Energy Refuel: meals + sweats

Day 2 & 3 of 28 were the roughest of all.  I was craving everything that I couldn’t have and nothing that I could.  The amazing thing is that most of the meals are not that far off from how we normally eat, so it was really the little things and the sweetness of coffee and wine that I kept coming back to.

By dinner I was ready to create some meal alternatives for the rest of the week.  I started by heating up the stores of remaining roasted spaghetti squash.

spaghetti squash

I was feeling a little maxed out on the veggie/ground turkey mix, so I mixed zucchini in with free range ground turkey and made little meatballs that popped into the oven at 375 for 15-20 minutes.  When I was at Whole Foods I read every tomato sauce label and determined that there was only one jar that had no added sugars or cheeses, and it was the 365 brand.

365 pasta sauce

When the meatballs were done I put them in a pot with the pasta sauce to absorb some of the juices and nutrients.

clean meatball sauce

Then served it all over the spaghetti squash.  I like to actually cut up the meatballs to mix it all together so there’s a little bit of everything in each bite, but to each his own when it comes to food.

turkey meatball squash

Since I was trying to knock out more meals for the rest of the week, and was pretty certain I didn’t want to eat this same thing for days, the cooking continued.

asparagus

Broiled asparagus and a flank steak from Whole Foods completed the meal, and created a good amount of leftovers that spread out over the next couple of days.

fuel sweat steak

So now we’re on day 5, and energy levels are starting to surpass the previous ‘normal.’

Quick sweat update for the week:

Monday I ran and did a small circuit of wall balls, kettle bell swings, goblet squats and break dancers (3 rounds of 25 each), which was pretty challenging during my 3pm energy dip, and then taught two Pure Barre Classes.

Tuesday i took a rest day to recover, and hit up a class at Opal in the early afternoon to try and bring some relief to my screaming back pain.  Big thanks to Kiki for an awesome stretch ( & flow).

Wednesday I got up for Dar’s bootcamp at 6:45am and then taught two classes in the morning at PB, which left me at an energy low until I had a snack of avocado and some almonds and berries (not all together).

Thursday + Friday have both become involuntary rest days for me since I’ve been benched due to an ultimate war with my lower back.  Thursday I made it into the doctor and have since had several appointments, a couple of procedures, and a new plan for back health which began immediately.  More to share on that soon since it blended right in to the 28 day challenge.

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