Happy Sunday afternoon to ya! It’s an overcast and damp day here in New England, aka: the perfect time to catch up on blogging and such. Cuppa tea in hand, today I’m going to recap my second week of my January goal for Back to Healthy January.
This week was the first week I finally felt great about my workouts since pre-Christmas. Thank goodness. I need my workouts, people! I thrive off a good workout, and week one just didn’t do it for me. It seemed too easy and much more beginning (more on that later). This week, though, I ramped it up more to what I’m used to, and now I feel the results. A recap of this week’s workouts (which are also on the workout log ):
- Mon: Tone It Up Strength Circuit; love this strength circuit (pictured above)
- Tue: off, unfortunately because I was too busy, not because I wanted an off day
- Wed: 2 mile run (which should’ve been 3 miles, but my iPod was dead)
- Thur: Tone It Up Strength Circuit; 30 min. elliptical
- Fri: 3 mile run (or run/walk, as a lot it was on ice. Still a very good run though)
- Sat: 25 min. elliptical; Tone It Up Strength Circuit
- Sun: off, might whip out an abs circuit later today if the motivation strikes me
I’m really happy with this week because: I got two outdoor runs in, each workout really left me feeling like I worked hard, I love this strength circuit as all the moves are multi-taskers that work many muscle groups at once, I’m sore from it all, and I’ve been sleeping better this week too, which I attribute to my exercise.
So, food this week was interesting. I actually feel I stuck to my eating plan better this week than I did for week one even though I ate out twice. As I posted earlier this week, I went out with my friend for pizza and dessert (totally worth it). Then the hubs and I ordered Chinese take-out for dinner, which we never do. Also worth it? Yes. I just tried to exercise portion control and not eat the entire box of lo mein 🙂
Mmm, Chinese! Pictured is orange chicken, pepper steak, low mein, and white rice. Delish!
So yes, there were some definite unplanned “cheat meals,” but the days that I didn’t have take out and cookies the size of my face, I was actually sticking to my plan much better than week one. I relied on my new favorite breakfast again, Van’s waffles with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit:
I also have a new favorite lunch: a ham, cheese, and apple sandwich toasted with some soup:
So, those are just some of the yummy and healthy things I had this week. However – no lies, straight up – my diet is not where I want it to be. No, this is not the perfectionist in me coming out and saying that what I’ve done just “isn’t good enough.” I really haven’t been following that great of a diet at all the past two weeks. Week one was kind of disaster, honestly. And week two was a definite improvement, but is still a slight disaster at times. I realized this when I began meal planning yesterday before I went shopping. I realized that my cabinets were still full of stuff leftover from the holidays that I could easily munch on when I got bored. I also realized that I haven’t even been meal planning that much at all. I am a total plan person, and when it comes to food, if I have no definite meal planned for that meal, I stand in the kitchen and snack on crap until I find something I like, which usually never happens because I eat a whole meal worth of snacks sometimes. Sound familiar to anyone? So to combat this problem, I have to really plan out my meals, including every breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I haven’t been planning this in-depth since before Christmas, so I have been used to planning general meals and then deciding when meal time came on what to eat. But this is a recipe for epic disaster for me. So, this week, the meals are planned out, which should yield much better success.
I’m not proud to say that I’ve been struggling with my diet, but I am glad to know the reasons behind my failures so that I can aim to change them. Week 2 was definitely not a loss just because some of my eating habits were not perfect. My workouts inspired me to keep workout out harder and faster for the weeks to come. But I know the only way to really be successful is when great exercise and healthy eating are combined. Hopefully I have good news to report for next week 🙂
- Question for you: If you made a healthy goal for the new year, how is it going? Do you struggle with random snacking if you don’t have a plan for what you’re eating in advance?