Happy Friday Eve all! I am so ready for the weekend. Why does it seem like the longest week ever when you return from vacation?! This morning I woke up again at 4:30 am for no apparent reason. I stayed in bed for a bit and then The Husband woke up to tell me I’ve been tired, I should sleep in. Wow, I so wish my body/brain would let me sleep?! After sitting there for about 10 more minutes, I figured, sleep wasn’t happening so I got up to do my Upper Body Workout. I started with my chest exercises and told myself I didn’t need to do the jumping jacks/jumping rope in between to give myself a break. I honestly really just wasn’t feeling it. I did something I don’t think I’ve ever done, I decided to ditch my workout and enjoyed a leisurely morning making breakfast and eating it at home. The besst part, I didn’t feel guilty for not doing it ~ my body/brain both were saying they needed a day off. (More on this at the end of my post in my BFL ramblings)
1/2 c Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
1 c water
Dashes of cinnamon and vanilla extract
1 Tbsp Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter
1/2 Honey Crisp Apple, chopped
Sprinkle of Organic Unsweetened coconut
1 Tbsp Freshly Ground Almond Butter
It was perfect for the cooler weather we have been having. I brewed up some decaf hazelnut coffee to go with it and thoroughly enjoyed sitting at our table for once and eating breakfast.
Sadly I am not sure when the last time was that I ate breakfast at our table. I usually take it to work with me and eat there. I definitely need to enjoy our house more often! Since I didn’t add any protein in, I was pretty much hungry an hour later. But, I held out for 2 hours before I had a snack ~ the other 1/2 of my apple, Sargento LF Colby Square and a few cashews.
Today was definitely at day to get out for lunch. The weather was beautiful. My two co-workers and I headed out to our favorite local Mexican food place called TR2. I did have a few chips and salsa ~ why resist when they look THIS GOOD?!
I really should venture out and try something new, but, I LOVE their tacos. Today, I had 2 tacos, Mexican Style (with cabbage, cilantro, hot sauce, cojito, and AVOCAOD!)
Fully loaded with major HOT sauce – so, so, hot with AVOCADO to cool it down!
Chicken! I actually think it might have been better than shrimp today.
I did taste the rice and beans, but, really didn’t have room to eat them.
On our way back we made a stop at Starbuck’s. I got a grande iced nonfat decaf latte with caramel drizzle for my afternoon snack. I LOVE afternoon lattes!
Even with the fun of going out to lunch, today honestly felt like the LONGEST work day ever. When I got home, I had a fantastic POM Surprise waiting for me ~ I LOVE surprises! They have two new flavors ~ check them out!
* Pomegranate Nectarine 100% Juice!!!!
* Pomegranate Kiwi 100% Juice that is 100% The Husband’s since I am allergic to kiwi’s :) He’s excited to have his own surprise LOL! He is drinking it now and says it tastes like POM with hints of Kiwi ~ He likes it, Mikey likes it! LOL….
I am debating drinking the nectarine one or creating a fun recipe with it…..Hmmmmm – decisions, decisions!
Today was the LAST DAY of our local Farmer’s Market ~ sad! Lucky for me there are still TWO others open through November. Although it was slim pickings, I still scored some great loot.
Big red grapes for The Husband ($1/lb) and a $2 cantaloupe!
2 Pomegranates ~ Yeah!!!! I LOVE these straight up or in salads.
Do you all remember when I sautéed up these sweet & spicy peppers? I got a bunch of them for only $0.50/lb. I couldn’t pass up that deal.
Green beans for $1.00/lb!
Since it was the last day of the market, we both agreed we had to visit The Husband’s favorite BBQ vendor. He gets these hot links that are straight up red there and loves them. I picked up a humungous teriyaki chicken skewer that I split with The Husband.
And balanced it out with some TJ’s Organic Broccoli Slaw with TJ’s Low-Fat Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette.
This is one of my favorite dressings and the stats are pretty decent. It’s awesome on slaw, salads, pastas and as a marinade.
After dinner I whipped up a recipe using these fantastic Organic Japanese Cucumbers for one of my co-workers from her CSA box. Can anyone guess what I made???
