Happy Wednesday, friends!
It is official, I am loving the energy with this Bikini Series. In my opinion, there is nothing like a program or goal to ramp up your motivation and determination. Let’s jump into WIAW and my workout, plus my first-week check-in.
Yesterday morning my workout felt amazing. Typically I feel rushed (those few extra minutes snoozing always seem like a good idea at the time!). But I got up and at ’em.
After 30 minutes on the elliptical, I did a kettlebell workout that was a ton of fun. I was a sweaty, sore mess and it felt great.
After the hard workout, I was ready for a cool drink. My breakfast was a smoothie with frozen banana, blueberries, ginger, protein powder, and almond milk. And how cute is my straw!
A few hours later, I pulled out a snack of celery with almond butter. I was never a fan of ants on a log as a child, but this snack is seriously satisfying. You have the sweetness, creamy and nutty notes from the nut butter and crunch from the celery. Now, I just need some ants.
Thanks to some prep work over the weekend I put together a salad the night before in no time. Meal prep is such a time saver. My salad included a bed of spinach, roasted chicken, walnuts, onion and sliced strawberries. I always love salads like this when I go out to eat and decided to recreate it at home.
The weather is finally cooperating around here, so grilling is becoming a more common event. On the menu last night were blackberry lime pork chops served with potatoes and veggies. The pork chops were so flavorful.
After Mitch went to bed, Phil and I relaxed on the couch with Dancing with the Stars and ice cream. I made ‘nice’ cream with frozen bananas, a splash of almond milk and cacao nibs. It was actually ridiculously close to ice cream and wasn’t filled with questionable ingredients. And if you remember, knocking off my ice cream obsession was one of my goals for the Bikini Series.
Bikini Series – Week One Check-in
Overall the first wee was filled with excitement and momentum. I focused on adding in more nutritious foods, moving more and finding moments to unwind.
- Complete 100 miles over eight weeks –> 16 miles down!
- NO ICE CREAM. (This is basically the same as telling me not to breathe.) —> OK, I can’t say I didn’t have any, but I have cut waaaay back. And that is a triumph!
- Be more mindful, grateful and present –> I’m trying my best, but feel this is an ongoing effort
- Meditate daily –> I missed two days, but five days is five days more than I used to. I am proud of my efforts on this goal.
- Commit to my workouts and nutrition the best I can –> YUP!
What is one of your favorite snacks from childhood?
Favorite thing to grill?
Do you love ice cream?