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.
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…
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.
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.
- 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
- Mix all together
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!
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