Week 3 and 4 of the Healthy Mummy 12 Week Challenge Review.
These 2 weeks I have decided to combine into one post as I haven’t had a lot of time to work out, unfortunately.
My goal each week is to be active 3 times a week, but I wasn’t able to achieve this.
With how busy life gets some weeks it can become impossible to juggle everything.
Sometimes we have to make small sacrifices to be able to manage and prioritise.
As a busy mum, I’m sure you have faced these challenges yourself.
I’m here today to let you know this is perfectly ok.
As I said in the preparation for the 12 week Healthy Mummy Challenge , this is a lifestyle, not a diet.
Even though it’s a 12 week challenge, this is a time to boost your motivation and set additional goals to help you progress and further your health and fitness journey.
Weekly Meal Prep
Weekly meal prep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
Meal prepping gives you the opportunity to plan your meals and snacks for the week.
It also gives you the chance to forecast in advance what nights you may need to prep ahead of time to be able to cook and eat a healthy meal.
With knowing this, you can spend a few hours on a day that you have an hour or so free to help prep and cook a few meals and snacks or cut and organise veggies and protein into daily bundles.
I have found this essential to help me to stick to my meal plan and stay within my macros.
It is so easy on a busy day to get home late in the afternoon and run out of time to cook and opt for takeaway or something highly processed and unhealthy.
Takeaway once every now and again is perfectly fine, but I have found being unprepared can lead to being caught off guard and consuming far more unhealthy foods than you have planned for. This in turn can be a contributor to putting on weight and stalling your progress.
Week 3 and 4 Meal Prep
- German Bean Soup
A classic soup my grandmother used to make ever since I was young.
This soup is packed full of flavour including veggies and protein from the meatballs.
I love to make soups and portion them into containers and place in the freezer for when needed.
This then gives me 4 lunches to grab out on a work morning for a quick, healthy lunch. Without the spillage on the commute due to the soup being frozen!
- Low Carb Salad Wraps
Another Fave of mine. Again I freeze the wraps and get one out of the freezer whenever I need one.
I defrost in the microwave for a few seconds and load up with salad and protein for a healthy and delicious lunch.
- Chicken Salad
Salads are another favourite of mine.
I could eat a salad every day. There are so many endless options to make a salad enjoyable and interesting.
Another positive is salads can last a few days in the fridge in containers, making them perfect for meal prep. Just leave the dressing off so it doesn’t cause the salad to wilt and go soggy.
- Strawberry Cheese Cake
I have made this strawberry cheesecake from the Healthy Mummy app previously during the 12 week challenge.
It is made in a square tin making it convenient and easy to cut into portions for meal prep. It’s low in sugar, so perfect for when the cravings hit.
I’ve said it before, I love how easy and nutritious a whey protein smoothie can be.
On a busy morning, I can take my protein shaker with me and have it on the busy school run or when I arrive at work, mid afternoon snack or anytime really.
This also gives me a boost of protein to get me through the day.
I haven’t achieved as much exercise as I would have liked to this week.
I am a little disappointed but realising that some weeks are going to be harder than others is something we all need to keep in mind to be able to move forward so we are ready for the next week with the right mindset.
We had a wonderfully active day on Sunday. The UCI World Bike championships were hosted in our local city. This was an amazing experience as it’s like an Olympic event.
We started the day off early in the morning and spent the day walking around and watching the bike riders around the course.
Incorporating family time and exercise is a great way to achieve both without compromising.
As always I leave you with some weekly tips to help you on your journey.
This week I have definitely learned that you are not always going to achieve everything.
Some weeks are going to be harder than others, and this is ok.
Moving on to the next week with a positive mindset is going to be key to getting back into your routine without making excuses that could end up lasting longer than you wanted to.
Relax, Regather your thoughts, and most importantly don’t give up as mentioned in an article on WebMD.
At the end of the day, no one is perfect and we are on a healthy lifestyle journey that has no end. We are trying to make small changes for the better and not every day is going to be the same.
If you are on a healthy challenge, please know and remind yourself you are doing amazing and you have got this!
I hope you enjoyed my Healthy Mummy challenge review and it has inspired you to take control of your health and fitness goals.
On to the second month of the challenge!
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