Time for another check in! I've been doing really well with my meal prepping so far. Most days I have tilapia, broccoli, and either low sodium black beans or mashed sweet potatoes. I did go out for lunch one day, but I tried to make smart decisions and ordered a stir fry with lots of good veggies, brown rice, and tofu. I haven't been very good about sticking to my meal times, and there have been a few days where I missed a snack or had an extra snack after dinner. However, I'm making smarter choices about what I eat, I try not to eat if I'm not hungry, and I pay attention to portion sizes. For example, I'll have a serving of pretzels with no added salt instead of mindlessly snacking on a bag of potato chips.
Since my last post, I've lost 2.5 inches from my waist, and an inch from my hips! I am beyond thrilled that my hard work is paying off especially since I haven't been perfect with my goals. If you have an "all or nothing" attitude when it comes to eating healthy, odds are you'll end up on the nothing end of that scale. Remember that it's ok to slip up once in a while! There are a lot of very restrictive diet plans circulating right now, and honestly, they scare me. Although one of these fad diets might help you lose weight, it probably isn't sustainable, and it probably isn't healthy. Losing weight in a safe and healthy way happens when you make lifelong changes not only to what you eat, but to your attitude about food.
Lastly, I want to talk a little about my exercise lately. Every week I have an appointment with my personal trainer at Motifaith Fitness, and I also try to go to two group classes each week. Sometimes my week is so busy that I'll do two workouts in one day. Exercise alone or diet alone will give you results, but when you combine them both you will be amazed at your progress! You don't have to get crazy with exercising either; just getting out and going for a walk is a step in the right direction (pun intended). I recently discovered a company called Yes.Fit that hosts virtual races. Right now there are so many fun 5ks that reward you with cute medals and t-shirts when you finish the race, but they can often be inconvenient. They might be far away, or conflict with your schedule, or maybe you just don't feel confident enough yet to participate in a race with a bunch of other people. Yes.Fit gives you the option of participating in fun themed races on your own time at your own pace. Once you've signed up for a race, there is no time limit, you just log your miles manually or with a tracker or app as you complete them. My first race was Cinderella themed, and now I'm participating in an Oktoberfest race and one through Yosemite National Park. If you're interested in giving Yes.Fit a try, use my promo code izPvhA3q during check-out to get a discount. If you use my code, I will also get credit I can use on a future race. This one-time discount can be applied to any race, as long as it's your first. To see a list of their current races, follow this link: Yes.Fit.
I've never been good at keeping a journal, but I've always wanted to. I hope you enjoy my sporadic posts about beauty, fitness/health, and various other topics.
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