I like to practice what I preach, so when I released the 21-Day Kick Start Challenge this past weekend I decided to print-off the calendar and follow along. I won’t ask you guys to do anything I wouldn’t do myself!
I even talked one of my friends into being my challenge partner. She and I started working out together this week, and I can’t even tell you how much easier it is to stick with it when you have someone laughing by your side. (We did the Ballet Beautiful “Swan Arms” yesterday, and it’s amazing how much your arms can burn without using weights! We felt like wimps.) My goal is to build muscle this summer, so I can keep up with my growing son– carrying around an extra 25 lbs. each day requires plenty of strength!
It requires plenty of delicious fuel, too. Here’s a peek at what I ate yesterday:
Morning: Banana Nut Protein Shake (from my cookbook) with added chia seeds and collagen powder. I’m trying Vital Proteins pasture-raised collagen this week to see how it compares to to the brand I was using last month. I haven’t noticed a difference yet from using collagen, so I’m not sure I’ll continue with it, but I haven’t noticed anything negative, either. Regardless, this shake is very filling!
Early Afternoon: I had leftovers from the previous night’s dinner. Creamy Caesar Salad (from the cookbook) and cold Cauliflower Fried Rice. My son shared bites of both dishes and LOVED them! I love that he’s starting to steal my food.
Late Afternoon: After taking my son to his toddler gym, I was worn-out and starving, so I snacked on a few pieces of almond butter fudge from my freezer. It’s amazing how something so simple can taste so delicious!
Dinner: When I’m experimenting with new recipes, I like to make something tried-and-true to go with it, so I know at least one part of our dinner will be good. Last night I made the Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon from the cookbook and served it with a side of experimental brussels sprouts– which also turned out pretty well.
Dessert: I used the recipe for my cashew butter cookies, but made them with sunflower butter for a change. (And I left out the baking soda so they wouldn’t turn green.) My friends liked these better than the cashew version! We each had two for dessert.
Overall, this day was probably a little too heavy on the sweets, but that’s what sometimes happens when I’m in a rush. I’m going to work on having more convenient vegetable snacks available for the rest of the week!
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