Hello and happy Monday morning! I've officially completed week 2 of my own personal health challenge and I'm feeling pretty good. I survived a birthday party, eating out, travel, and managed to stick to my goals. Let's get down to it.
We had a few 70 degree days in Austin this week which made it easy to get outside and move. I'm not a member of a gym and I'm doing this whole thing with a yoga mat, two sets of weights, a jump rope, and running shoes.
Matty took these photos at dusk one day when I was doing an interval workout from Self Magazine and Tone It Up. We happen to have a track within walking distance of our apartment but I'd never really utilized it before. It was, dare I say, fun? Something about working out on a track made me feel strong. Like a "real" athlete.
Speaking of that, I think that one of the most powerful workout tools is our brain. I am an athlete, actually. I'm not a poser or a wannabe. Telling myself that I'm strong makes me believe it. And, at the risk of being pure cheese here, you see it when you believe it.
I ended up doing yoga 6/7 days this week. Who am I. The thing is, when I wake up early in the morning and think about working out, I can stomach the idea of crawling to my yoga mat and waking up in the process. But going for a run in the cold just makes me want to burrow further in bed. I'm really enjoying the 30 Day Yoga Camp with Adriene (FREE on YouTube) and I've found that most days when I get up early to do yoga, it gives me the energy and motivation to try a different workout that afternoon or evening. Win win.
I do want to incorporate more strength and cardio this week since the last 4 days I only did yoga and walking. Time to kick it into gear.
So much good food this week! Two highlights: shrimp was on sale at the market so I went to town on those babies and my parents gave me an early birthday party, so mom made the most amazing flourless (gluten-free) chocolate cake with raspberries.
I've been drinking a ton of water from my S'well bottle that I love so much I posted on Instagram. Matty made me eggs with beef sausages and avo after an early morning walk together, and the chocolate coconut water...well...see this post.
We've been working on keeping our meals balanced, so lots of veggies and lean proteins. I'm still keeping my food journal so I can look at a full day, realize I haven't had enough greens, and add extra to the next meal. This week Matty made fun of me for eating a lettuce-lettuce wrap. AKA two big leafs of green leaf lettuce rolled up. Sometimes you just gotta get the goods without being all fancy.
Anyways, I made some carrot masala soup that was a big hit. Might not sound super appetizing but it's sooo good and simple:
Peel and chop 2 pounds of carrots, one onion, and two inches of ginger. Add to pot with olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add chicken bone broth until veggies are covered and bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes or until carrots are soft. Add two teaspoons of garam masala spice and salt and pepper to taste. BLEND!
Do you know how much protein is in chicken bone broth? A lot. It's my secret weapon in veggie based soups.
I mentioned surviving the birthday party, travel, and eating out earlier. The party was easy - I made a taco salad and filled up on raw veggies with guac, eating out wasn't bad because I ordered a sweet potato hash and got full before I could finish. I find travel hard in the workout department, but this time around I did yoga and not only that, my mom did it with me! It was her first time so we started with a 20 minute beginner's practice. She bought her own mat that afternoon! Proud daughter moment.
Week 2 Motivation: I've been logging this in my food diary on a scale or 1-10, 10 being high. This week averaged out at a 9.
Week 2 Mood: Here's a few words I wrote down this week - "happy, a little grumpy, good spirits, annoyed, moody, determined, irritable, emotional, happy" - aka, see this post again.
Week 2 Energy: This week averaged around medium high. I definitely had a few sluggish moments.
Let's chat! How was your first full week of the new year? Any workouts or recipes I should try?