Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What's In A New Start & Getting Real

Forewarning- this post is extremely personal but I felt like I couldn't jump into the new start of the blog or go on and on about how healthy I plan to be, without talking about what has been going on...

In yesterday's post I mentioned I was hitting a bit of a rewind button after spending too many months living unhealthy and being unhappy. The past month I have worked really hard on getting back to the things that make me feel my best, including living a healthier lifestyle. It's tough to say what really sparked my slump but all I know it I was not myself. I wasn't cooking or eating healthy like I normally do, pizza or drive-throughs became all too familiar, as well as having a glass of wine or two a night. I had stopped working out, was sleeping terrible and just generally felt not myself. The most frustrating part was that making changes and getting back to myself seemed like a daunting task and just nothing something I was up for or had the energy to do. 

Fast forward a few months later on a Sunday and I decided enough was enough. I signed up to try a new spin studio and have been going 3-4 times a week for about a month now, I started meal planning and prepping, and turning to books for further help and inspiration. I can honestly say I feel like an entirely different person then I did a month ago, I feel comfortable in my own skin again, I look forward to every spin class or workout class, and one of my favorite parts of the week is meal prepping for the week. One of my favorite books I have read so far during this turn around time and that I highly suggest is You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. While I know a large part of my turn around was my attitude and outlook, I think this book really gave me the words and tools I needed to hear at the time and I honestly can say it's one of the best books I have ever read, do yourself a favor and check it out.

Now onto what I am doing daily/weekly to keep up these changes. Sundays are an extremely part of the week, I normally spend Sunday morning in bed with coffee perusing through Pinterest or other food blogs on meals and recipes for the week. Once I have my recipes, I head to Aldi and Trader Joes to stock up for the week.

Here is this weeks sample menu for you to see:

2 egg cups with tomato and feta
Mini whole wheat bagel with peanut better and banana 
Morning Snack:
Cottage cheese with berries
Zoodles with turkey meatballs
Chocolate chip granola bar
Afternoon Snack:
Pan roasted veggies (broccoli, red onion, cheery tomatoes, and zucchini) with chicken

In terms of working out, here is my schedule for this week:
Monday- Barbell Strength
Tuesday- Spin
Wednesday Barbell strength or Barre (still deciding)
Thursday- Spin
Friday- Yoga in the A.M, Spin after work
Saturday- Barbell 
Sunday- Yoga or Rest day (still deciding)

As for reading, I am really excited to finally read one of Gabrielle Bernstein's books- The Universe Has Your Back. I will report back with a review shortly. 

I would love to hear anyone's tips or tricks for meal planning or incorporating different workouts or even what helps you feeling your best. 

Yours truly, 
Emily Ann

1 comment:

East Coast Chic {Natalie} said...

Way to go! I just start a clean eating diet last week and it's been amazing how much better I feel not eating junk all the time! I think the key to say on track is meal planning and prepping your food beforehand, so that you're not tempted to grab an easy snack or take out.