I've always been a firm believer that in life - whether healing from childbirth, or getting your body used to a new exercise regimen or just acclimating to any challenge or happening in our lives - one is to give at least 10 days before results are shown.
This 10 days formula has helped me in the past and I still believe it to be true. Now, I don't conclude within this time frame for the body to heal or adapt right after, but I believe that mentally & physically we tend to become ready or form shape to a new concept.
I've been particularly excited about my new workout routine. I decided to not skip the gym starting from Dec 1st, to lessen sugar in my life and wear my workout clothes in the morning when dropping my kids off to school. This mind shift in thinking and my little decision pertaining my morning outfit, has made a tremendous change in my routine.
Today marks DAY 10 and I can say with surety that I feel much healthier (I've always been active) and more leaner. The first few days of attending those gym classes - although I've always loved Zumba - may have been the hardest, especially when trying out new methods such as Kickboxing or a class called Pound in which sticks are used to drum your way through exercise. One feels like dying at the moment and wanting to just lay down but the good part is that the stretching towards the end, is something one can look forward to.
So, while I was on my busy schedule to visit the gym daily, I had done some meal prep at home to avoid stress on what to eat. The best decision I've made is to cook minced chicken or minced beef (keema) and have it ready for serving to either put in salads, pastas, naan rolls (as lunch to-go for the hubby) ...
I like to cook it with peas since peas are easy to chew for my kids who are extremely picky when it comes to hard chewed foods/veggies🙄 - also, the beauty of minced meat is that is becomes multi-functional rather than cooking the whole chicken. However, when REAL Pakistani dishes are served, I am of course the first to opt for chicken with bone since it's definitely more flavorful.