Hey hey!

It's so good to be back! 

I hope that you enjoyed your Labor Day weekend. I enjoyed mine a little TOO much. 

I have since recuperated and I am well on my way to getting back into the swing of things.

First things first, I gained 5 pounds of bloat over Labor Day weekend.  I really didn't realize how stressful living at home is.  I dealt with some serious anxiety, and I ate everything in sight.  And I do mean EVERYTHING. 

Well, now I'm back in my humble abode and I can say that things are really looking up.  I cleaned up my eating once I got back to my place--I dived straight into some traditional meal prep: chicken breast, brown rice, and broccoli. And lots more veggies and fruits--absolutely NO fast or processed foods. I got tired of the chicken, brown rice, and broccoli quickly, but I didn't bloat and I actually felt satiated.  Oh, and when I weighed yesterday, I was back down to my weight from last week (so, in theory, I stayed the same.) Hey, I'm not mad.

Well, I kinda was.  See there's 15 weeks left until the New Year and I am trying my best to lose 2 pounds a week from here on out.  I have this goal to lose 30 pounds by 2016--to see 161 pounds on the scale will be AWESOME.  Now I know this is going to be a stretch and that I shouldn't focus so much on the scale.  Well, I totally get that. I just need to put a goal in place so that I have something tangible to shoot for.  

Okay, so back to this weigh-in...I was kinda sorta disappointed when I  saw that number hadn't changed much on the scale.  But I know part of it came from my less than stellar eating late Thursday evening--I was just SO hungry.  I ate dinner super early so by 9:00, I was starving again. (I had had a nap that afternoon right after I got back from class, so going to sleep wasn't an option.  I tried it though.)

I also recorded and posted snippets of yesterday's workout (before I weighed in) and I was sorely disappointed at how my stomach gaped over my workout shorts when I was doing (highly modified) tricep dips.  I mean, the issue is, I feel slimmer but I don't look slimmer.  I definitely don't look slimmer in pictures or in videos.

So, I made up my mind that I would take my measurements this morning and I am SO glad that I did.

Let me pause by saying...sometimes you just have to look past the scale.  It can be deceiving.  Based on the measurements I am about to disclose, it is almost apparent that I am going to have to take my measurements more often.

So...*drumroll please*
(So, shamefully, I haven't taken my measurements since May.  But I made a vow that as long as I am doing Insanity Max:30, I'm going to take my measurements every two weeks.)

I just wanted to point out that I have only lost .4 pounds since May (be mindful that I weighed on two separate scales so the weight comparison may not be very accurate). So, the fact remains that I should not rely continuously on the scale.  Weight by itself is deceiving.  I was 191 in May and 191 today.  But my clothes fit differently and I'm down inches (losing fat). 

As you have probably figured, I have been doing Insanity Max:30 for the past two weeks.  And, as you can probably tell from the preceding paragraphs, I am sooo happy with my results this far.  In all honesty, I haven't been eating 100% (maybe about 90%...I like 7pp worth of chocolate chip cookies every now and then) but I have been busting my butt EVERY morning during the week to get that workout in. I even got off track this week with Monday being a holiday (and I was afflicted with one of the worst stomach aches I have ever experienced) so I decided to break from my workout.  You have to listen to your body right? Well, I couldn't stand getting off track so I finished my 5 day (2nd) week of Insanity:Max 30 with Friday Fight Night today, which just so happens to be Saturday.  Ha.

Don't get me wrong--Insanity:Max 30 is DIFFICULT! Every time I push play, I have had to dig deeper.  My worst exercises have consistently been push-ups (or any variation thereof) and the tricep dips.  My core and arms are so weak.  I have been thinking about incorporating core training twice a week, in addition to Insanity:Max 30.  We'll see how that goes.  I also decided to invest in Beachbody's new Performance Line--well, a sample of it.  I'm not really in a place to buy it just yet.  I'm hoping that the Energize will give me that extra push (that extra OOPMH) that will get me through those hardcore Insanity:Max 30 workouts and that Hydrate will keep me hydrated so that my profuse sweat doesn't burn my eyes as badly (although I actually like the feeling of the sweat stinging my takes "feel the burn" to a whole 'nother level.)  I'll try to post early next week with an update/review of the Performance Stack, as well as my meal plan (which includes much more protein and fewer carbs) for the week.

I just can't give up on myself. I have come so far.  And I'm SO proud.  It seems like I have picked up momentum.  Being a Beachbody Coach has really helped me stay accountable and motivated.  So, why not let me help you so we can reach our goals together?