Day 34 – Cardio and The Club House

I mentioned yesterday that I was in New Mexico and that I had rented an airbnb for the first time in a while. What I didn’t mention was that the house I’m staying in was built in 1930 and that it was originally a Harley Davidson Motorcycle Club House. I grew up around Harley’s. My late uncle was a biker for my entire life. He took me for my first ride at 6 years old. I rode for much of my life until too many people I knew died or were severely injured on motorcycles. Then it just became no fun because I allowed my fear to take over. Anyhow, back to how cool this house is, there are tons of originals and even burn marks still in the wood floors from motorcycle burnouts. I find the history of this place remarkable and its one of the things I love about airbnb. You just never know what kind of jewel you’re going to fine. Today this place is a quaint house with some very modern features like a nice kitchen I can cook in.

As for my workout, I almost talked myself out of it today. I’m still suffering from digestion problems thanks to eating chocolate….how sad does that sentence make you? It makes me terribly sad. But I got it done and did really well actually. Cardio is my least favorite workout. But I’m so glad its done and day 33 of 80 is complete. Next up….Wednesday!!! Half way through the week already!

~sleep tight

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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 27 – Phase 1 DONE!

Happy Saturday and St. Patrick’s Day.  Did you wear your green?

Today was a good day.  We were up super late last night and so slept late this morning.  Got up, grabbed coffee (I tried a new creamer today Califia Almond Milk w/ coconut) had a quick breakfast of an egg and a spoonful of mashed sweet potatoes and then headed out to run errands.

As soon as I got home it was time to finish my last workout for phase 1 of 80 Day Obsession.  The last workout was, of course, cardio flow.  This workout kills me in so many ways.  It’s one of the most intense cardio workouts I’ve ever done. My heart rate maxes out, my legs max out and by then end I just want to throw up. True story. The funny thing is, it looks so easy but, my friends, it’s NOT! Here are a couple of snapshots.

After the workout it was time to color my hair (prematurely gray is not sexy) and then a much needed bath with some amazing muscle soak that I found at Whole Foods while my hair sets.

My body is more tired tonight than it’s been in a very long time.  I’m not used to not having energy to the level that I don’t have energy right now. But I refuse to quit.  I’m seeing the changes happening and I will finish.  I am sore, fatigued and weak by the end of Saturday every week.  But by Monday, I’m looking forward to the next workout because I can see every week how much stronger I’m getting.  Isn’t that fantastic?

OK, moving on from my boasting…we played a round of video golf which was a ton of fun and then I went to start dinner.  I had planned to have this great St. Patricks day feast but have never cooked corned beef before.  OOPS!  THREE HOURS?!!!That’s how long it takes.  So breakfast for dinner was had and the feast will happen tomorrow as well as some other meal prep to get me started on my gut healing journey.  Now, we’re just lying in bed and it feels amazing to just lay down.

How are you feeling?  Any adrenal or fatigue issues with you?

Thank you all so much who are watching this moment in my life and being a part of it.  Those of you who are reaching out to me, I really appreciate the support and kindness.

~good night

Obsessed – Day 26 – Almost Done with Phase 1

TGIF!

I’ve had one very long day!  Woke up at 6:30, crawled out of bed at 7:00, and COFFEE!!!  I had another day of working in Denver so after a quick breakfast, I was off and running.  It snowed north of us. That was a big bummer to see. I wish it would snow at my house!

I finished my work around 3:00 in Denver and heading back to the springs was excited to workout.  Its LEG DAY!!!  I’ve never liked leg day until now.  This program is so packed with upper body on every other day that leg day is almost like a rest day only not.  I still hurt and I still break a sweat and I still use weights.  But at no point during leg day am I in a plank position and for that, my friends, I am happy to see this day arrive.

I arrived home around 4:30 and checked in with Tyler who was also in need of a workout.  I grabbed my pre-workout drink and sucked it down, changed clothes and headed for the basement.  Eager to get started because I still had my weekly grocery trip to make, I began.  This week, the weight was increased and the sets were 2 x 15.  YIKES!  When that workout ended and for a short while after, my entire lower half shook and felt like jello.

