It has felt so good getting back in the groove of eating healthier, and moving my body.  I had a great great week being back in the saddle, so to say, and I even lost a pound!  It was hard work but I did it and I feel great with moving forward.  2017 is looking up!  Let’s jump right into Fit at Fifty Week Twenty as I am pumped moving forward!

Fit at Fifty Week Twenty

Traditionally when January rolls around we do a self-imposed detox by cutting out refined sugars, processed/pre-made foods and alcohol, by making a big pot of this Healthy Detox Soup.  It is such a great way to cleanse while eating something that is good for us.  We are not fans of starving ourselves or juicing during a detox, and find that clean eating is really where it is at;  at least for us.

This year was different as we decided to do the Cooking Light 3 Day Detox.  I loved the concept of making enough of one or two ingredients used in a recipe to bring over to the next days meals.  We were never hungry, didn’t crave sugar and felt very light and healthy after the three days.  Definitely recommend it!  We are continuing the detox following the same guidelines that Cooking Light recommends:  Eliminate added sugars, choose whole over processed, vegetable heavy, diversify carbs and avoid alcohol, by adding our own recipes.

I have upped my workout by adding a 31 day Yoga Challenge – it has been great and I actually look forward to each day.  I did miss a couple days as we were in Big Sur, and had no internet access to download the videos.  I did come back and got right back into the groove of it.  I am not a yoga person at all , but I know deep down inside that it is good for me, so I am giving it my all this year.  I am digging this challenge.  I am still doing spin classes and home, which I enjoy doing, so much so I usually end up adding an extra 15 – 30 minutes to my sessions.  Buying a bike for the house was the best thing ever!

My workout is starting to shape into this schedule and I am trying hard to stick to it this month:

  • Monday:     60 Minute Spin Session and Yoga Challenge
  • Tuesday:     30 Minute Spin Session and Yoga Challenge
  • Wednesday:  60 Minute Spin Session and Yoga Challenge
  • Thursday:    30 Minute Spin Session and Yoga Challenge
  • Friday:         60 Minute Spin Session and Yoga Challenge
  • Saturday:     Hike or 30 Minute Spin Session and Yoga Challenge
  • Sunday:        Rest from Cardio and Yoga Challenge

Remember when I said I thought my scale lied last week as it said I lost some 9 pounds.  Wishful thinking was exactly how I felt.  I am assuming I was still at 147 when I weighed in that time and the scale was wrong.  That being said I am down a pound after some clean eating and working my butt off!

How has your first week gone for the new year?  What are your fitness or losing weight goals for this year?  Would love to hear all about it!

Beginning Weight:  147

End of week: 146

Successes: 

  • Worked out 6 days this week
  • Eliminated sugar, processed carbs and alcohol
  • Started a Yoga Challenge
  • Lost one pound

Failures:

  • Did not feel I had any this week

What I ate and how I moved:

Sunday 

Moving: 60 minute spin

Breakfast:  3 cups black coffee, lox with country bread toast, cream cheese, red onion and capers

Lunch:  late breakfast

Dinner: 1 serving Food and Wine White Bean Harissa Soup and 1 serving kale salad

Snack:  1 pink lady apple

Water: 6 glasses (16 oz each)

Monday 

Moving: 60 minutes spin

Breakfast:  3 cups black coffee, 1/2 cup whole milk greek yogurt, 1/3 cup blueberries and 1 teaspoon honey

Lunch: 1 serving of left over Food and Wine White Bean Harissa Soup

Dinner:  Cooking Light Pork Tenderloin Salad

Snack:  Hummus with Cucumber slices

Water: 7 glasses (16 oz each)

Tuesday 

Moving: 90 minutes spin and 1st day of Yoga Challenge

Breakfast:  Cooking Light eggs with Sweet Potatoes

Lunch:  Cooking Light Winter Green Salad

Dinner: Cooking Light Spaghetti Squash and Shrimp

Snack: 1 pink lady apple

Water: 5 glasses (16 oz each)

Wednesday  

Moving: 90 minutes spin and Yoga Challenge

Breakfast:  3 cups black coffee, oatmeal with 1/2 banana and 1/3 cup blueberries

Lunch:  Cooking Light Greek Spaghetti Squash Toss

Dinner: Cooking Light Roasted Salmon Salad (substituted with Sablefish)

Snack:

Water: 7 glasses (16 oz each)

Thursday  

Moving: walked 3.43 miles and Yoga Challenge

Breakfast:  2 cups black coffee, one egg fried with ghee and 1/2 avocado

Lunch: Cooking Light Tuna Salad

Dinner: Roasted chicken thighs and cauliflower

Snack:

Water: 6 glasses (16 oz each)

Friday 

Moving: hiked 3.37 miles

Breakfast:  1/3 cup whole milk greek yogurt with 1/3 cup blueberries

Lunch: 1/2 chorizo sandwich on the road

Dinner: camping – turkey and black bean chili

Snack:

Water: 6 glasses (16 oz each)

Saturday 

Moving: rest day (cardio) and yoga challenge

Breakfast:  3 cups black coffee, and half order Eggs Benedict at a restaurant

Lunch: had late breakfast

Dinner:  went out to a Korean BBQ joint

Snack: 1 pink lady apple

Water: 5 glasses (16 oz each)

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