Week 2 didn't go quite as well as week 1, but I did ok. I didn't bring my scale with me, so I'm going by how my clothes fit and my weekly measurements, both of which are fine. Your palate changes a lot when you practice clean eating for several months. Mine actually started changing after the first 3 weeks. Things that used to be delicious (Hershey's kisses, for example) no longer taste good. I ate an Utz Carolina Style BBQ chip the other day and it wasn't good at all. A year ago, I could have eaten an entire family-sized bag in a sitting. So, small victory there!
My mother in law and I went to breakfast at IHOP one day after we dropped the boys at VBS. I was able to eat well there (except for the side of hashbrowns...) by ordering from their "slim" menu. I had an egg white omelet with spinach, mushrooms, and salsa. On my plan, that counted as a protein, a vegetable, and half a fruit. I went ahead and counted the hashbrowns as my entire carb intake for the day, as well as my orange container, which measures oils, dressings, etc. I was stuffed. We lingered there for a couple of hours, drinking coffee and chatting. When we picked up the boys, I was nowhere near hungry. At lunchtime, I had a cup of carrots and snap peas with hummus. I never ate a formal lunch. Big mistake. I was ravenous at dinner and my portion didn't satisfy me. I can honestly say that this is only about the third time since I started the 21 Day Fix that I've wanted a bigger portion. The next day, I was RAVENOUS. I gave myself a break and just ate food. I didn't make any overly unhealthy choices, but I didn't stick to just my allowed containers that day. Instead, I tracked my calories in My Fitness Pal and made sure I ate between 1400-1500 that day. I felt much better. I think it's really cool that I've learned enough about my body to be able to manipulate my food needs to fit how I'm feeling. We are extremely active while we're here. Yesterday I did my Beachbody workout, plus my challenges, went swimming with the boys, and walked a mile and half with my husband. I also did laundry which requires LOTS of stair climbing. I know we'll be even more active when we're at the beach, so I"m working hard to listen to my body and adjust my calorie intake accordingly to make sure I'm feeding myself enough.
Sandwiches are a popular lunch around here, so I got myself some quick, healthy options that don't blow all my carbs. I've been making wraps on whole grain tortillas with grilled chicken or lean low-sodium deli turkey. Spinach salads are also one of my favorite things, so I can easily toss a bunch of veggies into a bowl on top of some spinach and go to town. Dinner-wise, the food choices have been slightly less healthy this week (bratwurst one night), but I was careful with my portions.
I have a feeling next week may involve more meals on the go as we are shuffling the boys between a morning program and an afternoon one. Plus, we're trying to get ready to head to the beach next Saturday. But I"ll keep on keeping on. So far, I'm really proud of the way I've been able to keep up with my plan. My family is really supportive, which helps.