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Once the 4th of July weekend wrapped up, reality hit that our wedding is only 2 months away! I decided it was about time to start eating better and get my body into healthier shape. My goal isn’t to lose a lot of weight, I would be fine maintaining my current weight (although, a pound or two wouldn’t hurt!). My ultimate goal is to feel better and stronger both mentally and physically. I grew up playing a lot of sports up until college so I have always been very active my whole life. But ever since getting into the real world my motivation to keep active has definitely fallen off the radar over the years. So getting back into a good rhythm didn’t come easy at first. When I first started out on this “journey” I was either focusing too much food or too much on exercise and I wasn’t happy with my results. I decided that balancing a healthy diet with exercise is what I needed to start feeling results all the while not being hard on myself if I sneak a little a sweet treat here and there.
I am a huge foodie and I hate to feel like I am sacrificing an indulgent meal but I know I needed to cut down my carb intake to start feeling lighter. I still eat carbs on the days I plan on running because a girl needs her energy to burn! I have been eating a lot of eggs, fruit (so many of acai bowls. See recipe here), salads, and protein. I will sneak in a slice of bread in the morning or a little chocolate in the afternoon (can’t help it!) but I have cut out eating bagels, sandwiches, and pastas for the time being. Eating healthy CAN taste good though (and curve your not so good-for-you cravings) so I will be sharing some of my favorite meals I have made so far in future posts. One of those meals being an acai bowl – see recipe here. It is basically like eating a smoothie bowl with all your favorite fruits on top.
When it comes to exercise, I have been trying hard to get my stride back. I have been holding myself accountable to run 4 times a week, weight train 2-3 times a week, and take Fridays off. I would be lying if I said this has been a breeze. To be honest I can only run for 2.5 miles now and I still have to stop for a breather every once in a while but I am determined and I will get to that point where I don’t need to stop. Lifting has been a great change of pace from running on my off days and I love how satisfied I feel after a good lift. I know my muscles are just dying to come out any day now (ha!) 🙂
Have you tried to get back into a healthy routine this summer? Any tips on what has worked for you?
Have a great weekend friends!