Resolve to be Happy!

Happy New Year everyone!

I think it is SO funny how Walmart is packed to the brim with all fitness related stuff around New Years. Plus all the weight watchers commercials… why can’t we all try to be healthy all year?! I also get a little sick of all the ads I see everywhere saying “New Year, New You”. Um, you will still be YOU next year, no matter how many gyms you join or what color your hair is, or what clothes you wear! Being happy in your own skin is a journey and reinventing yourself in one day is probably not the best way to do it. Starting healthy habits takes time, as well it should since it took quite a long time to make the unhealthy ones!

I am, however, subscribing to the belief that New Years Resolutions are a good thing, and I usually make a few each year. In the past they were pretty much always one thing: lose weight. This year I am trying to think of my life goals as more than how I look, but how I feel and how I can be a better vessel for Jesus. So here goes!

  1. Be kind. To everyone. This does not come naturally for me as I am more often than not sarcastic! I am also not terribly social. But if I expect people to see Jesus in me, I had better show them kindness!
  2. Sign up for a half marathon in 2016. I think I will be doing one in the spring, but I’m not sure yet. But I will definitely be doing one this year. And I.CAN’T.WAIT.
  3. Make at least 2 recipes out of my new cookbook each week! My husband (who clearly knows me better than I know myself) bought me the Skinnytaste cookbook for Christmas and a new food processor! I didn’t even ask for a cookbook so I am beyond impressed he got me one that I am excited to cook from! Expect to see many blog posts on these recipes- they look so delicious and so good for you. They even include nutritional facts!!!!!

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I wish all of you the happiest of New Years. May you be blessed with a wonderful 2016! 🙂

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Take Care of Yo’self!

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After a brief respite from blogging, come the new year I am jumping feet first right back into it! I have SO missed blogging but have been a bit low on inspiration. I feel like so many people make physical fitness something to please other people (fitting into society, looking more attractive to the opposite sex) rather than it being for yourself. Well I’m here to tell you, your physical fitness will have no real staying power if you don’t do it for yourself.

Instead of focusing on a great body, I think the focus should be on general health and self care. So many of us (not just women, but everyone!) beat ourselves up when we fail. Have some compassion for yourself, just like you would for a friend!

I know that self care looks different for everyone, but if you really don’t know where to start these are the things that I HAVE to do in order to be my best, happiest self.

  • Study my Bible and journal about what I’m feeling every day. For me, it is so easy to slip into self doubt. Reading and journaling about my life and my relationship with Jesus is super important.

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  • Spend time with the hubs. He is my other half in every way and spending time with him makes me feel loved and treasured.

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  • Get my 30 minutes of exercise in daily. For me, this includes running, yoga, and strength training.

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  • Drink ridiculous amounts of water. I drink this entire bottle of water every morning before I head out to work. At work I drink water the entire day!

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  • Eat healthy food that tastes good. Preferably that I have made myself!

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  • Spend time outside. Doing whatever! Canoeing, fishing, hiking, just taking a walk! Spending time in the outdoors makes me feel free and close to the Creator.

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As you contemplate the new year think of the things that YOU need for self care. Figure out what makes you your best, happiest self and make them a priority!

 

Let’s Get Real

I am a control freak.

WHEW. There, I said it. Now to some, this may not be that big of a deal. In fact it is a trait I think A LOT of women have. There are some good sides to this, like being detail oriented and being a problem solver. But it can also turn me into a stressed out crazy woman!!!

The last 2 weeks have been very difficult ones for me. The first week this month I was very sick. It was really just a bad cold, and it makes me really mad that I work out and eat healthy PLUS I take vitamins and none of that seemed to prevent my getting sick. When I get sick, I get depressed. When I get depressed, you guessed it, I eat things I shouldn’t. Not only that, but I eat WAY more than I should. I think over eating and eating food that is bad for you is permissible sometimes, but the last 2 weeks have been absolutely inexcusable… having ups and downs in life is natural and unavoidable. The way we handle those is what decides our character, and right now I feel like I have none at all. Instead of trusting God I seek comfort in food and occasionally alcohol.

So, the first week I was sick and missed a lot of work, and I was depressed. The second week was probably the busiest week I have ever had at work, and I was the most stressed I have ever been except when I was in college. Stress happens to everyone, but because I am such a control freak I don’t handle stress very well AT ALL. Enter: wine. Lots of it. After 3 days of this I realized this is not healthy so then I moved on to eating food that’s bad for me and that makes me feel horrible

The worst part is that I know this is a cycle with me. No matter how hard I fight it, it seems to creep back in. This isn’t just about losing the weight I have always wanted to lose, it’s about being happy. When I am stressed, I should be trusting God. I have always prided myself on not being a worrier. I chastise my husband for worrying all the time, not seeing the fact that when I lose control of a situation I lose my trust in God, and become completely unhinged!

Feeling down on myself is not constructive though, so I am trying to move forward. I am brushing myself off, and hoping to have a week of health and happiness next week! I often point out the flaws in others, and fail to see the flaws in myself. I think once I realize the flaws I have it crushes me and makes me feel small… but that is not what a champion of Christ should feel like. So today I am moving on, and trying to serve the Lord the best way I can!

Have a healthy happy Saturday everyone. Let’s hope for a stress free week for all of us! 🙂

Saturday Weigh In, Eat Good Feel Good!

