Well, I’m in the hot and heavy period of the challenge!

Starting to turn my changes in to habits. I mean, the hubby wanted to go for frozen yogurt tonight, and I totally declined! Like, who am I? I will admit though, in the middle of the day I have been a little more hungry. And I think there’s a few reasons why.
#1 not drinking enough water. In the middle of the day I’m so all over the place with the kids that I forget to keep on drinking, which makes me get hungry
#2 I’m trying to cut down too much. After having some great success the first two weeks, I think it’s easy to think that if you cut out a little more, you’ll lose a little more. WRONG. Your body needs fuel, if you start to deprive it too much, you’re heading towards a crash and burn
#3 I’m nursing….which is a whole other beast in itself. If you haven’t experienced nursing, it is a crazy thing. One day you can be going great on healthy eating and watching portions, and the next day your milk supply can totally start to fade off. So it’s a huge balance. I’m noticing for myself that if I try to cut too much, my milk drops. If I don’t eat enough fat or carbs, then my milk isn’t satisfying enough for Holly, so she’s nursing more or waking up in the middle of the night more. So, with this week I’m really trying to make sure that I have a good balance of protein, carbs, and fat. My priority is to keep my milk supply up and keep feeding her, first and foremost. I know that that will have me hanging on to a few extra pounds, but right now I have to be ok with that, and just be more happy with getting my body feeling great on the inside, and getting my mindless eating under control.

It’s ok to admit that things are going a little different than you expected! If you can’t admit that to yourself and find a way to deal with that, then again, you will find yourself quickly crashing and burning. Our minds focus so quickly on the negative, that once you start to doubt yourself, the mind will take that and run with it.

So, with all that being said, here’s my meals for week 3! [And if you’re interested in starting your own 24 Day Challenge, I would love to share more with you and help you get started on your own journey!]

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Week 3 Meals:

Monday:
B: Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
S: Protein Shake
L: Roasted Chicken Breast and Salad
S: Tuna Fish and Cucumbers
D: Eggroll in a bowl with rice

Tuesday:
B: Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
S: Protein Shake
L: Roasted Chicken Breast and Salad
S: Tuna Fish and Cucumbers
D: Oven tacos with black beans and zucchini

Wednesday:
B: Protein Pancake [I used muscle gain and added a chopped up date to the batter]
S: Scrambled Eggs and berries
L: Leftovers from dinner
S: Apple and Peanut Butter
D: Baked Chicken Parmesan with zoodles and broccoli

Thursday:
B: Protein Pancake [I used muscle gain and added a chopped up date to the batter]
S: Scrambled Eggs and berries
L: Chicken salad
S: Smoothie
D: Mom’s house

Friday:
B: Cookie Dough Protein Oatmeal
S: Apple and Peanut Butter
L: Leftovers
S: Tuna and cucumbers
D: Lettuce wraps

Saturday:
we will be out of town, so not really planning out a lot

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