think that’s because my diet problems don’t stem from eating too much, too often, they stem from not eating often enough and then binging on unhealthy items. For example, when I was in school (in December lol), I would have a somewhat healthy breakfast, then eat maybe one or two granola/protein bars throughout the day. After being in class all day – trust me when I say ALL day, my last semester at Chapman I took 22 units/7 classes – I would go out with friends and have appetizers, dinner, dessert, and most likely a few drinks. Basically all my food was being eaten with no calorie count in mind, after 7pm or later, which is when you’re supposed to STOP eating! With that in mind, drinking/eating every 2 hours was challenging because I would still be somewhat full from the meal before. There was definitely an adjustment/learning period and it almost felt like once I was really starting to get the hang of the routine – we moved on to Day 4. I’m happy to eat “real food”, but I also feel like I could’ve Juiced a little longer. Overall, my biggest complaint was that I had no personal taste for some of the menu items. The Green Juice and Butternut Squash soup were just not tasty to me. I knew from the get-go that they probably wouldn’t be as I’m not a huge fan of the ingredients of the Green Juice or Butternut Squash. Despite that, I wanted to stick to the exact plan Kylee laid out for me. The Energy and Antioxidant Juice were amazing! I’ll drink those all day, everyday! If I Juice again, I know I will have to suffer through the Green Juice because of all the vegetables it has in it, but I will try to find another soup that’s just as healthy but has a flavor I enjoy more.

Day 4:
Today has been really awesome! I feel great! Tons of energy, even now at 10pm. I don’t know if I feel more energized because the effects of the Juicing are taking over or because I got to eat some more substantial meals – haha! Like I said, the Juicing was good, but chicken and rice is better, even when you can only eat 4 oz. and 1/2 a cup of it! Now I understand why you have to start exercising on Day 4.  With all this energy running through me, I NEEDED to get out of the house and go move around. I took Bella for a walk to start out, but will most likely progress to running at the gym. The menu items for Day 4 – 7 are all really tasty and I’m excited about them. Never thought I’d be excited about vegetables! I was much better about drinking water today. It was hard to drink water with the Juices because I wasn’t thirsty and I felt kind of overwhelmed by all the liquids…and constantly having to pee. Sorry, TMI! Moving on…I feel confident about sticking to the diet for the next few days. I’m excited to see what Kylee comes up for Week 2, which will be posted on Sunday, February 8th! Check back in then & keep checking Instagram: @missal_leigh for special updates and @loveleeloe to get in contact with Kylee to get The “Lowe” Down for yourself!

What do you think? Please send me some love/advice/questions/concerns, in the comment box below – thanks for reading!