Yes, it’s hard to give up the food you love and the booze and the coffee. Yes, it’s hard to enter a new training environment that’s out of your league and you find really intimidating.
But you know what, really, you just THINK it’s hard. When you open your mind to it and just get on with it, it’s actually OK.
And if you think about all the benefits you’re getting as a result, it’s kinda easy. I’m not sure I should really be admitting to that!
At the end of the week, I am quietly content with how it’s gone. I didn’t give up coffee in the first week, as I was worried my body would go into some kind of shock, what with no sugar or alcohol too. I did switch from a latte to a piccolo, though. Didn’t really like that piccolo ☹.
So, go me – I’ve just gone a week without alcohol, and apart from one night when the kids were driving me bonkers, I didn’t really miss or crave it too much.
And a week with no sugar… not an hour, not an afternoon, not a day, but a whole week! I can’t quite believe it, as I’ve tried this before but kept failing and cheating. Not this time, buster. The food has been so much tastier than I thought it would be. This week, we had a Moroccan Lamb Shepherds Pie that I know I shall be cooking until the day I die, it was that good. There is more work for me in the kitchen, as I now prepare both mine and hubby’s breakfasts and lunches as well as the dinners, but the meal plan is easy to follow, there is a shopping list provided and the actual recipes themselves are a sinch to prepare.
I’ve done three sessions within the Female FIT program at the CrossFit Athletic gym. I’m not very good at being the ‘new girl’ in a group, and get a bit shy and self conscious, so I’m lucky that the trainer is out-of-this-world welcoming and that the crew are all lovely. And fast, those girls run really really fast.
I’ve never done group training before, it’s just not been my cup of tea. It is still sitting a little uneasy with me, but it’s early days, and I’m feeling a little more comfortable with each session.
Man, all those reps give your muscles a work out like no other! There have been a couple of days this week when I could barely walk. Feeling the burn. Big time. And, please, a ‘turkish get up’? I gave it a go, but it was an epic fail. Thank goodness for a sympathetic coach and alternatives.
Understandly, the Challenge has not been without it’s teething problems. Early on in the week, I was very hungry, so I’ve just upped the snack intake (healthy snacks, people, no more Tim Tams for me) to prevent me getting all weak and pathetic. I think I must have a high metabolic rate which demands more food intake. But you do really have to stop and think, am I really hungry, or is it just habit? Am I bored, or thirsty?
Oh, and the sugar withdrawals did make me a bit crabby, so if you didn’t come across me this week, you were lucky 😉