The first day of the challenge didn’t start off so well. You see, I pushed a little too hard at the gym on Tuesday, swimming with my friend Suzi.
We were in the pool for about an hour and I didn’t feel too bad until late Tuesday night. My shoulders cramped up and I had restless legs all night! I ended up getting about 4 hours of sleep on the couch, laying on top of a heating pad with my legs elevated. Something in dinner hadn’t agreed with me either so I didn’t eat right away in the morning. I got a late start but decided to go with oatmeal first followed by 3 eggs, cheese, salsa, and summer squash for meal number 2.
1 Yellow, 1 Purple, 2 Green, 1.5 Red, 1 Teaspoon
I still wasn’t really hungry a few hours later but I knew I should eat in order to get in all my containers so I had some yogurt and a peach.
1 Red, 1 Purple
Finally, my package arrived in the mail! That meant I basically had no excuse to skip my workout that day, even though I still felt crummy from the rough night. Finally, I was feeling good so I threw on my workout clothes and got outside where it was a lovely 93º in my gym!
The first workout was Plyo, as in plyometrics, and I loved it! I couldn’t do most of the jumping, especially the jump lunges, due to my poor ankles but I still had a blast. The major thing I noticed was that it went by really quickly. I’ll do a full recap after I’ve tried all of the workouts Post-workout I decided to have a protein shake. I also added Arbonne’s Greens Balance to it and just counted it as part of the shake (like Shakeology is a vitamin shake?)
1 Red, 0.5 Yellow (for the almond milk)
At this point, it was pretty late in the day and I realized that I still had a ton of containers to go! To keep me on track, I found a little planner I used to use for my homework and decided to turn it into a portable tracker to keep in my purse. There is a new app but only for iPhone and I don’t like any of the Android apps so paper it is!
For dinner, I had lots of containers to make up so it ended up being a huge meal! 1.5 turkey burgers,cheese, broccoli, mashed sweet potatoes with butter, salad topped with tomatoes and cucumbers, salad dressing. (Please ignore the grapes that I did not eat!)
1.5 Red, 3 Green, 2 Yellow, 0.5 Blue, 1 Orange, 2 Teaspoons
I still had 2 Teaspoons and a Purple left for the rest of the day. I wanted to munch on something anyway so I had an apple with hazelnut butter. It honestly didn’t hit the spot but it was food (because I was actually still hungry) and it is better than eating junk! I did not go to bed hungry so that is a bonus for the program!
So that was it for the day. I am following the 1800-2099 calorie range so I thought I would track my food and see how it came out.
Not even close to 1800 calories! I had reached out to some online forums and had been told that the calories would run entirely too low with the program. Also, as expected, it is more carbohydrates than I prefer and lower in fat. The protein is right on the spot!
For now, I am going to continue to follow the program as written and keep an eye on my calories and macronutrients. I know that the purpose of this program is so that you don’t have to track your food but I am a scientist and want the data! I’ll keep you all updated with my progress!