Another week down! 1 week left in the 1st phase of the challenge.
I’ve been pushing myself a bit more each week in the workouts and sticking to the meal plan. I’m trying to maintain as much strength as possible, though I know as calories drop and reps increase, strength is going to suffer a bit.
Last Sunday during my meal prep…I had to buy more Tupperware — like I don’t already have enough 🙄. BUT Family Dollar had a 50 piece set for $5, not going to complain…even though it is kind of cheap quality, but it gets the job done.
I haven’t done any progress pics yet, nor have I weighed myself. But I am starting to notice some leaning out occurring in my upper body, which is what happened when I was in prep. I would love if my lower body leaned out a bit faster, that was the biggest complaint from the judges. But the body does what it wants and loses fat where it wants…unfortunately no pinpointing certain areas.
The meal plan that I created this week was great, good mix of foods. Wasn’t hungry at all throughout the week, I think in part because of how I spaced my meals as well as how dense(?) the meals were. My eating schedule has been pretty consistent…
- 6:30/7am – post-workout meal
- 9am – meal 1
- 11:30/12pm – other
- 2pm – meal 2
- 4:30/5pm – meal 3
- 7/7:30pm – meal 4
Week 3 Meals
- Meal 1 – 2 eggs, ¼c egg whites, 14g cheese, Ezekiel bread French Toast [2 slice Ezekiel bread, 4tbsp egg whites, 1tbsp almond milk, 1tsp vanilla, cinnamon, sugar free maple syrup]
- Meal 2 – 4oz turkey burger, 120g quinoa, 100g cauliflower
- Meal 3 – 4oz chicken, 150g jasmine rice, 30g peppers/onions
- Meal 4 – 4oz chicken, 5oz sweet potato, 100g broccoli
- Post-Workout – 1½ scoop REL Protein Powder [Mariah15 for 15% off], 1 apple OR banana
- Other – 1 slice banana bread // 2 rice cakes, 1tbsp sugar free jelly, 1tbsp PB
The Ezekiel bread French toast was way better than I expected. I cut the bread so they were like the Cinnamon French Toast sticks that we’d have at school, dipped them in syrup, it was the best! For those of you that follow me on Instagram you know about the bread I made, which is NW approved…it is so good!😍 And for it having protein powder in it, it turned out perfect – I was afraid it would be a bit dry. Recipe below:
Seeing that it is Sunday, today was meal prep day. Friday I planned out what I was going to have for the upcoming week, Saturday I grocery shopped and chopped some veggies. And today, l cooked it all! I started at like 9am and was done around 11…which was very nice. It’s so much easier getting it all done when everything is planned out in advance — I may be a bit OCD about it, but whatever. It works for me.
Anyways, this week I decided to rotate some meals. So I’ll be doing 2 different breakfasts throughout the week, as well as 2 different things for Meal 2. I don’t mind eating the same thing 5 days in a row, but since I’ve been doing that for 3 weeks now, I decided to add a little variety in. I’m still going to be meeting the same macros each day – 200g carb, 165g protein, and 60g fats. Last week with those macros!
My calories have been between 1,800 and 1,950 depending on the day. And next week when Phase 2 starts, the calories drop to about 1,780 — I don’t think I’m going to have a hard time adjusting to that, as far as carbs go, I’ve been within 10-15g of the 200g/day (usually on the lower side). Once Phase 2 hits, I believe I’ll be down to 165g/day, so that may be a bit of an adjustment, but we shall see!
Today is day 21 of 70 – 7 days until my 1st refeed which is next Sunday, and I’ve had what I want for a refeed picked out since day 1😂 super excited about it to the point that I had dream that I ate donuts (not my refeed plan) which was cheating on my cheat meal…