I survived the first week! If I’m being totally honest I didn’t think I would make it through the 2nd workout. We did a circuit of stations that targeted key areas like core, legs etc. and I was dying by the end but I pushed through the muscle soreness, mental mind block, and fatigue. I felt more accomplished after leaving my second workout than I did the first. Friday morning came along and it was time to head to the gym for my 5:45am 3rd and final workout of the week. It took everything I had in me to make it through. My muscles were still a little fatigued from all the work they had been doing that week, my body was still adjusting to waking up that early and moving and I may have skimped on breakfast by eating only a banana. This is a very bad thing to do when you are doing intense workouts because it leaves you feeling sluggish and nauseous. Regardless of my poor pre-workout fuel decision, I gave it everything I had and then just a little bit more ;). The funny thing is that as glad as I am to have a break over the weekend, I actually can’t wait to get back to the gym first thing Monday morning to start of week 2 with a bang!
Now that I’ve got the good stuff out of the way, let’s talk FOOD. I went into this challenge thinking I would have a leg up on the nutrition piece thanks to some previous dabbling with 21 Day Fix from Beachbody ……… yeah, NO! I had no idea the depth of clean eating, I also had no idea just how much garbage is in the foods we eat every day. There were simple products that I thought would have been considered healthy (some even labeled as so) but when I stopped to read the ingredients they were full of the “ose’s”. This has become my pet name for sugars since most of them end in ‘ose’ such as sucralose, glucose, fructose, dextrose, maltose and the list goes on (at least 61 of them – go ahead, look it up). Now I am the first to admit that I love all the wrong foods (Poutine? yes please!) and don’t care much for the right ones (Sweet potato? I don’t think so) so this is the most challenging part of the challenge for me. I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of information and the preparation that was required when eating healthy – I mean seriously who has 40 minutes to cook steel cut oats in the morning???. It became clear to me this week that if I wanted to be successful AND enjoy eating that I would have to do some serious internet research. So this weekend that’s exactly what I did; I looked for recipes that I thought I might like and then searched for ways to make it fit my dietary needs. I made my shopping list and off I went to collect my items. This has meant that I have to shop at multiple locations to get what I need due to the fact that I am the only one in my household that is doing the challenge. Then comes the prep work and I had no idea how extensive this would be. I’m beginning to get the hang of it now and I understand the importance of being prepared. Last week I was caught in a situation that could have ended up a lot worse food wise. My day was jammed packed from the moment I woke up until 8pm. I had started the day off ok with eggs and peppers for breakfast and lunch was a kale & mixed greens salad with baked chicken on top. However, when dinner came around I was out and starving and no access to the food I had prepped for the week. I did manage to turn down the taunting pasta and meatballs that was offered at my first event of the night and at the second event I stuck to only the fruit and veggie tray and resisted (with great difficulty I might add) the brownies, pastries, and donuts. I was starving as I left the second event with my son and he wanted Wendy’s (So did the people at home) so that’s where we went. Now it could have been a lot worse because I was so close to caving and getting a burger (I really like Wendy’s burgers) but I thought about my end goal and tried to figure out what I could get that would be within my scope of eating these days. I couldn’t do another salad as I was having them so frequently through the week so I opted for a small chili and plain baked potato. I ended up pouring the chili over the potato and that was my meal. Was it the best decision I could have made?…..probably not BUT it was better than caving all together and a good step in the right direction. I’m chalking it up to a win! 🙂
So now it’s time for me to get busy with some meal prepping for this week so I’m not caught unprepared again.