85 days out - Breakfast all day !
3 meals out of 6 are usually breakfast meals. I can’t help it, I love breakfast foods too much. Meal 3 was egg whites scrambled topped with Frank’s Red hot, sweet potato hashbrowns, and a banana with peanut butter.
What is your favorite breakfast food ?
98 days out - Starting my FitnessPrint plan
Sorry I haven’t been able to update this blog this week, but I was very busy with school, work, and starting my program.
Sunday night, my coach sent me my workout plan and food plan for the month. I started Monday and have been following it perfectly this week. The best part is that since I’m still in my muscle building phase, I have a lot of food options to choose from. I’ve been eating whole wheat pasta, peanut butter and banana oatmeal, and even a bit of cheese everyday this week. Talk about some yummy food ! I am a happy camper :)
The workouts are great too, very challenging. I can’t wait to put on more muscles and then start leaning out. Seeing my body change is the most fascinating thing about this whole process.
Unfortunately, on my day 3 of weight training, I torned my right bicep muscle. It started hurting when I got back from the gym, and it’s still very painful at the moment. I don’t know how I did it because I was properly warmed up before my workout and kept a perfect form in every exercises I did. I’m taking anti inflammatory and icing it, but I have to rest. This means I can’t go to the gym for upper body today. First week into my program and I’m already injured, just my luck … Keeping my fingers crossed that it heals really quickly so I can continue to follow my workout plan by Monday.
I might not be able to update my blog this week because I have midterms, but I’ll try my best !
112 days out - Post-Workout Meal
After a brutal back & biceps workout followed by some sprints on the treadmill, I needed to refuel. Since I’m trying to put on muscles, I need to eat a lot more carbs (I’m aiming for 200-220 g a day). So, I made a stack of my delicious pancakes, but DOUBLED the recipe ! Not all the ingredients were doubled, but I used 1 cup oats, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup almond milk, and 1/4 cup cottage cheese. Topped with 1/4 cup mixed berries that I microwaved for 1 min and 1 tbsp sugar-free syrup. The result :
Can you say YUM ?
114 days out - My Lunch Box
What do you spy ?
A typical plate of food for Val
- 4 oz chicken : lean protein
- 1/2 cup brown rice : complex carbohydrates
- 1 cup of green vegetables : essential vitamins and minerals
With my gallon of water by my side of course ! For most people, this meal is probably torture just looking at it because it’s ”plain” and ”tastes nothing”. I gotta admit I thought the same think when I first started ”dieting”. I hated the taste of plain chicken and thought it tasted like dead carcasse. And I still doesn’t quite like it, but the difference is I know how to prepare it so it tastes good : Mrs Dash spices, plain non-fat greek yogurt and garlic (Shish Taouk !), honey and dijon mustard, siracha, etc. The healthy possibilities are endless !
I even find myself craving a meal like this after an intense workout now. Crazy how when you’ve changed your eating habits for some time, your mind follows and makes you want more and more of what you’re eating.
So, don’t forget to eat your chicken, brown rice, and green veggies guys !