Obsessed – Day 15 – Not Good

Happy Monday.

Today started out with me waking up after only about 5 1/2 hours of sleep to a beautiful sunrise. I had a couple of cups of coffee in my hotel room while I got ready for my day. I had a convention that I was speaking on a panel at and I thought my time for speaking was at 10 AM but I was wrong. I arrived at the convention at 8:30 this morning having had no food, no work out and nothing prepared. My decision was clearly muddy. Would I leave and come back or stay?

I made the decision to stay at the convention because it was an opportunity to network for my job and in doing so, I was on my feet for approximately eight hours before I had my turn on the panel.

I proceeded to get breakfast at a little café in Caesar’s Palace which was a small frittata. Later in the day lunch was served by the hotel convention center and I ate a very small amount then. What’s my time had come and gone on the panel I was exhausted, extremely hungry and just not feeling like doing anything except sitting (I had been standing in heels for nearly all that time).

The hotel gym is incredibly large and always packed so I made a very poor decision based on fatigue and self esteem I guess. I didn’t want people watching me workout. So, I went to Whole Foods and bought myself a sandwich and some cheddar cheese crackers (which I didn’t eat all of) and a chocolate chip cookie and came back to my room and proceeded to eat it. I have not had a meal like that in quite some time and, needless to say, I feel bloated and very full and guilty.

I’m choosing to tell you all of this because I think it is important to see the good and the not so good. I have shared in previous blogs; my struggle with food and my “relationship” with food. While I dont consider today a binge, it was certainly not the preferred way of eating. I chose to eat for taste and mood satisfaction instead of choosing to eat specifically to fuel my body.

I’m a firm believer in the saying “you can’t out workout a bad diet!” But tomorrow is a new day and I did buy the things at the store that I need to be prepared. And I’ll do both my workouts (the one I missed today and the one for tomorrow) tomorrow. I’ll be doing Tuesday’s in the morning and making up Monday’s workout at the next hotel with the smaller gym.

Isn’t it crazy how some people (myself) don’t want to be seen doing something good for their bodies so they do something bad for it? Its a crazy twist on life. I’m going to take a nice long bath in this gorgeous tub, get some sleep and get back on track tomorrow.

~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 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 8

Good evening all.  I hope your Monday has been fabulous.

Today was a challenge.  Waking at 6:00 was the easy part.  I had my pre-workout meal (less the veggies because I was only home for about 24 hours before I had to leave again and I forgot to buy spinach).  An hour later I got my workout in which was the same but different from last Monday.  I did the same exercises but 3 sets of each with fewer reps each set.  My body is tired.  My muscles are sore and I did NOT feel strong.  However, my mind is much stronger than I give it credit.  I NEVER wanted to quit but I couldn’t wait for it to be over.

As for my nutrition…I didn’t have nearly the amount of veggies or fruit I am supposed to have in a day.  I didn’t have all the carbs I’m supposed to have and I had too much protein at dinner.

Today, I flew into Florida for a meeting with my amazing sales team.  Flying is always a challenge.  I had one of the Starbucks in the DFW airport mix my shakeology and for whatever reason, they felt it was necessary to add some kind of syrup to it (claiming that it would have messed up their blender if they hadn’t).  WHATEVER!!!!  I was frustrated but at least I got my shake in.  I was picked up at the airport and taken to the hotel and by this time it was nearing dinner time.  I had half a blue container of walnuts and then soon we were off to a place down the street for wings.  That was my dinner.  I know my challenge group will not be proud of this.  I should have had a salad or something  but I was craving the protein.   I’m really grateful that I got my exercise in today and tomorrow morning, early, I’ll be heading to the store to get more foods to be better prepared for the remainder of the week.  My job will be the biggest challenge for me in this 80 day program.  I travel almost weekly and have to entertain customers and that makes the nutrition hard.  BUT, I will not veer too far off from what I’m supposed to do.

Tomorrow I’ll share a much better day of eating than I did today.  Thanks for your support!!!!!

~good night!!!

Obsessed – Day 4

Happy Friday Eve!!!!

I hope you’ve all had a great day.  It’s nearly 9:00 PM and I’m tired so this will be short and sweet.  Here goes….

