It’s a beautiful weekend here in Kentucky, and I love it! :)
I wanted to take a minute to answer some questions about the fitness/weightloss/wellness program I am on called the FASTer Way to Fat Loss.
You know that I have seen amazing results from this program in a relatively short amount of time, so of course, I am getting a lot of questions about what I’ve been doing.
Every day, I get emails and messages from my readers for more info about the program because they are trying to decide if it would be a good fit for them as well. So I thought I would write a blog post answering as many of the questions as I can in one spot so that it will always be available for future reference. :)
Here is some helpful information about the FASTer Way to Fat Loss Program by Amanda Tress.
How many times a week do you exercise?
So each week, you are provided with a set of exercises to be completed each day. There are exercises for 5 out of the 7 days, and the remaining 2 days are “active recovery” day where you are encouraged to do light exercise like walking, biking, or yoga.
I love the flexibility of the workouts. If my schedule does not allow me to do the exercises that I normally do on a regular workout day, I will move those exercises to one of the “active recovery” days, and do one of my active recovery exercises instead. I usually do my workouts in the morning. When the kiddos where in school, I did them right after I dropped them off. But now that they are home for the summer, I try to go even earlier, like 6:30 or 7:00 am, so that I can be back home before they even wake up! ha! If mornings are not good for you, you can definitely work out in the afternoon or evening. Whatever works best for your schedule.
What if I’ve not exercised in a long time?
Ladies, I was soooooooo out of shape when I started this program. Even though I consider myself semi-athletic, I certainly was nothing close to that when I started the FW2FL this past Spring. When I went into the gym for the first time, I felt like an idiot. Literally. I didn’t know what machines or weights to use. I fell over while trying to attempt a lunge. I about passed out on the elliptical. Like for realz. It was a sight! Sometimes the exercises said to do 10 lunges, and I was like, wha? I could barely do 2 or 3 without losing my balance, so that’s all I did. Bottom line, I at least TRIED, and I did what I COULD DO.
After the first day of exercises, I could barely walk. haha! Sitting down and getting up from the toilet was monumental, and trying to put my shoes on was comical. I hurt in places I didn’t know I had. But something in me liked that. It was better than having a sore butt from sitting on it all day! haha!
So I got back up the next day and tried again. I was determined to get healthier.
And guess what! I did! Each week, I felt stronger, and I loved that I was starting to feel like my balance was coming back. (As we get older, we start to lose our balance, and I do not like that AT ALL!)
We repeat a lot of the exercises each week, so I became more confident in what equipment and machines to use. Now, dare I say it, I actually enjoy working out.
Can I do the program at home or do I have to go to the gym?
If you join the FW2FL, each week you are given two sets of exercises, one for home and one for the gym so you can chose what works best for you. I use the gym exercises, but my sister works out from home and uses the home exercises. Sometimes, if I know I can’t make it to the gym, I do the home exercises.
What are the workouts like and how long do they take?
Typically, the workouts consist of two cardio days and 3 weight training days. On the cardio days, I can sometimes be in and out in 30 minutes. On the weight training days, I usually need about 45 minutes to complete them. Each week, the exercises get a little bit harder and longer, so on full body weight training days, I am sometimes working out for an hour.
Also, Amanda has now created a BEGINNER’S workout that you can start at first, and if it is too easy, you can move to the regular workouts. And don’t worry if parts of the beginner’s workout is still too hard for you. Just do want you can and you will get better. ;)
What equipment do I need at home to do the program?
I usually only need a yoga mat and some small hand weights. You may want to get some heavier weights or heavier objects to lift as you progress in the program and get stronger.
What do you eat?
This has been my favorite program for eating! I’ve done the Whole 30, Medifast, 21 Day Fix, and more, and every program felt very restrictive to me. The FW2FL does not. We can have carbs every day, but two days we have low carbs. We also have regular and lower calorie days. We keep track of our MACROS. Don’t know what that is? I didn’t have a clue either, but Amanda explains it well in her program, and it becomes very easy after the first week or two. Macros are basically your protein, carbs, and fats. We plug in what we eat each day into the My Fitness Pal app, and it calculates our macros for us. Amanda suggests not eating dairy or gluten, but I’ll be honest, I did have a little bit. But I made sure it still fit within my macros. Through the My Fitness Pal app, I am able to have 2000 calories a day but I was never able to eat that much. I was always so full! We focus on eating lean meats and lots of leafy and cruciferous veggies.
Do you really FAST?!!
Yes, we do intermittent fasting on this program, but y’all, it is no big deal! Seriously, everyone thinks it will be so terrible, but it really isn’t! I actually start to enjoy it. I feel like it helps my body feel more in control of itself. And then when it IS time for me to eat, I am able to eat so much more than I normally would. Intermittent fasting helps you burn fat while developing lean muscle.
If you sign up for a second round, do you get different exercises?
Yes, Amanda is great about switching up the exercises that you are doing each week to help avoid boredom or burnout. If you sign up for a second round, you will continue doing some of the same exercises from previous weeks with some new ones mixed in as well.
Just this month, Amanda has rolled out a new VIP monthly option that I have signed up for that has some extra benefits and bonuses included, and I am so excited about going even further on this wellness journey!
Benefits of this program include:
-incredible fat loss, and unbelievable body composition changes
-increased energy, stamina and strength
-better digestion and less bloating
-better sleep and improved moods
-finally feeling in control of what they were eating
You guys know that this program has worked for me because you have seen the photos I’ve posted of myself right here on the blog. And as good as I feel, I still have a long way to go. Some days I get discouraged, but I am still pushing through and staying focused.
Before FW2FL I felt:
- out of shape
- no energy
- out of control
- older than my age
- not my true self
After 12 weeks of the FW2FL I feel:
- in control
- like ME!
If you would like to sign up, you can do so HERE. You will be asked to join a FW2FL Facebook group for support and accountability, which I highly recommend.
But I also wanted to see if some of you would like to start a fb message group with just me where you could ask me questions and we could encourage each other along the way? We can become friends on Facebook and connect there. If so, just leave a comment below.
Well, I hope I covered everything, but if I missed anything, just leave me a comment below, and I will be sure to answer you.
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