This challenge is a means for me to eat healthier, get fit, feel better, all while simultaneously not contributing to animal cruelty. Read this post for more information on why I started this challenge. Yesterday was my first day and I feel great already! My body was starving for some real nutrition.
Here are the rules:
- Take a photo of yourself front and side view so you can see your progress at the end. You don’t have to show it to anyone if you don’t want to! These can be just for you.
- Only weigh yourself at the end of every week (tough, I know, believe me, I’m married to my scale but we must resist!). If you weigh yourself everyday you may not see the progress you want as our weight fluctuates naturally from day-to-day. You’ll be less likely to give up if you only weigh once a week.
- Try your hardest to stick to the plan for the entire 30 days!
Ready, set, GO!
|Wake Up||8 oz of water|
|Breakfast||Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana)||8 oz of water|
|Morning||8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)|
|Lunch||Mock Tuna Salad from My Whole Food Life. Lots of healthy fat and protein! TIP: add black olives for extra flavor||8 oz of water|
|Afternoon||If you're hungry any time throughout the day have an apple or celery with 2 Tbsp of nut butter (I like almond or peanut butter)||8 oz of water before dinner|
|Dinner||Spaghetti Squash with kale from the Pioneer Woman. TIP: cook onion with some garlic for added flavor||8 oz of water with dinner|
|Exercise||At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate|
The Mock Tuna Salad turned out great but I added some black olives for extra flavor (not pictured). I ate it with my left over apple slices from breakfast. Make sure to click on this Oatmeal link to see all the great varieties of oatmeal you can make!
The Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Kale was probably my favorite meal of the day. I love all of the flavors! Not only did I add in garlic while cooking the onion, but in the end I added in a little more balsamic vinegar to the final dish. I love that stuff. Also, if you don’t have chili powder on hand, just do what I did: add equal parts oregano, paprika, and cumin to replace the tsp of chili powder. Voila!
For my workout I followed this hour long Zumba video. It’s great cardio and so much fun! You will sweat a lot but you won’t even notice it because the dance moves are a blast. And don’t worry too much about following the dance moves exactly, she can get pretty fast, just keep moving!