(If you’re just finding this, you can click here to go back to week 1, the first of my getting in shape after 40 series.)
It’s been a week, so it’s time to check in! Usually what happens with me is that I start to work on getting back in shape and then I have an injury or get sick and it gets derailed. I always wonder why that would happen when I’m trying to do something good. After my Friday declaration of it being time to get back in shape, I started running a fever on Saturday afternoon and had a rough couple of days of a cold that kept my head feeling all foggy. This time, though, I realized that maybe the little bit of adversity is a way of testing my resolve. And I decided that a little sickness wasn’t going to stop me. Luckily, it was just a little bit of sickness. It held on for several days but I wouldn’t start feeling tired, run down, and foggy headed until after lunch time so at least I got my exercise done in the morning and plans for healthy meals. It could’ve been much worse; my husband, who never takes sick days, has been in bed for 3 1/2 days this week.
For exercise, I kept with the walking I’ve been doing and added some jogging. I was worried it would be too hard, but it felt so good! I started out easy with 1 minute of jogging 3 times during the walk but by today I was able to increase it to 2 minutes of jogging 3 times during the walk. I did that for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and a 20 minute beach body workout on Tuesday and Thursday for strength training. I take Sunday off and need to come up with a plan for my Saturdays when the kids are home and we’re off our normal routine — I haven’t figured that out yet. I actually started to get excited and feel like maybe I could work toward a 5k sometime in the spring.
And it paid off! The numbers on the scale actually started moving down for the first time in a very long time and it feels so great! So I have some great tips and recipes to share with you from my week!
Tip 1: No eating after 8pm. I heard this years and years ago and it’s something that is so hard for me to do. My last child goes off to bed at 8:15 and then I want to pull out ice cream and chips and anything bad for me and sit in front of mindless tv. I am exhausted at the end of the day! This week, though, I did pretty well at keeping to the no eating after 8pm rule. I did have a small snack a couple of times but tried to keep it healthier. Bonus Tip: If you’re trying to do this, don’t scroll through Pinterest in the evenings — all the yummy food pins make it really hard to stay away from the snacks!!
Tip 2: With me being sick last Saturday it became a pizza night. But I learned a great tip from a friend a couple months back. She cuts the pizza slices in half! So, if you eat 3 slices, its really only 1 1/2 regular slices of pizza. It really is a mental thing but it works with my kids and with me and the family, as a whole, ate less pizza than we usually do.
Tip 3: One thing I forgot to mention in my back story last week is that 3 years ago I was in a car accident. I ended up with lots of back and neck pain. I finally got over the back pain but ended up having neck surgery (disc replacement — I have titanium parts now!) back in March. I feel like any type of chronic pain makes it hard to exercise and eat well. So, I try to keep up with the stretching that I know makes me feel better. I’ve found some great stretching routines on YouTube. Brett Larkin has lots of short yoga routines for different ailments. Right now, I use this neck routine every day (when I skip a day, I have terrible headaches). And when I was dealing with my low back pain, I used this routine.
Here’s a few of our favorite healthy recipes from this week:
Blackened Chicken with Cilantro Lime Quinoa — This is one of my favorite meals (healthy or not healthy!). It really is amazing, especially with the cool avocado sauce on top!
Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal — A friend went to the produce market yesterday and picked up a huge box of apples for me. With the extra apples, I remembered this recipe that I haven’t made in a long time. It has a little bit of sugar, but I still feel like its pretty healthy. 3 out of 5 kids loved it for breakfast which says a lot around here! Throw 2 sliced apples, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon in the bottom of the crock pot. Pour 2 cups of oatmeal and 4 cups of water on top. Do NOT stir. Cook overnight for 8 – 9 hours on low.
Parmesan Garlic Sweet Potatoes — My personal recipe! These are a great side dish for a meal or sometimes I just eat a bowl of them for lunch.
If you’re following along with me, I’d love to hear your progress! How did it go this week? What will you improve next week? What great tips or healthy recipes do you have to share?