It’s been a great week honestly. When I say great week I mean we only REALLY REALLY BADLY wanted a treat like…once or maybe twice. It hasn’t been too bad at all. I LOVE doing this with Logan. We’re able to support each other and push other. Plus we even got to go shopping together this time and I didn’t feel guilty at all buying the more expensive stuff because it was for both of us. Bonus! I’ve loved seeing both of us look at labels, look at recipes, and even come up with new ones on our own. It’s been such a great experience so far, and sooo worth it. So, on with the questions…
How is our energy?
Logan: He reports still having great energy levels both at work and while at home. He says he’s been able to get so much more done in these last two weeks than he has in a long time. He’s able to focus, plan and prioritize. He sleeps well, and has energy when he wakes up the next morning. The only time he feels like he doesn’t have much energy is while he’s playing basketball or doing some type of cardio at the gym. He says that he can tell when he hasn’t eaten enough carbs…that’s when he complains a little and says he wants a piece of whole wheat toast. 🙂
Shanell: For me, my energy level has improved over last week. Not dramatically, but that’s probably because I’m growing a human. 🙂 I DO however feel great once I wake up, and by night time, I’m ready for bed and sleep like a rock.
Have we been bored with the food options?
Logan: He says the only thing he’s getting sick of is salad. Which is actually kind of funny because we’ve really only had it a few times, but then I guess he brings it to lunch the next day too…so ok, I get it.
Shanell: Nope. Still not bored. We have had completely different meals (except lunches because…leftovers win) every single day. I’ve tried hard to make the meals interesting and different. And of course yummy.
Here are a few examples from this week.
How has it affected our mood?
Logan: Like I mentioned before, he’s been so much more focused and goal oriented it’s crazy. And amazing. And I love him.
Shanell: I’ve actually seen a big improvement in my mood in comparison to last week. I’m not as impatient, irritable or grumpy. I’m able to calmly explain answers for all of the “why” questions I constantly get from my 3 year old, and with my 1 year old, I just let her throw her tantrum and be done with it. It’s kind of refreshing. I feel like a nice mom. Ha. I’ve also been able to accomplish my long lists of “to-do’s” during the day, which always makes me happy.
Do we still crave certain foods?
Logan: He still wants treats. He loves treats. BUT he hasn’t been wanting them as much this week as he did last week, so I think we’re on the right track.
Shanell: I haven’t really had too many cravings this week. There was one day, Friday, when I just wasn’t having the best day and I wanted something to satisfy my sweet tooth, but other than that, it hasn’t been too bad. In fact going on a date and buying treats such as some crisped apples, a Lara bar and an orange was the PERFECT treat for me. Plus I got to be with Logan, which always makes me feel better.
How’s the budget going?
Logan: He’s only had to buy a couple of things to add to his work lunches. One of which were cocoa powdered banana chips from Target and HOLY MOLY…that’s why they suggest NOT getting sweet things to snack on. They were so good! Yeah, he splurged, and I approved. What?
Shanell: Well, let’s say this, it’s been more expensive to buy healthier things but I feel like it’s totally worth it. You can either pay now and buy good food, or pay for it later after your triple bypass surgery. You choose. We’re still within our budget and I feel really good about it. 🙂
Has the meal prepping and planning been overwhelming?
Logan: He’s actually been a little more into the planning and prepping this week, which has been really helpful. He made us some baked sweet potato crisps/chips which were delicious, and because he went shopping with me he was able to come up with some great ideas for next weeks meals.
Shanell: I have come to the conclusion that meal planning is KEY. It is by far the #1 most important part of eating and maintaining a clean lifestyle. It’s so important. It has helped us stay on track, and keeps us motivated to keep eating what we’re supposed to. Yes, it’s time consuming to sit down and think of 21 complete meals (that you haven’t thought of before), and put them on paper, but it has saved us SOO much time when it comes time to cook breakfast, lunch or dinner. So overall, no it hasn’t been overwhelming, in fact I think it’s getting easier.
So far…do we think it’s worth it?
Logan: Yep. He’s done super well and keeps reaffirming to me that he’s grateful we are trying this together. He feels like it’s helping him quite a bit.
Shanell: Also yes. I totally think it’s worth it. I can tell my body is still adjusting a bit, but I have really loved it. That’s the honest truth. It’s pushed us, but it’s a good push. 🙂
Well, that about sums up our second week. See you next time!