Sunday, February 16, 2014

Week 4 Done!

I completed the Clean Eating Challenge!  I know I have been a little MIA and in the next few weeks I plan on correcting that but I wanted to give a little update regarding my health and wellness journey. 

The Clean Eating Challenge was a success in my eyes.  I only did it for 30 days and eating right and working out I dropped a size.  This is huge for me.  While working out isn’t something new for me actually seeing results is.  I now realize a lot of what I was doing wrong.  Results happen in the kitchen!!! I now know my protein intake needs to be a lot higher then I ever thought, a banana should no longer be my go to food, and I need to log every calorie into My Fitness Pal!  If I don’t make myself accountable for what I am eating I will fall back into my old ways.  In this challenge I did have Beachbody’s Shakeology for one meal a day.  While this is something I never thought I would enjoy I found myself looking forward to it.  I liked the fact that it was a mindless meal.  I made the same shake every day, knew exactly what to log and that it would be a super nutritious meal.  I plan on continuing to eat the way I have been but not hard on myself if I have a cheat item.  Just not a cheat item every day! 

As for P90X3, week 4 was what they call a transitional week.  I got to do Yoga, pilates and Isometrix all in one week which made for a very pleasant week in order to get your body ready for the beginning of Phase 2.  I just finished the first week of Phase 2 today and there were definitely some difficult workouts.  I was introduced to Extreme Upper and Lower which are exactly what they sound like.  30 minutes of hammering those muscle groups.  This phase also introduces you to MMX.  I had been looking forward to this workout since I first started the program.  I have always loved kickboxing classes and thought this would be perfect for me.  While I did enjoy it, about halfway through I got awful cramps in the back of both of my legs.  I have never experienced this before and it taught me a valuable lesson.  ALWAYS do your stretches and make sure you are hydrated.  I look forward to trying it out again next week and making it through the whole hour.  

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