Lunch Time

As I mentioned previously I struggle with eating lunch consistently, actually it’s not the eating lunch that’s the problem instead the problem is eating a healthy lunch.  If I don’t pack a lunch I end up eating out, which costs money and also typically adds up the calories.

My mission for the upcoming weeks is to come up with easy lunches and backup plans for when I forget my lunch.  I’m going shopping tomorrow to pick up a handful of things for lunches for this week, mostly wraps and fruit.  Next week I’m going to actually plan out the lunches here with my dinner meal plan.

The other part of my plan is to create some brown bag lunches I can keep in my office as back up lunches so I’ll be looking for items that don’t need refrigeration or a microwave.  I’m thinking things like tuna and crackers, maybe fruit cups, and I’m open to ideas 🙂

A stomach bug kept me out of the gym on Friday and Saturday.  Today I spent some time in the pool (Note to self:  Next time, use more sunscreen) and went for a walk with a friend to the mall so wasn’t just crashed out in front of the TV.  My friend is in the same boat as me, the boat where we ate too much and are now struggling with weight gain, so she’s open to weekend activities that keep us moving.  Also, she’s competitive so I told her I would start texting her when I’m at the gym to help keep her motivated.

It’d be nice if we could work out together but we’re just far enough away with traffic that it’s not plausible during the week but we can still help keep each other with motivation.

My bag is already packed with gym clothes so I’m ready to start the week off on the right foot!  The other part to that is getting to bed because I was out sick on Friday I’m sure I’ll have plenty to catch up on tomorrow.

Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend!  It was a hot one here on the west side of Washington and I’m so grateful for the breeze coming through my apartment right now.  Earlier it was at least 90 degrees in here so I might stay up just a bit longer with all the windows open to let the place cool down because earlier I felt like this…..



Whiny Weight Gain Wednesday

Ugggghhhhh……I’m skipping Working Wardrobe Wednesday this week because I ran into a bit of a snag this week. I realized 2 things this morning as I began to pile hangers and discarded clothes onto my bed.

  1.  I realized planning my wardrobe for the week really is a good idea.
  2. I realized I was facing the same dilemma as Austin Powers faced in one of his movies,

“I lost my mojo”


Perhaps Dr. Evil stole it……(Now I just want to watch Austin Powers movies)  Anyways, I’ve been feeling super cute and confident in all my work clothes over the last few weeks but this week I felt like I’d lost my mojo, or my groove, or whatever you choose to call it.

Gone was the confidence replaced with feeling like a short, boring, blob.  I tried on at least 4 different outfits this morning and hated all of them even outfits I’d loved in the past were discarded to the rejection pile.  I proclaimed each outfit to be more dreary than the next

I’ve been racking my brain all morning trying to figure out what’s going on with me.  I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I might simply be having an off week.  There’s no rule that says because I have confidence in myself I’m not going to ever feel any shred of doubt or have days where I feel fat or unattractive.  I was going to say ugly but I find that word to be so harsh and I don’t really feel ugly just not well put together, a little “off my game” lol.

Today I’ve resigned myself to gray slacks, black thermal, and the same dark purple cardigan I wore yesterday.

Warm, comfortable, and a bit dreary…….

That was yesterday.

This morning I felt the weight gain before I even pulled out the scale.  I don’t know why but I feel like I have a better understanding of my body now to the point where I could tell I had gained about 3 pounds.  Poor eating habits over the weekend trickled over into the first part of the week, not completely but I definitely had a few things I knew I should be avoiding.  Also, I haven’t been working out consistently.

The sad part was what happened this morning.  I stepped on the scale, saw that I had gained 3 pounds, and the first words out of my mouth were “I guess I need to quit eating” o_O  Not, “I should probably get off my ass at night or in the morning and work out” or “Maybe I shouldn’t have eaten 3 slices of pizza for dinner last night” or “I need to start walking more”

Nope, it was that I should stop eating.  That makes sense 🙄

Instead of thinking about the healthy changes I could make in my life I decided in that instant the best choice was to cut off all forms of nourishment.  I know it was an exaggeration but right after I said it I realized I still have a ways to go in changing my mindset.

Plan of action is to get the eating fully back on track, reading labels, watching sugars, not allowing myself to fall into the quick, easy, processed food trap (it’s so easy when you’re busy and working), and start trying some new foods again.  I’m in a new city with a greater variety of grocery shopping locations, plus being in a different region gives me food options I wouldn’t find in other places.  For example, close to the ocean means lots of seafood options so I need to start checking out new recipes.

Also, get into some kind of workout routine!!!!!

It really is challenging because after work I don’t feel like doing anything but I know I would feel better if I worked out so I think I might give early morning workouts a try.  It’s a quick walk to the fitness center at my place so since I still have two more workdays this week I’m going to commit to giving it a try tomorrow morning plus a bit of floor work and strength training tonight.

I think I’m done whining and have put together a solid plan to get myself back on track because I’ve been feeling so good I don’t want to throw away all my progress.  If you’re made it this far thanks for reading my whiny post and hope everyone is having a great week! 😀

The Usual Saturday Morning Routine

I say usual but this is only the second time;however, I’m kind of loving this Saturday morning routine of gym and Farmer’s Market.  I like getting up early, going to the gym on a quiet weekend morning then heading off to pick up some fresh produce.

The gym was good today.  I’d lightened some of my weights last week so I was glad I could increase the weights this week.  I think not going to the gym for awhile kinda set me back but I’m back on track.  It’s not that I want to be a serious weight lifter but I would like to be lifting 50lbs for most exercises, especially the cable ones like bicep curls, tricep pulldowns, and lat pulldowns.

I added dumbbells to my standing lunges today so I think I might feel that one tomorrow.  I also still need to get in my exercises for the 31 Day Core Challenge from Jordyn Ashley’s blog My Goodness.  I’d been trying to add some exercises on my own but having it all written out in a schedule makes it easy and I love the extra workouts.  Some of the moves I’ve never done but that’s part of what makes the blogging community so great is learning and finding inspiration from others 🙂

Back to the gym….I decided to weigh myself on the scale at the gym because I’m convinced my scale is broken.  I haven’t weighed myself at the gym in a couple months and it’s a real scale like you find at the doctor’s office.  I set the big number then slid the little dial up toward my usual number but was pleasantly surprised when I had to move the number down, then down a bit more.

It reassured me that yes, I have actually lost weight.  I’m now 4lbs from having lost 20lbs and it’s challenging to not focus on the number but I’ve gotten this far without obsessing so I’m not going to start now.  I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, although I’ve been fighting a serious sweet tooth the last couple days but I’m hoping all the fruit I bought today will be enough to satisfy it.  If not, I’ll walk to the store and buy a cupcake so I’ll quit obsessing 😉

The featured image shows my haul from Farmers Market.

All that good food for only $25!  1 pint raspberries, 1 pint huckleberries, green beans, green onions, lettuce, 1 lb sausage, dried apples with cinnamon, and 1 lemon cucumber.

I’ve never had a lemon cucumber but I love cucumbers. The girl at the stand said they’re like cucumbers and you can eat them just like an apple so I’m going to try it.  I already devoured the dried apples and the huckleberries are probably next…..

Tonight I’m going to make some of the green beans with rice and chicken.  I’m not really following my meal plan this week but I have been eating dinner every night.  Rice sounds oddly delicious, kind of a weird craving for me but at least it’s a healthy craving.

Happy Fourth of July and to all the people not celebrating, Happy Saturday! 😀