**This blog-series is not sponsored or a promo, but rather just my truthful experience through this year's Tone It Up Summer Series.
This challenge is certainly moving right along, as Week 4 came and went faster than any other week.
I definitely had every intention to stick to the nutrition plan, especially as I made meal prepping a priority... even on Mother's Day.
Most of the meals (pictured) were delish, but one of the lunch options, which was a curry cauliflower and kale salad, was a bit tough to choke down after day two of it. Because of that, I started to veer from the best lunch options and reach more for (healthy) convenience.
Also, the week included numerous temptations. We celebrated our daughter's 7th birthday, so what did I have Tuesday night? Ice cream cake.
What did we "have to" polish off on Wednesday (after a healthy meal)? Ice cream cake.
Then Friday, we hosted our family's first slumber party to once again celebrate our daughter. So you know, I "had to" eat all the cupcakes and pizza.
Saturday afternoon my daughter and I headed to baby shower, and of course after I made some good choices as far as build-your-own-street-tacos, I ended up indulging in one too many sweets. #becausemacaroons
But despite all the not so healthy and definitely non-approved #TIUmeals, the week was still progressive towards my goals. It wasn't all bad.
What I lacked in discipline with treats, I effortlessly made up in my workouts. For whatever reason, my workouts were on fire (perhaps the excessive sugar and carbs came in handy ;).
I also felt myself really pushing through uncomfortable moments, not out guilt, but because I really craved the challenge. The voice inside me kept saying, "Keep going! You can do this! Don't stop!! You're stronger than you know! Let's see what you're made of!"
I also noticed that my clothes were starting to fit me like they did earlier this year, and... my core is definitely feeling much stronger than it has in awhile! (Thought I even saw some teeny tiny abs poking through before the weekend hit...;).
In keeping with the honesty of Week 4, I did not fulfill a single goal I set (aside from drinking my water). Annnnddd, I've been drinking at least two cups of coffee per day. Whoops!
But I'm in such a peaceful space that I'm not beating myself up in the slightest. It was a week. It didn't go quite as planned, but it's in the past. Now I'm so grateful for a fresh week to continue making progress (not perfection, right?)
Goals for Week 5:
-Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep each night
-Average at least 10K steps per day
-Stretch/foam-roll at least 3x
-Complete 5 TIU workouts + daily moves
-Journal + Daily Devotion 5x
Well, that about wraps up Week 4. Let me know if you have any questions about my experience, as I'm happy to address them in my next post!