Sunday my beach day was cancelled because my friend got sick. I was actually really grateful she didn't try to tough it out for me because I have been busting my butt staying healthy so I won't take any extra days off of work till my vacation in 7 weeks. I just took it as the universe was telling me to take it easy because by Friday of last week I swore I wasn't going to be able to keep moving if I didn't get some sleep and down time. So I went from a jammed packed weekend to a hanging out at home weekend. It was great actually, I was able to buy our plane tickets for our cruise, after months of research finally buy our luggage for our cruise (we are now PROUD owners of luggage, or will be when it arrives, I texted my Mom and told her I am officially an adult now because I bought luggage), did the laundry, folded the clothes, filed all the paperwork that had gathered on my desk, opened all the mail (found some great deals too), made some phone calls and generally just got around to marking off some things on my to do list. As well as spent plenty of time cuddling/playing with Bella Rue and took the big dogs for a couple of walks.
It also meant I had time to food prep Sunday. The husband and I had done a big shopping trip Friday to prepare for a week of clean eats so we had plenty of stuff to dehydrate some plain jerky, boil some eggs for our breakfast of hard boiled eggs, prep some salads for lunches and I had a new recipe to try, cinnamon protein bars. They were actually a lot of fun to make.
WHAT IS IN IT...
2 1/4 cups of roasted oats
1 cup of peanut butter (I used all natural and no stir)
1/4 cup of honey (I buy mine from the farmers market)
1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips
1 cup of whey protein (I found this in the bulk aisle, I got plain but you can get vanilla too)
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of chia seeds or flax seeds (I used flax)
HOW TO MAKE IT...
I roasted the oats by spreading a thin layer across a baking sheet, preheating the oven to 350 degrees and baking them for roughly 10 minutes. I also stirred often in those 10 minutes to keep any of them from burning or over baking on one side. The smell was AMAZING. Seriously, roasting oats has a great smell.
Once that was done I let them cool completely before mixing all the ingredients in a bowl. I did it with a spoon but to be honest clean hands probably would have worked better, I felt that the spoon didn't stir up the ingredients correctly. I spread the mixture in a glass baking sheet with a little bit of olive oil on the bottom for sticking and baked it at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. I cut them up in bar shapes and placed them in a plastic container for storage. Then I just slipped them in a plastic sandwich bag for my lunch.
Yum! I still have plenty of ingredients for the next batch as well and I know what went in these so I am not frustrated at reading the back of the protein bars I normally buy to find that they have 28 grams of sugar in each serving. I don't know how many calories are in these or grams of carbohydrates to be honest, but I will have to look it up and get back at you guys.
So last week, as I said above, I hit my lowest weight since starting the challenge but I don't think it was in a healthy way. I am struggling to find the balance between too little food and too much and what to eat still. Last week I was under-eating and definitely not getting enough protein, which was a drastic change from my usual binge eating and emotional eating. My body did not handle the change well. The eating schedule I was on was fine but I was eating purely vegetables and fruit with only lean meats. The difference between the first week and the second week was simple, how much protein I was taking in (it pays to track what you eat). I was taking in a lot less protein this last week because we hadn't made it to the store to stalk up on string cheese or other protein filled snacks. Now if you do the calorie calculations on that, whew not a lot of calories in lean meats or vegetables or fruit. I had dropped down to around 900-1100 calories a day. WAY lower than I should have been at. On Thursday I don't think I even ate dinner because the husband was working over time and I was too exhausted to cook. I did a little experiment and added in a little bit more protein after that, some salami and home made jerky. My energy levels did rise and I felt a lot better. So now this week is dedicated to finding the balance again, making sure I am eating enough protein to make up for my lack in carbohydrates and taking in enough calories to sustain me without losing all my energy. Finding the balance with PCOS is hard, there is a fine line you have to walk in order to lose weight and it means a lot of tweaking your diet until you come up with the right formula for you. In my case it is reducing my carbohydrates drastically but adding in a good amount of protein/calories through meat.
So now with these few pounds I gained back over the weekend hanging over my head, I am packed and ready for the gym after work. Because we can't swim (the husband's eye and also it is group pool exercise day), I will probably rock some elliptical intervals and do an upper body day on the weight machines. Or I guess I could jump in the pool and rock out the group workout. Either way I need to head to the gym, walking is great but I need something more this week.
What is your Monday workout plan??