Well here we are in the last week of February. This time last year I was just getting back from Disney World with my family. It is amazing how fast a year flies by. Anyway, I remember it was right after my vacation that I finally decided to make exercise a priority. My weight before vacation was at a plateau – I could not seem to get it below 145 no matter what I ate. Then after vacation my weight hit 149 pounds. This was a huge red flag for me and became the catalyst to get my butt off the couch and onto the treadmill. I worked so hard to lose weight and did not want my lack of motivation to sabotage my efforts. After a year I am proud to say that I am still exercising on a regular basis. Some weeks more than others but I can honestly say I have not gone more than a week ,in over a year, without exercising.
I bring all this up because I think it is important to understand the importance of exercise in losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The food you eat absolutely matters in the weight loss process. However, without exercise you will find it becomes a longer more challenging process to reach your goals. At least that was my experience. As soon as I incorporated an exercise routine into my lifestyle and stuck with it I started to see real changes. My body started to look better and I began to feel better – much better! My mood changed, energy level increased, and I started to have a lot more confidence in my abilities and myself. So my lesson learned and word of wisdom for all of you is to prioritize exercise early on in your journey. Like I always say start slow. I do not recommend going crazy with trying to create a super woman workout right from the start. The goal at first is to get off the couch and put together an exercise schedule that is sustainable.
Okay let’s talk about my exercise schedule this week. I have really enjoyed running lately. I know strength training is just as important but honestly running relaxes me and clears my brain. My goal this week is to run 2.5 miles 2-3 times during the week and 4-5 miles on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, I will also fit in some strength training each of those days. My strength training will include:
- 25 girl push ups
- 100 crunches
- 50 squats
- 25 bicep curls
- 25 tricep extensions
No let’s talk about food. I did much better with controlling my mindless eating last week. Probably, because I wrote about it in my weigh in post, held myself accountable, and made sure to have my meals and snacks prepped ahead of time. This week I am going to try to do the same thing.
I spent a few hours yesterday prepping food for the week so I feel confident that I will make good food choices in the coming days – at least I hope so.
Here is what I will be eating this week.
Blueberry Pie Green Smoothie – new recipe
Make ahead tips
- Smoothies will be made the morning of.
- I also made a bath of breakfast burritos for my husband and youngest. They love these!
Veggies, Goat Cheese, and Chicken Mason Jar Salad – new recipe
Make ahead tips
- All the mason jar salads were made yesterday for the week. Have “how to” mason jar questions see this post.
Baked Hamburger Macaroni and Cheese – new recipe
Pulled Pork Pita Pizzas – new recipe
Risotto with Roasted Broccoli and chicken – new recipe
Make ahead tips
- Hamburger macaroni and cheese was made yesterday and is in the fridge to be warmed up for dinner.
- Cacciatore will be prep for the slow cooker. I usually make this on the stove but because I ran out of time this weekend I am going to try it in the slow cooker. I will prep tonight.
- Pulled pork was made a few weeks ago and is in the freezer.
- I will make the shredded chicken for the risotto tonight.
- Tortilla soup is in the freezer. Made rice to go with it last night.
That’s what I am having this week. What about you?
My menu planned is shared over at The Organizing Junkie.
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