I'm tempted to join her challenge, but I'd really like to follow Jamie's eating plan as well as possible, and maybe before I start my next LiveFit challenge I'll do Vi.
Here's how these first two weeks worked:
The first week, I only used 5 lb weights, because last time I started, I used too heavy, and felt like I was physically injured afterward. Using 5 lbs as a base, I decided I could easily go to 7.5 during week two. Now, I'm thinking I'll try for 10 lbs next week. It's all about seeing what you can do, and how far you can go. Building strength.
I didn't have a hard time with actually working out, but I definitely did have to talk myself into going to the gym after work (a morning person I am not!). I reasoned that since my systems at work had been down, and I'd become antsy, I really deserved to go to the gym, and move my body. Working out beats sitting at a computer doing nothing any day!
As for food, I tried really really hard to eat clean, and get an even percent of carbs, fat, and protein into each day. Last week on payday, I bought groceries and got to work (kind of). I made Egg White cups, a la Alesha Haley, which I also paired with chickpeas and Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb seasoning (salt free).
I also included Jamie Eason's Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread, which I paired with steamed eggs for snacks.
As for weighing myself, I haven't stepped on the scale since before the challenge started. The night before it started, I did take my measurements, and recorded them on Bodybuilding.com, on my BodySpace profile. I'm using BodySpace for ideas and support more now than I did in the past, and I'm hoping to continue to experiment with great recipes as the weeks progress.
Here's what my meals looked like almost every day this week.
Breakfast: Oatmeal and Coffee
2nd Breakfast: Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread, Steamed Egg
Lunch: Egg White Cup with Spinach and Beans, Protein Bread
Snack: Carrots and Onion Dip
Dinner: Whatever my parents were having
Evening Snack: Casein Protein and Almond milk, but only if I was hungry.
I do think that while the egg cups and steamed eggs were delicious, I do need to find more options for protein snacks. This week, I intend to make protein smoothies for when I drive to work (Using my sister's Vi recipes and my own protein powder), and have my oatmeal be 2nd Breakfast. I keep oatmeal at work, which makes it convenient, but I also made Jamie's Pumpkin Protein Pancakes this morning, and it made a LOT of them (13, as opposed to the 10 that the recipe stated), so I inadvertently prepped for breakfasts instead of oatmeal this week. Win!
Since I started eating clean last week, I've lost 3.1 lbs. I'm super excited about it, and can't wait to go to the gym this afternoon.
|(I didn't know about my weight loss when I took this post-workout pic)|