I’m really starting to like weigh in days (once weekly so as not to lose my marbles). It’s averaging about a pound per week loss, which I can’t hate on in the slightest. Feeling stronger at the gym and trying to do something active everyday, even if it’s just walking the dog for an hour. I used to hate going to the gym, but now it’s pretty fun to research different exercises and prepare well. Going to New Jersey for work this week, but it’ll be easy to stay on track. One thing that’s so obvious yet also hard to remember about healthy habits is how much better your body feels almost immediately after making smart changes. Need to etch this in my brain somewhere.
Here’s a look at the past few days. I’ve been pretty religious about putting good stuff into my body, with the exception of a cheat meal over the weekend. Super happy about getting back into the gym, losing bloat & not feeling like a hot mess.
Lentil spinach soup • Farm eggs with cucumber, blueberries, & almond butter • Oats with blueberries, almond milk, honey, strawberries & fiber mix • Smoothie consisting of frozen banana, frozen strawberries, blueberries, orange/mango juice, fiber mix, ice & maca powder
Oh, hi. Hello. It’s been a long damn time since I posted. A lot has happened…
I’ve sold a house, moved several times, ended a relationship, begun a new relationship, changed jobs twice, traveled quite a bit, went skydiving, zip lining, co-hosted a fundraiser banquet (which truly made the introvert in me FLIP), and so on. That’s a mind-blowing amount of change and reading that over makes me want to hug myself for simply getting through it all.
In challenging times, I’m willing to bet most people forget to take care of themselves – and I’m no different. Distractions are so much easier than real life. This post is about setting a tone for something different. A tone for self-respect when it comes to how I treat my body and soul.
It’s been a struggle the past 5 months to feel like my body is my own. I’ve fed it garbage and as a result, feel bloated and sluggish most days. My body pH is all out of whack and I have a plan to fix it with lots of vegetables, fruits, and seeds. Nuts, grains, legumes, and animal products are the second tier in this food pyramid. Not invited to the party are processed food, sugar, alcohol, coffee, and bread. My condolences go out to Publix ice cream. You’ve given me a shoulder to cry on with your delicious flavors, but I simply can’t have you around anymore. It’s not you, it’s me.
So, here we go. I’ll be using the good ol’ iPhone camera to document as much as I can. I’m turning 30 in a few weeks and plan to enter into a new era with guns blazing xx
Waffles made out of oats, almond milk, spinach and vanilla protein powder. I paired them with vegan sausage, which had an unusual texture but good flavor • Red lentil dal over brown rice. I was excited to cook with new spices/ingredients for this recipe and it turned out great! Big hit with the Mr. • Tuna salad that I ate instead of free pizza at a work meeting (hooray me)
One of my favorite dishes that meets all of the important criteria: healthy, easy, delicious & filling. Ladies and gents, the taco smash • Lemon marinated chicken and sweet pepper poppers • Uber dense pancakes made with a blend of oats, almond milk, an egg & vanilla protein powder. Nuke some frozen berries and you’ve got a great maple syrup substitute.
Cookies n cream quest bar • Brunch with a friend (after a 3.4 mile run/walk!) consisted of falafel, veggies and flatbread. Happy to say I didn’t finish it all, but sorry to say it made for a terrible pic! • Lemon marinated chicken and sweet pepper poppers. Such a special dish. The goat cheese mixture comes out a little when you cut the peppers, but it goes so well with the chicken too!
Refreshing and flavorful Thai veggie quinoa bowl • The new s’mores flavor quest bar 😍 • Lentil spinach soup and half an avocado
Kale, sweet potato and mushroom scramble topped with a fried egg. My egg frying skills need a lotta work, but ’twas a tasty meal anyhow • Chicken, herbed goat cheese, butternut squash and beet salad with a balsamic vinaigrette • Lentil spinach soup • BBQ flavored pop chips
Rolled oats mixed with chia seeds, topped with 1/2 of a banana, blueberries and cinnamon. The other banana half got some peanut butter on it before it went down the hatch 😎 • Open faced turkey/mustard sandwich on whole grain, carrots, cucumber & olives • Turkey burger, steamed broccoli and sautéed spinach with a side of Benson
Spaghetti squash, tomato sauce, ground beef & mushrooms • Turkey, tomato, cucumber & tzatziki on whole grain bread with a side of baby carrots • Pork chops breaded in a mixture of almond flour, cumin, mustard powder, s&p with a side of sauteed spinach
*Full disclosure: I traded in my carrots for a cookie today, but burnt 233 calories on the treadmill so calling that mistake a wash.