So I guess I should start with my good news: I finally cleared my red bracelet this week! Yeehaw! This means (without going into a ton of detail) that I was able to perform an unassisted pushup from the ground up with proper form. This is something I wasn’t able to do when I first joined 4ish months ago. My goal was to clear the bracelet by my second FMS re-screen, or approximately 6 months. I did it in 4. I’m very happy and proud of myself. It’s nice to achieve a goal and knowing that you put in the work to get there.
I mentioned last week that I am going to love this phase and I really do. It’s challenging me to lift a bit heavier and dig a bit deeper to do things I couldn’t do just a few months ago. I love it. Though I’m noticing that I’m starting to callus/blister on my hands from swinging the Kettle bell. I’m not sure if that’s a badge of honour or not but it’s there. I think I’m finally starting to get the swing down. I still need lots of practice but it’s slowly coming together in my brain.
As for the sugar-reduction challenge, I’m still going strong! Things I’ve noticed after 3 weeks: I can (grudgingly) live without my chocolate chips. I’ve made all my smoothies without them and they’re still good. My apples and almond butter are still tasty and my trail mix is surviving. I also notice that I’m no longer craving sugar. Similarly, I’m not eating it because “it’s there”. Normally, I’d happily eat something sweet if it’s offered to me, even if I’m not really wanting it but this challenge is keeping me accountable which is good. It’s nice to give your body a bit of a reset every now and then.
Tomorrow will mark the halfway point in this phase. Hard to believe how quickly this one is going. The entire month of March is flying by!
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