Mmmm kale! Not! Ha. I don’t find kale to be tasty without adding some flavor or sauce, but I’m eating it now because it is healthy. The struggle is real.
Yesterday I did my first workout to start off the challenge. I did decent in my workout, but not as well as I would have liked. I have worked out for the past few days, but it appears my body was a little worn out last night. I was exhausted from a long work day. I work out after work. I was going to attempt the morning classes, but I’m not a morning person.
The earliest class is 5 AM. Which means I have to get up at 3:30-4:00 to eat something light and allow it to digest in time for class. I go to work at 7:30 AM and get off usually around 5:30 PM. Doing such an intense workout in the morning before a long day at work just doesn’t cut it for me.
I signed up for the OTF class yesterday and forced myself to go. Maybe they forced me to go because they charge you $10 unless you cancel 12 hours in advance. I burned close to 400 calories in the workout. Not bad, but I want to do better than that.
Meals from Yesterday and Today so far…
Breakfast: Yesterday morning for breakfast I had a bowl of plain oatmeal, and added about a tablespoon of peanut butter, a teaspoon of honey and sliced up a banana.
Today for breakfast I had a protein shake and added Chia seeds (which are high in fiber and protein). I sipped on ginger tea (I squeezed half a lemon into and added 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil in it). Drinking warm lemon water and adding Coconut Oil to your beverages or meals have TONS of health benefits.
Lunch: Yesterday I had some leftover couscous (which I’ll be switching to Quinoa once I finish it) with a couple chicken meatballs and some broccoli.
Snacks: Yesterday I had an apple between breakfast and lunch, and between lunch and dinner I had a banana with peanut butter.
Today I’m munching on walnuts at the moment as a snack
Dinner: Last night for dinner I had a bowl of Kale, Arugula, Chopped Onion and Chicken Breast with a few pieces of broccoli left. I made my own dressing which I heard from one of my trainers. I mixed olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette and a tad bit of Dijon mustard. It actually tasted pretty good together!
Today I’m taking the day off from the gym since I worked out for the past 3 days. Plus, I’m signed up for the morning class tomorrow. Tomorrow I will be speaking with my trainer on what to eat for this clean diet and he will also be giving me some recipes.
I’m definitely having cravings for sweets and the usual stuff I love eating. It’s hard at work since people bring in pizza, chips, cookies and unhealthy food all the time. Once my nose smells those foods, my stomach gets an extreme hunger pang. It’s difficult resisting the temptation, but I remind myself that I will have my cheat day once a week.
Tomorrow will actually be my cheat day but it sure is hard ordering healthy food when I go out to eat at restaurants. I look at it as a luxury and I want to splurge on delicious, tasty, unhealthy food. I still plan to try and keep it healthy a bit, but I’m definitely splurging on dessert!
One more thing – I have a FitBit that has also been helping get motivated. This has been helpful in helping me through this journey. It tracks my steps, sleep and calories I’m burning as well as miles I’m walking, food I intake and so much more! It pushes me to do more because I check it several times throughout the day to see if I’ve met my goals or not. I no longer take the elevator at work, I now take the stairs. I’m trying to get as many steps in as possible.
The FitBit has also helped track my sleeping patterns. I’ve been trying a few different things to help me sleep better. A good night’s rest means a good day at work and a great workout! If any of you have any issues sleeping well like myself (I’m a light sleeper), I usually take a melatonin. I got the kind that has L-Thenanine, which helps relax your mind.
I also just recently starting taking Magnesium. Which I’ve researched has benefits for helping you sleep better. I have an aromatherapy diffuser that I usually put lavender in at night. I don’t use these every single day; some days I do, some days I do one or other. This all depends on how tired I already feel at the end of the day.
I will say though that some of the intense workouts have helped me sleep peaceful. Well, here goes another day!