From Soul Crushing to Goal Crushing: 21 Day Fix Day 9 Upper Fix

I’m pretty excited about the new weights I bought.  In honor of Joey Tribiani, I bought some fifteens…  just so I can say, “damn you fifteens!!” You guys remember that episode?  Joey decided to start working out and gave himself a hernia? Oh, and it was just when he was between jobs and didn’t have any health insurance?  Love that show.  Anyway, I really like them because they have a nice soft rubber feel to them (they don’t smell).  I still love my resistance bands for travel, but I’m happy to have finally upgraded to some dumbbells for working out at home.  I think I’m going to see much better results with them.  Get them here.

I’m in week two of the 21 Day Fix on Day 9, which is the Upper Fix.  This was the first day I really got to break in my new dumbbells!  Yay!  You hopefully read my post from last week which gave the specifics about the workout itself.  I don’t need to do that week to week because we’d both get bored you and me.  What I will talk about, though, is how I can already feel improvement.  For example, during the forearm plank, I was able to take only a couple of very brief breaks before getting back up again.  I expect by next week I will be able to hold the plank for the entire minute.

Did you catch that?

That is the kind of progress to look for in the middle of a program.  I’m not entirely sure I’ve lost any body fat, but I am gaining strength and endurance during the workout itself.  That kind of thing is noticeable a lot earlier than the visual changes to the body.  In the past, I’d get discouraged when I didn’t have any noticeable changes and then I’d feel like I was wasting my time and I’d inevitably give up.  If you’re tired of going through a yo-yo cycle of working out / not working out these are the kinds of victories you should look for to keep yourself motivated.

That is the kind of progress to look for in the middle of a program.  I’m not entirely sure I’ve lost any body fat, but I am gaining strength and endurance during the workout itself.  That kind of thing is noticeable a lot earlier than the visual changes to the body.  In the past, I’d get discouraged when I didn’t have any noticeable changes and then I’d feel like I was wasting my time and I’d inevitably give up.  If you’re tired of going through a yo-yo cycle of working out / not working out these are the kinds of victories you should look for to keep yourself motivated.

Nutrition

Today for breakfast I had some low fat unsweetened yogurt which I added honey and some plain granola.  I used my 21 Day Fix portion containers to keep my intake on point.  Lunch was some leftover beef roast, peas, grapes, and some wheat crackers.  My afternoon snack was some no added sugar applesauce.  For dinner, I cooked up the last bit of pork tenderloin I had, rice, and onions and peppers.  I did have a handful of M&M’s to get a little bit of sweet in my mouth.  All in all, I’m happier with my nutrition today than I was yesterday.  Afterall, overindulging in pizza wasn’t exactly part of my master plan!

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