This week was rather interesting for me…mostly because I live in Northern California and loved ones were once again affected by the fires. But that’s another story. Today I wanted to share some changes that happened this week in terms of my fitness journey. Exciting changes were made this week to my diet and exercise regimen! First and foremost, I decided to incorporate more paleo inspired meals into my diet. If you want to see some recipes I tried, stay tuned! I also created a workout regimen that will pair nicely with devoting more time to riding (especially when the smoke clears up), so that I won’t be doing 13 hours days, 5 days a week. All in all, it was pretty productive.
I wasn’t able to work out outdoors because of the terrible smoke, which meant riding was thrown out the window. I’m not going to risk my horse’s lungs so that I can keep her fit, so she’s had the whole week off. Not to mention the smoke hurts my lungs and head! But that also means she (and I) are going stir crazy over here.
My workouts consisted mostly of my 5 am walks with my pup, followed by short bodyweight workouts targeting my arms, abs, and legs. These spurts of fitness helped my brain, but also kept me fit enough! This routine will come in handy when it’s clear outside because I won’t be worried about getting enough steps or heading to the gym. It will also keep my muscles toned enough throughout the winter without me completely throwing my routine to the side.
My current plan is to have 2 bodyweight workout days, 2 yoga days, and 1 cardio/plyometric day. I’m being rather flexible with my schedule, of course, to accommodate riding. That should always be our first priority!
I also decided to make a change with my diet. Nutrition has really piqued my interest in the past couple of years, mostly because I find it so fascinating. It’s so cool to try foods and see their effects! For instance, if I don’t have enough lean protein in a day, I’m so hungry and lethargic the whole day. Anywho, I decided to incorporate more Paleo-centric meals into my diet. I’m not going to put myself in a category, because I love pizza and burritos and rice, but I’m making an effort to eat “clean.”
For those interested, a Paleo diet consists mostly of fruits, veggies, protein (like meat, nuts, and other plant based proteins), while leaving legumes, wheat, and grains in the dust.. The idea is to go back to our “roots,” like from a long, long time ago (Paleolithic era). I have noticed this week that most paleo meals I eat leave me less bloated and feeling great!
If you’re interested in what I’m eating, stay tuned!
So this was one of the first meals I made and really experimented with the no grains idea. Before this week, it honestly felt weird to have no grains incorporated with a dinner meal. But this was surprisingly amazing! It’s not full Paleo, but incorporates most of the practices.
Anywho, I made a stir-fry bowl but subsituted rice for cauliflower rice. This meal also has roasted chicken, homemade teriyaki sauce, carrots, mushrooms, sweet potato, and broccoli. I also had flavored sparkling water because I was really in the mood for a beer, but didn’t want the alcohol.
The next night was a late night for me. I had errands to run and didn’t have time to eat dinner until 8 pm! So I needed to whip something up quickly. I aimed to go for a protein-packed salad. Here is a spinach arugula salad with tuna, sautéed veggies, tomato, and lemon juice. Okay, this was good. I know its a random assortment of things, but it all worked so well together! If you ever need to make something healthy, quick, and delicious, I would definitely recommend a salad like this one.
Another meal, and personally my favorite, was a pesto pasta dish. However, instead of pasta, it was spaghetti squash! This meal was almost my favorite ever (pesto tortellini with real pasta is probs my favorite). I used turkey meatballs, mushrooms, onions, and spaghetti squash to whip up this dinner. If you’re hesitant to try spaghetti squash, I would say go for it. The most annoying part of this squash is cutting it in half, but everything else is amazing! You san just put some garlic powder, salt and pepper on each half, throw it in the microwave for 10 minutes, and you’re good to go!
So there you have it! I made some decent changes in my fitness regimen but let’s hope I stick to it. I hope everyone is having a fun and adventurous week! I’m excited because tomorrow I get to ride yet another new horse (riding other people’s horses is literally one of my favorite things ever).
Do you think you would ever try a diet similar to Paleo? If so, what are your thoughts?