So week one is under my ever-so-slightly smaller belt … and I’ve lost 1 1/2 pounds 🙂
Not a monumental amount of weight by any means but it’s a start. It should be noted that even though I will update my blog over the weekend, my weekly weigh in occurs on Fridays. I really try and avoid the scale on the Monday after my mostly indulgent weekends.
The week was really good though and I feel very happy that I was able to achieve success in the manner that I did. I didn’t count one single calorie, which is a pretty significant accomplishment for me. I didn’t eat “diet” foods or put a heck of a lot of thought into what I ate. I consumed wholesome, home cooked meals for the most part, but was careful not to eat junk or eat mindlessly just because it was there. I have always been an emotional eater … I eat when I’m stressed, angry, sad, or sometimes when I’m just plain bored. It’s likely that in order for me to achieve success I will need to eliminate this style of feeding frenzy from my lifestyle for good.
My new recipe was a Beef and Rapini Stir-Fry, and it was delicious !!! For those of you that have not yet acquired a taste for rapini (or broccoli rabe in layman’s’ terms), I recommend you try this recipe. The bitter taste that many complain about when referring to rapini is gone, and instead you are greeted with a wonderful blend of flavours that combine perfectly together. I used a really good cut of steak and was sure to prepare it rare, as it should be, and I also added a couple of julienned red peppers to the mix. Normally I would pour a stir fry over some steamed brown rice but I found this one quite satisfying all on it’s own. You can find a link to this recipe on my Recipes page above 🙂
As for my workouts, I felt really good about them and finally feel that I got back on track this week. I did 2 weight training workouts plus an Interval Class (that coincidentally I teach), and I completed 4 runs this week. Admittedly, sometimes I had to drag my ass, but I always felt better when the workouts were completed.
My Exercise of the Week, which you can find by clicking the EOTW page above, was a Coffin Sit Up. I pulled this one out of my bag of tricks for a client I trained on Halloween. We also performed Guillotine Presses, just in keeping with the theme of course 😉 Even though I sampled this before using it with my client, I had not actually performed full sets in a workout until this week. I did 3 sets of 20 and it is killer !! I made it even tougher than what you will see here by never having my hands leave the floor. The point of the exercise is to lie perfectly flat and perform a sit up with your legs (and in my case hands) never leaving the ground. You are using nothing but core to move your body – woot woot.
Now there’s a good chance that I undid all my efforts this weekend, as I went away for 2 days and ate and drank to my heart’s content. However that’s really the whole point of this quest. I had a weekend spa getaway with my sisters, and did NOT want to concern myself with diet and/or watching what I ate or drank. I should be able to enjoy these events guilt free, and then simply get back to my routine after the fact.
And that I did my friends, that I did 🙂