Eat more fruit, drink life!

July 21st, 2016 (actual date written)

After my birthday in January this year, I went on my annual 21-day cleanse. Nothing too crazy. Simply eating very clean-- no alcohol, sugar, or caffeine, and getting plenty of rest along with supplements for 10 days. Doing the cleanse at the start of the new year could not have been more timely. It set me up for success and clarity for 2016. Once the 21 days were complete, I continued with most of the regular protocol. Lemon water first thing in the morning and keeping my eating clean. But let's also be honest, I definitely added back in the caffeine and alcohol. We all know the Showout tag line is WORK HARD, PLAY HARD.

Over the past 7 months I have changed my diet quite a bit. I eat a TON more fruit. On a daily basis I eat the following: small banana, peach, 1 cup of grapes, 1+ cup of strawberries, 1 cup of cherries. I throw in blackberries and blueberries too when they look yummy at the grocery store. Starchy vegetables from beets and butternut squash are also a daily staple in my diet. If you would have looked at my food log last year, there would maybe be one piece of fruit and ALLLLLL the protein and fat. Now my diet typically consists of 50% carbs, 20% fat, and 30% protein. A major shift from a year ago!

I am still as social as I was 7 months ago or maybe even more! My go-to drinks are Deep Eddy Lemon or Grapefruit in water, skinny margaritas (no agave or frozens!), and wine. Keeping those drinks clean is huge. Back in January I committed to no more frozen ritas and chips when going out to eat. This minor change had a profound impact on my body composition. It goes hand in hand with the Slight Edge philosophy. It's easy to do, but also just as easy not to do.

I also train less. YES, I train less. I get in my 5 days per week, but the mindset of killing myself every workout is long gone. I recover. I rest. I train hard but not to the point of complete exhaustion every time I step foot in the gym.

I feel so much better! My PCOS is manageable now. I have trimmed up, my clothes fit better, my workouts feel awesome.  I am back to looking and feeling how I did 6 years ago. My skin fold summation dropped 91mm! I have learned that bodies & hormones change over time. What worked before does not mean it will continue to work. Listen to your body. If you feel like what you have been doing is no longer working, then it is time for a change. Who would have thought that doubling my carb intake with a lot more fruit and starchy veggies, removing frozen ritas and chips, and training less would do the trick for me?!

I wake up in a space of gratitude each day and thank God for where I am physically, mentally, emotionally, and thank Him for where He will continue to take me. Stay tuned for more on affirmations and what they have done for me in next week's post.

I am full on living in the space of Eat more fruit, drink life!