Another week in the books! I've still been 100% on top of my workouts and timed nutrition, which is a good thing! Some wins: I've started doubling up my resistance loops and going up in my weights for leg day, which is a big deal for me! It means I'm getting stronger. I actually saw a post-workout photo of me on Timehop from last year where I posed with my 5- and 8-pound weights. Now my 8s are my light weights! On leg days, I use 20-pound weights for my heavies. But there's no shame in anyone's game... where you are at is where you are at. Everyone's journey is different.
Speaking of different journeys, I've been thinking a lot about food lately. The 80 Day Obsession program is all about timed nutrition and there is a big focus on eating clean foods. Basically, cutting out processed foods, like fast food, things with added sugars and sodium, and also alcohol. I have honestly been okay with it all so far. I have really embraced food as the fuel for these tough workouts I'm doing. And I've gotten to have some awesome things. I am LOVING the awesome things I can make with my air fryer. Mostly the sweet potato fries. The air fryer is essentially a convection oven that requires little to no oil to give things a fried texture and taste. It doesn't "make things healthy", but it is just a healthier way to make a fried food. Or "fried" food, rather.
But I'm not gonna lie, my cravings hit hard Saturday night. I really wanted something sugar-y. You know those soft, white cookies with the thick colorful frosting that come in packs of 6 or so? Yeah, those. I reeeeally wanted those. AND I know I am going to have to battle my cravings for them on Tuesday night. My school hosts a winter Art & Music Gala and the parent-teacher association provides the snacks and those cookies are ALWAYS there.
Some people's health & fitness journeys have room for these sweets and that is totally cool. That is THEIR journey. My journey for these 80 days is gonna be NO treats. I just need to see if I can do it. There will be treats then. Some of my girlfriends from Syracuse University are getting together in Brooklyn in April - on the 80th day of this program. You know wine will be had that night!
Here's one of my biggest secrets: I have NEVER followed a Beachbody meal plan perfectly. The closest I've ever gotten was when I did the Countdown to Competition meal plan in from 21 Day Fix Extreme in the weeks leading up to my wedding. I did the first two weeks well... but then by week three, I let my final dress fitting psych myself out (read about that epic breakdown here...) and I started deviating from the plan AKA drinking wine & having Chi-Moe's-le (Chipotle with Moe's queso, obviously).
What I've learned from all of that is that I used food (and alcohol?) as a comfort when I was feeling low. Now I am trying to rely on other things. The natural endorphin high from exercise, soothing baths, reading a fun book, etc. But my point is that I've never made it past two weeks. Let's see what Week 3 brings...