Day 11

  So, today was the start of the next phase of the challenge. The only things that differ from the beginning phase are there are no cleanse tablets, fiber, the number of pills has increased and apparently I don't have to strictly stick to fruit and healthy fat for snack (not that I was 100% with that in the first phase). Two weeks left to go!

  I am feeling overall so much healthier. I know a lot of that has to do with lessening the amount of sugar that I eat. I can't tell you how many pieces of candy I would consume on a daily basis at the candy store. It's a side effect of working there. The majority of the staff is guilty of it, me especially.

  Today was a rough start. In fairness, I was warned by my mentor and literally every time I try and take vitamins (of any kind) and then attempt to workout, I get sick. I, of course, decided to make sure this was really a thing. "I'm sure I'll be fine," I said. "It can't make me feel that sick," I thought. WRONG. Oh so wrong. The sheet says have the shake 30 mins after. Like clockwork, 30 mins after the pills, I didn't feel so great. "I can do my plank," I said. "Russian twists no problem". WRONG AGAIN.

  "Dried pineapple will help. Give me something in my stomach." NOPE. The pineapple was not destined to help this issue. It was destined to start to be calories and then no longer be counted for the day. Needless to say, I went and had my shake. Lesson learned. The very hard and gross way. Believe it or not, I then powered through my workout after getting my meal prep done.

Today's challenges:

  1. 140 sec Plank Jacks
  2. 120 sec Russian Twists
  3. 120 sec Crunches
  4. 120 sec Plank
  5. 60 Squats
  6. 40 Bridges
  7. 45 Lunges
  8. 115 sec Curtsey Lunges
  9. 115 sec Sumo Squats
  10. 115 sec Box Jumps (my stomach not happy with this one)

  Needless to say, this threw my schedule way off. Not to mention going to bed so late last night and then having a very hard time sleeping. I headed to the candy store and I finally got to train to make chocolate bars! I've been asking for 4.5 years to do this. Today my desire was answered! I made my very own bar! So exciting!

  Guess what?! I didn't eat it! No, really. I didn't. It's milk chocolate with peanut butter, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Coconut and Cocoa Pebbles. I'll keep it as a treat to parcel out after the challenge is over. The bar will last until then. (See below photo to see how excited I am). Now if only I get to train to make the hard candy....hint hint.

  My energy levels were all over the place today. I think that's because that time of the month is almost over and combine that with lack of sleep and you have a recipe for disaster. Controlling my emotions was a nightmare. I really just wanted to sit and cry most of the day. Now I need you to understand, I don't think I have all that much to sit and cry about. Sure my relationship status is a can of worms and I wish it were different; but, that's all I really have to complain about. I love both my jobs. Sure, more money wouldn't hurt; but, I have jobs. 

  I am finally writing, this blog is proof and so is my other, and that makes me so happy. Life isn't that bad. So when I tell you that I wanted to sit and cry all day, that's how bad my emotions get. Even if I tell myself these positive things, sometimes it makes no difference emotionally. This is why writing and working out are so important for me. They help balance it all out.

  I finally managed to go pick up mini plastic containers. Of course, I got the Disney ones. They make me happy. Then I had my shift at the grocery store. I can't tell you how fantastic my coworkers are. They help cheer me up and they don't even know it. I had one compliment how I looked day before yesterday and it was so nice to hear. I have no idea how everyone is so nice, and frankly after the different places I've experience, it's a little odd; but, I am so grateful.

  I try to hide when I'm down, but I'm not sure I'm very good at it. My jobs help so much in keeping me distracted. I did have to get an extra snack tonight because of timings, but I was still 740 calories under budget when all was said and done. Tomorrow is Day 12 of challenge and Day 20 of challenges. With lessons learned, I think tomorrow will be more successful.


 I love this photo. You can't always measure success on the outside. Sometimes it's about how you feel.

I love this photo. You can't always measure success on the outside. Sometimes it's about how you feel.

 Yup. I'm awesome. I can make chocolate bars now.

Yup. I'm awesome. I can make chocolate bars now.