9 Week Back to School Challenge - Week 7

Time for Change

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Do you eat the same foods at the same time every day?  Do you do the same workouts week after week after week? 

It's time for change!  The reason so many of us "cheat" on our healthy eating and workouts is simply because we are bored from doing the same things over and over.  For instance, MOST of the time I try not to eat carbs at dinner.  This is very hard for me because I LOVE carbs.  I find myself not looking forward to my carb-less dinners, and typically I'm scouring the pantry an hour after dinner.  So, this week I plan to add some healthy carbs (quinoa, beans, sweet potatoes) to my dinners and see if that helps with the after dinner munchies.  Perhaps being more satisfied with my dinner will keep me from trying to fill a void after dinner.


Here's What We are Gonna Do

This week let's spice things up a bit and make some changes.  If you normally eat most of your calories during the day and feel deprived at night then change it up.  Don't eat much during the day and then have a big dinner.  Make it something you really enjoy (but still healthy).  If you have something to look forward to at night then you are less likely to over consume during the day.   Forget all of the nonsense about eating most of your calories during the day and not going to bed full in order to lose weight.  I'm not going to delve into this discussion at this time, but know that I VERY often eat the majority of my calories at night and still maintain my weight.  So there.  

What about your workouts?  Are they the same ones you were doing 2 months ago?  Maybe even 2 years ago?  This week let's skip the gym.  Instead of sweating it out at the gym try tackling a project around the house.  Maybe clean the garage or do some yard work.  Work hard, get up a good sweat, use muscles you haven't used in a while and let that count as your workout. 

Week 7 Goals

  • Do something different!  Change up your meal plans and workouts.
  • Build meal and workout plans for the week (See Week 1 for Templates). 
  • Record meals and workouts each day. 
  • Drink 1 gallon of water per day. 
  • Replace at least one of your workouts with a project around your house or yard.
  • Eat fresh.  Eat as few processed foods as possible!  

Major Changes from Week 6

  1. Change up your eating patterns.
  2. Let completing a project around the house count as one of your gym days.

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Week 8 

Week 9

Healthy Recipes for Meal Planning

 Ideas for Getting More Protein


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