I had to pull back on my exercise to protect my shoulder from further and greater injury. I had a couple slips in my eating and drinking.
I am human. I am not going to beat myself up for what I didn’t do.
Rather, I am cheering myself for what I did do! What I learned!
My first Shred SUCCESSES:
I drank plenty of water. I kept a constant eye on the amount of times I refilled my water bottle. When I kayaked with my sister (3.5 m upstream, then 3.5 m back), I didn’t reward myself with an alcoholic beverage, just more water with lime! I took fresh veggies and turkey breast to eat on my river trip.
I kept away from gluten. We had bread in the fridge and there were times I really wanted some peanut butter toast.
I kept lots of fresh veggies on hand and we enjoyed them for every meal and most snacks.
I made my own protein powder from ingredients I stocked in our pantry: powdered peanut butter, cacao powder, ground flaxseed. I consistently made smoothies with those 3 protein sources, plus frozen fruits, water, almond milk and cinnamon.
When we went out to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch UFC, I drank water and Chris & I shared nachos with chicken! We did not get flatbread pizza, fried pickles, fries or beer!
I tried a new recipe for Pumpkin Energy Bites, which turned out to be a perfect go-to when I wanted something sweet.
Of course, I took all of my daily Juice Plus+ capsules & chewables for energy, antioxidants, nutrients and to bridge any gaps between the fruits & veggies I was eating.
I posted on FB my food and physical activities. It helped to keep me accountable, if only to myself.
Where I slipped:
I had a grapefruit shandy. It’s just damn hot here and one of those days, I really needed a refreshing beer!
I ate 2 cookies at a Hallmark store that was celebrating the rollout of their Christmas ornaments.
I drank caffeinated coffee every morning.
Not taking any kind of measurements, even my weight to track a tangible result.
I ate one bag of 4 mini muffins (that we have in the pantry for overnites with our nieces).
So, what will I do differently this next Shred?
I bought decaf coffee (so that I don’t have to give up my morning java).
I will not drink any grapefruit shandy that might still be in the fridge. (It can be my post-Shred reward!)
On the days I don’t have TRX clients with whom I can workout, I will run or do a short at-home workout with my weights. (I should start playing my PiYo DVDs to learn a new style of fitness to teach at my next gig!!)
I will go to the gym with Chris in the evenings and/or weekend to lift because I never seem to make it a regular part of my fitness routine and I know the benefit of heavier weights.
Stretching each morning to get my body limber and my energy flowing.
What will I keep the same:
Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
Trying new recipes.
Keeping fruits and veggies at the ready (cleaned, cut up and ready for immediate eating).
Daily homemade smoothies.
An unexpected & pleasant “side-effect”:
I did find it easier to center myself and take time to think, really think, about goals and future projects. I felt clear-headed.
I am dreaming & scheming!
With the world as my oyster…