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Day 1

May 7, 2012

Well, day one has been good so far. I started my day with a tasty breakfast (eggs, lean ham, low fat cheese) baked in muffin cups. I baked it last night and it made enough to last me pretty much all week. The worst part for me was having to skip my usual orange juice. They do allow coffee, for folks who drink it, I am starting to think I may have to learn to drink coffee to replace my orange juice!

I had an ultra meal shake mid morning, then I went in for the chiro adjustment and for my first workout. The shake was not really all that good, but it also was not all that bad, if you can drink slim fast you can drink this. Mine is strawberry but they have a bunch of flavors, like vanilla, chocolate, banana, etc. After week one is over I will be able to use frozen fruit and blend it into a smoothie, and I think it might actually be quite good that way. I also thought it would be improved by the addition of milk instead of water, but I need to quiz their dietitian on that one, I’m not really sure how that would fit into the diet plan.

The workout was challenging but not torturous. Warmup with 20 minutes of cardio, then we did an upper body strength training workout, and finally an abdominal workout. The trainer was very friendly and encouraging. She told me that my next training session would be the same except we would do lower body instead of upper. Every session will include a cardio warmup and the ab exercises.

Lunch for me today was actually a meal I already ate on occasion, just with minor tweaks. I had a spinach salad with homemade vinaigrette dressing and grilled chicken. Ordinarily I would have added some toasted pecans, and sweetened the dressing with sugar. I used stevia sweetener instead of sugar and it tasted fine. I left out the pecans, but I think I may be able to have the pecans, I need to talk to the dietitian about that.

So I guess the rest of my day will be another shake for an afternoon snack, then I am making another recipe I was already fond of, Jerk Chicken. I typically use boneless skinless chicken breasts, and I do a wet marinade, then grill. I don’t have to change a thing for it to work for my diet plan. Along with the chicken we will grill fresh zucchini we just picked from our garden yesterday, and some mushrooms, and maybe a bit of broccoli. I love grilled vegetables, that’s also something I eat regularly anyway. Now that our garden is producing, I will have lots of fresh veggies!

I need to plan out the rest of the week. I think we will do some grilled venison loin from a deer my husband shot earlier in the year, which is quite tasty and super lean. Probably a baked chicken, and then at some point we will broil shrimp. All things we eat anyway! The tough part for me will be the no carbs this week, and being limited to only very low glycemic Index veggies. I only like a few veggies that are low GI. Spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, onions, zucchini, celery, and asparagus are about it. There are a lot more but I don’t like them! I don’t really like the asparagus but I can tolerate it occasionally… I had parents who turned green beans into a battle, so now as an adult, I simply don’t eat foods I don’t like. I am not going to ever force myself to choke down another green bean! I gladly try new foods, but if I don’t like it, I don’t force myself to eat it!

So anyway,I have my first massage tomorrow afternoon, which I am really looking forward to! Then my second training session and chiro adjustment wednesday. Then I’m on my own until Monday.

Right now I feel good. I feel very positive about my ability to stick with the program.

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