It's time for this week's installment of Eat It. Work It. Blog It. Thank-you so much to all the readers who left encouraging comments last week and to those who have decided to join this weekly post in hopes of finding the encouragement and inspiration to tackle your personal weight loss and fitness goals. If you missed last week - feel free to check it out HERE and join along if you would like.
I'll be honest - I cheated two days this week instead of just one. I was *very* good Tuesday - Friday and yesterday; however, Saturday and Sunday I definitely went overboard. Steven and I kept my little brother this weekend and we took him to Chick-fila and a movie. And Sunday was Superbowl Sunday. So I may have over indulged in some candy during the movies and had a little too much chips and dip this weekend. But like I said, my diet was very clean the rest of the week: protien shakes for breakfast each morning, 4 ounces of chicken or tuna for lunch with fruit, and a balanced dinner each night.
One of the biggest challenges to following Clean Zone is eliminating bread/rice/pasta from my diet. Do you know how difficult it is to make a casserole without bread/rice/pasta???
I have had to adapt many of my favorite recipes in order to eat clean throughout the week. Steven and I love Mexican food. Before we began eating Zone, we would eat tacos or fajitas and some sort of Mexican casserole every week.
In order to indulge our love of Mexican food - we make steak fajitas without the tortilla. Steak, carmalized onions & green peppers, black beans, full fat sour cream, cheese & salsa. The steak and cheese provide ample protein and the black beans provide healthy carbohydrates. The balance of protein, carbs & healthy fats keep insulin & glucagon levels balanced and provide optimum energy and weight loss for the body. It's an easy meal to prepare and incredibly satisfying!
One of the most difficult lessons I have learned in the five months that I have been doing CrossFit is that sometimes you just have a bad week. Sometimes your body cannot perform at optimum levels required by CrossFit WODS and sometimes you just have to do what you can.
I had one of those weeks last week. I fell during my workout Tuesday morning. We were doing an exercise called "Wall Climbs" - essentially you lay on the ground in pushup position with your feet up against a wall. Push yourself into plank position and begin to walk your feet up the wall - as your feet move up the wall, walk your hands back towards the wall so that you eventually end up in a hand stand up against the wall with your thighs and chest touching the wall. Not easy folks! Oh and we were doing burpees & toes-to-bar as well.
After about my tenth wall climb my shoulders gave out and I fell....more like I crashed to the my death. My knee was skinned up, I bit my tongue and smashed my head onto the concrete. I was in a good deal of pain - but I finished the workout.
And I just wasn't the same for the rest of the week. Thursdays workout was super tough - as I said during my Friday Confessionals. And I skipped my workout Friday because my legs were just too tired. Saturday & Monday's workouts were actually great and I finally feel like I'm getting my mojo back - here's hoping I can really kick it into high gear this week and shed some calories!
I haven't stepped on the scale this week. It's ummm...that time of the month....and I think any woman who steps on a scale during that time of the month is just a glutton for punishment. So I'm not sure if I'm up or down. To be honest, I don't feel like I killed it this week. I definitely don't feel like I blew it - but I think I could have fought a little harder to say no to the yummy treats Sunday evening & I could have worked a little harder in my workouts.
I think that's a part of creating a healthy lifestyle though. I'm not doing this as a diet. I'm not doing CrossFit for six months only to try and lose weight as quickly as possible. I am making a lifestyle change. And no one is on their game all of the time. So I had an off week - not horrible - but not the best. And I'm surprisingly okay with that. I'm grateful that my body is feeling better this week and I'm looking forward to pushing myself and seeing what I have to report next Tuesday!
**On the bright side I am wearing a pair of jeans today that I haven't been able to wear in quite some time. :)