Tuesday, November 12, 2013
So, I've been looking into clean eating for a couple months now, but I was getting overwhelmed every time I found more information. Enter my SparkFriend/Coach and now Facebook friend. :) She invited me to join a group on Facebook to help encourage and support each other on this journey. On top of that, they were going to be doing a 5 day clean eating challenge. Since I was living at a friends house for a short while and not having to feed anyone but me, I decided to give it a shot and it was such a good experience for me. I decided to Instagram (callmeSallyG) my meals along the way and because of how it changed my thinking towards food, I decided to share with you all. So here are, almost, all of my meals and snacks for the 5 day challenge.
Breakfast : 2 egg whites/1 egg scrambled, 1 slice turkey bacon, 1 slice whole wheat toast and 2 slices of tomato
Snack (not pictured) : 7 almonds and 1/4 cup raspberries
Lunch : Mixed greens, 4 oz tuna, 2 green onion, 2 celery sticks, 2 tbs balsamic vinaigrette
Snack : Vanilla whey protein shake
Dinner : 4oz chicken, glazed with teriyaki and honey, 1 cup steamed broccoli
Breakfast : Greek yogurt, honey, raspberries
Snack : Vanilla/peanut butter whey protein shake
Lunch : Mixed greens, 2 slices Jennie-O turkey meat, 1/2 tomato, balsamic vinaigrette, whole wheat tortilla
Snack : 2 sticks celery, 2 tbs peanut butter, pomegranate seeds
Dinner : Brown rice, salsa, black bean, whole wheat tortilla, 2 cups steamed broccoli
Breakfast (not pictured) : Vanilla whey protein, banana, peanut butter, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, ice
Snack : 1 zucchini, 6 baby carrots, balsamic vinaigrette
Lunch : Baked potato, 2 tbs low-fat sour cream, 1/4 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, 1 slice turkey bacon
Snack : Vanilla whey protein, pineapple, unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Dinner : Brown rice, black beans, 4oz chicken, pico de gallo, whole wheat tortilla
Breakfast : Vanilla whey protein, hemp hearts, banana, peanut butter, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, ice
Snack : Banana
Lunch : Mixed greens, pico de gallo, 4oz chicken
Snack : Tropical vegan Shakeology
Dinner : Salmon, brown rice, green beans, 2 rings pineapple
Breakfast : 1 whole wheat waffle, 1 tbs raspberry preserve, 2 turkey sausage
Snack : Vanilla whey protein shake
Lunch : 1 slice whole wheat bread, 1 tbs hummus, 2 slices Jennie-O turkey, 1/2 tomato, 6 cucumber slices, mixed greens, balsamic vinaigrette
Snack : 1 red bell pepper, 1 cucumber
Dinner : 4oz flank steak, 1 1/2 cups green beans, 1 pineapple ring, 1/4 cup raspberries
Throughout the week I also walked/ran 14.651 miles and biked 18.322 miles. I also participated in an ab challenge that had me doing leg raises, crunches and planks every day. I continued eating clean over the weekend, which included eating out with my family, and when I stepped on the scale Monday morning, after one whole week, I was down 7lbs and 1-2 inches around my waist.
This challenge definitely taught me to look at ingredients more and reminded me the importance of moving daily and how eating less isn't always the answer. Eating healthy is. So far I have continued eating clean the majority of the time and I am even trying to incorporate it into my families meals. I'm hoping to continue for the rest of the month with a goal of losing about 15lbs by the end of the year. In order to do that, I know clean eating isn't the on,y thing to help, I am also continuing to get at least 30 min of exercise every day, except Sunday. If I get it in on Sunday, that will be great, but in general, Sunday will be my day of rest.
I hope this has encouraged you to keep pushing forward and find what's best for you!!
