Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fed Up Challenge: Day 6

In case you missed it, read my first post about the Fed Up Challenge to learn about the challenge, what it is, and why I'm doing it.

All I wanted today was chocolate milk. Seriously. I drink a small cup of it after each workout, and while I somehow managed to push through the other days, today wasn't so easy. Plus, this was probably my worst day food-wise. I'm almost embarrassed to tell you what I ate. I had my usual pre-workout string cheese, and I had plain Greek yogurt mixed with natural peanut butter and strawberries post-workout along with a couple of brown-rice cakes. But for dinner, I had some pumpkin seeds and made my own cheesy bread...for the second night in a row. I was just in the mood for tons of carbs today and not much fruit. (Notice I don't really like vegetables? I'm working on it.) Then my sister made vegan, sugar-free biscuits...so of course I had a couple with some Earth Balance spread on top. Looking at this retroactively, these meals weren't so bad I guess. Better than what most Americans eat.

So good that I had to take a bite before snapping this pic.

Luckily, I had a great workout. I met with a personal trainer for an hour this morning. It was a free session designed to show me how to do different exercises, so I was practicing squats, lunges, dead lifts, chest flies, etc. The good news is, he told me I should only lift weights four days each week! :) Following that, I did 10 minutes on the treadmill--a minute walking at 3.5 mph on an incline of 4.0, then a minute sprinting at 7.0 mph on an incline of 1.0, and repeat. I am so terrible at running--I get out of breath and my chest hurts before I hit a quarter mile--so this workout was way harder for me than you think. I can do an hour on the elliptical, bike, stair stepper, no problem. But running? No.

Reflecting on the day, I'm realizing my choices are much more healthful than what they were previously. I wouldn't think twice about eating so many carbs, but I'm more aware of it now. While I can't wait to reincorporate sugar into my diet, I'm hoping that I'll continue to be more health-conscious.

c/o Fed Up

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