So the initial week 1 was a trial into the program, and was a lot less taxing than the actual workouts of the bikini bootcamp program. This post will summarize both, but mainly focus on the workouts of the second full week (but the first full week of the program’s workouts). For my own sanity, I will be including a recap of meals after April 1st. Try not to judge me on “eating healthier” when you read Easter’s food log. Jellybeans are a given on Easter, everyone knows that.
The workout breakdown:
The first week of workouts set you up for a regimented schedule, something that I appreciated since for awhile I had just been doing whatever workout I felt like with no regards as to whether I was working out only arms and never my glutes/doing too much cardio and not enough weight lifting, etc. One day was dedicated to arms/back, another to lower body (legs & glutes) and one to abs. Two of the other days were ‘cardio walking’ for 30 minutes–basically just something to get you off your butt for one of the days but not make you have to lift weights again. This pre-plan workout was 6 days of working out and 1 day of active rest.
What I ate:
April 1 – Breakfast: old fashioned oats cooked in 1 cup Silk Vanilla Unsweetened almond milk and 1 cup raw strawberries
Lunch: 1 egg + 3 egg whites, 1/2 cup chopped red and green peppers and ketchup to dip my omelette into
Dinner: 1/2 cup Nature’s Earthly Choice organic quinoa and 1/2 cup chopped chicken breast seasoned with a little garlic powder
Snacks/Beverages: 1 honeycrisp apple, 1/2 oz Blue Diamond whole natural almond, a cookies and cream Quest protein bar, a grande nonfat caramel latte from Starbucks (oy) and a cup of hot 1% milk with 1 tbsp of Nutella stirred in…”nutella hot chocolate”
April 2 – Breakfast: old fashioned oats, 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder and 1 cup strawberries with a dash of Silk vanilla unsweetened almond milk to make protein pancakes, it’s the same recipe I use for chocolate chip protein pancakes but sans the chocolate chips.
Lunch: 2 homemade turkey meatballs, 2 oz thin spaghetti, 1/4 cup marinara sauce, a dash of grated parmesan cheese
Dinner: 2 slices of homemade grilled pizza, slightly adapting the dough recipe from the cookbook Seriously Delish. For pizza inspiration, check out her drool-worthy pizzas on her blog How Sweet It Is. We made a BBQ chicken pizza with roasted corn, red onions, and cheddar cheese, as well as a plain one with pizza sauce and fresh mozzarella pearls.
Dessert/snacks/beverages: 1 homemade mini cheesecake, 12 pretzel crisps in everything bagel flavor with 2tbsp garlic hummus
April 3 – Breakfast: oats, almond milk, 1/2 oz whole natural almonds
Lunch: 1 egg + 3 egg whites omelette with 1/2 cup green peppers, 1/5 cup shredded cheddar and ketchup for dipping.
Dinner: a slice of yesterday’s leftover plain homemade pizza, romaine lettuce and cut up grilled chicken breast with 2 tbsp simply dressed olive oil & balsamic vinegar dressing
Snacks/beverages/dessert: 1 slice Ezekiel bread, 1 tbsp peanut butter, iced skinny venti vanilla latte, 2 mini cheesecakes
April 4: Breakfast: out for brunch, cornbread French toast with a sliced apple and caramel sauce with a dollop of vanilla bean mascarpone on top. Iced coffee with milk and stevia
Lunch: I was too full from brunch and skipped lunch.
Dinner: 1 slice leftover whole wheat bbq chicken pizza
Snack/dessert/where all my diets go wrong: garlic hummus and everything bagel flavored pretzel crisps, a mini cheesecake, AND a single serve chocolate mug cake. Oof.
April 5: Easter. I skipped breakfast in preparation of a hefty dinner. I had a medium hazelnut iced coffee with skim milk & stevia from dunkin donuts to tide me over.
Lunch-ish: challah bread (my Easter weakness)…a handful of jellybeans, 5 tortilla chips with homemade guacamole, a few slices of cheddar cheese.
Dinner: a reasonably sized slice of lasagna that I picked meat out of in fear it was sausage, a homemade cheddar bay biscuit, and 3 oz or so of homemade mashed potatoes. Not as crazy as I had anticipated.
Dessert: 5-8 mini chocolate covered cream puffs, a mini cheesecake, a mini homemade cupcake. Thank goodness for mini foods.
April 6: Breakfast: protein pancakes, 1/2 oz whole natural almonds
Lunch: fruit smoothie, 2 small slices of leftover homemade pizza
Dinner: 1/2 cup chicken and 1/2 cup quinoa
Snacks/beverages: 2 mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, cookies and cream quest bar, 2 tbsp half and half for my k cup coffee.
April 7: Breakfast: hungry jack funfetti pancakes, 1/8 cup aunt jemima lite syrup, 1 cup orange juice
Lunch: a homemade quesadilla (whole wheat wrap, 1/2 cup grilled chicken, 1/4 cup shredded cheddar, 2 tbsp light sour cream)
Dinner: 1 small pepperoni Stromboli from the prudential center…we saw a hockey game that night. Stadium food is never a good choice, but I ate it.
Snacks/dessert: 1 slice Ezekiel bread with 1.5 tbsp peanut butter, 1/2 cup turkey hill cookie dough ice cream
Workouts: Monday April 6 started the first week of the program. Mondays are chest/triceps/shoulders. I also went for a jog today because I wouldn’t get to on Tuesday after leg day. Tuesday is quads and glutes. Wednesday is abs and cardio. Thursday is back and biceps, Friday is hamstring and calves. Saturday is a repeat of Wednesday and Sunday is the “active rest” day. I completed all this week’s workouts, I am so sore…but in a good way. I could probably use a little more stretching time and should invest in a foam roller. I haven’t been to the gym since before I went on vacation to Houston…should I cancel my membership? Wait to see how the BB challenge goes and then decide from there?
In conclusion, I’d say I should try eating less desserts and planning meals more thoroughly.
I know this was a free introductory plan for a week, but I wish I had jumped straight into the plan I had already purchased. This week’s workouts weren’t as challenging as I would have liked them to be and so I added in a few days of jogging so I can train for the 5k I have coming up next month. I didn’t eat the greatest either, thanks to Easter. Once I derail from eating well, it’s very difficult to get back on track. Anyone else feel like this? I’m glad to be back on a routine of lifting weights with the regular workout program and I hope to see some changes over the next few weeks!