I’ve always struggled with healthy eating. I’d say it’s because I don’t like the taste of good eats, but that would be a downright lie. Truthfully, I’m lazy!
In February of 2016, I was fed up with my weight gain from having a baby, and ultimately from giving up on my body after baby was born. It was no longer an excuse when she was almost 2 years old! I felt crappy and tired all the time (even with ample sleep), I was at my heaviest weight, and I felt very uncomfortable in my own skin.
I actually got mad one day. Pre-anger, I followed many health gurus on Instagram and Facebook, post-freak out I deleted everyone. I sold all of my pre-baby “skinny” clothes. I started wearing baggy clothes that hid my body.
Basically, I was a grumpy bitch.
Finally, I made the decision to join up with a friend I had been following along with on social media. She was super motivational, posted a ton of tips and tricks for food prep/recipes, and she was using effective workouts that were 30 minutes or less (WIN!). I told myself, “Hey if I don’t like this, can’t do it, or fail; I’ll quit and sell my stuff.” I had zero faith in my ability to get out of my funk. Little did I know joining the health movement was exactly what I needed at that time in my life.
It’s been two years since I started my wellness journey. There have been a lot of ups and downs, bumps and bruises, and kicks to the ol emotional lady balls. Overall, I’ve learned some amazing things and gained a ton of likeminded friends who support and cheer me on daily. Life is serendipitous sometimes.
I knew that one aspect of my health I needed to focus on greatly was my nutrition. The biggest quam I had about starting a healthy lifestyle was that I did not want to give up on the foods I loved the most. In addition, most importantly, I did not want to live that “salad” lifestyle. You know, where you eat lettuce every meal, no dressing, no flavor. Yuck. Bland food is not the key to success. Lucky for me, I was able to utilize an incredible group of women that shared their favorite foods and was able to choose what I loved, and what I could go without.
I scoured the internet for “approved” snacks that were simple but tasty. Now, as a full-time student and social worker who also runs a moderately successful household and keeps a tiny human alive, I KNOW I need things I can throw into my little lunch kit that are nutritious, easy to prep, and keep me full. When I know that I have meals prepped and ready to go, I am less likely to reach for an unhealthy option, or run for fast food. Because how easy is it to swipe that little debit card for some treats? Too easy!
Without further ado, these top five faves are my grab-and-goes when I’m in a hurry or want something quick at home!
- Grapefruit slices with coconut Greek yogurt and homemade granola.
- Apple slices with nut-butter (you do you girl, pick your poison –> they all taste like happiness) OR your favorite flavored Greek yogurt.
- Canned tuna (drained) with Greek yogurt, spicy mustard, dill pickles, celery, and shredded cheddar in a lettuce wrap
- Mashed garlic-avocado toast with scrambled-cheesy eggs (heaven!)
- Chopped veggies and mini hummus cups (I discovered these at Costco this year for my nursing clinical – my life was forever changed)
They are simple, easy to throw in a lunch bag, and (best of all) tasty!
Now listen friends, I am in no way saying that weight loss is the solution to happiness. (Organization is, just sayin’ haa). There are many things I’ve learned and incorporated into my life over two years that helped me transform into who I am today (and who I continue to grow into). My point is, when you don’t feel good about yourself, are uncomfortable in your skin/clothes, and hate the way you look…you need to make changes. Not only did I focus on weight loss, but I also started meditating at night, listening to personal development podcasts that were specific to what I was feeling/going through, and also started doing self-care activities that were focused on my mental health.
Progress is 80/20 and it sure as hell doesn’t come from dieting. Hell naww. Success is balance, moderation, and learned behaviors applied over time.
80% of your success is made in the kitchen, 20% is obtained in workouts. Combined, they give you the absolute best results for your body. Funny enough, never would I ever suggest owning a scale (unless it’s to track your progress for a program – to use it ONLY once per week or biweekly). The scale should not define how you feel about yourself or your progress. Muscle weighs more than fat.
So, keep that in mind! You’ve got this!