For the first few week of Round 3 of Best Body Bootcamp, I have been concentrating on the exercise portion of the program. This, in my defense, is really the main focus because after all, the plan focuses on workouts that are consistent, effective, and have $1000 prizes up for grabs. I should focus on the workouts right? (Duh!)
That being said, I really feel that I need to stop for a moment and consider how my diet is negating all my hard work. I want to blame Trader Joes. I really do. Darn them for tempting me with tantalizing sweet treats promising “gluten free” or “fat free” or made with “whole ingredients,” etc. but nowhere on any label does it say “Calorie Free” now does it? They are secretly worse than McDonalds as far as a threat to my personal diet.
(Let me just take a quick moment to say that I LOVE Trader Joes, and I’m only ranting to make a point about personal responsibility)
Now…Can I rant for a second? This is my blog right? Okay good. Because at least McDonalds is honest. They know they are bad for you, and they put exactly how bad on your receipt. But Trader Joes? Heheheheheheh health food in some cases, but secret diet killer in others. Ever looked at the ingredients in JoJo’s? Orange Chicken? Blue Cheese Roasted Pecan dip? (okay I’m drooling now).
Wait I had a point…lost it…okay it’s coming back I think…OH YES! Personal responsibility. That’s my point. There are healthy diet traps EVERYWHERE whether it’s Trader Joes, McDonalds, or somewhere in between. Don’t just shop at Whole Foods or Trader Joes and mindlessly think, “Oh, this is ridiculously tasty and I’m at Trader Joes, so it can’t be that bad for me,” and then continue until somehow you’ve spent $50 on junk food masquerading as healthy because it doesn’t have gluten in it. (This has never happened to me. Never ever. No way.)
Lately I have been doing the following routine: Wake up, go to work, have breakfast (English muffin and TJ’s Greek yogurt), have a healthy lunch, snack on some TJ’s Power Berries or TJ’s chewy chocolate chip cookies or (insert other treat from Trader Joes here), Go to the gym and do my awesome BBB workout, Go home and in starvation mode make TJ’s orange Chicken and TJ’s multi-grain rice, then have some tea with more TJ’s treats, both salty and sweet because I’m OCD like that.
Are you starting to see a pattern? Isn’t diet supposed to be 80% and exercise only 20%? Oops. I’m self sabotaging…I can’t really blame Trader Joes now can I? They didn’t force these items into my pantry. There are plenty of healthier options at Trader Joes, and any other grocery store.
It’s time to get back to basics, so this week (and up to Thanksgiving day) I am going to challenge myself to the following:
1) Only coffee and tea (with milk only, no sweeteners) and lots of water (NO juices, etc!)
2) Only fruits and veggies or healthy trail mix as snacks with the exception of 1 (under 200 calorie) treat per day.
3) Only meals made with whole ingredients that are well rounded and include lean protein, healthy fats, and whole grains.
I think I can do it. I know HOW to eat healthy, I just haven’t been making it a priority. The idea of Bootcamp is to challenge yourself with new goals, pushing yourself to do better for yourself! I have been doing a great job pushing myself in my workouts, so why should I negate all my hard work by eating unhealthy snacks? I’ll most likely find that I do better in my workouts if I cut the junk food anyway.
I have exactly 1 week until Thanksgiving, so I will post back with how I did!!
Wish me luck!