Monday, February 28, 2011

Food Prep from the weekend, and Week 5 of Arnold Prep Complete!

Week 5 of Arnold prep is complete, and I'm into week 6, which is actually only 3 days, lol, since I leave at 6:15 am on Thursday. I can tell you one thing for sure... when I return home, I'm having a piece of Godiva and a glass of red wine. Nonnegotiable. Lol!!

I got in all my cardio last week (all 11 sessions!) - not too bad for a post-surgery knee/quad, eh? :-) My leg feels great!

I did do battle this last week with some major feelings of inadequacy, and after the Arnold, I'll post about that. I also learned something this weekend about emotional eating. I've battled it before, not so much in the last few years, but I had a realization this weekend of just why I don't battle it. After all, this would be a make-sense time to dive into a box of chocolate, right? With all the stress? But I have absolutely no desire to do so. The reason for that is that it wouldn't comfort me. It wouldn't make me feel better. That piece of chocolate (or box, lol) would only serve to make me feel like a failure. No comfort there! Knowing that a treat won't make me feel better, indeed, will only make me feel worse, kind of takes away the temptation, you know? So instead of treating, I focused on what needed to get done, and made it happen.

It was an incredibly busy weekend, and I'm nearly packed and ready to go! I'm so excited! I did my cardio this morning (30 min. intervals), and after work I have Total Body Conditioning class followed by another 30 min cardio session (steady state). I tell ya, I've been hitting the sheets at night and going OUT. FAST. LOL! I've got my food ready for dinner, and for the family I'm tossing some pineapple and teriyaki sauce on some chicken and baking. :-) I love easy!

Food prep... yep, got it done! Proteins this week are: Fish: Cod, Mahi Mahi; Crockpot Chicken Breasts, hard boiled eggs. Complex (starchy) carbs: black beans. Complex Carbs (veggies): Cucumbers, broccoli, snow peas & cherry tomatoes, zucchini & yellow squash, colored bell peppers. Fruit: grapefruit

Additionals for the family... strawberries, bananas, blueberries, string cheese, potatoes.

I made up a Chicken Enchilasagna (recipe here) and stuck it in the freezer for while I'm gone (and threatened them that they better save me a piece! LOL), and I made up a batch of taco meat so they can have tacos while I'm gone, too.

Here's today's cooler, right on track. Including breakfast & dinner (which are not pictured), my total intake today is 1425 calories, with 33% from carbs, 38% from protein, and 29% from fat. I've got 37.3 g of fiber.  (remember my arnold-prep goal ratio was 33% carb, 37% protein, and 30% fat for a total of 1400 calories, and I wanted to hit at least 30 g of fiber every day).

Breakfast (not pictured)-   Oatmeal w/protein powder, ground flax, cinnamon plus half a grapefruit. 
Snack 1 - 
2 oz baked cod & 1.5 cup sliced raw red/orange/yellow peppers  
Lunch -   
4 oz baked cod, 1/2 cup black beans with fresh (homemade pico de gallo) rice, 1.5 cup steamed snow peas & tomatoes w/coconut oil  and the 2nd half of my grapefruit.  Snack 2 - 2 hard boiled eggs, and a pear-apple 
(not pictured) - 5 ounces grilled chicken breast, 1 egg, 2 cups steamed zucchini & yellow squash.

***NOTE: Coolers for Bill & his dad  - Chelle's breakfast burrito,  2 hard boiled eggs, apple, string cheese, and a healthier granola bar (has 12g sugar, but it's all natural). 

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