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And just like that….80 days are DONEZO!

Well, ninety days if we want to be 100% accurate.

Many of you have asked me why my time doing this program seemed longer than eighty actual days….that’s because you don’t count Sundays aka rest days, meaning ten extra days are added on to those eighty workouts! Sooo…..three months. That’s what this program breaks down to……….and it’s over now!!!!!!!!!!!!

This past weekend I officially wrapped up 80 Day Obsession, and I have to be honest….I was kind of sad to see it go. In some ways it felt like I had been doing the program foreveerrrrrrrrr, but in other ways it seemed like I had just started.

Was this workout program a journey? Absolutely.

I ended up finishing the program down 16.8 lbs and 18.4 inches lost….not too shabby! However, I have to say….the thing I’m most excited about is how strong I felt at the end of the program. Sure, losing weight/inches is cool, but actually feeling yourself get stronger as time passed….that was really a great success.

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So what’s next? This week I did some Core de Force and a little from both T25 and Hammer and Chisel. My plan initially was to do CdF then go into H & C next month (thinking I wanted a little break from weight lifting), but after two days without weights, I was missing them BIG TIME. In fact, I actually started considering going back through 80 Day and doing another round. I’m going to make a decision as to what program I want to start over the weekend and officially begin it on Monday.

Besides that, I will be getting back into my Ninja Warrior training this week, which includes rock climbing, running, and a medley of workouts with my tractor tire, sledgehammer, plyo box, and bosu ball. I’ll also be back to throwing in some kickboxing classes as well. This past week I was able to take my first kickboxing class since January, which was fabulous. Even though I teach kickboxing, I was very cautious during 80 DO because I did not want to go up even higher in the food bracket list. Teaching had me already bump up two brackets (I had to ensure I had the right amount of calories coming in), and if I had opted to take additional classes for the workout purpose, I would’ve needed to adjust even more. Since I struggled some days to eat the food I was supposed to anyway, I elected to just not take any classes until I finished the program.

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You guys all know that the FIRST thing I did the morning after I finished up 80 DO was hit the donut shop….I successfully went three months without a single donut! Donuts are probably the only thing that will get me up before 8am on a Sunday!

But……..I have to be real with you guys…..I wasn’t that into them.

Yes, you heard right. I ate the donuts and wasn’t a huge fan. Thinking maybe it was a fluke, later that day I ordered a stuffed crust pepperoni pizza. I didn’t like that either. Later in the week I got hibachi and also McDonalds…..I didn’t like either. What does this tell us? My taste buds drastically changed as a result of my nutrition on this program, and I’m not too upset about it if we are being honest.

Speaking of nutrition, all week I felt lost. The timed nutrition aspect of 80 DO really had become a routine for me, and I actually liked how it was structured. I am definitely going back to the preworkout/postworkout timed meals for sure regardless of what program I am doing, but most likely will be following the rest of the meal plan structure because it just worked.

Final thoughts on this program if you are considering it:

The performance line is a MUST. I’ve said this before, and some of you probably thought I was blowing smoke up your ass, but I’m serious. This is a challenging program that tasks your muscles in a major way. You have to help them recover! You want to eliminate muscle soreness! The performance line is my go to. If you are going to do this program, don’t half ass it….just use the stuff. You’ll thank me later.

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-Absolutely have an accountability group. I’m always thankful for the ladies in my online fit clubs, but I was especially for this program. Toward the end I lacked some motivation and needed the extra acceptability. Luckily, I had about 10 girls following the same program I was, and they helped me keep my eyes on the finish. Sometimes you need all the help you can get.

If you fall down, just get back up. This is a long program, and some of you may be worried about stating because you are afraid you may miss a day, or mess up the nutrition. I screwed up a ton! But I always kept going. No one is perfect, and the end result is so worth it. Just try it! If you need that extra support and a fitness wingman, I’m here to help you every step of the way!

Thanks so much to everyone who supported me on this journey! Now onto the next big thing……..

P.S. Can you believe that the pineapple my magician friend Stacy made me on January 21st looked like this NINETY days after she made it? It stuck with me through the entire program! Maybe to be symbolic of the fact that my reasons for yelling out “pineapples” during the workout were dwindling????

Happy Sunday, friends.

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Rock the Reset: Day 19-20-21

Guysssssssssss!

I did it! I freakin did it! I finished The Ultimate Reset!

The last three days were much easier than I thought they would be….well, Saturday aka Day 20 was a little tricky. Since I was so close to being done I had a few moments where I said to myself, “Oh, I can do whatever I want today….I’ve made it this far.” Somehow something snapped in my brain every time this happened and got me back on track.

Sunday was an awesome day….I was traveling and somehow stayed on track until the evening, where I celebrated the Reset being over with a tiny piece of the homemade coconut cake I made for my mom’s birthday. I made this decision because I had completed all of my supplements so everything was technically over, and I wanted to celebrate my mom. I have no regrets.

