Well…cheers to meal prepping this week, starting a new workout program, and making healthier choices! My original dream for my blog was that it would be all things life. Because the truth is, we are all most likely doing more than just one thing in our lives. I don’t know if you’re like me, but I am passionate about a lot of things. I’m passionate about being a great wife, being a great mom, being a great pastor, attempting to be healthy…I’m passionate about design and creating spaces that people love to be in. I think it’s safe to say that I have a lot of things I’m passionate about so that’s what I envisioned for this platform…a little bit of all things life.
So, to add some more to my feed, I wanted to share with you what I am currently doing to attempt to build a healthier lifestyle. I am a lover of sweets. Always have been. Always will be. Like, the kind of person that needs dessert before and after every meal, with every snack, and truly just all day long:) Please feel free to judge me, I’m judging myself right now:) I have just always loved sugar, I mean, who doesn’t right?! It’s just so good and so addicting and I just need it in my life! I have tried countless diets, countless eating fads, I mean at this point, you name it, I’ve tried it. I’m the person that, in my mind, everything sounds totally easy and doable, and I’m convinced that I can overnight go from eating sweets 10x a day and not working out to cutting everything out of my regular diet and working out twice a day. So extreme and so not the way to do it, but in my head it sounds simple!
Well, I have reached a point now, which I have reached more times than I can count in my life, where I just feel like I need to make healthier choices. Not even just to be thinner or for the number on the scale to be less. I just want to feel and be healthy all around. For those of you that have kids, have you ever noticed that you are less irritable and more energetic and fun when you are fueling your body with the right food and working out a few times a week? That is me for sure. I am just all around a better wife, a better mom, a better friend, and just a better person when I treat my body right. And I’m not saying treating it right means you eliminate everything you love to eat, I just believe everything should be done in moderation.
I have been an “intermittent faster” since late November of last year. It has worked for some of my friends so I thought, why not, lets try something else! I have really enjoyed it a lot actually. It took a few months for me to really adapt to it, but now it’s just a part of my life…for now anyways:) So my original eating window was from 12-8 every day. Then I started not getting hungry as often so my window for a while went to 2-7. Then, I just decided that wasn’t sustainable for me, so I’m currently doing 10-7 and I’m totally loving it. It works really well for me, and that’s the key, finding what works best for you and your body. Just because it works great for someone else does not mean its the best fit for you. So with that said, I wanted to give y’all a layout of what my daily food intake looks like. I am always googling ways to lose weight or to get healthy or what to eat and not eat, so I figured this is one less thing you will have to google!
So as far as my workout goes, I recently downloaded the Kayla Itsines App “Sweat” on my phone and I just started it last night. Dear Lord, my entire body hurts…but in the best way! It’s $20 a month and you can do it from home with minimal equipment which is my kind of workout! As far as my food goes, my sister is the one who really inspired me to do intermittent fasting and to start meal prepping and incorporate more greens into my life! So when she was in town visiting us a few weeks ago, she made us this salad that totally blew my mind! I don’t typically do raw veggies, but what she put together was so life changing, I had to make it for myself!!
So with that said, I have decided to change what I am eating. I start eating at 10am every day. But before that, I drink a full cup of water, and then I do coffee with fat free half/half or regular depending on what I have in my fridge:) and one stevia. Sometimes I have a couple cups of coffee in the morning to start…because sometimes you just need the extra caffeine! For breakfast, I either do overnight oats ( I’ll list the recipe below) or a yogurt with a banana. I’m not usually starving in the morning so it just depends on how hungry I am! For lunch I meal prep a salad. ( See recipe below) For a snack when I get home from work around 3 I usually do an apple with some natural peanut butter or just a bowl of fruit. For dinner I will make a lean protein and some roasted veggies. I usually just throw some stuff together and make a meal out of it for dinner. I just figure if its a protein with some greens, we are good!:) I’ll do sweet potatoes, red potatoes, and brown rice for a carb sometimes as well!
Ah, that was a lot of information! Thanks for sticking with me on this! I am going to post a couple recipes down below. For me y’all, eating and exercise is a journey. I have never been able to master them perfectly, but I am just determined to keep on trying.
A few words of encouragement, don’t be so hard on yourself. I am my biggest critic. Like if after one ab workout I don’t have a 6 pack I just feel defeated and I want to quit! Or if a few days into my new regimen I have a brownie, I feel like a failure and then I just give up. But the truth is, none of us are perfect, we are all human, and sometimes, you just need a cookie:) If you eat something that wasn’t a part of your healthy meal plan, enjoy it since you’re eating it, and move on and do better the next day. Becoming healthy isn’t an overnight fix. It’s making one healthy decision at a time. Instead of a burger and fries, try a burger and a side salad. Instead of eating a whole piece of cake, try splitting it in half and sharing it with someone. It’s consistent small decisions in the right direction that make a big difference! And don’t deprive yourself. I refuse to make the choice to cut everything I love to eat cold turkey because I just know I won’t do it…and to be honest, I don’t want to do it! So for me, since I love sweets, I bought a bag of dark, dark chocolates that are low in calories/carbs/sugar/fat, and I enjoy one a day. Its enough for me to gratify my sweet tooth, and it makes me feel like I’m not living in total deprivation.
Okay, I could write a book on this topic because it’s something I have been working towards for what feels like my entire life! But, as promised, here are the recipes of the things I am currently eating, enjoy:)
(this is a photo from “hungry girl” on google images, I haven’t taken my own yet)
In a mason jar
-1/2C of quick oats // 1C of unsweetened vanilla almond milk // 2TSP of chia seeds // 1 stevia // Stir it all around, put the lid on, and stick in the fridge overnight. The milk is per preference, I like mine to be a little bit more liquidy so sometimes I add a little more milk in the morning to it. I top it with blueberries, raspberries, bananas, the options are endless.
This is what I meal prep for both me and my husband for the week for lunch. Salad and a fruit bowl. It’s soooooo yummy!
-In a meal prep container (from Walmart or amazon) // spring mix // raw broccoli // raw carrots // raw mushrooms // cucumber // blueberries // sunflower seeds // blue cheese // lean protein (chicken, turkey, shrimp) // french & ranch mixed per serving size. You can totally do whatever veggies and protein you like the best. These are just the ones I love lately:)
Well, there you have it. I hope you enjoy! Remember, it’s just one healthy decision at a time. You can do it!