Slow and Steady – Week 2

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Today I’m starting a new Saturday blog post: Slow and Steady

The idea behind it is that it’s an update of how I did with my goals this week.


My main focus these past two weeks was getting enough water in.

Most fitness experts recommend half your body weight in ounces.

I weigh roughly 180 lbs right now. I’m not sure I really want to share that with you, but there it is.

My goal would be to drink 90 oz a day.

As I stated previously, I decided to start with 4 bottles of water every day, and then adding an additional bottle of water for week 2 and 3.

My bottles are roughly 30 oz each, so I’m drink more than the recommended water.

The only reason I say this, is that I want to point out the importance of listening to my body. My body really needs more fluids then that.

Last week we went on vacation and because I was in the car for 8 hours two days, I didn’t get in my full amount of water.

Then this Monday I added another bottle of water. So I was drinking 2 bottles of water, then my daily soda, and then another 3 more bottles of water.

This strategy actually works well because I tend to be thirstier at the end of the day.

When Monday hits, I will drink 3 bottles of water, then my soda, then another 3 bottles of water.

All-in-all this is a pretty easy to implement healthy habit, and I’m glad I started with it.


Honestly, I haven’t been very good with this one. So I started over this Monday. As I write this, I know that I missed Thursday, but the other 4 days this week I made sure I got in my 15 minutes of scripture reading.

I have figured out that that leads to about 4 pages in the scriptures.

This is going to be one that I’m going to have to think about more. I find it’s not something I think about, so I’m not doing it. I need to find a new plan for when I do it.

Meal Plan

I have flipped back and forth between how I want to eat that I have all kinds of different types of food in my pantry and fridge. Because of this, I need to make sure I use up what I have so I don’t waste it.

For about 6 months I’ve been “trying” to eat Keto. I like the way Keto makes me feel and it helps curb my sweet cravings. But it’s all about restrictions.

Because of this, I have a lot of Keto foods in my pantry and refrigerator: nuts, olives, cheese, avocados, butter, and cream cheese, to name a few.

So I don’t waste those foods too, and to allow me more freedom with my food choices right now, I’m going to bounce between a Keto/low-carb meal plan and a balanced meal plan.

The first three days this week were Keto. I think it went well, until I got to Wednesday. I had a procedure at the doctors that made me not feel good and had a lot of emotion connected to it. So by the time dinner came around, I made good ol’ spaghetti and meatballs and had a homemade pizookie with ice cream after the kids went to bed. Yum yum!

However, I’m not going to beat myself up over it. As I stated earlier this week, the meal plan is an outline, but I’m still going to indulge when I want to.

Thursday and Friday I started with the Clean Simple Eats Summer Meal Plan. When I did my calculations, it recommends me eating about 1,490 calories.

When you look at the meal plan it breaks it down into how I should distribute those calories.

I am to have 3 meals and 2 snack servings. I’m having a hard time getting all of that in. It seems like so much.

Thursday, July 23

    Açaí Bowl (not my favorite)
    Kickin’ AVO Toast (from spring meal plan)
    Leftover Jumbalaya
    CSE Summer BBQ Plate (so much food!)
  • Friday, July 24

    1. German Pancakes
      Strawberry Colada Smoothie
      Leftovers: CSE Summer BBQ Plate
      Kickin’ AVO Toast
      Honey-Lime Chicken Enchiladas
  • Most of the dinner recipes in the CSE (clean simple eats) meal plans are for 4 people. I double it and give myself and the kids about 1 serving, and then hubby 2 servings. I always have leftovers so lunch will always be leftovers.
  • My thoughts:
  • I like that I’m “able” to eat some of my favorite things again: enchiladas, smoothies, watermelon. So I’m enjoying it.
  • As of right now my meal plan board looks like this:
    • 3 days of Keto
      10 days of CSE
  • And as I said above and earlier this week, I’m not trying to be perfect, I’m trying to eat better. And I’m also trying to use up food in my fridge/freezer/pantry.
  • Thanks for supporting me on my journey. I need all the support I can get.