Excuse my failed promise to update once a week! *Facepalm* So, just how is this health and wellness thing going…?
On some points, I say I’m doing extremely well on my journey to lose 10 pounds (for good). On others…well, not so much. For starters, I think I can officially diagnose myself as a “stress eater”.
Basically, my goal to not eat past 7:30 pm started well – and then flushed down the drain. Long days running into nights at work, stress, anxiety, etc. have all led to some regretful noshing after the sun goes down. And, obviously, on that front things aren’t going well. What I have been doing better at, though, is my one-woman mission to cut back on processed foods! Meaning, I am overall making better choices and have been experimenting in the kitchen more.
My other self-diagnosis? I have an unhealthy addiction to Skinny Pop that absolutely has to stop. And so, I went off it – cold turkey. Has anyone else been sucked into the Skinny Pop trend? Please tell me I’m not alone! I find it the least satisfying food…and so I eat so much of it in a fight to be more satisfied, and in the end…I may as well have just had straight up butter popcorn. Sometimes, you have to weigh the alternatives..and with these “diet” versions of savory foods, they just aren’t satisfying that nagging craving – so we end up over indulging more than we probably would have on the original food to begin with…ya know? (Does that make sense or am I just talking skinny nonsense?)
Props to me on now being 10 days free of Skinny Pop! 🙂
On the fitness front, I’d give myself a solid B. I’ve upped my ‘toning’ game, with regular arm, legs and core exercises. I’ve also taken advantage of the nice(r) weather and added swimming to the mix. Some workouts are bigger than others, but I’d say I’ve been averaging 4 a week…which is great considering how crunched for free-time I’ve been this month. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually feel a lot better after completing a workout. Just knowing that it is getting me towards my weight loss goal is motivation in itself. But regular exercise doesn’t work for everyone. My friend has recently started to use these hcg diet injections as the normal way of losing weight doesn’t work for her so she wanted to get a helping hand. Which is completely fine; it’s her choice. I just prefer doing my workouts. I attribute much of my dedication to working out routinely than a personal desire to just pop my headphones in and forget the world for a while. Like I said, it’s been a busy few weeks – and that personal retreat to lala land has been very enjoyable.
Overall weight loss? 2 pounds. I lost 3 but then gained 1. I’d say that’s pretty decent considering all my ups and downs! Also, I’m pretty glad I decided to still hold myself accountable and update you guys, because writing that out right now encourages me to stay on track. It’s easy to let yourself down when no one else is on to you, other than yourself. Like *psst* Kelly, it’s okay. I won’t tell on us, Kelly. *wink*
In case you missed it, one of my favorite meals lately has been this Thai Cashew Quinoa Salad. The produce lately has been incredible, and it’s a great way to take advantage of all those ripe and colorful veggies – while packing in some solid nutrition. Check out the recipe here!
On that note, I’m off to sip on my Lemon Ginger tea and peruse the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Please let me know if you’ve been having any dieting/fitness revelations lately! I’m going to be using the hashtag #FitInLace on Twitter and Instagram, so be sure to follow along and join in if you’d like some of my support!