Stephanie's Journey: Week 4!

So, the honeymoon phase is over. Not much has changed in my routine, but this was the first week where I felt like I could easily slip back into old habits if the opportunity presented itself. My old pals Starbucks and Chick-fil-A kept asking to hang out, but somehow I managed to blow them off. Plan and prep are so key! It’s possible that I thought I could reward myself for working so hard and having such determination for the first half of the program. Or maybe I thought a small setback wouldn’t make a big difference. Either way, my rational self is continuing to tell my emotional self to lay off the junk and keep my eyes on my goals. This mental strength would be nearly impossible without the support of everyone around me!

Although part of me clearly misses my old eating habits, my increased intake of healthy foods has made a difference in my strength again this week. Remember that 5K I told you about last week? I ran it significantly faster than any of my practice runs at 30:07, and in the rain! If that isn’t proof that Body Back is the real deal then I’m not sure what is! At Stroller Strides I would normally be the person who would walk given the option, but lately I have found myself running when possible. The small changes are totally adding up in the big picture.

I mentioned in my first post that I thought bedtime snacks would be my weak spot. Once in a while this is true, in which case I have something like a cup of popcorn or a piece of fruit on hand. Most nights, though, I haven’t craved junk late at night. This is largely in part to having eaten protein- and fiber-rich food during the day that tends to keep me fuller longer.

One of our workouts this week was a 100s workout. Much like the name suggests, a 100s workout requires the completion of 100 repetitions of 10 exercises. Think 100 push-ups, 100 squat jumps, 100 lunges, etc. I got through 7 of the 10, making for 700 total. Next time we do this, hopefully I will be strong and quick enough to get through everything. Considering the strides I’ve made thus far, I don’t think that goal is unreasonable. Four weeks ago I would have shuddered at the idea of 100 push ups, and now I can do it! Granted, they were knee push-ups and split up into increments of 10 or 20, but I did it! A friend of mine even suggested that a 100s workout is a great workout to do when out of town. It can easily be completed in a hotel room with only an exercise band. No excuses for skipping workouts while on vacation! Good to keep in mind as summer approaches.

The reality is, after Body Back is over I have to decide to continue to make positive choices but also remember to balance. I won’t cut out chocolate cake for the rest of my life and only eat salads for lunch from now until eternity. However, I am equipped now with the confidence and the tools to know how to take care of my body better than before I began. Goals are becoming reality for me and my satisfaction with this program is more evident with each passing week.

Song of the week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PvN7ujfj2w

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