Week No. 1 of my Monday Fitness Makeover has come and gone! I must admit that it was a rough week, but I made it through. I can't say that the weekend was as successful, but I have a few ideas for next weekend that may make me feel a little more satisfied with my progress.
Monday was amazing! I ate a ton of clean foods, did my first day of morning yoga, and went to the gym for the first time in a LONG time. I swear they looked at me like I stole my membership when I checked in. Ha!
I absolutely love the way I feel after doing all of this even after a week. I have more energy, I feel good about myself and my decisions, I am less depressed and anxious than usual during this time of the month...I am happy!
Yoga is no joke, I tell ya! My thirty minutes of Morning Yoga makes me sweat more than a full hour of running on the elliptical. It makes me feel strong and my muscles totally felt it in the days after. This may be my new love. I still love running on the elliptical and outside (when it isn't 100 degrees) though. There is just something therapeutic about it. I am alone with my thoughts, my breath and my playlist! That is something that this Mommy hardly ever gets. It is AMAZING!
I stuck to my weekly menu to the "T" except for Tuesday night where I splurged with some five star food that was totally free. You can't pass that up anytime. The Hubs and I went out with a vendor from his work to a place called Barrington's in Charlotte. It was delicious and something I will probably never go to on my own budget, so we splurged. Other than that, I was a trooper with my set meals and snacks. They were delicious and I was not hungry at all!
I felt great and actually had the energy to want to go to the gym. I remembered why I used to always eat right and never eat crap. You really are what you eat.
These are some of my delicious menu choices for the week. I have already made the menu for this week today and the Hubs and I prepped together. We always make it fun. It has become our Sunday routine and also a little QT with each other. I found that being prepared for the week with snacks and meals made me stick to the set out menu. Everything was right there ready for me and I didn't have to think about what to grab when I needed some fuel. It was one less stress in my life.
Most every time I have tried to "diet" or change my lifestyle it has become an obsession with food. It was not fun to think all day everyday about the next meal and what I could and could not have. This way I think once at the beginning of the week and I am done!
Pic 1: Low Fat Multigrain Waffles with Blueberries and Lite Syrup
Pic 2: Chocolate Chip Protein Bar and Apple
Pic 3: Egg Whites with Cottage Cheese and Spinach (Bagel Thin)
Pic 4: Leafy Green Salad with Feta, FF Italian Dressing and Grilled Chicken
Pic 5: Pan Grilled Tilapia, Couscous, Edemame and Cherry Tomatoes
Now that Week No. 1 is behind me, I must keep going to make my makeover a habit. Did you know it only takes 14 days to make a habit? Yep! Only fourteen!! With a new month ahead of us, I wanted to make some goals.
Here are my August Fitness Goals:
* Visit the gym for 30 min 4 days a week
* Do morning yoga at least 3 days a week
* Continue to plan weekly healthy meals and snacks
* Only have one real cheat day per week
* Have a meal plan for the weekend and stick to it
* Exercise in some way at least one day per weekend
Be sure to check back with me every Monday this month to see what my Monday Fitness Makeover has in store for me. I will post my progress, some new products I have tried and even have some guest posts from some of my most motivational bloggers!
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