Friday, May 25, 2012

Get Ready For Summer: Part Two

Pin It I know you're all wondering how I did in the Amanda Russell 5 Day Challenge. I think that I did pretty well. I didn't skip one workout. In fact, I even added a few, or rather maintained my running on a few of the days (mostly in hopes of working out the kinks and soreness). I plan to try and do a Tabata workout 3 days per week (the one that is only 4 minutes as it is a KILLER). I'll add it to a regular workout a few times each week. I love Amanda Russell's YouTube channel and am always doing one of her workouts, so I'll continue to do those as well.

As for the diet... I did pretty good. One downside of the diet, for me anyway, is that it cuts out sugar completely (accept sugar from the fruit that you eat). I am a dessert eater, a latte drinker, a diet coke lover, and I like the occasional piece of chocolate. This was really hard for me. So I did cheat on a couple of the days by adding something sweet, yet small. I did not cheat and have a latte, though my co-workers were probably wishing I would have! The other downside for me is that some days my workday is filled with meetings during meal times. Wednesday I had an all day meeting that went through both breakfast and lunch (both meals provided by the company I was meeting with). Luckily, they had pretty healthy options for both meals, but I did have to stray off the suggested meal plan on that day.

On the other days, I tried most of the meal plan options. I bought plain non fat Greek yogurt and almost couldn't choke it down. It was like eating sour cream -- YUCK! I tried it with berries and it wasn't much better. I will go back to the flavored or fruit-filled Greek yogurt, which is delicious. I did buy chia seeds and have put them in several things and will continue to do that. They have no taste at all and it certainly can't hurt, right? I might look into the protein powder just to try it in the future, but I just don't think that I can do a smoothie for a meal -- I'm not against trying it though. I liked minimizing the carbohydrate intake and will try to maintain that. I won't cut them out completely, but I will limit them. I also liked all the vegetables. I love veggies and this helped me to try more kinds, like kale, collards, mashed cauliflower, etc. I will keep that up!

All in all, it was a great and challenging 5 days. Would I do it again?....ABSOLUTELY!

1 comment:

  1. MEG!
    Just found your blog post! SO proud of you, and it was really enlightening to read about your experience!
    Let me know what you'd like to see in the future for you and your followers! I'm in process of creating more long-term plans for people.