RecommittedPosted: October 16, 2013
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.)
For breakfasts this week, I’ve also brought back old favorites that have fallen by the wayside in recent months.
Eggs with peppers:
And green smoothies:
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.
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!