Balance, Fitness, Healthy Living, Personal Growth, Self-care, Tone It Up, Uncategorized, Wellness

Tone It Up Bikini Series Challenge: Weeks 4 & 5 Recap

Week 6 is underway of the Tone It Up Bikini Series Challenge, which is just craziness to me! It seriously feels like yesterday that I was registering for the challenge, and now here I am, living out the lifestyle that the series has created for so many women!

Although I’ve been slacking with my IG posts, journaling, and obviously sending out these weekly posts, I’m still quietly chugging along with my workouts and meals. Life has gotten overwhelmingly busy lately, so I’m having to hunker down in survival mode and prioritize. But thankfully, my husband is around this week to loosen my load, and provide me with a little self-reflection time.

As previously mentioned in my Week 3 recap, I can definitely tell a correlation between my stress and food choices. When my husband is away and I have school, it’s TOUGH for me to stay consistent with what goes in my mouth. I can meal prep all the healthy choices, but more times than not, my stress hunger wins and I eat the kids’ food, or too much peanut butter, or cereal, or any sweet item I can get my hands on.

However, I will say I’ve found myself being more mindful in certain situations. For example, I went to a party where pizza was involved. I focused on my salad, first, and then limited my pizza intake to just a couple of tiny slices. Before, I would’ve had a tiny bit of salad and crushed as much pizza as I could without looking like a wild animal. My mind would convince me, “Hey! You hardly eat out, so eat allll the food!”

Another time, I chose to not eat the cupcakes and cookies that were at my daughter’s school. Again, not too long ago, I would’ve taken a kid out for a cupcake, but I controlled my urge and no kids were harmed.

Then, just the other day, at a birthday party, I skipped the pizza and chips and ate fruit, a small sandwich, hummus, and veggies. I also skipped the diet soda and drank cucumber water. I told myself that just because all the temptations are there does not mean I have to eat them every single time I am exposed to them. And with that, I found great satisfaction in my healthy choices.

So even though my non #tiuapproved voice won in some situations over the last couple of weeks, I do see real mental progress (and even a little physical) being made. All I can do is simply my best, even if that means having a few stress-induced spoonfuls of peanut butter when in single-mom-mode.

Progress, big or small, mental or physical, is still progress!

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End of Week 5 Check-in:

Workouts= 5/7

Water= ~56 oz per day (down from prior weeks)

Running= 0, but 2 5Ks on the elliptical

Yoga= 0 😦

TIU Journal= 4/7 days

TIU checkin= Definitely slacked in this department, but again, I had to prioritize my time.

Weight= 134-135 lbs

Goals for Week 6:

  1. Try one of Karena’s Mindful Mediations (since I did not get to it last week)
  2. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
  3. Try a new family-friendly recipe from the TIU Plan

 

 

 

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