Yesterday and today have gone pretty well. I mean- really- pretty darn well. Aside from one of my students flailing himself across my classroom floor like a seal (twice) I held onto my sanity and stayed relatively present within my day.
I managed to not bitch and complain at my family for making messes but instead I smiled, listened and actually enjoyed my night after the gym! Normally, I deal with too many interventions all day at school that my poor children get the short end of the stick at home. Anything that sounds like complaining got an immediate response with something like "Ew. That sounds gross, try your normal voice." Yeah, classy I know. But that is all I had the energy for.
Now last night, I came across this from Jada. She rocked my world and spoke to EXACTLY what I am saying.
"We are here to ASSIST you, but cannot make your life for you."
"When you stop taking care of yourself, you get out of balance and you really forget how to take care of others. I think we've been taught that taking care of yourself is a problem..."
Okay, I'll stop quoting the WHOLE THING- just watch it. Trust me. It is worth your 6 minutes and 21 seconds.
Thanks Jada- sometimes we need to HEAR it from another mother! Her message here in this video is exactly what we are all standing for The I'mPossible. Your dreams are just as important as everyone else's in your household. Continue to assist those you love in reaching and achieving their dreams but at the end of the day BE SURE you did something for yourself.
So, you may be wondering what my goal is exactly... well, it is one I have had for a while and I truly know all the avenues and steps I need to take to get there. I just have to be intentional and make myself possible.
I want to be as FIT as I can be- as STRONG as I can be using SOLELY food, protein and workouts. No programs, no business endeavors- just good 'ol meal plannin'
There are specific areas of my body I am working towards trimming down and toning. Belly (think love handles and abdominals) trimming and some toning of the gluteous maximus. I DO NOT have a goal weight. I have found for me- that I will lose scaled weight, but it will not be drastic, however, I do have fat to lose- it will be more easily measured as a body fat percentage, measurements and the LOOK of being toned and strong.
Some of you may be wondering why I am determined to use food and not a pre-packaged program I could just open and go- well, I do have my nutrition certification and in that certification I had to complete EXTENSIVE reading and understand how the body works in regards to nutrition.
One particular fact that I came across was that many of the pre-packaged programs help you lose weight, however, you are losing at such a DRASTIC rate that your body is losing lean muscle not particularly fat (fat-loss takes longer). Therefore, you are skinny fat. You actual body fat percentages fails to change minimally (if at all). In addition, once the use of that program concludes the user gains back all fat and the metabolism struggles to function on a normal basis making weight-loss even harder the next go around. So convenience comes with consequences.
So my goal is not only to reach MY full potential and make myself possible, but to also PROVE to the masses that food is the answer. That we don't need anything else but understanding what goes into our body and how it works towards weight gain, muscle gain, fat loss, health benefits, etc...
Here is where I am starting:
(Which for any of us, is really hard to share publicly but I wish to be open and honest along my entire journey as The I'mpossible Mom)
I started my meal plan on January 4th, 2016 and I plan to reach my goal by April 30th, 2016. That is about 16-17 weeks. PLENTY of enough time to meet my goals!
I worked out yesterday with Dr. Hamilton with some Olympic Lifting routines. I felt good. I was tired. It was a Monday but I got in a sweated and lifted heavy. Today, I will workout with Coach Fonseca at 4:15pm as well. However, both day I had all intention of working out at the 6:30am class if not at the gym but roll out our row machine and equipment at home before the kids woke up too. I didn't. I failed and laid in bed too long. That was really a fail towards reaching my goals. I have to get on fixing that immediately. Laziness is never an acceptable excuse to missing a workout (unless your sick- then lazy it up in your jammies!)
I am on Day Two of my Meal Plan and have peed countless times due to the increase of my intake of water. I am working closely with Mr. F on my fat-loss meal plan with a balance of proteins, carbs and fats within approximately six small meals a day.
I woke up early Monday morning and completed meal prepping before work when Mr. F was at the gym and the kids were still sleeping. I cooked enough rice, potatoes, chicken breast, and turkey to get us through the rest of the week. Now it is simple, measure out and put in tupperware! WAHOO!
But now- for the honesty. Well, I came home last night and was cooking dinner for Mr. F and I. When Mr. F came home he said "Is that an ADULT BEVERAGE?!" Honestly, I forgot. Yes, truly and innocently, I forgot. I just figured music, a beverage and cooking was a bit relaxing. However the sugars and alcohol work AGAINST my physical goals I have in mind. *sigh* (FYI, I didn't finish it once he reminded me).
I wanted Starbucks for my Monday and my Tuesday (and I am sure I will want it for my Wednesday and Thursday and Friday) but so far, I won that battle. Just keep driving. These are the accomplishments that are small victories. I have also noticed that the only reason I really like Starbucks is the FEELING it gives me-- I feel (more) relaxed walking into my hectic day with a Starbucks in hand. Now I just need to let go of the item with the feeling because Starbucks doesn't really make my day any less hectic or more relaxed.
There are days that I really don't want to eat oatmeal for lunch, but I do. There are days that I am not able to warm up a meal or two and I still eat it cold. Why? These are an INTEGRAL part of reaching my goal.
It depends on how much you WANT to reach your goals and your dreams and that is what drives you.
So today, I encourage you to share, comment or write down in your personal journals:
- What is your goal?
-What is the date you are starting?
-What is the date you are ending?
-How are you going to reach those goals (steps to success).
-Take pictures if necessary (physical/weightloss goal)
-How are you going to ENSURE you are making yourself POSSIBLE? (schedule change, membership, nutritional advice??)
And I leave you with this...