The beginning of the month feels like a pretty good time to do a fitness update – you know, the whole holding myself accountable thing. I last updated you all at the beginning of July when I confessed that I had kind of fallen off the wagon.
Well, I’m still running next to that speeding wagon and trying to pull myself back on top.
I’ve been doing well with my runs and have been able to get my mileage up to 5 miles. It’s not a pretty 5 miles… but I’m able to complete it without walking or passing out. My part of the Relay Marathon is 6 miles, so I feel confident that I can get there within the next 6 weeks.
What a beautiful morning for a run! My second time accomplishing 5 miles feels just as good as when I did it a couple weeks ago. Honestly, I feel guilty as hell leaving my family to drive to the lake path and get my run in all by myself. But, I keep telling myself that it makes me a better wife and mother to take time for myself and my health. I have to say though… 5 miles is still pretty freaking hard! #joulesruns #fitmom
The part where I’ve been failing, failing and then failing again is my diet. I’ve been eating like crap. I mean, it’s mostly been delicious, but not the best choices to fuel my body. It all really starts with breakfast. If I eat an unhealthy breakfast, I throw any healthy diet plans out the window and continue eating whatever I want for the rest of the day. And whatever I want usually consists of pizza, birthday cake Oreo cookies, and cheese sticks.
I have a plan though. A friend of mine works with Designer Protein and sent me a TON of their shakes to try out. Really, a ton:
- Aria Women Wellness Protein in chocolate and vanilla. Key benefits: 90 calories, 15G protein, no added sugar, contains Biotin and Vitamin C, Calcium, Phosphorus and Vitamin D.
- Designer Whey in strawberry, chocolate, vanilla and unflavored. Key benefits: 100 calories, 18G protein, no added sugar, no soy, no SMSG, and it won the Chef’s Best Taste Award.
- Essential 10 Protein in vanilla. Key benefits: 100% plant-based protein, 100 calories, 18G protein, and the equivalent antioxidant value of 10 servings of fruits and veggies.
- Sunshine Protein in chocolate. Key benefits: 100% plant-based protein, 100 calories, 16G protein, and the equivalent antioxidant value of 10 servings of fruits and veggies.
Each serving has only about 100 calories, but once I add in some milk, frozen fruit and a little peanut butter it will make a yummy shake that is high in protein to start my day off on the right foot. I’m one of those people that can be totally fine with having the same breakfast every single day, so hopefully I can get in the groove of making a morning shake and stick with it.
So far my favorite is the chocolate flavored shakes with ice, water, frozen strawberries and a spoonful of peanut butter, but I’d love to know if you have any good shake recipes I should try!
How do you keep yourself motivated to eat a healthy diet? Are you a believer in the ‘cheat day’ or ‘cheat meal’ or can you just power through?
Disclosure: The Designer Protein power was given to me for review purposes.