#8WeeksToFitLIMC: Week #2 Update

Week 2 Update

Have you ever heard the gospel hymn that goes, “I don’t feel no ways tired, I come to far from where I started from. Nobody told me that the road would be easy. I don’t believe he’s brought me this far to leave me”? Well, today I come to tell you, it’s easy to love God, but SO very hard to hate carbs. Man! The struggle is extremely real. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always had a healthy mind set. Even before my weight-loss journey, I worked out and ate healthy; HOWEVER, I also indulged in the occasional pizza from time to time – ugh, okay…every Friday night while catching up with The Mindy Project and New Girl on Hulu. I kid you not. That pizza has definitely caught up to me, not only physically, but mentally as well. Now my brain connects every Friday night with pizza and my favorite shows. I’m literally having to retrain my brain to release that bad habit or a least find a healthy choice that coincides with my goals. It was okay back then, because I was simply maintaining my weight, but now that I’m trying to lose and tone…the dough’s gotta go.See what I did there ;).

Nonetheless, the past two weeks were pretty good. My first week, I literally beasted! Ran 2-3 miles six times, along with squats, lunges, planks, etc. Stuck to my meal plan to a “T”. The second week, this past week, on the other hand not so much. I must admit, I didn’t plan and prepare the way I should’ve and unfortunately, it set me back a bit. Although, I still managed to workout four times last week, I didn’t have the time to go grocery shopping and ended up choosing a couple not-so-healthy-choices. I know, “Bad, Nikki! Bad, Nikki!” But no worries, I went grocery shopping yesterday and I am STOCKED with veggies, fruits and protein. I have absolutely no excuses to get off track.

Now, in regards to the triumphs of the past two weeks, I can completely tell the difference in the way my muscles are recovering. I did three significant things differently last week than the first: I incorporated blueberries in my diet, I made SURE to warm-up and stretch before and after my workouts, and I’ve started using a sauna. According to a study in New Zealand, “blueberries demonstrate both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that aid in recovery.” Warming-up and stretching before a workout loosens up your muscles and prepares them for the strenuous exercises they’ll endure during the workout. Stretching after your workout allows your body to completely cool down and recover. Now for saunas…oh my dear saunas…how I love thee! Forget, muscle recovery, let’s talk about how relaxing these things are! My best friend, Avian, who is a registered nurse, raved on and on about saunas, but I’d still just pass right by them. Until one day after a very hard workout I said to myself, “Let me just see what the hype is about.” I’ve been going in after I train ever since. Saunas are life. No joke. Not only do they, too, aid in recovery, they are proven to boost one’s metabolism and release toxins from the body. TRY IT…you will not be disappointed. Oh, and be prepared to have the best sleep of your life afterwards.

Despite, my carb-overload slip up, I had a descent start to my journey. After all, it’s not how you start, but how you finish, right? Six more weeks to transform and sculpt my body. Gonna beast this week! Stay tuned for Next Sunday’s weigh-in, update, and weekly meal plan.

1/18/15: 132lbs, 5’7

Sunday
Breakfast(380c): 2 Whole Wheat Toast w/Banana(1), Blueberries and PB(1tbsp), 2 Scrambled Eggs(no salt), Black Coffee(1 sugar pack), Women’s One A Day Vitamin, Water
Snack(65c): Blueberries, Water
Lunch(300c): Toasted Turkey sandwich w/Spinach, Green Tea(unsweetened), Water
Snack(N/A)
Dinner(375): Baked Chicken, Brown Rice, Broccoli, Water
Total: 1120c

Monday
Breakfast(380c): 2 Whole Wheat Toast w/Banana(1), Blueberries and PB(1tbsp), 2 Scrambled Eggs(no salt), Black Coffee(1 sugar pack), Women’s One A Day Vitamin, Water
Snack(100c): Apple
Lunch(300c): Toasted Turkey sandwich w/Spinach, Green Tea(unsweetened), Water
Snack(75c): Carrots
Dinner(375c): Baked Chicken, Brown Rice, Broccoli, Water
Total: 1,230c

Tuesday
Breakfast(160c):Apple, Coffee
Snack(150): Banana, Blueberries
Lunch(250): Chicken, Spinach Salad, Boiled Egg, Water
Snack(150): Carrots and Hummus, Water
Dinner(300): Chicken, Broccoli, Water
Total: 1,010c

Wednesday
Breakfast(160c):Apple, Coffee
Snack(150c): Banana, Greek Yogurt
Lunch(250): Tilapia, Spinach Salad, Boiled Egg, Water
Snack(150c):Carrots and Hummus, Water
Dinner(350c): Chicken, Broccoli, Avocado, Water
Total: 1,060c

Thursday
Breakfast(160c):Apple, Coffee
Snack(150): Blueberries, Greek Yogurt
Lunch(320c): Toasted Turkey sandwich w/Spinach, Avocado Spread, Green Tea(unsweetened), Water
Snack(150): Carrots and Hummus, Water
Dinner(350): Tilapia, Broccoli, Avocado, Water
Total: 1130c

Friday
Breakfast(160c):Apple, Coffee
Snack(150): Banana, Greek Yogurt
Lunch(320c): Toasted Turkey sandwich w/Spinach, Avocado Spread, Green Tea(unsweetened), Water
Snack(150): Carrots and Hummus, Water
Dinner(350): Tilapia, Broccoli, Avocado, Water
Total: 1130c

Saturday
Breakfast(160c):Apple, Coffee
Snack(50): Blueberries
Lunch(250): Chicken, Spinach Salad, Boiled Egg, Water
Snack(150): Carrots and Hummus, Water
Dinner(?): Date Night…I’ll be sure to pick something healthy, but indulging.(Cheat item)
Total: N/A

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