Obsessed – Day 30 – Motivation and Fun Cardio?

Up until a few months ago, I was attempting to build a team actively coaching for BeachBody. Its quite a rewarding job and I really wanted to help people. However, with my travels and my busyness opening a coffeehouse, I found network marketing to be too much of a time consumption for me so I ended my coaching business. That doesn’t mean I don’t still love the programs and do them. The 80 Day program I am currently doing is changing my life!!! And I couldn’t be more enthusiastic. I LOVE motivating people, educating people and praising their progress. I find that talking about this program in my blogs and having them posted on social media has generated some motivation for my friends which has been incredible for my to witness. It took me so long to get to a point in my life where health and nutrition as well as fitness took a high enough level of importance that I find an great level of gratitude for people in my life to find motivation from me. I’m telling you this because I can still help if you’re looking for it. I am still an active coach, I just haven’t been actively working the business.

On another note, my workout today was a brand new cardio workout that was actually super fun. It was hard as hell, don’t let me mislead you, but one of the most fun cardio workouts I recall doing. Everything was different from anything I’d ever done and went by very fast. And I enjoyed that it went quickly. Nutrition was good. Light but good and my digestion is still improving. I’ve added L-glutamine as well as collagen, probiotics and changed my diet to start excluding many of the items that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet “illegal foods” list. Baby steps.

Off to bed now. Until tomorrow!

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Obsessed Day 29 – Phase 2 Begins

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” -Jim Rohn

OK time to check in. Yesterday was my rest day and since I wrote about leaky gut I opted not to post my current stats. So here you go:

26 days in I’ve lost 2.4 lbs and 8.25″. Now, as much as I wish the scale had a bigger number, I cannot be dissatisfied with that inches lost number. Especially since I was on the road traveling for 17 of those 26 days. That’s pretty damn good results.

Today started phase two. Here is the shocker for me. Yesterday, when I did my stats and entered all the information for this phase, it told me I am supposed to eat MORE! People…I couldn’t even eat all the food for phase one and now I’m supposed to eat 200 calories more. Well, lets just say that that ain’t happening. I am happy to eat plenty and get my nutrition but my body works like this: When I’m working out and fueling my body properly, I don’t have cravings or want to eat a lot. That’s just how I am. When I’m complacent and lazy is when I eat a ton. It may sound backward and maybe its from years of eating out of boredom or to heal emotions but when all my gears are working well and properly, I eat food when I need it and ONLY when I need it. What’s your diet like when you exercise?

For food today I kept it very simple. Grain free pancakes this morning, homemade grain free fruit bar for lunch and salmon, cooked greens and sautéed butternut squash for dinner. No snacking except for a couple of sultanas after dinner. When I eat light like that, it makes me feel much better. And due to me trying to get my gut health right, I’ve cut out all my shakes except the post workout protein which I may also exclude if after a week I’m not seeing the improvement I’m looking for. I’ve really been digging making all my food from scratch. Why not try making my own post workout protein, too, if need be. Any good suggestions?

And finally my workout was insane in the membrane. It was all about that booty and man did she make it hurt. Here are a couple of shots of what it was like. If you choose to laugh at my look of bewilderment I understand. The first day of a brand new workout is a bit confusing but even I will laugh at my facial expressions.

Obsessed – Day 14

Today was supposed to be my rest day. But I ended up taking my rest day yesterday. Today I did cardio flow which is one of those cardio workouts that makes me want to throw up. Thats pushing the body. I have a little sample of it for you here.

After a delayed flight to Las Vegas last night, I got to my hotel around 10:30 and quickly downed my superfoods shake before getting to bed. Tonight I had it with coconut milk, thanks to the starbucks in the hotel selling me the milk, and then quickly got ready for bed.

I’m learning that weekends are going to have to be treated with much more diligence as far as my eating plan. I’m not eating bad things but I’m not following the timed nutrition at all due to running errands and working around my house to get things done.

Here comes Monday. In Vegas. And I speak on a panel in front of 500 people. Can you say nervous??

Until tomorrow!

Obsessed – Day 11 & 12

Happy Friday.

My apologies for not posting last night. I flew home from Florida and was delayed in DFW on the tarmac for a while. I didn’t get home until 10:00 and just wanted to go to bed.

Yesterday the focus of my workout was arms, abs and ass and its truly a great workout. Unfortunately the workout requires these sliders for part of the program but they will not work ok the rubber flooring of the hotel gym. So I had to improvise a couple of the moves.

My nutrition was pretty on point yesterday. Even getting Caribou Coffee to blend my superfoods shake in almond milk for me. However, when I got home, I was derailed with a terrible stomach ache which I could only attribute to the salad I had for a post workout meal at the airport in Pensacola. Its the only thing I ate that was out of the norm for me because it had a ton of red pepper in it.

Salad in airport

As for today, I changed things up a bit and worked out with my man this evening. I love being home or when he travels and works out with me. Today was called leg day, but I declare my booty was/is in much more pain than my legs. I’m so excited to see the end results.

Food today was all at home. He had a pizza from Mod Pizza and I had a chicken caesar with no dressing and garlic toast for dinner and it was so tasty. That was also my post workout meal. I am actually finding it hard some days to eat all the food suggested by this program, which for me, is a good problem.

Finding a lot of leveled energy, getting sleepy at the right times and getting a good amount of sleep have been coming much easier.

If you guys are at all interested in seeing some of the exercises I’m doing let me know. I’ve been working out in gyms and with trainers most of my life and much of these are very new to me.

Next weekend I’ll start posting some recipes as I’ll be home for the first time since starting this program, for a whole week!

Now its movie and cuddle time so I bid you all a good night.

~until tomorrow!

Obsessed – Day 9

Well friends, today was not my best day.  It started out strong.  Pre-workout then workout and then recover shake.  See the deal is, when I travel with other people and we are all doing things as a group, I’m working on their timeline too.  That’s the struggle on weeks I don’t travel alone.  So, I had a FABULOUS workout.  Then waited way too long to eat post-workout and that meant we all went out to lunch after visiting a museum and I had too many carbs (but nothing terribly bad).  We went to the grocery store after that and I got everything I need for tomorrow but didn’t get anything for dinner thinking we’d all go out to eat.  That didin’t happen and I ended up eating in my room.  But what I ate is what is the “fail” part of my day.  My food is SO off today and I was really hungry and the foods I bought don’t fall into my evening food plan because I assumed I’d be eating out.  I ate two cookies.  It could be WAY worse but its still not something I really wanted to do.  I also drank my superfoods shake so I got a lot of veggie servings out of that but the cookies were not a great choice.

Here are the lessons I’m learning about timed nutrition and travel.  1) I need to plan better for my travel weeks.  Plan for things I can have in my room, just in case I don’t have a car or things around me are closed (both of which are the case tonight). 2) Never travel and depend on other people to drive me. I’ll be renting my own car in the future so I can come and go as I please.  3) Diligence.  While lesson 1 and 2 are legitimate reasons for my veer off course, I MUST find a way and remain diligent.

I’m only 9 days into this program and I’m already seeing changes.  But I’ve had two days that have included foods that are way off my meal plan and that cannot continue if I want to see the drastic changes I’m looking for.

I’m so grateful for my support system and my friends and co-workers.  They would have totally understood if I had stood firm and done what I needed to do.  Tomorrow is another day and the day I choose that path.

-Until tomorrow