WOW! I can hardly believe it is already the end of week 3! The time is really flying by, and I am realizing that a week from today we will be at our half-way point. Which means a big weigh-in and measurements to give us some indication of how we are doing in comparison to the goals we set for ourselves. I only lost 1/2 a pound this week which was a little disappointing to me, considering I worked out every day. My workout schedule for week 3:
- monday | circuit training
- tuesday | peak cardio strength
- wednesday | pure cardio + groovalicious
- thursday | peak cardio strength
- friday | circuit training
- saturday | core + step
- sunday | peak cardio interval burn
I made sure to research recipes, plan and grocery shop on sunday, and prepared several meals ahead of time so they would be ready to take to work or eat when I got home from the gym. I did notice that I was STARVING this week. I was really pushing myself to the max on weights and cardio so I was burning more calories, and was so hungry after a workout that I was consuming about 250 more calories a day. A few other changes I made this week (with regret); I added the ritual of morning coffee back into my life, was supplementing with raw organic bars and protein shakes, and I was drinking a pre-made green juice that I purchased from a health food store instead of making my own green smoothies. Going into week 4, I am going to make a real effort to consume fewer bars, these are so high in calories and they don’t keep me feeling full for long. I think I would be better off eating an apple and almond butter or raw veggies with hummus. I will also definitely be making my own green smoothies again, loaded with dark leafy greens in the morning, the store-bought juice did not give me the same energy and had a lot more sugar. And somewhat reluctantly, I am going cut out the coffee again…possibly only drinking it on the weekends. I tend to go overboard on the caffeine if I let myself have one cup it turns into three, leaving me feeling jittery and a little light-headed. I have also become painfully aware that I eat mindlessly ALL DAY LONG. Without even realizing it I will eat 200 calories in peanuts at the office while chatting to a co-worker or have just a “bite” of a dessert that a friend orders. I wasn’t hungry, my body didn’t need or want anything, I was just eating to eat. I will definitely be working on awareness and self-control this week when it comes to absent-minded snacking.
Lesson learned from week 3:
- Listen to your body | it tells you exactly what it needs + wants
Going into week 4, I am going to amp up the intensity of my workouts. I know the routines well enough at this point to really push myself and my body. As for my nutrition plan, I personally feel most satisfied and healthy when I consume a primarily plant-based diet. Lots of big green salads, steamed veggies, lentils and legumes for me. I will post some of my favorite recipes soon.
3 weeks down, 5 to go!