REBOOT & RESET: WEEK 2

MADE IT! Week 2 is complete. There are endless reasons (excuses) I could’ve made for putting myself in tricky situations, slipping, or not putting in the work. Then there was one reason that outweighed the others, I am doing Reboot & Refresh for ME. I am choosing to feel good, clearheaded, balanced, and healthy in my body. Here we go Week 3!

WEEK TWO Q&A:

Describe the past week in 3 words: Hopeful, Productive, and Sociable

What was my greatest accomplishment over the past week? I think my biggest accomplishment was the level of mindfulness I practiced in every area of the day: work, social plans, errands, exercise, etc.

I can’t explain how I’ve been feeling other than happy contentment: light, soft, unburdened, unfiltered, weightless, calm, and a sense of peacefulness. I’ve been able to stay in the present moment and quiet the mind chatter. It’s like I’ve been floating in a pool, embraced by the cool water and at ease with the small waves that nudge me.

I was very intentional about my decisions. If I knew in my gut I wasn’t feeling a 90-100% participation rate, I politely declined. This week, I want to try to stay in this flow and surround myself with good things and people.IMG_3529.JPGWhat was my biggest challenge (s) this past week? Temptations of grabbing a meal from Whole Food’s buffet style bar. Buffets are a huge trigger for me. My mind is surveying all of the options, the chaos, and indecisiveness. There is no half-measures for me; it’s usually all or nothing.

Did you have any negative mental chatter about yourself? A little bit when I was getting ready to go out on Saturday. I put on one dress and felt the oh-so relatable feelings of fat, ugly, big. Instead of wallowing in self pity, I trusted my gut and immediately changed into a dress I know makes me happy. When I feel good, it’s an amazing confidence booster and shut down my inner critic.

What are my roadblocks in the upcoming week? Not too much this week. Have my cycling plans, hectic work schedule, meeting up with friends, but nothing out of the ordinary.

What can I do right now to make the week less stressful? Right before I started writing this, I meal prepped my lunches for the week and signed up for my Monday, Wednesday, and Friday cycling classes!

WEEK TWO EATS:

BREAKFAST: My usual smoothie throughout the week, click here for the recipe! Before I leave for work, I’ve also been drinking Ice Water with a splash of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/2 Lemon Juice, and a squirt of Stur Water Enhancers. IMG_3533.JPGLUNCH: I didn’t meal prep last Sunday, so I picked up a salad on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Everyday I had half of my Just Salad order with some store bought chopped romaine for extra volume plus a protein. My Just Salad order is: kale, cabbage, beets, roasted broccoli, picked onions, tomatoes, and celery. My protein was either tuna, shrimp/chicken mix, or protein chips.

DINNER: Dinner varied throughout the week! My protein sources were Fairway Rotisserie Chicken and Fairway Deli’s 1/2 pound Grass Fed Roast Beef:

  • Rotisserie Chicken drumstick, thigh served with Fairway Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Garlic Broccolini
  • Rotisserie Chicken Breast sautéed with Red Bell Pepper, Zucchini, Onions, Rao’s Marinara Sauce
  • Rotisserie Chicken Breast sautéed with Frozen Green Beans, Onions, Rao’s Marinara Sauce
  • Roast Beef Sandwich on a Protein Waffle with mustard and sauerkraut. Served with sautéed Zucchini and Fairway Garlic Broccolini.
    • Protein Waffle: 1 scoop Quest Unflavored Protein, 1 Egg, 1 tsp Baking Powder, 1 tsp OVOO, up to 2 TBSP water for consistency, seasonings – sweet or savory)

IMG_3528.JPGSaturday night, my friend Olivia and I went to Cafe D’Alsace in the Upper East Side for dinner. We started with the Roasted Brussels Sprouts, then both splurged on the Saturday Night Special, the Rack of Lamb with sautéed garlic spinach and potatoes (we subbed the potatoes for extra spinach). It was AMAZING – juicy, tender, fatty, and melt in your mouth good. We then hopped over to The Infirmary and had one Extra Dirty Martini. This night, and the conversation we had, reminded me how much gratitude I have from my friends who understand my goals, motivations, stumbling blocks, and what lifts me up! IMG_3532.JPGWeight: Week 0 172, Week 1 163.2 , Week 2  164.6

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