Does vacation spell disaster for Megan?…
As most of you may know, last week was probably not my best post. Since then, I came across a quote on Pinterest that resonated with me the other day. It said “Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good
attitude while waiting.” If you know me, I can be quite impatient at times. I find that I have become more impatient with my weight loss journey. Before I started with AHB I was looking for quick fixes- juice cleanses, Weight Watchers, you name it I probably tried it. But this is the first time I have stuck with something consistently and that I can say I am proud of myself for . Sure, I have had my off days, but who doesn’t? So with that not-so-great post behind me, it is only onward and upward from here!
So, getting back into it. I went on a mini vacay to Florida this week. When I think of vacation I think R&R, drinks with umbrellas, and eating whatever. But this was not the case this time. I had to stick to my guns. I woke up the morning we were leaving and went to yoga
. Check one- keeping to my schedule so far and then we were off a few hours after that. When I told Andrea
I was going away for a few days we planned out how I could make better decisions while traveling. That part was easy, I packed a few granola bars for snacking and that worked out. It also helps that I can sleep anywhere and everywhere so I wasn’t tempted by the food offered on the plane. The next few days flew by but I was always mindful of what I was eating. For lunches I would use whole wheat bread, have more veggies than pasta salad, and drink more water. The thing I am most proud of though was when we went to a burger joint for dinner. As everyone around me ordered big burgers with fries I opted for the turkey burger with lettuce as the bun and broccoli for a side. Yes, you read that correctly. I was high fiving myself for the rest of the night and could not wait to get back and report to Andrea and Alicia.
Alicia also gave me a body weight circuit to do and you know what? I did it the morning I woke up in sunny Florida! Go me! Before I would use a vacation as an excuse not to do anything exercise related but not anymore. We also kayaked, fished, played yard games and went for a walk. All in all I think I had a successful trip. While kayaking with the manatees I could only think about how much they had the life, just floating around doing and eating whatever. It was then I realized I had been my own sort of manatee for awhile, doing nothing and thinking it was ok. But now I’m being more active and on vacation no less! Yes, it’s ok to be a manatee sometimes but not for long. Now with moving forward the only worry I have is how much bootcamp is going to hurt after missing two days!
Be Healthy. Be Balanced.
DUN, DUN, DUN! The most dreaded day has come. Measurements day. I was very discouraged by what that spawn of Satan of a scale told me. I was the same weight. I have been going to boot camps, eating healthier, and drinking more water so I thought I would see a bit more of a difference. Some days I feel different, healthier, and I think “ya, I got this. I’m totally losing weight” and then that freaking scale shows up to the party and ruins it. Seeing how frustrated I was and before I could break down, Alicia did the body fat test and took some measurements. The body fat thing (sorry, I really have no idea what the real name is) said that I was down 1% body fat. My waist had also gone down in the measurements. Don’t get me wrong, I was really happy about this, but I wanted the scale. Alicia said that this was a good start and is
progress but she also challenged me. Have I really been doing absolutely everything on my plan and committing to this new lifestyle 100%?
Now, to be fair, I haven’t been the best on my off days from boot camp. For some reason I just can’t get into the dreadmill, I mean treadmill, work out. I get so bored. I would love to fast forward to the running group to be heald accountable and not be stuck on a machine. I want so badly to love running but I just have not gotten close to it yet and it aggravates the hell out of me. I want to be that person to be excited for a run and do well at it. And yes, I know, you have to practice, take baby steps, blah blah blah but I am not one for patience as you can tell. But I will get there…some day. Hopefully soon.
Following measurements, I had the most intense personal training session with Alicia. I don’t want to call it punishment, but that is what it felt like! I was expecting our regular routine but from out of the corner the girl whipped out a treadmill. A. TREADMILL. Clearly I hate those things so much that I am oblivious to the fact there was one folded up in the corner the whole time. And I like that relationship me and the dreadmill have: avoidance. But not anymore. I ran, I sprinted, I lifted, I burpeed, and I died. But it was worth it. And shocker, I was better at it when I was with Alicia vs when I tried to do it on my own. I felt like I could somewhat do it. And with her having me do that, I realized that I am capable I just need to get my butt in gear and go. Easier said than done though. But this is just one little hurdle I can overcome and I will.
Be Healthy. Be Balanced.