February 15, 2016. 152.8 lbs. Day 1 of Round three. Between rounds 2 & 3 I took a week off so that I could join the beginning of a challenge group after Valentine’s day. In that short break I did ease up a little with the food, but definitely kept up the exercising and didn’t go too crazy because I didn’t want to undo all my hard work. I also did the 3 Day Refresh to detox before the party, the results of which I posted previously. I felt lighter and leaner and ready to take on this round, with the extra challenge of not letting my social activities this month rob me of my success. Last fall with the holiday season I started with good habits and ended with bad ones, but with my newfound disciplines I found myself craving less junk and feeling better when I got back on track after an indulgent meal. It’s not that I said no to everything unhealthy- I had once a week where I had a few things (like mimosas and waffles at brunch) where I ate things that were definitely not in the plan, but this time I ate them in moderation and planned when I was going to indulge and when I was going to buckle down and choose healthy, nutritious food.
This round was where I could really tell a difference with my strength. I was starting to use 10 lb weights! I was hardly modifying the poses! I made it from one pushup at a time to 21 pushups! I could do 15 burpees in a minute and kiss my knees during stretches! The compound work of the last two rounds was paying off wonderfully and I could feel it in my body. I lost 6 pounds this round and made it past a mental block; you see, I had made it to 148 lbs with exercise twice in recent memory, both times the result of hard work but also with both times being interrupted by a pregnancy. We are done having kids now, but that idea of being at 148 lbs and having something interrupt my progress was stressing me out. In the 3rd week when I weighed in at 146.8 lbs I was so happy I almost cried! I kept writing down my scale numbers thinking I had them mixed up- I was so used to recording 164 that 146 felt like an error- but considering all the clothes I had to put in the donation box, all the positive comments from people who could definitely see the changes now and seeing a new body in the mirror everyday, I knew the changes were true and mine. All my effort was paying off and I was closer every day to my goal.
(What’s next, you ask? Well, I decided to join Tony Horton and go 22 Minute Hard Corps…)