I Ate Clean and Went to the Gym for a Week and Here’s What Happened

So, we tell ourselves a million times a year – including around New Year’s, before Memorial Day weekend and before we return back to school - that we are going to start eliminating junk food and hitting the gym, but how many times do we actually stick to what we say we’re going to do? Almost never. Life gets in the way and it’s hard to carve out time to do a total cleanse and detox of your body and your whole life. I had found myself in a good routine of eating healthy foods and spending time at the gym when I first moved to Boston for my co-op, but getting used to working eight hours a day took a toll on my body and I craved junk food and wanted to sit on my butt all the time. Therefore, I decided that I was going to quit it and treat my body right. I logged my sleep, beverages, meals and exercise to keep myself in check. I went a full week of eating clean and going to the gym and here’s what happened.

 

Monday

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Sleep

  • Went to bed on Sunday 5/13 at 12:30 am and woke up on Monday 5/14 at 7:05 am

Drinks

  • Water
  • Green Tea with Lemon

Breakfast

  • JavaMeUp! Caramel Macchiato Coffee Bar
  • Trader Joe’s Wheat Bread
  • EarthBalance Butter

Snack

  • Strawberries

Lunch

  • Trader Joe’s Wheat Bread
  • Trader Joe’s Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Trader Joe’s Parmesan Cheese
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli & Shredded Carrots Sauteed in Light Mayo

Snack

  • JavaMeUp! Caramel Macchiato Coffee Bar

Dinner

  • Salad from Energize
    • Kale
    • Sweet Potatoes
    • Onions
    • Cucumbers
    • Carrots
    • Lemon Dressing

Dessert

  • Pirouline

Exercise

  • 10 mins on elliptical
  • 10 mins on bike
  • 5 mins on treadmill
  • Legs & arms on weight machines
  • Abs, squats, stretches
  • Total = 1 hour and 15 mins

It was so hard to start off with a clean, fresh slate when all I wanted to eat was junk food and sit on my butt instead of going to the gym. However, I knew in the end that this challenge would be worth it.

 

Tuesday

Sleep

  • Went to sleep on Monday 5/14 at 11:30 pm and woke up on Tuesday 5/15 at 7:10 am

Drinks

  • Water
  • Coffee with Almond Milk and Cane Sugar
  • Green Tea with Lemon

Breakfast

  • Trader Joe’s Wheat Bread
  • EarthBalance Vegan Butter
  • Egg White & Cheese on Wheat Sandwich
  • Fruit
    • Watermelon
    • Strawberries
    • Blueberries
    • Pineapple
    • Cantaloupe
    • Green Melon

Lunch

  • Pasta Saute
    • Wheat Penne Pasta
    • Green Beans
    • Squash
    • Broccoli
    • Chicken
    • Alfredo Sauce
  • Little piece of garlic bread

Snack

  • A little bit of homemade strawberry ice cream
  • JavaMeUp! Caramel Macchiato Coffee Bar

Dinner

  • Organic Chicken Breast Sauteed with Garlic & Herb Seasoning, Pink Himalayan Salt & Black Pepper
  • Sprouted Grains (Quinoa, Millet and Brown Rice) with Olive Oil, Pink Himalayan Salt, Black Pepper & Garlic & Herb Seasoning

Dessert

  • Pirouline

Exercise

  • No exercise because there was a thunderstorm

I felt a little horrible this day because I caved and had pasta, my favorite food. I also had a bit of ice cream and skipped the gym, so I personally got mad at myself for my behaviors.

 

Wednesday

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Sleep

  • Went to bed at 1:00 am and woke up at 7:10 am

Drinks

  • Water
  • Medium Smoothie
    • Almond Milk
    • Blueberries
    • Strawberries
    • Kale
    • Banana

Breakfast

  • Omelette
    • Egg White
    • Mushrooms
    • Turkey Sausage
    • Onions
    • Feta Cheese
    • Spinach
  • Banana

Lunch

  • Organic Chicken Breast Sauteed with Garlic & Herb Seasoning, Pink Himalayan Salt & Black Pepper
  • Sprouted Grains (Quinoa, Millet and Brown Rice) with Olive Oil, Pink Himalayan Salt, Black Pepper & Garlic & Herb Seasoning
  • JavaMeUp! Caramel Macchiato Coffee Bar

Snack

  • JavaMeUp! Caramel Macchiato Coffee Bar

Dinner

  • Protein Power Acai Bowl from Energize

Exercise

  • 15 minutes on treadmill
  • 5 minutes on elliptical
  • 5 minutes on bike
  • Legs and arms on weight machines, more of a focus on legs
  • Ab exercises, stretches, squats
  • Total = 1 hour

All of my meals were super healthy this day and I went ham at the gym, so I felt like I was getting into a routine and was proud of myself!

