Final 7 days

I did it! I completed the 21-Day Challenge and accomplished all my goals. I’m so very proud of myself as I usually have an off day then totally go downhill from there. But this time, my off day(s) just motivated me to continue with my plan. Here’s a recap of my goals and my end thoughts/feelings on each:

*21-Day Vegan Kickstart (done because of my allergy to dairy & eggs and because I was eating WAY too much cheese!): while I didn’t follow the meal plan exactly, I used it as a guide to help me focus on changing up my meals and not relying on dairy. I will never be 100% completely vegan but I will be incorporating many of the tips/techniques into my eating in the future. And that weird body odor is gone.

*Intermittent Fasting (10a – 6p): while I’ve done intermittent fasting for years, it’s always been hit and miss. This time I stuck with it every day. The first couple of days was rough because I’d become used to eating as soon as I finished working out (or waking up). But my body adjusted. I also planned my tutoring schedule around the times I wanted to eat so that I would simply be too busy to focus on eating at other times. This goal is the one I’m most happy about completing!

*Exercise 5 days a week: I’ve always enjoyed exercise and hated that I’d gotten out of practice with it so this challenge helped me focus on it again. I did cardio and strength training at least 5 days every week and some very basic yoga. I plan to start doing Yoga with Adrienne today as I finally feel like I’m ready to add that back in to my routine.

*Bonus goal(s) – French lessons & grammar course: both done most every day (I hate grammar rules and the course makes me want to bang my head against a wall, but I need it for teaching/tutoring)

My sleep patterns have adjusted back to a more normal pattern for me, finally. I am not all achy and tired all the time. And while I didn’t lose as much weight as I’d hoped, I did lose a total of 5.8 lbs and I can see small changes in how my clothes fit. So I’m happy with that. I’m taking a couple of days off (but not going completely off the rails!) and plan to start over again on Sunday. Here’s to a healthier life!

Here is the overview of the final 7 days:

Day 15

Weight: lost .2 lbs

Sleep:  7 hrs 45 mins

Exercise: 40 min aerobics; Day 13 30-Day Workout; simple yoga

Total Steps: 12,839

Food: on track

Water: 72 oz

Feelings: doing good

French: done

Grammar course: done

Day 16

Weight: ugh – gained .6 lbs…pretty sure it’s all the cookie dough I ate last weekend

Sleep: 5 hrs 52 mins

Exercise: 42 min aerobics; Day 14 30-Day Workout; simple yoga

Total Steps: 11,436

Food: on track

Water: 72 oz

Feelings: frustrated with myself for gaining weight so buckling down

French: done

Grammar course: done

Day 17

Weight: no change

Sleep: 6 hrs 29 mins

Exercise: Rest Day

Total Steps: 11,676

Food: had a frustrating day and caved and got a cheese calzone

Water: 64 oz

Feelings: really frustrated and just want a good gooey pizza!

French: done

Grammar course: started Unit 4

Day 18

Weight: lost .6 lbs

Sleep: 7 hrs 56 mins

Exercise: Rest Day

Total Steps: 8,238

Food: on track

Water: 64 oz

Feelings: less emotional

French: done

Grammar course: done

Day 19

Weight: gained .2 – maintaining the 5 lb weight loss at the moment

Sleep: 8 hrs 17 mins

Exercise: 1-mile walk; Day 15 30-Day Workout; simple yoga

Total Steps: 13,187

Food: all good

Water: 72

Feelings: feeling good

French: done

Grammar course: done

Day 20

Weight: lost .8 lbs

Sleep: 5 hrs 24 mins

Exercise: 39 mins aerobics; simple yoga

Total Steps: 12,988

Food: on track

Water: 72 oz

Feelings: all good

French: done

Grammar course: finished Unit 4

Day 21

Weight: gained .6 lbs

Sleep: 8 hrs 19 mins

Exercise: 37 min aerobics; Day 17 30-Day Workout; simple yoga

Total Steps: 13,187

Food: on track

Water: 64 oz

Feelings: proud of myself for sticking with it!

French: done

Grammar course: started Unit 5

About alicrain

Wanderlust. Adventurer. Mom. Mentor. Change Agent. Crazy. Servant Leader. Citizen of the World These are all words that describe me - or have been used to describe me. There are many more but we won't get in to those. What is important to know is that at the age of 45, after having a successful career and raising a son, I decided I needed a new challenge and adventure in my life. So I joined the Peace Corps. Portions of this blog were written before this time and chronicle my life during graduate school (again, something I did in my 40s). During my service in Morocco (September 2016 - December 2018) I chronicled my daily life and all it entailed to live as an American female in another country. this is a place for me to capture random thoughts and share my life's journey
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