Day 7

 Today has been a long day. Up at 7am and now just getting to bed. It's not a complaint really. It is what it is. I'm super proud of myself for getting halfway through my 30-Day Challenges. Luckily for me, it was a day off from two of them!

Today's challenge exercises:

  1. 100 sec Plank
  2. 50 Squats
  3. 30 Bridges
  4. 40 Lunges

  I just want to make a quick note here. Yes, I managed to do the full 100 sec plank without collapsing in a puddle. I do, however, want to point out that I'm sure many people reading this can do a better job completing reps on the timed sets that I do on other days. The key really is to never give up. Push yourself so you get one more than the last time. Absolutely take breaks for water, I do all the time.

  I drink anywhere between 2-6 glasses of water per workout. If you find yourself drinking a lot of water during a workout, have something with electrolytes after to help with recovery. I'm a big fan of the powder I shake up to do just that. Curious? Go look on my Instagram. Pretty sure there's a photo of it. 

  I am not super out of shape right now, but a year and a half ago, I was almost 200lbs. I've been that weight, close to it or over it three or four times in the last 11 years. (If I repeat a story, forgive me, I'm not planning these out just shooting from the hip.) One time all I did to get my weight down was walk a little more each day and count calories. Don't think I cut out anything. The hardest thing to do, I've found, is to NOT beat yourself up. 

  You don't make your goal number of reps during a timed challenge. Take credit for taking the time out of your day to do them and push yourself next time. Ate a little more than you were thinking...were you with friends? Were you happy? We need those things in life every now and again. I've found the times where I slide back are the times where I don't give myself credit for the little things. I do treat myself as well. Accomplish something big, for me it's getting that Disney pin or double movie feature ticket. 

  I don't give myself actually prizes for everything, but I do pat myself on the back. This is simply because at the end of the day we are responsible for our own happiness. If you are in a relationship it may be slightly different, but if you're having a bad day single or not you can do things for yourself to try and make it better. Will it always work? No. Should you expect it to? No, but you should try.

  My goal has been to lose two pounds a week for quite some time. To be perfectly honest, I don't think that calorie amount is really working for me. So, instead of get frustrated that I wasn't hitting my calories or my burn as much as I wanted, I changed my goal. I moved it down to 1.5lbs per week. That gave me an extra 200 calories and really didn't set my end date to my goal weight too far back.

 Ah, but I have a goal weight. Well, yes and no. My goal weight honestly may be a reach for me at 33. My goal weight happened at 22. No, I'm not old; but, yes, my body has changed since then. Right now I am more concerned with how I feel about how I look and not what the number on the scale is. If the number is above my "goal weight", but I'm happy with how I look and feel comfortable in clothes, then I'm good. Have flexible goals, that way you're less likely to be disappointed. 

  Wow, wasn't quite expecting to say all that, but apparently it's what was on my mind. I hope it's helpful or at least helps you process how I think about things. It has taken me a long time to get to this point and I am certainly not perfect, but each day is a new day and you can always improve from the day before even if you just take 100 steps more.

  Today, the "treat" to myself was new shoes. My cross-trainers have zero sole for the most part and the running shoes I have destroyed my feet. To be a little gross here, I lost 3 toenails after my last half marathon and putting the shoes on to run after now makes my toes hurt. Pretty sure that's a sign that those aren't good shoes for me. I'm sure there are better shoes than the ones I bought, but price is a factor. I bought the shoes at a discount store and picked ones that were on further discount. It's how I do things. I do have "name brand" shoes and if they didn't fit and I didn't think they would work, I wouldn't buy them. I'm excited to try them out.

  The photos at the bottom show the amount of food I consume in one day (except breakfast) and the temptations I face working in a candy store. I would say Day 7 has been a success. Now to make Day 8 one too.