Fitness, Gluten Free, Lifestyle

Bikini Series Week 5 Recap

I can’t believe I have been sticking to this workout and healthy eating plan for 5 weeks now! It is definitely become routine which is really awesome.

My biggest helper in staying on track has been meal prepping every Sunday.

I make dinners, proportion snacks, and chop veggies for the week so that throwing healthy meals together is easy. My two favorite snacks right now are hummus and baby carrots or Greek yogurt and 2 tbsp gluten free granola.

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I’ve also been sure to get plenty of exercise outside along with my indoor workout videos. The fresh air really helps boost my mood and I want to enjoy the milder weather before the heat gets unbearable.

I’ve been drinking lots of protein smoothies. My go-to mix is 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop vegan protein powder, 1/4 cup frozen fruit (cherries, blueberries, mango, etc.) and 1 cup of baby spinach. Blend it all together and you have a complete breakfast to take on the go!

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For lunches, I have been making pre-portioned salads for the week. Kale has been my go-to green since it is both filling and nutrient dense. I love it topped with some black beans, red onion, and lime juice!

Dinners have been chicken, veggies, and quinoa, or I make a big batch of soup at the beginning of the week. For last week, I made chili with low-fat beef, extra beans, and I added in some extra veggies for fiber. This also helped made more servings so that each serving had less fat and more fiber. If you haven’t tried zucchini in your chili, definitely do! It was the perfect texture and went really well with the flavors.

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I did have some treats last week when I celebrated with my family for my birthday. My parents gave me the most beautiful pink flowers!

My mom also made the most AMAZING strawberry gluten free cake. She used the Pillsbury Funfetti gluten free cake mix, added strawberry filling and fresh strawberries on top, and made a whipped cream frosting. Seriously, so good. 

 

Stats:

I’ve lost 5 pounds, but gained a ton of muscle! My arms are definitely stronger than they have ever been. Looking forward to seeing how much they improve over the next three.

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I’ve got my meals and my workout schedule ready and I’m tackling week 6! Looking forward to a relaxing weekend, because next weekend I head to Vegas!!

Happy Pre-Friday =)

Ashley

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