Monday, October 21, 2013
Ok, so I have been on this journey for a while and I have list 100lbs. I'm totally proud of that and love seeing that number on my weight tracker, but sometimes I feel like it is distracting me from what I still need to do. I want to lose another 30-40lbs and for some reason, daily being reminded of what I've already lost has ceased to be such a motivator for me. So my question to all of you is this, do I reset my tracker to what I have left to lose? Or do I leave it set to show my total journey? HELP!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
When I decided to make my motivation board, I thought about what I wanted to gain/achieve from this new found journey that I was on. I want to gain muscle, strength, ambition, excitement, purpose, experience, confidence and a new, better, happier, me. I wanted to also include ways of getting there. Doing things like walking, going to the gym, drinking water and putting in the work are reminders of things I need to do daily to continue on this journey. And lastly, I wanted to remember who I was and where I came from and who I am now and where I am currently. But that's not just it. I left my "after" open because I need to remember that this is a never ending journey and I am the only one who can create my "after."
Other than my motivation wall that I see daily, I also have a motivation board on Pinterest that I look at constantly. I have even printed off some of these motivational quotes and put them around my room...including on my scale. We need to take initiative and motivate ourselves because we are the only ones to blame if we don't do what we need to do. We can't blame others for not motivating us enough because we are the ones who make the final choice to move, or sit on our butts.
Hopefully this blog will help motivate you to motivate yourself!! Remember that as long as you never stop, you CAN do it!
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
I want to make my goals for this challenge something that I can not only do during this challenge, but also be able to continue in some way or another. So, here we go!
1. Drink, Drink, Drink! I love water, but before this challenge started, I had begun slacking on my water intake. So I want to drink half my body weight in ounces EVERY day.
2. Do, and complete, the Extreme plank/burpee Challenge
3. Do the October Tricep challenge (pictured below)
4. Limit myself to 1, or less, piece of candy Wednesday nights. The rest of the week I don't struggle with this, but Wednesday nights are stressful and the candy is easy to grab and not even realize what I'm doing.
5. And lastly, get back to my 100lb lost mark, and then exceed it! I know it is possible to do it during this challenge, but not completely probable since that is 15lbs away. :(
My biggest goal this year was to reach my UGW by Christmas and since that is 40-50lbs away, I've pushed that goal on to next year. Part of my struggle with reaching this goal this year is health struggles. I have yet to really get back to running after passing out, almost a year ago now. I would like to get back to running, but that will just hopefully come back slowly as I continue on this journey.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Today, a good friend of my family married a girl I graduated high school with. I was really nervous about the wedding because I knew there would be some HS classmates and I was nervous about seeing them. I have always been big and after HS, I only got bigger. But even though I've lost 100lbs, today was still going to be a battle for me. Today's battle, however, was one against myself. The battle was knowing that, no matter what, whether my classmates recognize me or not and whether they notice a smaller me or gonot, was I still going to be happy with me at the end of the day. Well, I got ready for the wedding and I felt great. I got to the wedding and began seeing some familiar faces and began to feel the nerves again. I sort of held eye contact with some of them, but I broke it off nit wanting o be recognized...even though I really did. (I know, girls are confusing.) After the wedding, I went to the reception and was thankful to be at a table with my family, but we also ended up right next to a table full of girls I graduated with. Well, about half way through the evening, one of them came over and said hi and that I looked great. That made me feel pretty good, but I also felt shy about it too cAuse of the awkward "yes I used to be fat but not so much anymore" feeling that so many of us feel. A short while after that though, I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth when another one of the girls caught me and said pretty much the same thing. I again, felt good, but still awkward. ell, I ended up out on the dance floor after a while and talking with the bride. She then told me that many of the people we graduated with had commented to get about how familiar I looked to them. And after she told them it was me, they couldn't believe it. I think that was honestly the highlight of my night. Even though they did recognize and they didn't notice though, I can honestly say, even if they hadn't, I would still be happy with me I've worked hard to get here and even though I'm not finished yet, I am happy with who I am and where I am at right now.
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