Good evening! (I exclaim while the sun, though slowly slinking toward the horizon, SHINES THROUGH MY WINDOWS!!!!!!)! I’m super stoked that it’s still light outside at 7pm, if you can’t tell.
Ugh. Man. Jeeze. Wow.
It finally is starting to feel like Spring around here – maybe even Summer! Madame Winter has had zero interest in taking a chill pill and getting some rest, that cold asshole. Sure, she’s great when she first shows up, providing a little change of scenery and welcoming some good old Holiday spirit; but come on! Snow…. in the end of April…. dis bitch has got to go. And gone I believe she has, with soaring temps of 75 degrees today and 84 tomorrow I think we’re offish in the warm, shiny clear.
Without further ado, and without a more perfect sunshine-y day to start, welcome to the beginning of my 80 Day Obsession fitness journey!
For those of you who don’t have any idea of what 80 Day Obsession is, or fitness, it is a super wonderful program that was created by my worst enemy and absolute idol Autumn Calabrese (creator of crazy famous fitness challenge 21 Day Fix). 80 Day Obsession is a nutrition and fitness program for dummies, much like myself, intended to build muscle, burn fat, get lean, and to encourage its audience to live a healthier lifestyle, full throttle. Every day there is a workout ranging from 40 minutes to an hour, and every workout is different!!!! Hallelujah, because doing the same Pilates moves on the floor of our bedroom has been actually slowly killing me. That was not an exaggeration.
Autumn provides exact timed nutrition with different variations for different schedules (I love this because bartending has my schedule all over the place) and a calendar of all 80 days filled with the workouts, how to prepare/recharge each rest day, and reminders to watch her motivational tubeage. [On demand mini-series].
What I hope to do for you, through a daily log of how my 80 day journey is going, is motivate you to start living a healthier lifestyle too! Whether it’s by joining this specific program or just by taking some of my tips for lifestyle changes and improving small parts of yourself. Working out has always been one of the best ways to increase my serotonin levels (my happy meter), but my lack of motivation from depression has always impeded on that. So! I’m gonna push through, for me, and start making some of these positive steps toward happiness I keep blabbing about.
When I joined the Beachbody program about 6 months ago (and made a half-assed attempt to complete the 21 Day Fix Challenge) I was designated a “coach”: essentially someone who participates in the program and helps to MOTIVATE you and to DIRECT you when you’re trying to f*cking meal prep and you feel like an idiot. My coach’s name is Alicia Mers and she is delightful. Seriously. I’m speaking about the most real, motivational, cool, creative, nice, twin-mom boss that has ever lived. I felt bad when I didn’t complete the 21 Day Fix. My coach has a hundred “me’s”. My failure doesn’t affect her in the end. She won’t know, but she worked really hard to get where she is today regarding her own fitness, and even if she ultimately doesn’t really care, I felt like I let her down. Yuck. That statement sucks. To get to some real therapist shiz with you – I didn’t let her down. I let myself down, and I mirrored that emotion onto her so I could see it and perceive it. I thought of that myself! Pretty deep, right? I can totally do this whole self-improvement thing.
With Alicia by my cyber-communication side, and literally the entire program laid out for me like a French art model, I committed to 80 days of straight dedicated fitness.
I woke up at 9’o clock this morning – early for a bartender, trust me – and was ready to go. First of all, I cut my coffee intake to half of a cup of black coffee. I’m not psyched to admit this, but despite it’s utter amazingness, I think coffee makes me feel crappy the rest of the day. This whole thing is about making myself happier though, not miserable, so I didn’t cut it out completely. Vices are necessary.
The rest of my schedule is as follows (mind you, I prepped all of my meals for the week yesterday):
9:30AM: Eat breakfast. Chili sweet potato hash with sautéed red peppers, orange peppers, onions, spinach, and Autumn Calabrese’s homemade turkey sausage. YUM. Seriously guys, I would eat this for breakfast every day regardless of the nutrition.
10:00AM: Drank my “go-juice”! This is a pre-workout performance energize supplement created by the Beachbody team. I got so much energy from one scoop of this stuff, I almost couldn’t believe it. Lemony energy, yes please.
