“Start Today”…Everyday

Start Today.pngThis has been my mantra. You know when you start a new job? You’re so excited and eager to begin. You show up early, go above and beyond, stay late? It’s the same for “diets” or “lifestyle changes.” The first couple of weeks, you get your workout in, drink tons of water, watch your food intake like a hawk, but…slowly you start to drift into your old habits or get that “just one won’t hurt” mentality. I decided this time around I’m gong to treat everyday like the very first day. By waking up everyday with the “start today” mindset – my enthusiasm remains.

Tomorrow marks 50 days that I’ve been on this journey. I’ve had highs and I’ve had lows. I still need to incorporate exercise into my routine and I’d like to get a little more water in each day, but I’ve managed to lose 10 pounds. That’s 40¬†pounds of stress off of my knees!10lbsIt’s a very small step of a very long journey, but for the first time, I don’t feel like giving up. It’s doesn’t seem unattainable. I’m on track as far as my weight lost mini-goals are concerned and I’m just really excited for the future.

Here’s a couple of meals I have prepared recently. Breakfast consisted of two low sodium rice cakes, mixed berries, chia seeds, Organic vanilla Greek yogurt, mixed nuts, and PB2, I had this basically everyday for a week and I recently made a Bean, Kale and Egg Stew I found on Food Network.

I’m also learning how to shop more frugally (is that a word?) I’m splitting my shopping between Aldi & Kroger and I’ve discovered I can get more healthy items for less than¬†when I was buying for the “bad stuff”. Below is a $65 grocery haul, which included dog food and home essentials, so basically I got all of this great food for less than 50 bucks!grocery-haul

One last thing that I just discovered tonight — Halo Top Ice Cream! halo-topGuys, seriously, the whole time I was eating I felt like I was cheating. This particular flavor, Chocolate Mocha Chip has 70 calories per 1/2 cup serving, but the entire pint is only 280 calories! It’s absolutely delicious! It really hits the spot when you’re having a “sweet tooth”, I’m anxious to try the other flavors, in moderation, of course.