Reflecting on Phase Two

About 2 ½ months ago I started Beach Body with some hesitation (with the name and the nutrition plans). And 50 days ago I started the 80 Day Obsession. Phase One was all about sticking with the workouts and finding ways to incorporate them into my routine. Phase two ended up being my “just hang on” phase for a number of reasons. As I begin phase three I find myself more energetic and motivated than I’ve felt in a long time and it’s a great feeling. So here I am reflecting on phase two. 

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First, it was HOT. Most days were humid with high temperatures. It was so gross and did not motivate me to workout at all but I still got it done. Although those days were likely not my best workouts. 

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I also traveled and had a lot going on. In the past few weeks I had to find an apartment for starting in September. That took a lot out of me but the good news is I won’t be homeless. And I also spent a chunk of time in Maine with my family where I didn’t have heavy weights but I did have motivation. My mom and I stuck to our workouts like the badasses we are. 

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The middle is always the hardest. It’s the lag. The beginning you’re all “let’s do this” and the end is “don’t give up.” But the middle is kind of like “will this ever end?” So yes I struggled a bit. Despite the challenges I finished every workout even if I had to move my rest days around some weeks. I also came to realize that the end of the 80 days is not an end because I’ve found my passion for exercising again! 

The significance of phase two was definitely the psychological gains. I’m up two pounds which normally would discourage me, but I walk with my head taller than ever before. I feel strong and capable in my workouts, at work, and in life. It’s an amazing feeling.  

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I haven’t lost any additional inches, either. Now maybe this is because I chose not to follow the meal plan because I believe life shouldn’t be that strict. Or maybe it’s because I could have pushed a bit harder. Either way I still feel stronger and I’m proud of myself for that. It’s the fact that I keep going and making healthier choices as best I can that matters. 

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 I have finally found a workout that I want to do each day! I genuinely look forward to {most of} the workouts. Some I dread...but not always. I also love that they’re so convenient. I never knew that I was not going to the gym because I just needed time to relax after work. Now I can come home, relax, and then workout when I’ve regained some energy. It works so well for me. 

Moving on to phase three I’m excited to continue to feel strong and energized and not just in my workouts. I’m also motivated to cut back on some empty calories like alcohol (I’ll save that for when I’m out with friends) and the treats (there’s a time and place...and I need to perfect my popsicles). Working out and eating healthier is only sustainable if you figure out how to make it align with your lifestyle and values and I feel like I finally did.  {Insert awkward dancing}

 

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