Today I want to talk a little bit about how I’ve incorporated clean eating into my daily life, and I want to follow up with my thoughts on finishing up the June Blogilates workout calendar.
I want to start off here by saying that I hate the word “diet.” Diets never have and likely never will work for me. Why? Because as soon as someone (including myself) tells me I can’t have something when it comes to food, that’s exactly the thing I’m going to want. I will begin to obsess about food to the point where it’s all I can think about. Then I’ll eventually give in and be worse off than when I started. Restricting myself does not work.
What does work for me? Making it a goal to eat MORE of the good stuff. It’s like playing a Jedi-Mind-Trick on my brain. It’s my goal to drink MORE water. I’m not restricting myself from having any Vanilla Coke Zeroes, but since my goal is to drink MORE water, I find it easier to choose water over the sodas. Sure, I still drink a Diet Coke once in a while. That’s the beauty of it. Likewise, I make it a goal to eat MORE fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, complex carbs, and unprocessed foods.
Below is an example of the weekly menus I make. I use this menu to make my grocery list and I only buy what I need for my meals at the grocery store. If that’s all I have to eat at my house, then I’m much more likely to stick to the plan. When making this menu for the week, I look at sale ads for the store I shop at so that I’m still saving money in the process, and I also try to look at what I already have stocked in my pantry.
I got the ideas for my meals by going through the Blogilates 12 Week NewBodyMakeover Meal Plan. I went through the entire 12 weeks of meals and made a list of the foods I’d actually eat and used that to make my own weekly menu. As you can see, I still splurge a little here and there (mac n cheese for dinner on Thursday, Curry potatoes for dinner on Friday). But everything is delicious, nothing takes too much time or effort to make, and I’m never hungry!! I think I’ve actually drank an afternoon protein shake once in the 3 weeks I’ve been doing this so far, simply because I’m just not hungry.
ReJUNEivate Calendar Wrapping Up
Here we are with only 2 more days left in June, including today! I can’t believe how quickly this month flew by, and I can’t believe even more so, that I did the workouts for EVERY SINGLE DAY so far on this workout calendar! That is a SERIOUS accomplishment for me. Even more so, that I haven’t missed a day yet since I started on May 10! I’m really excited about the new calendar for July that should be posted sometime tomorrow. What will it be called?? My idea was “hi-fi-July” with hi = High Intensity and fi = FItness. Whatever it will be called will surely be inspiring.
Today the playlist is the very last Shred It! day for the month. I have to say, I was a little afraid of those Shred days before I started them this month, but once I actually jumped in and started doing them, they weren’t nearly as bad as I had anticipated. I actually really liked the way they sort of worked your whole body. (Although I must admit, I feel like I got better results from last month’s calendar with each day doing an hour-long focus on specific areas of the body.) I guess I had the idea that the Shred It!! workouts would just be a full hour of cardio videos, which I sort of love to hate and hate to love. I think cardio is one of those personal things that everyone has their own type(s) they enjoy doing while the rest of the types kind of suck. For me, I like to jog on the treadmill and I like to swim. I also enjoy salsa dancing, even though I haven’t gone in a couple years and I’m kind of terrible at it. Other than that, cardio is not fun for me.
Here is the YouTube Playlist for today’s workout:
Who else is following the Blogilates calendar this month? What were your thoughts on the workouts?