This week was spring break, and I sucked.
The diet plan was to not eat meat on Mondays. Check. But really, I need more than that to focus on. Ugh. I feel like a whale this week. On Friday, I went to a birthday party for my nephew and I ate two hot dogs, a piece of cake, some candy, and chicken salad. Evil food! It seduced me, and I had my way with it.
Workouts when down like this:
MONDAY: planks and side planks
WED: walking in the park with my kids, pushing my kid on the swing for 20 min.
THURS: Hip Hop Abs: buns, hips, and thighs, and digging/shoveling for an hour
FRI: dancing for an hour
SAT: Hip Hop Abs: buns, hips, and thighs, AND HHA: Cardio
My workouts were sporadic and except for the HHA one, I didn't feel worked out. You know? Ugh. Shame on me. I've decided that I am not going to look at the scale until I have a better week. Sorry readers, but this is one of those times where I might just spiral into a pit of depression if the scale is even a pound over. So, I'm waiting. Next week, I'll post my results.
Here's how I'm going to improve this week:
Week 3: STRESS FREE WEEK
|Avoid Stress Eating.|
REDBOOK gives an awesome blurb on dieting on p. 204 of the April issue. It's titled, "Take the Stress Out of Dieting", which is exactly what I need. It suggests that dieting can turn a person into a "stress eater". According to the article, I can avoid stress eating by:
- making sure I don't drop below 1,200 calories a day (easy. It's the exceeding 1500 that is a challenge.)
- eat small meals and snacks throughout the day (got it.)
- eat lots of omega-3 rich foods, like salmon, scallops, shrimp and walnuts (I hate walnuts, but I still have some frozen scallops left over from the scallop po-boys recipe I tried last month. Plus, I love me some salmon.)
- working out for 30 minutes, 3 days a week or more, because it "lowers levels of stress hormones in your body."(That I can do.)
- Workout of choice comes from p. 103. It's an inspiring piece on a woman, Amanda Griffith, who starting jogging to reduce stress, because her stress was messing with her immune system and causing cramping, pain, diarrhea, and fatigue. She jogged 3 times a week around the neighborhood to clear her head (Warnick 103). So that's my plan to. I'm going to run at an easy pace for 1.5 miles a day, 3 times a week to clear my mind. I would do it outside, but the weather is showing rain, rain, rain, rain, and snow this week. Grr. Still, I've got my trusty treadmill.
Love your abs,