10:30AM – 11:30AM was workout hour. Dun. Dun. Dun. Today’s workout was Total Body Core. Two sets of the workout routine, 15 reps for each position. It kicked. my. out-of-shape butt. We did push-ups, we did harder other push-ups, we did bicep curls, triceps curls, side plank crunches, squats. You name it, I did it this morning.
What I have to unfortunately say about day one is that it was hard. I didn’t complete 15 reps for each move, I didn’t do all of my push-ups on my hands and toes, and I certainly didn’t finish all of my bear crawls. You’ll know what those little buggers are if you join the program! The old Emma would have focused on what I didn’t do and shamed myself for not being the super-fit trainer that I saw on my computer screen. The new me, she’s proud of what she did today. I may not have done all my reps, but I used my heaviest weights. I may not have done all my push-ups on my hands and toes, but I plan to try harder next time. I might not have finished my bear-crawls but I did effing BEAR CRAWLS today. That’s way more than I did yesterday! I guess what I’m getting at guys, is focusing on what you have done and what you can do, rather than what you haven’t done and what you don’t think you can, is monumental for a positive mentality. I felt proud of myself today. WIN!
12:00PM: I drank my performance recover. This is another supplement from the Beachbody Performance line designed to speed up muscle recovery, improve muscle strength, and fight exercise-related muscle soreness. I blended mine (orange flavor) with a half banana and water. It tastes like an orange cream smoothie y’all. ORANGE CREAM.
Of course I accidentally spilled the whole thing on my patio table when I sat in the sunshine to log my workout, but I cleaned that sucker up, made a new one, put a cap on it this time, and drank the crap out of it. So good.
12:30PM: Post-workout meal time. Grilled lemon-garlic chicken, parmesan parsley couscous, and roasted balsamic Brussel sprouts. All awesome things. See how much I get to eat every day? This program is about providing your body the right nutrients, not about starving it.
3:00PM: Shakeology time! Shakeology is amaze-balls guys. Holy shirt. It’s a protein shake packed with superfoods, antioxidants, enzymes, probiotics, vitamins etc… You name it and it’s amazing for you, Shakeology has it. It’s considered a protein by itself in the portion-fix world, but I added some extra love to mine! Todays recipe was ……
- 1 packet chocolate Shakeology
- 1 purple container frozen cherries
- 1/2 T. cashew butter
- 1 Tsp. cacao nibs
- 1/4 C. coconut milk
- 1 C. water
- Blend and enjoy!
6:00PM: Now time for a little snack.. seriously more food and this wasn’t even my last meal of the day!! I had some low-moisture mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and pine nuts in some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Nothing wrong with ANY of that.
8:00PM (Which is now): I can finally say that I got through my first day of 80 Day Obsession without a hitch – aka NO CHEATS! It was tough, but I turned down an offer to go out tonight. In this program, drinking is mostly a no-no. So I am home safe and sound from temptation for the evening. Dinner was amazing. J and I enjoy fishing as a hobby as it’s pretty much the only activity we have time to do together, so I blackened up some fresh Yellowtail Snapper we just caught in the Florida Keys and served it with some pureed cauliflower “mash”!
If anyone has any interest in my 80 Day Obsession recipes or meal plan tips feel free to send me a message on my “Get In Touch With Me” tab!!! I love to share!
Well folks, that pretty much sums it up. One day of the Obsession in a nutshell! Of course I spent off minutes logging my workout, cleaning my workout station, planning my timed nutrition around my work schedule for the rest of the week, and recording my recipes for future use. Health and fitness is a lifestyle. It doesn’t stop after the workout does. In order to succeed, you truly do need to be OBSESSED with your change. As a little bonus – it gives me something to look forward to, and I feel so accomplished.
Now I’m going to binge-watch some Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Probably the funniest show ever created ever, whilst having a glorious cup of Green Tea. Then it’s whipping up some Performance Recharge (reduces muscle breakdown, promotes lean muscle growth, and promotes muscle recovery all while you catch your z’s!)
Now just for Beachbody to hire me after all this free promotion……..
I’d love to hear some comments about your workout and nutrition routines, or just something that you did today to make yourself proud!
Sweet dreams y’all,
Check back tomorrow when I’m feeling the day-after burn!