Ok, so I know its March 11th and this post is a little late. I also know that towards the end I didn’t blog much about this topic. I can give you the regular excuses, we’ve been sick, life was crazy. Yada Yada Yada. Who cares right? So let me just get to it.
Here are my results and thoughts on my little challenge. I loved it so much I’m still doing it! Honestly. Maybe not quiet as strict. I’ve had
a few several glasses of wine since March 1st, but the whole working out and 0 to low carb dinners are still going strong. And I am totally rid of my coke zero habit!!! I don’t even think about them anymore! If that was all I got from this experiment that would be enough but it’s not I got so much more. Below is a list of what goals I wanted to achieve when I started the challenge VS what I actually achieved.
- Eat more whole foods throughout my week and less processed junk – Check!
- Eat more veggies- Check!
- Kick my diet soda habit- Check!
- Exercise Regularly- Check!
- Increase my energy levels- Check!
- More restful sleep at night- Check!
- Increase water intake- Semi-Check!
- Reduce bloat- Check!
- Better my digestion- Check!
- Tone my muscles, especially my mid-section- Semi-check!
- loose 4 to 5 pounds
As you can see I was able to achieve almost every goal on my list. I have definitely cut back on processed food. I have so many new meals that have been added to the dinner rotation that are low carb and delicious. Not only did my vegetable intake increase but my husband and kids are eating more veggies too! I’m sleeping much better. And while my energy isn’t through the roof it feels way more stable then it was. And of course no more diet soda!
Okay so with all that said here is where I need improvement. Over the holidays I had gained about five pounds that I was hoping to get rid of. I only lost one pound on this “diet.” Which I found surprising because I stuck strictly to it. However I do feel stronger and more toned and who’s to stay that those five pounds won’t eventually come off. The truth is it is more about how you feel then the number on the scale. Water, I hit on average 30oz a day which is okay but I know I need more then that.
Another area that could use improvement, my food journal. I didn’t do a good job at writing down what I was eating. But I still think it’s important. Even if its just for yourself. It offers a little more accountability. Obviously it’s not something you can do everyday for the rest of your life but its a good option to consider if you are trying to hit specific goals. All in all, I felt the challenge was successful. If you are interested in trying it for yourself click here to see the guidelines I followed. You don’t have to do it in February. 😉
In the next few weeks I will try to post some of our favorite low carb dinners. Thanks for reading you guys!
Are Great Northern Beans bad you? Why? They have fiber, protein, iron. I know they are not Paleo friendly… Theses are the things I struggle with. To eat beans or not to eat beans that is the question.
- Workout: 30min strength & toning session plus a 20min walk with the kids
- Breakfast: Banana, Ginger and Spinach Smoothie
- Snack: Protein Bar
- Lunch: Cashew Chicken Salad
- Dinner: White Bean, Salsa Verde Chicken Chili
- Water Intake: 32oz
Thoughts: So we are just a little past the half way mark for my challenge. I’ll be honest the best part about this so far is finding out I can make low carb dinners that are easy and delicious! And not only has my veggie intake increased but my husband and kids are eating more veggies as well which is awesome! I really feel I can keep this up after this over.
You guys Sriracha Hummus is a thing and it’s SO good!!!
And yes I did take a bite out of my wrap before I took this pic.. You see I hadn’t planned on blogging about this until I tried this and realized it might just be my favorite new lunch!!!!
If you like sriracha and hummus and you live near Trader Joe’s then run there right now and get some of this right away!!!
Okay enough of my raving here is the recipe:
- One 100% whole wheat tortilla
- Sriracha Hummus
- Sliced Turkey
- Sliced Cucumber
- Sliced Red Pepper
- Feta Cheese
- 1 Tsp Red wine vinegar (optional)
- Pepper to taste (optional)
Lay out your tortilla and spread some hummus on one side. Arrange your turkey, spinach, sliced red pepper, cucumber and sprinkle with feta. I sprinkled about a teaspoon of red wine vinegar over every thing and added some cracked pepper before I rolled up my wrap.
That’s it! Enjoy!
Fit & Fabulous February: Day 15
- Workout: 2miles on the elliptical
- Breakfast: Blueberry Oatmeal
- Snack: Cheese stick and roasted seaweed
- Lunch: Sriracha Hummus Turkey Wrap
- Snack: Greek Yogurt
- Dinner: Greek Grilled Chicken Salad
- Water Intake: 32oz
Thoughts: So I
might totally cheated this weekend while out with friends and indulged in a milkshake and fries at like 10pm. And you know what while it tasted good going down I felt so sick afterward. Needless to say lesson learned.
Okay so I am a total Slacker. It’s been unexpectedly busy around here, so I haven’t had a chance to journal. But on the plus side it was 55 today which means I got to go for a run and it was glorious.
- Workout: 1.5 mile run
- Breakfast: Kale and Berry Smoothie
- Snack: Protein Bar
- Lunch: Leftover Sweet Potato and Turkey hash
- Dinner: Chicken Fajitas & Chopped Cabbage Salad
Thoughts: I can honestly say for the last four days I have not felt the need to drink a Coke zero and if that is all I get from this month then it was worth it. Cookies on the other hand. Well cookies are a whole nother monster. No pun intended.
