Something I already know about this program, projects, adolescence, and all parts of life in general:
THE MIDDLE IS HARD.
That’s right. Think about the “terrible twos” umm — middle of toddlerhood. Hard. Check. How about middle school? Hard. Check. And what about mid-life crisis? Obvious. Check. The thing about the middle of anything is there’s a slight agitation, because you’re not where you want to be, but the excitement of starting out has lost its sheen.
Imagine a road trip to California. Bear with me here, I can’t help but think about warmer places. It’s quite exciting getting an oil change and prepping your car for the trip, packing t-shirts, tanks, and a swim suit, and prepping rockin’ playlists to listen to on the road. The beginning of the trip is really exciting. But once you hit the road and you’ve been driving for a while, this wears off. As you get to the middle it gets more mountainous, and by the time you hit Bakersville, Colorado (exactly midpoint — how appropriate!) you’re in the sludge.
If you keep forging ahead you get through this difficult spot, the end comes into view, and you’ll arrive at sunny beaches, or in this case a body that you actually want to put into a bathing suit.
If…you keep on. The point here is that you must be willing to keep driving. If you stop (as many people do), you won’t make it to your destination.
Okay, back to this week and where I am at. Let’s just say, if you wanna pop me a postcard, address it to Bakersville, Co.
Yep. I fell into the abyss this week and when the middle got hard I kinda bailed. I say kinda ’cause I didn’t fully crap out. More like got a flat tire and detoured with flour tortillas, some ice-cream, chocolate, and baked goods. Go figure.
What’s so interesting is that I KNOW the middle is hard and I still fell victim. The real lesson is that knowing the lesson is very different than actually applying the lesson.
The beauty is that even after a detour, all my hard work hasn’t gone to waste (I am in Bakersville after all), and I can top off the gas in my car, fix the flat and carry on.
California or bust, my friends!
Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with coffee and cream
Lunch: Short ribs & most delish salad ever from G&D.
Dinner: Lightning fast shredded chicken + avocado
Breakfast: A Healthy Mix
Lunch: carnitas tacos from Rojo in the West End (I ate every last morsel. including the tortillas, & creamy rice)
Dinner: White chicken chili
Breakfast: coffee + cream
Lunch: Chipotle salad bowl (pork, black beans, pinto beans, tomato salsa, corn salsa, quac)
Dinner: Turkey, Spinach, Mushroom casserole
Lunch: 1/2 chocolate bar + A Healthy Mix
Dinner: Amy’s organic green pea soup (the whole can = 2 servings), 2 babybel cheeses + rotisserie pulled chicken with hummus
Breakfast: A Healthy Mix
Lunch: Baja chicken, emerald greens, dill cucumber red onion salad (all from whole foods)
Dinner: Eggs, rutabaga hash, ketchup, ice cream and hot fudge sauce
I rocked 3- 10 minute workouts this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
SUCCESSES EARNED (more lessons learned)
If you’re like me, when things haven’t gone down how you planned you can be pretty hard on yourself. I’ve definitely done some beating up on myself for having my third week go sideways, and I was having a hard time thinking of anything to add to this section.
However, I do know I can grow through challenging circumstances. On Tuesday I went out for lunch with a friend and ordered what I wanted instead of what would have been BRD-approved, telling myself “just for today.”
But once you go AWOL from the plan and take an un-designated free meal (or day), then it’s really difficult to get back on track.
Another lesson learned. Lots of those this week.
My greatest success was getting in those workouts that didn’t happen last week.
After my second week weigh-in I’d lost 2 lbs. I had figured it would be less than the initial 5 lb. drop. It feels good to be down a total of 7 lbs. after 2 weeks!
AROUND THE WEB
One of my friends and another BRD advocate sent me a link to this delish looking recipe from Eat, Live, Run. The nice thing here is you can make dinner for your whole family and then just enjoy it bunless for yourself (Kiddos can’t resist a burger!).
Kendra also gave me an update on the roasted chicken soup I posted in last weeks challenge update from Against All Grain *check it out in the post. She made it and said it was delish! Let me know if there are any awesome recipes you’ve found and made lately. I’d love to know what you’re cooking.