Before I share how I’ve really been feeling about BBG lately, I am going to take a moment to recognize how far I’ve come. I am proud of myself for making it this far. Several days ago, I woke up at 4:30am before my 8:30am flight to complete my last BBG workout of the week. I felt like a zombie, but an accomplished, jump-squatting one.

April was a tough month workout-wise. I spent two out of the four weekends traveling and the other two weekends flew by with all of the events I attended. I’m going to be blunt and admit that I’m not pleased with my progress this month. I have no idea why, but I feel like I saw a lot more results in March than in April. I don’t know what to expect in May. I would say that my schedule is going to get back on track, but with some major life changes happening, that’s doubtful. So, I guess the question is, am I BBGing right, if there’s a way to be right?

In the beginning of this process, I mentioned that I would not be following the meal guide due to my allergies and intolerances. Substituting is time consuming, so I prefer to just plan my meals from scratch without trying to figure out what would potentially work well in place of something else. I don’t think that it was a mistake for me not to follow the meal program. Do I think I could do better in terms of what I’m eating now? Yes. Here’s how: Meals are not an issue for me, especially since I cook at home a lot and basically live at Sweetgreen when I have a busy night at work. But the snacks! Sometimes I feel like I need to be saved from myself (or more likely from the snack aisle at Target)! I don’t really have a sweet tooth, and find most candy except dark chocolate unappetizing. Popcorn, chips, and crackers, however, are gifts from heaven. And let’s be real, grain-free chips are still chips. I always crave salty, crunchy foods, and no carrot stick will suffice. I don’t think that my palate or my cravings will magically change overnight, so I am committing myself to managing them.

The first step in this process is obviously to not buy the snacks I’m trying to avoid, much easier said than done. Any die hard Target shopper will tell you about how they walked in for toilet bowl cleaner and walked out with 2 for $5 kombucha, popcorn, shampoo, conditioner, and a new bathing suit! It’s hard to stay away from things that just happen to be right there! That being said, I’m going to stop going to Target so much. If I limit my trips, that will inevitably limit my impulse purchases.

The second step will be finding replacement snacks because I know that I will need my snacks. Last week, I made my own plantain chips and ordered some beet chips online. I’ve also found roasted yet unsalted sunflower seeds to be a stellar savory snack! I am also going to be rotating between raw cacao nibs and 88% dark chocolate. Hopefully these healthier options will satisfy my cravings!

Even though this past month did not go as expected, I still feel positive about the final third of BBG. Whether I see results or not, I know cleaning up my diet needs to be done. I was so bloated for the past five days and couldn’t figure out why. Even my doctor said that everything was normal! I think that my body has decided to rebel against the month of April. It’s just a sign (and a very uncomfortable one I may add) that I need to get myself together. Yesterday was the first day in 5 days where I’m finally stating to feel back to normal and free of stomachaches! I am confident that with a few adjustments, I can keep this going!

As always, until next week!

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