Obsessed – Day 13 (Rest Day)

Today was not intended to be a rest day but I won’t say I’m sad it was. Today was supposed to be cardio flow and we were going to do it this afternoon. I love it when my boyfriend and I are able to workout together.

We got up and had our morning routine including coffee and breakfast. Then we quickly got our things together to run errands and hit the road. With expectations of only being gone a couple of hours, I left highly unprepared without packing any food or snacks. We were gone for more than 6 hours. Oops. I made it through that time having two street tacos and feeling satiated. We came home and did a couple of things around the house and then I cooked dinner (salmon, potatoes and collards that I should have snapped a picture of).

Its now 10:00 and we’re in bed and ready for cardio in the morning and another full day including me leaving for Vegas for work tomorrow night.

~sleep well

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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 10

Good evening.

It’s been a good day.  My workout this morning was brutal because it was cardio and I’m in Florida so the humidity was insane.  Other than that, it was a great workout.  I felt so much stronger today than I have been feeling.  I got through a lot more of the workout this time around than last week.  That is a huge confidence booster.  I feel the changes happening already.

I’m very ready for a week at home but have another week on the road before I get the break.  I fly home tomorrow from Florida and will be in CO for 3 nights before I’m back out there.  Nutrition was pretty good today except for some appetizers I took a few bites of tonight that were fried.  Fish was pan sautéed and veggies with it.  I feel great but I’m exhausted.  I’m off to bed now and will post tomorrow after my day of travel.

My plan is to workout tomorrow night with my boyfriend when I get home and eat as clean as I can while I travel tomorrow.  I have snacks packed.  I’ll update tomorrow night.

~nighty night

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

Obsessed – Day 6

Happy Saturday!!!

I don’t have much to tell you today. I’m currently in route home from CA. We’ve been in the car now for 14 hours and we have just under 5 to go. Needless to say, I did not workout. I’ve eaten “street food” ie; drive thru and gas station snacks (but they did have 100% grass-fed jerky much to my delight) and had way too much coffee.

On the other hand, I’m grateful to get a rest day. As much as I loved leg day yesterday, I can barely walk today (and sitting for hours isn’t helping). I’ll be back to my regular exercise schedule and timed nutrition (if you’d like to know more about timed nutrition let me know) tomorrow.

~until tomorrow

What is Clean Eating?

Good morning.  Have you ever thought about trying clean eating but weren’t really sure what that means?  In this short article, I hope to bring a little more clarity to you about clean eating. The first thing anyone will learn is to buy foods in the whole form.  That’s the starting point for eating clean.  However, it goes a little further than that. Here are 5 points to know about clean eating when making your decision.

  1. If you are like me and you are a meat eater, the cleanest possible meat will be pastured raised chicken, 100% grass-fed beef and pastured raised pigs.  All of these animals will be treated humanely and able to live off the land as they should in their natural habitat.
  2. Let’s talk veggies – I’m a big proponent for organic veggies.  In my experience, organic is proprietary when they have thin skin or no skin (ie; green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, ground plants such as squash and pumpkin, beans and corn) but if they are tree produced and have a thick skin such as avocado it’s, not as big a deal.
  3. Fruit – My views on fruit have changed in the recent past.  It’s nature’s candy and full of sugars.  The best most nutritious fruits to eat are berries.  Bananas, oranges and apples are LOADED with sugar and should only be eaten occasionally.
  4. FATS – Fats are actually really good for you.  But let me be clear that when I say fats, I’m referring to coconut, avocado, cheese that are from grass-fed cows, grass-fed butter, GHEE.  Nuts can be included in this but in very small quantities.
  5. Reading labels – I learned many, many years ago that label reading is crucial for understanding how to eat clean.  I’m avidly opposed to canned fruits and vegetables.  They usually have extra syrups and salt added to them as well as other chemicals for preserving.  Beans are usually ok but still better to buy them raw and cook them yourself.  IF you must eat out of a can, make sure that the can has very few ingredients and sugar MUST be at least the fifth ingredient.

These are but a few of the things to know about clean eating.  I’ll be posting more on this topic all month.  Thanks for checking out my blog!