Week 3: Silverlinings

Week 3 Complete! Although a day late (oops!), here’s my update from the last 7 days:

  • Oatmeal is back! OK, that’s a really strange bullet point, I know, but hear me out. My nutrition plan changes weekly, constantly switching up all of the foods I’m eating. What might be my go-to protein or carb source one week may be completely eliminated the next week. For the last week, I haven’t had oatmeal on my plan. No biggie, right? Yea, that’s what I thought until it was gone. (You: “You told me to hear you out, I’m doing that, and I still don’t get it“). Bear with me! This week, I have oatmeal every morning again and that first bite yesterday was, well, that so delicious you automatically roll your eyes back in your head kinda feeling. What was just plain-old oatmeal a few weeks ago is now that treat, that moment of “indulgence,” that reward that pushes me to endure the harder parts of training and nutrition and the mental challenges of sticking to my guns. I seriously go to bed with a smile on my face knowing the next time I open my eyes, I get oatmeal! What I’m getting at here, of course, is not oatmeal but rather the bigger picture of finding something in your life that is simple, that could easily be overlooked and discovering what you can achieve if you latch onto it, appreciate it and revel in its “glory” simply because it is a blessing in your life. It doesn’t have to be grandiose; it can even be something you’ve never looked at with a grateful heart. It doesn’t matter. What matters is your perspective and how you choose to acknowledge and celebrate the silverlinings in your life. (Thanks, oatmeal!)
  • Little, Tiny Goals: When I first started the process a few weeks ago, I had my eyes dead-set on the final prize: competition day. My emotions and motivation sprinted out of the blocks from the second I heard, “Go!” I’ve never felt so determined to absolutely obliterate such a daunting challenge. And here I am, a few weeks in, exhausted, sore, and feeling the need to change my focus from long-term to short-term. Does it mean I’m losing sight of the end goal? Absolutely not. Never does a day go by that I don’t think about how my actions today will affect me on September 27. But what I’m finding is that its much easier for my brain to wrap around the task at hand rather than 10 weeks of tasks. I talk to myself. On the way to training, I silently acknowledge that its going to hurt and that I’m going to be pushed harder than I could ever push myself. But I also remind myself that I only get this one shot. Today only comes once. I get 45min with my coach today and I’m not going to waste a second of it. THAT’s what I focus on. Or with food, I focus on the meal plan for THIS week. Not next week, not the next 10 weeks, just THIS week. Crafting this challenge into several tiny, small, attainable goals down to a daily or even an hourly basis is what is keeping me strong, focused and ready to take on the next one.
  • Ice Cream Creeper: A kid sat dangerously close to me at a café last week. He had a triple scoop chocolate sundae with caramel sauce, Oreos and Butterfinger pieces. He accidently spilled, like, a third of his Oreo crumbles on the ground. And he didn’t even care. I think a piece of my little sugar-coated heart died that day, right there on the floor, in a solemn, forgotten Oreo grave.

Single digits now – 9 weeks out!

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