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Motivational Monday and Weekend Review

This weeks Motivational Monday is a selfish one…. I totally need motivation to get back on track with my eating. I can honestly say I ate my way through the weekend, and really, there were times when it wasn’t pretty!

I know I’ve mentioned before how carefree my husband is when it comes to what he eats, well, that combined with my lack of willpower, made for some pretty poor food choices this weekend.

Saturday. Knowing I was heading to the gym for a 7 mile run, I started the day with an oatmeal pancake and glass of skim milk. Not bad considering I really felt like it was going to take a lot to help me get through those 7 miles. I was crazy sore from Friday’s Skinny Jeans Workout and super tired because my son was up all night…literally, ALL night!

I think this was the worst run I’ve had since starting my training. I pretty much struggled through every mile, and dreaded all 77 minutes of it! Good thing I made those yummy granola bars on Friday, they (yes…I had 2 post-run!) totally made me feel better!

Since I had survived my run and burned a ton of calories (totally ignoring the fact that I just replaced about 500 by eating those two granola bars), I was totally on board when my husband suggested McDonald’s for lunch. I chose a Quarter Pounder meal with medium fries and a coke. The fries and coke were soooo yummy, but I think I’d rather have a Big Mac over a Quarter Pounder. Anyways, 1035 calories later, I didn’t feel at all guilty about the meal 🙂

At least one day on the weekend we try to have “family naptime” at our house. Usually when my daughter Ryan goes down for a nap, my husband and I try to sneak one in too. It’s not as easy now that we have Tanner, but we brought him in bed with us, and 3 hours later, we got up! It was awesome! First nap I’ve had in a long time! And to top it off, I woke up to a dinner invite at my sister’s house 🙂

Dinner was de-lish! Since my sister is also trying to eat healthier, she made Eat Clean Buffalo Chicken Salad (check out her blog for recipes & cooking instructions – mypursuitofhappinessandskinnyjeans.wordpress.com). Dinner was super healthy and the Corona I had was super yummy!

Sunday. Usually Sunday mornings I get up with the kids, have breakfast and go to BodyAttack at the gym. This past Sunday we our got off to a slow start and I sort of felt like I could use the rest so we didn’t go 😦 Kind of a Bummer! It’s the first workout I’ve missed since starting this blog. Anyways, we had some running around to do before family came over for the afternoon and dinner. And guess where we ate lunch….yep, you guessed it…McDonald’s….AGAIN! Two days in a row…YUCK! This time I only had a McBistro BLT, it was good, but I would have preferred to eat something a little healthier!

I think since I had only the sandwich for lunch, I totally threw off my eating for the day. I was soooo hungry all afternoon that I pretty much ate anything I could get my hands on! I had two giant bowls of Tostitos, a Coke, 2 homemade Granola Bars, a Corona….all before dinner!

Dinner was an open-faced (on garlic french bread) Pulled-Pork sandwich, with sweet potato fries and onion rings. Not so healthy, but really, really, good! After dinner I was stuffed!

But if you know me at all, you know that dessert is my favourite meal! Good thing my sister brought over Eat Clean Chocolate Banana Frozen Pie – again, check out her blog, she posted the recipe 🙂 At least I finished off the day with something on the healthy side!

So, ya, not the best weekend in terms of healthy eating. Time to get back on track! Here is my motivation!

I’ve been working pretty hard at the gym to get in shape and lose the baby weight. Now it’s time to work hard in the kitchen!

How do you get back on track after a day, or weekend, of poor eating?

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Making the Most of my ‘Cheat Day’

So it’s been one week since I started my journey towards a Happier, Healthier, More Fit Me, and I’d have to say that yesterday was one of my favourite days so far! My Cheat Day!

After hitting the gym for a 9:30am BodyAttack class, the rest of the day was spent having some quality family time. My husband, who has been working out-of-town for the past week, was finally able to join as we headed out for walk and to play at our neighbourhood park.

Since it was such a beautiful day, we decided to hit up Dairy Queen for a little ice cream afterwards. It just so happens that the Blizzard of the Month is Mint Oreo – my favourite! It’s a good thing I really, really, really enjoyed it, because when I looked up the nutritional information, it was pretty scary!

Total Calories – 680

Total Fat – 25 g

Sugar – 79 g

Protein – 13 g

All I can say about that is YIKES! Won’t be having one of those again for a while!

But, wait…it doesn’t end there! Just to give you a little background info, my husband is a bit of a pig! He doesn’t look like it, but he is! He’s the kind of guy who thinks everything is single serving – the pint of Hagen Dazs, the giant bag of potato chips…anything! I keep telling him that it’s going to catch up with him some day and that he’s lucky he has a very physically demanding job, but he doesn’t seem to care!

So, to finish off my cheat day, we had McDonald’s for dinner. And sadly, I enjoyed every bite of the 6 nuggets and medium fries, and every sip of the medium coke!

Total Calories: 990

Total Fat: 37 g

Sugar: 68 g

Holy unhealthy! Definitely won’t be eating there again for a while either!But, as disgusting as my cheat day was, I absolutely loved it! So yummy!

What are your thoughts on cheat days? I did a little digging around on the internet and found that most healthy eating/diet plans recommend them, however, not to the extent I did.

According to this article from SHAPE magazine, cheat days are okay as long as you:

(1) Stick to your regular healthy eating plan 90% of the time  For me, since I have 3 meals and 2 snacks each day, eating healthy 90% of the time means that I can have 2 cheat meals and one cheat snack each week. I like the idea of 90:10- it’s really simple to figure out and seems do-able. And although my cheat day fits in this equation, I’d have to say I went a little overboard on the number of extra calories consumed!

(2) Work hard enough the rest of the week to earn it. They say that if you eat the target number of healthy meals and snacks each week that you deserve the reward of a cheat day. Again, for me this means eating 19 healthy meals and 13 healthy snacks each week. It also means getting in all my workouts each week too.

(3) Plan it. I think this is a really important part of the whole cheat day thing. If I know I’m going out for dinner or meeting a friend for a chai latte, I need to use that as my cheat meal/snack and make sure I still stick to the 90:10 ratio the rest of that week.

So, in my opinion ‘cheat days’ are good. I had no trouble sticking with my healthy eating plan all week, and totally felt like I had earned the Blizzard for all of my hard work. The McDonald’s….well, that’s another thing…totally unnecessary! 🙂