when life gives you lbs…

i’m just like you. i crinkle my nose at the gym selfie, the check-in at lifetime fitness, cross fit, and the “who cares!” remark inside my head (or out loud) when someone posts how many miles they ran/their route for their run this morning.

know why? because i am lazy.

i like to snuggle up with my dog and take a nap 3 pm on a saturday afternoon or think walking around nordstrom rack and spending money is enough exercise for the day.

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i realized as soon as i was in a relationship (WITH A COOK) i started “letting myself go”. even though i always hated those gym selfies and people’s status messages about it being leg day – i always appreciated and secretly applauded their results. don’t worry, this isn’t going to turn into a fitness blog.. but i definitely want to document this hopefully huge milestone.

between 9th grade and freshmen year of college, i was thin. thin meaning i wore a size 0 to 3 jean without ever having to work for it. i ate chipotle pretty much daily, would eat a plethora of snacks to my leisure, pizza was no stranger in college (toppers, anyone?) and i thought i would stay that thin forever. wrong!

know what happened?
21. alcohol. metabolism. genes.

lewis and i were making homemade calzones at 9 pm when i realized at that moment, this needs to stop. “wedding diet starts tomorrow!” i said. i mean, the calzones were already made.. so why waste them?  lewis said, “okay, let’s do it.” we high-fived on it, sealing the deal.

the next day after returning from work, lewis said it was time to work out. i whined and said i didn’t want to, that i was just kidding about going on a diet (i wasn’t), that it was friday and i didn’t feel like it. he told me tough luck. poor guy practically had to force me to go. sure enough, that was exactly what i needed. we ended up going jogging with shandy (which sucked for me because i am very out of shape), running 2 miles, and doing weights. CHECK IT OUT, only took an hour out of our day. here i come, wedding dress!

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day #1!

i will admit we are not going to give up alcohol, because we enjoy a cocktail. the line has to be drawn somewhere. beer is off the menu for now, but we can class up our lacroix with a splash of vodka.

our plan is to exercise at least 20 – 30 minutes a day, cut out carbs, and eat healthy.
easy enough! we aren’t going too crazy, but definitely making a change for a better lifestyle. if we can do it, you can too. it is really not that much to ask and there is no excuse with all the downtime both lewis and i have. plus, bread will always be there. our youth will not.

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no: fried potatoes, white bread, bagels, pizza (this is an arrow to the heart), noodles/pasta, cake, soda, cookies, pancakes, waffles, popcorn, cereal, crackers, chips, packaged foods, granola, beer/cider, fast food (bye taco bell!)

yes: fresh veggies, fruits, hummus, water, lean meats, peanuts, dried fruits, whole wheat pita pockets – basically anything not on the “no” list

we are on day three and have had some pretty great meals. i also threw away all of our junk food so i don’t find myself digging in the cupboards at midnight crying in to a bag of cool ranch doritos.

so far, so good:
#1: 1/2 of a pan seared chicken breast with 1/2 a cup of rice, onions, and prosciutto
sunflower arugula salad drizzled with homemade red wine lemon vinegarette
#2: bacon-wrapped jalapeños with sriracha cream cheese and 1 cup of cilantro lime rice
#3: asian lettuce wraps
bib lettuce, ground chicken, onion + carrots, cilantro, and fresh jalapeño for garnish

we went to the store today and are pretty impressed with ourselves. we bought a lot of fresh produce, quinoa, ground/lean meats, veggies, yogurt, and healthy snacks. surprisingly, it wasn’t any more expensive than our regularly scheduled grocery store runs.

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any feedback or tips are super appreciated. we have already received a handful of support. happy to start this health kick and hope to inspire someone else & see results!

note: i am also publicly posting this so if i back out, i can get shamed by friends and family.

wish us luck!

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