I am finally home from my 16 day vacation! It was fabulous and I loved touring new countries and spending time with my new husband, family, and new friends, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t ready to be home. I was itching for my regular routine with structured exercise and healthy foods. I have a whole post planned about my food and fitness while on vacation, but lets summarize by saying it did not compare to my normal. I am extremely nervous to get back in the box because I think I’ve taken a step backwards and I know that will get in my head. I need a mantra and some serious motivation before my class tomorrow.
I wanted to ease my way back into workouts and with the time change I was up at 6am anyways so I laced up for a 2 mile run. It was a great run until mile 1.5 and I was so close to being finished that I was able to push myself for the last .5. I had the blessing of fresh legs and extra motivation which pushed me to run between an 8-9 minute mile and finish in 17:15.
This worked a little bit of everything and my legs were really feeling it after the run. My first round was great and I struggled after that. I took a :30 second break at one point! I finished in 10:14 which is a very beatable time – try it and tell me how you do!
It felt great to workout and get back into the groove. The other key component to getting back on track is getting healthy nutrition in your body. I had purchased a copy of Cooking Light on a layover on Monday and found some recipes for the week.
Once meal planning was complete, I took advantage of the fact that our refrigerator was almost entirely empty (except for condiments) and I cleaned the fridge from top to bottom and then filled it with lots of heathy produce, and protein.
Meals for the Week:
Egg Salad Sandwiches (Paleo for Her, Bread for Him)
Note: Many of these recipes will be adapted to satisfy a mostly Paleo diet.