Getting sooo close to the end! This past week was a blur. Our March concerto concert was Tuesday night. My high school choral groups performed, as well as my elementary band students (We did a 5th-12th grade piece all together! It was super cool.). I wore a dress from H&M that I've had for YEARS. At first, I didn't think I looked all that different from last year. But I actually can really see it in my face now!
Sometimes I am grateful for long days at school because then I am forced to be on top of my meal prep game. When I have all of my food ready for the day, it's super easy to stay on track. If I've had a long day, and I'm supposed to come home and cook dinner, it's ten times harder to stick to my healthy plan.
We had Friday off from school for Good Friday and Sawyer and I went to my parents' house for the weekend to celebrate Easter. My mom has been so awesome with making healthy food for me during these past 11 weeks whenever I'm home to visit. She always double checks if I can have certain foods and what recipes are okay. But (and I think she would agree with this), it's easier than you would think. What I'm eating is really nothing special, or that different from what many of you probably eat for dinner each night - a grain, a veggie, and a protein. Truly, it's the timing and eating 5 small/medium-sized meals throughout the day that is the more difficult part. And seriously, it's difficult because I'm eating MORE food that I probably would otherwise.
I reallllllllly wanted beer or wine when we were just hanging out together Saturday night. We were playing Pinochle & Rummikub with my parents and a glass of wine would have just been perfect. I will not lie, as this journey has gone on, I have gotten more relaxed with my nutrition. On Easter Sunday, I straight up had like 20 Hershey kisses. I think I am eating closer to like 95/5 or 90/10 (stricter than my usual 80/20 balance in my regular fitness journey life, but not that perfect 100 that this program really wants you to be at). But I did not have any alcohol. I will be waiting on until this program is done to have that glass of red wine.
Instead, I texted my best friend Carina (who is also on this 80 day journey) and we commiserated together and then encouraged each other to stay strong. Community has been key is continuing on this journey. When I do temporarily think I want to call it quits, the 10 women that are doing this program with me (virtually, via our Facebook group) have totally got my back.
If there is one thing I've learned over these past eleven (11!!!) weeks, it's that nutrition really makes all the difference. "You can't out train a bad diet" is something that I've heard over and over again in my fitness journey, but I can REALLY see that now. So much so, that it's inspired me to run a FREE 5-day healthy eating challenge for all of you out there. This is going to be Monday, April 16th - Friday, April 20th. I will create a 5-day clean eating meal plan and we can all follow it together. We can totally do five days with no cheats, if only to prove to yourself that you can do it (and see/feel the physical and mental changes that come from eating clean, even after just five days). If you want IN on this free challenge, just fill out this quick application here.