Flying Pants RealToLife: Week 1 with my Beachbody coach

Monday, May 9th, 2016.  This is the first day of the rest of my life.

That phrase has always perplexed me a little.  Yes, every day is really the first day of the rest of your life.  But I guess picking out one day to start something that you hope will change your life deserves a declaration.

In summary:

  • I work with an amazing Beachbody coach, Lindsey Owens, because I realized I can't do it on my own and need help.
  • I have a flexible food plan and an exercise plan.
  • This blog is not paid or sponsored by Beachbody.  

Monday began like many days do.... but let me back up.  Due to Mother's Day festivities, both my Saturday and Sunday were taken up with fun and frivolity, but kept me from doing my meal planning for this week.  I was able to catch up Sunday night, but by the time I got home from Publix at almost 10 pm I was not a fan of prepping food for the week.  So I didn't, because...

...I thought, wow, I am super excited, so there's NO way I will oversleep.  So of course I woke up early and thought, hmm... I can go back to sleep for 20 minutes.  Well, you know that feeling of panic when you wake up and there is just too much light coming through the curtains to be early?  Yes, it is WAY too late to shower.  So I showered anyway and came up with a plan of attack for my food consumption.

In my inimitable non-Martha Stewart way, I tossed all the food I would eat for the next few days at work in a plastic bag.  I know, CLASSY. But with no time to make little individual portions, I threw it all in a bag and knew I could just make my lunch in the employee lounge at my work.

I did well for breakfast; I had what is called Shakeology, which is like magical unicorn goodness in a chocolate smoothie.  There's lots of good things in there.  Later, I ate hummus and carrots for a morning snack, except I just about choked on these dry carrots I had brought.  No bueno. Lunch was a combo of avocado (yum), turkey, tomato, and lettuce on a whole wheat tortilla.  Yum.  I ate some yogurt in the afternoon.  I thought I was doing well.

About 4:00, I was dying.  It's like my junk food ventilator had been yanked out and I was gasping for air.  So, to be completely transparent and honest, I stopped at Sam's on the way home and ate a slice of three-meat pizza.

I know.  I know.  I know.

I felt like I had sludge running through my veins.  But I think as soon as the simple, white, beautiful carbs had their chance to work their magic, I felt invigorated.  So much so that I whipped out my Mother's Day beach bike and rode it down to the beach, which round trip was about two miles.  And then I did my workout video for the day, an upper body concentration that did not kill me.  It was doable, basically because I didn't use heavy weights.  I have no upper body strength, so I'm trying to work into this.

Phew!  So that was day 1.  LOL.

The next morning I had planned on my exercise calendar to get up and exercise in the morning.  There are some family members (who will remain nameless) who doubted my ability to get up on time, much less get up early and exercise.  To you  I say SO THERE, AND WHATTTTTT.  I was up at 5:45 and got it done!  This day I used a dvd called Cize, which is basically learning dance steps and at the end of the 30 minutes, you actually dance these cool steps to an actual popular song.  With the  dance background I have, this appeals to me a lotta lotta.  Of course, I was a big sweaty mess with a side of bedhead, but who cares because it's just me.

Abs update:  Day 1 and 2.  Certain death.  If you know me, I carry a glorious amount of fat right in my gut.  As a side note, I have always wanted to be one of those people who carries weight in her butt.  But anyway, all that extra guttage makes "core" exercises challenging at best.  I've about decided that the term core, which didn't really show up on the scene until the 90's, is really code word shortened from hard core, as in you have to be crazy to be able to do all of these!  I am assuming that if I keep doing them, I will get better at them and they will be easier.  We shall see.

Eating on Day 2 went much better and no pizza had to be sacrificed at the altar of poor choices.  I eat 5 times a day, which appeals to me.  But it's healthy things I like -- oranges, yogurt, and Shakeology, to name a few.  I did see my container of hummus in the refrigerator and secretly wished I had a bag of chips to eat with said hummus.

More exercise:  I think the endorphins are kicking in, because I am feeling great!  I even walked at lunch with my amazing friend who is sweet and wonderful but also kicks my butt when I need it.  She gives the best advice.

Oh, I also need to mention my accountability.  Besides all you good folks and my coach Lindsey and my entire facebook group, I also have entered a thing at a website called Diet Bet.  You put down a specified amount (in my case, $20) and you have about a month to lose 4% of your body weight.  If you do, you split the pool of money with everyone else that lost their 4%.  If you don't, you lose your money!  I would much rather get money than lose money.

Wow.  I am super overwhelmed with all these new changes and choices, but as Coach Lindsey says, I take it a day at a time.

Today we laid groundwork and i explained everything I think you will need to know from this point on.  if you have another question, please feel free to comment below or email me @  Next time, all gloves are off.


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