Day Five – This Feels Good
I wish I would have done this a couple of months ago. Actually, I shouldn’t have gotten to the place where I needed to do this, but, pizza happens. But, please trust me here, if you really want to finally make that change, just make the leap and you will love yourself for finally doing it.
Five days into the program and it is not that tough, really. Actually, not tough at all. I am looking forward to every meal and snack.
The hardest thing so far was on Friday we had a couple over for dinner who brought wine and I gotta tell ya, man did that look good.
Instead, I sipped on a cocktail. Yes, it was delicious. It was soda water, lemon, ice, and a third of a packet of the Arbonne pomegranate fizz stick. I had a few actually, using the entire fizz stick. With zero risk of hangover. The only caution is you don’t want to drink them too close to when you intend on sleeping since they have a small amount of guarana, a natural stimulant similar to caffeine. And if you’re putting the pieces together with me, yes, it’s a great replacement for coffee, sugar, Red Bull or anything to get you through the afternoon. Ok, I digress.
The 30 Days to Healthy Living Facebook group is awesome. The coaches post great info every day, educational and motivational. It’s amazing what most people do not know about what is good and bad to put into your body. One participant excitedly tried to post a picture of a cereal bar she was eating, and thought it was healthy. She learned from one of the coaches that it actually contained as much sugar as a Krispy Kreme doughnut, which she was thankful to hear about.
Also it’s great to see so many other participants from around the country enthusiastically posting what they are doing, and pics of their tasty-looking dishes. There are great recipes posted each week. Nutritious, delicious, and easy to make. For example, meatloaf with red sauce; chicken, bean and spinach soup; grilled salmon, spaghetti (squash) with meat sauce; stir fry chicken with veggies; chipotle beef, rice and bean skillet, and more.
I improvise a bit with my own recipes… this week main dishes included mahi mahi, salmon, chicken, the spaghetti squash with buffalo meat and my special sauce, and, on Friday when guests came, smoked-then-48-hour sous vided grass fed chuck roast. It was better than prime rib. I’ll share the recipe, technique, and maybe even a video during week three or four.
Breakfast every day consists of eggs (yes, the whites and yolk—the best and healthiest part), either over easy with apple slices and almond butter, or scrambled with veggies. A couple days I had turkey bacon. It’s no where close to the pork version, then again it’s mostly protein vs. pork bacon which—it pains me to say—is mostly unhealthy fat.
Lunches have included tuna salad with avocado mayo (again delish—AND healthy), spinach and kale salad with chicken and veggies, the night-before spaghetti squash and meat sauce.
Mid-mornings I have a protein shake with the vanilla Arbonne protein powder, the fiber, almond butter, almond milk, and frozen fruit, either organic blueberries, cherries, and/or banana, and some of the Greens Balance. I’m usually getting hungry around 9:30-10 even though I had that hearty breakfast at 6:30-7 (a sign the metabolism is burning) so this is a great bridge to lunch.
The afternoon snack every day has been half of the Arbonne fruit-flavored protein bar (again, tastes great, and so much better nutritionally than a lot of the crap bars out there) with almond butter. All of our meals and snacks should contain a combo of carbs, protein, and good fat, therefore the almond butter.
So what about exercise? Over the past 10 years I have always gone to the gym at least five days a week, trading off days of cardio and weights. I had missed a couple of week-long periods over the past few months due to vacations (that’s an excuse) and a bug that laid me up for a while. And as I mentioned I got a bit lazy with my diet and alcohol. I am testament to the fact that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet, so the pounds packed on.
With that said, exercise needs to be part of any healthy living program. Since I’m all in, I’m ramping it up a bit. As of January 2nd, I am going to the gym six days a week. During the week I typically get there at 4:30-5am. Yeah, crazy I know, but I wake up without an alarm and like to start my day early and accomplish a lot early.
Instead of alternating days of cardio and weights, I am doing weights still every other day, and cardio every day. And, on several of the afternoons this week when I typically would have taken a break, checked the KC Royals site, read the Wall Street Journal, or generally wasted time for a few minutes, I instead took a 30-minute walk. No phone, no podcasts…just fresh air, more movement, and my thoughts. As minimal as those are sometimes.
I’ll report back to you after Monday with the results I’m seeing and feeling to this point. We aren’t supposed to weigh ourselves except for once a week, but I snuck on the scale, and well, I’ll tell you when I officially can, but it’s better than I expected!
(Are you ready to join us? A new Facebook group begins the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. You have nothing to lose… oh wait, yes you do: weight, inches, toxins, joint pain, feeling tired and like crap all of the time, and more. Take the first step today.)
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For over 33 years Art has helped sales pros worldwide with the what-to-say messaging, and inspiration to succeed in sales. Now he is adding the third essential side of the Sales Professional Success Triangle to the mix: health. Sign up to get his regular health posts here, and his sales tips at http://SmartCalling.com.