Week 5: Body Conditioning by Dancers 21 Day Challenge

This post is part of a series “2011 Body Conditioning by Dancers 21 Day Challenge” which focuses on sharing my experiences during the six weeks of this event. To read about the challenge, or follow the participants progress click on the 21 Day Challenge Website.

This week did not go well in terms of reaching my new goals. After a good fourth week I was all ambitious and enthusiastic… but that didn’t last.

My energy was low and my days felt long. On Sunday, I made a batch of brown rice and pan fried tilapia, mushrooms, peppers in coconut oil and steamed broccoli. It was my first time using coconut oil, and I was rather generous… I didn’t know how generous until I had a pile of tilapia sitting in a puddle of oil… yuck… Ah, I’ll know for next time. I bought the Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from Noah’s – it’s something I’ve wanted to try since I read about coconut oil’s amazing healing powers last year. The two benefits that piqued my interest were coconut oil’s ability to aid in digestion and boost your metabolism (sounds good to me!).

I’ve listed by new goals for this week below and how I did on them.

Increasing Veggies
I don’t usually have a problem with this when I make my own meals, but for much of this week I was eating on the go. I did manage to put together some warm and colourful combinations this week at the salad bar. My favourite dishes would probably be the stewed okra and tomatoes and the cauliflower/broccoli/pepper salad.

Incorporating tricep pushups and pushups
Fitness was okay this week – I am doing my situps/crunches/leg ups still but this week I wanted to work on my tricep pushups and regular pushups at home since I am finding it challenging in class. I found that I can do tricep pushups – it just takes some adjusting to get myself in the correct position. As for pushups at home, I think since my body is a lot more warmed up in class, it’s easier to do. I find it a lot more challenging doing them on my own but I will continue to work at this.

Decreasing white carbs
Sunday was the only day I was cooking in the kitchen, the rest of the week I was grabbing things on the go – healthy for the most part but they I also included some white carbs..white pita, white potatoes, and white rice – of course not all at the same meal. I’m starting to feel like it’s harder to steer clear of these when I’m eating on the go, all the more reason to prepare things at home (save time, money and temptation).

I’m hoping to turn this around this weekend for next week by doing most of my prepping and cutting on Sunday/Monday. I find if I don’t get it done on Sunday, it’s really easy to resort to take out when I’ve had a long day and dinner just becomes one more thing I need to do before I can get some sleep…

This week I managed to have protein at every meal. I’ve also been having protein shakes after Eva’s (just almond milk with whey chocolate protein powder). I’ve found it’s helped with the morning after BCBD – I’m usually an achey wreck. However, I don’t believe I’m having enough protein in the morning. I’ve read on Women’s health magazine website that we need approximately 30 grams of protein at every meal. And I’ve only been having 2 Tbl of Ruth’s Hemp Chia Goodness cereal along with brown rice crisps and almond milk in the morning. Some days that’s enough for me but lately, I’ve been feeling pretty hungry by the time 9:30am rolls around.
I’m hoping to find some easy way to do this other than smoothies (no blender).

Does anyone have any protein breakfast ideas they would like to share? (other than cottage cheese and eggs)

2 thoughts on “Week 5: Body Conditioning by Dancers 21 Day Challenge

  1. Keep up the good work!

    Some protein breakfast ideas that are fast and easy that you may want to try:
    – Microwave egg whites (the kind from a carton) and throw in some chopped veggies that can be chopped up in advance with cheese. Allows for flexibility for you to combine any veggies or protein of your choice. If you’re super hungry, add whole wheat toast, english muffin, or tortilla.

    – Cinnamon and brown sugar oatmeal, add toppings of your choice (walnuts, sliced almonds, craisins, raisins, dried apricots, fresh berries, banana, etc.)

    – breakfast muesli mini pita with almond butter

    – whole wheat english muffin with laughing cow cheese

    A good way to satisfy a chocolate craving that I saw on Breakfsat television – a nutritionist suggested an avocodo shake/smoothie which consists of half an avocado, some milk (dairy/soy/almond), some cocoa powder, and protein powder. Tastes like a creamy chocolate milkshake and fills you up quite a bit!

    Hope this helps!

    1. Hi Ginny!
      Thanks for all your great suggestions – kind of in a breakfast rut. I especially love that last one… avocado and chocolate, I would have never thought of that. YuM! I also like the express white omelette idea.

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