Waking up this morning I felt wicked awesome. I snapped this picture really fast after i put my contacts in because I was incredibly anxious to compare what I saw in the mirror to the before photos I took Day 1. I was very pleased. I’ll be sharing my official photos a little later, but let me drop a few numbers with you….over the 21 days I lost 9 pounds and almost 3 inches from my waist. I also lost about 1/2 each from each of my thighs. I’m very much okay with those numbers.

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Yes, losing some weight and inches is cool and all, but my motive for doing this program wasn’t to have a massive transformation. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do this program…..I knew it was more mental than anything. I wanted to see if I could really live the vegetarian lifestyle….and if I could avoid my friends coffee, cheese, and doughnuts. Most importantly, I wanted the result that many people rave about after completion: a strong appreciation for food in general and how it impacted my body.

Let me share a few other takeaways from the Reset with you (other than the inches from my waistline):

My sleep improved: I think we all know I’m a night owl that survives on a strange amount of sleep. I work mostly at night and often don’t have the best night’s sleep. I now realize how much the quality of food I eat impacts the quality of my sleep. During these three weeks I slept like a baby….I woke up rested and felt terrific. On the few occasions where I slipped up (Krista’s baby shower and the doughnut incident especially), my sleep was off and I noticed a difference.

Skin clarity: I usually have pretty clear skin, which I attribute to my daily dose of Shakeology, however, with the focus I had on my water intake each day I saw even more improvement. Even during that time of the month (sorry, dudes who are reading this), I didn’t have any breakouts or issues.

No digestive issues or bloat: Well, the majority of the time. On those occasions where I messed up my stomach let me know what was up immediately. If you recall, on one of the occasions I shared a photo here on the blog where I looked pregnant because of how bloated I was (thanks, little piece of pizza). I had the same issue with the doughnut. Currently I am reading the book Wheat Belly, which discusses how gluten can impact your body. After my isolated incidents during the Reset, I can attest to the fact that my body and gluten do not get along….which I’ve always suspected. Awhile back a doctor told me I had celiac disease, which was later proven to be a false diagnosis, but I always questioned whether or not I had an intolerance. Moving forward I am going to be majorly avoiding gluten.

An appreciation for how great my body feels: I shared this image and quote awhile back, and it continues to ring true with this experience. Internally, my body felt incredible….it’s hard to describe. It just felt clean and good.

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But……

Since I am being honest with you guys, I did struggle with this challenge, and it wasn’t just because I was without my BFF Coffee. Don’t get me wrong….it was tough and there were moments I felt like a drug addict going through withdrawal, but I didn’t cheat one time with coffee.

The biggest struggle for me: the exercise and lack thereof. I finished the 3 Week Yoga Retreat, but I hated every minute of it. Like I said before, it just wasn’t for me, and even as a fitness professional there will be workouts that don’t gel with me. This is one of them. Sorry, yogis. You can keep your cow and downward dog poses….i’m happy to return to munchkin claps and genie tuck jumps.

Exercise is something so much more to me, and I don’t know if I can ever properly describe it. It’s therapy for me; it’s the one part of my day where I feel like a normal human being….the one part of my day where i momentarily forget about the huge hole in my heart and the grief I live with daily. It’s the time where I get out my emotions…my anger…my sadness…and my frustrations. Going three weeks without a serious sweat session did a number on me. I felt moody and depressed, and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t exactly a peach to be around. So the emotional aspect of this Reset…..yeah, it was rough for me.

Today I resumed normal exercise, starting back with the 21 Day Fix since the workout calendar aligns perfectly with my upcoming trip to Punta Cana. It felt amazing to be sweating and jumping and tossing around weights. I had coffee…pretty much immediately, and it was such a lovely reunion. I introduced eggs and meat back into my diet and my body felt sluggish and uncomfortable most of the day. I knew that would happen as I reintroduced foods to my body. Overall, my mood returned to normal….I was happy to be back in my normal routine.

Would I recommend The Ultimate Reset? Yes, I would. I think everyone should do it once. You learn things about yourself….not only about what foods cause problems, but how much you appreciate other foods and what they can do for your body. You learn about willpower and getting through something incredibly challenging. You just grow as a person.

Am I upset I had a few slip ups? Not at all. In fact, I think everyone doing this program should have a few. Why? I immediately saw how that food impacted my body, and I could associate the negative feelings and effects to one particular food. When you are focused on a restricted diet it is much easier to do that. I am thankful for those “bad” moments during the Reset; I truly think I had a better appreciation for my body and the foods I ate after that because I could see the difference.

I’m glad I did it, but as glad as I am that I did it, I’m even happier that it is over.

Would I do this again? Possibly. If I was ever on bed rest or restricted from exercise, then yes. That is the only way though….I’m not giving up exercise again unless a doctor says so.

I’ve got to give a huge shoutout to all of you and those in my daily life who have been holding me accountable…..I know I have been a challenge, but you all have kept me on track and helped me so much.

Crossing The Ultimate Reset off my 2017 Vision Board and moving onto the next adventure.

Oh yeah, and about that vegetarian thing….no way in hell. I’m a carnivore, and there’s no tap dancing around it.

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Back with my boo coffee. 

 

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