In a world with a 4 year old, a 3 year old, a 16 month old, a 3 month old and two soldiers you never know what misadventures await. Life is always springing the unexpected and I want to share them with you. Welcome to my world.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ache of Day One

Oww. That is literally how I feel after Day One of my 21 Day Fix. Now I know I'm not in super great shape and I've done some working out here & there. My body has something else to tell me and which is, "I hate you!" Harsh, I know but its the truth. I put it through the wringer but I'm proud of myself and all that I accomplished in Day One.

Day One
Weigh In: 203.8 lbs
Workout: Total Body Cardio Fix 30 mins
Water Intake Goal: 100 oz
After Workout
*Shakeology Shake (Shakeology powder, spinach, 3 tsp Almond Butter, 1/2 banana)
*Sugar Snap Peas
*Cottage Cheese
*Tuna (Herb & Garlic)
*Mandarin Orange
*Brown Rice
*Carrots (10 medium baby carrots)
*Chicken cooked in 1 tsp Coconut Oil, topped with 21 Day Fix Season All
*Brown Rice
*Green Beans
*Almonds (12)
*Green Peppers
*1/2 Whole Wheat Bagel with 1 tsp Almond Butter
*Sunflower Seeds
Water Total: 84.5 oz 

Now that I have shared all the really boring information with you, we can go on to something more interesting.

My day did not go as planned, not at all. As one of the many symptoms of Fibromyalgia, I can suffer both insomnia and utter exhaustion all in a 24 hour time frame. I was super nervous about starting this program and couldn't sleep. So what did I do instead? I was blogging at 4 in the morning. So when I finally laid down I slept like the dead and I slept right through about 8 alarms. Yes, I did just really and seriously say 8 alarms. I know I have a tendency of oversleeping and of being unable to wake myself up, so multiple alarms is a must for me. Some days it really does me no good to set the alarms, because I just sleep right through every single one. Day one for me started at 11 am and I was uber frustrated with myself. I felt like it had totally thrown a wrench into my plans and honestly, it very nearly ruined the day for me.

However, I sucked it up and began adjusting. I started by putting together my shake and then went to town on my workout. IT NEARLY KILLED ME! Ok, so maybe that's an exaggeration, but it really worked me hard. I don't know how many of you have tried doing video workouts before, but I always feel I have to keep up with them and be so precise. It really wasn't in the cards for me to keep up 100% of the time, not even 50% of the time. 

Can I tell you a secret? Its ok. That's it really. I mean I tried MY Best and while I wasn't able to complete all 60 secs of each workout, I tried my hardest. I had to stop about half way through because I felt like I was going to be sick. After about 10 mins, I jumped right back in but by then I'd lost a bit of my momentum. I was once again frustrated that I wasn't doing it perfect and I had to remind myself, not only do I suffer a autoimmune disease and the chronic pain that it comes with, but I hadn't worked out it months. So it was going to be hard, but just because its hard, doesn't mean its not worth every ounce of pain.

And every ounce of pain is exactly what I endured. I definitely worked my right side harder than my left, but I walked away or should I say limped away with some very sore leg muscles. Then the Fibro kicked in and I was in agony, but I had stuck out my first 30 minute workout. I was in agony, but I was totally stoked about it. It means I worked my body hard and that I was a day closer to the results I'm working towards.

It may have been frustrating not doing as well as I'd imagined I would, but I still completed the workout. Then I went through my day eating my very precise and planned meals. Which changed as I realized that I was missing things and I couldn't go to the store right away. I'm going to be honest, I was hungry a lot yesterday, but today I was full after everyone of my mini meals. I was super excited! Its been interesting having to be so precise with my measurements as well as with everything that goes into my body. Plus, 84.5 oz of water is a huge and I do mean huge undertaking for me. I easily get dehydrated and not drinking enough water is definitely a huge factor in that. So it was a score for me to drink so much and boy, I haven't had to pee this much since I was pregnant. LOL.

Its not been easy, but I feel like I'm already starting to get into the swing of things. Its a process and requires extra work and thought, but its already proving to be worth it. Today I didn't crave sweet sugary things nearly as much as I did yesterday, but I think that's something that will diminish with time and I'm not going to give up my sweets forever. I know that the next three weeks will help me be able to control the amount of sweets that I eat later, because I'll have developed some serious self control.
After Day Two!

Know that when you are ready to take the plunge and begin making healthy changes in your life, be it working out, eating healthier, less TV or whatever it is, it might not be easy, but it will be so worth it when you have gained control over your life. I'm looking forward to the changes I make and working towards a healthier me!

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Heart of Change

When I stepped on the scale at my Dr's office on January 4th, I could hardly believe what was so blatantly staring me in the face. My weight had gone up and gone up nearly 16 lbs since I'd been in the month before. I was shocked to say the least. If I'd been alone I would have cried, instead I sucked it up and continued on with the rest of my appointment. But it was a turning point for me. I didn't know if my weight was causing more problems with my Fibromyalgia, but I knew that whether it was or not, I needed to make a change because being overweight wasn't doing me any good. Now all I needed was a starting point.
Not great photo but a more recent one.
The problem was I had no idea where to start. I mean its all good to start a 'new' diet, a 'new' workout but you have to be persistent. Really the first thing you need to do is pick a program and there are so many out there these days that one gets overwhelmed by the choices. How was I to know what would really work for me? The plans, ideas, workouts were enough to make me dizzy. Oh did I mention money? It seems that all of these programs cost a pretty penny.

Yes, I had a lot of decisions, but I did make one, eventually. I had been in contact with a super amazing woman, Melissa, who happened to be a coach for Beachbody. I had talked with her on and off for the past year. I loved seeing how enthusiastic she was/is about what she does. She was super awesome about answer my millions of questions and was uber patient with me. I had talked to her about joining back in August, but I had found other things to spend my school money on. Not to mention I hadn't really resolved to lose any weight, not really.

Seeing the scale jump so drastically, I knew that that it was time. I needed to do more than just 'play' at losing the weight, I needed to do it now. I'd made the decision and yet, I was scared. I talked it over with my Hubby and deliberated about it. It was still on the expensive side, but I had the money and Melissa even had a way for me to save $20. So I took the plunge and sent her the message that I was ready.

And ready I am. I'm scared but I'm ready. So today I start my weightless journey and I'm starting the 21 Day Fix. For the next 21 days I'm going to post about my successes and my failures. I want to share my journey because perhaps it will inspire you to take the plunge for whatever change needs to be made in your life, (be it weight loss, going back to school, whatever it is). I promise I'll take time to write about my family and our adventures, but I need to include this, because this is apart of my adventures just the same as the rest.

Welcome to my journey!

**If you are looking for that extra push, for that guide to making your weight loss journey, I am now a Beachbody coach and I'm happy to make that journey with you!**