I am finishing the 4th week of the 5-Factor Fitness program I'm following and while I had a couple of skipped weigh ins and some slips, I am happy to report today that I am down 3.5lbs since the beginning and I have lost 5 inches overall.
Now to give you some perspective about the meaning of how one must never give up... last weekend I ended up having drinks and not eating well and one day rolled into three of 'cheat' days. The 5-Factor Fitness program has a 'cheat' day worked into the plan but not what I did. I didn't want to weigh in last Sunday, but on Monday I hopped on the scale and was so upset with myself. I started the program at 172lbs and was at 174!!
That prompted a lot of soul searching for me. I've been doing this for years now and as I blogged about earlier in the week, I was and am really ready for REAL and TRUE change in my life. I'm tired of feeling that way and I know only I could make the changes to live so I could 'feel good' about myself and my progress.
I jumped into a 100 day challenge to remain AF (alcohol free) which is what I believe my biggest barrier to achieving my health goals. While I do believe in the motto 'moderation not deprivation' - in the case of alcohol, I have now come to terms and admit that I can not be moderate at this point, so I have decided to abstain completely - for 100 days, or perhaps for good... I'm not sure and well - I don't need to worry about that now. What I do love about this challenge is it takes the thinking around the matter OFF the table now, so I can focus my thoughts on other areas that I can improve to reach my goals.
This morning's weigh in - I am at 168.5 after 6 days AF! I have lost a total of 5 inches since starting the program 4 weeks ago. I have been eating relatively well - I will admit there were some days where my hunger seemed to 'roar'
My workouts with this program are going very well - they are simple and this week my goal is to up the cardio at the end (the program calls for 5mins cardio warm up, 10 minutes ST with 2 superset exercises they chose per day, 5 mins core and then finish with 5 minutes or more of cardio). Yesterday I did 30mins of cardio at the end instead and this week my goal will be to do just that on every day - at least 20 to 30 mins at the end of each workout.
After I finish my 5th week, there's a guide to a level 2 for an additional 5 weeks which I'll be following. I'm honestly developing a love for Strength Training and can't wait to keep progressing! My reward perhaps at the end of this program will be to buy the Les Mills Pump workout/DVD. I did that workout at GoodLife and it was great, but challenging... but by the end of my 10 weeks I think I'll be ready for the challenge.
It's so true that when we do something we are passionate about, there's a river of joy that results!!
I won't lie in that I did have some tough moments here and there with cravings. Especially on Friday - as the old habit of the mentality it's Friday, payday, long weekend and I could so go for a nice drink on a patio with the sunshine out and everything... but I didn't.
I kept busy on Friday with other more productive things. Yesterday I went to the market to browse around with my 16 year old. My 12 year old is having a blast with her friend at Mont Tremblant - got some really cool pics of them zip lining yesterday. Today, we may just go sit on the patio at the sailing club and I'll enjoy a club soda and she a pop or something... and enjoy the view (if the weather cooperates). Tomorrow is supposed to be a rainy day so perfect time to catch up on some work (I am preparing to do a Microsoft Office Specialist exam in Word which has to be done before June 4) and some de-cluttering. There's for sure no lack of things to do.
And last but not least in the balance of my life... my new friend that I met in March - he has been very busy with work including a recent trip to Vegas and now he's in Italy so I saw him last on May 7th and won't see him until his return around May 30 - and we are not messaging in that time as he's very busy so it's like a hiatus... but he did say this to me which made me feel very good... "I am sorry about the past month. Work has been overwhelming - but you can be sure I will message you the day after my return and we'll definitely do some catching up." and THAT my friends is good enough for me... It simply gives the next 2 weeks to really focus on my program and commitments to my goals!
Life is GOOD!!