Two Weeks In

I had a great full body workout this morning with a combination of free weights and weight machines. I don’t generally write down all my weights and exercises I do when I lift. Now, technically, you really should. It’s a great way to keep track of what you’re doing, or what you’ve been doing, track your progress and remember what weight you left off on. I usually just remember what exercises I do and what weights I do. In fact, I even can remember it all from this morning — nearly 12 hours ago.

Today was leg day, so I kept that as my focus, but I also added a few other exercises as well to make it more full body. For some reason I really love working out on Saturday mornings so I try to get in a full body session in that day!

It looked like this:

{I did 3 sets and 12 repetitions of everything}

Leg Press:  90 pounds
Lat Pulldown:  35 pounds
Push Up’s: Body weight
Deadlift :  40 pounds
Squats:  40 pounds
Tricep extension:  10 pounds
Side Should Raise: 7.5 pounds
Shoulder press: 10 pounds
Bicep Curl: 30 pounds (barbell)
Leg Extension: Actually don’t remember the weight on this one..
Leg Curl: Not this one either.. oops..

I’ve been eating clean for, like I said, about two weeks. I have been doing really good… until today. I had a little binge of a diet coke, small bag of chips and small bag of fruit snacks. Okay, and a cookie. Fine, two cookies. I’m glad I got that out in the public. I haven’t told anyone, so keep your mouth shut.

 I need to figure out how to eat healthy and clean but also make it taste exciting and not be the same thing every night. I know there are a lot of recipes out there, I just need to try some. I was also thinking, I may be adding in a few items that are not necessarily “clean” but are still healthy. I need to make this maintainable for me and something that I will be able to stick with and not get bored with. Tomorrow and Monday I hope to make some food to get me through the week. I want to try some new protein bars and chicken recipes.

So I am feeling a little discouraged today.

On the plus side,  I’m gaining a lot of strength in my weights and I’m seeing my arms get stronger. Hopefully once I start adding cardio in two weeks I will be able to shed some of the fat that is covering my muscle! 🙂

Oh and something else that is very interesting to me – last night I only slept about 6 hours because I went to bed way too late and woke up early with Lucas, but I had so much energy the entire day. I notice on days I workout I am so much more awake. I need to figure out how to exercise every morning!

“It’s not how you fall, it’s how you get back up.” We all fall down sometimes. We all fail and make mistakes. It’s how we recover from those mistakes that help us grow. It’s how we get back up that helps us to learn from ourselves and become stronger and better at what we want to do. I am GLAD that I have food struggles like this. I am learning how to be clean and healthy. I don’t want this to be easy. I don’t expect it to be. It would be un-realistic for me to think that I could go from eating “pretty healthy” and processed foods to 100% clean foods and call it easy. My struggles with food help me relate to others who go through the same thing. It helps me “walk in their shoes” and know what it’s really like. It forces me to figure out how (or if) I can have balance with certain foods.

Tomorrow I will wake up. I will eat my normal breakfast or 4 egg whites and 1 whole egg, scrambled with a piece of toasted ezekial bread. From there I will go on and get back up and pretend like today didn’t happen so I can start a new week fresh and ready to kick some serious gluteus maximus.

BOO. YAH. Clean Eating. BOO. YAH.

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

2 thoughts on “Two Weeks In

  1. Think about how you were feeling before you made the choice to eat off plan. Were you stressed, sad, bored? Be mindful of your feelings and how those emotions can manipulate your mind and ultimately derail your fitness goals.

    In response to eating strictly clean, I don't. If I feel the need for something sweet (maybe once a week) I will give in and have some sugar free jello, a sugar free mocha, or my fave low carb ice cream with a little sugar free root beer (zevia brand). Those little treats go a long way for my mental well being 😉

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