Every week brings a new challenge when it comes to this program. I am loving embracing each individual challenge and learning to expect everything and anything from Autumn. You see, at the end of the day, this is a program. I am choosing to follow the meal plan to a T but when it is over I will go back to my normal 85/15 lifestyle. I want to be able to see what my body can do when I give it the best fuel I can offer it. That does not mean I won’t continue to fuel it in this way when the 80 days are over. I just will be able to go back to enjoying my glass of wine and chocolate on occasion! Although my superfood shakes are definitely helping fight the urge to cheat, I won’t lie and say it is easy.
This week brought its own unique challenges for sure. The test group that I am apart of has a lot of anxious coaches fearing that the program is not working. It was getting so bad that Autumn had to jump online to remind everyone that everyone is different. You cannot base your 2-week results off of someone else’s. So this week I went into the workouts with the mindset that I should expect everything and anything. Here is how my week went:
I woke up this morning refreshed from some amazing sleep over the weekend and truly ready to expect everything and anything. I am glad I went into it with this mindset because I definitely didn’t expect some of the things I was feeling. The main problem was I feel like I have been thrown off hormonally. I am typically the most regular person in the world but not this month. Sorry if that is TMI but I want to be 100% honest with you as I go through this journey of cleansing my body and pushing it to new limits. I have been eating on point and eating a lot of fiber and I think that is causing my constipation, bloating, and a few other symptoms. So my goal this week is to reduce my fiber intake and focus on soluble fiber options.
Aside from feeling slightly off, I was determined to push myself again this week! Like last week, this was a 3×10 series except instead of going all the way through the workout three times; we were going through each set 3 times before moving on to the next set. Hello BURNOUT. By the end of the workout, my arms were shaking on every move and I had to fight for proper form but I am so glad I pushed through because I gave it everything I had.
With a game tonight, I am hoping to stay on point with my timed nutrition and try and spend some time on my lunch break figuring out some lighter on the stomach foods. That is going to be touch because I eat sweet potato (with the skin) and spinach, one or the other or sometimes both with basically every meal.
If you have any ideas, I would love to hear about them in the comments. I am hoping that as this week progresses, I will see my symptoms subside!
I absolutely love Booty Day which I think drove my energy to wake up this morning. I have been experiencing a lot of stress lately. My Nana, whom I had dinner with last Thursday is now in the hospital, it is looking like she will be all right but that is never fun. My job is stressful and I have to have a conversation tomorrow that I am really not looking forward too. I am also overwhelmed with everything I have going on and trying to find the balance. I think all of the changes to my exercise plan, nutrition plan, wedding planning, and the increased stress at work and in life are causing some of the side effects I am feeling. At least I am hoping so. I am hoping that a good long weekend off (I am off from work Thursday afternoon and Friday) will be just what my body needs to get back into gear.
Thankfully, the side effects are not affecting my workouts. Today’s Booty Burnout was 55 minutes of pure focus on my butt and I upped those bands and pushed my glutes to the max. I am really going to feel them tomorrow. I absolutely love the 3×10 burnout rounds that we are doing this week. Repeating the 3 exercises 3 times before moving on is such a good changeup. I am totally obsessed with this program and each day I am learning to expect everything and anything of myself.
I am seriously hoping that I am able to destress this weekend because it is literally eating away at me. It is making me want to cheat the meal plan, and just lay around and watch movies. I truly think this is stress related because of my lack of symptoms. I guess only time will tell.
Well, the bloating continues. As I finished my workout (cardio, normally super slimming), I could tell my face was puffy. I know I said in last week’s post I planned to try different things so I have been adding different veggies. This week instead of just focusing on cauliflower, broccoli, and spinach (I still have had those). But I have also had zucchini, carrots, and bell peppers. I am hoping this is going to help. Next week is that fun time of the month for me so hopefully, this is a combo of my body adjusting to the new eating plan, the new sleep schedule, and preparing for that fun time of the month….sorry again if that is TMI. I want this blog to be truly focused on my real experience. I guess we shall see.
Let’s talk about AAA. The first week of the program, I was not a fan at all. It was probably my least favorite workout. Then the second week, I absolutely loved it! This week, I was kinda ehhh on the workout. I think for my body, that workout works better going through all the exercises rather than going through only 4 exercises at a time and trying to burn out. Last week, I was shaking halfway through the workout and struggling by the end. This week, I upped where I needed too but didn’t get that shaky burnt out feel. So we shall see how I feel about the program next week.
Today was a work from home day which is nice because then I can make all my meals fresh. I had a half day today as well so in the afternoon, I was able to run to the store and stock up on a few items for the next week before Brian and I do a massive meal haul on the 17th. For me, a massive meal prepping session happens roughly every 6 weeks and I freeze a bunch of meals. This allows me to spend less time thinking about what is for dinner. Do you meal prep? If so, how far out do you prep for?
Wow, it is hard to believe it, we are already almost to Day 20 and a quarter of the way done with this program. I think the addition of different veggies over the last few days is helping. I have also reduced the amount of quinoa and sweet potatoes I am eating. Limiting both of those items to just 3/5 daily carbs. Then adding in regular oatmeal, edamame, a whole grain tortilla, or other meal plan approved carbs. We will truly see the bloat reduce next Sunday post my TOM.
