Making Changes and Seeing Changes

Feeling Great again thanks to these things….

So it’s been three weeks since I began my new program!  I thought it might be time to give everyone an update on how I am doing and what I am doing.  First of all, I am very happy with my progress, not only physically but mentally too!  I’m not only see inches and pounds coming off, but I feel so much more in control over my food behaviors and choices.  I am no longer “craving” those bad foods and seldom do I actually want them.  I have will power and discipline again! And because I do, I feel so EMPOWERED!  It’s an amazing feeling!!!

I haven’t felt this good in so long!  I am so in the ZONE and determined to continue.

So what have I been doing?  I have been following a strict meal plan.  I ate exactly what the meal plan called for except if I were out.  When I was out, I ate like kinds of foods (usually chicken salads).  The first week of the program I ate very clean and very balanced meals.  The second week I cut some selected starchy carbs out….still had some but only what the program suggested.  The last week the carbs were cut almost completely out. I lost 8.2# and 4 inches totally (mainly from waist and chest) during those three weeks.

Clean Eating Works. Trust me

Workout Wise?  I did a variety of things…..   I am kind of playing around with keeping my daily workouts very unroutined, because I think my body adapts to the exercise regimen and then gets used to it.  So I would do at least two workouts a day…… all in the choices of crossfit classes, lifting, running and/or online shift shop programs from beachbody.  I would workout in the mornings and evenings.  Mornings were crossfit and/or lifting.  While evenings were shift shop or running. **Let me add, I am not going “all out” at my workouts either.  I am just moving and moving well.

I also have put Shakeology back into my daily routine!  I absolutely love it…..(SHAKEOLOGY).  I have always had success from supplementing #shakeology into my diet.  I don’t like too many veggies….this supplement makes me feel better about my picky taste buds.  LOL.  And let’s just be honest! It’s super convenient and tasty.  So it’s #win all the way around.

Shakeology is working and I can tell

I haven’t felt this good in so long!  I am so in the ZONE and determined to continue.

In the next month I am going to continue my meal planning and carb cut.  I am following my very own 21 Day Sugar Detox again….but I am doing it for a full month because I have a private group following and being trained under me next week.  I have this program down to the T.  I have made some adjustments to it to make it very much doable (customized it) ** If you are interested in this private online training with me, please contact me!  I’d love to help you!  You’ll learn to so much…… (nutrition label reading, why is carb cutting a big deal, what is ketosis, what you body needs, etc).   Click here to join us.  I PROMISE YOU CAN DO THIS AND WON’T REGRET IT!

The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.

Since January 7th, I have not had any processed foods, no chips, no breads, no starchy carbs, and eating very clean!  I have lost 12# and have been feeling great.  I have had no desire to go back to my bad habits…….UNTIL THIS PAST WEEKEND.

I am not sure what exactly happened this past weekend!?! I had done my food prep. I haven’t been terribly hungry and haven’t felt deprived at all.  I feel great! —-BUT SOMETHING HAPPENED!

On Thursday I ate very clean, as I normally do. The typical day of having a protein shake in the morning, eating a colorful lunch (salad this day), drinking plenty of water and green tea.  I even had some amazing workouts again this week and hit two new PRs (Personal Records) on two lifts that completely make me mental and freak me out. All was going well. But Thursday night, I got home a little late and didn’t want to prepare another thing chicken or fish so I had a few gluten free (but processed) meatballs for dinner.  (This is what I had made for my kiddos).  Two hours later I felt very full and bloated.  I have felt full and bloated all weekend because of it. Which has started a bad weekend of bad choices……

Friday I hardly ate…which is just as bad for you than eating too much (but I just didn’t feel 100%). However, my husband did take me to lunch and I had fajitas (no tortillas). I DID CAVE and have 8 chips with salsa:-(  For dinner I had a lettuce wrapped burger. Not a terrible day, but definitely had my share of cheats and didn’t eat enough and not enough veggies.   But Saturday, I failed miserably.  I woke, with a little-off tummy….and decided I must have “something” clean to eat to get my day started off right.  I didn’t feel like eating but knew I needed something.  I had another Metagenics *balanced* shake with three slices of bacon. Felt ok.  I worked out at home afterwards and that seemed to help my stomach.  I had a funeral to attend two hours away.  I had already planned on stopping at Chickfila for a salad to go.  But I was traveling with my dad and was talking and missed my exit:-(  I would have normally just waited on getting a lunch later with a better choice, but knew my dad was hungry.  We ended up stopping at Wendy’s.  I made a choice to get nuggets (processed and fried). No option of fruit here and I had no veggies 🙁 Then on the way home, I stopped to get groceries for the upcoming week. Meanwhile, at home, my husband had made some green chili chicken taco fillings.  I had this for dinner, but with a half carb balanced tortilla. **I NEVER eat tortillas anymore!!?!?!  The rest of the evening I wanted and craved bad foods.  I wanted chips (thankful we had none).  I wanted candy (thankful we had none).  I wanted wine (had some). And had wafer cookies as my snack of bad choice.