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Happy Saturday everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Saturday Weigh In post so I thought I would update you guys. This morning I weighed in at 154, which is 1 lb less than last week. Yaaaay! 🙂 My goal is still to weigh around 135 and I haven’t gotten any closer to that goal in months. But I can say that I have kept off all the weight I’ve lost (about 20 lbs) so to me that is certainly a win. My short term goal is to be 149 or less by Thanksgiving, which for me is an attainable goal if I stay consistent with my workouts and nutrition.

I do have a bit of a confession, though. My goal originally was to count my calories using My Fitness Pal every day for a year. While I did keep that up until about 3 weeks ago, I have since only used My Fitness Pal to look up calories or to add them up for a recipe I have made. It was beginning to feel more like a chore and less helpful. I still have a vague calorie goal for each day, and I DO count my calories in my head. I can do that now because I have a very firm grasp on how many calories are in the food I eat, and I have finally created a habit to choose healthy foods over less nutritious ones without even thinking about it. Since I have stopped calorie counting, I also feel like I can listen to my body more. I am constantly asking myself “Am I hungry, or bored?” and “Am I full, or do I just want to finish what’s on my plate?” Eating mindfully is really important, and it’s something that I have always struggled with. But I’m getting better all the time! 🙂

If you are thinking about counting calories I would highly recommend it. If I hadn’t counted, there is no way I would have been able to lose the 20 lbs I have lost. Apps like My Fitness Pal also have things like sugar, fiber, protein, and vitamins so you can see how your nutrition measures up to what it should be. I would also say that over time it gets much easier to choose low calorie more nutritious food. Now I am really not satisfied by a meal that doesn’t have fruit or vegetables in it. I have realized that more nutritious foods fill me up faster, and leave me feeling more energetic and happier! I am a firm believer in “eat good, feel good” because it’s true! Not to mention the fact that these foods make you look good too!

Have a healthy happy Saturday y’all! 🙂

Lazy Pounds and Getting Back with the Program!

Hey guys!

I have not been the best healthy lifestyle blogger lately, I must admit. I am the kind of person that needs rules and a routine or I totally lose my mind! When we went on vacation to the mountains I did eat pretty healthy and I was hiking a lot, but I lost my routine and didn’t keep up with my workouts when I got back. After that I got a cold and hadn’t been able to work out OR have any energy to cook healthy things so… BAM. I’ve gained 4 lbs.

It totally sucks! Especially since it took so much work to lose those pounds, and now I’ve gained them back. In the grand scheme of things, 4 lbs is really not that much weight. I am really trying not to beat myself up about this, and to take a positive outlook on it.

On the plus side, after feeling sick being well now feels amazing! I can breathe through both nostrils and my throat doesn’t hurt. Hallelujah!

This morning I got in some yoga (still not feeling up to really tough workouts yet, but I will be soon) and had a peach banana smoothie!

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It’s amazing how a little physical activity and a smoothie full of vitamins and nutrients can make me feel so awesome after feeling so terrible all week. Yay for small victories!

Have a healthy happy weekend y’all! 🙂

Friday Update!

Happy Friday!

This week has been a SUPER busy one for me, and I’m getting ready to take a short camping trip for a few days in the mountains, where I will be sure to get in plenty of workouts hiking and fishing! I don’t have any new recipes today, but I can say that I have been staying within my calorie count just about every day this week! Also I’ve gotten in a workout every day which always makes me feel accomplished. 🙂

This morning I did 2 YouTube workout videos (the challenges I’ve written about before) and a nice long yoga video stretching out all my sore muscles from the tough workouts I did this week.

I followed that up with this awesome breakfast!

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I had a whole wheat english muffin with homemade blueberry jam (YUM), 2 eggs scrambled, and a big serving of fresh from the farmer’s market watermelon! I’ve been drinking this watermelon in protein smoothies all week, so good! This is the recipe for my strawberry watermelon smoothie, and this is the one for my blueberry watermelon one. They are both so refreshing!

Have a healthy happy weekend y’all!

Hair of the Dog and Brussel Sprout Salad!

Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday Garrett and I had the day off so we decided to meet up with friends in Virginia Beach and try a new restaurant, for us anyway, called Hair of the Dog!

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While having a really cool name and interesting menu, the place also had amazing drinks and food!! For the first time ever I tried chicken and waffles. I had been wanting to try this concoction for years and just never went to a restaurant that had it. Now I know what I have been missing out on all these years!

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Yes, I know chicken and waffles is not healthy at all, and that’s ok! With my diet I count calories and if everything I eat for the day adds up to 1500 calories or less, it’s all good. I do try to eat healthy things most of the time, but it’s ok to splurge every once in a while. And boy, this was a splurge that was worth it. Plus, who knew waffles with beer would be so delicious?!

After lunch we headed to an Asian market and picked up some dragon fruit and lychee. I haven’t done anything with the dragon fruit, I think I will at least make a smoothie with it! The lychee I have been snacking on since we bought some- they are so delicious! They’re also very nutritious and SUPER sweet. I tried to find a recipe to use the lychee (pictured below) but all I could find were cake or icecream recipes. I will keep looking though!

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Last week I bought some brussel sprouts and decided to use them in a salad, just for a different veggie to have around the house. I have to switch up what I eat so I don’t get bored!

Brussel Sprout Salad

Brussel Sprout Salad

  • 9 oz shredded brussel sprouts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

You can buy brussel sprouts pre shredded, I shredded mine with a pairing knife. Whisk oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and then pour over sprouts. Toss to combine, refrigerate 30 minutes before serving. Delicious! It sort of reminds me of a lemony cole slaw.