Phase 2, Day 40: Cardio Core (aka You’re Halfway There!)

It may not feel like it, but you’re halfway there!

Today is Day 40. You will have just done Cardio Core for the seventh time. You have seven more weeks to go. Take a moment and realize what you have accomplished: 40 straight days of hardcore workouts and eating right. Even if you were a college athlete, it’s doubtful you ate as well or worked out as hard as you have these past few weeks. It’s been hard and challenging and a shit-ton of sweat, but it’s been worth it. You’re seeing results. You’re loving how you’re feeling, and you’re excited to conquer the last 40 days.

But there’s also this little niggle of fear in the back of your mind: What will you do after these 80 days are over? What do you do next? Can you keep this success up after that 80th workout?

Yes. Yes you can.

I am proof you can. But the key is, you have to have a plan. Just like how in 80 Day Obsession you’ve been planning out your meals and workout schedule, you’re gonna have to plan now what to do after 80 Day Obsession ends. Because you are not going to want it to end: How good you feel, how small your pants are, how you like looking in the mirror. You are going to want to keep that going for as long as possible, and to do that, you are going to have to continue your commitment to healthy eating and exercise.

I am bringing this up NOW to help you address that niggle of fear; so you can fight the start of that anxiety by knowing what you are going to do next. For me, I knew that after I finished 80 Day Obsession….I wanted to do it again. I wanted to keep the streak alive. So I took a week off, did some yoga, let my body recover, loosened the reins on the eating….and then dove back in. It wasn’t hard to do so because I had a plan. And after 80 Day Obsession, I had the discipline to follow through.

That said, even though I decided to do 80 Day Obsession for a second round, that doesn’t mean the workouts have gotten any easier. Case in point, today’s Cardio Core workout. You’d think it’d get easier. You’d think you wouldn’t sweat as much. You’d think you wouldn’t be shaking by the last core exercise. After all, how many times have you done the damn thing?

Wrong on all counts.

PRO TIP #6: GET OUTSIDE. REMEMBER A TOWEL.

Today was a beautiful day in the pacific Northwest, so I took the workout outside:

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Gotta love the view. Of the city, I mean. Not my sweaty ass.

Picture this scene: A foursome engages in a friendly tennis match in the warm evening air. Suddenly, the thump of their tennis balls is interrupted by the scratch of sliders on concrete, and the grunt of a dying animal. All heads whip to the far corner of the tennis court, where a lone girl twirls an invisible jump rope, occasionally hitting the ground for pushups and some sort of exercise with loops.

They realize it’s not a dying animal but her, and go back to their game.

That was pretty much my workout. It was under a beautiful blue sky at the perfect temperature…and it still wasn’t easy. I still needed the towel I remembered at the last moment. And I still was gasping for breath.

But I pushed through. I went for that extra rep and extra height and extra jump. Which is probably why there was extra sweat.

My point is, the workout doesn’t get easier, but like Autumn says, you get stronger. It gets easier to FIGHT; easier to push yourself; easier to get a good sweat on. More than the changes you are seeing in the mirror or on the scale, these are the changes that matter most, because they will stick with you for long after this program ends.

So, as you build that mental fortitude, savor the fact that you are halfway there. You’re doing it!

Also take the time to look back and really think about what has worked for you these last 40 days. Are you doing well working out at home? Are the times you’re working out the most conducive to getting it done? Have you had trouble sticking to the timed nutrition? When have you had the most trouble?

Reflect. Now’s the time to make adjustments to really set yourself up for success in the last half of the program.

At the very least, I hope you are now feeling confident to take that workout outside and maybe do a few exercises with your shirt off.

Just remember to put on the sunscreen!

If you’re looking for inspiration after that 80th day, hit me up. Or check out the usual link to see what else Beachbody has to offer.

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