This morning I did a very brave thing. I stepped on the scale for the first time in. months. It wasn’t pretty but it was completely expected, all joking aside, I gained a COVID-10 lbs. I have been baking a lot, lounging a lot and not exercising so of course, this was bound to happen. But now that summer is upon us I need to face the music, the fun and games are officially over, I need to get this weight off, now. SO I braved the scale, now what?
Weight loss and maintaining a healthy low body weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise so the most important place to start is with the foods I have been overloading my body with. My main focus now will be with my diet and since I have been low key trying to watch what I eat for the past few weeks leading up to today in hopes that the scale would be kinder to me, I now know that I need to take a more drastic approach and start counting calories. For exercise, I am going to stick to watching my steps, 10k is my daily goal and any way I can get there is a plus. If I can get a run in, awesome. If my run is just a walk around the neighborhood with my kids and our dog, fine. I have about a million and one things I need to get done around our house every day so as long as I don’t park it on the couch, I should be fine.
This is not my first, second, third, fourth … you get the point. I have had to check myself and my weight about a million times. I have two children and have kept my weight down 10 lbs below my high school weight for most of my adult life. The only time I spike over (now) I may tap dance around for a few weeks eating Cheetos and donuts and then I get to a point where I am like nope, this is not my body, I don’t like the way I feel and I take a stand. That is where I am right now. At my high school weight and like UGH I feel gross. We just bought a pretty sweet pool and I am not prancing around the yard in my bathing suit like this. All my shorts feel tight, I’m puffy and uncomfortable.
So this time I thought I would take things one step further and push myself to become the healthiest version of myself. I have always taken a faux healthy approach to life. Easy, attainable and not over the top. I can always find things to eat anywhere we go, I don’t turn my nose up to things that aren’t whole grains and organic. I love to cook but I don’t like to spend hours in the kitchen making every single thing from scratch. My cooking style is more of a mixture of homemade, things out of a box, fresh, frozen, jarred it’s all good. But what if I started to really read the labels. It has been a really long time since I counted calories, what if I started to analyze each meal and see where I am falling with macronutrients and then share that information with all of you!
I am thinking about doing just that. It could be a really interesting little experiment to do for a few weeks and I know would make a big difference in how fast I can get this ten pounds off. Plus, if it works for me then it will work for you! And, I am willing to share every meal so you can loose 10 or even 20, 30, whatever your goal is too!! So if you are where I am right now then I would love for you to follow along!
Balanced PB, Blueberry + Flaxseed Quick Oats
- 1 cup water 0 calories
- 1/2 cup quick oats 150 calories
- 1/2 tbsp ground flax seed 20 calories
- 1/2 cup whole blueberries 40 calories
- 1/2 tbsp blue agave sweetner, golden 30 calories
- 1/2 tbsp natural smooth peanut butter 48 calories
- 1/8 cup organic granola, cascadia farms, oats and honey 45 calories
- Bring 1 cup water to a boil, add 1/2 cup whole grain quick oats, cook over medium heat for 1 minute. Remove from heat, scoop cooked oats into a bowl. Add remaining ingredients in order listed. Ground flax seed, blueberries, agave, peanut butter, granola. Fresh or frozen blueberries can be used. If you have frozen blueberries, warm them in the microwave for about 1 minute before adding them to your oatmeal.