Obsessed – Day 35 – Oh the Struggle

Today was a great and productive day for work and good fun was had texting with my team at work. I met a ton of new customers today which is always rewarding. Then after work I came back to my airbnb and the struggle became so real.

After drinking my pre-workout and waiting the appropriate time, I pushed play and started my workout.

This is right before the final set of the 3rd round of Day 35. I was literally fighting back vomiting. But I finished after a 30 second pause. I wanted to quit but Autumn Calabrese had just said, “hit pause but DONT QUIT” so how could I quit?!

I love this program because I push myself harder than I have ever pushed myself. I lift heavier each week and try harder each day to do more than I did yesterday. I am 42 years old and in the best shape of my life. I still have a LONG way to go but I believe that by the end of these 80 days, I’m going to be the bombshell I’ve always wanted to be. The biggest motivator for me is that for the first time ever, in my life, I’m doing this for my. Both my parents have diabetes from obesity. When I started out with Beachbody in Jan 2017, I was at my heaviest outside of pregnancy. I’m 25 pounds lighter today but sooo many inches smaller and 10 times stronger. Most of that has come in the last 35 days. I wake up in gratitude everyday for the healthier choices that come so easy to me now. Cravings are GONE! I cant wait to post my 40 pictures.

I ate very clean today but am still struggling with digestions issues. They are getting better but traveling takes its toll on me. I have to get that part figured out.

Now to finish my favorite movie Lord of the Rings, get some work done and then get to bed.

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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 28 – What Kind of Guts Do You Have?

REST DAY!!!!  I gotta tell you guys, I didn’t do much resting today though.  I’ve been on my feet so much that they actually hurt. HA!  I’ve been in my kitchen since I got up this morning, trying new recipes and making cookies for my man and cooking a late St. Patrick’s day dinner which is still cooking.   There was about an hour break in there where I cleaned my bathroom shower and tub which was a nightmare because the shower doors were awful.  We’d tried so many different glass cleaners and FINALLY found one that works but it took many passes and much elbow grease to get it clean.  Damn soap scum.  Then the bathtub is large enough that I have to get in it to clean the front half and the ledge behind it and then climb out to clean the back half.  Its truly comical.  But the reality behind it taking so long to clean one bathroom is that I’ve been traveling so much that I’ve not had time or taken the time to do it.  The boyfriend and I have a deal….I clean everything except the floors (which he’s been cleaning since 10:00 this morning because he’s obsessed with clean floors and I HATE doing floors).  OK.  Enough of that.  Let’s talk about my GUTS now.

Earlier in the week I mentioned that my guts were leaky.  Many in the world know about digestive issues.  But there are many who don’t know about digestive issues.  And as someone who has a partial education in holistic nutrition and has done tons of research online and in books, one would think that I would actually work hard to have a healthy digestive system.  However, as mentioned in previous blogs, I’m a food addict who fights the good fight of building a healthy relationship between myself and food.  I must work harder than most to be mindful of my eating (why, when, where and how). But due to many, many, MANY years of eating for pleasure, boredom, sadness, fear, etc., I’ve done a lot of damage to my body.  Leaky gut being just one of the side effects.

Leaky gut simply put is: when the intestinal wall is weakened and small particles of food are able to pass through it accessing the bloodstream.  When this happens, the food particles then travel to the liver for final digestion.  This is not the job of the liver and by the additional work being put on the liver, it adds stress to the body which, in turn, causes other problems with the endocrine system.  And so it goes from there.  Many doctors, specialists, health researchers, pharmacists, etc., will tell you that the digestive systems is the glue that holds the body together.  If our digestive system isn’t functioning properly, it will affect every other system in our body.  Case in point, I’ve had poor digestion for years and since learning that my digestion needed to be corrected and doing little to correct it, I’ve been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, I have poor circulation in my hands and feet at time, my brain is pretty foggy a lot and focus is challenging for me.  WHEW!  That’s a lot.

What are my symptoms?

  • Inflammatory conditions
  • IBS
  • Acne
  • Food Intolerances
  • Arthritis, joint pain
  • Memory problems
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Feeling toxic
  • Bloated/Gas
  • Active stomach after eating

But there are many more possible symptoms

  • IBD
  • Other skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, hives
  • Celiac disease
  • Migraines

So what causes leaky gut?

