Monday, November 2, 2015

Jumpstart Week 1!

(The tacos I ate four days this week - so so so yummy!!)

I'm done with my first week of the Fit Girls 28 Day Jumpstart! It's been a rollercoaster so far but a good one. The Fit Girl community is amazing. I made a separate Instagram account to connect with other women participating in this lifestyle (fitgirlchemist is my account name) and everyone is so encouraging!!

Here's some of my thoughts so far:

1. It's not that bad (insert praise hands emoji). The fact that you get a grocery list and every recipe you'll need made it so much easier! I'm not that creative with food so having someone tell me exactly how to cook was wonderful. The workouts aren't awful. I mean they're hard (obvi) but they don't have workouts that I've never seen before. Also I had pizza and tacos for dinner this week. How great is that?!

2. My taste buds have definitely changed. Never in my life have I been a person that would put peppers and mushrooms on her pizza or onions on her tacos. Ever!! Ask my mom - I've always been pretty picky about what goes in my food. But y'all the times have changed! I could put onions in almost every dish. (Hey family, this means we don't have to order cheese pizza when I'm home!)

3. I can only have the same thing for lunch so many days in a row before I go crazy. I can eat the same thing for breakfast every day. I do that anyway. But lunch and dinner need to change. This program has the same thing for lunch every day. Thankfully the next three weeks have more variations on the lunches than the first week. The dinners alternate nights and I'm totally down with that. I can handle the same lunch or dinner two maybe three days in a row but then I need a change! Praise the Lord this program allows for flexibility.

4. I eat out of boredom more than any other emotion. This week I was an emotional wreck. But all that emotion didn't drive me to reach for ice cream or carbs. Only boredom did that. Especially when I'm just sitting at my desk reading articles. I'm a snacker. Or when I'm sitting on my couch at home binging on Empire. Rather than get upset because I eat when I'm bored, I look at this as an opportunity to become more active to keep from being bored. (I said that last sentence with Chris Traeger enthusiasm hoping it would help. It literally made me feel better. Shoutout to everyone who got that Parks and Rec reference!)

5. I quickly go from not hungry to hangry. I've always been a person who gets hangry easily. If my stomach is growling, so am I. This mostly stems from the fact that I've never been a person who lets themselves feel hungry. I'm more inclined to each three full meals a day with snacks in between. Meaning I'm never hungry! Unless I'm crazy busy in which case I sometimes forget to eat (no joke I've gone to teach in the afternoon and realized "oh my gosh I forgot to eat lunch"). That being said, I've had to feel hungry this week. That's been the biggest adjustment. But it's been a good one! Because I'm actually sitting down to each meal hungry, I get to enjoy all of the wonderful food I just cooked. Before all of this, I would only eat part of my meal because I wasn't that hungry from snacking all day. Not the best when you're making amazing tacos and pizza that you want to savor.

6. I can almost drink coffee black. If you know me this is quite a shocker! I like coffee with my creamer. But this jumpstart has gotten rid of my creamer!! Instead I can put a splash of almond milk in my coffee and that's about it. Knowing that I went on a rampage trying to find a coffee I can drink black (or with a splash of milk). I like my Dunkin Donuts caramel coffee, but only with cream. I drank it black and nearly spit it out - it was no bueno. Then I tried this coffee at the Oxford farmer's market and fell in love. I drank it black and was hesitant to put any milk in it because it was so good ( still put milk in it because I like how it kind of thickens it up and cools it off)! It's a bean from Guatemala and I love it so much I bought a bag of it. My mother would be so proud of me.

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This has been a great journey so far. I told myself the first week would probably be the hardest. If that's true, the next three weeks are going to be great!

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