Well kids, we’re down to the wire with this fitness and nutrition stuff and to perfectly honest, I fear I’m growing redundant, let’s just talk shop and get down to business.
What I realized this week is 10 weeks is not enough time to totally change your living habits if you have far to go. Part of me is frustrated by this for myself, part of me realizes this ties into my work as well. See, we have 8 week classes where we try to teach clients about the disease concept of addiction, family dynamics, defense mechanisms, coping skills, communications skills, stages of change and so much more. Walking in with a blank slate…that is A LOT to learn, comprehend and institute for life long changes.
This is not much different from what I am going through with this series. Maybe I wasn’t a McDonald’s every night girl, but quite honestly, you can still do serious damage without stepping foot in a fast food place. I’m trying to be different now.
Last Sunday I spent the day grocery shopping and cooking. I only used the “approved list”. This week (I’m cheating on my timelines here a little) I did the same. I found planning ALL my meals for the week and building a list based on those requirements helped a TON when it comes to not over buying. I also try to plan meals which use similar foods. So if something calls for 1/2 a green pepper I will make something else where I can use the other half. If all else fails, it goes in a container and into the freezer. I might get the hang of this after all! Honestly as of Sunday night ALL my meals for the week were cooked and ready to go. I can’t express the level of stress this has taken out of my pending week. Especially since we’ve been challenged to use SUPER FOODS in our weekly planning. I’ll let you know next week how that goes.
It occurred to me the disservice I’ve done myself by skipping the 3rd day of weights every week. Finally I see a difference. Now if I had only done those other days, I would be at a place similar to another 3 weeks or so! YIKES! My bad. I had this conversation on Monday with my trainer:
Trainer: Does everyone see or feel a difference?
Me : I keep finding mystery hard places on my body.
Trainer : Those are muscles
Yes, I was being silly. Honestly though, it is awesome how my body is changing. I no longer have “chicken wings” under my arms. I can see definition in my chin and neck. Really my whole arm is changing. Still, I’m frustrated by the sides and my lower belly, all in due time I suppose. I WAS able to run in shorts this weekend and wear my cute shorts from last summer, while still breathing. Something must be changing, right?
Also, when I went for my run with Emme on Saturday morning. I tripped over a root and went flying forward. I seriously felt my abs and core engage and keep me from face planting and pulling me back up into a proper running posture. It was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had with my body. Nice work muscles!
Here are the work out moves for this week:
- 10-15 walking lunges
- 12 each side, side twist and reach w/ medicine ball
- 10 side “step” planks
- 10 bicep curl, 10 kickbacks (or overhead extension)
- 12 reverse fly
- 10 alternating chest-press on balance ball
- 12 each side, upper body rotation on balance ball
- 12 side crunch with medicine ball
- 45 second plank
Thanks for sticking around through all of this with me. I really do appreciate each and every one of your comments and kind words.