I hesitated to put this as one of my goals on my last post – to start and complete a fitness program. I let life get in the way. I have made tremendous progress from where I was just two years ago. I still lack discipline. This program is just the kick in the pants that I needed. It is twenty-one days of clean eating and exercise. My portion control is fairly good, but I sometimes consume too many liquid calories. This program teaches me about the macro-nutrients. I clearly need more protein in my diet. It has required me to do more menu planning which is a huge benefit for our family. It has solved the endless debating on what we want for dinner. I even got my daughters to try baked cod.
I had to double up on workouts due to a forty-five minute shoveling workout and an hour-long Body Pump class on Wednesday that left all of my limbs like jelly. I love Autumn’s approach. She inspires me. The exercises are boot camp style – one minute of work followed by fifteen seconds of rest. The time flies by. I love that there is someone who modifies the workout. Honestly I cannot hold a plank for a minute. I hope to work up to it by the end of the program, but I made it to thirty seconds.
I am struggling a bit with giving up my delicious flavored coffee creamer. It does have a lot of processed stuff in it. I realized that I do not care for black coffee at all. The coffee itself makes a huge difference if I mix it with just skim milk and sugar. I have used the creamer, but I have not used it as liberally as I have in the past. I can actually taste the coffee now. I am so excited to try out a new coffee that my in-laws got for me for Christmas. I am struggling with hydration this week as well. It has been bitterly cold which fuels my need for just warm drinks – ie coffee and not as much water. I know that the dry cold deceives me into thinking that I have not exerted myself as much. Today I am focusing on staying hydrated. That is my goal for this weekend. Has anyone struggled to finish fitness challenges like I have?