So here we are, the end of Week 2! This week was a complete failure. I had a bit of a crisis on Thursday, which prevented me from documenting the end portion of my meals and workouts. I will explain further later in this posting:
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My apartment was freezing when I woke up this morning, which put me in the mood for something warm for breakfast. I switched up my normal routine and decided to heat up a Special K Breakfast Sandwich instead of having my normal yogurt parfait.
Nom nom nom…
For lunch, I made a turkey sandwich with pepper jack cheese, bell pepper, and avocado spread. I love the extra crunch the bell pepper adds!
For dinner, I FINALLY made the Cajun chicken pasta recipe I was supposed to try last week. I’ve never made it before, but it turned out really well! I kind of missed having Alfredo sauce, but the yogurt is a much healthier substitute.
These pictures show all of the ingredients except for the chicken. I forgot to set it out of the freezer before leaving for class, so it had to defrost. I used one chicken breast.
Here is the recipe I used:
>>> Cajun Chicken Pasta <<<
I was going to make a yogurt parfait with blueberries this morning to take with me to work, but I had a little emergency. I had to take my cat in to the vet this morning, which disrupted my whole routine. Poor little guy is getting old, and falling apart!
As a result of this, I was late for work and in a rush so I just grabbed another Special K Breakfast Sandwich, heated it, and scarfed it down before heading out the door.
After having such a hectic morning, I’m glad I packed my lunch with leftover pasta the night before. I paired it with an orange, since I forgot to go to the store and get an apple.
This week is just a crazy week for me. I have been studying for 3 exams, have been meaning to clean my apartment, and now my cat is having old man problems and can’t control his bodily functions so he is making a mess every where.
Through all of this, I’m finding it very hard to prepare meals every night when I have so much else to do. It has been a real struggle, but I am doing my best to stick with my weekly goals.
I needed to make something quick so I could spend some time studying, so decided to go with a Brown Rice, Veggie, and Egg bowl. I love white rice, but am trying to go with the healthier brown rice. I also tried to use as little soy sauce as possible, so it wasn’t my favorite meal ever but it wasn’t bad either. Give it a try and see if it’s something you like.
Here is the recipe I used:
>>> Rice, Veggie, and Egg Bowl <<<
This morning I had my typical yogurt parfait.
With yesterday being such a crazy day with having to take my cat to the vet and monitor his behavior all while trying to study for a genetics exam, I just didn’t have a chance to make it to the grocery store. Besides, Walmart and Albertson’s both typically put me in a pretty crabby mood, and I just didn’t have the energy to deal with that.
That has created a problem, as I am all out of ingredients for lunch. I had turkey meat and cheese, but no avocado or mayo and I am NOT about to eat a dry sandwich. Ew! So for lunch, my options were pretty limited to whatever I could find here on campus.
Fortunately there is a Subway located in the Education building, so I ran by there and and got a turkey sub with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, spinach, bell pepper, and ranch.
I have mixed feelings about tonight’s meal: guilt, because it was extremely unhealthy and insurmountable joy, because it was SO GOOD!
I have a huge genetics exam coming up, and spent the entire evening studying for that. I didn’t have time to make anything, so instead called in an order to Wing Stop. There are better options I could have gone with…but it has been a really rough, hectic, crazy, roller coaster week.
I always get the boneless wing combo with Louisiana Rub. I SWEAR I only ordered the 6-wing combo, but this is what they gave me:
There were like, 20 pieces this time. It isn’t the first time Wing Stop has given me WAY more then I ordered (and paid) for. This development has lead me to believe that on the phone I must sound morbidly obese and perpetually hungry.
Today sucked as far as sticking with my meal goals. But before you judge me, come take my course load coupled with having to work. College is ruining my life 😦
This week didn’t work out as planned. My cat started having pretty severe health problems so I was pre-occupied with him and didn’t keep track of today’s meals 😦
I was left little choice but to make the difficult decision to put my kitty down today. He was developing blood clots due to hyperthyroidism that were resulting in mini strokes.
Rather than force him to continuously be uncomfortable and in pain, my mom drove down to pick him up and take him home where he would be euthanized. I wanted it to be done in my home town so we could bury him in our backyard alongside our other family pets.
Because of this, I didn’t track any of my meals today. So instead, here are a few pictures of my baby:
Didn’t track 😦
Didn’t track 😦
Here is the link to the workout printable I am now using, which will be shown for each day signifying which activities I have planned and successfully completed.
>>> Blank Workout Plan <<<
The strike-throughs you see below signify activities that I had planned, but did not complete.
I really need to get my act together and start getting up to complete my cardio workouts! It’s just so hard when its cold and my bed is so snuggly and warm!
I did eventually get up, and made it to the gym later in the evening after work and class.
Here is what my Monday workout looked like:
Time for a selfie:
After taking my cat to the vet, I was given 2 new medications to give him in addition to the 1 I was already giving him for thyroid issues he’s been having. I was instructed to watch him for a few days to make sure he doesn’t start having adverse reactions to the meds, and as a result I went straight home after work and class.
I didn’t get a cardio workout in, but did clean the house which worked up a sweat. So that’s something.
Here is what today was SUPPOSED to look like.
I spent 5 hours studying for a genetics exam, which I still think I might have failed. So I didn’t make it to the gym this evening 😦
What today was was supposed to look like:
My kitty took a turn for the worst, and with the advice from two different veterinarian’s I decided that it was time to let him go. This was my last night with my kitty, so I spent the evening snuggling with him and studying.
What I was supposed to do today:
Not only did I have to say goodbye to my baby, Mickey, but I woke up feeling extremely dizzy and sick to my stomach. I had to have my fiance drive me to class because I didn’t feel safe behind the wheel. I also didn’t feel safe lifting heavy objects, so no workout again today 😦 😦
Supposed to, but didn’t:
I woke up feeling better this morning, so I decided to join one of my good friends and go hiking!
There are several trails through the Organ Mountains located just outside of Las Cruces. Today, we went up Achenbach Canyone. We hiked a little over 4 miles during our up-and-back journey, which only took a few hours. I’m not sure exactly what the elevation gain was for this hike, but it was a ton of fun despite that infamous New Mexico springtime wind.
Here is the agenda for today. Yay, no strike-throughs!
About halfway up:
Towards the top of our hike we found a nice little cliff that over-looks the valley.
At the very top, there was this random configuration of rocks that we decided to rest and snack for a bit before making our return journey. You can see a couple of the hikers making their way towards the formation for scale.
Obligatory selfie at the top! Renee, myself, and Holly 🙂
I didn’t see the results I wanted this week, but I also only completed half of my anticipated meals and workouts. Shame shame!
Here are my measurements for the end of week 2:
This week was a disappointment. Losing my cat, who I’ve had for half my life, really disrupted my routine.
My goal for week 3 is to stick with all meals and workouts to hopefully work my way down to 137 lbs. and start seeing some measurement reduction (especially around my thighs and belly!)
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