Holidays are a time for family and eating. Lots and lots of eating. I feel like it's a major testament to my devotion to being healthy and fit that I managed to complete my workouts last week without skipping a beat. I woke up early on Thanksgiving and again on Black Friday (Thanksgiving #2) to ensure that I got my workout done first thing and could enjoy the holiday meals with our families.
The problem is that, while I did workout, I ate like shit. 3+ servings of turkey at each meal, lots of bread and potatoes, soda, dessert... oh the desserts. I learned the hard way this week that eating crappy, even for just 2 days, can really take a toll on your stamina and physical capabilities. I'm only 2 days into this week's round of routines and I can honestly say my numbers are not where they should be. My muscles were beyond sore and gave out far too soon. It was supposed to be 60 seconds of exercise, but my arms and legs quit around 50 seconds, or I'd have to take several breaks during that 60 seconds. I haven't had to take that many breaks per move in weeks. I am thoroughly disappointed in myself.
I thought I was doing alright with my holiday meals and trying to keep it moderately healthy. I was so very wrong. What have a learned from this experience? Considerably less dessert and soda, and moderation with the rest of the food. Oh, and lots of water. I slacked on my water consumption over the holiday and I can feel the difference. So can my milk supply.
Time to get back on track!!
Day 45! The halfway point!!
Time for some honesty: I've been dreading this fit test/weigh-in, I've been eating pretty badly (pizza twice last week, pie, Halloween candy, s'mores, Taco Bell last night) and drinking a lot of soda. I've still been working hard during my workouts, but I feel like I've been slacking a little there too.
Needless to say, I expected to have gained back everything I've lost, maybe more. Much to my surprise (and relief), when I stepped on the scale this morning, I was 1.8 pounds lighter! Now I'm just kicking myself thinking how much more I could've lost if I'd eaten better. I see all of my measurements that went up, or my fit test scores that went down and I feel myself getting irritated. I got too cocky with last fit test's results that I slacked this time and it shows.
Moral of the story? Don't let initial progress make you cocky. Stick with it, 100%, until the end. I'm glad my numbers are still improving and I will not allow myself to get overconfident again.
Today I learned a valuable lesson: Don't try and do the fit test with a toddler in the room. My scores weren't as good as they should have been simply because he kept walking in front of me at the wrong time, or climbing on me, or wanting to play. I wanted to try and redo the test later today, but it wasn't in the cards. Today wasn't an easy momming day.
I would like to make a point for anyone doing this program but hasn't taken measurements. You need to!! In the last 15 days, I've only lost .4 pounds. If I were relying 100% on the scale to determine progress, I would be thoroughly disappointed and discouraged right now. Thankfully, I also take measurements and that showed an impressive amount of change.
In the last 15 days I have lost over an inch at my waist. That amazes me. I know that 90% of that progress is the result of changing my diet and drinking crazy amounts of water (96+ ounces a day). Hubby bought a new scale for me (don't get uppity, I asked for it) that also measures body fat along with about a dozen different things. I'm excited to use that to track my body fat and muscle percentage as well.
Trust the process. If you don't feel like you're seeing the results you want, make sure you're measuring too, and eat healthier foods in appropriate portions. I'm breastfeeding our 2 month old baby. That means I'm hungry all the time. How do I keep myself from snacking all the time? I drink a lot of water, which helps more than you'd think, and I keep healthy snacks around at all times. Today's after workout snack was an apple and peanut butter. Last week, I mostly snacked on peanuts. Just be aware of what you're eating and how much of it you eat. Snacking on peanuts doesn't work if you eat the entire container in one sitting. Moderation is key.
I can't wait to see what my results look like at the next fit test. I'm a third of the way through this challenge!! w00t
This week has been a bit more challenging. Late last week, Connor gave up napping, which means that I've lost my *mostly* interruption free workout time. So, instead of putting him down and getting 20 minutes to just focus on myself, I'm attempting to have him join in. I've gotten mixed results thus far.
Everyday I ask him if he wants to workout and he gets excited. "Workout! Workout!" I'll get the mat out, get my weights on strength days, paper, pen, and water. He'll do some of the warm up with me, especially if there's running or jumping involved and then he gets bored. If I'm lucky, he fills that boredom with games or Paw Patrol on his phone or playing with his toys. If I'm unlucky, he decides workout time is the perfect time to want to wrestle mom. I'm typically unlucky.
By the cool down portion of the day, he's over trying to climb on me (because I'm not letting him and he's tired of throwing a fit) and he joins in. He's gotten really good at Cobra, Child's Pose, and Downward Dog.
I have a fit test on Monday (anxious/excited) and then the workout routine changes. It's no longer going to be one day of cardio, one day of strength, one day of cardio, etc. I'm not sure exactly what's coming, but it's fair to say I'm very nervous about it.
As for my nutrition this week, I've started meal planning. I've tried and failed at this before, but I've tried and failed at these 90 day challenges before, so why should I let that stop me? I've never made it this far into a challenge without missing a day. Basically, I'm kicking my own ass this time. I need to step it up a notch, plus I understand that meal planning can actually save you a good chunk of change if you do it well. I've been trying new recipes, thanks to my older sister, and I'm feeling pretty good about this decision. <3