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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?”

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.