Dec 1-4th – Days 11-14
This blog post is going to be different than my other ones — and for good reason.
Here’s what you need to know about the workouts: I did them.
Here’s what you need to know about the meal plan: I mostly got it right.
Friday night, I went over to a friend’s house and we definitely had Chinese and drank wine.
I tried not to over do it. But after weeks of eating really clean and healthy, that combo of food and wine really left me feeling not so great on Saturday. Not hungover, but just… puffy and gross.
The company and conversation was awesome. However, I question whether the meal was worth it. Lesson learned.
Preparation as a Mindset Shift
What I really want to spend some time talking to you about is how preparation and telling on myself two weeks ago was key to getting through the past few days. Because if I’m being honest, these four days could’ve and probably would’ve derailed me off my program any other time before this.
The only reasons why I was able to trip, fall and yet stay mostly on track, and eventually regain my footing is because of the preparation I had put in before starting 2 weeks ago.
Prep #1: Clearing the junk out of the house
Thursday and Friday were days where any reasonable person would’ve probably been able to justify swinging through the drive through. Thursday delivered me a work-related crisis early in the morning and the rest of my week was defined by that issue. I arrived at work early and stayed well past dark. My will power at the end of my days was absolute garbage.
Prep #2: Removing as many excuses to not work out in the morning as possible
Remember all that stuff about sleeping in my workout clothes? It got me in the habit of rolling out of bed and hitting “Play” on my CDF videos.
Prep #3: Committing to and PARTICIPATING in a Challenge Group
My group has saved my butt from going off the rails several times already. On Thursday, when I was called into work early and didn’t have a chance to workout, a fellow Challenge Group participant and I linked up and kept each other accountable so we would actually workout later that night.
Prep #4: I’ve stopped using a bitchy attitude or “I don’t feel like it” as a valid reason to not “Do the Thing.”
I don’t feel like it? Surprise surprise. I so rarely feel like it — that if I ever do, I’ll have to do a special blog post about it. Especially when I’m only a couple weeks in.
But what I am realizing is that I LOVE how I feel afterwards. And that feeling, while not enough to make me look forward to “doing the thing” (at least not yet), is enough to allow me to put my brain on autopilot and trust that I will feel the love afterwards.