I joined the 1st Phorm My Transphormation Challenge on July 1, 2017. As promised, I am documenting my journey for everyone to read. I have never done anything like this. From August 2016 to April 2017, I gained 20 lbs because of a random blood clot that formed on my spine. I couldn’t workout because it was pushing my spinal cord out of place. To make a long story short, I was released to workout 100% in April.
The process of entering the challenge was sort of traumatic for me and by far one of the hardest things I have EVER done. Of course, I had to take pictures of my “not so fit self” holding the “Day 1” card. I got that done with the help of my daughter Curstann. I did a little bit of crying looking at the pictures and while I was uploading them. Next came the dreaded YouTube video. I was a mess. You have to tell your “story” which I did and cried through some of it too. Needless to say, it is now on the internet for the world to see. Ugh! I did it though and survived. The last thing was writing an essay also telling my “story”. Completed that too. I think it took me quite a few hours to accomplish mainly because I had to click submit and my finger didn’t seem to want to do that. I eventually closed my eyes and did it.
After the entry process, you receive daily emails for 5 days, I think, featuring Will Grumke and Sal Frisella. They basically welcome you to the program and give you helpful information about nutrition, supplements, workouts and what to expect. You also learn about posting on social media and using hashtags so they can keep up with you. For example: #mytransphormationstartstoday, #myfitnessjourney, #1stPhorm, etc…
I had actually started their nutrition plan 3 days before I entered the challenge so I knew what to expect. One thing I realized when I switched over to their meal plan was even though I was weighing my food out, I STILL WASN’T EATING ENOUGH! I actually struggled with the amount of food they require you to consume.
One thing I’m not following are the workouts they provide you. I am still training with Jason. They want you to do full body workouts and we weren’t doing that during the first two weeks but have now switched over to full body workouts. I could’ve chosen anyone but I stuck with Jason, not just because he’s my husband, but because he really knows what he’s doing, I admire him and because we are a team. He pushes me when I think I can’t go any further and I like to mentally compete with him when we are lifting.
Currently I am using the following supplements:
- Level 1 (meal replacement): I don’t use this much because I am getting all of my meals in.
- M Factor Goddess (multivitamin)
- Full Mega (fish oil)
- Dandelion Root
- Liquid Vitamin D-3
- Post Workout Stack
I am doing good so far even though I had a week where I fell off my workouts but I am back on track and fully committed to this. Jason can see changes in my body even though I can’t. One thing we did was to record me working out so I could see what my muscles look like. It also helps me to visualize my muscles when I squeeze during lifts. He believes I have more definition in my shoulders and chest than before my back issue. I have to keep in mind that my “problem area” (torso) will be the last to go and I need to stop focusing on that.
Keep working everyone! It won’t happen overnight but with dedication and hard work, we will get there.