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