Mark, Set, Go!!

Monday started Day 1 of the 6 Week Hard Body Challenge at the Vancouver Training Camp. It was arm day. Needless to say, I haven’t done circuits since high school and didn’t do much free weights in my life. It’s only an hour. How bad could it be? Apparently, real bad for Jana.

No joke.

Not only have I NOT routinely exercised in a couple years, I have put on 20+ lbs, was horribly sick, and have tendonitis in both arms with a strained left thumb, I was sort of nervous, but I took precautions to not exasperate those tendons. I should have been more nervous. I won’t go into drastic details. Needless to say, I couldn’t move my arms to read my book before bedtime, nor update this blog. Hurt so bad, I wanted to cry. Took one ibuprofen and one cyclobenzaprine. Added an extra blanket to my bed and cranked up the heat. Took about 20 min for it to hit it, out like a light. I don’t think I would have survived without the 2 pills.

Day 2, Today.

Leg day. Well, at least I know my legs were stronger. I don’t think I would have made it to a second arm day. Leg day, difficult? Yes. Did I sweat like a pig in labor? Oink, oink. Lol. It wasn’t as gnarly, but as I lay here in bed, I’m definitely sore. For the first time ever, going to the gym (or any location dedicated to personal fitness), scares me. I’m really paranoid that my poor body will break. I feel nauseous thinking about it. New found feelings towards exercise for me! Lol.

My diet. The camp has some rules. The first, Read the Damn Instructions (RTDI). It has officially been implemented in my life. I spent 6 hours prepping and cooking meals for the next 5 days. When I finished, I had zero desire to eat. Moreover, I realised how poor my diet was because I didn’t even eat that much on a given day! I actually have to tell myself to eat. We eat every 2.5 – 3 hours. A meal, a protein, a meal, a protein. From the time we rise, til we go to bed.

I bet you want to know we eat. It’s a short list, so I can actually type it all out. Nothing processed of course.

Protein (6oz): chicken breast, turkey breast, 99% fat free ground turkey, egg whites, white fish, tuna (not from a can). 16 almonds.

For the in-between “protein”, we can drink a protein shake.

Carbs (1 cup): sweet potatoes, yams, red potatoes, brown rice, Jasmine rice, brown rice cakes, quinoa and oats

Veggies (1 cup): asparagus, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, green beans, celery, spinach, kale, zucchini (green dense veggies).

So, a meal consists of the above 3.

Condiments: any seasoning with zero calories. Plus, yellow mustard, hot sauce, homemade salsa, vinegar (balsamic and red wine), lime/lemon juice, pink Himalayan salt, ground pepper, Stevia (honestly not a fan of these sugar substitutes- I prefer sugar in the raw; can sugar. Oh well)

Drinks: no alcohol, black coffee only, unsweetened teas, zero calorie drinks, 16 oz of Gatorade a day.

You must drink 1 gallon of water a day no matter what.

Here’s some of my creations.

Egg whites, spinach, seasoned with salsa to go.

Turkey meatballs. ๐Ÿ™‚

* They were yummy, ate some tonight

I’ve been ornery. I’m sore. I’m hungry, I’m not hungry. Tired and then have a second wind. I didn’t take any ibuprofen, etc to take the edge off; I want my body to heal on its own. I am still taking the Plexus Triplex. I do notice I feel better. Overall, I feel more energy and a lot less overwhelmed.

Oh, my measurements were taken for this challenge at the camp. 143 lbs, 5’2″, 30% BMI. I’m going to try darn hard to drop 15 (not required). I don’t plan on just dropping the 5% minimum, but rather 8%. I absolutely don’t plan on losing my $500.

The way I’m exercising and sweating… with the crazy diet… there’s no way I can’t do that.

I probably won’t write anything tomorrow due to the foreseen arm routine ๐Ÿ˜‰

** edit. I caved and took 2 ibuprofen… ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜” . Maybe just this week… ((sigh))

Author: JLovelady

A perimenopause, Bi-Polar, survivor, returned Mormon, small business owner, everyday gals journey to achieving a greater quality of living.

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