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I’m finally done with my Thanksgiving leftovers, except for a few slices of pumpkin pie that I’m savoring every bite of.  After all my indulgences over the past week I’m looking forward to simple and healthy meals this week.

Meal Plan

Monday~ Leftover French Onion Soup and Mini Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

Tuesday~ Salmon, Broccoli and Cheese (for Matt), Roasted Brussels Sprouts (for me) and Fall Harvest Quinoa Salad

Wednesday~ Herbed Chicken and leftover Fall Harvest Quinoa Salad

Thursday~ Cheesy Garlic Chicken and Vegetable Medley

Friday~Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Saturday~ Salon Christmas Party!

Sunday~ Butternut Squash Soup

 

Last week was interesting for fitness.  It felt very hit or miss.  I didn’t do anything Monday.  Tuesday night’s kickboxing class was great.  I even got a compliment on my pivoting while punching.  Wednesday, which I thought I would be dead tired, I ended up doing some pilates.  My back started to hurt really bad when I got home from class on Tuesday night and it was still bothering me Wednesday night.  I was hoping that some pilates would help stretch it out and ease some of the tension I was feeling there.  It totally did the trick!  I felt so much better when I was done!  I’ve been intending on practicing pilates for weeks now and somehow I just haven’t ended up doing it.  I’m hopeful that my love has been re-ignited.

I finished my little push up challenge on Thanksgiving.  I am so proud of myself for sticking with it!  For the most part it was pretty simple.  I would break up the push ups throughout the day.  The days where I waited to do them until I got home from work were kind of rough.  Matt was really helpful.  He was the form police and kept reminding me to keep my butt down.  What I liked most about this challenge was how much fitness was on my mind.  Whenever I found myself waiting this challenge would pop into my mind and I would get down and do a set.  I could really feel all the different muscles I was using by the last set each day.  It’s amazing how little time you need to get an effective workout in.  It’s really gotten me thinking on how I’ve been approaching my workouts.

Fitness Plan

Monday~ Pilates

Tuesday~ Kickboxing ❤

Wednesday~ Zumba and Toning ❤ ❤ (missed this so much last week)

Thursday~ Kickboxing (fingers crossed Matt goes with me again)

Friday~Pilates

Saturday~ Dancing with my work ladies

Sunday~ Dress shopping with some of my bridesmaids

 

I’m still trying to decide what I want to do for next fitness challenge.  Any ideas?


Most of January was a wash in the exercise department.  My clean eating was so so as well.  The first week of January I did the meal plan from the “Reset” phase of the P.I.N.K. Method.  Lots of raw veggies and absolutely no processed garbage.  I felt amazing!  And then I got a nasty cold that left me down and out for the next two weeks.  I can’t imagine how long it would have lasted had I not been eating so clean!

You don’t do any type of exercising while on the reset phase.  I honestly don’t think you would have the energy to do much cardio or strength training.  It’s more about prepping your body.  My work-outs didn’t start until the third week of January.  I went for a short 1 mile run on the treadmill at the gym.  I was seriously worried that I wouldn’t be able to run that length but it actually felt great.  I started at 5 mph and ended at  5.5 mph.  I probably could have pushed it and ran a bit longer but like I said I was freaking out.  I finished the run with 20 minutes of incline interval walking.

I started the P.I.N.K. Method work-outs and they are HARD!  Hurt so good though.  I also did one of the Brazilian Butt Lift dvds with my sister.  It was the cardio dance one and it was so much FUN!  I did another treadmill run for 1.5 miles.  It was a lot harder this time.  I almost bailed on the run and then at the last minute I went but I was seriously dragging.  I’m happy and kind of shocked that I made it through!  The last few days of the month have been a wash for work-outs and healthy eating.

We had Matt’s family over for his Mother’s Birthday.  We made lots of delicious things and I haven’t stopped indulging since.  I had to throw the rest of it out this morning when my willpower was stronger than it has been all week.

So January was just ok health wise.  I’m going to try planning my work-outs ahead of time for February.  I’m hopeful that I’ll get more in this way.

I intend to do a full January re-cap of my progress on my resolutions soon so check back to see how I’m doing!

Cheers!

Mandi



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