I started my Shakeology review week 3 feeling good! I had lost 5 pounds the week before and was really starting to understand how important my diet was, regardless of whether or not I was taking Shakeology. The beginning of the month revealed how unbalanced my eating is some days.
- Eating far too little calories during the day and then binging in the evening
- Doing good Monday through Thursday and then binging on Friday
- Ending my weekend bummed because I didn’t stick to my plan or count calories over the weekend
During week 3 I also started a full weight lifting program, which gave me more structure and an intense workout plan.
Day 15 – Monday, June 17
I kicked off week 3 with an awesome5AM workout. As tough as it was to get up so early, I felt great the rest of the day because of the workout I had done.
As I had a non-shakeology smoothie for breakfast and went out with friends for dinner, I ended up not having Shakeology on day 15.
Breakfast: 2 medium eggs, Silk almond milk, whipped peanut butter, homemade strawberry rhubarb jam, Designer Whey Sustained Energy protein powder (447 calories at 6:30AM)
Snack: Venti iced coffee with half and half (85 calories at 9:00AM)
Lunch: broccoli, ground turkey, rainbow chard, jalapeno, turnips, cilantro, lentil and rice pilaf (422 calories at 12:00PM)
Snack: Kind bar, Light and Fit yogurt, baby carrots, garlic hummus (325 calories at 2:30PM and 4PM)
Dinner: Vegetable sandwich with a side of watermelon, 1 1/2 pieces of toast with dips, and a glass and half of wine at Founding Farmers (did not track at 9:00PM)
Total calories: Unable to determine
Workout: 20 minutes on Arc trainer and full body weight lifting workout
Day 16 – Tuesday, June 18
After 2 weeks of having smoothies before football practice, I was starting to adjust to that routine. I enjoyed being able to eat during the day and then have an energy boosting Shakeology drink before practice.
Breakfast: 2 slices of Ezekiel bread, 2 slices of turkey bacon, 2 medium eggs, 1 thin slice of pepper jack, and venti skim caramel macchiato (672 calories at 8:00AM)
Lunch: Ground turkey, rainbow chard, jalapeno, turnips, cilantro, lentil and rice pilaf (342 calories at 12:00PM)
Snack: KIND Madagascar vanilla almond bar (210 calories at 4:00PM)
Dinner: 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop Shakeology, 1 potato roll with 2 Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs (430 calories at 6:30PM)
Total calories: 1,654 calories
Workout: 2 hours of football practice
Day 17 – Wednesday, June 19
Wednesday was another great day. I had a delicious shake for breakfast, a healthy lunch and snacks at work, and an AWESOME dinner with Neal at home. Continuing my weight lifting program was also great. I was really starting to love the program and getting back into a weight lifting routine.
Breakfast: 1 cup of almond milk, 1 scoop Shakeology, 1 medium banana, venti iced coffee, and half and half (365 calories at 6:45AM)
Snack: broccoli (20 calories at 10:30AM)
Lunch: Romaine lettuce, Boca Spicy Chicken Patty, and light raspberry walnut dressing (285 calories at 11:00AM)
Snack: Strawberry yogurt and KIND Cranberry and Almond bar (270 calories at 2:30PM)
Dinner: 5oz sirloin steak, roasted potatoes, spring lettuce, and dressing (660 calories at 6:30PM)
Total calories: 1,610 calories
Workout: 20 minutes on spin bike and full body weight lifting workout
Day 18 – Thursday, June 20
By Thursday I was bored out of my mind with the lunches I had pre-made on Sunday. Although lentils, ground turkey, and veggies are delicious, having it day after day was just too much.
My calorie count during the day was lower, so I enjoyed dinner and a Shakeology shake before football practice.
Breakfast: asparagus, 2 medium eggs, 2 egg whites, 3 slices turkey bacon, 1 wedge laughing cow cheese, venti iced coffee with half and half (414 calories at 8:00AM)
Lunch: foot long veggie delight Subway sandwich (wheat bread, lettuce, tomato, bell peppers, pickles, banana peppers, buffalo sauce) (460 calories at 12:30PM)
Snack: Cheese stick and KIND bar (260 calories at 4:30PM)
Dinner: 2 potato rolls, deli chicken breast, 1 slice of cheese, snack bag of Popchips (530 calories at 5:00PM)
Snack: almond milk, Shakeology, and PB2 (188 calories at 6:30PM- only drank half)
Total calories: 1,852 calories
Workout: 2 hour football practice
Day 19 – Friday, June 21
Just like weeks 1 and 2, I was super hungry come Friday. At that point I really thought it was just my brain checking out at the end of the work week. After seeing my habits after 3 weeks, I fully recognized my need to control my eating on Fridays.
Breakfast: 1 cup almond milk, Shakeology, banana, and PB2 (290 calories 6:30AM)
Snack: Sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich and a venti iced coffee with half and half (585 calories at 8:00AM)
Lunch: foot long veggie delight Subway sandwich (wheat bread, lettuce, tomato, bell peppers, pickles, banana peppers, buffalo sauce) and Honest Tea (460 calories at 12:00PM)
Dinner: Sushi (360 calories at 6:00PM)
Total calories: 1695 calories
Workout: Rest Day
Day 20 – Saturday, June 22
Saturday was a big day as I played in my first playoff game. As Shakeology does keep thing moving, if you will, I decided again not to have Shakeology on a game day. My calories were higher on day 20 but I’m sure I burned a lot of calories during the game.
Breakfast: Double blueberry pancakes (800 calories at 10:30AM)
Lunch: Whole wheat pasta, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese (685 calories at 2:30PM)
Dinner: hotdog, hotdog bun, and blueberry hill lager (451 calories at 10:00PM)
Total calories: 1,936 calories
Workout: 3 hour football game
Day 21 – Sunday, June 23
I woke up Sunday morning feeling really great. I started the day with a Shakeology shake and ate clean meals throughout the day (aside from the coffee).
Breakfast: 1 cup almond milk, 2 TBSP PB2, and 1 scoop shakeology (258 calories at 7:30AM)
Snack: Broccoli, turkey bacon, bell peppers, 2 eggs, and 2 slices Ezekiel bread (462 calories at 10:00AM)
Snack: Dunkin Donuts medium iced coffee with cream and sugar (180 calories at 2:30PM)
Dinner: Quinoa, cherry tomatoes, onions, beets, kohlrabi, cabbage, lemon juice, olive oil, and pork tenderloin (643 calories at 6:30PM)
Total calories: 1,543 calories
Workout: Long walk with Theodore
I started week 3 weighing 230.3 pounds and ended it weighing 230.4. Looking back, there isn’t a whole lot of I would have changed on the workout front, especially as I am in the think of football playoffs. I balanced my weight lifting workouts with 2 football practices and a football game on Saturday.
The area I knew I needed to continue to work on after week 3 was my inconstancy with my calorie intake. I prepped my lunches for the week on Sunday and was tired of them by Wednesday. Although I brought snacks to work everyday, it was the first time in a while that I just left like I wasn’t fueling my body with what it needed. I was eating foods that I wasn’t craving and didn’t want to make the mistake of going to the store during the work day to get something different to eat.
I felt pretty good Monday through Friday, but then struggled with staying on plan Friday and Saturday. The weekend could use some improvement, which became my goal for week 4.
I was bummed to have not lost weight during week 3, but I was proud of my workouts… To be continued