This is my report on week 1.
Week 1: January 1 – 7, 2016
If you want to know more about my weight loss plan and “before” pictures and measurements, take a look at the previous post I wrote:
Here’s a day by day account of what’s happened during week 1:
I woke up very late after I had been up so late at night and I was starving so I started my day with a dinner 🙂
That smoothie looks small but that glass is big, 2 cups/0,5 litres. I felt so good about my diet today – it’s so refreshing to be eating a lot of fruit and vegetables again! I had some cravings for chocolate but it wasn’t too bad.
I also did my first workout, Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. Oh my. The thing is, I haven’t done any exercise (apart from occasional walks) for several months so I am very out of shape.
You’re not supposed to have big breaks during the workout but it was quite horrible so I did take one. I got a glass of water, sat on the sofa and just stared at the paused TV screen, gulping my water and trying to catch my breath. My body felt so tired that I just had to lean to the cushions for a bit. Don’t tell Jillian 🙂
Another day off so I woke up late again to start my breakfast with dinner – well, it doesn’t matter really does it?
Here’s what I had today:
I’m still craving chocolate but other than that it’s been a great day! For chicken wings (picture above) I used NomNom Paleo’s recipe for Chile lime chicken wings (I modified it a bit), they turned out quite nice.
I’ve been aching a bit today thanks to Jillian – I can definitely feel my hamstrings and abs. I really didn’t want to do the workout but obviously had no choice but to. So I put the chicken wings in the oven and pressed play. It wasn’t any easier today. I had to take several short breaks, just a couple of seconds, but still…
I’ve used two sets of hand weights so far: 1 kg (just over 2 pounds) and 2 kg (4,5 pounds). I use the heavier weights for dumbbell rows, bicep curls and chest flies.
Today was a good day, I went for a 45 minute walk and bought a lot of healthy stuff at the supermarket.
Today’s craving was liquorice. I have no idea where that came from.
I’m not sure if I’m imagining it, but I think I managed 30 Day Shred a little bit better today. I still took a couple of quick breaks – not so that I would have actually paused the DVD like on day one – but enough to let my muscles rest just a few seconds.
I’m still following Anita mostly (she does easier versions of the exercises). I’m struggling with push ups – I can’t even do the Anita version properly!
It’s really nice to see a little bit of progress though!
Here’s what I had today:
I don’t know why but I felt I had very little energy for 30 Day Shred today. Especially as I started it. Aah. I didn’t feel like jumping, my calves were hurting, I took small breaks etc. Once I got really going it got a bit easier, but I don’t know. I just didn’t have the energy and it was so annoying. I think I’ll have a day off from Shredding tomorrow. Maybe my “muscles” need to recover from the shock that they’ve received these couple of days!
Another thing about 30 Day Shred:
Am I the only one who finds it hard to get up and down to the floor? You know, first down for push ups, then up for squats, then down again… A lot of the time Jillian has already started the next move by the time I get up!
Today was a busy day – but it certainly wasn’t a busy morning. I woke up at noon (I’m on holiday for a couple of days so I like to stay up late) so I had some stew that I cooked in my Crock-Pot overnight for breakfast.
The rest of the day’s food choices weren’t that great I have to admit. I was starving by the time I went to the supermarket and was happy to find some sausages that had no sugar, grains, banned additives or anything else I’m not allowed to have.
As I planned yesterday, I took a day off from Jillian’s 30 Day Shred today. I’m hoping to have more energy tomorrow!
I also had an orange after the stew – I forgot to take a picture.
I don’t know why it’s still so difficult to get myself to do 30 Day Shred. Shouldn’t it be easier by now? I noticed today that circuit 1 (there are 3 circuits in the workout) is the hardest for me to get through without breaks. Circuit 2 seems to have gotten a lot easier which is nice to notice. I have to remember this tomorrow: I’ll have to just push it through circuit 1, it will get a bit “easier” after that.
Today I went back to work after my little holiday. I knew it was going to be a very long day in the office. It turned out to be even longer… I went to work at 7 am as I wanted to start as early as I could. And I closed my computer and headed home around 11.15 pm! I was so fed up with the project I was working with. And starving!
I know – a lot of fruit but not a lot of energy! When I got home I had a couple of those sausages I had earlier this week. Then I took a shower and went straight to bed.
So no workout today either, I’m feeling very disappointed.
Week 1 overall
Well, it’s been a mixed week hasn’t it? I started off really well – it was actually great to start while I had some days off from work. It all, both diet and exercise, went downhill when I went back to work. I really need to focus on that next week.
I just went through this post and noticed that my food seems a bit dry… I guess the reason is that I’m not a great fan of sauces. Well, I do love a lovely red wine sauce with my steak but I’m obviously not allowed any right now. What I do love almost as much though is lemon. That’s a great tip if you haven’t tried it – take a wedge of lemon and squeeze the juice from it on your beef, pork or chicken. It tastes so good!
I’m also a little bit stuck, eating similar foods every day. But I do like the food I eat! And I always add a good amount of olive oil and vinegar to my salads. In case you’re wondering 🙂
I really should find ways to add protein to my breakfast – I’ll have to think more about that next week. I’m allergic to eggs so that’s not an option. Do you have any suggestions?
Overall, I can’t believe this week went by so quickly! I’m really looking forward to next week – I’ll write another update then.
Are you on Whole30 or another weight loss program? What’s week 1 been like for you?