Dear Gawd, I hate working out.
There, I said it. Maybe it’s because I was an athlete growing up and so fitness was just the natural byproduct of playing sports. Maybe it’s simply because I can think of at least 100 different things I’d rather be doing.
Whatever the reason, I simply hate it. Unfortunately, I like I results. Or more accurately, I hate when my pants don’t fit. And guess what I just discovered last week? My pants are shrinking again. *sigh* And just in time for the holidays too.
Well done, pants.
Actually, I know it’s not my pants’ fault. It’s not even my butt’s… it’s the fault of the lump 3 feet higher, perched squarely atop my neck and between my ears.
So here’s the deal: I’m going to try something different. Because I am so tired of having to ‘start over’ every so many months. I’m going to try this new program (which was actually alright when I tried it out), but instead of trying to force myself to enjoy the program in order to do it — I’m simply going to do the program — independent of my enjoyment.
And I’m going to share that journey with you. Because… honestly, because it’s the only way I can reasonably convince myself not to give up when (inevitably) “fxck it floodgates” open.
Nov 21 – Day 1
Last night I slept in my gym clothes because I knew that getting up at 0430 (okay, it ended up being 0500) to workout was going to sound awful and all too easy to skip. Laid my socks/shoes right net to my bed along with a super cozy hoodie within arms reach. My sleepwear consisted of yoga pants and a sports bra. (I’ve heard some friends complain about how uncomfortable their sports bras are… I suppose that is one advantage to being a lifelong member of the IBTC).
But I digress…
Today’s workout: MMA Speed
27 minutes. 6 rounds.
I love all the punch combos. This was the workout that I previewed on Beachbody On Demand, and the one that actually made me buy the program. For some reason I love throwing hooks! As much as I did not want to get out of bed this morning (sooo cold!!!!), it was incredible to look at the clock at the end of my workout and see it say 0548. I’m done for the day. If nothing else goes right today, at least I got my workout in. Oh yeah, and I definitely was not cold any more.
Today’s Meal Prep:
At some point, I should probably do a post explaining the whole meal prep with the containers thing. In the mean time, this video does a great job explaining how the containers work. Yes, the video references the 21 Day Fix rather than CDF (as that is where the container system originated). Although CDF utilizes the containers slightly differently, the basics remain the same.
Given my starting body weight of 134, I’m on “Plan A” which means I get the following:
Breakfast: Fat Coffee made with 12 oz Kona coffee <3 + a tsp each of ghee and coconut oil + a pinch of cinnamon and stevia. Blend. Consume. (2 Tsps)
Lunch: Strawberry Shakeology + 8 oz unsweetened almond milk (1 Red, 1/2 Yellow)
*I accidentally ended up being 1/2 a yellow short b/c I miscounted the almond milk as a whole yellow
Dinner: Steak + Broccoli & Grape Tomatoes + Sweet Potato topped with Feta, Pumpkin Seeds
(2 Red, 3 Green, 1 Yellow, 1 Orange, 1 Blue)
Snacks: Greek 2% yogurt (1 Red), 1 Monsterously Large Apple portioned out in 2 servings (2 Purple)
I have to admit that the meal plan is going to challenge me. Not for the reason you think tho. For the last several months, I’ve been keeping a very low carb and higher fat diet. And I’m the worst when it comes to following a meal plan. THE. WORST. I mean, I’ve never met a recipe I couldn’t change.
I’m pretty sure that if I just did the workouts and followed my primal(ish) diet I would get some really good results… (Yeah, see — I can’t fully commit to all that either!) However, I also know that Beachbody programs and nutrition guides are the shiznit and really do work if you follow them. So I’m going to follow along and fight my inner rebel child (at least for the first month).
And I’m going to be sharing my journey in blogs so you can see what it’s all about. Right now I’m thinking I would like to do daily blogs, but if it gets a little to much “same old-same old” I may do some weekend roundups and stuff because honestly? My life isn’t that interesting. *lol*
More than the workouts (which are really great) and the nutrition (Chocolate Shakeology is everything!), I really want to share my mindset.
I want to be raw and real about what is going on in between the ears because that is where I think most people (myself included) get lost and derailed.
Do not think for a second that I have freakin’ cheerleader in my head going “rah-rah you can do this!” 24/7. My self talk sounds more like the Golden Girls.
And I want people t see a real and true example of working with what you have in the moment. Turn everything into fuel.