From Soul Crushing to Goal Crushing: 21 Day Fix Day 12, Dirty 30

Do you ever have that moment when you are halfway through a workout program and you’re a little frustrated because you’re not making as much progress as you want?  I took my physical measurements at the beginning of this round of the 21 Day Fix, but I haven’t checked any of them besides my weight.  It’s easy to get discouraged, but it’s important to remember how to notice how and where you are making improvements.

My weight?  Well, it’s held pretty steady.  I’ve lost about a pound overall, which could easily be within the margin of error.  So, I can’t really use that as a metric for success right now.  I haven’t checked measurements, but I suspect if I did I would have minimal inches lost at this point.

I have to remember that when I started Beachbody awhile ago, I was at my heaviest ever.  I was able to lose that weight with relative ease.  But now?  I’m at my average fighting weight that I have been at for the last 10 years.  This time around it’s going to lose weight, because that’s a pretty important barrier to break.  I’m going to have to work that much harder (in the kitchen) than I ever have before to make this happen.

In the meantime, I can choose to be discouraged or I can look towards something positive to keep me motivated.

Right now, I choose to look at how well I performed certain moves today.  For example, the side plank raise has been somewhat of a tricky move for me for quite awhile now.  The 21 Day Fix Dirty 30 workout includes a round containing two cumulative minutes of the side plank raise.  I was able to complete each of the minutes without falling out.  That is exciting.  This kind of progress helps me know that I am making a difference.

But, I do have to press on.  Especially in the kitchen.  I’ve already written about how the workouts are “easy” for me to stay motivated about, but eating food is my kryptonite.  I love to eat.  I don’t necessarily naturally gravitate towards the right kind of foods.  I have to be purposeful in the kitchen.  Even more difficult, I need to be purposeful when I’m at a restaurant.  Dinner out was ok tonight.  I skipped drinking soda and opted for water.  I didn’t order wings like I wanted, I ordered some chicken fajitas and ate the chicken and the veggies.  My little girl wanted ice cream at the Coldstone Creamery next door and I had resolved myself against ordering anything, but broke down and ordered a kid’s size plain scoop.  Not terrible, but losing body fat is not for someone who is only half motivated.

Tomorrow I have planned breakfast of plain yogurt and granola.  Lunch will be a salmon fillet and vegetables.  Dinner is going to be grilled chicken and corn on the cob.  I’ll have carrots and fruit for snacks throughout the day.  Making a plan is how I avoid pitfalls.  But, my plan I held for today didn’t work because I was surprised with a dinner out with the family.  I just have to remember when that happens to be able to sidestep into foods that will help me reach my goals.


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