Then shower, store, home and unfortunately a very late dinner.

As for my nutrition, here’s where I’m at.  I bought only foods for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  After a couple of days of heavy research, it seems to be one of the more structured forms of eating that truly targets healing the gut.  That’s where my head it as right now.  The plan that falls in line with my workout program involves way more food than I can or, quite frankly, should be eating.  I feel much better over the last three day in just not eating so much.  However, my digestion will be a challenge and one I’m truly ready with earnestness, to take on.  Leftovers have been consumed and tomorrow starts a new day and hopefully the beginning of a long overdue healing process.

~More to follow.

Obsessed – Day 25 – UPDATE

A few days ago I told you guys that I was struggling with my digestion. In 2008 I was diagnosed with leaky gut syndrome and then again in 2013. I’ve never been a very good follower of doctor’s orders when it comes to my adrenal fatigue or gut healing. Therefore, I have always had bouts of inflammation and continued gastrointestinal problems.

24 days ago I began a new program called 80 Day Obsession which is amazing and, by far, my favorite program to date. It comes with an eating plan that has been really great and when I’m home I actually meal plan, shop and cook daily. Because the plan allows for a lot of carbs, I’ve incorporated them into my diet daily along with many other foods that apparently I should not be eating. My digestion is worse than its been in a very long time. Upon doing some research and diving back into my holistic nutrition school books, I’ve learned much more than I had retained in the past about the long term effects of untreated leaky gut syndrome that I’m fearful of experiencing. You know what they say…we grow/learn at the rate of pain we’re in. Well, I sometimes am a slow learner with a high pain tolerance. Ha!

Starting Saturday, I’ll be changing EVERYTHING about how I eat and beginning the process of healing my guts. This weekend I’ll be posting a blog specifically about leaky gut because its incredible information and I would imagine many people have it but have no idea. Many western medicine doctors typically won’t diagnose it and immediately prescribe pills for digestion issues. Our digestive system is actually quite fascinating.

As for today, I had 3 small meals instead of the 5 I would normally eat and that was a lot. I had an egg and slice of toast (which will become excluded from my diet beginning Saturday), for lunch I had 3 ounces of cheeseburger, a slice of bacon and a cup of tomato bisque soup and for dinner I had pan sautéed shrimp, mashed sweet potatoes (which will also be eliminated) and Brussels sprouts. I also got my 55 minute workout in that was a great total body workout.

Obsessed – Day 23 – All The Good Foods

Today was a day of trying new recipes!

Breakfast today was poached egg on toast with asparagus. It was my first time poaching eggs and while they weren’t beautiful, they were cooked really well and made for a great pre-workout meal. Post workout was leftover baked almond crusted chicken and a sweet potato latke. Our dinner tonight was Italian Meatballs with homemade sauce and spaghetti squash in lieu of noodles. Oh my gosh was it all fantastic!

My workout today was ALL THE BOOTY with resistant loops and man did my butt burn. However, my man told me just last night how good its looking and that certainly helps with the extra push, adding resistance and going harder when the compliments start coming in. Today I doubled up on my loops for a lot of the moves. Yellow being the lightest and blue the heaviest. Here are a couple of picture. Guys…I never knew resistance loops could work muscles so hard.

Anyhow, it was a good day working from home. I got a ton done, cooked some great meals, soaked in the hot tub for a while and played an epic game of video golf which was a blast. Some much needed down time was has tonight as well as lots of laughter.

I am exhausted and off to bed.

-until tomorrow!!

Obsessed – Day 18 – WHOA!

This will be a short and sweet wrapup of the day.

I had a really long day with limited food until dinner. I got my workout in later this afternoon. Then went to a Brazilian steakhouse and probably ate way too much protein. It was delicious. I am really starting to see some changes in my body and I’m excited about that. And I go home tomorrow and will get to spend multiple days in a row cooking my own meals and eating on the timeline that I’m supposed to be. I am really excited and will share this next week with much enthusiasm and great details as well as some recipes.