03 July 2014

Eating Well, Living Better


Cereal (I usually eat granola, but I was out), skim milk, and blueberries for breakfast.


Greek yogurt and fruit for snacks. Sometimes fiber toast with peanut butter. 


Toast with avocado slices and peanut butter and strawberries.


Vegan chili (and a dollop of greek yogurt) 


Dark sea salt chocolate and pistachios for dessert, sometimes.


My brand-new Nikes.


5 lbs.

To be honest, I have never been a very good eater. For a long time, I just didn't have a lot of interest in food. I didn't care about trying new flavors or textures, when I ate I just wanted to eat safe things I knew. I'm sure you can imagine how boring that got and eventually I started to venture a bit more out of my comfort zone. When I met Ben, I was amazed by how he connected with food. He told me once he loved spicy things because he wanted to "have a connection" with his food, which was something I had never really thought of before. He introduced me to a lot of new recipes and I've really enjoyed growing my palette. 

That being said, I still wasn't a very good eater. Eating vegetables was still very new to me when I entered my twenties and I didn't want to find ways to make them work for me which caused a pretty unbalanced diet. I often felt sick and lacked energy and even though I knew it was probably because I didn't eat a variety of foods, I really just didn't feel motivated to change it. 

As I have begun to turn the corner on the big milestone birthday of 25 (less than 6 months!), I've tried to look at my life and ask myself what is actually working and what I need to focus on changing. Well, a couple weeks ago I woke up and decided I didn't like the way my body felt anymore and I wanted to get control of my diet. I wasn't eating terribly per-say, but I also wasn't eating great. And I want to eat great. So I talked to Ben about it, did some research online, and came up with some replacements for my usual snacks and meals (we do usually eat pretty well at dinner, though). 

I also went to the store and bought myself some running shoes and new workout clothes. I had been doing "indoor exercises" all winter, but I really wanted to get outside and push my body a bit more. I didn't really have any weight or size goals because I'm pretty comfortable with how I look, but I did want to just feel better throughout the day. I wanted to be stronger and I wanted to feel younger. So run I have (which is actually pretty intense to do in Moscow-I usually pretend I'm in the zombie apocalypse, and spend my time dodging people, cars, cigarette smoke, etc). 

I have given myself some goals for the time being which I hope will change in the direction to a healthier lifestyle eventually:

-Healthy snacks throughout the day (pistachios, fiber toast, granola bars, if I have to)
-Drink a glass of lemon water in the morning (and more water throughout the day)
-Include fruit in my breakfast always
-Run for at least 15 minutes for days a week
-Do indoor workouts (crunches, yoga, stretching, squats, etc) five days a week. 
-Only drink alcohol three nights a week (this makes me sound like an alcoholic, but I'm referring to only some glasses of wine at dinner)
-Only eat chicken or turkey and only eat it once every two weeks or so. 

Yeah, so that's where I am right now. I have already been feeling so much better. I feel a lot happier and excited for the day and I've been looking forward to making a lot of new foods. I actually need to go and finish draining my tofu for the Indian Curry I'm making tonight. 

If any of you have any 'stay healthy!' tips for me, I'd love to read about them:)

Have a great day!

2 comments:

  1. kudos to you, girl! especially for running - I really want to want to run but I think I'd sooner die.

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    1. Okay, I totally get you because I had that same mentality, but try it out! Like, run around your block one day. Then run around two blocks the next day. Pretend it's the zombie apocalypse or something.
      It's such an easy all in one. If only it were easy...

      But yeah, don't stress. I've been doing it for a week and I'm running at the speed of a turtle (though I managed to fall twice?), but it has gotten a bit easier. But I won't be signing up for any 25ks anytime soon!

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