90 Day Challenge Update – Week 2

So 14 days have passed since I began this Active Challenge.  I had a few hiccups along the way (getting sick, Challenge parties, meetings, social calendar, etc), but I managed to get at least some sort of physical activity in for the most part.  I will say that week 2 was easier than week 1 in terms of getting my activity in.  I was able to swing into the gym for a couple 30 minute workouts as well as incorporate some outdoor fun into my activity time.

As for my progress – a few things that I’ve noticed.  On the days following a lifting workout, I am a lot hungrier than normal, so I add in a few more snacks to get me through the day OR I’ll make a 16 oz. shake for lunch rather than my typical 12 oz.  I also noticed that my cravings for candy and chocolate have subsided.  I have a drawer full of candy and jar full of candy corn staring me in the face every day at school, and I have no desire to eat it.  If I should eat a piece of candy for some reason, it’s mainly because it’s there not because I feel like I need it or want it.  (So really I should just get rid of it).  I also noticed that if faced with a decision of fresh fruit or cookies and baked goods, I’m more apt to pick the fresh fruit over the baked goods (and I’m NOTORIOUS for my cupcake eating skills).  I just don’t have the desire to eat them the way I used too.  Now that doesn’t mean I abstain altogether, I just don’t eat them as frequently as I used too.

I also found that since I’m now on a routine of some sort, making better choices have come easier.  Eating in the teacher’s lounge is no problem.  Nobody gives me a hard time for drinking my shakes and I’m not coveting their pizza, mashed potatoes and gravy, or take out from last night’s dinner.  It’s a nice place to be.  The hardest part of being on a Challenge is the support or lack thereof in the workplace, home front, or with your friends.  So, I’m very lucky to work with people who are so supportive of me.  It makes completing this challenge that much easier.  In fact – two of my co-workers even started the Challenge with me!  How is that for support?!

Finally, I was able to increase my chest and back weights to 20 pound dumbbells/kettlebells.  I’m super happy about that because I’ve been sitting at 15 pounds for quite some time and unable to make that jump. So, here is to another successful week on my 90-Day Challenge.  Are you ready to join me yet?


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About Food4Thought

I am no fitness expert. I am simply someone who has found joy in fitness and nutrition. I am a certified group fitness instructor. I’ve been teaching at the local health club for about 3 years now. While Zumba was my first love, I have since added Total Conditioning, Bodyworks plus Abs, and Core to my repertoire of classes. I work with a personal trainer to help me reach my fitness goals that I cannot obtain through group fitness alone. This year I ran my first 5K and plan to run my first 10K in March. To further my knowledge in the fitness realm, I have begun reading Strong Women Stay Slim, New Rules for Lifting Abs, and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women. On my list to read next is Wheat Belly. I am always looking for new ways to further my education and knowledge to better serve the members that take my group fitness classes. Lately, I have started tinkering with recipes, buying healthy cookbooks, and finding easy, tasty, and healthy foods to make. Like I mentioned earlier, I am by no means an expert, but the things I share with you have helped me tremendously with my fitness journey. It is my hope that with these easy tips and recipes, that you too can make these tiny steps and see big positive changes in your life.

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