 

Thursday

Sleep

  • Went to sleep at 1:00 am and woke up at 7:10 am

Drinks

  • Water
  • Medium French Vanilla Iced Coffee with Almond Milk and 1 Sugar from Dunkin Donuts
  • Green Tea with Lemon

Breakfast

  • Pirouline
  • Omelette
    • Egg White
    • Mushrooms
    • Turkey Sausage
    • Onions
    • Feta Cheese
    • Spinach
  • Banana

Lunch

  • Wrap
    • Wheat Wrap
    • Hummus
    • Cucumbers
    • Red Onions
    • Leafy Greens
    • Mushrooms
    • A little bit of Parmesan Cheese
  • Homemade Chips

Snack

  • JavaMeUp! Caramel Macchiato Coffee Bar

Dinner

  • Plant Power Salad from Energize
  • Wheat Bread w/Earth Balance Vegan Butter

Dessert

  • 2 Piroulines

Exercise

  • 7.5 minutes on treadmill
  • 7.5 minutes on elliptical
  • 7.5 minutes on bike
  • Legs and arms on weight machines, more of a focus on legs
  • Ab exercises, stretches, squats
  • Total = 45 - 50 mins

I allowed myself to have some unhealthy foods today, such as, chips and a Dunkin Donuts coffee, but I knew that I had to crush it at the gym. I started to understand balance a bit more.

 

Friday

Sleep

  • Went to bed at 12:30 am and woke up at 7:15 am

Drinks

  • Water
  • Bai Sao Paulo Strawberry Lemonade
  • Green Tea with Lemon

Breakfast

  • Egg White & Cheese Sandwich
  • Blueberry Yogurt w/Blueberries and Strawberries

Lunch

  • Baja Fish Tacos from Joe’s American Bar & Grille
  • A little bit of bread and butter

Snack

  • JavaMeUp! Caramel Macchiato Coffee Bar
  • A little bit of truffle-flavored popcorn

Dinner

  • Leftover Plant Power Salad from Energize
  • Wheat Toast w/Earth Balance Vegan Butter

Dessert

  • Peach Chobani Greek Yogurt

Exercise

  • Walked around Brighton for 1 full hour

This day, my manager treated our team to a lunch and the biggest challenge for me was deciding to indulge or stick to being healthy. In the end, I found deliciousness in some healthy fish tacos!

 

Saturday

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Sleep

  • Went to bed at 11:30 pm and woke up at 5:25 am, slept from 8:30 am to 11:30 am

Drinks

  • Water
  • Orange Juice w/Prosecco

Breakfast

  • Sesame Bagel w/Earth Balance Vegan Butter
  • Assorted Fruit
  • Pirouline
  • Blueberry Chobani Greek Yogurt

Lunch

  • Lunch Platter from Bamboo Thai
    • Grilled Salmon Sauteed in Teriyaki Sauce
    • Jasmine White Rice
    • Salad w/Thai Dressing
    • 2 Crispy Spring Rolls
    • 2 Thai Wings
    • ***All small portions***

Dinner

  • Small Chicken & Rice Soup from Whole Foods
  • 1 Long Carrot w/Hummus

Dessert

  • Fage 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Granola w/Flax
  • Honey

Exercise

  • Rest day

This day was the day of the royal wedding and I decided to treat myself, have some yummy foods and relax!

 

Sunday

Sleep

  • Went to bed at 1:00 am and woke up at 9:30 am

Drinks

  • Water
  • Polar Mango Limeade Seltzer
  • Green Tea w/Lemon

Breakfast

  • Fage 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Granola w/Flax
  • Honey
  • 2 cinnamon rolls

Lunch

  • Panera Pick 2
    • Tuna Salad Sandwich
    • Chicken Caesar Salad
    • Plain Kettle Cooked Chips
    • Half of a chocolate chip cookie

Snack

  • Carrot w/Hummus
  • Pirouline

Dinner

  • Tilapia Seasoned with Garlic & Herb Seasoning, Pink Himalayan Salt & Ground Black Pepper
  • Kale

Dessert

  • Homemade Smoothie
    • Blueberries
    • Strawberries
    • Almond Milk
    • Banana
    • Honey

I also treated myself a bit more this day – to some new workout clothes, as well as some goodies!

 

Doing this challenge for a week was a good way to get myself into a routine again. The two biggest takeaways for me was learning discipline and not sabotaging myself like I’ve done so many times. Logging everything that I do also held myself accountable for anything that I did wrong and reminded me how bad I felt when I saw that I maybe ate too much junk food. I recommend that you try this for a week as well if you are struggling with keeping a consistent routine – this will definitely keep you in check!

Rachel is a freshman at Drexel University majoring in Design & Merchandising. She dreams of traveling the world and loves to learn about new cultures and languages. She also aspires to be the CEO of her own fashion brand one day. You can find her binge watching Grey's Anatomy, trying new foods, jamming at concerts and exploring the city.

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