When the going gets tough: Do it anyway
After week three I'm feeling pretty good. I stuck to my workouts, I kept my food pretty well in check and my morning routine is still fully in tact (not on the weekends though...baby steps!). I did encounter a couple of hang ups that I thought I should share because I know I'm not alone. I'll mention the first one here, which was getting on the scale. I told myself I'd weigh in after two full weeks (I originally weighed myself on Tuesday, by last tuesday my post was already written). The scale hadn't budged a bit. My first thought was "What the hell?". I know how easy it is to get frustrated and derailed by the stupid scale, so I quickly asked myself, "But how do you feel?". That's right, I'm here to practice what I preach and sure, I wanted to report some sort of measurable progress to you all but the reality is, it doesn't really matter to me. I know that I have more energy, I have the self-satisfaction of sticking with my daily workouts and I know that these things take time, and even if the number hasn't changed, I have.
I know you know by now that we like our food around here. We like dinners that taste awesome and don't bore us. And since variety is the spice of life, I'm always trying out new recipes. Some picks, naturally, are better that others. Last week was a great week for food in our house, this week, not so much. I should say, we have the bar set a little high for ourselves. I don't in any way shape or form think everyone needs to be this way, it's just who we are. We like our food.
Monday- Turkey Chili - I highly recommend putting this in your dinner rotation. It's easy, fast and always delicious. My recipe notes are, do not add sugar (totally unnecessary), and rather than add any water or chicken broth, I use a 28 oz can of tomatoes instead of the 14 oz can they have in the recipe. I like it more tomatoey. Top it with avocado, a little cheddar, cilantro, scallions, what ever you like! I like them all.
Tuesday- Bacon, spinach and tomato frittata- I didn't follow this recipe exactly but I used it as a guide. I make frittatas enough to be able to improvise, but I usually like to refer to a recipe to get a time and temp for baking. What I've realized is that they're all over the place so I usually do my own thing in the end anyway. If you're new to it, use a recipe and eventually you'll figure out what works best for you.
Wednesday- Shrimp and Sausage Skillet- This is where things go south a little. Looks great, but it was just ok. We served it over brown rice because it seemed like it was missing something on it's own. I think part of our problem with this one is that we try to stay away from the creepy ingredients usually found in kielbasa, so we had this natural one from Wegmans with no nitrates or preservatives and frankly it just does not taste anywhere as good as the nasty one. Such a bummer.
Thursday- One Pan (not really) Chicken and Veggies- This dinner bugged the heck out of me! First of all, I had some big breasted chicken (which weirds me out a little anyway). There was no way this was fitting on one pan. Next time, if I were to try this again, I would either pound the breasts or maybe even butterfly them. I would also use the parmesan cheese that is pre-shredded because mine was too fine and practically disappeared. It has potential but for some reason it was just bugging me, likely because it took way longer than it was supposed to. It was pretty good the next day for lunch though.
Friday- We celebrated St. Patty's Day with some Reubens and fries! They were delish! Phoebe and I lightened ours up just a tad and had turkey instead of pastrami. We had sauerkraut, swiss cheese and homemade Russian dressing. Totally enjoyable. Totally worth it.
Saturday- So tempted to give in to the kid's requests for pizza, we were going to make pizza logs (that's what we call them). Then we got lazy and didn't want to make dough. So I whipped up some Buffalo Chicken wraps with brown rice and a side of veg. This would have been just as good without the tortilla (which is how I had it for lunch in my thermos today). Next time.
Sunday- Tagliatelle with Bolognese Sauce- This was delicious and I accidentally omitted the half and half and honestly I didn't miss it a bit!
This is where I ran into another snag. I learned that rowing is pretty hard on the knees and I definitely cannot do it every day. I was really bummed because I've been enjoying it quite a bit and feeling like I'm getting some really good workouts in. So, rather than throw in the towel I had to adjust. I bought myself a heavier kettlebell (and some new sneakers...finally) and I'm doing other workouts opposite the rowing workouts . I'm also taking collagen twice a day for the knees. I'm going to keep it up for a full month to see if I can notice any difference (fingers crossed!). Just remember, if you find that something isn't working for you or causing you pain, don't quit, get creative. Find something that will work, that won't cause you pain. And just keep going!
I'm still hanging in there with my morning routine (Up at 5 am to read, meditate, journal). I'm not doing this on the weekends at this point. I thoroughly enjoy my Saturday and Sunday sleep ins and coffee in bed. I don't sleep super late but I'm certainly not up at 5:00 either. I'm letting my body decide and getting the rest I need. I'm also doing nice things for myself like having more green smoothies and diffusing oils that are pleasant and uplifting....while I watch crazy amounts of basketball (Go Cuse!).
I can't believe I'm beginning week four already. I'm still super motivated and aside from the minor sore throat I'm developing, I feel great! I'll see you right back here next Tuesday to keep on sharing the ups, the downs and of course the recipes!