Why is it when you can’t have something, you want it the most? Yesterday I was under the weather therefore I didn’t eat much. So by 8pm I was incredibly hungry. Of Course the only thing that sounded good was a cookie. I gave in. One cookie. Not even a normal cookie, it was a “healthy” cookie with flax seed and whole oats. And yet it was like the most amazing thing I have ever tasted. And then suddenly I was overcome with the urge to eat about 10 more. I didn’t. Honestly I’m slightly amazed at my willpower! Even now as I sit here typing I am resisting the urge to go and eat another one! In fact this cookie was so good that while I was eating it I wanted to give up on this whole thing and just forget it! How could one, not even that delicious, cookie have that kind of power? I used to think I had a normal, healthy relationship with food. But now I’m finding, food has fooled me.
Day 4 Journal:
- Workout: 30 min cardio with NTC App.
- Breakfast: Poached egg on avocado toast
- Snack: Almonds & jerky
- Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken
- Dinner: Cauliflower Pizza
- Water Intake: 32oz
Day 5 Journal:
- Workout: Off Day
- Breakfast: Ginger, Banana and kale smoothie
- Lunch: Hummus plate
- Dinner: Thai Chicken & Coconut Salad
- Snack: Oatmeal and flax seed cookie
- Water Intake: 40oz
Day 6 Journal:
- Workout: Elliptical plus Ab workout
- Breakfast: Oatmeal
- Snack: Coconut & almond protein bar
- Lunch: Chicken and Black Bean Burrito
- Dinner: Salmon, Sweet potato & Broccoli
- Water Intake: 30oz
Thoughts: I just want a damn cookie.
Hello Hello! Let’s get to it shall we, here’s my journal for the day.
- Workout: Off Day
- Breakfast: Mixed Berry & Kale Smoothie
- Lunch: Leftover Taco Salad
- Dinner: Sauteed Chicken Sausage (minimally processed from Trader Joe’s) & Veggies
- Water Intake: 32oz
Thoughts: I went the whole day without eating bread or grains which was unintentional but I didn’t even notice! My energy levels were pretty good throughout the day. I didn’t feel the need to snack, so I didn’t. I still thought about the fact that I can’t have a coke zero. 😦 But all in all I would say today was a much better day! Woop, Woop.
If you would like to know more about Fit & Fabulous February, click here.
Last night I had a dream I was eating french fries. My dream wasn’t about french fries but that is what I remember most about the dream. And then the rest of the day I thought I could smell french fries cooking, as if they were haunting me. Also one of my husband’s clients sent us the most beautiful thank you gift in the mail today. Containing wine and cheese, olive oil crackers and chocolate covered cherries!! This is my luck people! This is my luck! I defiantly ate a couple cherries. Anyways here is my journal entry for the day.
- Workout: 1.5 miles on the elliptical
- Breakfast: Oatmeal with flax-seed and half a banana
- Mid-morning snack: Protein Bar
- Lunch: Hummus plate with grilled chicken, carrots and cucumbers
- Afternoon snack: Hard boiled Egg and two chocolate covered cherries
- Dinner: Taco Salad without crushed tortilla chips (So Sad)
- Water intake: 40oz
Thoughts: The Bachelor is not as entertaining without wine. My energy levels were a smidgen better today! And I only thought about coke zero several times today as opposed to the whole day so I feel like that was progress. Before I started this challenge I knew it was going to be hard but I thought It can’t be that bad! At least I can have some carbs and cheese! No. It’s way harder then I expected. I am now keenly aware of the amount of processed junk I was eating during the day and you know what? I MISS IT. How disgusting is that? *Shakes head in shame* But it is only day two of this challenge and I am many things, but a quitter is not one of them! So here we go, on to tomorrow!
If you would like to know more about the Fit & Fabulous February Challenge, click here.
Well today was day one of my February challenge. I would love to say it was all sunshine and roses, but it wasn’t. No literally, it wasn’t. It snowed all day. But yes as promised in my original post, see here, below is a journal of my day. Enjoy.
- Workout: 30 min cardio with my Nike Training Club App.
- Breakfast: Non-fat Greek yogurt with a little granola & half a banana
- Lunch: Half a Tuna sandwich on whole wheat, a handful of almonds, cheese stick & an apple.
- Snack: Minimally processed turkey jerky and wasabi roasted seaweed.
- Dinner: Cauliflower, chicken fried rice. (the rice part is actually chopped cauliflower)
- Water Intake: 48oz
Thoughts: Okay so today was my first day without a coke zero in probably 8 months (several months ago I tried to quit but fell off the wagon) AND IT WAS SO HARD. It literally was all I could think about all day! I have always told people and myself that I was only slightly addicted to Coke Zero, that I could quit anytime I wanted. I only drank one a day, maybe two. Clearly I was delusional and I had no idea that I am, without a doubt, totally addicted to this stuff. My workout was difficult because the last time I worked out was over two weeks ago. And while my brain felt clear and awake, it was like my body felt a whole step behind all day. I had a horrible headache by 3pm and all I wanted to do was drown my sorrow in Oreo Cookies. But I managed to stay strong! I made it! And even tho it’s only the first day I feel pretty proud of myself. Here’s hoping tomorrow is a much better experience.