One holiday down, two to go. The average American gains 1-2 pounds during the holidays, I’m happy to report that I lost .6 lbs during Thanksgiving week! The hardest thing to do is make yourself get on the scale after a holiday week, but it must be done! Getting on the scale once a week keeps you in check and lets you know if you need to make any adjustments to your program.
If I’m being honest the only thing that saved me from gaining weight this week was working out every days. I worked out hard too, getting my heart rate up and making sure that I got my “sweat-on”. Today I’m back to writing down everything that I eat and eating smaller portions. Goal is to lose at least 1 lb this week.
Entering into week 3 with two weeks down, I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous getting on the scale this morning… With having lost almost 3 lbs the first week I didn’t think that I would lose anything – well happy to report .6 lbs down which makes 3.4 lbs down for two weeks. I know going in to week three is always the hardest – to make it even harder its Thanksgiving week… we my goal for this week is just to NOT gain any weight.
Weekend is a killer! So hard to stay on track with eating healthy – don’t get discouraged and keep going!!
Ok, so sometimes I get a little excited teaching bootcamp class and maybe go a little TOO hard and kick my own ass. I have not been able to go all out on bootcamp legs day because of all the training that I’d been doing for all my races. With race season over I was so excited to go hard yesterday….. well went too hard. I had scheduled a 4 mile friendly run this morning and knew I was a lot tighter in my lower back and gluts than normal – usually once I start running the soreness will work its self out – not this time got tighter and tighter, IT band screaming at me. As soon as I got home stretched and iced it. Moral to this story…. ease yourself back – Your going to feel like a caged animal but your body will thank you and you can go harder the next time and keep increasing your intensity in a safe way.
My new favorite dinner! spaghetti squash with meat marinara sauce. So tasty, filling and easy to make. Only about 400 calories for a big plate.
- spaghetti squash (follow directions on squash for cooking)
- Marinara sauce (I look for a low sugar low fat sauce)
- Extra lean group turkey
Yep that’s how I feel right now! Weighed myself Saturday and was down 2.7 lbs, reweighed myself this morning and that was real weight not just water weight. Little more than I planned but its easier to lose in the beginning – as you get closer to your goal weight its MUCH harder for the lbs to come off. Writing down everything I eat is a pain but it totally works to keep me in check and on track.
First two days (Last Monday, Tuesday and if I’m being honest Wednesday) were really tough. I was hungry and just tried to stay focused and tell myself that I wasn’t going to die and my body would get use to functioning on fewer calories and I won’t feel so hungry…. By Thursday my body had totally adjusted and I started to feel better.
I’ll share some of the foods that help keep me on track:
These tortillas are low in calories, high in fiber and very filling. For breakfast I make a burrito with 2 eggs, and little light cheese. Soft fish tacos for dinner are delicious and wraps for lunch. (not all in the same day – that would be way too much fiber 🙂 )
Powdered peanut butter is my new obsession – I mix it with non-fat Greek plain yogurt – SOOOO good. Its hard to find, I buy this brand on Amazon. It’s also really good in shakes.
Fruit, especially apples
While dieting sometimes it just helps to laugh 🙂