So, diet and exercise-wise, last week was not great.
Being stuck in the house with 3 sick kiddos (yes, all 3 of them ended up with norovirus) is not good motivation. The weather was beautiful outside but by the time my husband got home from work, it was dark and freezing. And I had to go to work.
But I did manage a few yoga podcasts. Which was great.
I have noticed that I have a tendency to eat out of boredom, or because of anxious energy. I feel like I should be doing something but don’t have enough time or energy to do something productive, so I eat.
So this week I am really going to watch that. Make sure I am eating only when I am hungry, and only “approved” foods – meaning whatever I have on my list for the week, any fruit, any vegetable.
And I have decided to let myself have an “eat-whatever-you-want” day, probably Saturdays, which is the day we always eat dinner at a restaurant. I figure this way I will have something to look forward to, something to works towards, after eating clean all week. My hope is that, eventually, I won’t crave the salty, sweet foods and will eat clean most of the time because that is what my body will want, but until I get myself to that point, this is my plan.
Meal Plan and This Week’s Goals
I like to make an “approved” foods list for breakfast and lunch, and then allow myself to pick my meals from that list. That way I can go with whatever I feel like eating while still sticking with healthy foods.
Breakfast choices – eggs (scrambled, in a sandwich, in a burrito); high-protein muffins (recipe here); oatmeal with added protein
Lunch choices – PB, honey, banana sandwich; spinach quinoa salad; grilled cheese; turkey and cheese wrap
Dinners – veggie quesadillas with chicken; healthy salisbury steak; tortellini chicken salad; flatbread
This week I am going to increase my protein intake to see how that affects my appetite. I will also make a green smoothie when the kids get home from school, which tends to be the worst time of day for my eating.
This Week’s Training Schedule
Official triathlon training starts this week but I have a very busy week ahead with appointments and work, so I will just fit in the workouts whenever and wherever I can.
Although this is my third sprint triathlon, I still train using a beginner program. The intermediate program is just too intimidating. The running portion of the beginner program is a bit too easy for me, so I double all those workouts.
Mon – swim 200 yards
Tues – run 30 minutes
Wed – bike 5 miles
Thurs – run 30 minutes
Fri – bike 5 miles
Sat – OFF
Sun – OFF
I will likely not be able to exercise this coming weekend, which is why I planned those days to be off. Usually Saturdays are set aside for long bike rides and Sundays are for the long runs. But this is just the beginning, and for this week, that’s how it’s gonna be.
Well, I’m off to make some muffins and install new blinds.
Happy Week everyone!