Day 24

I can hardly believe I’m on Day 24 of my P90X3 challenge!  Time flies, it hasn’t been perfect but nothing is.  There are always slip ups.  I was reading an article the other day  from Stew Smith that basically said you need a solid 3 weeks to create a positive habit (something most of us know).  The real kicker was that he said any time you start a new challenge you will always go through a phase where you want to give up or you end up staring an obstacle head-on.  If you get through that phase you will succeed, if you give in, you will not.  It’s so true, I have seen it during my own health and fitness journey.  The crazy excitement about starting a new plan, one that will work and get me where I want to be, this time.  Then about 2 weeks in, after following my plan to the “T” something happens.  My schedule goes haywire, I come down with a cold, I get injured, we are traveling or family is in town, name something.  In the past I have lost to that obstacle.  And you know what?  It’s so easy once you miss one workout or have a cheat meal that turned into a cheat day to not let it be a big deal to miss another, then before you know it, you might as well start over…again.  Each time you start over though, you lose a little bit of that excitement, because doubt is lingering in the shadows.  “will I really follow through this time?”  So, how many times do you start over?  I have started many.  I have been on my health and fitness journey since high school.  And then I became a health and fitness coach.  It has kept me grounded, it has given me more knowledge to get through these obstacles and help others get through theirs which only provides motivation to keep going.  We all feed off of each other’s success and results.  😀

Honestly, during these past 3 weeks I have missed a workout here and there BUT I didn’t let it stop me from getting one in the next day.  NOTHING was going to keep me from missing 2 days in a row, even if that meant being up at 0400, scraping my ass off the couch after a long day and slogging through a workout, rescheduling other tasks or offering others to join me if they wanted to see me.  It got done.  You need to stay consistent to keep momentum going.  Those who succeed do so by being persistent.  Sometimes it takes getting creative to find that motivation to keep yourself going.  Today I would have given anything to just crawl into bed after work with a book and call it a damn day.  Insomnia is kicking my ass lately.  But working out is a two-fold treatment: it wears you out physically and it lowers stress levels.  So, alas, Day 24 is done.  It was not pretty, I’m not embarrassed to say I nearly fell on my ass doing Joel Jumps, but it doesn’t matter.  It got done.  You know what?  I’m ready for tomorrow.

The next time you meet that obstacle will you throw in the towel or will you use it to mop up the sweat pouring from your face?

Already improving!

Holy balls I just finished Day 11!  So very happy!

So I have to admit, I’m the worst mid afternoon person eva.  I think I could get into the whole siesta thing. For real, get up early, get a bunch of shit done then take a post lunch naparoo, then get up and rock out again.

It’s terrible but my brain and energy fall to the depths around 1-2ish.  It’s worse if I get dehydrated or hangry so I do my best to avoid that.  I always carry water and Shakeology with a blender bottle with me.  Speaking of which, that’s what got me through today.  Before I knew it 1:00 rolled around and my patience level was in the danger zone.  I’m generally a happy, positive person so when I get that way I’m usually overly tired or hungry.  No, I’m not a toddler, just in tune to my needs 😜. Thank goodness for my emergency Shakeology!  Blended it up while driving and nobody faced the wrath of Becky, yahoo!

I was Uber unmotivated by the time I got back to my office.  Cue a quick pick me up!  The Mollinator and I did burpees, she was super excited afterwards.

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After work I stumbled down to the home gym and hammered out P90X3 The Challenge!  Super stoked, already improving!  Upped my reps on the push-ups by 2 💪

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Pull ups are still my nemesis, so I’m using an assist band.  I have been really working on nutrition and focusing on getting good protein and carbs in working 30minutes post workout.  I shit you not, I’m seeing a difference.  I have also been better about a preworkout snack, usually fruit.  Also helping!  So my advice, eat good food and time it well!  Keep a journal and pay attention, it works!

Time to make more food, coconut curry almond soup tonight.  First time making it (not my recipe).  Have a good one!

Cheers

Day 10

On Day 10, already.  It’s hard to believe.  I always seem to hit a mini slump after the first successful week, almost like my inner self is attempting to sabotage my momentum.  Like today, started out superb.  Had a heavy breakfast: chocolate vegan Shakeology with 1/2cup dark sweet cherries, handful of baby spinach and blended the mix with water, yummy!  Had a pint of water, a healthy lunch: veggie omelette with 1 slice whole grain toast, and then the mid afternoon gremlins kicked in.  I sort of gave into a leftover slice of key lime pie I made for my hubby’s birthday.  I’m not going to lie, it was delish, but say hello to a sugar crash 🙃.

At least I maintained focus to complete my Wednesday workout: P90X3 yoga followed by hills at max on the stationary.

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I’m not a fan of doing cardio like that indoors in the summer but I’m also not a fan of migraines.  I’ve learned the hard way that if I work out in heat over 80°F I’m gonna get one and I’m worthless and in lots of pain for the unforeseeable future.  To make the stationary interesting I gave into one of my poisons…River Monsters!  45 minutes flew by I tell ya!

