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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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

HELLO!!!

Hi everyone!  So sorry for the gap in posts.  I needed a weekend of rest and recovery (but I did do my workouts and then some).  I’ve got some fun things in the works that will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Friday was a busy day of seeing doctors (chiro and eye) and getting ready for my trip that I’m on this week.  Saturday I spent the day with my fella being a couch potato except for my workout and cooking an amazing goulash dinner with cauliflower in lieu of potatoes.  Sunday was baking and cooking up things for Tyler for the week and then spending time with our friend and her girls outdoors getting some fresh air.  Good times. And much needed.

As for my workout program and nutrition, I’ve been committed to my workouts and getting them done everyday.  Even Sunday, my rest day, we were outside and did a mini incline of 200 steps that go up at a 40º angle (ouch my legs and lungs).  Food has been on point except I had some dark chocolate over the weekend and my digestion in paying today for it.

Today I drove to Albuquerque, NM and didn’t have the best food options in the car.  They weren’t unhealthy per se, but they were lacking in vital nutrients.  But I did have all my weights and workout equipment in my car and hit up Whole Foods before coming to the airbnb I rented.

I cooked up some nutrient packed stir-fry with tons of veggies for dinner after my workout and will hope that tomorrow brings ease to my digestion.

This blog is kind of all over the place.  Tomorrow will be more structured.  I hope you all had a great Monday.

~until tomorrow

Obsessed – Day 31

Today was leg day! And leg day with already sore legs is brutal. I’m absolutely loving this program though just for the challenges. I’m 31 days in and it feels like I just started a brand new program. Thats what’s so great about it….all the changes in routine. Nothing is ever the same and my muscles just can’t keep up. My body is changing so much. At day 40 I’ll post some before and afters.

As for nutrition, like I’ve shared, I’m not really doing the meal plan that comes with the program because its just too much food. But I am portioning my food and sticking to a meal plan (meaning I plan what I’ll be having for all of my meals and I don’t deviate). This is a game changer for me.

I haven’t slept well the past couple of nights. So I’m outta here to get some good sleep hopefully.

~happy Friday eve!

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.