How I’m committing to my meals on month 2 of the 22 Minute Hard Corps!

It’s time for some accountability!! I am usually so good at following a workout plan and kicking it up a notch in the intensity, weight, reps, etc…but my downfall always comes back to the nutrition. Success comes from focusing on the areas that are hindering us and finding a way to get better at these areas. My area is foods.

I love food. Always have, always will. I despise “diets” and refuse to follow a plan that restricts foods that I love and tells me how I’m supposed to eat.

Been there, done that; and I know firsthand that it is a disaster waiting to happen.

Now, I always follow a plan that allows my body to feel it’s best; to get the results I’m working on in the moment and to also allow my fun foods to be enjoyed in moderation. Deprivation does not work. Diets are meant to be temporary and then once we reach the goals we set out for (and these are met half assed anyway), we return to the old habits that got us to the starting point again.

Can you relate?

And we repeat this cycle and wonder why we feel so miserable about our bodies and our abilities to succeed long term.

I love that I can follow a plan and figure out the areas that need to be improved and just do it. I love that I can share my journey and have support with my challengers and my friends along the way. I love that this is a process that blesses our lives and our bodies in ways that a “diet” never could live up to.

This coming week begins my 6th week on the 22 Minute Hard Corps plan.

Month 1, was all about how bad ass I felt in the workouts, even when they were only 22 minutes a day. These workouts are nothing to laugh at! They are hard core and definitely create a challenge. I noticed that although I was seeing progress and results happening, I was kind of “dogging” it in the food plan and was starting to allow small excuses to become more habitual.

Once month 2 started, I realized in order for me to truly succeed in this program as it is intended to do; I needed to get serious and focused about my foods. Yes, I stick to a basic plan and don’t suffer the issues that I did in the past; but I allowed myself to taste foods as I cooked. I allowed myself to throw foods into my mouth that I didn’t track. I allowed too many “it’s okay” type treats to be enjoyed on more occasions that I’d suggest to a fellow client.

So I am putting myself up to the challenge and tracking and sharing every morsel of food and drink that I enjoy in this second month on plan. I am sharing everything; both good and not so good so that others can see that I am human and I struggle too. But the successes are not in the “perfection” times of our plans…they come from overcoming the struggles that we endure along the way. Getting 100% accountable and serious about what we are doing (versus not giving full attention to at times) is going to make or break our results.

In keeping to the theme of this challenge, I wanted to share how listening to “PINK’s” song “TRY” today helped me pinpoint the focus that inspired this challenge:

“Where there is desire
There is gonna be a flame”…  
My desire here is to feel my best, get the best nutrition for my long term results in my life and in my health habits and thus, the flame has begun. 🙂

Where there is a flame
Someone’s bound to get burned” 
…now here is when we fall off of our well intended plans. We start a new program or eating plan and we are all excited (flame started) and then we fall off track due to life’s busyness; lack of planning; lack of willpower; etc…

But just because it burns
Doesn’t mean you’re gonna die”….
this part is crucial for us to acknowledge. We are NOT failures because of a misstep or a slip up (even if that “slip up” is decades long)…we are not going to die from the slip up (or at least not yet)

You’ve gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try
You gotta get up and try, and try, and try”….
I think this part speaks for itself, right? We just have to get up again and again and again and again…

so here goes nothing…or “nothing” to lose except my bad habits! 🙂  Here are some of the foods I ate this weekend:

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For Saturday, it looked like this:

Breakfast: 2 eggs and 1 green container shredded zucchini squash scrambled + 1/2 cup cooked oats topped with 1 purple container of strawberries, coffee with 2T 1/2 + 1/2

Snack: Cafe Latte Shakeology with 1/2 banana, 1 cup water, 1 cup ice and 1 tsp peanut butter, blended up.

Lunch: Salad topped with 1 veggie patty and 2 Tbls of Opa brand dill dressing

Snack: (before heading out to see a movie with my son) 1/2 cup oats soaked in 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 red container 2% greek yogurt, 1 tsp peanut butter and a few drops of liquid stevia.

Movie treats: 2 servings of Starburst minis (about 300 calories worth) and my water bottle

Dinner: Salmon on top of greens and my Opa dressing

Evening snack: herbal tea with the greek yogurt snack (from above)

All in all, a pretty successful day given my previous movie day treats!!

Sunday looked like this:

Breakfast: I wanted pancakes so I opened up the 21 Day Fix “Fixate” cookbook and made the Oat/banana pancakes and topped them with 1 purple container of strawberries and 1 Tb of the Knotts brand strawberry syrup (blast from my childhood past!) + Coffee with 2 Tbs 1/2 + 1/2

Snack: (before heading out with my daughter to get some much needed beauty school supplies) Cafe Latte Shakeology with 1 cup water, 1 cup ice, 1 purple container strawberries and 1 tsp peanut butter (I actually LOVED this recipe!)

Lunch: we stopped by the Nordstrom cafe and enjoyed lunch. She had a Nicoise salmon salad and I had the Lime Cilantro chicken salad. (YUMMY!)

Snack: not so awesome but there was leftover “Mini Starburst” and I measured out 1/4 cup (1 serving) and it was sooo sugary and sweet that I was kind of “EWWW” when I finished this smaller than usual serving (=150 calories) and also a Pink Lady apple, sliced up and topped with 1 TB melted peanut butter and 1 TB mini choc chips

Dinner: will be veggie scramble. Veggies topped with 2 eggs and Cholula hot sauce..easy and good!! (family is finishing off the roast beef I made for them!)

Snack: my all time favorite (and one you’ll see quite often from me)…my oats + greek yogurt concoction and some herbal tea.

Time to kick start the new week and share all that happens…I’m kind of nervous cuz you’re watching but I know it is only making me think twice before throwing foods into my mouth as I tend to do when I feel like it! 😉

Here are my results so far…5 weeks in! What will you accomplish this month?

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Need some help? My next group will be just as awesome and I’d love to work with you on some team accountability together (you won’t have to be so public though!)

 

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