23 days to go on Bikini Body Countdown!
Wow, I almost didn’t believe the scale this morning when I weighed in at 133 pounds, 2 pounds down from last week! I’m not sure if it’s my consistently healthy diet or intense workouts, but something is working! I’ve not been doing anything drastic with my diet, just following the principles of Cinch and limiting my refined carbohydrates (sugar & white flour). My workout routine, however, has taken a somewhat drastic upswing. My husband now works at a gym and has made me his personal training guinea pig. He’s calling my fitness plan “Body by Bill“… ha ha ha. I used to mainly run for my workouts and do a little weight training a couple times a week. Now I only run 2-3 days per week, do weight training 3-4 times per week (1 day per muscle group), and lots of extra cardio through cycling, jump rope, or the elliptical machine. It’s actually been fun to mix things up, and I feel incredibly strong and lean. I’ll have to post more about this later as I progress.
As for food, I have several things to share from the past few days. First, I’ve been incorporate more carrot juice into my daily diet, normally having a cup each morning with my breakfast. I’m not a huge fan of plain carrots, which are often more bitter than sweet, but the juice is actually quite good. I’ve tried several varieties, but I think Odwalla is my favorite. Ironically, I started doing this a couple of weeks ago and then read in a magazine this week that the Beta Carotene in orange veggies such as carrots and sweet potatoes can give you a healthy glow similar to that of the sun, but without the harmful UVA / UVB ray exposure. But be careful… too much can also give you an orange hue, a ‘la tanning bed!
Also this week, I’ve had a couple of smoothies, which I had not done in a while, but they make a great, quick breakfast that can easily incorporate all of the food groups. I have a couple of smoothie recipes on my “Favorite Recipes” tab, but this week I just threw together some stuff I had on hand: frozen strawberries & bananas (produce), Light ‘n Fit vanilla yogurt (dairy + protein), handful of dry oats (whole grains), no-sugar-added vanilla protein powder (protein), and some water to help it mix. It was delicious!
Next up, my husband and I have done evening bicycle rides several nights this week, and although I have a snack beforehand (usually fruit & pretzels), I am left famished and too tired to cook afterwards. What to do? A quick build-a-bowl meal works great. This time I layered lettuce, black beans, chicken, tomato, and avocado, topped with a little salsa. Only about 5 minutes to prep and delicious! I eat it cold, but you could also heat the beans and chicken with a little cheese before adding the cold ingredients.
So that wraps up the weekend. Here’s my food & exercise journal for today:
|Granola with milk. 1/2 cup carrot juice.||7am|
|Stawberries, pretzels, pistachios||11am|
|1/2 salmon with spinach carrots, & brown rice||3pm|
|Probably eating out, but will eat healthy!||7pm|
|Workout– Rest; 20 minute walk||yes|