Day 1

I am happy to report that I did more than survive today. I am sore in a good way, and I feel great. I am almost done with my last 30 oz bottle of water (total of 120 oz). I went to the gym and worked out after work which in and of itself is a big accomplishment. Working full time, I often come home from work exhausted, hungry and not wanting to go to the gym.

It helped so much to have the support of John who joined me at the gym. He’s so excited about my journey and he’s so supportive of the lifestyle change in terms of getting into the gym more and eating on a certain meal plan.

Food used to be very important to me, but now I see food as a means for getting strong and fueling my body for my workouts. It feels good knowing that I am eating in a way that I am going to make a difference and hopefully start seeing results. This will truly be a lifestyle change in my diet.

Based on the meal plan (see nutrition tab) that I’m eating, I’m not missing anything or having cravings for sweets and junk food. When I get home from work, I enjoy having a relish tray and I am still able to do that. However, the relish tray has choices more on plan such as string cheese, baby dill pickles, 10 black olives, and 6 rice crackers as opposed to higher fat cheeses and a rotation of veggies from pickled beets to marinated artichokes.  I don’t think that the veggies I was eating on the relish tray before were off-plan, but it was the quantity consumed.  I’m learning portions and the importance of measuring things.

At the gym, I did 10 minutes of cardio to warm up then hit the weights. I pushed myself to fatigue and even when I thought I can’t do another rep I thought about John who has sent me on this journey and is supporting me every step of the way and I pushed myself to finish. I am sore, but I feel strong.

For dinner I had 4.5 ounces of chicken with bbq seasoning salt and 2 cups of broccoli. I’m going to finish my water and sign off.

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