It feels like a long two weeks since I’ve shared an update on my progression through 80 Day! I am just TWENTY Days (18 workouts) away from graduating this program, and I can’t begin to tell you how stoked I am! Earlier in the week I was talking with a friend who is considering beginning the program and we were discussing how it seems like it has been forever since I started….guys, it has been! Since Sundays don’t count in the workout countdown, I have been at this already for about 70 days….and it will be about 90 when I finish it! That’s crazy, right?
The past two weeks have been a little more challenging for me that I had expected. For starters, I am now two weeks into Phase Three, the final phase of the program, and it is a phase I haven’t been particularly fond of. I’m not sure if it is because of the fact that I’m not a huge fan of some of the workouts (and I hate the warm up moves this round), or because it is just a mental mind#&*k right now since I’ve been at it so long. Regardless, I’ve had to give myself more pep talks this month already than I have the entire rest of the program. I’ll tell you what has been the silent killer this phase: these sliders! They seem so innocent but really they are challenging you and making your abs work in crazy ways. I’m not going to be too upset to say goodbye to them at the end of this program, that’s for sure.
Nutrition-wise, I definitely have been a little off my game the past two weeks. I’ve never been perfect with a meal plan, and I didn’t expect to be with this one, but I did have some days where things didn’t go as planned. One day I ate a bag of Cheetos (gosh, I love them), another day I ate chips and queso, and I may have a few Starbucks even though I had said I wouldn’t. And don’t get me started on a few highly emotional days I had these past two weeks!
Last Friday my little pup, Luigi, had to get fixed, and that surgery ended up going much longer and being a little more invasive than we had planned. He had been pulling a Lance Armstrong with one ball, and the vet had to open him up to find where the other one was and safely remove it, leaving him with a ginormous incision, staples, and a sweet cone. The day of his surgery I couldn’t eat at all because I was so nervous, and I literally went from having my post workout wonder woman shake at noon to not eating anything at midnight. And what did I eat? Pizza….and I immediately regretted it.
The good news is Luigi is recovering well and has a follow up appointment next week. It’s been challenging monitoring him constantly since he has to be limited in his movements and refrain from playing, running, and jumping, but he has done well for the most part. However, since I wanted to make sure his recovery went well and wanted to be cautious just in case he had any additional issues, I made the decision this week to cancel the free trip to Riviera Maya I had won with my company for my hard work this past year. I’m a little bummed, but I know I can travel there whenever I want, and I will always put my dogs and their care above a trip.
I’m going into my third week of Phase Three more focused. I’ve tightened up my meal plan, and I’ve set some very specific nutritional goals for myself to end the program as well as I started. When it comes to the little slip ups I’ve had, I don’t regret them one bit. Life isn’t perfect….meal plans aren’t always either.
Besides…..I’d say my progress to this point is pretty freaking fab, slip ups or not.
Down 12.5 pounds and 17 inches in the first two phases.
I was forced to watermark this picture because my previous side by side comparison after Phase One resulted in some chick who sells those ridiculous weight loss patches trying to pass my photos off as After photos for her product. Give me a break, people.
This is hard work. This is dedication. This is pizza and cheetos and imperfection at its finest.
But this is me, and I am beyond proud of what I’ve done so far.
Now off to get ready for travel and Easter dinner with my family! I hope you have a lovely holiday and refrain from eating a lllllllll of the Cadbury eggs and Peeps (my faves).