3 weeks down. 3 weeks of intense learning. 3 weeks of feeling stronger. It’s hard to believe I’m one week away from being done my first phase of training at the warehouse but I am.
This week saw huge gains for me as well as huge hurdles. On Tuesday, I was able to increase my weights on almost everything we did. Heaviest sandbag for squats (whoo hoo!), harder variation on the muscle ropes (oh my word…), a little bit lower on the TRX and little fatigue on pushups. Thursday, I not only learned how to swing a kettle bell (yihaw! It was fun!) I also increased the weight of it (unrelated exercise) and increase the difficulty on my lunges and side plank (I actually held a real side plank for 2 full rounds and modified halfway through rounds 3 and 4…never, ever, ever happened before). It was great!
Last week, I mentioned that I would be going into my nutrition goals this week so here is what’s been on my mind about eating:
I would say that I eat pretty well about 85% of the time. I food prep pretty much every Sunday and though some weeks (especially during this time of year when between birthdays, holiday gatherings and such, we’re out a lot of weekends) are better than others, I will always have veggies sliced up, breakfast prepped and one snacky item ready (usually my homemade hummus). Our dinners are undergoing a bit of a re-vamping as of late. I’m finally nearing the end of our freezer stash from before the little lady was born (I made a LOT of food) so I can’t rely on that as much to fill in the gaps. With the times that I go to the gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I’m gone at dinnertime leaving hubby to fend for 3 kids and himself. I need to figure out a better way of getting that done ahead of time for him.
My biggest snafu with eating is that I’m a notorious snacker. Especially after dinner. I can and have eaten all the things. All. The. Things. I’ve come to realize that I can very easily get enough calories in me during the course of my day but the problem is that I don’t always (read: rarely) get enough good calories in me (yes, there is a huge difference), hence the hungry/hangry monster that tends to come out. So this is my challenge: eat and eat well. Eat good foods and more importantly, eat more nutrient dense foods that pack a caloric punch that won’t leave me starving and shoving crap in my face an hour later.
I’m finding my mindset is changing a lot these days and over the past few months. I would often have an opinion that I could snack liberally because I ran a lot of miles and burned it all off. I now realize that although there is a slight truth to this so-called theory, it doesn’t equate to doing my body any particular favors.
Hence my present goal being very simple: Eat. Better. Food. The best way I can find to break this down is with the simple truth that i need to fuel my body to survive my days with my kids (lots of energy needed for that), workout, run and so forth. I also need to be able to allow my body to repair itself in order to remain functional in all the ways I need it to. Crappy foods with empty calories are not going to accomplish that. Another way to look at it is this way: this gym membership is not cheap. It’s a struggle to justify on one salary and though it’s worth every single penny spent and if the extra cash came my way, I would add a third training day in a heart beat. It’s money wasted if I’m not taking the training home with me. Sure, I may see the results but not in the same way as I will if I take care of my body 24/7 and not just a few hours per week. I know where I want to be in a few months so I need to step it up if I’m going to get there. I really have nothing to lose in following this scenario. Adding this weekly feature to this blog is just another way for me to stay accountable (and to give my hubby a break from the constant “guess what I did at the warehouse tonight?!?!?!”).
Until next time!
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