Journal Entry – January 15, 16 and 17

January 15, 16 &17– Days 10, 11& 12 

Feeling Pretty Good

I am working out a little better and my energy is still going up.  I approach my workout as if this is something that I have to do; like waking up, brushing my teeth, having breakfast.  I’m sure that there may come a time when I have to talk myself into it, but right now I’m kinda looking forward to the next days.  The calendar changes from week to week so that it keeps confusing my body. There are also more of the harder workouts as the weeks progress.  It’s gonna get scary next week!

I Need Some Sleep

I had my afternoon snack and then I swear it was like night and day.  I crashed like I had just come down off of some sugar.  I was so tired that all I wanted to do was close my eyes and sleep for HOURS!  Maybe I should have gone to sleep, but I didn’t because I really have to start forcing myself to sleep a little bit earlier.  I am a child of the night, when darkness falls, my creativity rises and that’s where I do most of my work.  My friends know that I have always complained about fatigue. They ask me what time I go to sleep and I’m tell them 2 or 3am.  They honestly comment “and you expect to get up early and not feel it?”  True are the words.  I need to focus on this and get it right this time. Yet another challenge area…lol.

My Sneakers Have Got To Go

Why? because they are so worn that they slant to the outside.  It’s not because of T25, but those movements did push them over the edge.  They are worn from working out over the last 1-2 years.

So, I have moved to the Vibrum Fingers and…

VIbram Five FingersKMD Sport

VIbram Five FingersKMD Sport

… I LOVE THEM!!!

Back in 2009,  my friend Rachel and I went to New Mexico. As we sat at Kakawa (which I highly recommend if you are in Santa Fe), for some drinking chocolate, we saw a young woman wearing these “toe shoes”.  It was the first time we saw them and asked her so many questions about them. The woman educated us about Vibram Five Fingers and how they came to be. When I came back home, I wanted to get them but they were so new that there wasn’t a dealer close by and I didn’t want to buy them online because  the makers really suggest that you try them on (which is soooooo true).   I abandoned my search for them over the years and then would see other sneaker brands come out with their versions.  I saw people in the gym wearing them and even my friends had them, too.

So, when I needed a new workout shoe for Focus T25 I went online to see what was out there.  What was everyone else wearing?  Shaun T said he does his workouts barefooted  and in his thread on the subject many of the people doing his workouts recommended the Five Finger because it spreads the toes.  If you ever do this workout,  all Shaun T talks about is spreading the toes for balance and stability.  So I settled on them.  I spoke to some people about this shoe and some people say that they are comfortable and others say that they are not built for comfort.

My take is that they are comfortable. They don’t hurt my feet, they feel pretty natural and I’m not dying to take them off.  In fact I could wear them all day.  I really feel the difference in my workout, too so I’m REALLY happy with them and mine are cute too.  🙂

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Page 45 – The Two Swords by R.A. Salvatore

I have been reading R.A. Salvatore’s fantasy novels for years.  I love his Dark Elf series.  simply can’t get enough of his characters especially my beloved Drizzt Do’Urdin.  

If you life fantasy novels with dwarves and elves, orcs and goblins, then this is a MUST read but start from the beginning with Homeland. Whaaaaat?!!!  Amazing! 

So, I thought, why  not give Page 45 a try.

It reads…

“…ray of light on that dark day.”

So too, will that love be on the day of its arrival. 🙂

Journal Entry – January 13 and 14

January 13 &14 – Days 8 & 9 

Week Two is Here!

What a warm welcome for my second week of working out hard, eating right and working toward my goals.  Yes, I feel good and I’m more active.  I am still not “nailing it” as it relates to the workouts, but I’m not “barely making it” either. I have always been somewhat active, but now, I’m in training. BIG DIFFERENCE!

I am continuing with the nutrition plan as I mentioned but I wanted to let you know that there are two nutrition plans in this program; a 5 Day fast track and a The “Get It Done Nutrition” plan.  I may have mentioned in my “New Beginnings” post that the daily calorie intake for the 5 Day fast track is 1,100 calories (3 meals and 2 snacks).  I decided to continue with the  5 Day Fast Track meals and snacks until Wednesday the 15th just because I liked those meals and already had experience preparing them .  On the “Get It Done Nutrition” plan, the snacks go from 100 calories to approximately 15o.

Focus T25 Nutrition Guides

Focus T25 Nutrition Guides

You have to calculate how much you should be eating; either a 1200 or 1600 calorie plan.  My suggested intake for weight loss falls somewhere in the middle. They give you a neat little quiz to figure all that out.  I try to stick to 300-325 calorie meals and 100-150 calories for snacks.  The quality of the meals and snacks are very balanced (proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, etc.) and they give you the nutritional value for all of it.  So helpful!

Planning is Key

This is so true.  I left the house to got the market for some additional items I needed for my nutrition plan.  This whole experience was supposed to take me an hour.  I got the bright idea to go make an appointment to get my tires changed.  I looked at the tires and there was so little traction left that I wondered if I would even make it to the mechanic.  I was going to just go to the market as planned, but thought it was better to be safe than sorry and got the tires done. Cut to THREE hours later.  I’m at the market (Fairway to be exact) and I’m starving with goodies everywhere.  Had I planned just a bit better I wouldn’t have been in that situation.  I got what I needed and split.  I persevered!  However, my meal schedule was now three hours behind and I ended up eating a snack for dinner and missing dinner because it was just too late.  Planning is so key.