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21 DFX – Day 19

Today is Friday and I took a mental health day from work.  I have some extra vacation days and sometimes you need a mental break as much as you need a work out and nutrition.  So I slept in a bit and then did Dirty 30 from 21DF instead of Cardio Extreme (like I did last week).  I love this work out – and after legs day, I didn’t think my knees could handle Cardio Extreme.  After my workout, I was rewarded by seeing on the scale that I’ve lost 5 pounds!  Now I say this a bit tongue in cheek because I don’t really trust the scale.  This is a great article on this subject:  http://www.beachbody.com/beachbodyblog/beachbody-programs/weight-loss/scale-big-fat-liar?code=sf13516437.  So in addition to that, I’d like to note that my skinny jeans are roomy again and that muffin top is all but gone.  Yay me!  🙂

Food today…I started with Shakeo after my workout.  Then had my yogurt with chopped apples and cinnamon late in the morning.  Because I was on a bit of a later schedule, I didn’t get lunch until about 2:30 (well that and I treated myself to some shopping).  I didn’t have a lot of choices at home, so I had a flat out with some ham and cheese, along with a green container of baby carrots.  Dinner was a bit of a cheat – but I think I managed to minimize the damage.  Both of the kids were out so hubby suggested date night.  I couldn’t resist – so we wound up at one of our favorite seafood places.  I wound up getting some flounder served with asparagus and mashed cauliflower.  I’m sure there was some butter in there, but it was a lovely evening and I didn’t feel like I ate anything too bad.  It’s all about balance and still enjoying life.  And following up with a good workout the next day. 🙂

Why I meal plan

I have a love-hate relationship with meal planning.  I do love pouring over new recipes – or anticipating family favorites.  I even enjoy making the shopping lists.  But I don’t particularly like grocery shopping, I hate unpacking and putting groceries away, and I hate how much time it all takes.  But it gets quicker with practice – and the payoff makes it all worthwhile.  I am not one of those militant 21 Day Fixers that put a weeks worth of perfectly portioned foods in the fridge ready to go.  I sometimes envy the discipline these people have – but the truth is I don’t have that much room in my fridge, and I really like my food freshly packed for the day.  So I concentrate on having a weeks worth of food planned – and then each day I decide what deliciousness we will have.  The plan is there, the food is there – it makes it easy to stick to the plan and not give in to something less healthy.  So join me on Sundays for your weekly meal planning – you’ll be glad you did!