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This. This is how my morning started. This is also one of the reasons I never eat oatmeal. I reduced the cooking time and it still exploded everywhere. Curse you, oatmeal! I don't even like you that much. Just didn't have time for my normal egg scramble today.
I'm posting WIW ON TIME & on the appropriate day...now that's progress!
Last Week: 200
This week: 198
Total Loss: -38.2
The never ending saga of My Fitness Pal. I've been tracking for 3.5 years so you can literally see where I started my sophomore year of college (~193 although I was 173 going into my freshman year) to my highest weight and now this up and down battle I'm currently fighting. Interesting how you can literally watch your progress unfold before your eyes and still be blind to it.
So this week past week. I believe I had an exam last Wednesday (honestly, the days are starting to run together). That night Nick and I went to dinner at a Tex-Mex place in our little town called the Salty Cowboy. Just delicious and a well-deserved treat.
This past weekend was great. I went home for the first time in a long while - like home-home where I live (not Nick's side of town) for my mom's birthday Haunted Hayride & dinner. We had a blast with everyone!
I was glad we got to spend some time with family because the next few months are going to be rough. Especially December. Aside from the first weekend of November and Thanksgiving, I don't think we will be going home much at all until Christmas. Hopefully we'll have some visitors up here!
Even though I went home and relaxed (didn't get any formal workout in) I was still able to keep my nutrition pretty normal. When I indulged (like the BBQ brisket I had to lunch with my grandpa) I shared my sides with Nick and stopped when I was full. I think portion control really is the most important thing when you are out and about. You don't have to be miserable. Enjoy the foods you like (in moderation, of course) & then get back to your plan.
Went on a quick grocery run when we got home from Cincinnati on Sunday. Weekly staples include chicken breast, almond milk, eggs & egg whites, raw veggies like tomatoes, peppers, carrots, and snap peas, fruits like apples, bananas, frozen berries. Our fridge looks so unorganized here!
For our first meal prep of the week, I made a whole bunch of fajita chicken that I put over lettuce and/or black beans for lunch and dinner. Later this week I plan to make a slow cooker pot roast with tons of carrots, onions, and potatoes!
We also have a few leftovers from previous weeks in the freezer if we need to mix things up - chili that Nick made with lean ground beef, veggies, and beans & a spaghetti squash cassarole I made.
In general I try to prep a big portion of food that we can heat up as leftovers and then freeze the other half. It's great for all your busy/lazy cooks!
My hint - make your own seasoning! There are recipes all over Pinterest for "clean" seasoning mixes. With those store bought packets you are often getting WAYYY too much sodium, MSG, and other additives. Plus I like making my own to my tastes - I'm big on spicy, garlicy flavors.
On Monday I started a new lifting program because I've been feeling a little lost after completing Erin Stern's Elite Body from Bodybuilding.com. It's hard for me to find a program I like - I need a good mix of cardio and weights. Cardio really helps me break a good sweat and keeps my endurance up!
My new program is by Ashley Horner - Becoming Extraordinary. I already have her Pipehitter program but found that it was a little too advanced for me at this stage of the game. I'm hoping BE will get me prepped to do Pipehitter at the beginning of the year while I start half marathon training again.
So for now my workouts are focused around BE (which includes running!) and my 10K training schedule.
Today is scheduled to be an off day but I plan to do something low-key like PiYo to stretch my muscles. I'm super sore after just two days - just got my flu shot too so that has my arm even more sore! (Get your flu shots people - especially if you are around kiddos, very sick people, or elderly).
Yesterday during my workout I was kind of disappointed with how much endurance and strength I had lost from only working out sporadically the past few weeks. If you don't use it, you really do lose it! Time to get back up to speed.
Do you follow a workout program? What's your favorite?