Health Transformation: Bare Health Week Deux
This is a really important subject to bring up FIRST. In week one I had to send Tessa a picture of EVERY food I ate...did I maybe not send everrrry piece of food, maybe! I did however stay pretty freaking accountable ! In week two my accountability was towards completing my postural exercises at least 5 times throughout the week and making my smoothie 5 - 6 days a week. I am proud to say that I made the smoothie almost 6 days and the only day I didn't make it was because of pure time, just not having enough! I only did my exercises fully 4 days, partly because it's hard to find space at my work to do them (trying to be efficient) and at home, it's also kind of hard because I don't have the little seat thing we use at the gym or a mat - (all excuses I know, so I am going to get a mat and look for a seat/block thing), the postural exercises are probably the most important thing for me because of my back, so my goal is to be a lot better the rest of this 3rd week and do at least 5 - 6 days!
This past week I thought I actually did better than week 1 because I was making some really great substitutions to items I would normally eat. For example, instead of pasta sauce with noodles, I replaced with zoodles (noodles made from raw zucchini). They sell the pre-made zoodles and a sweet potato version at Whole Foods. The $6.99 price tag is a little hefty, but let's be honest, the fact that you don't have to make them yourself is probably going to save you time and $$ in the long run! Another swap I have been a fan of for some time, cauliflower mashed potatoes - a whole head of cauliflower, one whole potato, boil and mash....add butter/fat free sour cream and you basically have the same thing! The important thing about my diet is making sure I get my smoothie in the morning and then making sure that I don't skip lunch and try to make up for it at dinner - one of my biggest skills is justifying things. Since I didn't eat lunch I can basically have two portions of dinner......NO...your body can only process so much at once and it is a machine, you put too much stuff in the machine and it just doesn't work as effeciently! I also want to point out in these two pictures, the shirt on top is much looser on me than the pink shirt (so probably should wear similar outfits or at least tops to give you an accurate view - in addition I am bloated AF and about to start my period - so yeah thats my puffy excuse for the week - you only can use it one week out of the month #amiright ).....
If you follow along my instagram or insta stories you may have seen my big bike crash from a few weeks ago? Crashing as an adult and skinning your knee is probably enough of an excuse to not ride your bike for a while, however I just could not let that be the reason I gave up my favorite type of cardio!! I decided to not give up my biking endeavors and instead play it safe by using the Vine Trail. The Vine Trail was created to provide a safe bike path for anyone wanting to tour the Napa Valley on two wheels, it's an absolute gorgeous path you can take from Napa to Yountville or from the Napa Valley College to Yountville (if your feeling ambitious lol). From my house in Napa to my work in Yountville it is approximately 13 miles! So last week one day I rode my bike to and from work! It felt really good when I got home and knew I had accomplished so much! Another activity I really love since It is so nice out right now, is hiking! I head up to Alston Dog Park or Skyline park and I do a 30 - 60 minute hike! My goal next week is to add a spinning class 1 - 2 times a week, or additional cardio at the gym. I also want to try to bike twice next week! Wish me luck!
Best Thing I Learned All Week
I absolutely need accountability, wether it be sending pictures of my food to my trainer, having to get my workout's checked off by someone, I need it! Luckily for me I work with a bunch of health nuts who are always bringing their healthy lunches and smoothies to work, so it's basically like I am getting on board with their lifestyle vs fighting it like I have been for the last year! It's also the first week I was weighed and it was disappointing to say the least, but not too far from where I thought I was (I am about 8 lbs over my normal weight and about 18 lbs from my wedding weight), so my goal is to lose 28 lbs in the next 4 months and 10% body fat - that will probably kill me, but I know I will feel better. The whole goal is to be stronger/better version of myself before I get pregnant! I also faced a big fear this week, I let my trusted photographer photograph me in workout gear - can you say suck in much? LOL....I did it and I am proud to say I don't completely hate these photos, but I know I will appreciate them in the next few months to see how far I have come! Just you wait!
My mental attitude! I will be VERY honest here, a month ago I was eating fast food regularly, maybe once a week and just plain not caring about what I was putting in my mouth. These last two weeks, going into the third week my attitude towards food has changed and continues to get better everyday. They say it takes 20 days for something to become a routine, so by the end of this week, it's going to be 21 days and I am SO happy to be here and not where I was a month ago....thank you Tessa and Matt, your attitudes are infectious and your help is SO appreciated! I think that my mental attitude has also changed in the way I view my body, it's a tool, not a prop. I try to give it fuel, build muscle so I can actually complete normal tasks and feel good. My back injury is hopefully going to be a thing of the past and my body overall feels stronger! Week 3 let's do this!