It’s day 5, and I’m down 3.1 lbs! I’m sure a lot of this is water weight lost since I’m hydrating, eating healthy, and back to sleeping 6-7 hours a night…but I feel it’s a good start!
I haven’t worked out much this week as I’m still catching up from my trip and finishing a large volunteer project. I hope to remedy that with a run tomorrow.
My packed schedule means sometimes, I have to eat on the run. While the first day of the challenge was easy because I prepared all my meals at home (or brought from home to work), the days since then have been more of a challenge. Tuesday lunch was at a restaurant, and so was Wednesday dinner (in both cases, it was pretty easy to get the necessary protein/complex carb/veggies mix off the menu).
Today, I needed to find a to-go option as I was traveling from one meeting to the next (the second was a BYO lunch). I opted for Mediterranean, always a favorite for me. Lamb kebab brought me the variety from chicken I was craving, while the kale salad and spicy hummus were great sides to round out the meal.
You’ll notice no pita bread…that’s because I gave up bread for Lent! Just 2 more weeks without it, and then I will reincorporate wheat bread since I’ll be finishing my last few challenge days after Easter. I miss it less than I did at the beginning, but it’s pretty tough to eat out and pick bread-free options. I do not envy my friends who have to be gluten-free!
After 2 days of the challenge, I am down 2.8 pounds! Focusing on 80 oz. of water a day is making a big difference. My skin is already looking pretty clear. I’m finding it’s not too hard to make the right food choices either: each meal is a protein, complex carb and fruit or veggie.
Wow did my grocery shopping cart look healthy this week! This is what has made all the meals I’ve posted pics of possible. Even the customer behind me in line commented on how healthy it looked!
For the most part, I shopped the perimeter of the store. Makes for a quicker trip too.
Plans are nothing; planning is everything.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Props to Dave Tinker for reminding me of it!)
I ended the day with calories remaining! That hasn’t happened in a long time. But not too many (165), and I felt like I had plenty to eat all day. Nearly an hour of Zumba helped that too.
I also didn’t really miss coffee (gasp!). Since Spark has caffeine, I got what I needed from that…plus some vitamins and minerals too.
Day 2 will be a challenge with a meal out at a restaurant, but I feel confident I can handle it!
I will say: eating healthy takes time and effort. Extra time this morning to prep my lunch for work, plus the time to cook tonight. I think it will be worth it though to feel healthier.