Mary had a great first month and a tough second month. As a mother with a full-time job, life can get challenging at times. Things can start to pile up and get you out of your rhythm but it's important to know that health and fitness is a long game and you must always keep working at it even when life gets busy. Two vacations followed by getting knocked out for a week with a bad cold will throw you off course a bit, which is what happened to Mary.
Our 1 month consultation showed that Mary had gained about 2lbs of muscle and lost almost 3lbs of fat which brought her body fat percentage down by over 1 percentage point. Pretty good for just 4 weeks with a beginner strength plan!
The second month check-in revealed exactly what she and I both thought it would. The lack of consistency because of all the things mentioned above lead to loss in muscle by about 2lbs, increase in fat by about 2lbs and body fat percentage back up to where it started. It's good to see and a good motivating factor to know that consistency really matters and getting back into the groove is top priority.
This was actually great for Mary to experience because its TRUTH and REAL LIFE. Things happen whether we want them to or not. I'm sure many moms and busy adults can totally relate to this! The good news is, with the OPEX model of fitness, we have monthly one-on-one consults with coach and client. This is where we are able to discuss what happened in the previous month and make new goals for the upcoming month.
A couple pieces of homework I gave Mary outside of just making an effort to be more consistent is to:
1. increase protein in her diet through natural sources of quality foods.
2. no added sugar for a full month until next consultation for our monthly check-in.
Simple and achievable pieces of homework are important. These will be the top two focus points for the next month and I'm sure we'll be seeing some great results.
Onwards and upwards for Mary as she continues to work towards her goals of running her first 100k race, being a great Mom and finding consistency within her work/life balance.
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