WEEK 10 CHALLENGE
So, how did last week’s challenge go? Did anyone cut out dairy entirely? We don’t buy regular milk around here anymore, but I do often get a pint of cream for desserts here and there…and sometimes I throw it in my granola, along with some non-dairy milk. Kinda negates all the health benefits, eh? But this week I left it out! I’m making progress too! Ha.
We’ve all heard that it’s important not to starve when trying to lose weight. Our bodies need continual, lean fuel in order to build muscle and become more efficient fat-burning machines. But the question is, how often should we eat? Remember when the nutritionists started saying we should eat 5 small meals a day instead of 3 big ones? Well, I’ve read more research lately saying that we actually need to go back to 3 moderate meals again. So in light of this conflicting news, I say – just listen to your body!
There are times in my life when 3 meals just isn’t enough unless I gorge during meal time and that’s not healthy. Nursing moms, athletes and other very active people will probably need healthy snacks now and again. But if you usually snack and are having a tough time losing weight, try cutting out the snacks and see what happens!
There are a few other important things to remember during this challenge:
1. Each meal or snack should contain protein, fat and carbs and keep you full until your next meal. You should not feel hungry when you’re done! But also, stop before you’re uncomfortable.
2. Plan ahead! Trust me on this one. You don’t want to get to 4pm and have no good meal ideas and end up scarfing chocolate chips because you’re starving. This is especially important if you’re really busy and running around all day. Trail mix, fruit, veggies, nut butters, instant oatmeal…there are lots of things you can stash in your purse or desk or your secret no-kids-allowed kitchen cabinet to help you eat regularly and healthfully.
Or, try keeping a list on the fridge of all the meal ideas you can easily create with what’s lying around. Then you can throw something together without too much effort.
I wanna hear about some more successes! I’ve been feeling really strong lately and not craving as much junk, so I’m loving that!
Let’s hit it, kids!
Week 11 is right HERE!
ErikaMay 16, 2016 at 11:48 am
I ran a 5K on Saturday! I’ve walked several but never ran any before (and I did take some walking breaks on this one) so I was pretty pleased with myself. Following along with your program definitely helped prepare me for the run. Thanks!
I didn’t do as well cutting out dairy though 🙁 I did try to avoid it when possible but there some times I ate it without thinking about it, ie, my husband handed me a buttered biscuit at dinner time.
I do pretty well eating regularly during the week- three meals and an afternoon snack. During the weekend though, with all the running we do I sometimes wind up skipping a meal. I’ll be more conscientious about it this weekend and make sure I try to eat three meals around the same time as during the week.
BonnieMay 18, 2016 at 2:49 pm
Hurray! Great job, Erika!! Races are so much fun, aren’t they? Especially when it’s something you haven’t done before.
Hope this week is going well for you!
ErikaMay 20, 2016 at 9:33 am
I did have a lot of fun! My three year old daughter watched me training for it and now wants to run a race too so I found a short one-mile one for us to do in July. It’s been a lot of fun training (I use the term very loosely) with her. It’s also nice because it gives us a little one on one time (I have a 1 1/2 year old son too).
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