  • Food Sensitivities & Intolerances: If you have leaky gut; offending foods will only worsen the issue and you may develop sensitivities to a multitude of other foods.  It’s not necessarily permanent. But if not treated will only get worse over time with more and more foods being triggers (my current situation; I can’t eat much of anything without having problems).
  • Stress: Stress doesn’t just come from work, relationships, money or the other more commonly considered issues.  Yo-yo dieting, rapid weight loss or gain and addictions of any kind can also play a large part in stressing the body.
  • Incomplete Chewing: It allows larger than normal proteins into the bloodstream. I was taught in school that you should chew your liquid food and drink your solid food.  Sounds weird, huh?  The idea behind this is that you’re activating the digestive enzymes that begin in the saliva in the mouth.  So if you don’t allow this to happen by chewing your food, the beginning stages of digestion are skipped and already the rest of the body is working overtime as soon as you swallow.
  • Large meals:  Overeating will overwhelm your digestive system. This goes back to the addiction I mentioned earlier.  I was a binge eater from early in life.  Food was my best friend even as a child.  I could polish off a bag of bbq potato chips like nobody’s business by the age of 10.  Think my guts said thank you?  Probably not!
  • Low Levels of Stomach Acid: If you don’t have adequate stomach acid (HCl), you can’t digest your food properly, period.  Inappropriately large proteins and pathogens can reach your intestines. One of the best ways to know if this is a possibility is to mix a 1/4 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything.  Wait to see how long it takes to belch. If you haven’t belched within 5 minutes, you probably have low stomach acid.
  • Low Levels of Pancreatic Enzymes:  Enzymes are so very important.  Once you have leaky gut this will only worsen the issue.  I’m currently taking a digestive enzyme to help me out but once my body is back on track, my digestive enzymes should be at the proper levels.
  • Medications: Prescription antibiotics are indiscriminate killers – they kill the good and the bad. If you must take them, try taking a double dose of probiotics to help offset the damage done by the antibiotics. Frequent use of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve) can very often damage the gut lining.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol compromises gut health, particularly on an empty stomach.  Alcohol abuse makes people much more susceptible to a compromised gut.  Oh yes, this is me also.  I’ve been sober for a number of years but prior to sobering up, I had quite a go with the go-go juice for about 18 years.

I’ve included quite a bit of info in this post about leaky gut causes and things that can help.  One of the best things I’ve read about so far for healing the gut is collagen, bone broth and gelatin.  If you’re vegan, I know there are some options out there for plant based collagen as well.  This is how I’ve started my healing journey.  Yesterday and today I had a bullet proof coffee with collagen in it.  I’ll share some of the meals I’m trying this week also.  In my research, it would seem that the best eating program for healing the gut is the Scientific Carbohydrate Diet which I made my entire meal plan out for the week around.  Time will tell and I will tell all of you as this journey progresses.

I hope that any of you who read this might find some of it helpful.  There is a ton of research on the market these days but if you just don’t like to do it or don’t have time, feel free to shoot me a message and I’ll gladly help you out as much as I can.

“Note: I am not a doctor or a certified nutrition.  All information in this post is based on personal knowledge and experience and recommendations are from personal experience.  If you are experiencing any of the possible symptoms listed above, consult your doctor before treating it.”

Obsessed – Day 5

LEG DAY!!!!

Before I tell you about my leg day, enjoy this featured image of the amazing sunset in San Clemente, CA tonight.  This was my view right before dinner.  I do love this beach.  Now on to my accountability.

I woke up today feeling amazing and so ready to do my workout.  Following my normal pre-workout routine, I hit the hotel gym and got it done.  It seemed like it wasn’t that bad.  I finished my 45 minute leg workout, headed upstairs got ready for work and set out for the long drive to L.A.  It was after that drive that I understood what that workout really did for me.  Guys…..MY LEGS ARE TOAST!  This 80 day program is so fun and the best program I’ve done EVER.  I finally know what it is about this program that excites me.  Every day is filmed live…every day is different and it’s so entertaining to watch them make their mistakes, grumble and groan and listen to them laugh together.  I’ve laughed more in the last 5 days during a workout than I think ever before when I was working out.  That’s magic.

Nutrition started out great but due to having to eat two meals out today, it didn’t end as great.  Pre-workout was as per usual.  Post workout or what ended up being lunch was a cup of soup and a small salad.  Two hours later was my Shakeology and then 4 hours later was dinner which was a bun-less burger (probably ended up being about 5 oz and brussels sprouts as well as a handful of sweet potato fries.  I tried to at least fulfill my greens, carbs and protein BUT the portions were way too big I’m sure.  Unfortunately that is something I’m going to have to deal with and really work at the portion control and choices when eating out.

TGIF!!!!