Category: 80 Day Obsession

It is OK to have a Bad Workout

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Day 47 today, and it was not my workout day. I woke up, feeling decent, but once I pressed play, that liquid gold, never kicked in. I was out of breath in the first five minutes, I couldn’t lift as much as I did last week, and quickly my enthusiasm for the workout diminished.

I had some mental choices during this 60 minutes of misery today. I could have easily given up, but I knew that wasn’t a choice I would be making. I then could either choose to suck it up and give it my all, or be annoyed throughout the workout and give it as much as I could in the moment. I did not do every rep, and I even lowered my weights throughout the workout, but at the end of the 57 minutes, I knew I made the best choice I could. I gave it all I could today and was okay at the end of the workout with my effort, because I don’t think I could have given more.

Having bad days when working out is normal… just like when I was running, having bad running days was the norm. You can decide what you do with the bad day… You can decide how you go about the rest of the day. Just because it was a bad workout, doesn’t mean I ate unhealthy or had a bad attitude all day. I was just glad I got it done, burned some calories, and worked on reaching my goals.

Embrace the suck, embrace the bad days, becaues it will make the good days that much better.

Does Your Stomach Shrink?

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I have no idea… but I do know how I feel after being so conscious of my meals and portions…

About 45 days ago, I started a new program that wasn’t just about exercise, but also about food. While I’ve done programs in the past that also had nutrition components, I never really committed and I knew that this time had to be different… partly because I wanted to look the best I could on my wedding day, but also because I knew if I wanted people to trust me, I had to go all in.

I’ve been about 80 – 90% on this program (I love my wine too much… and when you’re planning a wedding, sometimes you need it) and for some reason, the past four days I haven’t been focusing on it as much. I’ve been making salads, but not measuring portions… I’ve been eating prior to working out, but not being mindful of portions or the type of food… I’ve not been taking my post – workout recover and fruit… and I’ve had a lot more wine that normal, which also means some (okay many) bad food choices… pizza twice, and Chinese food (I can’t believe I’m even admitting it).

With these changes in my diet in just four days, I miss my old way of eating, and I actually can’t wait to get back to my routine tomorrow. The past few days I have had trouble sleeping, due to being so full, and starting my workout was beyond difficult today.

Tonight, prior to dinner a Facebook friend and fellow bride and I were talking about does your stomach shrink? And while I don’t know the answer, I can’t even tell you how full I am tonight and luckily I’ve learned to stop. While nothing on my plate was unhealthy or even artificial, I ate my veggies and felt so so full. I had two choices… The old me would have made choice number 1, which is realizing how delicious the food is and continue eating and the new me, made choice number 2, which realized I was too full and could just finish the food tomorrow.

No one ever said this journey was going to be easy… and depending when you are starting, you have to overcome years of bad habits. I have always been someone who has trouble recognizing I am full and stopping… I have often been the person who goes back for seconds, thirds, and sometimes sixths, because the taste is so good, without realizing my body was saying no more or even worse… wanting the food because it sounded good, even though I wasn’t hungry.

Commit to yourself and your goals. You are worth it and you deserve to get to the point where you question, “Is my stomach shrinking?”

It is not Always About the Numbers on the Scale

I am one of the first to admit, I am obsessed with the scale. As much as I try to tell myself otherwise, I often let the scale dictate my success.

This can be hard, especially with a program like 80 Day Obsession, where I am building muscle and we all know, muscle weighs more than fat. I set weight loss goals prior to the beginning of this program, and want to achieve them.

However, it is not always about the number on the scale. A lot of people say to take measurements… I have and I don’t find the numbers to changed significantly. Maybe a total of 3 – 4 inches so far. Then people have said to take pictures and while I haven’t yet done the side by side, when I look at the pictures I take, I am not impressed…

But, that changed today. Today I realized my size 8 capris were big on me. Due to having extra time, I decided to go to my favorite store – Gap Factory Outlet… and I then decided to try to a size 6. I literally don’t even know the last time I put on a size 6. I was pretty much a size 10 once I started wearing “adult clothes” and only began wearing size 8, a year or two ago. I decided just to try it for fun, and see how much more I needed to go to reach a size 6. Well, take a look…

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Green is my size 8, and the blue pair is the one I bought today – size 6!!!

Even though when I look in the mirror I still see the girl who is overweight and not healthy, today’s Non Scale Victory (NSV), reminds me of how far I have come and the progress I did make.

I know my journey is not over. Both with where I want to take my physical transformation, but even with my mental transformation. I will get to the point where I love my body both physically and mentally… but for now, I am going to celebrate this NSV and push a little harder knowing I have made this progress so far.

Tabouli Quinoa Chicken Bowls

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If I’ve learned anything from this health journey, it is that meal prep is the key to staying on track. I actually thought it would be easier to follow the 80 Day Obsession meal plan now that school is out. While it is in some regard because I am awake for less hours each day, so eating every 2 – 3 hours is much easier, I am not as good with meal prepping.

With a three day conference to start my week, I wanted to go back to meal prep, and I am so excited for these Tabouli Quinoa Chicken Bowls. Super easy and able to make lunch for the next 4 days. The following recipe is for one bowl, but super easy to duplicate it for as many days as you need.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup red onions
  • 1/2 cup tomato
  • 1/2 cup cucumbers
  • 3/4 cup cooked chicken (I seasoned mine with Nature’s Promise Mango Habanero)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon mint
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • Dash of salt

Directions

  1. Mix all together
  2. Enjoy

I got this recipe from Fixate, which is actually part of the Beachbody on Demand suite of on demand health and fitness videos. I love looking at it each week because new recipes are added each week, and if you follow 21 Day Fix or 80 Day Obsession, it designates the container equivalent. It also gives the nutritional value so if you follow a different program such as Weight Watchers or counting macros, you can also do that. It also designates if recipes are Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free, or Vegan!

