Part 3: Week Three (Celebrations)
Tomorrow I officially go from 30 to "in my 30's." Yes, I turn 31 tomorrow. To be honest, I haven't really been too excited about my birthday this year. Not because I have any issues with getting older, but because it falls on an already busy weekend. The CELEBRATION part just isn't a priority this year. I have always been into birthdays, ever since I was a kid. My mom and I would put our heads together every summer, and plan big pool parties. However, over the last month I have just not been feeling it for some reason.
This morning I woke up early, had my morning coffee as I spent some quiet time in my Bible, and then did my workout (Pilates Fix). I cannot explain it, but my ATTITUDE completely changed after that. Instead of approaching my birthday with dread, I am now filled with excitement and GRATITUDE.
Staying on Track in the Midst of Celebration
I'm going to share my plan with you today, and then on Monday I'll update this post by sharing what I did to stick with my plan. I will also share my final results with you from my 21 Day Fix Challenge.
Here's my plan:
- Drink LOTS of water
- Continue daily workouts
- Be aware of and control food portions
- Eat clean when possible
- Enjoy a SMALL piece of birthday cake :)
Post-Birthday Update & Final Results (updated 8/3/15)
I also have to mention that Saturday was my brother's birthday. He and my sister-in-law ran with me in Grandma's honor. My sister-in-law beat us both (of course), but my brother and I got to cross the finish line together. We finished in 36 MINUTES for his 36th birthday! This may seem slow to some, but that was by far my fastest time yet (including my treadmill runs). We PUSHED & ENCOURAGED each other up until the end. It was a great way to start off my 31st year!
Later that evening, my husband and I attended a friend's wedding at Disney/Epcot. There was food galore of course, and the drinks were flowing! I ate CLEAN during the day and stayed hydrated after my run, because I knew I would not be able to control the menu that evening. One thing I could control though was the QUANTITY of food I ate. Everything was delicious, so of course it was difficult. I limited myself at the appetizer station, and enjoyed a couple bites of each plate from the action stations they had set up around the main room. I did not have seconds of anything, but I got to try pretty much everything that was offered. When the desserts came out, I responded in the same way. I wanted to try a few different desserts, so I did. However, I only had a BITE or two of each.
Since I had a bit more control over the menu, I did make sure there were plenty of healthy food choices. Appetizers included a cheese platter, crackers, and a veggie tray. We are huge fans of Ranch Dip packets, so we SWAP OUT the sour cream for Plain Greek Yogurt and it's always a hit! My husband smoked chicken and ribs for an early dinner, and we served that with a veggie-loaded pasta salad and "cowboy beans." I enjoyed a LITTLE BIT of everything again. That strategy works for me, because I like variety and I don't like feeling deprived. I also had a small slice of DQ Ice Cream Cake, and I'm not even sorry about it! It's our birthday tradition, ever since my brother and I were kids. As long as Mom's willing to pick one up for us, I'll gladly indulge in a slice.
This was definitely not the ideal way to finish my 21 Day Challenge, but THAT'S LIFE! You can choose to hide from it and be miserable, or you can learn how to enjoy yourself while still taking care of your health. I choose to live a JOYFUL life!
I'm proud to report that I DID NOT GIVE UP! I enjoyed myself this weekend, and was able to make some great memories with family and friends. I did not lose any additional weight, but I was able to maintain my loss through the weekend.
Here are my RESULTS FROM ONE ROUND of 21 Day Fix:
Total POUNDS Lost - 8.9
Total INCHES Lost - 6.5
- Chest - 1.5"
- Waist - 2.25"
- Hips - 1.75"
- Thighs - 1"
My journey is not yet over. If you would like to see results like this, and are willing to put in the work to make these positive changes, then leave a comment below or fill out the contact form so we can connect. I'd love to work with you and help you reach YOUR GOALS!
Living with purpose,