Back on track - Week 1 Update12:00 AM
(oh, how I wish meal prep were like this!)
Jan 2, 2017 was the start of getting back to my healthy eating and it's been awesome. It's amazing how a disciplined routine of eating healthy and exercise positively affects your body.
So how have I been doing so far? Fantastic, thanks for asking. It's only been a week and I've already lost 2lbs so I'm nearly back at my pre-holiday weight....all from cutting out the holiday snacking and sugary junk.
But I do miss that sugary junk and delicious treats #keepingitreal.
+ Since buying my yoga groupon, I've been using the fuck out of it and going twice a week doing either power yoga or core conditioning classes and I love it. If I could go more, I would but there are only 7 days of the week and a body can only handle so many workouts. All other days I'm at Muay Thai killing it; as in killing it so hard that the newbies hate holding pads for me. I can see the look of dismay when they see me step in front of them. Hey, if you're going to hold pads, I'm going to hit them.
+ I decided to do yoga for a while to balance out the intensity of muay thai and the reason why I'm doing this is because I'm starting to think that I'm overdoing it on the exercise and it's affecting my period; as in I'm one of those women who has likely exercised her period away (and it's not perimenopause after all). Why do I think this? Because all of December wasn't as intense as other months due to the gym being closed for days at a time and my attendance inconsistent due to family events so instead of training 5 days a week, I was only training 2 or 3 days a week....and then my period comes on time and it's normal.
The results of my bloodwork shows normal hormone (FSH) levels so I did the math and put two and two together. My doc and acupuncturist also seem to think it's my exercise levels so I just got my bloodwork redone to be 100% sure so we'll see what the results say.
+ Starting weight: 132lbs (Jan 2).
Current weight: 130lbs (Jan 10). Getting there! only 3lbs to go.
Note: I never go by weight since it's not as accurate but since nothing else changed (pants size, body fat%), this is the only element I can use to gauge my progress.
+ Eating: the same as usual....lean proteins, lots of veggies, some fruit, squashes/potatoes etc. I pretty much eat the same thing every day for breakfast and lunch; the only variance are my dinners and while I'm eating clean, I'm not cutting out the things that bring me pleasure like creamer in my coffee, cheese or wine.... I'm just not indulging in the sweets/desserts/treats like I was in December.
Here's one of my favourite ways to make chicken breast - it's so easy and fast:
- Preheat oven to 450F and line baking sheet with foil.
- Brine chicken breasts for 15mins in warm water and sea salt.
- Pat dry with paper towels.
- In a small bowl, mix together the following spices: sea salt, pepper, paprika, a dash of chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder.
- Brush olive oil onto each side. You can use butter if you wish but I avoid the extra calories and use virgin olive oil.
- (Generously) sprinkle the spice mix onto each side of the meat.
- Bake for 15-18mins; remove from oven and let sit for 15mins before cutting into the meat.
I make a batch of this and use the meat for whatever I please - salads, on its own etc and I store it in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Are you currently doing a post-holiday detox?