A Wellness Journey: Week 7

I got back at it guys! After a week of solitary confinement due to illness and birthday celebrations, I knew I needed to hit the gym and get some good foods in my body. I listened to my body, which was screaming for good foods and some movement. And I’m glad I did. Read below to find out why.

Food

Thankfully, we had some leftover Moroccan Chicken from the week before so that we had dinner ready for us at the beginning of the week. I also meal prepped some amazing Chicken Tortilla Soup with Kale that I was able to eat for lunch. I’ve linked the recipe for you guys. It is so tasty and way too easy to make as I basically just threw it all in the Crock Pot and then into meal prep containers.

As for breakfast, I was very lazy at the beginning of the week and just ate toast. But by the end of the week, I was making oatmeal, or porridge, with flax meal, cinnamon, and chia seeds mixed in and then put raspberries and blueberries on top. It was a nice change of pace and filled me up for a few hours. I definitely would like to add oatmeal to the breakfast mix up as it is very healthy and easy to make. And when I get my protein powder delivered, I’ll be sure to add that as it will help keep me full for longer, hopefully until lunch.

I also have a new obsession from Ambitious Kitchen (obvs) and that is the One Pot Tandoori Chicken with Spiced Coconut Rice. I made it for the first time a few weeks ago and it was sooooo good. I was ill at the time and was having trouble with my taste buds and I still managed to like it. I made it again during Week 7 because I wanted to get all of the flavours this time and I’m really happy I did. I could eat all of it easily. Don’t you worry, I’ll do a post in a few weeks as I feel the need to share this recipe with you guys.

Friday was cheat meal night. I really wanted to order a pizza, but for whatever reason, the Dominos website has been really annoying the last few times I’ve tried it and it won’t let me submit my payment. Instead, I opted for an Indian dinner feast. And feast, I did. Although, I tried a new curry and did not like it. So I was a bit sad about that.

I made some pesto pasta with some leftover chicken we had during the week so that became Saturday night’s dinner for both D and I. And Sunday night was a Charlie Bigham special: Chicken Tikka Masala with Pilau Rice. If you can’t tell, I am obsessed with curries. Especially when I can find a healthy recipe.

I was pretty busy during the weekend so didn’t really eat that much during the day. Although, I wasn’t necessarily choosing the healthiest foods. But as I didn’t eat much and I made sure to work out both on Friday and Saturday, I’m letting it slide.

Workouts

We had a guest sleeping over so I wasn’t able to workout on Monday morning, but after work I did a full 30 minutes of yoga and then BBG Week 7 Arms and Abs and I felt amazing after it. Also, during my yoga practice, I did the Crow Pose and was able to actually hold it in the air for awhile. I haven’t been able to fly in a long time as I had lost a lot of my upper body strength so I am extremely proud of myself for this! I have come such a long way. I was telling everyone about it. And by everyone, I mean my boyfriend and my best friend. LOLZ.

I couldn’t get up Tuesday morning to workout. Why? I can’t remember. Although because I did do two workouts on Monday evening, I didn’t feel as guilty for skipping Tuesday’s.

Wednesday morning I woke up early and did BBG Week 7 Legs which was ridiculous. I was dying throughout the entire thing. And I am not ashamed to admit I was cursing Kayla through this as well. Poor girl. #sorryKayla #Ididntmeanit

On Thursday, I didn’t get up to work out but the boyfriend and I did make plans to go to IKEA after work to pick up a few things so I knew I’d be doing a bit of walking. Also, I decided that 3 times a day at work I would walk down 5 flights of stairs and then back up again as I realised I spend way too much time sitting at my desk and not moving around enough. So on the days I just don’t work out, at least I spend some time going up and down the stairs. And my goal is to eventually make it to the top without gasping for breath.

The sun actually came out on Friday and as I didn’t get up early enough to workout in the morning, it did inspire me to get a bit more active after work. Which, by the way, is so unusual for me. I very rarely am in a mood to workout on a Friday evening. I completed the BBG Week 7 Full Body Resistance Training and felt so much better for it.

As I’m trying to incorporate yoga into my workout regime a bit more, I decided that Saturday morning’s would be dedicated to a lovely yoga practice where I could work on my strength, flexibility, and fun poses. And maybe even begin to take some progress pictures?? Hmm, one day. I did the same yoga video that I did on Monday evening and loved it the same. I’m really liking the Yoga by Candace videos so far. And I felt so good about that yoga routine. It really is amazing how strong I am only in Week 7. I’m very pleased with my progress!

Week 7 Tip

Don’t stop what you’re doing. If there’s one thing I’ve learned this week, it’s how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time. I have gone from being so out of shape, lethargic, demotivated, and feeling like crap about myself to being so much more fit, having lots more energy, excited to try new recipes and workouts, and feeling powerful and proud of what I’ve accomplished. I took a week off but made sure it didn’t last any longer and I’m glad I did. This is why my tip for this week is just to keep going. If you hit a fork in the road, just keep doing what you’re doing and don’t give up. Eventually, it’ll pay off.

Have any of you had any proud moments so far that you want to share with me? Comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

Much Love

xx

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