I’ll be posting the recipe either tomorrow or this weekend. Be sure to check back for it because it’s so simple, tasty and healthy you’ll want to make it.
BODY FOR LIFE UPDATE AND THOUGHTS (MID-CHALLENGE, WEEK 6)
This part of my post is really just my ramblings to get some thoughts out that are going through my head. Feel free to skip to the ***** or read on and share your thoughts – I’d love to know them!
RAMBLING STARTS HERE 🙂
Let me start out by saying I am not quitting the challenge or anything like that. I have never quit anything in my life and I am not about to start. I am sharing some of my thoughts and assessing where I am at/where I want to go. I have been really proud of myself for sticking to my workouts 100% the entire challenge. That means getting up every morning at 5 am 6 days a week with only 1 day of rest. My eating for the first 4 weeks was spot on. Week 5 during my vacation, I stuck to the BFL eating for breakfast, all snacks and most lunches/dinners. Since I was on vacation I decided to enjoy a little too. This week is week 6 and I am honestly really struggling.
I am not sure why but this morning I gave myself alot of time to reflect on what is working well and what I can improve on. I think my biggest issue with how I have been doing BFL is that I actually eat less fruits/vegetables and dairy than I normally do. With my Weight Watchers roots, I have embedded in my eating habits 2 dairy servings and at least 5-7 fruits/vegetable servings a day. I also feel like the perfectionist in me needs to meet the BFL ratios the 40/40/20 (protein/carbs/fat) 100%. When I don’t, I feel discouraged like I am not working the plan very well.
I naturally balance my carbs/proteins usually but for some reason I feel so confined to really try to hit those ratios. It’s like being told to eat in a box and when you do that, you are not enjoying life. I think I should be able to add fruit to my breakfast of eggs and toast and not have it count against me. It’s a healthy addition. I should be able to add fruit to my flavored yogurt and not have it count against me. I know you can do BFL and not have their shakes or bars, yet, I feel like it is encouraged to get the best results. I struggle with the ingredients in their products because they are not part of who I am. I am all about clean eats with clean ingredients I can recognize 90% of the time. There is always room for indulgence so that is what the 10% is for :) But, I feel like if I go with a bar or a shake I am somehow missing out on REAL food where I can have a fruit/vegetables with something simple like hummus or cheese or nuts – once again, all healthy things. I think i struggle trying to fit in 25 g of protein 5-6 times a day as well. This is why I use the shakes because it takes so much prep to plan for that much protein. I am not so much into buying processed/pre-cooked meats since I like to cook my own. I also think that I consume more calories by consuming more protein/carbs when i could be eating less through fruits/veggies/etc. I could probably go on, but, I think this sums most of it up.
All that being said, I am not saying the program is bad. There isn’t one eating plan that is perfect for everyone. What I am saying is that at the half way point ~ it’s time to assess where I am at and where I want to go. I have noticed my motivation this week is lagging and to me it shines through in what I am eating – notice it isn’t BFL balanced. I NEED to feel inspired by what I eat and feel motivated in all that I do.
For the next week, beginning Saturday, I am going to try a new approach to my BFL challenge. I am still going to do the workouts 100% by the book, however, I am going to rely on my Weight Watcher roots to point out my eats, balance them according to WW and keep the BFL food theories in mind. I will still focus on protein/carbs being balanced, but, I am giving myself a little freedom to just basically eat clean within my points with no ratios to worry about. Points keep my portions in check and WW has always worked for me when I work it to lose weight. I am down 3.2 lbs in 6 weeks, I want to see how much I can make that go down in the next 6 weeks with this theory.
BFL workouts + Weight Watchers Philosophy on eating.
What do you think? I’d love to hear any thoughts from any of you who have done a challenge or just struggled with trying to meet your weight loss goals.
I am really exhausted tonight so I am off to read, relax and catch up on some zzzz’s. There might be some Dulce de Leche ice cream involved here too, but, I am not too sure just yet. I am considering this my “free day”. I am not setting my alarm for my early morning workout. If I wake up, I’ll do it then, if not, then, I’ll do it at lunch or after work.
Have a great night all ~ The Great Pumpkin Giveaway winners will be announced in the morning!