Challenge Update Week 3

So here I am, finishing up week 3, which is probably one of THE HARDEST weeks to be on any kind of health challenge: Thanksgiving Week.  Yes, I said Thanksgiving Week.  Technically Thanksgiving is just reserved to one calendar day, but we all know that we eat our big Thanksgiving meals on Thursday, maybe we have the in-laws to go to on Friday, and then we are stuck eating leftovers Saturday and Sunday… so really you are looking at 4-5 days of Thanksgiving.  With those delicious and highly caloric goodies, it is hard to turn down and hard to stay on plan.

I am happy to say, that with a bit of my husband’s help, I didn’t do too bad.  Thursday, we were able to make it to the gym for a full workout that consisted of a 3.1 mile run on the treadmill and lifted back, biceps, and abs.  I was able to have a shake for breakfast, eat a decent lunch, and indulged in a little Cracker Barrel for Thanksgiving dinner.  Friday was quite similar, got in 20 minutes on the elliptical and did kettlebell supersets/circuit before we headed up to my in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner.  Luckily she had a veggie tray for me to munch on while I was so patiently waiting for turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes.  I have to admit, I did indulge a little and had two helpings of mashed potatoes and a piece of blueberry pie.  However, with my husband’s suggestion, we left all of our packed leftovers at my mother-in-law’s house (including the pie!) so that we wouldn’t over indulge the entire weekend.

With that being said, I did eat some Fazoli’s and had extra breadsticks on Saturday but I was still able to engage in at least some sort of physical activity (including 4 1/2 hours of shopping – yes that counts!) every day while on Thanksgiving break.

I’m  happy to say that I’m officially back on plan today.  I’ve had an awesome start to my week nutritionally and I plan to keep it up for the next 10 weeks!

Individually wrapped, portioned-out fruit for my morning shakes helps me stay on plan, but also adds something new for the week.

Fruit Vi-Shape Shake Recipe
2 scoops Vi-Shape Protein
1/2 banana
4-5 frozen peach slices
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
2 splenda packets
10 oz. light soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, or nonfat milk
Blend and enjoy!

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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.

One response to “Challenge Update Week 3”

  1. moderngirlnutrition says :

    Pre-portioning your smoothie fruit is genius! Especially when youre in a hurry:)

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