Week one of this weight-loss challenge is in the books!
To be honest, it wasn’t a great start. My eating was definitely off and I probably ate more than my fair share of sugar and carbs. Everything I shouldn’t be eating. And I could feel it. It definitely affected my energy and moods. I had some left over chocolates and Easter candy from an event that I had last weekend and since it was in the house it was way too easy to just pop some in my mouth every once in a while. It wasn’t even that good. After almost completely eliminating sugar from my diet, most things are now way too sweet. Even the dark chocolate which I used to love! But for some reason I just kept going back to it. It was irritating. Finally I put it all in a bag and sent it to work with Justin to share with his co-workers. Out of sight, or completely out of the house, out of mind!
We did still have some pretty good healthy meals though!
We’ve been trying all kinds of different chicken recipes lately and our favorites have been with chicken thighs. They have great flavor and usually don’t dry out. One of our favorites is this Honey Mustard Chicken Thigh recipe. I’ve made it a few times now and we love it! This is the only way I will cook chicken thighs now no matter the recipe because of how they turn out.
Another chicken recipe we liked this week was this Paleo Orange Chicken from The Endless Meal. I didn’t have any cauliflower (because I ate it all at lunch) to make cauliflower rice but we did have some left over brown rice from another meal so we paired it with that and some roasted asparagus and it was great! Healthy and filling!
Another one of my favorite recipes from this week was the Sausage and Kale soup from The Whole30 Cookbook. I highly recommend the cookbook if you don’t already have it! Even though we aren’t still doing the Whole 30 challenge I still use a lot of the recipes in it. And this soup we’ve made at least 5 times now. It reminds me a little of the Zuppa Tuscana from Olive Garden, but healthier! We like to pair it with this Paleo Cornbread, which to me is even better than actual cornbread. I usually double the recipe because I like it to be thick. My girls love love love this cornbread too! I don’t even have to put honey on it and they will gobble it right up!
Now that I’ve got you all hungry… let’s talk about working out. It’s not my favorite. I did it. But when I’m starting out, I always hate it. But I know that after I’ve stuck to it for a while that I will start to love it again. I got about 3 workouts in this week and went on a brisk walk with a friend one evening as well. Two workouts I did on my own at home with a dvd or ebook. My favorite though was face timing with a friend in another state and doing a workout together! It was her idea so that we could both get our workout in and I loved it! We have decided to do that at least once a week from now on so we can help each other out!
That’s what this is all about too! Finding your “tribe” as they say these days. Find people that will encourage you, help you, push you and do it with you! It most definitely motivates me! We also share when we find good recipes that our families like! It’s so great!
Well, I guess you’re probably wondering what the actual “stats” are. This week I lost 1.2lbs. It wasn’t what I was really hoping for, but it is a step in the right direction so I’ll take it.
My goal this week is to drink more water throughout the day, kick up the intensity of my workouts just a bit, and to get up a little earlier to get that workout in first thing. That last one is my hardest struggle. Do you have any tips for me to help me get out of bed in the morning? I’d love any thoughts you have!
What are your goals this week? Do you need someone to help push you or hold you accountable? Let me know!
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