I haven't been able to find where to blog either. Also, at one point I posted my before pics and now I can't find them! We could have an international crisis in our future if those pictures fall into the wrong hands.
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I need your help. I didn't fall off the wagon this week, I drove it over a cliff. I started out the program so strong for the first two weeks. Then beginning of this week, went to Disneyland for two days, had out of town cousins stay with me over thanksgiving, my dad had surgery to put a shunt in his brain and the plan went to heck. I know I walked miles and miles at disneyland and looked like a dork doing calf raises and lunges in line, but I didn't get in my cardio hits.
Then my cousins came to town and brought the wine. I thought, oh one glass won't hurt, I am stressed about my Dad and need to relax. My lovely husband, kept filling my wine glass for me and then the little piece of chocolate didn't seem so bad. One hangover later, and the 5:00am wake up just didn't happen.
I wanted to get my family up the hill by me on Thanksgiving, but I felt like crap so didn't. Anyway, after messing up so bad, I just ate what I wanted and missed the last 3 days of workouts.
I am disappointed in myself. I want to throw in the towel and say, Oh I'll start after the holidays when it will be easier, but I can't.
I am going to head to the gym right now and do a yoga class followed by zumba. I know they are not ont he program, but I enjoy yoga and it will get me back into the gym. Have to work after that so I will plan out my meals now for the day and get back on track.
This was a waisted week for the challenge, already gained back an inch in my weights, hips and chest each..... so mad at myself.
Thanks for your support, I need it.
"The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret"
For you Nancy...
This is the quote that I now have taped up EVERYWHERE!!!! While this week was certainly a disappointment, our overall journey is far from over. Life happens and we have to adjust. Part of our journey is learning how to adjust. Knowing our limits, our strengths AND our weaknesses. The stress you're under could break any of us - - - I know personally and will share in a minute. What you do now defines who you are! So you didn't make it up the hill on Thanksgiving - bummer. You missed a few days of workouts - ok. You overindulged in wine and food - done and over!!!! Can't undo any of those things. It happened - learn and grow from it but don't dwell.
Did you go to Yoga? How about Zumba? If so - then welcome back my friend : ) If not, get you butt into the gym or back up the hill this afternoon after work or at the latest first thing in the morning. I need to know that I am not in the 5:00am club alone! BTW - yoga is definitely mentioned in the BFL for Women's book so it is "on the program." The original BFL was written before the Zumba craze caught on here in the states. Otherwise, I don't see how it wouldn't come highly recommended. I love that workout and really look forward to those classes. I now train with a heart rate monitor and I watch it go nuts during Zumba. I also love the 500-750 calories that I torch during every single class. Was this your first class? If so, what did you think?
How is you father? How did the surgery go? I can't imaging how scary this whole situation must be for you. My father battled prostate cancer (much more common that what your Dad is going through) a few years back and it was incredibly stressful. Be kind to yourself when dealing with your family. As superhuman as we want to think we are, we aren't and there is only so much we can give and do in any single day.
I was so very proud of myself on Thanksgiving. I got up and pushed through a great workout. I ate my planned breakfast and snacks. I stuck to white meat turkey, green beans, bakes sweet potato, and cranberry. I had a very small piece of pecan pie and didn't even finish it all - it is one of my favorites but it was so incredibly sweet. We took the family for a walk after dinner and even played a bit of pick up flag football instead of sitting on the couch stuffed and miserable. So, Thanksgiving was good. Then reality set it...
My husband leaves for Afghanistan in less than a week. I started my challenge before I knew he was going. If I had known, I would have waited until he left to start. But - I did start and I felt great - until the past few days. I have managed to get workouts in but that haven't been as powerful. I am preoccupied and not sleeping well. We both know how important sleep is so that is working against me right now. My husband didn't want a farewell party. Instead, we are being pulled daily to go out with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers all to wish him a safe deployment and a speedy return. I love our friends and family but it would have been so much easier on me to have celebrated with everyone at one time. However, that isn't what is happening and it isn't what my husband wanted and the farewells really are about him, not me. So, I make the best choices that I can but it isn't the same as eating at home where I can control all of the inputs. Alcohol is very prevalent and we are both huge lovers of wine. Rude to say no to a glass at a celebration for him? I don't bring up the challenge because this is his time. I don't want to turn any of the attention to me. I will be able to really focus on this challenge intensely starting again on December 4th. I will not quit or start over and I will continue to do the absolute best that I can this upcoming week. However, if all I can do is maintain this upcoming week, then I am going to have to be okay with that. Just like you are going to have to be okay with your last week. Life happens!!!! Let's just pick up and carry on : )
I am totally here for you. If it is a kick in the butt that you need, I can do that. If it is a hug and an ear, you got it! We started this together and we'll finish it together even if it takes a little longer than anticipated!
