10 days, already!? Today, I woke up feeling like the snot monster. Maybe that's TMI but it's how I felt. I didn't want to do anything. I managed to pour a tall glass of warm lemon water and take some DayQuil. Then, I ate a hearty, clean breakfast. I got an incredible leg workout this morning. I'm finally feeling a little better!
Yesterday was a good day. I ran/jog/walked 5 miles during my lunch break. It wasn't a fast speed but that doesn't really matter. I still hit my cardio range for more than 30 minutes.
One thing I've learned in the early stages of this journey, is that this truly is a lifestyle change. I've had to buy groceries based on my nutrition plan, I've had to prep food, I have to give myself plenty of time each day to get a workout in, and cook a separate dinner for Shane :). It hasn't been an easy transition and I've definitely found ways to complain along the way. It will definitely be worth it when I'm competing in April!
If you want to know some of the weird/gross/honest facts about the process, here ya go.
- My body is sore, to the point it's tough to get out of bed some mornings. Positive: I'm getting stronger & I won't feel like this forever.
-I pee constantly because I'm drinking more than a gallon of water a day. Positive: My skin is incredibly clear! And, my forehead wrinkle is shrinking.
-I gag down my oats in the mornings. I love sugar so much, apparently. Plain oats, with stevia and cinnamon isn't half as good as the delicious, sugary packets you get at the store. Positive: I'm not feeling sluggish from sugar.
-I eat. I eat A LOT! Like 5-6 times a day. Everything I eat is clean. Positive: My metabolism is going to get faster!
-LaCroix Sparkling water with Mint Leaves, Limes and Berries is AMAZING! Positive; It's totally cutting my sugar cravings!
I may or may not be a few days behind in writing an update, but I'm still making progress!
Here's the good news: I'm down 6.2 pounds! My sugar cravings are finally going away and I feel like I have so much more energy. I also don't feel like I'm starving to death anymore. I'm eating a clean snack or meal every 2-4 hours. My skin is getting really clear, also! I'm getting STRONGER!
Well, I'm not perfect. Dang it! Starting a new lifestyle during the holiday season has been harder than I imagined. On Christmas Eve, I ate 2 THIN slices of pie. Yes, I ate pie. Then, on Christmas day, I ate Buncha Crunch chocolates at the movies. I actually felt yucky after eating those things and I really have no desire to do it again.
Here's the positive, I may have strayed a little on Christmas Eve & Christmas but it helped me to refocus. I also think it helped me to get rid of that desire for sugar. I'm really excited about this lifestyle change.
Another thing I've quickly learned is that many restaurants have a "Healthy" menu but that doesn't mean the food is clean. There's a big difference between healthy-ER and clean. If you're curious, start paying attention to the labels on the food you eat. I've been absolutely stunned by how much sugar & sodium is in the food we eat. Sodium makes me feel bloated and sugar makes me feel sluggish. It makes sense that I feel so amazing, now.
If you know me, you know I absolutely love to snowboard! Shane & I went to Keystone the day before Christmas Eve. I was burning some serious calories and the conditions on the slopes were amazing! It was my first real powder day. I started feeling pretty confident and I was going a little faster than I normally do. I tried to switch from my heel side to my toe side and I flipped over my snowboard three times, while rolling down the mountain. OUCH! I managed to jam my elbow into my ribs. I'm really glad I wasn't hurt worse. Unfortunately, though, I messed up one of my ribs. It has forced me to cut back on some of my weight training this week. But don't worry, I'm still working out! Hopefully my silly rib will heal quickly.
Now that I've rambled on a little more than I planned to, I will leave you with this:
You can achieve anything you set your mind to! The only thing holding you back from reaching your goals is YOU!
Well, I've made it to day 3! I think I'm officially going through sugar withdrawal. It snowed today and got really, really cold! Somehow, I managed to bundle up and go for a 3 mile run. I'm definitely looking forward to more weight-training tomorrow.
I know it's something I shouldn't do at this point in my training, but I decided to weigh myself. At the beginning of the week, I was about 134 pounds. This morning, I weighed 128! I've been eating clean since Tuesday. Very few carbs, low fat and a TON of protein. I eat something every 2 hours. Who says you have to starve to be healthy?
I miss pasta, wine, sugar.....it's hard not eating the things I love and crave. I know it will be worth it in the end! It's all mind over matter!
Day 2 is underway. If I could eat an elephant, I probably would consider it. I woke up bright and early, at 5:15. I made some eggs and ate 4 slices of turkey.
Then, I made my way to the gym! I love leg day. Seriously, leg day is my favorite. I like it the most because my legs are much stronger than my arms.
Here's a look at my workout:
The workout felt pretty good, I even managed to break sweat! Here's the bad news, at least for my coworkers...I forgot my towel! So, I couldn't shower. Even worse than that, I forgot my bra! Not my sports bra, my regular bra. I had to go to work with my stinky gym clothes on and no shower. OOPS! Next time, I will plan ahead.
I've eaten quite a bit today and I still feel hungry. All clean foods. Every where I look, there's junk food! It seems worse because I'm eating clean. Today, we had a client leave us pies! And, it was pot luck day at work. I managed to find turkey, strawberries, and tomatoes. I also ate some broccoli. So far, so good!
I'm interested to see how I handle tomorrow. It's going to be snowing. Snow is not going to be an excuse for missing a workout. I will make it happen!
Hey! I guess I will just go ahead and call this 'Day 1'. For a long time, I've been unhappy with my body. I've made every excuse in the world as to why I'm not doing something about it, though. "I'm too busy, I'm too tired, I'll start next week, I look fine". I've said it all.
I'm to a point now that I just can't even stand to look at my body without clothes. If you're reading this, you might think that sounds a little extreme. It's the truth. I've always been a really body conscious person. We're all our own worst critic. But my clothes are fitting tighter. I've gained 8 pounds in 6 weeks. I eat too much sugar and sometimes, I have a few too many glasses of wine. I've even been wearing more and more clothes to try and hide my body. I can notice the extra weight in my face.
I'm done making excuses! I'm tired of feeling this way. I want a better mind and a healthier body. So, here's the start of my fitness journey! I've always wanted to compete in a bikini competition. Now's the time to start training.
I think today was my big slap in the face. I'm 28 years old, I weigh 134 pounds and I have almost 34% body fat! Those are alarming numbers! That's not healthy! I don't want to have a heart attack in my 40's!! I want to live to see my nephews and nieces get married and have babies!
Tonight, I got to workout with my coach, Tiffany! She's amazing and I can't wait to take this journey with her. We worked on upper-body tonight. One of the first things out of my mouth "my arms are so weak." Her response, "Don't think of it like that, think of it as "I'm getting stronger".
I'm a firm believer that you can do anything you put your mind to! If you can dream it, you can do it! I hope by sharing this journey, it might motivate or encourage you. Here's to Day 2!