Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Day 17 of My 30 Day Countdown - Kick Ass Kickboxing

Hi guys,

Well I am totally over the peanut butter and I'm actually quite grateful for the full day of rest yesterday. I woke up this morning feeling awesome and immediately got my weight training done. I mentioned before that it was a bit heavy on the leg workout (lower body) - lots of squats and lunges. I really pushed through this morning and felt great after.

I walked into the dojo (gym) at around noon today for my regular Wednesday Kickboxing session! Our teacher Ingrid, AKA "INTENSE" was ready and waiting!! Little did I know, she had something extra planned for the class today!! The focus was LOWER BODY today !!! OMG!! MY LEGS!! She had us complete numerous leg drills with various kicks repeatedly and in between sets, we were required to do FULL SQUATS!! My thighs were burning!! It was crazy INTENSE (hence her nickname)!! She pushed us really hard!! We were spent after wards and DRENCHED!! Awesome class!!

I ate very well today. I found that for whatever reason, I didn't drink enough water today. I had about 2 litres (I regular aim for 3 to 4). It just didn't happen today but I'm drinking some as I sit here typing so that should bring me up to 3litres for the day!

B - 3 boiled eggs (whites), warm cabbage salad (blanched cabbage and onions, garlic, pepper)
Sn - protein drink
L - 1 can tuna, green salad
Sn - small baked sweet potato
D - roasted chicken breast, steamed broccoli
Sn - a small yellow bell pepper

Today I was having a discussion with a few of my colleagues about what I plan to do after the journey!! There is no "after the journey", the journey continues. But I understood what they meant. I have been thinking, even planning on taking the week after the 10th of Dec to eat whatever I want, just no restrictions - only for that week, HOWEVER, today, my boss (who I also consider a friend) actually said to me, "Joania, can an alcoholic take one drink, can an addict do just one line of cocaine??" Shit! It really got me thinking. I don't believe I'm as bad as an alcoholic or drug addict, and he wasn't insinuating that, however, there was a lot of value to what he was saying. There I was just planning to eat (more like pig out) everyday for that week, not even thinking of how that may affect me or what that would mean for my new lifestyle!! That is no way to start my new lifestyle, right??

So I have now decided that I will have a few cheat MEALS during that week and not a cheat day, each and everyday!! I may have a pizza lunch one day, and even then not go overboard - moderation!! I've got to cut myself some slack because I've really pushed myself to the limit, especially in this home stretch but I do want to maintain this way of living!

In my heart, I truly believe that the maintenance of this new lifestyle will be equally or maybe even more difficult than the weight loss journey itself!! I need to give myself a fighting chance and find that balance. I am not going to deprive myself HOWEVER, I am also not going to go back to the way I used to be. No more sabotaging! So thanks for that lesson Bossman!! :)

Anyway, that's it for now. I'm still trying to figure out how I am going to celebrate this achievement! I'm leaning towards the birthday-journey combo celebration in February (my birthday)! I'll keep you posted.

Until next time...
Joania (2KMINE!!!)


cmoursler said...

I think incorporating a cheat meal once a week into your diet is a great way to not feel deprived. Like 1500 calorie days and then one higher calorie day or 1500 calorie days for 13 days and one blowout where I head to the movies. Popcorn is killer there lol...but I love it.
It's good to be thinking about ways to incorporate your favorite foods now, that way maintenance doesn't hit you like a ton of bricks...good luck.

Jennifer said...

ask Rob about "cheats" - I have trained with him a few times. Once you get to your goal, I think he said 1 day every other week is ok. The gym I train with recommends the 80-20 rule. Eat clean during the week and have relatively healthy choices on the weekend but not so restricted. I've also read that it's good to have 1 carb loading day. So much information - maybe you can post yours/his thoughts? :)

South Beach Steve said...

Joania, I think the challenge is defining what maintenance is. As you know, we all have good days and bad days. If our good days are our maintenance phase, then what are the bad days, and how does that even out? This goes along with my word of the day from this past Wednesday. I have no doubt you will handle this like a champion, just be mindful of where you are at all times, and what it takes to stay there.