As I mentioned last week with that really REAL post, this week I was starting a new program that was all about getting obsessed with being your best self. It has an intense nutrition program and the works are just as challenging. I was up to the task though, because well I was unhappy with the situation I had found myself.
So, this week I thought I’d recap my thoughts on this far through week 1. Don’t worry, I don’t plan to do a week by week update through the end of this program, but I will at each phase ends and I feel like week 1 needs it’s own because it’s NEW.
Surprisingly, it’s been easier than I expected. Sure, I have to do a LOT of planning, which includes putting sticky notes on my meal containers so I remember all the extras that need to be added or when I’m supposed to eat what AND I have alarms set on my phone AND James phone to make sure I eat, but once the plan was made it’s been easy to execute.
Even more surprising, I haven’t been hungry and really haven’t craved much of anything. Honestly, today as I sit here and write this is the first time I’m READY for a meal. Like OMG GET HERE ready. I’m eating later than I’d like because I decided to bake my chicken instead of grill it and that takes longer. I have felt like I’ve done nothing but eat for these three days. Small meals, yes, but constantly eating. It’s kind of nice.
I was able to partake in my department’s celebration of exceeding our goal for new written premium WITHOUT breaking my promise to myself. THIS one is huge. See pictures below, they had such a cute set up. Complete with a hot chocolate bar, a coffee bar, some fresh fruit and chicken biscuits from Chick-Fil-A. I grabbed a cup of black coffee and walk past everything else. I may have looked a little longingly at the biscuits – but not too much. I was full because I had my oatmeal and supershake waiting for me.
The thing that has surprised me the most is how much ENERGY I have. Seriously, I’m writing this around 7 PM on Wednesday. I’m usually dead as can be and crawling in bed saying fuck dinner. I just want sleep. But I’ve woke up refreshed every day and have sustained that energy throughout the day. YES I still catnap during my lunches, but that’s not just to get me through the day anymore it completely re-energizes me.
ALSO surprisingly, I have found that I’m actually not a half-bad cook. I mean, I’m not about to go try out for Hell’s Kitchen or anything but I can throw some good stuff together. For instance, tonight I didn’t want to grill my chicken so I baked it with my quinoa, broccoli, EVOO and balsamic vinegar. I added pepper, ground onion, ground garlic, minced garlic, a teeny tiny bit of celery salt and baked it at 350 for about 40 minutes. It smelled delicious and actually tasted pretty damn good. If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, you KNOW I was scared to try it.
This brings me to the next thing I have learned, or at least been reminded of, this week. Cooking with and using vinegar in your meals is a great way to spice up the flavor without using salt.
This bad boy has been my life-saver at the office. Red Wine Vinegar – mmm mmm good. I’m sorry to all my co-workers who then smell vinegar the rest of the afternoon.
So, all in all I’m pleased with how week one has gone. It’s a long way until I see the results and habits I want, but I wouldn’t be able to get there if I hadn’t started here. If you’re looking to start a new program or really create any new habit, I suggest you take a lesson from my book. Plan it out, take it day by day and week by week. Don’t expect everything to happen overnight and reduce as many temptations as possible. But most importantly, trust yourself and trust the process. Life’s a journey – enjoy it!