I can’t believe I’m already half way through with the challenge! I am feeling better and more confident. Never have I taken this much control over my diet and exercise, and truly been motivated because the Lord desires for me to take care of the body He has given me. However, this week has probably been the hardest. I have had days of struggling with no motivation, busy days meaning little time/low energy for working out, and a couple of fast food meals. I won’t sit and make excuses but I will say I am still proud of my husband and I for sticking with this!
Before I go into some meal highlights for the week I just wanted to say to those of you who are trying to eat healthier and change exercise and eating habits…. YOU CAN DO IT! You are not alone in this and you are doing such a great job! If you mess up, it is okay. Keep going, even if its 20 crunches before you head out the door and that’s it for the day, or you’ve started eating a bag of potato chips but you can put the rest down. Don’t let the “Well I’ve already messed up there’s no going back now” attitude take control! Pray for strength and the Lord will give that to you. In fact, I pray in the name of Jesus right now for strength and blessings in whatever life decisions you are making when it comes to your health. Keep going, and don’t give up 🙂
Now to some favorite meals for the week! This is usually my favorite part but I haven’t really had time to take the pictures because we were on the move every night this week! So instead I will include a picture of one of my Sample Menus I have used during this challenge 🙂 Hope this gives you some ideas on planning out your meals. I’m tellin ya, doing this a week ahead of time is so worth it if you can find the time to do it! Our menu has been much simplified since this one from week 2 but here is the general idea:
Menu: Week 2
|Monday||Bagels, Fruit, Eggs||Turkey wraps, chips||Tomato/cheese/pesto sandwich|
|Tuesday||Cottage cheese, fruit||Salad, Bell peppers and ranch||Crockpot chicken and veggies|
|Wednesday||Smoothies, toast||Bean and cheese tostadas||Salad|
|Thursday||Oatmeal||Smoothies and veg tray||Tilapia, brown rice, steamed veggies|
|Friday||Eggs/Spinah, toast, fruit||Bagel sandwichs||*optional night*|
|Saturday||Oatmeal pancakes, fruit||PBJ, apples||Organic Spaghetti w/ turkey meat balls|
|Sunday||Cereal||Veggie mini pizzas||Smoothies|
|Snacks:||Almonds, yogurt, veggies w/ ranch, bell peppers, fruit, granola bars|
I have started adding “optional nights” into my menu due to things that come up such as outings with family, special holidays and so forth. Or in our case being stuck in our house unable to go to the grocery store because of Snowmageddon 2015! 🙂 We have also celebrated Valentine’s Day and our anniversary is coming up. I find it if I plan the menu too strict it can cause foods to go bad and be a waste of buying them!
You might have seen my post the other day on “The Most Amazing Chicken Pot Pie”, so I won’t go too much into it, but it was SO delicious and such a simple meal to make! Check out that post for more details.
Anyone else pushing through this challenge with me or wanting to start making healthier decisions? I would love to hear about your journeys!