Body Beast Prep

So tomorrow I start Body Beast and I'm pretty excited about it.  I've been doing a weird mesh of programs lately and tired a lot and my body is mushy because of it and I'm not really feeling that.  Once you lose weight, if you put any back on or start to lose tone you start to realize how shitty it feels to be overweight.  Being fat doesn't feel good.  It just doesn't.  And if you tell me it does, I'll just think you are lying to yourself about it.  It's ok if you are.  I did for a while, I still do sometimes when I want to feel ok with stuffing my face with pizza or skipping workouts before reality slaps me in the face.  In general I think we all lie to ourselves sometimes based on where we are in life and whether we are truly prepared to make a change about our weight or not.  But truth facts?  Being overweight isn't comfortable and once you start changing that and feel how good it feels to not be overweight (or be less overweight) you notice immediately how you feel when you start to slack off and you get a little soft.

That said - it's going ALL in with Beast time. 

Today I grocery shopped and meal planned.  I'm NOT the one for counting macros and logging all my food as I go into a web app.  I have no problems logging what I eat but calculating and adjusting on the fly to meet any kind of calorie/macro goal?  NO.  It's not going to happen.  Since I know this, I decided to make menus for the week.  I spent about 2 hours with Excel and my Book of the Beast figuring these out.  It's not easy.  It's a pain in the ass honestly.  And that made me appreciate how much better this plan is going to be than just to try to eat to macros every day as I go.  All the work is done up front as long as I stick to my meal plan.  This week the 2 meal plans are:

Day A:

  • Shakeology w/ banana, unsweetened almond milk, ice
  • Goat Cheese, Tomato, and Parsley Egg Muffins w/ an English Muffin
  • Tuna Salad w/ Chickpeas and Fruit
  • Turkey Roll Ups w/ fruit
  • Beast Meatballs + Veggies

Day B:

  • Shakeology w/ banana, unsweetened almond milk, ice
  • Oatmeal with nuts and fruit
  • Beast Turkey Chili + fruit
  • Sweet Potato and Black Beans
  • Shrimp Coconut Curry w/ Rice

These menus are laid out to match my required macros for the Bulk phase of Body Beast perfectly.  So the portion of each I will eat is set up based on that.  All my recipes are also from the Book of the Beast this week.  The way the macros were set up were a little confusing and the recipes in the book made it easier to plan with this week to get started.  I'm very pleasantly surprised with the meals in the book.  I tasted as I went and everything was freaking delicious.  The only thing I was iffy on was the tuna salad.  It's not bad, but it's not full of unhealthy miracle whip like tuna salads of my youth. I did add some mustard to it and that made it a little creamier so that works. 

I will be doing Body Beast Lean.  I entered a 90 day transformation challenge so I will NOT be doing any other workouts for 3 months outside of Body Beast.  I have some travel days so yeah, I'm going to have to be really on top of things.  Not too much travel - but a few days for work (only one of those days is really going to be a tough day) and then home for Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving will be tougher for food than working out though.  But either way - I'm going to be hard core because I want to WIN.  This isn't some contest with the winner getting the pride of winning.  It has legit prizes :)