It’s been a little over a month since I wrote about my lifestyle upgrade (https://haunani.blog/2019/07/10/lifestyle-upgrade/).
July was a great month of starting new habits and getting into new routines. I was able to juggle school and work flawlessly as well as hanging out with my sister and incorporating my new lifestyle in my everyday life.
However, I went home and I came back with my habits lost. I knew I had to hit the gym and continue my healthy eating but it was harder because I lost some momentum. I had/have no travel plans in August but I am working more than I am used to. I stand up at my job so by the end of an 8 hour day I am tired. I am trying to figure out how to make my workouts work with my busy days. School is starting again this week and I am nervous about the work load on top of my actual job.
In sum, the workouts have been weak.
Nutrition wise, I am proud of myself.
I changed my nutrition a lot in the past year as I am not eating meat and I self-diagnosed myself as lactose intolerant. Not only that, but my boyfriend and I share a food budget. He is a meat eater and he is not lactose intolerant. We have a budget of how much money we have to spend on food. It is difficult planning both of our meals and staying in budget, However, I think I am figuring out a way to plan my healthy and filling meals without consuming pasta every night (since it’s so cheap).
One of my issues with my nutrition is that I used to eat 3 big meals, dinner being my biggest meal since I was starving by the end of the day. Now, I am learning how to snack! I drink a protein drink as my first snack, a protein bar as my second snack, and a fruit + a piece of dark chocolate as my third snack. I realized that I am not getting the protein I need which is causing me to be very hungry throughout the day. The other thing that really shocked me is that protein bars are not what they look like. As I am in the massive protein bar aisle I noticed that the vegan protein bars are full of sugar, and most protein bars are 250-400 calories which is insane to me because you are not eating that much. I am trying to find something that will help me stay full as well as not overload me with sugar.
My boyfriend hid the scale from me as I became addicted to weighing myself.
However, I feel good. My nutrition is good and I feel like if I went to the gym more consistently I will feel better. There is definitely room for improvement but overall I am happy and I am proud of myself.