3.20.2017

Spring Break, Cheat Meals, New Cardio Plan

 A lot has happened since I last posted an update. I went to Myrtle Beach to enjoy some family time while Caleb and Shelly were on Spring Break. I had my first cheat meal since I started doing Keto as a way of life. I started a new workout plan for cardio this morning.

Let’s start with Myrtle Beach. MB has always been like a second home for me. My grandparents moved there when I was a child and I always look for a reason and a way to go back there whenever I have the chance. My aunt and uncle live there with their three kids, so it is always nice to see them if I have the chance.

The weather was absolutely horrible when we were there, but we made up for it by staying at Dunes Village, which is home to an indoor waterpark, pool tables, shuffleboard and ping pong. Despite it not being nice enough to hang out on the beach, we made the most of the time away and had a good time anyway.

On the trip, I managed to eat keto pretty much every meal. I planned on giving myself two cheat meals while on the trip and I had a sandwich from my favorite Deli and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Tonight Show Dough on the last day in MB. Dagwood’s has been my favorite Deli since I first stepped foot in there as a kid. One of their signature sandwiches, The Brooks Brother, which is composed on Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef and Pepper jack cheese complete with lettuce, tomato, onions, mayo and mustard has been my go-to option for years. After not having a cheat meal for two months, this sandwich tasted even more amazing than it normally does. The only difference this time was that I was satisfied after the meal and was ready to go back to Keto instead of craving another sandwich immediately after devouring the first one.

As we left Myrtle Beach early Wednesday morning, I couldn’t help but think about getting back to real life. I planned on getting back into doing a workout prior to work on weekdays, and felt like the following Monday (this morning) would be a good starting point. I knew I wanted to do a Beach Body workout after seeing numerous posts from my aunt Sandy and mother, who are both Beach Body coaches. I have previously completed Insanity (when I was younger and in much better shape), so naturally, I looked for the Shaun T workouts. T-25 intrigued me the most, so I looked into it. I read the reviews and looked at the requirements. It seemed like a good choice to go with.

I woke up this morning ready to go. I started up T-25 and got it started. After a few minutes in, I realized I was in way over my head. I knew I was out of shape, but, this was killing me. I made it 5 minutes in and decided that I needed to do two things. 1.) Have a bigger screen so I could actually see what exercise I should be doing. My cell phone was not cutting it. I will have the app installed on my Ipad or stream it to my TV going forward. 2.) Build up to a full workout. I will attempt the same workout tomorrow and try to do a little more than I did today. I will build up and when I am ready to take on the full workout, I will start the T-25 program.

In addition to T-25, I plan to continue to do weights in the evenings / nights. These workouts will continue to be based around Squats, Deadlifts, Overhead Press, Bench Press and Barbell Rows. I will throw in Dips, Pullups and various arm exercises as needed like I have been doing.

All in all, my transformation this year is about changing lifestyle habits. If there is one thing that was evident over this past week, it was that I love my family and I love playing with my son, Caleb. Being able to keep up with him in the lazy river, pool, waterslides, basketball and other activities is an important thing for me. Despite not being able to complete my first T-25 workout this morning, I have made noticeable strides in my physical health over the past two months. I know that as I continue to progress with my diet and workout programs, I will be able to get more out of life. As I continue to progress towards completing T-25, I will continue to build on what I have started.

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