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The balance between focus and tunnel vision

Weight: 132 lbs

Breakfast: Plain Greek yogurt with blueberries

Lunch: Mac & cheese, tomato bisque

Afternoon snack: dried kiwi, sliced ham wrapped around a cheese stick

Dinner: Spinach salad with walnuts/craisins/balsamic vinaigrette, apple, mini cucumbers

Dessert: Dave & Andy’s ice cream

Today I was supposed to run. I was also supposed to keep up with my clean eating. But, life got in the way. Instead of working out, I went to play with puppies (I mean, wouldn’t you?). I packed my healthy lunch as usual, but then my friends invited me to get lunch for a friend’s birthday. It’s not like either of these things is a major setback or even bad for me! But, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed in myself for not strictly following my plans for myself. Sure, my body needs fitness and nutrients, but social interaction and down-time is also a necessity.

It’s always been hard for me to focus on one thing without becoming so obsessed with it that I lose sight of other things. Like how trying to be conscious of what I am eating can actually ruin my mood and ability to enjoy life. A commitment to succeeding in school or a career can cause the rest of your life to suffer before you even realize it. This is something that I want to try to avoid from now on. I don’t want to ever feel bad about not being perfect. That is the opposite of what I am trying to do. My new goal is to always be positive about what I accomplish, whether that includes everything I planned for it to include or not. So, I’m going to start adding positive statements about my progress to my posts.

+I still ate 2 clean meals

++I got to play with puppies

+++I haven’t gained weight


June 22, 2015 (Monday)

Starting weight: 132 lbs

Breakfast: Banana with peanut butter

Morning snack: orange juice

Lunch: Spinach salad with craisin/walnuts/balsamic, apple, 2 mini cucumbers

Afternoon snack: small avocado, ham wrapped around cheese stick, dried kiwi

Post-workout: 3 scoops of protein powder in a shake

Dinner: pasta with olive oil, steamed broccoli, dried kiwi

Today was my first day of trying out a new workout plan and style. Instead of resting in between sets, you do cardio. It’s supposed to accelerate your results and make your workouts much more efficient. It’s also a way to get out of ever doing 40 minutes of straight cardio, but since I like to run I probably won’t eliminate it completely.

You can see the plan under the “Plans” page and look under Monday to see what I was supposed to do today. Things don’t always workout perfectly according to plan, so I did end up making some modifications.

Deadlift: Instead of 5 sets of 5 reps, I did as much as I was able to with 135 pounds, which ended up being less.

Calf raises: We kept using the jumprope in between sets rather than doing mountain climbers. I think this was a good change.

HIIT: We only did 10 minutes instead of 20. Considering this method of working out is supposed to eliminate the need for cardio, I think it’s just good that we did any at all.

My first impression of this workout style is that I absolutely love it. I love the feeling of being out of breath, which doesn’t happen very often while lifting weights. This way, I can get the best of both worlds where I feel like I’m working hard and am also building muscle. After the workout was over, I was drenched in sweat, but I felt great. There’s nothing like leaving the gym and feeling like your workout was worth it. This is how it should feel every time, but when I go to the gym without a plan it often doesn’t.