This is my first WIAW! I stopped keeping track of everything that I eat for awhile now due to the fear that I’ll fall back into counting and cutting down calories. However, I think it’s necessary now to evaluate my eating habits and patterns. For the most part, I’m pretty good about eating a clean, well-balanced diet (actually I make it a top priority of mine), but lately I’ve been getting a serious case of carb and sugar cravings. Couple that with serious water retention and bloating, and I just feel gross and frumpy :(. The old me would’ve starved myself until I felt skinny and “empty” again, but I’m really trying to make that extra effort to nourish my body the proper way.
Well, it turns out that my discomfort, bloating, and unusual cravings were due to…drum roll, please….the return of my period!! It’s been a year and a half since my last one, so you can imagine how over the moon I was this morning! I was screaming and doing the Carlton dance at 5 in the morning! I’ve had to make some serious changes in my life, but it was all worth it!
Thank you, Jesus! There were so many moments when I felt my soul burn with anger, frustration, bitterness, and rebellion. However, You never left my side. I see now that You’ve been waiting for me to surrender everything to You, which I found myself doing more and more each day through the Living the Surrendered Life series. I Love You, Lord! I will forever cherish this moment.
While I’m thankful and proud of how much my body has changed, I cannot say that I’m in love with it right now. I’m currently at my heaviest weight ever, and quite frankly, it feels awkward and foreign to me. That poisonous inner voice keeps telling me that I can afford to lose some “extra” weight. However, when the weight comes off, I know I’ll be wishing I was a lil’ bit bigger and stronger. There’s no end to this wavering back and forth. It’s all so mind-boggling why I feel so insecure. God loves me. Tim actually prefers the way I look now. My friends and family celebrate the new me. What else should matter? I guess I need to add this to the list of things I still need to surrender fully to God.
Whew! I feel so relieved now that I got that off my chest!
Frosted mini wheats + 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk + 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
I’ve been eating this same bfast for about a month now, and I can honestly say that I’m not sick of it yet. If I’m feeling a lil’ wild and out of control, I will add a banana. I go through phases – one month it’s cereal, then it’s overnight oats, then it’s PB&J, etc.
Why mini wheats, you ask? I interned with Kellogg’s for the TSDA Conference, and I took home 2 boxes of leftover samples. Being the
greedy frugal one that I am, I decided to keep them all to myself. Muhahaha!!! I’ve already finished a whole box ;).
Have you ever had Korean sweet potatoes? They are quite different from the orange ones we see here in the States. The color of the flesh is yellow, and they taste like chestnuts dipped in honey. I simply roasted them in the oven at 400F for 30 minutes and voila! The perfect snack.
This is a very popular Korean “bbang,” which translated means bread. In Korea, bbang refers to these kinds of sweet treats that are more like dessert. They have decadent and delectable fillings such as sweet potato, mocha cream, green tea, cream cheese, chocolate, chestnut, pumpkin, and much more! This particular one is filled with sweet red bean paste, my favorite!
Remember the creamy tomatillo and avocado sauce I made earlier? With the refrigerated leftover sauce, I made a wrap made up of chicken, kale, sauce, tomatoes, and zucchini. It was so refreshing and delicious!
Fage Greek yogurt + homemade granola
Now onto fitness!
I’ve always thought that a good workout equated to going to the gym and being drenched in sweat. I’m learning that this is certainly NOT true! During this recovery phase of mine, I have discovered what awesome sources YouTube and Hulu are for yoga and other low-intensity workouts. Thanks to Katie, I did the Yoga Slow Flow yesterday, and my body def thanked me for it!
Apparently Kona was really into it as well! :).
I think I’m going to be on Cloud 9 all day today! To top it off, I’m going to NYC tomorrow!! Let the fun begin :).
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