LIIFT4 Journal - Week 6

Week 6

What a week! After getting back from camping in the Catskills last weekend, I found myself with a very busy itinerary, even though my summer job was over. I started off strong with tracking macros and upping my protein intake throughout this whole crazy week, but by the end, I stopped logging in My Fitness Pal app altogether. And I only managed to fit in three of my four workouts for Week 6.

The first few days of the week were mainly spent working on getting things ready for school. I spent a long day at Cafe at 407, which I love not only because it's super cute and serves seasonal, locally-produced food, but all of the proceeds support Ophelia's Place, a nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture and conversation around eating disorders, body image and body dissatisfaction, which I think is SO so important.


Then the week got busier. I drove out to my parents house in Clifton Park, NY to hang out with them and my brother, who lives in San Francisco. We went to a local baseball game and had a lovely time. The next time, my mom and brother spontaneously wanted to come back with me to Syracuse to go to the NYS Fair! Which made me so happy because I love the fair so much (Sawyer, having lived in Syracuse for 28 years, is kind of over the fair). But it's still "new" to me. We had an awesome day and I reached for alllllllll da treats. I had the milk, a pickle, the new 1911 "Tipsy Cow" milkshake, a Gianelli sausage, fried pickles, fried Oreos, maple sugar candy, a wine slushie, some local beer, and honestly probably a few more things I'm forgetting about.


Then, Friday was all about getting ready for my sister-in-law's bridal shower/bachelorette party weekend, which my husband and I were throwing with his mom. We are the man and matron of honor, haha. When asked, my sister-in-law Madison said her favorite snacks were "anything a Gilmore would eat". Soooo I went a little overboard getting food: chips & dip, queso, candy, you name it. And I ended up getting into the candy and had candy for lunch on Friday. And the food train kept on chugging all weekend.

It was a lovely time and I'm so glad we did everything the way we did. But now my husband and I are feeling a little sick and sluggish from everything we ate, haha. I've been diving into Fixate recipes to get back to clean eating. Fixate is a cooking show that features Autumn Calabrese (the trainer of 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Country Heat, Hammer & Chisel, 80 Day Obsession, etc.) and her brother chef Bobby Calabrese. With her fitness background and his cooking background, they put together lightened up versions of awesome meals. You can get their cookbook here or get access to all of their recipes with Beachbody on Demand.

I feel like I can't even talk about the workouts because they were totally on the back burner for me this week. And that's 100% on me. Sometimes, when people tell me they want to workout but don't have the time, I say to them, "You have to make the time." And it's true. I totally could have made time on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to get that fourth workout in. I just chose not to. I made it up today, during Week 7, and found out it was only 28 minutes. I totally could have done it. But I'm just gonna push everything in Week 7 back a day and be okay with it.

I'm definitely thinking about running a FREE 5-day clean eating challenge this September, just to feel better about my summer adventures that have left me feeling a bit fluffy. Send me an email to join me! I'll make the meal plan menu and grocery shopping, but I'm definitely open to meal suggestions.

Another thing I'm thinking about doing this September is Ella + Tillie's "21 Days of... {No Alcohol} September"On Air with Ella is a podcast that I listen to sometimes and this free challenge piqued my interest (they're going to be doing a different "21 Days of..". challenge each month). I think I'm going to go dry this September with three exceptions: LDW, a trip to NYC with my girlfriends, and Madison's wedding. I think I can do it. Let's see!

Don't forget to message me if you want to do the 5-day clean eating challenge with me! Maybe send me a recipe idea?


Rachel Reaches