Tuesday, August 4, 2009

6 Week Challenge: Week WON

Here we are, the end of day seven of the Nautilus 6-week challenge. I've got to say, I think I'm rockin' this thing so far. Look at my thighs in this pic!

Things I've learned...

• It is INSANE how many calories I was consuming absentmindedly. Serving the kids yogurt, I'd lick a big glob of it off my finger. Left over fish sticks? We can't let them go to waste now, could we? Never mind the scrap pieces of granola bars, goldfish and string cheese here and there... or the bites of mac and cheese I would nibble on right out of the pan as I set three plates out. If you count all of the fat, carbs and calories I would shove in my face without even thinking about it, you could probably feed a small village for a year. And I wondered why my trunk had so much junk.

• Frozen vegetables expire. Once in a while, I get on this "I'm going to play with veggie recipes and get the kids to love them" kick. That usually consists of my buying countless bags of frozen medleys of healthy goodness only to leave them in the freezer after bag #1 is a complete bust. Oh and how many times does a person have to buy green beans for the annual holiday casserole? I think I had seven bags "just in case." If it expires in 2006, it's time to toss it out. Speaking of veggies, one positive I discovered in my freezer is my new love of all things brussel sprouts. Try this: toss the sprouts in some olive oil, pepper and a little garlic powder and cook 'em up in the toaster oven and they are amazing! (really, I'm totally not kidding)

Working out hard... hurts. Kind of like parenting, one minute you wonder why the heck you're doing it and the next you can't get enough. It's excruciating, exhilarating and worth every second.

• Going to consult on a project right after a workout (even when changing clothes) is not the best idea. I couldn't hear exactly what they were saying around the water cooler but caught words like "new girl" and "stinky" and thought I actually saw money exchange hands, betting on the last time I had bathed.

1/6 of the challenge is already under my belt -- my looser belt at that. My workouts are Monday, Wednesday and Fridays for 30 minutes (doable, right?) and I've been following the diet every day, consuming lots of fruits/veggies and protein... with some healthy carbs thrown in for good measure. I don't know if I'm a little crazy (aka hungry) but I can already see a difference. With almost three pounds gone this first week, I'm well on my way to making (infomercial) history.

Enough about me... what's up with you this week?

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