Ruby TUESDAY (Cinch Core, day 4)

Today’s Menu: Same as yesterday

Today’s Workout:  Tri-weekly marathon training run (6 miles) + Power Yoga! 

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Happy Tuesday!  I feel amazing and have been on a high for about 4 days now, overflowing with energy, and feeling smaller in my clothes.  Even my skin has cleared up, and that’s even more exciting for me than losing weight!  I am on the same menu today as yesterday, although I worked out early, so how do you handle breakfast when you work out at 6am?  Thankfully, Cynthia addresses this question on her website.  Basically, you split up the breakfast, having the carb & produce beforehand, and the fat & protein afterwards.  So today, I had the toast with almond butter and blackberries at 5:30 am, then the cottage cheese at 8 am.  I wasn’t sure how to save the almond butter for afterwards, so I went ahead and had it early with the toast, and thankfully it did not upset my stomach during my run.  Then I’ll resume my normal eating schedule with my 11 am snack, and etcetera. 

A lot of you have commented that I work out a lot, and yes, that’s true, but don’t feel that you need to do the same for this to be successful.  I truly enjoy my daily workouts, although Cinch’ is primarily designed for light workouts – preferably 30 minutes walking per day.  I am blessed to work for a company (Ruby Tuesday) that encourages us to stay fit and allows for a 1.5-hour lunch break in order to workout, plus we have an on-sight gym and are right next to 20-miles or scenic running trails.  I personally don’t understand people that don’t take advantage of this blessing!!  My husband is also very passionate about exercise and it’s often something we do together, mostly P90X videos or Cycling.  Just do what you feel works best for you!  I usually add a little more calories in the form of whole grains or healthy-fat a couple meals a day to offset my calorie deficit, so if you workout a lot like me, you should do the same to prevent starvation mode.

Maryville Greenbelt, "The Duck Pond"

... Now who wouldn't want to enjoy this every day!?

I read an article once that said they didn’t know anybody that lost weight from exercise alone.  Yep, that’s me.  I’ve been a dedicated gym-rat for about 5 years now, but it’s your diet that truly makes the difference.  Your body is like a machine and you have to feed it right for it to operate at maximum efficiency.  Cinch is working wonders for me in this regard, and I’m eager to see how much better I perform in my upcoming physical challenges – including another haf-marathon in April, a 300-mile charity bike ride in July, and possibly my first triathlon this Fall.  Off to a good start so far!

Cinch Day 3

As a morning person, it’s hard for me to deal with barely being able to drag myself out of bed at 9am after 10-hours of sleep!  I was even more sluggish this morning than yesterday, but similarly, my energy seems to be slowly coming back as the day goes on.  I seemed to have some of the signs of extreme hunger today, as pointed out in the book – dizziness and shakiness – so I added a spoonful of almond butter with my breakfast and also went ahead and had my daily 1/4 cup of fresh-squeezed tangerine juice.  The book actually says to add an egg or scoop of yogurt for this problem, but I had already eaten the almond butter before I read that… oh well, I’ll just cut it down by a Tablespoon in my smoothie this afternoon.

My next challenge – back to the grocery store today to pick up some items for Phase 2, which starts Wednesday after I complete the 5-day fast-forward detox phase. I’ve picked out a few meals from the book (or you can also get them in the latest edition of Shape) and they look way too delicious to be diet food! Check it out:

"Fruity Waffle Sundae" (from Shape)

Wednesday
Fruity waffle sundae (shape)
Avocado dip with crackers (111)
Salmon ginger rice bowl (128)
Stuffed peppers (shape)
 Thursday
Fruity waffle sundae (shape)
Avocado dip with crackers (111)
Salmon ginger rice bowl (128)
* Office party *

 Friday
Berry smoothie & almond toast (96)
Cranberry parmesan popcorn (107)
Pineapple avocado tacos (110)
Stuffed Peppers (shape)

 

"Cheese and Quinoa Stuffed Red Pepper" (from Shape)

Don’t those sound amazing?  You’ll notice that I tend to repeat meals, which is so I can use up all of the ingredients, and also so I can prep them in advance in bulk for lunches and snacks at work.  I love the fact that the book (and magazine) include recipes for 1 person, however you’ll still have leftovers.  For example, each of the above avocado recipes only calls for 1/4 avocado.  I think I’ll not plan out the weekends and instead use them to make dishes that utilize my leftover ingredients, while still following the guidelines set out in the book.  Yes, you can eat out or make something not included in the given recipes if you wish, although you must follow the Cinch guidelines.  I’ll go into that later.

I am craving a long run, but I don’t think that’s in the cards today.  Despite the beautiful January weather that includes sun and 50 degrees, my body is saying not to even think about lacing up the running shoes.  I guess I’ll have to settle for a long, slow walk. 

Oh, did I mention I was down 3 more pounds today to 137?  Yes, I was quite shocked.  I know it’s not possible to lose 7 pounds of fat in a week, so that only leads me to believe that I had 7 pounds of… um, waste… built up.  Think about that next time you gorge on holiday goodies for a month!  No wonder those pants were too tight at Christmas.