“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.

And we’re off!!

Monday, November 28,2016

Today marked the official start of my health quest and so far, so good…but don’t they always start off great? Anyway…I began the week with a cleanse that I found on Small Kitchen College just as a way to give my body a “restart”. It was much easier than any of the other cleanses I have attempted in the past, I was a little hungry by late afternoon, but dinner was very filling.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I spent the day shopping with my mom & cousin and I was worried that I would have problems “sticking to the plan”, but I’m pretty proud of myself…I only went over 83 calories and while I would prefer not to go over at all…it’s much better than normal. For breakfast, I made a quinoa breakfast bowl from Two Raspberries. I substituted the almond milk for a tablespoon of Organic Greek vanilla yogurt and added Organic unsweetened shredded coconut and a touch of cinnamon…it was de-licious! img_1783We had Cracker Barrel for lunch and while I really wanted Chicken ‘n dumplings and fried okra, I opted instead for a grilled chicken Caesar salad and I’m glad I did, it was so good…and filling. I did break down and have a Starbucks green tea frappucino (my weakness), but baby steps, people!! We had Chick-fil-A for dinner and I got a Cobb salad with fat free honey mustard dressing…it was good, but I should have substituted with grilled nuggets which would have cut down my calories by about 200, I’ll know next time. We ended the night with a stop at Jolly Pirate’s Donuts, a childhood staple, but I was strong and got only a small black coffee.

All in all, I like the direction this is going, now I’ve just got to incorporate some exercise.