How is round one of Elf for Health over?! The past two weeks flew by. I was matched with Kelly of Cupcake Kelly’s, and we have quite a bit in common. She’s a (former) middle school teacher turned stay at home mom, who’s living with her in-laws while waiting to move into her new house. I used to teach middle school, prior to my placement in 4th grade, am currently a stay at home mom because of my maternity leave :), and also lived with my in-laws for a short time. Funny how a random match wound up being so perfect!
So, how did I do? Well, I’ll give myself an A for effort 😉
Monday: go meatless
Green monster (oatmeal, protein powder, stevia, 1/2 banana, chia seeds, spinach) for breakfast, farro + scrambled egg + avocado + salsa for lunch, and black bean/butternut burritos for dinner. Win!
Tuesday: send a card or handwritten note to a friend
I got myself caught up on thank you’s…not really the point of the challenge, but they needed to be written!
Wednesday: Try a new workout
I found a stroller workout, but the craziness of the day with Genevieve prevented me from doing it. I pushed this challenge a week in the future, when I discovered Latin Groove in the On Demand fitness section. Genevieve didn’t want to hang, so she joined me for most of it. Cardio mixed with strength!
Thursday: Get up 15 minutes early to meditate and reflect
#Fail. I never know when I’ll be getting up, it totally depends on when Genevieve wakes up and wants to nurse. I intended to set aside 15 minutes during nap time to meditate and reflect, but we had a nap strike, and G would only nap ON me. Kind of hard to focus on yourself that way.
Friday: How many colors can you eat?
My chicken wrap dinner included green avocado, orange bell pepper, and red tomatoes.
Saturday: clean out your closets and make a donation bag
Oh lordy, this is an ongoing task. The hubs and I are total hoarders. But our 4th bedroom reno is almost complete, so as we move things into that room, we’ve been cleaning and organizing, which comes with a ton of donation bags. And as I slowly start fitting into my pre-pregnancy wardrobe I am sorting through the clothes that don’t flatter and sending them on their way.
Monday: Track your fiber
I originally was going to reach 40 grams, but my planned dinner wound up being WAY too spicy for me, which took away 15 grams! But my sub-in dinner had 3 grams, so I hit 28 for the day.
Tuesday: make your own salad dressing
Done, and done! I almost exclusively use my secret recipe homemade shallot honey mustard dressing. I already had a batch in the fridge, easy peasy.
Wednesday: pack a healthy snack & pack an extra for a friend
Well, Genevieve is the only pal I hung out with, and her snacks are pretty nutritious as long as I’m eating well 😉 I snacked on an apple, which I had to cut one handed because G was having a very fussy day.
Thursday: Lift some weights
Pushed to Saturday, when I added G to my yoga 🙂
Friday: go make-up free
That’s pretty much every day while I’m not working.
Saturday: meal plan
Pushed to today. I’m excited to try out some new recipes that have been in my pinterest dinners & lunches board for a while. I fell out of the habit of meal planning when school got out in June. I need to get back into the habit so we quit wasting food and money!
All in all I think I did pretty well. I’m very sad to lose my elf though! I keep checking my email to see if I have my new elf. No dice yet!