So, as you can tell…this weekend hasn’t been clean or sugar free at all.  I have felt miserable too….  But even after feeling miserable, I am amazed that my body and mind still wanted more bad foods.  I know that adding some of these foods to my diet and the lack of eating enough threw off my blood sugars.  Which has in turn made me want more of the bad stuff.  It’s a terrible cycle that I can get stuck in if I don’t be careful.

My weekend was not a failure but a reminder of how I “could” fail if I don’t recognize the mistakes and what led me to them.  I must make a conscience effort to changes to recognize and learn from my mistakes this week–and avoid them the next time I am tempted.

Today I am choosing to celebrate in the fact that I can decide to rebound nicely from this and clean this diet up immediately….STARTING NOW!

Back at it 100%.

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Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

I bet we can all agree that at one time or another, we have rolled our eyes someone at a party or table for not eating or drinking like the group was.  You know the type I am talking about; the gluten free family that can’t eat pizza at your pizza party or the friend that says no to a beer at a crawfish boil.  You know these people must feel a bit awkward or like they don’t fit in at times. OR DO THEY??

This is beginning to happen to me now….and I admit, it’s uncomfortable at times.  “No, I can’t have that drink.”  “No, I can’t eat those chips (not even one).”  “No, I can’t taste that small piece of chocolate.”  And I have turned into a high maintance customer at restaurants now, too.  You know the type, “Please cut the rice and add veggies….but please no butter.”  Of course, you feel that you have to explain yourself to the company around you, too.  And many will even question your dedication to sticking to such a crazy, strict regimen.

Last night I was with a friend of mine and we took our teenage boys to a birthday party and to dinner.  Of course, the boys wanted some greasy food after 3 hours of playing hard.  They insisted on Cane’s Chicken.  To my surprise Cane’s Chicken had no grilled options or salads. So guess what I did? I sat and ate NOTHING.  And I was ok with it.

Being on the Sugar Detox has put me back in this frame of mind of being ok with being different. Being ok with being uncomfortable when not doing what the rest of the crowd is doing. And to tell you the truth, the more you practice this, the more it becomes more comfortable.  I also have to admit, it’s very empowering to stick to the regimen even when your put in hard situations.

In less than a week, I will have completed the 21 Day Sugar Detox….but this time I am gaining a new confidence on how to continue this lifestyle.  And I plan to embrace the opportunities to be a little different!! :-).

 

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The 21 Day Sugar Detox

A year ago I did my first challenge with my CrossFit Box.  It was the 21 Day Sugar Detox and I had amazing results!!! Not only did I have physical results, but I had learned SOOO MUCH during that 21 days.  I discovered my unhealthy habits and unhealthy eating behaviors.  I learned new recipes and how to select the healthiest foods when going out to eat (btw: you can eat healthy when eating out).  And I learned that I was a processed food junkie.

Twenty One Day Sugar

This past January, at my Crossfit box, we did a private 21  Day Sugar Detox Challenge and had huge successes!  **SO MUCH SUCCESS that I have decided to run another 21 Day Sugar Detox myself.  WHY? Because every person that did the detox had great results.  Not only did they lose weight and inches, but they regained control over their foods and eating behaviors…and the majority of the participants have continued this lifestyle. I am one of the participants.  I lost 9.5# this time during that 21days.  And am continuing to lose, weeks later. I have lost over 5inches in my waist and hips alone.

Twenty-one days after the detox, not only was I leaner and looking better, but I felt absolutely amazing. Even my hormones had leveled out and my eating behaviors were completed changed for the better!!

March 18th-April 7th I will personally be running this “challenge again”.  I am encouraging you to do this challenge with me! I will be your personal coach during the 21 days.  I will send daily emails, daily text, and will be your “go to person” for questions.  A private Facebook group will be set up for all participants to share recipes, motivation, and helpful hints. 

***Please grab a few others to do this with us….coworkers, church groups, or family/friends!  The more the merrier! You’ll be amazed at how the accountability of others will help you!!  

If you have already completed the challenge….my challenge is to do it again or even do it again at a stricter level.  There are three different detox levels.

 

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