I toyed with the idea of doing a fitness competition earlier in the year and decided against it for multiple reasons. However, my desire to challenge myself and try something new, something that I know would be tough for me to acheive, outweighs all that. So… I’ve decided to give it a go and have signed up for my first show in March! March 21 to be exact… put it on your calendar so you’ll know when to avoid me the week before…😉
What comes with this show prep is lots of meal prep (and even more clean up after the meal prep, ugh). shouldn’t be a problem since I love meals so much right? ha! not just any meals – clean eating meals. something I have NEVER been able to stick to, regardless of how “healthy” everybody thinks I am. See the thing is, I love working out and being active and I’ve been blessed with pretty good genetics where I can maintain a decently fit figure without watching my diet too much. However, that does not mean that someone is healthy. and I am living proof of that. I just like snack food and have no willpower. So part of this journey for me will be having some actual accountability with what all I put into my body. starting today!
so to get ready for this week, I spent entirely too many hours in the kitchen last night cooking a variety of goodies, namely chicken, ground turkey, brown rice, sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, roasted veggies, oatmeal, egg whites and high protein french toast! that’s right, I said it – french toast! See the thing is, the food is actually quite tasty – it’s not that it’s bad food – it’s just that I can’t eat whatever I want, whenever I want. I almost started to hyperventilate when I didn’t see NUT BUTTER or froyo on the meal plan!!!! So what is on the meal plan? Well, for the next 2 weeks, I am on a cycle of 1 low carb day, 2 high carb days, 1 low carb day, 2 high carb, etc. And even on the low carb day I still get to eat carbs – whoohoo! and it’s a lot of food! It’s 5:00 now and I’ve already eaten 5 meals… 2 more to go before the night is over. It was a struggle at my desk at work today when I realllllyyyyyy wanted some peanuts or something snacky but I resisted the urge and ate by chicken, sweet potato and veggies instead. I wanted something fruity/gummy earlier like starburst or fruit snacks but ended up “settling” for turkey and veggies and blackberries and a banana and was actually very satiated by it! more so than I thought I would be.
But the best part? Getting to blend coconut oil in my coffee each morning! I know, I know, go ahead and call me crazy, but I’m tellin ya – it is good stuff; don’t knock it till you try it. Sounds crazy to put OIL in COFFEE right? WRONG. But the key is you HAVE to blend it for at least 30 seconds. You can’t just dump a tablespoon of oil into your coffee and stir it around. well, you could, but that would be gross. eww. Brew your coffee, then blend 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in it for 30-45 seconds while hot. I like to add cinnamon and stevia and alittle vanilla. It comes out frothy and creamy and rich just like you’ve added sweetened cream to it! It’s amazing, really. I haven’t tried it with any other types of oils other than coconut oil, nor would I, so I can’t vouch for any other types of oil but the coconut oil is delish! Try it and let me know what you think!
Heading over to my parent’s house for dinner tonight so will be taking my prepped ground turkey and rice with me! However, I do want to point out that while I want to do this well and I want to give it my all, I will not let it consume my life, nor will I ever let it become more of a priority than spending quality time with my loved ones. Today is Day 1 so I’m feelin strong but I want to remain flexible and still be able to go out with friends, have family dinners, eat out at a restaurant without causing a big scene… afterall, it’s just one meal right?
and speaking of meals, I think it’s about time for #6 haha! gotta go – chicken awaits me. more tomorrow!