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! 🙂

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.

Perfect Summer Day!

Happy Friday! This summer is really flying by, before you know it summer will be over, but I am NOT looking forward to that. Summer is my favorite season and I am trying to make the most of it this year!

On Wednesday Garrett and I went to visit some family that live at the Outer Banks and we just had an awesome summer day outside on the sound! Being that there have been so many shark attacks I was not feeling brave enough to get in the ocean, haha!

Me and Garrett on the boat!

Me and Garrett on the boat!

My cousins on the tube. Isla is 3 and she was adorable!

My cousins on the tube. Isla is 3 and she was adorable!

Me and Garrett on the tube! We were pretty sore the next day...

Me and Garrett on the tube! We were pretty sore the next day…

We went tubing, and paddle boarding. No pictures of me paddle boarding unfortunately, but I did awesome! I didn’t fall off once, and if you know how terrible I am at sports of any kind you would be very proud of me! 🙂 I think all the yoga I’ve been doing helped with balance a lot! Paddle boarding is now my favorite summer workout, you have to use your upper body to paddle and your lower body to keep your balance. It’s perfect, plus it’s super fun!

After that my cousins pulled the crabs out of their crab pots… there were tons of them! I think they caught about 20 or so!

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For lunch we had curry chicken salad, which was awesome! I will definitely be trying that recipe soon and I will share it with you guys. For dinner, we had frogmore stew which was shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, onions and potatoes all cooked in one huge pot with plenty of Old Bay seasoning and garlic. Yum!

Dinner!

We also had a bunch of different kinds of salads and Garrett cooked squash on the grill with olive oil, vegetable seasonings and parmesan! I will admit, some of the squash didn’t make it to the table…

Have an amazing weekend, and make the most of your summer days! 🙂

4th of July and Dealing with Weight Loss Struggles!

Happy Monday!! Can I start by saying how amazing the US Women’s Soccer team was last night?! 4 goals in 15 minutes!!!

This morning it totally felt like a slow sluggish Monday morning, so thankfully Songza had a playlist for “A Case of the Mondays” that got me going at work, haha!

This past weekend I had 3 days off work with my husband, and that never happens! It felt like a mini vacation! We had lots of Garrett’s family in town this weekend because his granddaddy turned 90 and we had a party for him. Does he look anywhere close to 90 to you?!

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His granddaddy is honestly the cutest man ever. He said at his party “I’ve had a life with everything I could ever want.” and he meant it. I feel like people like that are so rare and that philosophy is so hard to come by. Garrett’s family is very musical and they all play instruments and sing country music together! His granddaddy said he had always wanted to play at the Grand Ole Opry so his family put up a projector with the Grand Ole Opry in the background while he played… it was so sweet!

I can also say that the dress I wore to the party was one I haven’t been able to fit into in YEARS. Woop woop!

Saturday morning I weighed myself, and I was at 153, which is ok! I think I may still keep weighing myself every Saturday but unless there is a change I will probably not do a post. Every Saturday I used to be really excited and nervous about what the number on the scale would be, because I was working hard every day to lose that pound or two. Right now I still want to lose about 18 lbs, and I am not working hard toward that goal every day. I am really starting to find my motivation and inspiration again though!

I have had some real struggles with keeping up the motivation lately, I’m not going to lie. I could have a blog that consistently has me weighing 1 lbs less every week, but the truth is weight loss is hard. It is a daily struggle. I have lost weight before and gained it back, so I don’t have the best track record. I had a couple days where I was doing a lot of emotional eating and just feeling terrible mentally and physically.

I have moved past that I think, at least the emotional eating alone. There is still something in me that has trouble eating when I am actually hungry when I am with other people though! When I am with my family or friends, particularly at restaurants, sometimes I just decide to eat when I am definitely not hungry or I don’t make good choices. That is my goal in the future, to move away from overeating and making bad food choices because I feel pressured from other people. It can cause a snowball effect for me which is no good!

I have at least been keeping up my calorie counting. No, I have not kept my calories within my goal every day, or even most days. That is another goal for me this week! To stay below my goal every day, which is usually 1300-1400 calories a day.

Today I did about 40 minutes of yoga, which felt amazing!! I followed that up with a greek yogurt parfait with some fruit and granola- yum!

Yes, this journey is tough. Yes, it requires patience and hard work. But it is totally worth it!

Happy Girl

Happy Girl

Over the last few weeks my workouts and healthy eating habits have been lackluster at best… all last week I took off working out because of everything I had going on and then I got back into my routine yesterday.

I woke up early and did an hour of yoga, and followed that up with a green smoothie. It’s amazing, after going only 1 week out of my routine, how hard it is to get back into it! I felt awesome after the yoga, and made a promise to myself that the rest of the day would be fantastic and full of good decisions! And, it totally was! 🙂

My husband and I have spent little to no time together for the last month or so because we have both been so busy with work and other things… and I think I got a little depressed because I wasn’t with my other half! Yesterday was our first day together in 4 weeks where we had NO plans and just spent the day together doing fun stuff. We went out to lunch at my favorite Thai restaurant (where I ordered a dish very heavy on veggies for the first time, and it was awesome!), and followed that up with Jurassic World in 3D!! I am a Jurassic Park freak and loved the new one so much!

After that we shopped around a little and I had enough calories left for the day that we decided to go to Coldstone and I had icecream… for dinner! Did I mention I love calorie counting and not “dieting”?! It was delicious and was the perfect end to a perfect day. 🙂

With that said, it was still hard for me to get up this morning and work out. BUT I DID. Getting back into that routine is never easy for me but it’s important that I do it, and I am so happy I did. I just don’t feel like myself when I’m not working out and eating good things for my body!

Soon I will be back to posting new workouts and recipes, and I promise my hiatus is over, haha! Because I’m back to being a happy girl!