On Friday I was invited to take a Kick Boxing class with my friend. She has been going to The Maxx Challenge for seven weeks.
THE MAX combines the best in fitness classes, nutritional counseling and motivation to help our participants make fast and lasting changes to their health
In those seven weeks she has only missed two classes. I am so very proud of her. She has lost a healthy amount of weight each week and looks great.
The goal is never to be thin. The goal should always be HEALTHY.
Also...I had a full physical before starting this program as well as blood work. Everything came back perfect.
This class kicked my backside. I was so sore Friday night but went with her again on Saturday morning. Classes are Monday through Friday. She takes the 5 a.m class. Saturday was a fundraiser. I put my ticket in the "Win a Free Membership" bag. And guess what? I WON!
I started my 10-week program yesterday. It's not always kick boxing. Monday was cardio. Tuesday arms. Today we did partner activities. I was so tired Monday night that I was in bed at 8:40 p.m.
Oh I forgot to mention that Curtis wasn't happy to hear that I was doing this...because I am his work-out buddy. So I am going to Planet Fitness (at 4 a.m.) and then to The Maxx for the 5:00 class. Wednesday is his work-out "day off" so I got to sleep in until 4:30. (Yes, we are up at 3:50 so that is sleeping in!)
Yesterday I stretched for ten, used the hydro bed for ten and then the chair massage for ten.
I am wiped out by 6 a.m.
Talk about insanity. Carol then goes to work from 7 to 7, several times a week. This week it's the beginning...Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. When she is not working or working out, she is raising two teen boys, maintaining an eighteen year marriage and going to Liberty to get her Bachelor's in nursing (just for fun). She puts Jesus first in her life and you can certainly tell.
She inspires me!
We met at my wedding in 1996. Her boyfriend (now husband) is one of Curtis' closest friend. So our anniversary is July 27th too, ha ha.
OK, back to getting healthy...
The nutrition thing is sooo much work. But they have a plan (yes, another plan I will try). I have a Nutrition Guide for the first three weeks. And when I say "another plan" I want you to know that I have tried everything...Slim-fast, Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, American Heart Association, did I miss anything?
Step 1 is eating The Right Foods:
There are three choice categories....Best - Better - Good. The there is the "non-compliant" list also.
I won't list all of the healthy choices. I think we all know what they are. But here are the non-compliant. They shouldn't be a surprise either.
The NO List:
Protein - fried chicken, porterhouse, rib eye, pork bacon, other fatty cuts of beef, cold cuts and protein bars
Carbs - processed breads, cakes, cookies, white rice, donuts, french fries, crackers, cereal
Healthy Fats - name brand peanut butter, vegetable oil, corn oil
You can have coffee and tea but you cannot have sugar or milk to sweeten it. You can have Stevia and almond milk.
Drinks are not a problem. For some people I think that is where the big addiction lies. SODA.
I don't drink soda, bottled sweet tea, lemonade, juice, coffee or alcohol.
I drink water and sometimes unsweetened tea, hot.
I think my area of struggle will be cheese. It's just missing from my salads and it's really sad. But I feel so good (other than the total exhaustion part of course).
1 cup almond milk, 1 TB peanut butter, 1 banana and 1/3 cup protein powder
Salad: Arugula, 3 cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cup black beans, yellow pepper, 1/4 cup chicken, 1/2 avocado, 2 TB EVOO, balsamic vinegar, craisins, 5 walnuts.
2 tortillas, 1/2 avocado, taco meat with sauce (NO CHEESE, NO SOUR CREAM).
1 cup almond milk, 1 TB peanut butter, 1 banana and 1/3 cup protein powder (I like to eat the same things).
Salad: Arugula, 3 cherry tomatoes, 12/ cup black beans, yellow pepper, 1/4 cup grilled chicken from Chick fil a (THIS WAS HUGE FOR ME not to get the sandwich), 1/2 avocado, 2 TB EVOO and 2 TB balsamic vinegar (too much), craisins and 5 walnuts.
Rice pasta with meat sauce and zucchini (Missing my Parmesan cheese!)
Beets (my new veggie. I am roasting them and it takes that earthy taste away).
1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce with cinnamon
I will keep you posted on my progress.
I have never had a weight problem. My clothes fit fine. I am at the top of my BMI. I have never weighed more than 130 lbs which is ok for someone who is only sixty inches tall. I am hovering around 127-129.
MY ISSUE IS ADDICTION.
If I could just stop the madness with the sugar I think I would be content. It's all work though. Don't get discourage. Pray. Pray a lot. You will get there. Carol and I will cheer you on.
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."
I Thessalonians 5:11