We’ve been loving spring break the past couple days! It’s been so nice to slow down a bit and enjoy a less hectic schedule.
I went to the gym this morning and got a great strength training workout in. I worked my upper and lower body and pretty much hit all the major muscle groups. I also snapped a quick pick after my workout…
For some reason whenever I take a pic of myself at the gym, I’m always wearing this outfit! Yes, I do wear other things, lol. However, I really only have 3-4 outfits I can fit in right now.
I was also able to go on a great run yesterday!
My 10 year old came with me on his bike and I pushed my 4 year old in this new jogger I recently received from Thule. It’s a wonderful jogger and I plan on posting a full review about it next week.
We ran 4.25 miles and it was so fun! We kept it pretty slow (10:00-11:00 pace) and I had to stop and walk a couple times (which I hate to do, but it was necessary.) The weather felt perfect for most of the run, but near the end it started to feel hot! It was right around 70 degrees. Thankfully, there was a slight breeze.
After our run, I was STARVING! I made myself a yummy concoction of Chobani yogurt, cottage cheese, sliced almonds, Craisins and chocolate chips.
Those chocolate chips were DIVINE in there….I also thought I needed the extra carbs after a hard run, hee hee.
I enjoyed eating my concoction while sitting on the deck watching my cute kids….who apparently thought it was summer.
They filled those totes with warm water and enjoyed playing and splashing around. They’re so darling.
We also took the kiddos on a quick trip to Maverick (local convenience store) last night. The kids love going there to buy a drink/slushie or pick out a treat.
Kev and I also see it as pretty cheap and easy entertainment.
Well, I want to tell you guys about the new “healthy plan” I have in the works. I’ve been living a fairly decent healthy lifestyle lately, but I’ve become a little bit lax. I’ve definitely been eating too much sugar and I’m starting to feel a little addicted!
Anyway, I decided I needed to kick it up a notch. I’ve found that it is MUCH easier for me to eat well when I cut the sugar from my diet. Sugar seriously sabotages my healthy efforts. I know a lot of healthy people who are able to have a little bit of sugar here and there and still keep it under control.
I AM NOT one of those people.
Once I start eating sugar, I just want more and more and more! Also, when I eat sugar regularly, healthy food doesn’t taste nearly as good to me. When I cut the sugar out, I start to crave healthy food and it makes me happy!
So here’s my new plan!
I’m going to start on Monday (the day after Easter) because I still want to enjoy some Easter candy. I’m going to eat a VERY healthy diet for one month. I’m not going to eat any sugary treats (chocolate, candy, brownies, cake, cookies, etc.) and I’m not going to eat any fried foods. I’m also going to abstain from diet beverages.
I AM going to eat lots of fruits and veggies, lean meats, whole grains (oats, quinoa, brown rice, Ezekiel bread, etc.), nuts, some Dairy products (yogurt, cottage cheese, a little bit of regular cheese) and whatever other healthy things I come up with. Before I eat anything, I’m just going to ask myself, “Does this food choice offer nutritional value and will it fuel my body?” If the answer is YES, then I will eat it. Otherwise, I won’t. Pretty simple.
I am going to allow myself 100 free calories every day. 100 calories is not very much, but it will allow me to sprinkle a few chocolate chips on my oatmeal, yogurt, etc. and not feel too deprived. I also think 100 calories is a small enough amount that it won’t start the craving cycle in me!
After following this “diet” for 30-ish days, I will allow myself one free weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and then I hope to start all over again.
I just looked at the calendar, and decided I will have my “free weekend” on May 23-24, which is in just over a month.
I would love to keep this up and make it a lifestyle. We’ll see how it goes. It seems pretty reasonable to me, but I know I’ll need to plan ahead and keep my kitchen stocked with healthy food choices.
I also plan to do food prep once or twice a week. I’ll cook up a bunch of chicken, hard boiled eggs, make a pot of quinoa and cut up lots of veggies! YUM!
Well, that’s all for now. We’re getting ready to head out on a hike with the kiddos in a bit so I gotta run. YAY!
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!