Fitness Update: Week One

Well, week one is finally done! Since this week has been full of changes, I thought I’d update you guys and let you know how my week’s been going and how I’m holding up. If you haven’t read last week’s post, be sure to check it out so you know all the deets on what I got myself into for the next few weeks. There was a lot of meal prepping, way more veggies than I’m used to, and a few sore muscles… Without further ado — my fitness update: week one!

Diet

I kicked off this past week like anyone probably would when trying to make a lifestyle change — at the grocery store. I had a full grocery list to pull from provided by my instructor and some recipe ideas I’d gathered from some websites and Instagram accounts. I’ll breakdown the essentials I bought and what I had to eat for the majority of the week below.

Chicken breast • turkey lunchmeat • chicken sausage • lean groundbeef • beef jerky • salmon • eggs • almonds • pistachios • sweet potatoes • red potatoes • squash • asparagus • broccoli • lettuce • bananas • strawberries • blueberries • frozen fruit • PB2 • honey • paleo-friendly Annie’s salad dressings • almond milk • coconut milk/almond milk coffee creamer

I’m sure there was more, but that’s about all I can remember off the top of my head. I then spent a good two hours of my Sunday afternoon meal prepping. I baked enough chicken for all five days of work, along with sweet potatoes and asparagus for each day, too. I also hardboiled enough eggs to have two each morning with my coffee. I then took all of the fruit I’d bought for the week and portioned them out into Rubbermaid containers for my lunches. For snacks throughout the day I packed a banana, almonds and some beef jerky to keep at my desk.

My lunches were super satisfying and I actually looked forward to lunch every day. Everything was as simple as possible. Most things were baked with just a little EVOO, salt and pepper. Google is your best friend when it comes to cooking times and temps. It took just a little time on my Sunday and I was set for the entire week! As for dinners, on the nights Mike and I were home at a decent hour, we had chicken sausages with asparagus, chicken tacos with homemade guacamole  (minus the tortillas), and even more chicken…

Cravings

I really didn’t have too many cravings throughout the week. My main one was sweets. Mike and I are in the habit of eating something sweet after dinner each night and that was a struggle. I either went to bed early when the cravings got really bad, or busted out the blender to make a smoothie with a mixture of fresh and frozen fruit and some PB2 for some added flavor and protein. The smoothies were delicious, but such a pain in the ass to clean up afterwards that I almost don’t know if it’s worth it. Also, honey has become my best friend this week. A little honey on my sweet potato or some fruit at night gives just the right amount of added sweetness that I didn’t go too crazy.

Struggles

Okay, now time for the struggles. Aside from the cravings of sweets, I’d say my biggest struggle was creativity with my meals. More specifically the chicken. I love chicken, but by the time Friday rolled around I thought I was going to start clucking. I will definitely be incorporating more red meats and turkey this coming week, along with some yummy crockpot recipes I found to save time. Everything else has been pretty tolerable. Going dairy-free has not been as difficult as I thought it would be and my skin is really taking a liking to not having it in my system. The grains thing on the other, well, let’s just say I might be adding a few in here and there in the future.

Workout

I almost forgot to write about the actual working out portion of this lifestyle change! I have hour-long workout sessions every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. The first day was an assessment of what we could actually do. You know, how many sit-ups, squats, etc. We also took our measurements. I wasn’t shocked by any of the numbers — they were pretty much right at what I thought they’d be considering how I’ve been eating and not working out lately. A number is just a number and I’m not going to let it define me. I realistically set a goal to lose at least 10lbs by the end of the 6 weeks. I already lost 1.5lbs at my weigh-in this morning and I’m feeling really good and pumped to keep going on this journey!

What’s Next

Going forward, I think I’ve come up with a few things that are going to make my life a little more enjoyable in the coming weeks. Starting with a cheat meal once a week. I’ve always believed that if you have a craving, satisfy it. Not every single time you want chocolate, but one meal, once a week to feel sane. I think that’s perfectly normal and healthy. My cheat meals will typically be on Friday nights considering Mike and I love going out for date night after work. Another thing I’m going to add in is grains. Not any and all grains, but 100% whole wheat products from time-to-time. I think it will make a lot of my meal planning a lot easier and I just don’t see the harm in it like I do with the dairy. I’m 100% sticking to the dairy-free thing. I love my cheese, but I can do without it for then next 5 weeks. And if I realllly want some, there’s always Friday nights 😉 Lastly, I’d like to incorporate one other workout during the week, whether it be going for a run on Saturday morning or playing tennis. I think adding one more day of exercise is really going to help me in reaching my goal.

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