Saturday, November 1, 2014

LiveFit Week 3 Recap! And a Smoothie recipe!

Hello from the other side of Week 3! LiveFit is going well, and I'm pretty excited to chat about it! Last weekend, I made Jamie's protein pancakes, and they did last me through the week, which was absolutely awesome. My meals all felt really good and balanced (except for dinner, but those are a bit more difficult). I took my vitamins every day (well, except for weekends. I keep them at work), and finished all workouts.

I invented a pretty delicious smoothie today, before my workout, too. Check it out:

My menu pretty much looked like this all week:

Breakfast: Protein Smoothie and coffee
2nd Breakfast: Protein pancakes with 2 T REAL Maple Syrup
Lunch: 2 Meatloaf Muffins, Green Beans
Snack: Pumpkin protein bar, string cheese
Dinner: Whatever my family ate

Looking back at the week, I'm proud of the amount of protein I had, and that I ate every 3 hours, and mostly ate healthy, but the lack of veggies was a bit shocking. I pretty much made sure to eat a lot of green beans, which wasn't horrible, but it wasn't the best.

I made it to the store after my final workout today, and bought frozen broccoli, kale, spinach, and Brussels Sprouts (which I like to roast. They're nutty when they're roasted!). I also bought some PB2, well, HyVee's version of PB2, which was half the price, plus they had regular, chocolate, and hazelnut. I bought one regular and one hazelnut. I'm hoping that they make my smoothies not quite so calorie dense (I made a PB smoothie last week, which averaged about 350 calories, which, isn't terrible, but when all that was in it was almond milk, protein, and peanut butter, it was a little disconcerting).

Food Prep for the week included the pancakes, meatloaf muffins, and pumpkin spice protein bars. I thought they were all super tasty (though, the meatloaves were a bit dry). This week, I'm thinking I want to try the meatloaves using Jamie's Italian Turkey Burger recipe. I've had those before, and they were delicious, but I think putting them in muffin tins would work out better for eating at lunch. I didn't completely plan ahead, though, and on Friday I ended up eating pancakes for breakfast, protein bars for both snacks, meatloaves and sweet potato for lunch. Friday wasn't a great day for food, but I did NOT eat any Halloween candy (and still haven't!). This week, the last week, will be better for eating.

Now, working out. Working out went really well this week. I worked out in the afternoons, after work. In the past, I would be tired from work, mentally, but this week, one thing I noticed was that I was tired from not moving. I was tired because I was using my mental faculties, and not my physical. I was 3/4 of the way through my back/biceps workout when I realized that I felt exponentially better, just by getting movement into my day. That's a big step for me.

I also upped my weights from 7.5 lbs to 10 lbs, with the exception of my leg workouts, which I kept at 110 lbs on the machines, and between 30 and 50 for barbells. I am getting stronger. I don't know about my weight loss just yet, but I'll know by Monday.

I've said it before, but something feels different this time around. It feels a lot better. It feels right. I think God is truly guiding my work and choices this time around. I'm finally allowing Him to work through me. I'll keep you posted on the weight loss.

Now, on to NaNoWriMo, and hopefully I can actually finish my book.

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