7:30: Green Monster (2 handfuls organic baby spinach, 1/2 c. almond milk, 3 ice cubes, 1 T. flax seeds, 1/2 medium frozen banana, 1/3 English cucumber); oatmeal (scant 1/2c. oats, 1/2 c. water, spoonful of raw almond butter, drizzle of raw orange blossom honey); 1 T. shot of apple cider vinegar
*I think I’m going to start drinking the ACV in a glass of water b/c it stung my throat on the way down! I have to credit Angela with suggesting I add it to my daily regimen, and I’ll update on any changes I notice.
11:30: Coco Choco Bar: I can’t believe my breakfast kept me full for a solid 4 hours. Victory!
3: Kashi Lemongrass Coconut Chicken Entrée, 4 strawberries
4: Clif ZBar (Chocolate Chip)
(Finished 2.25 L water before leaving work)
7: 2 small bowlfuls of trail mix, 1/2 pita, arabic string cheese, spicy dried mango
*I was feeling “snacky” for dinner tonight so I had what I was craving – raw pistachios, almonds and pecans with dried cherries and cranberries. I know this is pretty high calorie, but I had what I wanted I feel pretty satisfied. I also snacked on some dried mango, pita and cheese while I was putting groceries away. The stuff is just so addictive!
- Did two pilates podcasts this morning before work.
*Pilates on Fifth provides free podcasts on iTunes and I did the Ab Attack and Core workouts. Each were about 10 minutes long and it felt good to get back to my pilates exercises. I also realized how out of shape I’ve gotten since moving to NYC and injuring myself my first week here. (More on this in a bit)
- Walked to/from work for 4 miles roundtrip
- Gym workout: 5 miles, 45 minutes – in honor of National Running Day!
I know, deep down, that the changes I’m making in my diet are beneficial. And I know I’m working toward a healthier, happier life. But it’s so tough to avoid getting discouraged when I look in the mirror and think about what I used to look like when I was thinner and more toned. Closing the door on the past and looking to the future is so hard for me, but I know that’s the only way I’m going to make any progress. A magic wizard isn’t going to return my slim, muscular body to me as a reward for one day, one week or even one month of healthy eating and good exercise. I have to get that dream out of my head. I weigh what I weigh, I look how I look, and I’m working every day to have the best today possible and plan for an even better tomorrow.
Do you struggle with these challenges? How do you combat those thoughts and remind yourself that you’re not necessarily going to reach your goals right away?
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