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Before I say anything else I have to admit that I slipped, cheated, whatever you want to call it. So far I’ve done great, following the plan exactly, but I kind of lost it at the very end of the day and I think I can pinpoint three main reasons why. First, I’ve been adding to the posts throughout the day as I follow the plan which has really helped keep me on track. Instead of doing that for this day I didn’t journal at all and I’m actually sitting here on the morning of Day 5 writing this. There’s just something about writing/typing everything that increases accountability somehow. Second, I only got my usual 4 hours of sleep the night before and instead of getting more sleep during the day I stayed up. So by the time the sun went down I was tired, but not tired enough to just go to bed which is what I should’ve done, and I had eaten everything I was supposed to for the day. A person can only go so long without wanting to eat, especially if you’re used to eating every few hours. And when you’re tired you tend to feel more hungry. Third, I had used my last packet of Truvia the night before in my tea. So? Well, I’ve been having a cup of herbal tea at the end of each day and it was really hitting the spot. I didn’t want to use sugar so I decided to just tough it out. Not the best idea. I ended up eating a protein bar which, even though it has only healthy forms of sugar, still had more sugar than I would’ve put in my tea. Then I went on to have some lime sherbet which has plenty of sugar, and not the good kind, AND a turkey and cheese sandwich. Yeah, being up late, tired and hungry, is not ideal for making logical decisions. Anyway, here’s all the stuff I did right.

8:00am – Breakfast – Today’s is Shakeology which I make for my kids in the morning anyway so I made the same thing for all of us. Each full serving contained 1/2 medium banana, 2 tsp. peanut butter, 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology, 8 oz water and 3 ice cubes. So delicious! (I’ve also noticed that the later in the day I have my Shakeology, the less likely I am to give in to temptation at night.)

11:00am – Snack – 1 medium apple with 1 Tbs. almond butter.

2:20pm – Lunch – I’ve never thought of using cottage cheese in egg salad, but it worked great. I really didn’t miss the mayo at all. This was 2 hard-cooked eggs with one yolk removed, 1/4c. low-fat cottage cheese, 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard, salt and pepper to taste and much to my delight there was still enough of the chives my friend gave me from her garden for this, too. After getting mixed together, it was wrapped in a low-carb whole wheat tortilla. The salad was 2 cups of Romaine lettuce with a sliced Roma tomato and 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar.

5:15pm – Workout time! FIRE45 + HIIT20+Stretch10 – same as Day 2. Since I hadn’t taken a nap and was running on four hours of sleep, I decided to add 1 scoop or half a serving of P90X Results & Recovery Drink to my water. It really did the trick! I was able to push through and get the most out of the workout.

7:30pm – Dinner – this one was particularly satisfying. 4oz lean steak that had been marinated in soy sauce, black pepper, and garlic then cooked in my grill pan. 6oz fresh spinach simmered for just a few minutes then mixed with fresh garlic, low-fat sour cream and Parmesan cheese and heated through. Also got to eat 1/2 of a baked potato (I actually just had a whole small potato) which I seasoned with a little salt and pepper and topped with a little of the sauce from the spinach.

9:15pm – Last snack – 1 medium orange and 10 raw almonds.

Well, like I said before, it all kind of went downhill from there, but there’s still one more day and I plan to do an extra workout to make up for the “bonus” calories.

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I Feel Fat

It’s Spring break and my whole family is home. It’s great, but I’m completely off my regular schedule. I haven’t gone out to walk in over a week and it’s been about the same for ChaLEAN Extreme. I was about halfway through Push Circuit Week 2 so I’m going to just start that one over…soon. I’ve been pretty consistent for a while now so why have I suddenly turned back into a couch potato? Good question.

I think it finally started to bother me that no one had joined the walking group. I was going to bed early, giving up time with my husband at night, to get out and walk at 8:15. Why 8:15? I thought (actually I know) there are a lot of moms who take their kids down to the bus stop and don’t run off to work afterward. I figured they’d like to go walking soon after the bus leaves since they’re up and outside anyway. Guess I was wrong. That’s fine, but I no longer see the point of sacrificing time with my husband if no one is going to join me.

I miss walking so I’ll start going again soon. I also miss working out. With the boys home (including my husband) and only one TV there haven’t been too many opportunities to push play. It’s amazing how quickly we lose what we don’t use. Even though I weigh about the same, I feel fluffy. Kind of like a big blob. When I was working out regularly I felt strong and, well, not fluffy. It is a good reminder why I started working out to begin with. It is possible to lose weight by simply cutting back calories, but that’s really only part of the equation. To be healthy and fit (a much more important goal than simply being lighter) you have to change your lifestyle…permanently. It’s a matter of eating healthy food, building muscle and increasing cardio endurance. You can lose weight eating nothing but candy as long as you consume less than you burn, but you’ll probably end up worse off from a total health standpoint than if you hadn’t lost the weight at all.

That being said, I’m going to go make some Shakeology. I love knowing that I’m getting all that good-for-you stuff like wheat grass, spinach, spirulina, etc. while drinking a shake that tastes like I’m being bad. 🙂 If you want more info about it, there’s a link on my facebook page. I’d love to make it easier by linking it here, but this blog site doesn’t allow those kind of links. Oh well. 😉

Maybe I’ll get out and walk today. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll start my food journal again today. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll workout today. We’ll see. Not exactly the drive and determination I’d want to hear from the people I’m coaching for sure. I think I need to spend some time whipping my brain back in shape so I can have the right attitude toward my life and doing what I need to do. I’ll let you know how it goes.