I'm pretty sure that every week that goes by, I have at least a dozen people a week that tell me that what I do is easy for me since I've been doing this for so long. Or my personal favorite is that I don't have cravings for sweet things. Let me tell you....I crave sweet things all the time! I just don't act on it all the time. :) I'd be a big girl if I did. I'm becoming more picky with the sweet things that I do actually eat when I do. I love candy and such, but if I'm going to eat something off my diet, it's gotta be worth it, which in my book, TOP quality and most likely homemade. So this is where the banana pancakes come in. I LOVE THEM. I LOVE carrot cake too. But it's been so weird that for the past couple weeks all I want to eat is banana pancakes, I seriously think I make the best ones, especially with some dark chocolate chips in them. 11 more weeks, I can wait.
So I just spent the last week off from work. One of the joys of teaching, is spring break. :) So I decided to take this week to really get focused, rest a lot and stay on track. It's always a crap shoot with a week off like this, because then I get out of a routine and find that it's almost harder to stay on track. I live a very busy life. I am up at 4:15am, and out the door by 6:30am at the latest for work. I'm home for the night anywhere from 6:30pm to 10:45pm depending on the day, so when you take a good chunk of my schedule out, I sometimes can get off track. Thankfully this wasn't the week to that it happened. It actually worked out to be fairly beneficial. I got a new diet from my trainers on Sunday night and started it Monday with a bang. It's always exciting to get a new diet, or a new path, mostly because it usually brings positive changes and great results. It's enven more exciting when the exact words you get are, "We are going to take it up about ten notches". That gets me excited! With the new diet came more cardio, double days and A LOT of tilapia. Thank goodness it's not tuna, I HATE tuna. I know it's good for what we do, but seriously I don't like it anymore, so I'll eat the ridiculous amount of tilapia. But out the window went my favorite meal, oats with chocolate whey protein. Tastes like a no bake cookie. Amazing. :)
Little did I know that Monday would start so great and end so irritating. So, Monday morning I started my day with new cardio, 20 minutes on the arc trainer and 20 minutes incline walking. I must say I am enjoying the variety of my cardio. :) Hit the grocery shortly after and started my day of prepping food. I had everything ready to go for two to three days and then out the door I went to work at the gym. This is when I realized the huge mistake that I made.
When making and planning for a new diet, it's easy to have to double and triple check the list. I prepped the flank steak, the veggies, rice, chicken and last I cooked an entire package of tilapia (costco has the best tilapia). Oven went off, and since I had what I needed for the day I decided to let it cool in the pan and I would put it in the fridge before I went to work. About 3.5 hours later, I remembered that the tilapia was still in the oven. I felt so stupid and mad at the same time. There was nothing that could be done. No one was at home, and at that point it wouldn't matter. I was at least happy that the oven was off and I wouldn't be coming home to charred tilapia and my dogs freaking out because someone hopefully would have called the fire department or something. What a story that would have been! Instead I just came home to thankfully no fish smell, and was forced just to throw out about 3 pounds of tilapia. Sad face. :(
After my tilapia fiasco, the week turned out pretty good. Lots of naps, lots of gym time and finished it off working with Northwest Competition Color tanning at the Tanji Johnson Vancouver Natural Bodybuilding competition. That was a blast! Saw a lot of great people, made some good connections and of course grabbed some extra motivation seeing how great everyone looked. It was a great experience, and it's always a different experience being on the other side of things during competition weekend. I would have loved to be competiting, it was very motivating and encouraging to be there and helping so many athletes get ready and know that I will be there too in 11 short weeks. I can't wait!
It was nice to not have to work while getting used to new diet and cardio, but being off my routine of getting up at the crack of dawn, it has seemed like so much food and I have found myself only eating because I know I should, and not being hungry. It took the whole week for my hunger to come back. I have nailed every minute of cardio and made every second count in the gym. I am loving the strength I have in the gym and I get excited to see my shoulders and back getting bigger and better!!! Of course loving my leg workouts. :)
Let's give this diet and cardio a shot with a whole week of work. Kill it every day and keep training hard my friends.