This week was challenging! I tried to stay as dialed in as possible as I have developed a goal that I really want to reach by my birthday. I worked out every day except Tuesday, which is a really big deal for me. I almost took a rest day on Saturday. I was so tired and sore from the week’s workouts. I actually started a workout and had to do a lunge and my knee gave out and I almost fell. I took that as a sign that I should try something easier. I did a 10 minute ab workout (which was actually challenging). 10 minutes might not seem like much, but it’s better than nothing. I also supplemented by taking my dog for a walk on the trail. I thought I was going to make it 7/7 but yesterday as I started my workout, I tweaked something in my shoulder / neck and was done for the day. I was upset that I couldn’t get my workout in but I needed to listen to my body and give it the rest that it clearly needed.
In the past week, I have lost 2.4 pounds and 2.25 inches !!! As I predicted I would, the sodium weight that I retained on weigh in day last week finally fell off, and an extra bit of weight as well! I had hoped that the combined weight between last week and this week would be 4 pounds (2 per week), but I am very very very proud of myself.
Workouts: I finished the A Little Obsessed program, which is a preview to the 80 Day Obsession program that I will be starting soon. I am doing A Little Obsessed again this week. I am going out of town today so since I will be on the road, I wanted to continue a program I’m familiar with to decrease my chances of making an excuse to not get my workout done. ALO was pretty tough, which makes me a little nervous (and a lot excited) for how challenging 80 Day Obsession will be.
Food: I focused on the timing of my eating this week. In the past, I have had a tendency to eat a couple of big meals every day, and that’s it. This week, I tried to eat smaller meals, and space them out so I was eating a small snack between meals so that I was eating every 2-3 hours. This helped me avoid piling food onto my plate when I did have my lunch and dinner. I also paid attention to how many meals I would eat out over the course of this week, and tried to prepare myself so I would have options ready at home to avoid the easier option of ordering out simply to get out of cooking.
Tricks I tried this week:
We went to a fish fry on Friday but I opted for the baked fish instead of the fried fish sandwich. The baked fish was obviously a healthier option because it wasn’t breaded or fried, but the portion size was also considerably smaller than the fried fish.
Tuna-avocado salad. I have seen a few Instagram stories about this idea, so I decided to try it myself. I mixed a can of tuna with an avocado, chopped celery, salt, and pepper, and had a tuna-salad-esque concoction that was actually really good. I ate it for lunch and for a snack with some tortilla chips. It tasted kind of like a cross between tuna salad and guacamole and I will definitely be making it again.
How I did with last week’s goals: Since I’m posting these weekly updates for accountability purposes, I’m going to address my goals from last week and how I handled them.
1. Eat out less. I had 3 dinners at restaurants this week, but I did not eat lunch out at all. I’d like to try to cut that down but since I will be away Wednesday-Saturday this week, it’s inevitable that I will be eating some meals out.
2. Up my workouts from 30 minutes to 60 minutes (at least a few days per week) I did not start 80 Day Obsession as I had initially planned, so my workouts were still 30 minutes long. I’ll be moving this to my goals starting March 19th when I begin the new program.
3. Drink LOTS of water. Mission accomplished but I’m definitely maintaining this!
Goals for next week: 1. Eat more vegetables. I’d like to try to increase my vegetable intake my at least 1-2 servings per day. 2. Add a walk to supplement my workouts 3x this week. 3. Pack healthy snacks for my trip to avoid unnecessary unhealthy eating.
I’m really enjoying this lifestyle change and I even have my mom joining me in my workouts some days! I have developed a bigger / long term goal that is pretty exciting to me. I turn 30 at the end of June, and while I won’t be all the way to my end goal by then, I think it will help me to have a shorter long-term goal to have on the horizon.