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WEEK 1: BEGIN



"You have to be a beginner before you can be the BEST."

That quote echoes in my head, as an athlete who definitely doesn't kill it in the gym like I use to---- this week was INTENSE!! Even after losing 18 lbs since Dec 1 doing ALO & HITT treadmill workouts, combined with a Ketogenic-like diet. (Super Low-Carb & No Sugar works the best for my body, before you judge, just know that ALL of THESE diets work, but you have to choose 1 and stick to it! ) And Keto has been getting a bad rep lately. I am NOT doing the ALL CHEESE & ALL STEAK Keto diet. To give you an example, I will even post my Meal Plan to prove it, I eat lots of veggies & still have a protein shake. I also believe in Intermittent Fasting (btw, your "timed nutrition" is basically Intermittent Fasting! LOL.

Ok, Real Talk, . . .this week definitely wasn't the easiest for me. I lost 2 family members in the first 3 weeks of 2018. So you better believe, at first, my heart was NOT in it! I was trying to make every excuse on why I should wait to start 80 DAY OBSESSION. I pressed PLAY EVERY SINGLE DAY. But instead, I am using it as a distraction to not let myself get too sad. Death is never easy, it never gets easier that's for sure. But thanks to you ladies & gents (there are 8% of you!) you all have allowed me to have Cardio Couture as an outlet for me to distract myself more-- and I appreciate it!

Favorite Part of Week 1: CARDIO. I love Cardio. I know I am weirdo, but I love SWEAT. I guess I have already trained myself that SWEATTIER the BETTER, to me its like the FAT leaving my body.

And those little bands the ones that look like yellow, green and blue headbands (or for you Saved By The Bell fans, they remind me of "Buddy Bands") are KILLERS!!!!!! Seriously, they look soo harmless. LOL.

My Greatest Challenge of Week 1: Sliders are interesting, definitely challenging my core (which I need) because on my hardwood floors, having to control the eccentric contraction seemed impossible, but I finally got the hang of it! Thank GOD! The first few times, I fell on my face, my arms were shaking so bad to maintain the stability. I felt like Bambi. (I kept thinking, I can do this! I can do this! And then after a bad round, the next round was AMAZING!)

Overall, I am feeling SORE AF, but SOREness to me, means my body is already changing, so I will push through the pain for sure! How did Week 1 go for you? Drop me a DM, let me know!!

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WEEK 1 MEAL PLAN for ME (this is NOT 80 DAY OBSESSION MEAL PLAN)

PRE-WORKOUT MEAL:

Egg White Protein Shake

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Spinach

Peanut Butter

PRE-WORKOUT SUPPLEMENT:

ENERGIZE & my BCAAS

POST WORKOUT SUPPLEMENT:

Chocolate RECOVER w/ MCT oil

POST WORKOUT MEAL:

Baby Spinach, cooked

Eggs, scrambled w/ ghee

2 strips of bacon, baked

1/2 avocado

MEAL 1:

Turkey Taco Meat, sautéed with onions (Fixate)

Mexican Cheese

Salsa

6 inch Ezekiel Tortilla

Brussel Sprouts, baked

MEAL 2:

Thai Salmon, baked OR Open faced Bison Burger OR Lemon Herb Chicken, baked

Broccoli, steamed w/ ghee

Cucumber Salad (Fixate)

1/2 avocado

SNACKS:(only if I need it!!)

Turkey Rollups

2 slices of Applegate Turkey

2 slices of Swiss Cheese

Mustard

String Cheese

Albacore w/ 1 TBSP mayo & 5-6 Flackers

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cups (my recipe- SEE MEAL PREP)

Shishito Peppers, blistered in the oven w/ sea salt.


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