Thursday, June 29, 2017

When You Get Sick of Your Own Sh*t

Excuse Girl” strikes again! [insert eye roll emoji]

On my way home from Stowe on Tuesday afternoon, I told Mal something along the lines of “I wish I could eat like that all the time” with regard to the meals that we enjoyed at Stowe Mountain Lodge. The food was truly amazing—fresh (often local), interesting (so many incredible flavor combinations), and healthy (not oversized or loaded with oil and salt). Basically, the resort made it easy to eat well, and I really appreciated and enjoyed it. I also felt much more in control and balanced when making my food choices. I splurged (hello, truffle fries and wine), but I didn’t go overboard and mainly stuck to a healthy diet. Usually, I feel kind of blah after an overindulgent vacation, but this one was different. I felt really good heading home.

Ok, so back to Excuse Girl…

Mal never lets me get away with anything – I say this lovingly because he makes me a better person— and replied to my “I wish I could eat like that all the time” statement with simply: “Why can’t you?” I immediately started reeling off reasons why it was too difficult. Of course, I had sooooooo many excuses, but then Mal reminded me of a conversation that we had the night before. It was one of those “woe is me” talks where I just complained the entire time about how I’ve let myself go/gained weight/have no time to exercise/blah blah blah… Long story short, Mal (nicely) reminded me of this, and, coupled with my comment about wanting to eat better, it was obvious that it was time to stop being Excuse Girl and get my act together. I actually kind of laughed when I realized just how full of sh*t my excuses were. If you don’t like something about yourself, change it and that’s exactly what I’m doing – and using CNC for the extra accountability, so thanks, guys! 🙂

Turning over a new leaf!

On Wednesday morning, I woke up bright and early to take the 5:15 AM class at Salt Shack – and I have to admit, it really wasn’t all that bad. I actually enjoyed the drive to the gym (the sky was so pretty) and, once I was moving, it didn’t feel like an early-morning class.

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I can’t say I had the best workout of my life (I didn’t eat anything before class, so my stomach was kind of queasy), but I got my sweat on and started my day off on the right foot. I’m not planning to work out every morning at 5:15 AM, but I will definitely pop into a class or two each week. No excuses!

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Back at home, I whipped up a quick recovery smoothie (Oikos Triple Zero Coconut Cream + SFH Churro + almond milk) and drank it while taking Murphy for a walk.

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So handsome.

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After that, I hopped in the shower, got ready for the day, and said goodbye to my boys. (I had a busy day ahead, so Mal offered to take Qman to school.) After our vaca, we didn’t have a ton of healthy food in the house, so I did my best to pack a nutritious breakfast and lunch. No excuses!

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Breakfast: Quaker Overnight Oats with a big scoop of Teddie Peanut Butter.

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Lunch: Banza Chickpea Mac & Cheese mixed with frozen chopped spinach – so good!

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Snack: Roasted Kale Chips (purchased from Starbucks).

I spent alllllllll day at Starbucks – seriously, my butt was numb by the time I left. After that, I swung by Trader Joe’s to stock up on some healthy eats.

And, of course, I needed to grab a snack for the road. I love Trader Joe’s “just Beets.”

For dinner, I saute some celery, carrots, and onions.

And then mixed it with a jar of cowboy caviar. I served it over white rice with a scoop of guacamole on top, and, my goodness, it was delicious!

After dinner, Mal put Quinn to bed while I cleaned up the house. (Kerrie and I have a video shoot the next day for Designed to Fit.)

Then, we watched Big Brother! (Yes, it’s still on and people still watch it. Haha!) Mal and I are total super fans – and we were especially excited to see Christmas Abbott competing this year. (She’s a CrossFitter.) While watching, I had some chocolate-covered cashews, but I actually measured out one serving (using my food scale) instead of eating 6 million of them like I usually do. No excuses!

Question of the Day

How do you get yourself out of a rut?

Anyone else watching Big Brother this year?

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