you’ve got questions, i’ve got answers. but no photos to go with the answers… sorry.
i know you come here for visual stimulation… right? um. yeah. anyway! i have several questions about body for life, so i will answer those first!
Q: what are the weight workouts for the BFL program?
A: on body for life, you work out 6 days a week—3 days being cardio (in the form of 20 minutes of HIIT) and 3 days being weights. the weight workouts alternate between upper body and lower body. one week you will get 2 upper body workouts in and 1 lower body workout in and the following week vice versa.
the upper body days consist of pyramid drop sets targeting bis, tris, shoulders, back, and chest. the lower body days consist of pyramid drop sets targeting hamstrings, quads, calves, glutes, and abs. each strength workout takes about 45 minutes. you can read more about the set up of the actual routine here. you pick your OWN moves for each muscle and lift in the body for life format.
Q: Planning on starting Body for Life, I have trouble with portions, how do you measure your food?
A: with body for life, you use the fist/palm method. this means you select a serving of protein and a serving of carbs at each meal that is roughly the size of your open palm (for things like chicken, steak, fish, etc) or the size of your balled up fist (for things like rice, fruit, potatoes, etc.) you then add a little healthy fat and some vegetables to your meals and that’s it! it sounds simple, and it really is. if you have a hard time with the fist/palm method, you COULD use measuring cups.. but i opted to not use them because i wanted to teach myself a portioning method that i could use at all times. let’s face it, i don’t always have a measuring cup with me ;)
Q: Hi Janetha, I just started Body for Life and I’m wondering if you have a page or a post dedicated to B4L specific recipes? Or maybe could you provide some tips on creating B4L recipes? Thanks!
A: you can see all my clean eating recipes on my recipe page under the clean eating heading. all those recipes ARE body for life friendly, but they might not be totally balanced. for example, one recipe may be heavy in carbs, so you’d have to add some protein to round out the meal. or another recipe may not contain any healthy fat, so you’d want to add some avocado or nut butter to the meal. make sense? body for life uses the 40/40/20 ratio of eating, meaning 40% of your calories should come from carbs, another 40% from protein, and the final 20% from fat.
those are a few body for life answers to your questions…click here for more details about the program.
Q: what do you think of girls trying to get thigh gaps?
A: haha, what? my answer is nothing. no thought. i don’t ever think about girls trying to get thigh gaps. but now that you have asked, i will answer. honestly, i think it’s impossible for some people to even HAVE a gap between their thighs. if you have narrow hips, no matter how thin your thighs are, they are still gonna touch. i imagine this question was asked because when i recapped my experience with livefit trainer, i was stoked to see light between my legs. and, that’s right, i was, because for ME.. for MY BODY TYPE.. that means i toned my thighs and lost the fat around them.
you see, i have wider hips and at one point in my life, i had that gap between my thighs. please note, i have never been under weight, this was just when i was around 17% body fat.. not anything crazy. then i gained weight and my thighs rubbed each other and i almost started a fire every time i walked. joking. but then after livefit, i slimmed my legs down and was happy about it. that is not an easy task when you have big, bulky legs like i do. i am not ashamed of my big legs, but if i can whip them into shape, then i am going to be happy about it! i don’t think anyone should try to copy me or actively worry about “getting a thigh gap”… that’s just not right.
Q: Are your contacts not stuck to your eyeballs after wearing them for two months straight?!
A: no. no they are not. but i realize it is not the best habit. i should take them out.. maybe i will tonight. maybe. (probably not.. i suck.)
Q: How does Marshall feel about your working out so much? Does he work out or is he not really a gym guy? Also, I notice that you both eat healthy together, any tips on getting guys to eat better (my boyfriend is the worst!).
A: haha! i work out less than he does! i work out 5-6 days a week, but my workouts are always less than 30 minutes. marshall lifts 5-6 days a week for about an hour, sometimes more. he is definitely a gym guy. but he goes to gold’s. i like GPP because of the efficiency and the community. he likes to lift, avoids cardio, and likes to work out solo. we both are fit-minded folks, but we have different preferences when it comes to our workouts.
yes, we do eat relatively healthy. i am lucky that marshall enjoys eating the same things (well, most of the same things) i enjoy cooking and eating. my advice to you is just make the things you want to make, and if your boyfriend isn’t into it… he will find his own food. you can’t make him eat like you, but chances are, if he sees the way you eat and how it makes you feel, he will hop on. eventually. and if he doesn’t, don’t get discouraged. everyone is different and it is hard to force a lifestyle on someone else. maybe you two could meet in the middle and you could make some healthier versions of his favorite dishes? if you have any dishes in particular you can name, i’d love to try to re-create them with a healthier recipe! let me know.
Q: how come you’re looking for sponsors for GPP events and such – are you employed there?
A: i imagine this question was a result of my posting about the burpee mile that i am sponsoring. this is not a GPP event, this is an event created by GPP, but several local gyms and fitness enthusiasts are participating. all proceeds go to charity. i have several local readers who i know would love to sponsor or attend a fitness event for a good cause, so i was simply notifying everyone of the event. nope, i don’t work for (or at) GPP—i work at advanced windows.. if you need windows, i am your girl.
Q: have you tried trx? and if so what do you think??
A: no i haven’t.. i have read about it on a lot of blogs and it looks so challenging! i need to give it a shot, but i don’t know anywhere near me that offers it.
Q: How the heck do you get a recipage? I want one on my blog.
A: i love my recipage! it is a work in progress and not ALL my recipes are actually part of the recipage, but a lot of them are. you can get a recipage for free by visiting recipage.com and signing up. my blog friend, emily, founded the site with her husband and they do a great job!
Q: have you tried plain unsweetened flax milk for 25 cal/cup? If so, what do you think?
A: i have never heard of this! my favorite milk is blue diamond brand unsweetened vanilla almond breeze. i bought silk brand almond milk the other day because it was on sale, but the flavor is just not as good as blue diamond! i will have to keep an eye out for the flax milk!
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xo. janetha g.