Fit Camp, Fitness, Food, Goals

The Month of Challenge

July 28, 2013

Shout out to all of those Crossfit Games folks who were freaking rowing their brains out this weekend. 21,097 meters?! Really??!!

Anyway….

I’m home!

Logically, I started grocery & meal planning, cleaning the kitchen floor, and worrying about my almost dead tomato plants (I guess the rain wasn’t enough water for them…oops…) the minute I walked in the door. Annnnnd–Mark and I woke up this morning and spent 2 hours budgeting for the month of August. Nothing says “vacation’s over” like budgeting!

I also came up with an “August Challenge” for myself. This is in lieu of my challenge of passing my ACSM-CPT exam this month! (AH!)

I have indulged so much over these last 2 weeks. While I totally gave myself permission to enjoy bread, alcohol, fried stuff, and dessert, it’s time to get back on track. So, for the month of August, I am committed to working out 5 days per week, eating extra clean (I decided NOT to do the Whole 30 program–I’m just not a happy person when I do it!) and losing a total of at least 1 inch from my total measurements (not each measurement!). So if I lose 1/4 an inch off every measurement that I took, I met my goal.

I’m not trying to lose weight, just tone up! 😀

So, as of today, July 28, 2013, here’s where I stand:

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I’m not going to kill myself, I’m just going to push myself (kinda hard!).

Here’s what my next week, and what most of my next 4 weeks, will look like:

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Monday: 

Breakfast: Breakfast Frittata and a glass of almond milk

Lunch: Spicy baked chicken on top of a spinach/tomato/cucumber/carrot/green pepper salad, 1 cup of watermelon

Dinner: Baked jerk chicken, steamed broccoli, 1/2 baked sweet potato with coconut oil and cinnamon

Optional snack: 2 stalks of celery with 2 tablespoons of almond butter

Workout: Fit Camp

Tuesday:

Workout: 6:45am gym workout! (this is new for me, but I LOVE to work out in the morning!)

Breakfast: Breakfast Frittata and a glass of almond milk

Lunch: Spicy baked chicken on top of a spinach/tomato/cucumber/carrot/green pepper salad, 3 medjool dates

Dinner: Zoodles (zucchini noodles!) and meat sauce, 1 cup of watermelon

Optional snack: 1/2 of an apple with cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of almond butter

Wednesday: 

Breakfast: Green smoothie (kale/spinach/frozen strawberries/frozen blueberries/1/2 banana) and 3 eggs lightly fried in uncured bacon grease

Lunch: Spicy baked chicken on top of a spinach/tomato/cucumber/carrot/green pepper salad, 1/2 of an apple with cinnamon and 1/2 cup of coconut milk (I usually warm this in the microwave for about 30 seconds)

Dinner: Bacon Beef Butternut Squash

Optional snack: 1/2 sweet potato with cinnamon and coconut oil

Workout: Fit Camp

Thursday:

Breakfast: Leftover diced butternut squash and 1/2 of an apple; sautéed in coconut oil until soft and sprinkled with cinnamon and unsweetened coconut flakes

Lunch: Spicy baked chicken on top of a spinach/tomato/cucumber/carrot/green pepper salad, 1 cup of watermelon

Dinner: Mustard Lime chicken, spinach/tomato/cucumber/carrot/green pepper salad, 3 medjool dates

Optional Snack: serving size of raw cashews

Workout: REST DAY!

Friday:

Breakfast: 3 lightly fried eggs, 3 slices of tomato, a glass of almond milk

Lunch: Spicy baked chicken on top of a spinach/tomato/cucumber/carrot/green pepper salad, banana

Dinner: Leftovers from the week!

Optional Snack: A serving size of cashews mixed with 1/2 of a serving size of Craisins

Workout: 1 hour “power” walk

Saturday:

Breakfast: 3 lightly fried eggs, 4 slices of bacon, a glass of almond milk

Lunch: Breakfast Frittata

Dinner: Taco salad

Optional Snack: 2 stalks of celery and 2 tablespoons of almond butter

Workout: Dance Trance dance class (anyone want to come with me?!) (thanks for the heads up, Ashley!!!!)

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I love re-setting my eating and getting back into a healthy mindset!

I will also be using any free time that I have to be studying for my ACSM-CPT certification exam! It’s coming up quickly and I want to feel completely confidant going into the exam!

My month of challenge (both fitness/nutrition and certification-wise) begins now (a couple of days before August)…but the early bird gets the worm!

I’m off to food prep and study!

xo

 

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