1/12/2019 – 1/19/2019
Last week, I warned of the danger that was approaching. Habits are hard to form when there is no routine. I love my job because it is flexible but that is the same reason as to why it can send me anywhere in the country at a moment’s notice. This week, I went to DC on Tuesday and Wednesday for some training sessions. I didn’t bring food from home to eat. In fact, I didn’t cook food until Friday. However, I’ve still found a way to stay on track. Just being cognizant of spending money and mindful of my budget have gone a long way. Even when you compromise, you can still do so in a way that doesn’t undermine your goals.
As I mentioned above, I didn’t cook much this week. I didn’t give myself the tools and plan ahead to make it happen. I did make this really good chicken on Friday though. I recommend it if you want to try a new recipe. Start with melting 2 tbsp of butter in a pan. Then add chicken thigh to the at medium heat and sear each side for 4 minutes. Remove the chicken and then add 1 more tbsp of butter to the pan. Add 1 cup of chicken broth, 3/4 cup of heavy cream, 2 cloves of smash garlic, as much basil as you like, and as much red pepper flakes as you like. Stir and reduce for 1 minute. Then add the chicken back in and let simmer for another 5 minutes on low to medium heat. This was a recipe that my dad saw in a random magazine and we kinda just winged it because we didn’t have all the ingredients. It turned out really well, I’ll probably make it again in the future.
Muay Thai is still going strong. I missed one day this week because of the DC training sessions. I feel like I’m getting in the groove where you want to exercise because it feels good. We mostly do drills and conditioning in class so it allows me to shut off my brain for the most part. I just do as I’m told until they tell me to stop. This is how I prefer to exercise actually. Mechanical repetition that somehow takes up all my active thought processes. It clears my mind afterward and allows for thoughtful reflection.
My weight progress has not really gone anywhere? I believe in the idea that exercise doesn’t make you lose weight, diet does. But at the same time, I don’t want to have to diet if I don’t have to. Each week, it feels like I am hovering one pound less than I was the previous week. I will have to determine if losing a pound a week is enough progress for me.
One of the crucial factors in allowing me to stick to my goals has been to find cheap alternatives when I do need to compromise and buy food. My go to last week was the $5 special for two bacon, egg, and cheese croissant sandwiches at Dunkin. They’re delicious and cheap. Maybe not the healthiest but I can’t really think of a reason why they would be extremely unhealthy either. I had less social get togethers this week which made sticking to the budget much easier.