Finishing my day with post workout Highlander Grogg Chocolate Shakeology and knitting!  Working on a summer scarf, I’ll probably finish it about he time summer ends😉 tee-hee

Cheers!

 

Day what? 5!

Whew!  Day 5 is donsky! 😁. Started it out with a quick yoga warm up and a 4+ mile run.  Tried out the new toe cushion.  I’m on the fence at this point.  I’ll keep it on while walking around to get used to it.  It did seem to help “crunchy toe” when I was doing that.  It does mess with running form which ended up my primary focus during the run.  Made the time go by quickly!

Then a quick Shakeology and off to work.   The day got a little crazy on me.  Was hoping for a half day but ended up working longer.  It was draining and I honestly debated doing my P90X3 Warrior workout.  Alas, I talked myself into it.  How you ask?  It’s cheat meal day for me and I told myself I only get to enjoy the Sofia’s flat bread mushroom/asparagus pizza and new white viognier from Aussie if I do my workout.  Whahahaha, apparently I’m as food motivated as The Mollinator.  Who would have thought?

So there you have it.  If you thought people who regularly workout and fit in fitness don’t struggle with motivation, you’re wrong.  We all struggle.  It’s finding whatever it takes to stay motivated.  Sometimes that may be a cheat meal, it could be an upcoming event, participating in one of my challenge groups, or simply remembering why you do it, why it’s important.  And any time you struggle, your motivation may come from a different source.

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So, I hope your Friday was fabulous.  I’m decking it with my lass of white, knitting and The Mollinator while my pizza bakes.

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Cheers!

Day 4

Day 4!  Workout today was The Challenge, a killer workout of push-ups and pull ups.  It’s definitely a love/hate relationship.  I hate pull ups, but its because I can’t do them.  It’s something I struggle with and always have.  Admittedly I do love Tony Horton’s workouts because they are the only ones that at least have gotten me to doing 1. I remember that day, it was glorious, alas I am starting again.

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I was hoping for a bike ride this afternoon but my foot was killing me today.  And then, then the mail came!  After some googling along with blog and forum reading I’ve heard that sufferers from Morton’s neuroma have gotten relief using a toe cushion.

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Tomorrow I have a run scheduled so I’m looking forward to giving it a go.  Fingers crossed for some relief.  Stay tuned!  On that note I am ready for a good book so I leave you with a beautiful evening photo of the eastern skies.

Cheers

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Fueling for Day 3: Roast Asparagus & Tofu with Spicy Pesto Pasta

Day 3 of the P90X3 challenge.  Another nutty day but it’s okay!  It was nice to unexpectedly be home for lunch. That meant some kitchen creation time. Sometimes it’s stress relieving to put on some good music and cook over your lunch hour.

I meal planned on Monday so homemade pesto using my Spicy globe basil from the herb garden was on the menu.  Here ya go!

Pesto

3/4 cup packed Spicy globe basil

1 Tbl roasted red pepper

1/4 cup cashews

2 garlic cloves

2 1/2 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tbl nutritional yeast

Dash sea salt

 

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Place all ingredients are in a food processor and process until smooth.

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Press tofu, cut into cubes and bake on parchment paper for about 20 minutes until golden and puffy.  Toss about every 5 minutes.

I also roasted asparagus with the tofu. To prep: rinse and cut spears into 1-2″ pieces.  Toss the spears with 1tsp EVOO, 1 chopped shallot & sprinkle a little sea salt and black pepper.  Roast about 7 minutes.

I boiled some brown rice pasta I had in the pantry. It equaled about 1 cup total.

Toss the pasta with pesto to taste.  If you’re like me and have no control when it comes to pesto, I added about 1 heaping teaspoon per cup of pasta.

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Sit down and enjoy!

This evening I finished the Day 3 workout, thankfully yoga 😊. I needed it. Chochi joined as she usually does during my yoga practice.  It’s usually cute but there have been times when she’s thrown a toy at my head or nibbled on my hair.

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Time to relax…

Cheers!

Day 2

Day 2  (yesterday) started out pretty great, though it was storming  at 5:00 the radar showed a break and I got out for a 3.5 miler.  The skyline was breathtaking and I saved two very small wood frogs from certain death on the road.  Feeling refreshed with a busy day ahead, I was out the door in a flash.  Needless to say my day went to hell in a hand basket.  You know those days when you have  a great plan in place but all of these little things go wrong and then a much bigger one does.  As I drove home I was thinking about pizza (you know because pizza solves everything) and singing at the top of my lungs 😉.  By the time I got home, I was determined to get my P90X3 workout done instead.  Driving has a way of giving you time to put things into perspective rather than acting on a fleeting emotion and later being full of regret or guilt.

The workout was good but tough and a smidge frustrating because I had to modify a lot (the Morton’s neuroma was giving me hell).  Still felt so much better about the day when I as done.

I settled on a super quick meal of Quorn “turkey” burger with a pile of steamed broccoli topped with nutritional yeast, sea salt and pepper and a glass of Mutha Pucks (Next Door Brewing pineapple sour).

It’s amazing how singing loud, a tough workout then a small glass of your fave craft beer can level out a stressful day.

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Cheers!