I feel like the title sums up everyone’s feeling at the moment. 2020 is turning into a crazy year isn’t it. It’s been a hot 🔥 second since my last entry . . . yeah I guess you could say life is strange right now for everybody.
Today is May 1, which means there are technically 28 days left for this challenge – but I’m going to consider it done at the end of this month. I’m weird like that. Maybe I should change it to my 3 Month Journey. 🤷🏻♀️ oh well.
That being said, while I was pretty much MIA for all of last month, I DID stick to my 90 Day plan as much as possible (given our current circumstances). A few things to touch on (though my full update will come this coming Sunday with up to date body measurements for the last month) . . .
- try to keep getting quality sleep
- workout (almost) daily – hit a couple of snafus there
- my best to eat generally well
- try to keep drinking water
Surprisingly, I’ve actually been able to get better sleep now than before all of this pandemic stuff hit the fan. The first week or so wasn’t good for me for sleep, but I can’t imagine it was for anyone. But now, I’ve been sleeping fairly well. I mostly think that’s due to Zach being home from work, so I never end up waiting up for him before eating or getting to sleep. Generally he would always get home around 11:30 or later since the restaurant he worked at closed late (and is downtown). So I’d typically always wait up for him so we could eat together and spend some time together before heading to bed – which usually would end up being around 2 or 3 AM. So for the most part I’ve been able to construct a semi-structured sleep schedule.
I struggled some in the workout department . . . where I missed maybe only one or two days in March, I’ve missed several days in April. I may or may not have mentioned it, but around the end of March I twisted my ankle walking the dogs. I rested it, and was slowly able to start working out on it again as of last Monday – until I twisted it AGAIN last Tuesday. So having a physical injury plus being *slightly* stressed and maybe encountering a tiny bit of pandemic depression – I’ve missed several days the last 2 weeks. There were also some days that I tried to push myself to workout, maybe got through one or two videos and just called it quits because I couldn’t get into it.
The biggest takeaway for me there was basically, not beating myself up for listening to my body. So instead of forcing myself through a workout I wasn’t feeling or enjoying, I opted for some yoga/stretching.
Now on to food . . . I’m not going to lie, I legit let the emotional eating (and cooking/baking) take over for a couple of weeks. We made homemade pizza dough and sauce that then became mini-calzones (10/10 would recommend)
But I also made a birthday cake for Harli – from scratch! (The buttercream frosting too!) This lasted us several nights, and I’m actually very proud as it’s the first time I’ve managed to make a cake and frosting from scratch that didn’t taste like 💩.
Lastly, water. I haven’t really been doing that well, tbh. I feel like the biggest contributor has been the fact that we are required to wear face masks at work. I am considered an essential worker, so I have still been going to work. However, we’ve pretty much been utilizing face masks since day 1. I never thought about it, but with as busy (and short staffed) as it has been, it really feels like taking 2 seconds to pull the mask down to chug some water just isn’t feasible. Though hopefully that gets fixed, as we are hoping to return slowly to normal shifts, which will hopefully mean no more being short staffed. We shall see.
Now let’s chat about this month!
The biggest change I’m planning on making is my diet – I’ve been doing poorly to sticking with a better diet and I want to do what I can to eat better.
Generally I will eat 1, maybe 2 meals a day. I hardly ever eat breakfast, so I’ll usually do a protein or keto type shake to get me through the first part of my day. Then I might have a snack at work, then eat a decent sized dinner and sometimes a snack before bed.
My goal for food and better eating this month includes
- Having more regular meals (even if it includes intermittent fasting – which usually works for me)
- Getting more greens / veggies in
- More protein, fewer carbs
I’ve decided I’m going to probably go pretty old-school weight loss for dinners and stick with chicken, veggies, and a small portion of some other starch (most likely rice). To help keep things interesting though I’ll be sure to season my chicken with a variety of flavors so I don’t get bored with my food – which has always been a problem with healthy eating for me in the past.
And while I am going to be eating more veggies (and trying to eat more salads), I will be planning on incorporating a greens blend by Teami (Teami Greens). I know eating actual fruits and veggies is the best way to get your fiber and minerals and vitamins, but dammit I don’t enjoy veggies and if I can chug them then I will. That being said, the greens blend in using also has matcha tea in it, and it’s predominant flavor is matcha – so I’m attempting to board the matcha tea train if you will. I’m hoping this will also help me cut back on my coffee consumption and addiction. We’ll see.
For now though, I think that will be all. I’m hoping to get back into the daily updates. I will for sure be touching on more of my plans for the final month of this journey with you guys on Sunday, so stay tuned!