Interested? Let me know and I can help you get a 2 week free trial.

Just Keep Pushing Forward

Friday is my “weigh – in day”. It’s the day that I track my weight and measurements to see if I lost anything and for the first time since starting 80 Day Obsession, I gained weight. Over a pound. This is disappointing for a lot of reasons, especially since I have my first dress fitting today (though, I am still less than I was when I bought the dress)…

However, I have two choices. I can be upset and blame the program and say things like it isn’t working for me, nothing works for me, I’ve tried everything, and give up.

OR

I can reflect on the type of week I had… and I’m going to be honest. Last night, I had two margaritas, a glass of wine, guacamole and chips, and half of a salad… (wow just writing that out makes me realize how much it was)… Most likely the weight gain has a lot to do with salt, but reflecting on how much I ate shows me that the program works if you follow it.

I am not going to dwell on this weight gain today and I am just going to keep pushing forward. I am going to push hard in my thirty minute cardio workout today and make as many good food choices as I can. I know I am doing Happy Hour with my best friend tonight, and I’m not going to hold back because we only live once, but it means the rest of the weekend will be clean eating and lots of water.

When you have a set back, reflect on why versus giving up. Then keep pushing forward.

Why Coaching Inspired Me to Workout

In 2015, I was approached by someone who I never met to become a Team Beachbody Coach. This person was my coach, assigned to me because I knew his sister, but other than that, I didn’t know much about him besides that he worked out regularly and posted some videos about it. Each time he asked, I said no… thinking it wasn’t for me.

But then one day, something in my head, and I still don’t know why, made me stop and think about it. I already was working out, and more importantly, I desperately wanted a body that I didn’t hate and that others admired. I didn’t agree to coach to make money, and to be truthful, I didn’t agree to coach to help others either… I agreed to coach to help me.

Since that day in April 2015, my coaching journey has been a lot of ups and downs, and again, not because of money or because of helping others, but because of my own belief in myself… I completed programs, but did not follow the calendar faithfully and took more rest days than prescribed… sometimes stopping and restarting, and rarely ever completing a program. More importantly, I did not follow the nutrition components and so while I was getting in better shape, I was not seeing the results that made me comfortable in my own skin or the results that I wanted to inspire others.

Until April 2018.

After I ran the Boston Marathon, I thought a lot about coaching and my commitment, and late one night, after eating way too much food and feeling pretty disgusted with myself, I wrote myself a letter… a letter that said I wasn’t going to help others until I learned to help myself. a letter that said I was no longer going to be X pounds and from this day forward I would lead a healthy life, a letter that said I deserved better, and had a choice to make. I spent the next two weeks doing the 21 Day Fix, and then jumping into 80 Day Obsession… and when I say jumping into it, I meant giving the workouts my all, having all of the supplements, and following the nutrition plan 80% of the time (have to be realistic with all of the wedding celebrations)…

Since this new dedication, I have lost 6 pounds and some inches… but more importantly, I feel more comfortable in my skin than I ever have before. For the first time ever, I can look at pictures and not hate my arms, and I can sit at the beach or pool and not find ways to cover my stomach. Am I completely satisfied? No… but this just makes me hungrier to keep pushing each and everyday. This program is challenging, but I also know if I wasn’t a coach, I wouldn’t be doing it. I would have said that Beachbody was just another program that didn’t work and would have tried something else.

Being a coach means people are watching… they may be judging or thinking it is some pyramid scheme, but in the end, even if I make no money, I am healthier, I feel better, I am confident.

Being a coach means developing as a person. I listen to Personal Development almost everyday, and it has helped me focus more in work, in my relationships, and on me.

Being a coach means helping people. Even when that is not my main motivation or my initial reason for signing up, I love getting messages from my coaches or customers about scale and non – scale victories.

Being a coach means getting a check each week to help me pay for my Shakeology and supplements.

Being a coach means I am working on the best version of me each day.

If you read this at all and it resonated, send me a comment. Maybe today is the day you become a coach so you inspire yourself to be the first version of you.

Mindset

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I don’t know about you, but I actually prefer lifting weights over cardio… while I am definitely a runner, I like a workout where I lift weights… however, it does not always burn as many calories as cardio.

Today, in 80 Day Obsession was one of my favorite workouts – Totally Body Core – complete weight lifting. Last week was the first round of phase 2, which is always challenging for me because I am not sure how much weight to lift or the correct form of the moves. Last week in the hour, I burned about 220 calories. This week, I was amped to workout. I think it had to do with more sleep, more time between waking up and working out, and having a tight agenda for the day… In that same hour and with a different mindset, I burned over 100 more calories.

It made me realize that some days will be good days working out and some days will be bad days working out. Sometimes we will feel like working out and sometimes we will not feel like working out. It is all part of the process, but having a plan will get you through the hard days. One of the reasons, and probably the first reason I fell in love with Beachbody was the workouts provided a plan… a calendar for each day of the program. There was no guessing and it made it so I still pressed play on those days I didn’t want to.

80 Day Obsession is hard, and I know 100% if I didn’t have the right mindset, I would never press play each and everyday. It took a positive mindset before I started on Day 1… Whether you join me on July 1 for my next 80 Day Obsession challenge group or you are starting another workout program, make sure you have the right mindset going into it to be successful.