I am going to be honest, real honest. I was super stressed and cried a lot last week. Embarrassing? Yes. Real life? Oh yeah.
Last weekend, we rescued a Lab mix named Dixie. She is sweet, energetic, & totally new to us! Neither my husband or I has ever had a dog, so we are learning every minute. I guess I didn’t realize how time and energy intensive having a dog is. Last week, I was way overwhelmed with that first week with our 1 year old pup who is eager to explore and play. I also started grad school last week. I am so excited to begin this educational chapter in my life, but I am very well aware that this is going to be very stressful and take up a lot of my time.
Between Dixie, grad school, work, and general life…I was overwhelmed and over it. My tears were flowing, my lists were long, and I didn’t know what to do first.
I stopped at Jewel on my way to school on Tuesday & bought a bunch of candy. I ate it all in my car…alone. The worst part? I didn’t even enjoy it because that is what always happens when I binge. I just kind of go outside of my body and eat. There is no enjoyment, and I am left feeling horrible after.
So, after a not so stellar week, I decided to take back control and work on my stress level this week. So, I bring to you, lazy girl meal prep.
I had no energy or patience to go through my normal meal prep of a few different full recipes. I knew I needed to keep it simple so I wouldn’t stress out too much, and it was one less thing I needed to worry about. The food groups needed is laid out really well with 80 Day Obsession meal plan.
For my post-workout meal I need a red (protein), green (vegetable), yellow (carb), and purple (fruit). I always eat veggie loaded egg cups (red & green) with roasted sweet potatoes (yellow) and a cut up apple (purple). These take me about 5 minutes to prep, and 15 minutes to cook, easy!
For lunches, I need a red (protein), green (vegetable), and yellow (carb). I grilled up veggie burgers for my red, steamed broccoli for my green, and portioned out black beans for my yellow. It took me about 10 minutes….yes!
Sticking to the plan doesn’t need to be hours in the kitchen or elaborate meals. You need to monitor your own stress and energy level…once you make this experience something you can’t handle (hours in the kitchen, complicated meals, food you don’t like) you will never stick with it! I normally don’t mind doing more complex recipes for my lunches, but this week I knew I needed that extra time to relax.
A great aspect about 80 Day Obsession is the emphasis on self care. Sundays are specifically for stretching and foam rolling those sore muscles. It is recommended to take epsom salt baths, get massages (I wish I could that more!), and get plenty of sleep. Self care also means managing your stress levels…which I didn’t do so well last week.
Everyday is a learning experience, in all aspects of life. I am prepped for the week, more of a schedule laid out to get my grad work done, and I am ready to make improvements so there are less tears (that’s always a win).
I am LOVING this program & how much it is helping me becoming stronger physically and mentally. Despite last week, I am making so much progress. I am bumping up my weights already, down 2 inches & 4 pounds…all in 15 days!
Sometimes you need to step back and do some lazy girl meal prep. I am still on plan & eating foods that are on the approved list. You need to make sure that you are taking care of yourself mind, body, & soul.
Here’s to being happy & fit
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