June Refresh: Week 1 Recap
June Refresh: Week 1 Recap
I wanted to check-in with everyone after one week of June Refresh to let you know how it is going! I also want to mention that I am using the term “we” here because Michael and I are in this together---it is great having him do June Refresh with me. He helps motivate me, especially for workouts, and keeps me going even when I am ready to call it quits.
To remind you of the guidelines we have been using for June Refresh:
- Primarily plant-based
- No dairy
- No processed foods (5 ingredients or less)
- Avoid sugar
- Limited alcohol intake
In general, the food aspect of June Refresh has been relatively easy. The area that I have struggled with the most? Dairy. Mainly because I love a good bit of sour cream or avocado crema when we have our Mexican inspired meals (tacos, burrito bowls, etc.).
Next would have to be the processed food ban. We aim to eat only whole, unprocessed foods. Keeping it to five ingredients or less helps keep us on track. As you can imagine, this is tough! I will say that the five-ingredient rule has made us look a lot closer at what is in the foods we eat.
Last, I'm hungry. Not all the time, but more frequently than I used to be during the day. I think this is a good thing, but it can be a struggle. I definitely feel "lighter" not in terms of physical weight, but less weighed down by heavily processed foods. The last few days I have gotten a few headaches which is a bit abnormal, not sure what is going on there. It might be my body adjusting to the food + fitness changes.
We are keeping up with Kayla Itsine’s BBG workouts, which we find to be a great 30-minute workout, three days a week. We are currently on week 11. Once we get to round 12 (last round), we will restart the workouts. In addition, I hope to incorporate more weight training into our workouts after round 12 is up.
We continue to do our stair workout a few times a week, which is usually running 10-20 times up and down a hefty flight of stairs at our local park.
In the mornings, we try to walk for 20-30 minutes to keep active and get outside.
I have a spin class on Saturday at Boho Cycle and when the new studio opens up nearby our place, I plan to go a few times a month---which, I am VERY excited about.
When I lived on the Eastern Shore, I went to a 60-minute barre class every day after work. I felt great mentally and physically during that time. I have struggled to find a Barre studio that even comes close to the quality of the studio where I used to go. So instead, I am going to work on creating three variations of my own barre work out and will incorporate that into my routine once a week.
Last, I find that I do better when I have a structured plan for working out. I put it down on paper (i.e. calendar), then I am more apt to do it.
Where I have struggled? Definitely getting the motivation to be active some days. Some mornings I will wake up so inspired and energetic, then get to work, sit at my computer for hours on end, and lose that motivation. By the time I get home, I just want to have dinner and relax. I have not quite gotten to the point where I REALLY want to get a workout started. I find that getting started is the hardest part. Once I do, I can get into it. To help, I try to put on workout gear as soon as possible. I find that getting dressed and ready to go is half the battle.
Do you have any tips for staying motivated and wanting to work out? If so, let me know in the comments!
I have really struggled here! I find that my mind is so busy that it is hard to shut off a bit. I need to dedicate time each day or a few times a week to meditate and be quiet. I am going to begin with guided meditations to get started and then try to move to self-guided meditation. I think this is so important, and I tell people it is so important, but I struggle with implementing it fully into my life. I would LOVE any advice or recommendations you have for incorporating this into a daily or weekly routine.
If you want to start this with me, I am going to try the Calm app’s seven-day course “7 days of calm” for guided meditation, which is free. If you want to continue using the app for meditations like “7 days of calming anxiety” you can pay for a monthly subscription, which considering all the other things in life we pay money for, could be a great life investment.
So that's it for Week 1! If you started something similar in June, let me know how it is going in the comments!