So this week I embark on a Challenge. Kyle and I always work at our music camp for a week back at our college. This week is always a FABULOUS time however, it means eating college cafeteria food 3 times a day. Normally I would look forward to the week of chicken fingers with buffalo ranch, lasagna, Etown carrot cake, the ice cream machine.. but this year I've been dreading it. I am finally hooked on something healthy. I LOVE this paleo lifestyle, and I love the fact that I've started to incorporate running and working out into my routine as well. I feel like I am gaining control of my life, and I feel like if I went to that cafeteria, I would gain all of it back + some in a week.
So I did some thinking, and I committed to bringing all of my own food for the week. I started saving leftovers in the freezer over the past couple of weeks, and planning out meals. I made myself a chart, figured out I had about 18-20 meals I needed to be prepared for. I knew I didn't want to do a lot of cooking, because lets face it, once you're out of college, college living looks pretty disgusting. I planned out food that could easily be reheated in a microwave or on the stove. I planned lunches that can be stored in mason jars (vs. salads that would be great, but tough to keep fresh throughout the week). I need a lot of grab and go.
When I get back I will post about how it all went, and what a lot of the choices i went for. I discovered a lot of recipes too that will be great for during the school year. There is a Banana Vanilla Bean N'Oatmeal (non oatmeal) that I cannot wait to devour. It's like a custard-y chia filled delight. This is from Diane Sanfilippo's 21 day sugar diet book, but she luckily posted it on her balancedbites blog for all to see. I also tore up some rotisserie chickens and am going to bring a ton of veggies to cut up for veggie sticks - ie: carrots & cucumbers.
In addition, despite exhaustion I am going to TRY MY HARDEST to get out an run throughout camp. I won't be unrealistic and say it will happen every day, but I want to try to at least get out 4-5 days within the week.
PS I'm still floating around the number I hit last week - which is great! Considering we had a Carabba's cheat-night (thank you student given gift cards). I am confident and feeling great. PLUS I just rocked a pair of pants last night that were way too small to wear last summer. Let's have a big GO ME. Always remember to be your own cheerleader. If you don't support yourself, you'll never be able to believe in yourself.
|Just love him!|
Love always - Jack