Sharon is very right in everything she said above. In Bill's book, he says, "If you miss a workout, you missed it. If you miss a meal, you missed it. And
Stupid website. It cut off my post after the first sentence. I don't know about you all but I find this website horrible to navigate through and to post things...
Sharon is very right in everything she said above. In Bill's book, he says, "If you miss a workout, you missed it. If you miss a meal, you missed it. Just get back on schedule and keep moving forward."
You can't do much about the eating or catching up on the UB and LBWOs, but you can catch up on cardio. What I would do is double up a 20 minute cardio with the UBWO and continue the cardio on the in-between days. Also, for every glass of wine you drank, drink two glasses of water. I actually called the 800 number back when I was doing the plan and that is what they told me. I like to think of it as making up for the drinking :) You also could go out 13 weeks instead of 12 if you really think you blew it. The point is to get through it and you will only back-track if you quit. Yoga and zumba are perfect for the cardio and I would say that makes up for a lot missed :)
So sorry to hear your DH is going to Afghanistan this week. I can't imagine how it feels to have your DH so far away for so long. You sound very strong though and when he gets back, you are going to be smokin' hot!
I think with everything that you are going through proves that you can get through any adversity. You reached out to this forum which means you just needed to know that you are fine and that your not alone. That is why this is such an awesome site. Let it go and move full steam ahead. You CAN do it.
My thoughts are with you and your family . I pray all goes well and the way to stay strong is you staying strong mind and body. Sharon your words are great and i agree with all of them. You are very inspiring and encouraging. I will be sure to cry for help when I fall. Thank you and good luck this week and in the following weeks and months. Take care
Hi ladies! Ok. Day 3 is done. Did the LBWO and it went well. I really don't like working my legs for some reason but they are the biggest muscles so helps burn the most fat. I also did the 20 minute cardio solution with it.
Good morning, aal! Made it through day 1!! :O) I even did a little more than I thought I would be able to do. My legs are a little sore alreay...but I feel absolutely awesome!
Hope everyone is having a great day!
Hi Trish! Congrats on finishing day 1!!!! I just got done with my day 4 20 minute aerobic solution. It was really hard to get up at 5:15 a.m. but as I was lying in bed I thought, I can get up, knock out 20 minutes and then can be enjoying a cup of coffee before my girls get up. It worked!
Is it normal to feel kind of sluggish after Free Day? I had a great first week with food and work outs. My Free Day was great too but today I don't feel as good and my head is not as enthusiastic . I think because I feel like I blew it with all the bad food and alcohol. Is this normal. Anyone????
It was Wendy asking about the sluggish day after Free Day question. I forgot to put my name at the end.
Hi all. Wow, there are so many of us who have had success in the past and have fallen off the wagon. My name is Paige and I am 43. I have lost about 20-25 pounds every two or three years and somehow it finds me again. I love to exercise and I love to eat and I need to get these two facets of my life in balance permanently! I have had success with BFL twice in my 30's and with Weight Watchers in my 20's and 40's. I started lifting weights again about a month ago and am over the initial ouch factor and ready to start BFL again and get some good consistent workouts.
To the woman who wasn't sure about the chiropractor and running: when I run consistently, I visit my chiropractor consistently. Some of us just don't stay aligned, and I've found it makes all the difference in the world to be properly aligned. I advise you to give it a try.
I am looking forward to checking in regularly to give and get support from other women in their 40's. Have a good day, everyone.
A big thank you to Sharon and T! Your support is appreciated and welcome.
Thanks to all the great 40 something ladies on this thread.
My Dad is doing well, all things considered. We are happy with the progress he is making.
Sharon, I'll kick myself in the rear the rest of the week, you concentrate on your wonderful husband. Do the best you can with the parties, enjoy your time with your honey and I will be there to kick your butt back onto track after he is gone. I did do Yoga yesterday, had to cut out ZUMBA to get to my Open House on time, it started later than I thought. Got back on the 5:00am train and was out exercising by 5:15am - Big Yeah!
Last weekr really proved that if I don't get that work out in at 5am before my family and job take over my life, it just doesn't happen.
"The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret" via Sharon...
Go ladies, we can do it.
Hey That was me, Caroline. Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a try. Its sounds like we have a lot in common. I'm trying to loose about 20-25 lbs. I teach a cross fit class, more like a HITT class with weights. However, I have not had success with BFL, I didn't see it to the end. Got to about 10 weeks with little change. Should have just stuck to it. Now I think it will be the way of life. I'm now looking at this like its just the way to live if I want to be at my goal weight. Lifted for a long time, and now I've got to fit in the cardio, and the eating. I've learned a lot about clean eating and am actually liking it. I still feel tired all the time though. I always have. I'll let you know how the chiropractor goes.
I know what you mean about not wanting to get up! I had a rough time this morning...didn't help that I'm really feeling yesterday's workout! LOL
I know I can do this!! It really helps having you ladies here, offering encouragement!
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