Several different times I’ve tried to “reinvent” myself and come up with a new blog. I’m 21, young, and still molding into the woman that I want to be. Cut me some slack here, but I don’t always enjoy kale smoothies and vegan brownies. Sometimes I like a barbarian pretzel and a beer sampler. Other times I order crudités and ranch (my freshman year of college I called them “crew-dites”…I didn’t know veggies could be fancy). I used to hate kale salads, and now there is one in particular I would gladly eat every day for the rest of my life. Once upon a time I was a soda feign. Coke, sprite, and dr. pepper were three men I loved to take to bed and enjoy while watching TV. Now I can’t stand soda, even with alcohol!
Speaking of alcohol, I don’t believe I would ever give it up cold turkey just to lose weight. I enjoy my whiskey and bourbon in a fancy glass with my favorite people. Margaritas are for vacations, sweet tea vodkas for Sunday Funday, and the occasional beer or glass of wine is for a loving dinner. However I used to drink whatever was cheapest, but now I will check out the brand and make sure it is vegan before consuming. Not that I’m vegan – but I’ve read too many studies for my own good.
Regardless of spirits and carbs in moderation, I’ve given up packaged foods, junk food, and most meat. Not because I’ve decided to go vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, nomnomnomivore, idontcarian…but because I am determined to get healthy. Since switching to this new way of life I’ve dropped 12 pounds. My ultimate goal is not a number, but rather to fit back into my old “skinny” jeans. I’ll tell ya, I think I am halfway there. Here’s an example of my weekly regime cut into a few days of last week’s meals:
Breakfast-Toast with avocado, tomatoes, sprouts, a fried egg, hot sauce, and mustard
Lunch-A bowl of hearty vegetable soup with extra beans and hot sauce
Snack of quinoa chips + salsa
Dinner-Quorn Gruyere chicken patty and a big spring balsamic salad on the side
Dessert – a square or two of Salted Dark Chocolate
Breakfast – A spinach, banana, hemp seed, chia seed, flax seed, goji berry, and green juice smoothie topped with Whole Foods superfood granola.
Snack – Soy latte with a dab of pumpkin syrup or white chocolate syrup
Lunch – A frozen Paneer Tikka Masala from Trader Joe’s
Dinner – Kale Caesar salad from Chop Shop
Breakfast- Toast with avocado, tomato, sprouts and mustard
Snack – 16oz Green juice (kale, spinach, parsley, apple, celery, and cucumber)
Lunch – Vegetable soup (I make a huge batch every other week)
Dinner - 3 16oz beers and a big soft pretzel dunked in cheese sauce (all house made at Four Peaks Brewery)
*Note : I usually don’t drink during the week, but it was our only night free for date night…and my first experience at the Brewery.
This was my work out schedule:
Sunday: Sat on the cycle with no resistance for 30 minutes while watching American Dad. I couldn’t find the plug attachment for the bike and the batteries were dead.
Last Sunday: Run for 30 minutes, 1 hour Barre3 Class
Monday: 200 squats at work (totally embarrassing, but I work with my friends).
Tuesday: Nothing, but normally I go to hot yoga
Wednesday: Barre 3 online class
Thursday: Nothing (Thanksgiving)
Saturday: 200 squats
There you have it! I like football, booze, shopping, yoga pants, sitting on my butt watching tv, cycling watching tv, and anything but a sedentary work day.