I have been sitting on the bench for a few weeks now. I am dying to workout, run, really... even walking up the stairs without the muscles in my bum feeling like they are going to explode would be a dream come true. I have a back injury, and to anyone who has ever had a back injury of any kind... yeah, ouch. I have discovered though, the best place to go when you have back pain, is to Saturday night Church when all the seniors go. I have NEVER been so doted on, than by elderly Parishoners, who know more about back pain than The Yankees know about baseball.
So, what is a person to do when faced with the inability to exercise, and a box of Peanut Butter Pop Tarts somewhere in the house!? Well, not focus on the Pop Tarts for starters, but stemming from the fact that I brought them up, probably means I am doing a poor job of not thinking about them. However, I have been focusing on better nutrition as I can't burn off any crap food that may or may not be injured in the filming of this back injury. Thus brings me to a Godsend in my pantry. Shakeology.
Shakeology is a Beachbody shake that they call "the healthiest meal of the day." I figured now would be the best time to do their 3 day cleanse. What this is, is 3 shakes per day, only mixed with water and maybe blended with ice and 1/2 cup of fruit if needed. Believe me. It is needed. Along with the shakes, you may have 2 snacks which are a fruit, which I used apples. You have to consume at least 2 cups of green tea, and dinner is a large leafy green salad with grilled white protein. Three days. That's nothing. No problem.
Day one. So focused and motivated... get out a scoop of Vegan Tropical Strawberry Shakeology, and drop it into my shaker cup, fill with water and shake. Not so bad... I can do this. About an hour later, I ate my apple, then continuing on to Vanilla with water in my shaker cup. Again, not so bad, but feeling a bit hungry still. Great time to eat another apple. DINNER TIME!!! Never before have I been so hungry for a salad!!!
Day two. You know what sounds delicious? Pumpkin pancakes... but, I guess I shall have a Greenberry Shakeology with a bit of frozen pineapple. Not quite the same. Ugh... I don't want a stupid apple. Salad? for dinner again???
Day three. I WANT A BURGER!!!!
Day after... down 4 lbs and a remarkable difference in my tummy. It is flatter, and not as bloated. I actually feel pretty good... in hindsight, it wasn't so terrible. hahaha!! I survived and will probably do it again. Nutrition can definitely be your saving grace for when injured and unable to exercise... but my goodness, I certainly cannot wait to lift some heavy sh** and sweat like a man!! Happy Friday all, and my all your food choices be healthy and happy choices!!!