Today I switched it up a little.  I had to leave for work earlier than usual this morning so I started my day off with my daily superfoods shake and two hours later, a snack.  I got my work done with my cooler packed with all my foods except my pre-workout meal which I purchased at Whole Foods (salad greens, chicken and kale cakes).  Prior to having that pre-workout meal, I had to go to my business partner’s family’s home to load up a carload of boxes that Tyler and I will be driving back to Colorado on Saturday.  His grandmother is from Liverpool (one of my favorite places in England) and she still does traditional tea in her home.  I was gifted with a, lovely but quick, sit down tea time including crumpets.  And YES, I had a crumpet.  It actually worked into my meal plan so I couldn’t say NO.

Following my pre-workout meal, I got my workout in.  Today’s focus as arms, abs, ass and friends, I must share with you in real talk…my shoulders were crying at the end of the program today.  I love these workouts so far.  We’re only into day 4 but they are exhilarating.  However, I am learning that I’m so much weaker than I realized and that just pushes me to work harder.  These workouts include a huge portion of the time spent doing work in the high plank position and it’s NO JOKE!  I’m learning so much about my body, my limits and my favorite types of exercises.  I grow more excited about this journey.  Telling you all about it keeps me accountable and makes my drive to kill it much stronger.  Thank you for reading.

until tomorrow!

Obsessed – Day 3

Good evening!

My apologies for not getting my blog up from yesterday until this morning.  It was a long day.  I’ll will do my due diligence to make sure they are up daily.

Today is Wednesday and I’m feeling it from these workouts.  This morning’s workout was Cardio Core and I don’t know about you guys, but cardio and I are NOT friends.  I’ve always wanted to be better with cardio.  I’ve tried running, I’ve tried Orange Theory Fitness, I’ve tried so many programs in the Beachbody library and I don’t know that I will ever have a “love” for cardio.  What I do have for it is RESPECT!  Cardio is so important and over the past year of more consistent training than I’ve EVER had, my cardio is markedly better than it has ever been.  For this, I walk proud and find gratitude.  However, there is always room for improvement.  There is a hill in my neighborhood, in Colorado Springs, that I have a goal to be able to jog to the top of.  If you’ve ever been to CO, then you know that the air is very thin there and cardio is much more challenging for even some of the most elite athletes.  My hometown even has one of the largest Olympic training facilities for that purpose.  That being said, if I can make it to the top of that hill at the end of these 80 days, I will have accomplished a feat I only ever dreamed possible.  And I truly, with all my heart, believe that I will fulfill that goal.

Nutrition today was pretty darn good.  I moved a couple of meals around due to timing issues with seeing customer and appointments lasting longer than expected.  I think I missed a fruit serving today…I’m OK with that.  I had plenty of food, never felt like I was starving and stuck to my meal plan ALL day.  That’s a win for me.  Because I’m staying in a hotel and cooking on my little kitchenette stove, I’m not really recording any of my meal prep.  More to come visually on that later.  Until tomorrow friends…I’m tired.

 

Good night

Where oh Where in the World Am I?

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In the past 6 weeks I have been to Arizona, Las Vegas, Colorado, Alaska, Seattle, Portland, Northern California, Southern California and Texas.  One never knows where I may be.  It’s like playing “Where’s Waldo” only I’m Leigh Ann and I wear different shirts everyday.  🙂

My experiences all over this country are always filled with fun, laughter and joy.  I have friends living in nearly every state I travel to but I also have the blessing of enjoying my time alone as much and sometimes more than my time with others.  So I can find something to do anywhere I go.  Our time on this Earth is limited and the older I get and the more I see beautiful people in my life leave this Earth, the more I realize how much there is to do and see and I’m just ready to go for it.  Give me all the adventure opportunities!!!

Today, I’m in SoCal, but next week I’ll venture out to Utah for the first time and I’m so very excited about it.

Most of my travels are for work…like next week.  But occasionally I get to travel for vacation…like my trip to Alaska.  The amazing thing is, all of my trips are so fun in one way or another, that it’s like a full time vacation.  I have the greatest customers that I see and spend time with, some of which I’ve befriended outside of work and I see the country through local resident eyes as often as possible.  This is the best way to see things, not as a tourist but as a visitor.

I really enjoy traveling and blogging about it and I have decided with each trip I will blog about the state/city/local fun AND write a review about the hotel(s) that I’m staying in.  I’m a huge supporter of the Hilton Brand hotels and therefore, most of my writings will be about them.  So until next week….

Happy travels!