Week Two Check In
I am two weeks into my intense diet change, and I am still going strong! I am sticking to my new diet, and I am loving every day of it. This week did take place during “shark week”, and surprisingly enough, I never had any cravings for anything. I think that the reason for this is because I am not eating any heavily processed foods. Again, I want to emphasize on the importance of food quality and eating nutrient dense foods. Especially those specific to one’s own diet and their body’s needs as every diet is as unique as the person it belongs to.
When starting my intense diet change I weighed in at 137.0 lbs. After two weeks I am sitting at 135.0 lbs. Therefore, in two weeks I have lost two pounds; a healthy range for weight loss. Rapid weight loss, although may be “enjoyable” in the short term, it is not healthy for long-term health or success. Making consistent progress over a longer time frame ensures long-term success.
Remember that the number on the scale is reflective of your total body weight and not body fat. Please use different means of tracking if you begin to notice that the scale is affecting you in a negative way. Mental health is very important too! I will update my weight in Week 4 Check In as my final weigh in, so stay tuned for that!
How I Am Feeling
I still feel great. I am happy about my decision to change my diet because I am loving the way that I am eating. My body feels much better than it did before. I still have not experienced any bloat like I was experiencing prior, and my digestion feels happier all around. My boyfriend can still attest to the improvements that he noticed the first week as well.
I find that I am fuller longer and more satisfied with my meals. I am eating a lot more fruits and vegetables, as well as lots of potatoes and yams. During the past two weeks, I have not experienced any cravings (including the fact that this week has taken place entirely during “shark week”). I do not miss the foods that I have cut out in any way.
I am still sleeping better than I was before. My sleep is more restful, and I can fall asleep easier too. In part with this, my energy levels are still higher than before. Between work, school, and my blog, I still have days where I am exhausted, however I do not feel sluggish in any way. In fact, I have found that I am more productive and more active than I was before. Currently, I am very motivated to be more involved with my fitness on all levels. My boyfriend and I have started mountain biking within this past week, and we both have been really enjoying it.
Meals I Have Been Enjoying
To continue to make sure that I am eating enough food with my intense diet change, I have been keeping track of my meals. At 5’4” and 135.0lbs I am aiming to eat 1800 calories a day. I have noticed that, for my body specifically, I feel the best eating this number of calories. I do not limit myself on when I can and cannot eat.
Remember, I am sharing this information to show that food quality and focusing on the healthy foods that makes one individual feels good is important as we are all unique from one another. Also, health is extremely important in general, so make sure that you are taking care of your health!
My new favorite breakfast is the berry bowl that I have concocted for myself. I enjoy this breakfast either cold or hot.
- Frozen berries
- Apple, diced
- Almond Milk (optional)
- PB Powder
- Sliced Almonds
- Stevia (optional)
For A Warm Breakfast:
In a bowl combine berries and apple. Microwave for 2-3 minutes. Mix in PB powder, cinnamon, and stevia until well combined. Top with banana slices and sliced almonds. Enjoy!
For A Cold Breakfast:
In a bow combine frozen berries with almond milk. Mix until berries and almond milk are well combined and starts to resemble a smoothie bowl. Add PB powder, cinnamon, and stevia and mix. Top with banana and almond slices, Enjoy!
Yams with PB
My new favorite meal/snack is enjoying an oven roasted yam with PB. Quite literally, cut up a yam to your preference and bake in the oven at 450F for 30-35 minutes. Add some water to 1-2 servings of PB powder and enjoy! The yam is sweet and filling, and with some PB makes for a delicious snack or meal depending on how big the yam is.
Okay, this idea I got from Blogilates. Like the cold breakfast, mix almond milk, frozen berries, and a small amount of stevia until the mixture resembles a smoothie bowl and enjoy! I find this snack is not only delicious, but very satisfying! I am full after enjoying this snack. It is a great dessert too!
Fruits and Vegetables
My go to snacks has become fruit, including apples, bananas, and oranges. I picked up some pears at the grocery store to enjoy too! For when my after dinner sweet-tooth kicks in, I grab for an apple or an orange. Fruit is a very satisfying snack and is the perfect amount of sweet!
When I am wanting something to munch on, tomatoes, baby carrots, bell pepper, cucumbers, and mushrooms have become my go to. It is satisfying to know that I can enjoy as much as I would like and I am nourishing my body at the same time.
How has your past week been going? Make any healthful changes? Remember small changes leads to big results! Let me know in the comments down below!
I will talk to you guy next in Week Three Check In!
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