The Real Wellness Week 1

Ok so I finally was able to start the real wellness week 1 as last week’s attempt was a bit of a fail. Yeah, I blogged about it. I told you guys I’d be honest and accountable.

Food

On Sunday I made a huge pot of chilli in the crock pot that basically lasted us the entire week, which was great. It’s too much cooking dinner on weeknights when I also workout after work. Every night, I would just make some brown rice to eat with the chilli. I also added avocado, a bit of cheese, and some corn tortilla chips as well. It was very yummy! I can’t post a recipe since I used a few for ideas and just made my own. However, I would like to play around and come up with my own chilli recipe eventually….. 🙂

I also meal prepped my veggies for my morning omelette scramble thing and had a piece of toast every morning. That’s becoming a regular thing. Although, I have thought about making an oatmeal bake, or doing overnight oats sometime to switch it up a bit. We’ll see. Right now, I’m liking the routine I’ve set up.

For lunch, I started the week off with my tuna mix (tuna, light mayo, celery, onions, salt and pepper) and some wholegrain crackers with kiwi and popcorn on the sides. Then I brought in my quesadilla chicken mix, which essentially is taco seasoned chicken with green peppers and onions. I bought some Mediterranean cauliflower rice in a packet and mixed those two together, which was actually quite tasty and did fill me up. It’s definitely a really great option to get more vegetables in your diet. And I also elected for the default one day: chicken and rice with some skinny popcorn.

Halfway through the week, I got a real sweet craving so looked up some pumpkin recipes and found a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie recipe on Ambitious Kitchen.

By the way, you’ll find that I make a lot of her recipes because they are so good. Everything I’ve made of hers has turned out well. If you don’t follow her on Instagram, you should. It’s @ambitiouskitchen. You won’t be sorry!

These cookies did not disappoint. The sweetness comes mostly from the chocolate chunks as you only put in 1/2 cup packed brown sugar throughout the whole recipe. So then you truly get to taste the pumpkin and oh my goodness. They’re ridiculously easy to make and oh so scrumptious. I actually made another batch over the weekend with raisins so my boyfriend could enjoy them as well, as he’s allergic to chocolate. I did set some batter aside and added a few chocolate chips to it to make some fresh cookies because why not 🙂

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P.S. One is missing because I immediately fed it to D so he could enjoy a nice warm cookie.

On weekends, I tend to only have two meals a day, and sometimes have some snacks. The main reason for this is because I sleep in and then workout. And by the time I’m ready for breakfast, it’s usually 10 or 11am so it ends up being enough for breakfast and lunch. It’s not because I purposely skip meals! For dinner on Friday and Saturday, we had pesto pasta with chicken and peas, which is quite simple and turning into one of my favourite meals. Especially when D cooks it. He adds spices in and mixes some chilli pesto in and gets it all spicy and I always go back for seconds, I can’t help it…..

Ok and now I’m craving it. Grrr!

Sunday night we had mussels and fries, or moules and frites! It’s the only thing I can get D to eat out of a shell so it’s becoming a thing for us now. And as you eat the mussels so slowly, it fills you up quickly.

I did do a thing and went and bought camembert and some bread, but we never got around to actually making it since we were so full from the mussels. But it does have to be eaten, so we may have a little treat sometime this week….

Workouts

I finally joined the BBG 12 Week Challenge this week! I’m still a bit bitter that I couldn’t join last week when it started, but what are you gonna do?

Since a friend of mine started it on time, she’s a week ahead of me and tells me about my future workouts so I knew leg day was going to be killer, so naturally, I delayed it and started the week with Arms and Abs on Monday. It didn’t look that hard but the ab work really got me. I was grunting like those men in the gym who lift in our flat. Just really happy that D was out at the gym at the time or he would have definitely come in to laugh at me.

Tuesday, D was home ill so I took the train home, and I was walking, and running on the platforms to catch the trains and ended up walking like 1.5 miles that day so when I got home, all sweaty, I figured that I had had enough cardio for the day.

Wednesday was killer as I finally submitted to leg day. I did like a thousand squats, almost 20 burpees, and too many lunges for my liking and my legs were burning. I knew if I didn’t do something, I wouldn’t be able to walk on Thursday so I did the cool down properly and then got the foam roller out and worked out my quads. And let me tell you peeps, it did wonders! I was only a teensy bit sore the next day, but I could walk fine. So word to the wise, even 5 seconds of foam rolling each muscle will do wonders. *Share to save a life.*

Thursday I went to the gym for some cardio. I ended up walking on the treadmill for a solid 30 minutes and then rowing for a couple minutes after that. It got sweaty and my legs were definitely getting quite the workout two days in a row.

Friday, I did the Week 1 Full Body workout which I anticipated to be a lot harder than it was! The first time I did the 15 sit ups, I was breezing through them. And the first 5 burpees I did seemed a lot easier. I was so proud of myself, and still am now that I’m writing about it and looking back. Even within the first week, I can feel myself becoming more fit and gaining endurance. It makes the workouts much more enjoyable.

Saturday morning, I woke up and went straight to the gym. I walked on the treadmill and then got on a bike and cycled for a bit. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been on a bike but my muscles were burning. I know this is because it’s been way too long since I’ve worked those muscles like that so I took it slow this time as I obviously need to build up endurance there. I would love to try a cycling class sometime soon but definitely need to practice a bit more before I go.

Sunday was rest day, so I rested. I did enough the other 6 days, don’t ya think?? 🙂

All in all, Week 1 was a success! I’ve lost a few pounds and as I don’t want my wellness journey to be 100% about numbers, I’ve decided I’m not going to post them on here for now. Maybe in the future I will, but for now, it’s only for me to know. Looking back on the week, I know I could have done a little bit better food wise so I’ll keep that in mind for this week to try and do better.

Week 1 Tip

Don’t let numbers get inside your head. This journey should be about improving your body’s and mind’s health and wellness, not about dropping as many pounds as fast as possible. Living in a society where you can get anything you want in a matter of minutes makes us think that losing weight should happen very quickly. In reality, it’s a process. And until you have the healthy mindset that you have to make a lifestyle change, you won’t be able to succeed in the long run. Remember: all good things take time.

Hope you’re all enjoying your own journey! I’ll post some food recipes on IG this week so make sure to look out for that.

Much love

xx

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