Get Fit Fast, Week 3: My Favorite Workout-Friendly Foods
Here I am ending the third week of my attempt to get fit fast. The update for this week is that there is both good and bad news.
I like to start with the positive, so the good news is that I lost 1½pounds from last week (insert applause here). The not-so-great news is the weight loss wasn’t due to my toning schedule, which I didn’t accomplish this week.
So the reason I wasn’t successful in accomplishing my workout schedule this week is I have had two strained muscles in my neck and back. By this I mean any normal movement would send me twitching and making weird noises. So, I decided to take it easy and rest my muscles. The treadmill was out because of twitchy Magee and I certainly wasn’t about to do any balance or strength training exercises either.
I think of the mantra I’m fond of from The Biggest Loser this season: “No Excuses.” So I am wondering if my back and neck ailments were technically excuses or if I shouldn’t be hard on myself this time because I was physically unable to workout. I like the later of course and am going to push extra hard when I get better!
A Pound is a Pound
That said, I still managed to lose a pound and a half, which I am very excited about. I had to very carefully watch the amount of calories that I took in and make sure I ate the best foods. I tend to stick to the same snacks whether or not I am able to work out simply because they taste good and they are good for the body.
Here is a list of workout friendly foods that I really like:
- A tablespoon of peanut butter
- Low fat string cheese
- Low fat or fat-free yogurt
- Low fat or fat-free cottage cheese
- Low fat turkey slices
- Half a whole grain English muffin
- Tuna fish in water with veggies or whole grain crackers
- Low fat or skim white or chocolate milk
You can have any of these foods before or after a workout; the key is to watch the portion of your snacks and get a good balance of carbohydrates and proteins. You don’t want to eat too much before you workout because that could cause cramping since your food is trying to digest, so keep it light.
Have you been doing the workouts with me? If so, how is it going? Remember one thing: “We are not asking for perfection, we are asking for progress” — anonymous.
Do you have a favorite food to eat before or after you workout?
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