If you missed last week's installment of Shedding For The Wedding - find it here!
Today was the very first day of this 12 week program. The eating side was super easy. I had a salad with chicken for lunch and then a salad with tilapia for dinner. I told you that I am not super creative with my food. These first three days are basically going to be the exact same thing - an egg on lettuce for breakfast, a chicken salad for lunch, then a tilapia or chicken salad for dinner.
If I am still hungry, remember it is unlimited raw green veggies and unlimited protein so I will just cook up another chicken breast, tilapia, egg, or grab some cucumbers to munch on. One of my least favorite things to do is packing my lunch in the morning with snacks. The chicken salads made making those lunches extremely painless. I used frozen chicken and just popped it in the microwave each morning while cooking my egg.
Tyson 100% natural grilled chicken is my absolute favorite frozen chicken. It’s so easy and quick to cook – 3 minutes in the microwave and you are done! Plus, it’s only about $6 for a bag of about 6 chickens breasts. It fits nicely into my budget for each week.
As for working out, that core workout was a killer. I guess I haven’t worked my core out in a while, so it made the stability ball exercises challenging to say the least. I did 2 sets of 10 reps for each move. I actually really enjoyed the side lifts, but the knee tucks and the rollout were difficult. Thankfully, I made it through the first day!
The eating was exactly the same as day 1. It was easy to follow and thankfully I didn’t crave anything. By day 3, I was definitely ready to add some fruit back into my diet!
For day 2, I went on a thirty minute walk/jog. I’ve been slowly trying to work my way up to running a 5K all summer. I feel like I haven’t made tons of progress, but seeing where I was at the beginning of the summer has proven that wrong. For day 3, it was the upper body. WOW! Talk about making my arms hurt. I love feeling the soreness after a workout because I feel like I actually did something.
My meals for the rest of the week alternated between chicken on lettuce, black beans with avocado and lettuce, tilapia fish tacos on corn tortillas, protein and fruit smoothies, eggs and lettuce, and I snacked on carrots and almonds throughout the day. The following pictures will give you some ideas of my meals.
My cardio days all consist of a walk/jog for 30 minutes. I like being outside and I like the way running allows me to just focus on myself for a little bit and forget about the world. It’s a great little escape from everyday life. On day 5, be prepared to feel those workouts completely in your legs. They will be burning, but afterwards you feel great!
On Friday night, I went out to dinner at Papa Perez with some friends. I wanted something healthy, but I wasn’t in the mood for a salad. I ended up choosing the chicken tacos on corn tortillas with no cheese, only lettuce and chicken. I only ate one of the corn tortillas and then I just ate the inside parts of the taco! I wasn’t very hungry for the tortillas, surprisingly! My biggest accomplishment of the night was that I did not even touch the chips and salsa. Not. One. Chip. If you know me, you might have thought I was sick, but really, I’m just determined. Having to take pictures and write about my experience has truly been an accountability partner. It also has helped that my cravings have been minimum. I’m normally a crave cookies and cake everyday type of girl. I think the oranges have helped those cravings. I’ve also been drinking my water. I ALWAYS keep a water bottle on me. It makes me choose water, rather than buying a coke when I am thirsty. Plus, it curves my appetite by keeping me hydrated.
On Saturday night, I had another HUGE accomplishment. I said NO WAY JOSE to chips and salsa AGAIN. This time, I chose to eat a salad with no cheese - only lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, and avocado. It was delicious! That night, my last night of working out before my Sunday rest day, I ran 2 whole miles without stopping. I’ve never even ran 1 mile without stopping. I just got into this little groove and didn’t felt like I could keep going for days… until I hit 2 miles. ;) but its all good! I was just thrilled to be able to go that far. My body has never felt better when working out then it has this past week. I think eating healthy just for one week has already made my body crave more things that will feed it nutrients to have energy each day.
All in all, week 1 and a half went well! I’ve already lost about 5 lbs. and a complete inch off of every part of my body. Seeing the inch difference in my measurements really motivated me to keep this up. I am an impatient person who loves to see results and after one week, I am happy with what I am seeing. I also haven’t felt this good since I started college. 1 week down, 11 more to go. We’ve got this. Next week, I’ll add my typical grocery list for the week.
xo - Kellen!