Checking in with Adri on week 4 of her journey back to health…
First month down! Not to brag or anything, but I had a pretty great week. Ok, ok – I AM going to brag: I worked my butt off, and made good choices on some difficult occasions.
Workouts. Admittedly, I didn’t have my best workouts of all time. This wasn’t anyone’s fault but my own – I had low energy and motivation (most likely because of my “lady friend of the month” *waves hi to the men reading this*). I also realized that Alicia stepped up the intensity of my workouts, so they were getting harder – which made me feel a bit defeated, but tried to keep reminding myself that, yeah, as workouts get more challenging, they’re going to be (duh!) more challenging for my body. I’m going to work on being more patient – especially so that it doesn’t keep me from pushing myself to the maximum.
Food. This week, I cleared out my fridge and cabinets and went on a shopping spree! Before I left, I did some research on recipes I wanted to try, and wrote the most OCD-fueled grocery list I’ve ever seen, separated by categories. Having these items in my apartment has been absolutely crucial to my progression with nutrition – I never have anything around for me to binge on or take me off track, and pre-prep healthy snacks for when I need to grab-and-go.
Some of the foods I’ve been loving:
- Fage 0% Greek Yogurt + fresh berries + Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Cereal w/ Almonds
- Lite string cheese
- Fat Free Cottage Cheese + Cuties Clementines
- Gala apples + Smart Balance peanut butter
- 100-calorie packs of Cinnamon Almonds
- Giant bags of frozen broccoli, brussels sprouts & spinach + Laughing Cow Lite Cheese Wedges
- Frozen salmon filets in individual steam packs + fresh lemons
- 6-Pack of Lite Tuna (water-packed) + balsamic vinegar + garlic powder + celery + bell peppers + broccoli slaw
…and lots more good stuff!
I feel like I’m getting better with my impulsive foodie behavior – at a National Margarita Day party I hosted last week for work, I chose to sip seltzer with juice and allow myself 10 tortilla chips with veggies and guac. I got a chance to join in with my guests, taste the stuff I wanted to, but cut out the unnecessary items. Had I not been watching what I ate, I would have had a huge, sugary, high-calorie margarita and lord knows how many nachos. And guess what? I still had fun and made the most out of my night socially.
So, things are getting better. I feel as though I’m really on track to reach my goal of a 15-20 weight loss by May.
Added Bonus! I learned this week that I’m going to Costa Rica for a week-long vaca on April 27, which is perfect timing and the best possible motivation to get bathing suit-ready. I refuse to go shopping for the trip for at least a month so I don’t psych myself out.
Week 4 re-assessment:
Leave a comment: Do you use vacations or special events (weddings, reunions, etc) as motivation to get or stay on track with your healthy plan?
–Be Healthy. Be Balanced.
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