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12-Week Sprint to the Finish: Week 8

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Wow! I can’t believe we’re beginning Week 8 of the 12-Week Sprint to the Finish.

If you read my Weekly Weigh-In post last week, you know that I had a much better result on the scale than the previous week. I’m sincerely hoping to hit 85 lbs. lost this week.

Note to self: No more Chinese food and pizza the day before a weigh-in. Not a good combination.

This past week, I began the weigh-lifting routine in The New Rules of Lifting for Women. As part of that, I also began drinking a protein shake on my lifting days.

I’ll be honest, while parts of the lifting (and I use that word loosely right now) were tougher than I’d expected – like doing real push-ups instead of “girl” push-ups – the first two weeks (weeks 1 and 2 are the same) aren’t especially challenging and I wasn’t sure I was really earning that protein shake.

I do, however, feel like I’m getting a decent full-body strength-training workout in and I think the program is designed to start all levels of fitness at the same place, so I’m planning on sticking with the program for at least a month to see how it goes.

I feel like I did fair with my nutrition goals this week, too. Even with the protein shake, I was able to stay within my calorie budget most days.

My goals for next week are: follow my half-marathon training plan (which I’m really excited about this week – it’s a rest week! I’ve got four 4-mile runs…no long runs.), three days of lifting following The New Rules of Lifting plan, log my food on My Fitness Pal and stay within my calorie budget each day.

What about you? What do your goals look like for the upcoming week?

My food log for last week:

7/11/2011

Breakfast: Low-fat cottage cheese w/peanut butter on whole wheat toast
Post-workout shake: Jillian Michaels’ whey protein (chocolate) w/half a banana and frozen strawberries
Lunch: “Caesar” salad: green leaf lettuce, reduced-fat feta, pepperoncini, cherry tomatoes, black olives and 1 Tbsp. Kraft Classic Caesar dressing w/sweet tea
Dinner: Grilled chicken w/spaghetti squash, pasta sauce, roasted squash, Texas toast and sweet tea.

7/12/2011

Breakfast: Flax cereal w/strawberries
Lunch: Broiled tilapia, roasted squash, small Caesar salad w/sweet tea
Dinner: Mexican pizza, sweet corn cake, sweet tea (Not an especially low-fat meal, so in moderation.)
Snacks: half of a Wendy’s small Frosty, roasted squash

7/13/2011

Breakfast: Low-fat cottage cheese w/peanut butter on whole wheat toast
Post-workout shake: Jillian Michaels’ whey protein (chocolate) w/frozen strawberries
Lunch: Grilled chicken w/Gina’s pasta salad and sweet tea
Dinner: Mexican restaurant – yum! Chicken salad: grilled chicken on a bed of lettuce w/tomatoes, onions, bell pepper and cheese. McD’s sweet tea afterward.

7/14/2011

Breakfast: Low-fat cottage cheese w/peanut butter on whole wheat toast
Lunch: Chicken quesadilla w/black beans, light sour cream, sweet tea
Dinner: Tacos, Coke
Snack: Birthday cake (Brian’s birthday)

7/15/2011

Breakfast: Low-fat cottage cheese w/peanut butter on whole wheat toast
Post-workout shake
Lunch: Turkey burger w/pita chips and hummus
Dinner: Pepperoni pizza (1 slice, medium), Caesar salad, sweet tea
Snack: Chocolate-covered frozen banana. Yum! (Half a banana, dipped in chocolate almond bark and frozen. Tastes just like an ice cream sundae.)

7/16/2011

Breakfast: Flax cereal w/strawberries
Lunch: Pepperoni pizza (1 slice, medium), Caesar salad, sweet tea
Dinner: Chicken chimichanga, light sour cream and guacamole, sweet corn cake and sweet tea.

7/17/2011

Breakfast: Fruit salad
Lunch: Tuna on sub roll w/pita chips and hummus
Dinner: Grilled chicken, grilled corn-on-the-cob, Gina’s Macaroni and tomato salad, Caesar salad and sweet tea.

Did you have anything new, different, and yummy to eat this week?

Do or do not. There is no try.

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