Recommitted

This week has been like a rebirth for me.  I’ve recommitted myself to eating healthier and being more focused during my workouts, and so far, it’s working.

But it hasn’t been easy. 

I was talking with my friend the other day about how it’s so easy to fall off the wagon, but it’s a lot harder to get back on.  Little by little, it’s easy to get used to eating more junk food than normal or becoming a little lax with your exercise routine, but cravings, cupboards full of junk food, and lazy habits are a lot harder to kick.  You don’t notice that you’re going off track, and then all of a sudden… your pants don’t fit. 

It’s a crazy world out there, huh?

Anyways, I brought back some of my old favorites this week, and I’m readjusting to liking/craving these healthier foods again.  After a while of eating well, the natural sweetness of fruits and veggies really starts to come out, but at first, after you’ve been indulging in cookies and candy for a little too long, these things can be kind of bland.  Luckily, I remember what it feels like to think carrots are sweet and crave a nice piece of lean grilled chicken over of a big, greasy sandwich, so I know it’s possible.  Those days are not far off again, I’m sure. 

For lunch this week, I made the standard chicken with zucchini and tomatoes.  I’ve been spicing it up differently each day with spices and add-ins, like sliced almonds.  It seems boring at first to eat the same thing every day for a week, but it’s really so easy to make it different each time. (Plus, it makes my life a lot easier during hectic work weeks.)

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For breakfasts this week, I’ve also brought back old favorites that have fallen by the wayside in recent months. 

Eggs with peppers:

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And green smoothies:

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This one was made with SunWarrior chocolate protein powder, almond milk, half a banana, spinach, and ice, and despite the disgusting green hue, it was really delicious.  I haven’t made many smoothies at all lately, and this reminded me how good they are.  I’m not in love with that protein powder anymore (and usually I just omit powders in favor of real food anyway), but I think I’m going to try to find another non-dairy one that I like, just in case.  I made this one for breakfast on Tuesday when I didn’t really have time to cook up any “real” food, and I realized that it’s nice to have it around in a pinch. On that note, if you have any good non-dairy (as clean as possible) protein powder recommendations, please share! 

One of the other things I’ve been focusing on this week is my workouts.  I reformatted my strength portion, giving myself more structure in pursuit of my goals, and I’ve added back in a warm-up, supplementary strength work, and core work.  These are all things that I used to do regularly as part of my workouts, but somewhere along the line, they sort of fell away.  Throughout the summer, I had less time to spend in the gym and, frankly, didn’t really care as much, but now, I’m back at it!  They seem a little longer, but really, I’m just using my time more wisely, so hopefully it pays off. 

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This week sort of seems like it’s dragging on, but it’s probably because I’m looking forward to Pumpkinfest and some very special visitors this weekend, and the good news is: we’re halfway there. 

So for those of you who are also looking forward to something:

Have a good one!

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3 Comments on “Recommitted”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m with ya girl– trying to get back on track. Vega is also a great vegan/gf protein :)

  2. Alicia says:

    Check out About Time Nutrition for protein. They have a whey protein as well as a vegan protein that each have 6 or less ingredients and they don’t have that chalky protein taste. Great company.


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