Now you may be wondering why I put a McDonald’s milkshake and fry as my featured image for a Wellness post. Welp, read on, friends! You will soon find out 🙂
As we all know, I learned a valuable lesson during Week 4. So when Week 5 came rolling around, I wanted to take what I learned from the previous week and kick ass. I let life take over and enjoyed more cheat meals than usual during Week 4. So I wanted to dedicate some stricter food habits to Week 5.
My other main goal was to make sure I did most of my workouts in the morning before work so that I could get them out of the way, leaving me no excuses later in the day.
I wanted to cook some new dinners this week that we haven’t had in awhile as I like to switch things up so I don’t get too bored. I elected for Turkey Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles (zoodles), or Courgette Noodles (courgetti). And then also Fajitas because chicken and vegetables = easy.
I found the turkey meatball recipe on Buzzfeed a long time ago when I was living in the States. It’s actually supposed to be prepared with spaghetti squash in the recipe, but as the UK doesn’t really carry spaghetti squash, I use zucchini, or “courgettes.” It’s such a simple recipe. I made the meatballs on Sunday for meal prep. And then Monday and Tuesday night, I spiralised my zucchini and put them in a pan to saute for about a minute. I bought some tomato and basil sauce and heated it up in a pan and put it all into a bowl and voila! It’s extremely healthy, filling, and very tasty.
I had planned to make fajitas for Wednesday and Thursday night which is also extremely simple. You basically just throw chicken, peppers, and onions into a pan with fajita seasoning and cook it. Funnily enough, I completely forgot that fajitas are usually served with lettuce, pico, guacamole, and/or sour cream. So I just put the fajita mix in a tortilla with a bit of cheese on it and ate it that way. I realised it was missing something once I started eating it… Oh well! After D had his share, he told me there wasn’t enough left for another day. Which was another oops. My plan was to make enough to last two nights.
Therefore, Thursday we had these salmon cakes that had been in our freezer for awhile as well as some vegetable cakes. The salmon cakes made our entire flat smell like fish and they weren’t very nice. But it was healthy and quick and well, it was food.
I had quite a few cheat meals on the weekend, which I tend to do. I’m usually pretty good about breakfasts and lunches, but when it comes time for dinner, all I want is Indian food or McDonald’s. I don’t like cooking much on the weekend except for meal prep on Sundays.
I was planning on having pizza on Friday night, but when it came down to it, I just couldn’t order it. So I ended up choosing McDonald’s as it was much cheaper. And let me tell you. I did not enjoy it at all. The last two times I’ve had McDonald’s, it has not given me the usual “oooh my god, this is good” feeling. And I woke up twice during the night with some horrible stomach pains. I mean my stomach really really hurt. Therefore, I think I’ve decided that I’m off of McDonald’s for awhile now. Because it was just not worth the pain I endured.
As I stated above, I really wanted to do better with my morning workouts. I started Monday off with the Week 5 BBG Full Body resistance training and holy crap. In BBG Week 5, Kayla definitely switches some shit up and I was not prepared for how hard it was going to be. Nevertheless, I persisted.
Tuesday, I did some morning yoga and could really feel my flexibility and my strength progressing throughout that session. I didn’t do anything on YouTube, but just did my own morning flow. It felt good and I was really happy with it.
My alarm went off on Wednesday and my immediate thought was “nope.” And so I slept in. My body just felt sore and weak and even if I had gotten up, it would have taken me 20 minutes to warm up enough to do an exercise. By the time I got to work, I realised how moody I was and how I didn’t really feel good about myself and regretted not getting up that morning. I had a lash fill appointment directly after work and then had to make dinner so really didn’t have any time in the afternoon either.
However, I did wake up at 6am on Thursday and attempted to do Week 5 legs. And FFS. Week 5 was intense. The program really took a giant step up. I did like 3 or 4 different types of squats, way too many lunges for my liking, and actually could not jump up on my last burpee. I was death. I made sure to foam roll my quads after my cool down because I knew if I didn’t, I would be unable to walk for the next couple of days.
Friday, I didn’t do any HIIT workouts, but I did manage to do a lot of walking which was good enough for me. I saved my last resistance workout for Saturday. And it was so difficult I pulled a muscle in my back that basically incapacitated me all day Sunday until D had to massage my back for me, the poor guy.
Week 5 Tip
Listen to your body. Your body is so smart and tries to tell you things every single day. As for food, my body was telling me that I should lay off the McDonald’s as it’s doing way more harm than good. As for workouts, my body was telling me to take it slow and not over exert myself, which I obviously did because I pulled a muscle in my back. But this is good, because now that I know this, I can use this to my advantage in the future.
I am pretty happy with how I managed week 5 during the week. My weekends always seem to get me but I made sure to move a lot both Friday and Saturday and still ate pretty well during the day. I do have plans for the next couple of weekends so I’ll have to use that time to learn how to balance food and drinks when in social situations.