I am so excited that it is starting to warm up and that spring (and summer) are just around the corner. Minus the fact that it’s supposed to snow on Monday, let’s just ignore that. I’m not excited about the fact that almost none of spring pants, Capri pants and shorts fit me anymore. Like I can’t get the button buttoned kind of doesn’t fit. It’s depressing. I basically took the entire winter off from working out, whether it was because of the holidays or health things, the point is I got lazy. Added to that laziness was that Jesse and I stopped watching what we were eating. This has resulted in me gaining 10 lbs. in the past four months, hence why my pants don’t fit me anymore. So part of getting ready for spring and doing projects around the house is also getting my body into shape. I don’t necessarily need to lose 10 lbs. but I do need to be able to wear the pants that I only got to wear for like 2 months last year.
First things first is watching what I’m eating. I’ve started packing my lunches the night before and getting my breakfast ready to go. This has actually really helped with my morning routine too. I feel way less stressed in the morning because all I have to do is grab my lunch and breakfast and head out the door. I eat my breakfast at work while checking my email and getting myself ready for the day. I’ve been eating Kashi’s version of Honey Nut Cheerios with a few dried cranberries, but I’m not a huge fan. Anyone have a good cereal option that doesn’t have a ton of calories or sugar? I wish I could eat oatmeal every day, but it makes kind of sick.
For lunch I’ve been eating these delicious salads made with spinach, arugula, cucumber, strawberries, feta cheese, walnuts and a splash of Balsamic vinaigrette. Most days I will also add a little bit of chicken for some extra protein. I also eat extra fruit and some baby carrots. Around 3 o’clock I will have a snack of some kind, usually a Quaker rice cake or two.
Dinner has also been really simple for us lately. Most nights it’s grilled chicken, rice, and a few different kinds of veggies. We made Brussels sprout salad on Tuesday and that was really tasty. However, eating less has been a HUGE adjustment for us since we have been pigging out for so long, so we usually have to have a snack around 8 pm. We will usually make an egg or grab a handful of nuts and be good until the next morning. We also still eat our spaghetti, but now with whole wheat pasta, and make our Chipotle knock-off bowls, minus all the cheese and sour cream, but we are eating much small servings.
Some days this is a huge struggle, but overall I’m feeling lighter and healthier. Plus this will make eating out on the weekends even more of a delicious treat! Since I’m feeling better I’ve also started working out again. When the weather is gorgeous I will go for a run (even though I’m pretty much having to start completely over with the Couch to 5k program) or play tennis with Jesse at the local park. I also plan on starting Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred program again. I’d also love to run the Breast Cancer Awareness 5k again, this would be my 3rd year. It’s totally going to kick my butt.
Overall, I am really excited about getting back in shape and being able to wear my pants again. I took a “before” picture the other night, but I’m not brave enough to post it online since I was wearing just a sports bra and not a shirt, maybe I’ll take another so I can post them whenever I do updates… I’m so pumped for the warm weather to stick around and to make a bunch of improvements to myself, and the house.
Do you have any warm weather fitness goals? Or awesome recipes for salads and other low-fat meals? How about a new cereal/breakfast food recommendation?