Slim Down Challenge Day 4

Today was a very long day. It started with the fact that I got 0 sleep–I was up all night for reasons I won’t share here. In all honesty, it was tempting to skip the morning workout and let my body take it easy without any rest, but I did it anyway.

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So the workout was a pyramid structure escalating in reps for each of the different workouts. I could only power through the first half (after the 25 reps each). I really wanted to finish it out, but 30 minutes had already expired and I had to get ready for work. Plus, with every rep, I was beat and light-headed.

Probably one of my favorite parts of this challenge is that it introduced me to the Meta-D drink. It’s quick, simple and easy to make and consume. Sure it burns and has a strong flavor for 3 gulps, but it comes with several benefits.

In the Facebook group page, someone posted a “slim tip” about staying hydrated. This seems like a no-brainer but everyone who knows me knows this is my weakest link. To remedy this, I got myself a camelbak from Contigo (in the featured image), and it has been the best purchase ever. I’m more inclined to drink water and have managed to re-fill it three to four times a day at the office, alone. I used to get random headaches in random spots on my head and it was…not so much painful, but more annoying. Since I’ve been drinking more water, I haven’t had any of those headaches, which is amazing.

For lunch, I wasn’t able to finish the entire meal again–ate 75%. Again, I was deterred by the dry textures of everything, so in future, I’m going to make my lunches the night before (maybe leftovers from dinner). I thought pre-packaging food for the week would be smart, but it actually didn’t hold up for me.

When I got home I thought about doing a 30-minute cardio workout of just walking, not jogging, not running, just plain walking. However, I felt enough of a surge of energy so I ran in 5-minute intervals. When I was walking in between, I increased the incline of the treadmill to make it more productive–definitely more productive than just walking.

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And alas, what has been the highlight of my days so far became the saddest part. Dinner was quinoa stuffed bell pepper with a fresh side salad (I made Watercress avocado salad). In the past I’ve made stuffed peppers before and it was not bad, so I was hoping that this one would be better. Sadly it wasn’t. First, I’m just not a fan of eating peppers whole like that. Second, since it took awhile to make both dishes, I wasn’t eating until 9:30pm, which is two hours after my usual time.

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The salad wasn’t TOO bad, though. If I had slept a normal amount of hours the night before and wasn’t eating so late at night, it might have stood a chance. After all that cooking I had done, my appetite was gone.

I clearly wasn’t going to finish this dinner, and I love avocados and didn’t want to waste them, so I ate the avocados with the pepper’s stuffing. It goes against all my principles of not wasting food, but I couldn’t stomach it. Not to mention the piles and piles of dishes I had created.

It was a long day. By the time I went to bed I had gone 40 hours without sleep. Tomorrow is a new day, the last day of this challenge, and I need as much energy and rest for it.

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