Woohoo it’s February! Boo to six more weeks of winter. I really can’t believe how fast January went by. The month is kind of a blur and I’m so thankful that I have this blog to remind what I’ve been doing. This is my fourth week of Body for Life! I’m still doing great with the exercise and blowing the nutrition part. I’m so sick of my broken record! I know this is a mental thing. I just need to tap into the healthier part of my brain and be very conscious of everything that I’m putting into my body. I’m going to start using an app to log all of my eats, don’t worry I won’t bore you with every bite that I take. I think that having a black and white list of exactly what is going into my body will help me stay more focused. I’ve done it in the past here and there and it was helpful.
I’ve been meal planning a few weeks at a time when I have more lounging around time so I was beyond excited to see what we would be eating this week. It’s going to be a yummy week!!! And it’s a two lower body work out week!!! I think it’s going to be a pretty fantastic week.
Monday~ whatever Matt wants to make
Tuesday~ Pan seared Caribbean citrus Mahi Mahi with brown rice noodles
Wednesday~ Mango mojito chicken with coconut lime rice
Thursday~ Tacos with leftover coconut lime rice
Friday~ Crock pot cinnamon pork loin with parsnips
I’m a huge fan of vegetables but there are still quite a few that I’ve never really tried. Over the past few years I’ve branched out a bit. Once I try something new and I like it I become obsessed with it. This year’s obsession is parsnips. I can’t get enough of them!
Sunday~ Lower body, Abs and treadmill run
Monday~ possible Zumba class if I get out of work early
Tuesday~ Upper body and treadmill run
Wednesday~ Lower body, Abs, treadmill run and Zumba
Thursday~ rest day
Friday~ Yoga DVD at home
I am so sad, my yoga classes are cancelled until the Spring. The place they were holding them don’t work so well in the winter. The room is massive with super high ceilings and it’s really difficult to get the room warm which makes it super hard to get your body to loosen up. Plus during savasana you would literally be shaking from the cold. I’m really going to miss it though. I got a DVD from netflix so I’m going to try to keep up with it at home. What are your fitness plans? Are you planning any yummy meals? Are you making anything delicious for the Superbowl?
I’m watching the Grammy’s while I’m writing this post. I am just completely awed by the power, the beauty and the talent that is Pink. I am so motivated to become the most powerful version of myself after watching her performance. You never know where you will find motivation!
I cannot believe that I’m starting my third week of Body for Life training! I just had an incredible workout today and I left the gym feeling strong and sweaty and I know that I gave it everything that I have. I’m feeling my body becoming stronger with every weight I lift. I love this feeling. I love knowing that even if I’m not able to finish my last rep that it doesn’t mean that I won’t ever be able to do lift it. I just have to keep at it. I’m starting to see my muscles forming while I’m working them and it’s like my body is giving me a glimpse of the toned and hard body that I could have. I know that it is there, I only have to keep working for it.
I still dread the cardio portion though. I make myself do it. I count every minute that I’m on that treadmill and when I’m running the fastest intervals I’m counting every second that goes by. I know that over time this will become easier and something that I crave and start to enjoy. It just takes me longer to get into the running zone. Running does not come naturally to me like dancing does but I do love how much it challenges me. I love knowing that I finished something that was so hard for me. I love dripping with sweat. I love knowing that I conquered one of my fears.
I am having a little bit of pain in my right foot while running. It bothers me the most when I’m running slower. It starts at the top of my foot and by the end of my run my whole right calf and foot is in pain. I have super tight calf muscles to begin with so I stretch them as much as I can and sometimes even stop mid-run to stretch. My running shoes are pretty old so I just ordered some new ones. Hopefully that helps. Usually when I get back into running I suffer from shin splits so I guess I should be thankful that I’m not experiencing a constant pain like that. I ordered the Minimus1010 from New Balance in a fun teal/white/aqua color. I love that combination! My last three pairs of running shoes have been Nike Freeruns so I’m a little nervous to try out something new. I’ll let you know how they work out for me.
I’m still loving having my meals and fitness planned out and this week I need it more than ever. At work we have a whole day of training which means I have one less day off this week and unfortunately I feel like I have more that I need to do. Usually I would let this hectic schedule overwhelm me and just completely give up and sit my butt on the couch and drink way too much coffee and eat loads of junk food but just being able to see on paper (or a computer screen) how and where I am going to fit everything in gives me the knowledge that I can do this. I do have the time.
Monday- crockpot red beans with chicken sausage over rice
Tuesday- Chickpea pizza with sausage and peppers and onions and a side salad
Wednesday- Indian Enchiladas
Thursday- Steak with mushrooms and onions and homemade french fries
Friday- Crockpot Asian lettuce wraps
Sunday- Upper Body and Cardio (Killed it! My best work-out so far!)
Monday- Lower Body and Zumba
Wednesday- Upper Body, Cardio and Zumba
Thursday- Rest day
Friday- Pilates DVD
Last week I wanted to work on not eating sweets at the end of the day. It went so-so. I was good for a few days and then just lost it. This week I’m going to have a cup of tea every night. I plan on doing a Pilates DVD every Friday night and so far it hasn’t even made it into the DVD player so that is going to happen this week. I’ve also got a review of all my work-outs for Body for Life so far.