I’m in my fourth week of Curves Complete. Here is a recap of week 3:
Wow, what a week! For how I was feeling, I assumed I had the worst week yet. I ended up with good results, but I felt as though I had really done a bad job in my exercising. I was able to keep to the meals pretty well (it helps that I make 90% of everything I eat ahead of time and it’s ready to go!), but I just felt sluggish and unable to cope with the stress of life that had come my way. More on that in my ‘results’ section.
Like last week, I first looked at the available exchanges and then created my meals around those. This week I tried to avoid more fattening things and bulk up on more protein. I had protein in each meal and at least 1 snack a day (cottage cheese is considered a protein in this system, even though it is also dairy). I also discovered the Curves brand chocolate shake powder. I’ve been using about 10 ice cubs, 2 scoops of the shake powder, and some water to make a Wendy’s-frosty-like treat. It has helped me to not eat chocolate candy as much as in past weeks (remember that on occasion you’re allowed to switch a snack to a ‘sweet treat’ listed as options in the system).
Option 1 – 1 fruit + 1 dairy + 1 protein
——-> 10 whole strawberries plus 4 oz Oikos Greek yogurt with a few drops of NuNaturals liquid stevia (F) and vanilla extract (F) + 2 whole eggs scrambled with grilled bell peppers (F), onions (F), and tomatoes (F).
Option 2 – 1 nut + 1 protein + 1 starch
——-> 1 slice Rudi’s Gluten Free cinnamon raisin bread, 1 tsp all natural creamy peanut butter, 2 whole eggs scrambled with grilled bell peppers (F), onions (F), and tomatoes (F).
Option 1 – 1 starch + 1 fruit + 2 protein
——-> Quinoa Salad, which included 3/4 cup cooked quinoa, 1 tbs dried cranberries, 1/2 cup chickpeas, 2/3 cup black beans, and diced tomato (F)
Option 2 – 1 fruit + 2 protein + 1 fat
——-> Tofu Cranberry Salad, which contained 3 cups lettuce (F), 4 oz cranberries, 6 oz baked tofu (cubed), 2/3 cups black beans, 1 tbs raspberry walnut vinaigrette.
Option 3 – (pre-set meal option in Curves system) Chipotle Mexican Grill Salad with grilled chicken, black beans, corn salsa, fajita vegetables and salsa. I cheated a little here and had some of the chipotle ranch style sauce instead of the salsa.
Option 1 - 1 starch + 1 protein + 1 dairy
——-> Split pea soup with chicken, roasted vegetables with cheese. 2 oz dried split peas (about 1 cup cooked and watered down), 4 oz chicken breast, with roasted halved brussel sprouts (F), broccoli florets (F), cauliflower florets (F), and carrots (F). 2 oz low fat shredded cheddar cheese over the broccoli and cauliflower.
Option 2 - 2 starch + 2 protein
——->Split pea soup with chicken (as listed above) plus 1 Nature Valley Crunch granola bar and the Curves protein powder shake with ice and water. Also had roasted veggies (F), same as above but with no cheese.
Option 3 - 1 starch + 2 protein + 1 fruit
——-> Roasted sweet potato, ‘coronation chicken’, and raw carrots (F). This consisted of 1/2 whole sweet potato and about 1/4 cup of a topping I made to share at the potluck with a potato bar. It’s a very simple ‘recipe’, and was a great hit at the potluck! I combined canned peaches, black beans, canned chicken, and a little bit of mayonnaise. I blended it together in my Salsa Express hand crank food processor.
(allowed 2 a day)
Option 1 – 1 nut + 1 starch
——-> PB Energy bites. Main ingredients were peanut butter and oatmeal. I used my dry Vitamix blender to turn oats into a flour, then blended that in with peanut butter, chia seeds, NuNaturals liquid stevia (F), vanilla extract, and small amount of almond oil. They were smaller than 1 inch balls and I have 3-4 as a snack.
Option 2 – 1 fruit+ 1 protein
——-> 1/3 cup applesauce and 1/2 cottage cheese. I mix them together and love it! Not everyone does though. A good alternative could be peaches or pineapple with cottage cheese.
Option 3 – 1 protein + 1 dairy
——-> Chocolate protein shake. 2 scoops chocolate protein shake powder blended with ice and 8 oz almond milk
Workout and Activities
Curves: 4 Curves Smart/Circuit (35-40 mins each)
Stationary Bike: 5 days of 20 minute morning sessions (I read my bible, pray, and journal during this – it’s not intense)
Pedometer Steps: Goal is 10,000 – hit an average of 10,000 for 4 days this week. 2 days I only had 2,000, which is horrible. Come to find out though, something was wrong with how I was wearing the pedometer. Sometimes it would read right and sometimes it wouldn’t. So I tried a few new places and the verdict is: I will keep my pedometer clipped to my right shoe. Since doing that the readings have been accurate.
Other: 4 sessions of 50 crunches/sit-ups/ab exercises
Week Summary and Results
In talking with my nutrition coach at our weekly meeting this week, I realized that I actually did great! I had a very stressful week at work and otherwise, lacked in energy and felt fatigue most days, and I just had a negative attitude toward life – but I didn’t deviate off my eating plan! Because of my track record with emotional eating, this is actually HUGE progress! I didn’t realize it until my coach told me, but she is right! All I saw was a week where I lacked energy and a good attitude but even though that I didn’t binge or eat junk food! So I’m super excited for that success :)
I actually lost 1lb from last week. Cool! We didn’t take my measurements/body fat this week, but I’ll find out next week if there have been any improvements there. Since starting 3 weeks ago, I have lost 2lbs total and of that, 1.41 lbs have been pure fat! So I’m feeling good about that, knowing that I’m also building good muscle mass right now.