But what can I tell you about leg day? Well, I definitely need to purchase 30-pound weights. My back got a little sore near the end so I will be foam rolling that tonight. I am also feeling so much less bloated; however, just in time for the bloating to be going away and my digestion to be back on track, my Boosts arrived. For those of you that don’t know what the Boosts are, they are additions to add to things like smoothies, shakes, yogurt, oatmeal to help with getting greens in (without chewing them), aid with digestion and energy. I ordered the Digestive Health and Power Greens. I am not someone who has to chew my food to be full (thank goodness) so I am hoping these will help when I am struggling to try and pick a veggie.
Because I am off today, I have been able to get so many necessary things done around the house. Meal prep for next week, sweet potato waffles, tofu, and portion out the veggies for my pre-workout breakfast burritos. I tried one of them this morning and it was delicious! The tortillas I am using are Trader Joe’s handmade whole wheat tortillas. I was also able to clean the whole house which was great!
Tonight, I am hoping Brian and I can just lay low and have a quiet date night and enjoy our clean home because we have lots of errands to run tomorrow for the bathrooms!
Holy cow we are officially a quarter of the way through this program. Time flies when you are having fun. We also only have one more week in Phase One of the program. Then it is on to Phase Two when everything changes. That is the perfect scenario! Just when you start nailing the moves, you change it up.
This morning I woke up feeling the least bloated I have since I started the program so now I am pretty sure everything was due to my veggies and carb combos. I am glad that I did not believe it was the whey protein in my recover products.
Cardio Flow is still not my favorite workout but I can tell I am getting stronger. This time I was able to move thru the moves a little easier than last week. Unfortunately, I can’t help but think about how in two weeks I will be doing 6 reps of each move. Then, 4 weeks later I will be doing 8 reps of each move. That is 96 inchworms in the workout! I am choosing to focus on just this week, just this day. I am learning to expect everything and anything. But it isn’t easy when you know what is coming.
My least favorite move in this series is the bear crawls because I think I have a pinched nerve in my left shoulder that is super painful whenever I do them, just that move. So I spent some time rolling that area out with my massage ball! Really hoping this helps.
We were supposed to head to Home Depot to grab the rest of our stuff for our bathroom remodel but my mom called this morning. She told us they were heading to the casino about an hour and a half away from us and asked if we wanted to join them. So we decided to make a day of it and invite Brian’s mom along too. It was a great trip and I am glad we went. I brought my shake in the car but I knew we were going to eat at the buffet for dinner.
When we sat down, I ordered water and decided to go with the stirfry and loaded up my veggies, no rice noodles and did a combo of shrimp and chicken for my protein. I picked around and ate what I wanted (probably a little over on my veggie limit but at least it was veggies). In addition, I had a few oysters on the half shell with fresh lemon and hot sauce. I also grabbed a serving of fruit for my dessert. There were blackberries, raspberries, and pineapple and it was delicious. I was barely tempted by the amazing looking dessert bar.
Had we gone a few weeks ago, I know I would have overindulged and craved dessert. This week, I didn’t feel like I needed the ice cream bar. The only thing missing from the meal was a carb because there was not an option that I saw as meal plan approved. I think ultimately this helped me not feel overwhelmingly full! Plus, I knew I would eat when I got home.
In case you are wondering if I won or not, I did not but Brian walked away a winner!
We made it home around 8:30 and I made myself my last meal. A sweet potato waffle with peanut butter and greek yogurt with cinnamon and a scoop of power greens. I do not recommend mixing power greens into yogurt. I think I will keep it to smoothies from now on. However, it did allow me to get my last veggie in for the day.
I love Sundays in this program because they are rest, recover, and stretch days. Your five meals can be completed in any order you please. As I write this I am enjoying my meal 1 of the day. Which is a sweet potato waffle with peanut butter and scrambled eggs with spinach and a little bit of nutritional yeast.
We are going to be running our errands in about an hour to get the remaining items for our bathroom and also making a pit stop at Old Navy to use my Super Cash! I am addicted to their workout clothes so I am hoping there are a few new things there that I can get.
Stretching and foam rolling was just what I need this morning. I am also focused on making sure I drink enough water today so I wake up ready to take on week 4 of the program tomorrow. It is going to be a busy week with 3 games, a few major projects at work needing my attention, and some key deadlines for my freelance clients but I know for me I operate best under pressure. I also work best when I get my workout in before the day has truly begun.
Tonight is the Super Bowl and we will be enjoying it with friends. Brian and I are going to take separate cars because I plan on heading home at halftime because I need to sleep! I have made my traditional Super Bowl brownies but will for the first time in basically my whole life (my mom made them growing up) I will not be partaking. Instead, I am bringing a Chocolate, Peanut butter, Banana, and Spinach Shake to curb my sweet tooth. I am also bringing cut up veggies to snack on as I am sure there will be limited options for me! But you know what? I am okay with that.
Expect Everything and Anything
Week 3 is in the books and I am so proud of myself. We are over a quarter of the way there on this journey and I am loving what I am seeing so far. If you are interested in learning more about 80 Day Obsession and how you can join me for my next round, leave me a comment or send me an email. You can also follow my entire journey on Instagram at FitnessMadeBreezy. Remember, with this program, you have to be ready to expect everything!