Expectation vs. reality

Nothing better than changes to shake things up, and not exactly the way you expected. You finally get that promotion you’ve been waiting for, only to realize you no longer have any clue what you’re doing. Wonderful. Life goes on, and hopefully you learn some things along the way. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned during my first week of this second challenge.

If you’ve been reading, you know that last Saturday I started my new meal plan. I incorporated Herbalife into my life, substituting two meals a day with their Formula 1 shakes. In the past, I’ve prepared the shakes with a combination of almond milk and fruit, coconut milk and fruit, lactose-free milk with fruit and veggies, or some other similar combinations. Some of these combinations worked better than others, and last year I’d been able to lose over 10lbs without exercising. Imagine what I – am hoping- could accomplish now that I’m exercising!

This time, though, I’ve made a few adjustments. On top of the Formula 1, I’ve been adding two scoops of the Personalized Protein Powder, and a cup of broccoli, to a cup of lactose-free milk. I expected this modification to make me feel fuller and help me fight off hunger. What I wasn’t ready for was feeling 24/7 like a person on crack – or what I think a person on crack would feel like. I’m jittery and anxious all the time. I have a hard time falling asleep at night, even though I’m exhausted, and sometimes I wake up several times throughout the night. While I welcome the added energy that protein seems to be giving me, I think I’m only going to give this protein powder one more week. I’ve already cut back to only taking it once a day. If my tolerance doesn’t improve after another week, I’m dropping it entirely and looking for other healthy ways to fuel my workouts.

My water intake hasn’t improved as much as I would like it to. I think November will see me carrying a gallon of water everywhere I go.

Finally, I’m sure you’re eager to know how the Make Fat Cry Challenge is going for me. Well, let me tell you, this Betty ain’t playing. Her videos are fierce, but absolutely doable. I’ve already completed the first 4 days of the challenge, and they haven’t been without surprises. This is what my first four days looked like.

Day 1 (Oct 11): I made fat cry for 50 minutes. The first 30 minutes I spent climbing on a treadmill, and the next 20 I spent completing the full body workout of the first in the video series. It was challenging enough that I definitely broke a sweat, but still manageable. Burpees are evil, and I just couldn’t, so I did lady push-ups instead. The only thing I couldn’t understand/do was the wall planks. Other than that, I did everything else.

Day 2 (Oct 12): I made fat cry for 15 minutes. No cardio that day, and I regretted it. Without the added 30 minutes, it takes too long for the muscles to warm up. The focus of that day’s video was core strengthening/abs. That’s the day I discovered I love sumo squats, and hate planks of any kind. I still modified the side and running planks so that I at least kept moving.

Day 3 (Oct 13): I made fat SOB for 50 minutes. Cardio + full body explosion. Working out felt rough, but completing the workout felt GOOD. I was already sore when I woke up that day, and I was feeling it twice as much by the time I went to bed.

Day 4 (Oct 14): I don’t know that I made fat cry, but this workout felt good. Today we had our first round of yoga. Stretching out felt AMAZING and I realized I make a pretty awesome tree – in my mind’s eye, I did. The only thing I hated was how fast she went through the routine. I think it took away from what yoga should be, by trying to cram so many poses in a 15-min cycle. It also made it harder for an absolute beginner like me, although not impossible. It just felt rushed. I still did it all, and felt wonderful after.

I don’t think I mentioned in my previous update, but I started this second challenge at 202lbs. When I weighed myself this morning, I was at 200.6lbs. Can’t wait to see what the next 7 days bring.

This week I made fat cry. What have you done for yourself lately?




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