I’ve realized I probably can’t count.
My header should probably be at T-0, as 80 Day Obsession officially kicks off tomorrow. But in my head, if I’m at “0” days until something begins, that means the thing has essentially started. There’s no day between countdown and rocket lift-off. It just…happens.
Which means I have very little time to continue to share my nuggets of experience before you start your own journey. So let’s blast off!
Pro Tip #A: FUEL UP.
Yup, we are back on the whole “FOOD IS FUEL” train. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m going to hammer this home yet again because I cannot stress enough its importance. I especially want to underscore the importance of making sure you EAT before working out.
For me, this means I need to eat at least 45 minutes to an hour before a workout. And the meal cannot be super heavy, thus my pre-workout meal of 2 hard-boiled eggs, 10 baby carrots, and rice quinoa porridge with a teaspoon of peanut butter. The meal is substantial enough to power me through a workout, but not so heavy that I will throw up.
Fun fact about me: When I started 80 Day Obsession the first time, I worried about eating that much food prior to my workout, and so I swapped my pre-workout meal with meal option 1, which means I was eating half a banana with a teaspoon of peanut butter, and 2 hard-boiled eggs before my workout. I changed it up about halfway through Phase 2 because I wasn’t having trouble keeping food down, so I thought I’d actually follow the program as written…and I was fine. Though I had a few moments where my food might have threatened to come up, it never actually did. And really, that was only because of the jumping involved (you’ll see).
What this all means, however, is that because I work out in the morning, I have to budget an extra hour in which to eat and semi-digest my food. My first time through 80 Day Obsession, I had days when that meant setting the alarm for 4 am to ensure I was at the gym by 5:15 to make sure I was in the office by 7:30. I had to plan the timing of my meals just as thoroughly as I did my workouts, often one in conjunction with the other.
Which is all to say, when you are planning your menu and workout schedule for the week, don’t forget to allow time to eat AND digest.
PRO TIP #B: Winners Wear Pants
What are you wearing for your first workout tomorrow? Have you laid out your outfit? I have! Here it is:
If I am overly excited about these clothes, it is for a reason to be discussed in a later post, and it is also because of my newfound obsession with Lorna Jane (thanks, Autumn).
But the real reason for the photo is to point out the material of my workout pants: Notice how it looks shiny? The material feels smooth and silky. This makes for chafe-free walking, but is also slightly problematic when using the 80 Day Obsession resistance loops for the first time.
The loops will often go around your thighs or ankles during an exercise. If you are wearing super shiny/silky exercise pants, or no pants at all, the loops will roll and cut into your skin and you will get frustrated, especially if it’s your first time, because it will make the exercise harder, if not impossible, to do.
So, especially for those workouts where you know you’ll be using resistance loops, consider your choice of clothing. First, try and wear workout pants or capris or something longer than volleyball shorts. Secondly, ensure the material is more cloth-based than…shiny-based. The best test is to feel the material: If the material feels smooth and silky to the touch, try instead to wear those leggings that have more of a cloth-like consistency, like a yoga pants feel, for those days when you use the loops, at least for the beginning of 80 Day Obsession. Once you get used to the loops, swap out those yoga aroma pants for some cool silky-smooth jazzy leggings. But when you’re starting out, give yourself every chance to succeed, including wearing the right pants.
PRO TIP #C: Set Your Intention Every Day When You Wake Up.
I can’t take credit for this one – it is all Autumn Calabrese. But the reason I’m putting it here, at T-1 days, is because I don’t think Autumn says this for a few workouts.
I’m saying it now because sometimes this mantra was the only thing that got me thru the workout, and I want you to have this tool in your workout arsenal as early as possible because I want you to have every chance to be successful.
For reasons to be explained later, when I hit Day 23 in February 2018, I had some insanely good reasons to quit the program; to stop the 80 Days altogether and chalk it all up to bad luck and bad timing. The ONLY thing that kept me going was this saying by Autumn: “Set your intention.” When I woke up on Day 23 after three hours of sleep, I knew I was in for a shitty day and a shitty workout. When my alarm went off at 4:30 am and I lay in bed debating whether or not to get up, Autumn’s words popped into my head: “Set your intention.” At that point, I could either roll with the punches and be flexible, or I could just roll over.
I chose to set my intention. My only intention for Day 23: “Finish the workout.”
It didn’t have to be pretty and it didn’t have to be good. But I did have to finish the workout. That was my only goal.
I got my ass to the gym for Cardio Core and I finished that damn workout.
I will tell you, if my intention was instead, “go for a new personal best” or “do an extra set of reps just for the hell of it,” I would have given up. I was not in the head space to set a new personal best or do an extra set of anything. On other days I would be, but not on Day 23. My sole thought on Day 23 was to simply survive.
You will have days like that, I promise you. Plan for it. And when those days come, be nice to yourself. Set your intention so that you have a chance to accomplish it. Because when you do, you will be that much stronger and that much closer to making this obsession a lifestyle.
PRO TIP #D: Spread the Love.
If you follow this program, from the workouts to the meal plan, you will see results within the first week. If you stick with it for two weeks, your clothes will fit differently. After four weeks, people will start to notice and ask you what you are doing. And that’s just PHASE ONE.
While I have to give the disclaimer that results will vary and results are not guaranteed, IF you make this program your obsession the way it is intended to be, you are going to want to share your progress with others. How could you not? You will be seeing changes to your body you either never thought possible, or that you have never seen before. You can’t keep that bottled up inside. You need to tell someone. ANY one. Because the sweat and tears and blood you are going to put in on this journey, others need to know about, damn it!
So now, RIGHT NOW, before Day 1 starts tomorrow, tell someone what you’re doing. Tell someone what you’re starting. It could be a significant other or a family member or a best friend or a co-worker. Text them and announce what you are starting tomorrow. Then, when you are a few days into the program, tell them how you are doing. Keep it going through the first week weeks of Phase 1. Give them an update when you start Phase 2.
These regular updates will help keep you accountable for your own journey, but I guarantee, when these loved ones and friends and co-workers see how hard you are working and what it is doing for you, their support will help push you towards the finish line. While they may wonder why they got that first “I’M DOING 80 DAY OBSESSION STARTING TOMORROW” text from you, after 80 Days, their “why” will change to “HOW??”
And, if you don’t feel you have that sort of personal network or tribe yet, leverage your social media account. Create a new Instagram just to track this journey. Because again, if you stick with it, you WILL be SO PROUD of what you accomplish, and you are going to want to share. I did (hello, blog).
If you need help with that first step, or still don’t know who to text or email or message, let me know. Follow me on Instagram (FitLuddy), or shoot me a message on my contact page. This journey is way more fun when you find your tribe, and I can help you do that.
SO, with that in mind, I hope you KILL IT tomorrow! I’ll be coming to you after tomorrow’s workout with a blog on my thoughts and tips and how this second time through differs from the first round.
You got this. Tomorrow is Day 1 of 80 Day Obsession. Get Excited for what’s to come!