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Week 1: Fitness Challenge Progress

First and foremost, I found this article yesterday and I laughed so hard.  This is so me:  I used to be the girl in college that would go work out then beg my roommate to go to McDonald’s for dinner.  Healthy I know….those days are no more!

On Monday, four other stylists and myself went on a quick paced walk for an hour.  It was nice and made the walk more manageable with friends with whom to share.  I had to keep up.  Little legs go…GO!

On Wednesday, my mom and I did a leg work out.  I found a really all-inclusive one and completed the cycle once.  It is my goal by the end of this fitness challenge is to complete it two times.  And holy cannoli I am still sore!

Yesterday, I went on a run/walk.  I ran 3/4 to 1/2 way before my lungs just said ‘NO’.  I chose to quickly walk the rest of it.  I want to be able to get to the 1/2 way mark running the whole way in the next 2 weeks.  That is a new goal.

I am setting calorie goals as well as workout goals.  I am finding a rhythm of strengthening my core, arms, legs and stretching.  I am slowly adding in more cardio workouts.  Slowly but surely.

Some different things I have discovered this week:

1.  Recipe: Baked Zucchini Chips Ingredients: 1 zucchini, olive oil (1 teaspoon), 1/4 cup parmesan cheese,  1/4 unseasoned plain bread crumbs, salt and pepper.

Prep: Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.  Spray baking sheet lightly with a non-stick spray like Pam.  Slice up your zucchini very finely.  The thinner they are, the more chip like they will turn out.

Directions: Mix parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.  Sprinkle salt and pepper into the mix.  Stir the mix.  Take the olive oil and pour it on the sliced zucchini making sure they are all lightly covered.  Dip the slices of zucchini into your breaded mix covering both sides and lay them out on your baking pan.  Once all zucchini is covered and placed on pan, bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

zucchini chips roasting on oven rack

My first batch!

2. Chick-fil-a Cobb Salad is delicious!   This was a healthy alternative for lunch.  I used 1/3 the package of Avocado Lime Ranch salad dressing.  It was one of the most satisfying healthy lunches I have had in a very long time.   I found this out as I had forgotten my packed lunch at home.

3. Three bites of Talenti Gelato are so satisfying.

It is healthier than true ice cream and contains less fat.  I take three bites and I can walk away!  IT IS A MIRACLE!  Curb that sweet tooth in little to no calorie intake…brilliant.

This weeks progress (despite my undocumented ball park hot dog and beer dinner…because if it isn’t documented, it never happened right?):

feet on scale

Height: 4’8″; Weight: 103.5lb (-.5)

OK, I documented it.  I was amazed that I went over by 244 calories! I have to be held accountable for an off day too.  Clearly, that can’t happen all the time, but a day here or there will be OK.

This next week, I want to strive to integrate more protein into my diet and eat healthier.  This is my goal.  Will it be accomplished….dun dun dun!  Stay tuned…

Have a great Labor Day weekend!!

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