Week 11: Day 6

April 3, 2015

Today was all about my lunch. I had been planning it and was getting excited about it for a few days, so I was very ready when Friday rolled around. As you will be able to tell with what I ate for lunch, I am taking things a little less strict than I did at the beginning of this journey. A little bread here and a little sweets there aren’t the end of the world. However, now I am not craving a big bowl of fries and my body looks forward to my workouts.

I would say this has become less of a challenge and more of a lifestyle. I don’t have to think about what I am eating so  much more, and instead just naturally go for the grapes as a snack instead of chips.

Lunch

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That is a tuna melt if I have ever seen one. I eat tuna on a regular basis, so I am always looking for ways to mix it up; hence, this open-face melt. I started with one slice of fresh organic wheat bread, tuna/mayo, one roma tomato, scallions and mozzarella cheese. I baked it for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees. It came out thoroughly heated and the cheese was beautifully melted. It was a nice alternative to how I normally eat my tuna and kept me full for the majority of the day. It was definitely my biggest meal all day. Even though I ate bread, I went for a healthy alternative to my traditional white Italian bread, and I only had one slice.

Oops…

So apparently when I fall off the wagon I fall pretty hard. First it was a week of no blogging, and then it was a week of no blogging and not eating very healthy. Definitely not my proudest moment, but I think I am in a good place to start back up and stay on track. Before that I’ll give a little rundown of what exactly happened during the past two weeks.

Week 7

This was a good week! I followed my meal plans, ate what I was supposed to and worked out. I just didn’t write anything about it. I even took pictures with the intention of blogging. Oops. I am going to blame it on pre-spring break excitement and stress.

Week 8

This is where all hell broke loose. I went home, which means I don’t have control of everything I am eating. It wasn’t all bad. I had some cauliflower and chicken. But I also had breakfast sandwiches (bread) and pasta (eek). And then I got sick, so I had a few days of not much eating, which probably helped. But then I went to Boston. I think it is just impossible to stick to any diet when I am away. How do I not eat a big bowl of clam chowder in a bread bowl? I don’t. I eat that, and a lobster roll and a wood fired pizza. I got a lot of bad stuff out of my system, so hopefully I will be good for a while.

I am off to a good start today, and worked out, so things are looking up. Here’s to heading in to month 3 with some hope.

Week 2: Days 4,5

Jan. 28 & 29, 2015

I have officially hit the wall, and boy did I hit it. The past two days did not agree with me in the slightest: I was too hungry, I didn’t want to eat healthy, my food didn’t come out the way I wanted and I didn’t have enough time to actually cook. I have been grumpy and cranky as a result of poor sleep, which has not resulted in a happy Taylor.

Nothing I have cooked the past two days has been especially remarkable or satisfying. Yesterday for breakfast I tried this peanut butter smoothie. But, I didn’t freeze my bananas the night before, so I ended up with a banana mush drink instead of a smoothie. It was still tasty, but not exactly the start to my morning I was looking for. I think that probably set me off into my downward spiral.

I think I may have jumped into this eating routine a little too strong, because before this vegetables were not a frequent in my life, and I was definitely heavy on the carbs. I am missing flavor and the feeling of being satisfied after a meal. Somehow I need to find some really good recipes to replace what I used to enjoy so much.

However, I think what has surprised me the most is I haven’t really wanted any white bread. Before I started this I probably had at least a slice a day, and I can proudly say I haven’t had any in two weeks. Small wins!

I am so thankful it is almost the weekend because my cheat day is coming up, and I sure could use it. I think it will mostly be moved to Sunday — I would like to partake in Super Bowl food regardless if I watch the game.

Moving forward I am going to put these days behind me and hopefully find some inspiration in how far I have come. I know the road ahead of me isn’t going to be the easiest, but I am still in it for the long hall. Constantly looking at inspirational quotes may also may not be a bad idea in the coming days.

Tomorrow there will be food.