Monday, November 28, 2011
OK, so it's only been like a week and a half since I started my new fitness challenge but I am SO motivated! The 4-week protein-veggie-legume diet is the most challenging diet that I've done...ever. But I've learned so far that I have to be prepared. Since I have been taking the time to prepare, it's a lot easier to stick to it. The structured meetings that incorporate education and workout also helps me a lot...it's already put into my weekly schedule so I am less inclined to skip a day. The meetings are only a twice a week and, being real with myself, I've committed that I HAVE to work out at least one other day out of the week. Of course, I hope/will try to do more but I have to balance work. Being healthy without a place to live is not on my bucket list.
I totally thought that Thanksgiving would be my toughest day, but it wasn't! I did REALLY great and wasn't even tempted much. I ate my turkey, ham, green beans and collard greens while everyone else indulged. When I was done, I was satisified. Now, had my cousin made her red velvet cake...anyway, thank God she didn't make it!
These first 4 weeks include 6 strict days with 1 cheat day. My hardest day was day 6. I don't have anyone else that I'm responsible for feeding (hubby, kids, etc.) so I know that has been part of my success thus far. BUT on day 6, my 6-year-old niece was with me. She told me she didn't want anything I had to eat at my house; said she' was hungry but she just wasn't gonna eat. Now, I know she is a very, very picky eater but I was outdone! Of course, she wanted Mickey D's. I was good when we ordered her stuff b/c I had my good stuff. But when she began to smack and suck her fingers as she devoured the nuggets and fries...man oh man! I wasn't hungry but I sure wanted some of her food! I struggled to not just have one nugget and five fries, even to the point I thought I would cry. But I did it! I endured and I was SO proud of me!
Last but not least for this entry, I am in SO MUCH PAIN!!! At our Saturday meeting, we did an assessment. Well, our trainer called it an assessment. I call it making us open up a can of whoop ___ on yourself. Really! It's 2 days later and my muscles are still cursing me out! It was definitely a challenge to get some of the exercises done. We did all the ones I skip when I do my workouts at home because they make my body hurt in ways that I didn't know it could hurt, like squat thrusts and body planks.
So, for this entry, my biggest lesson learned/mindset challenge is that I have to view the hard work, sweat and tears as investments to my happy and healthy life. I have things to look forward to like:
- fitting into my motivation outfit (yep, already bought it, I'm a shop-aholic)
- being able to fasten my cute shoes w/o being winded (and I have LOTS of cute shoes)
- doing more than 2 squat thrusts without feeling like I'm gonna vomit
- looking in the mirror and really being proud of the Diva looking back at me
Until next time DEUCES n SMOOCHES! ~ Diva
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Wow, so my last blog entry was August 5th. Yeah, that totally sucks. Anyway, I am back yet again determined to reach my destination on my health/fit journey.
First things first...I gained back all of the weight that I lost on my challenge at the beginning of the year. Plus about 5 extra pounds. I had stopped exercising and was not making healthy eating choices. Ok, enough of that depressing stuff...
Fast forward to a few days ago...
I've signed up for 90-day Fitness Challenge with my church. My first weigh-in was last Wednesday (11/16/11). Yep, I topped off at the highest weight of my life! That translates to motivation to stick with the challenge.
My first official day of the challenge was on this past Sunday, November 20. For the first 30 days we are on a low-carb, high-protein eating plan. My biggest challenge: preparation! I love veggies and lean meats so the food is no problem. It's having/taking the time to prepare it. And I'm not copping out - I work an 8-5 job, have my own business which I'm working about 30 hours a week right now and I handle administrative duties at my church. So trying to fit a work out AND preparing food into that schedule...yeah, I guess that's part of the reason it's called A CHALLENGE!
Anyway, since I have this blog set up already and our PT, Trinity, encourages us to write about our journey, I'm going to do it here on SP!
What I've experienced/learned so far (only 2 days in)...
- Eating low-carb, high-protein doesn't mean I'll die of starvation
- I have to listen to my body. I have had times when my mind sings the Checkers song "ya gotta eat". But then I ask my tummy am I really hungry. If I am, I eat...if not, I don't. BIG lesson for me. The protein is helping a lot w/ not being hungry all the time.
- My energy level is SOOO much higher already. I woke up 45 minutes early today and worked out and feel great! So usually my alarm would sound at 6:15 and I'd snooze 'til maybe 6:45 b/c of being so tired. This morning, my body woke me at 5:30am. I cleaned up a bit, worked out, my alarm went off at 6:15 and I got to work on time; it's 11am now and I'm not a bit tired!
- I have to stay committed, not just for 30 days or 90 days...I have to stop putting myself last for the duration.
SHOUT OUT TO Trinity at TRINITY FITNESS LLC ( www.trinityfitnessllc.com ) for working with us on this challenge!
Deuces n Smooches! ~ Diva
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