Handful of baby spinach with crisp bacon, poached eggs, and pear vinagrette
(all freshly prepared at home today). What I came up with when I was
panicking about lunch while caring for a sick baby.
New year, new goals. The family and I got back from Los Angeles last night. We spent a week there to see the Rose Bowl. Unfortunately, we lost. I was heart broken. However, what I came away with is that there were some wonderful young men and their coaching staff, strength & conditioning staff, doctors, athletic trainers and many others who spent a season (and their lives) preparing for this annual game. They don't make excuses for not working out or overeating (sure they pile their plates at a buffet sky high and go for seconds, and raid the dessert table before we got to it), but they burn it off (heck, they are still in their early twenties . . . teens, even).
I ate differently in L.A. Let's be honest, their idea of fast food is salads, fresh asian cuisine that is not fried, and fruits. I was very good. I didn't overindulge. I didn't even panic on the plane and took advantage of the great plane food (not joking) which was healthy, so I wouldn't be greedy when we landed. Life was good. And then I spent today with the baby because she is sick. I was bored, overwhelmed, and anxiety ridden for missing another day of work. While I ate tons of caramel corn, I am not going to beat myself up. So the plan is to eat clean. Yeah, I read a lot about that in a magazine that I recently bought. I am going to get a Clean Eating magazine and see if it is something I'd like to subscribe.
I got my Runner's World and my Fat Loss magazine, and have a plan in order. When I started this journey, I would run for competing in 5Ks. I would cross train by doing 30 Day Shred or Yoga. Somewhere along the line, I stopped cross training. For the life of me, I can't remember why I made that change. I felt stronger. I had more energy and stamina. It was better. Recently, I've been doing a lot of cardio with minimal weight training, and I am not happy with the results. I feel a lot softer and my body seems mushier. I hate that.
So while I may workout today, I am for sure will be starting tomorrow morning. I needed today to get back on Central time. The goal for today is to eat within reason and drink water in between. I will ensure to be more proactive with my eating by having a plan. I am packing my lunches and pre-planning my dinners. I already started by marinading and seasoning 3 days worth of meals. Oh, and I am planning 2 vegetarian days; black beans are soaking overnight to be cooked for future use.
I am also going back to taking pics of myself while working out. Why? Because it keeps me accountable. The photos will help me to see the results weekly because clearly, I am blind to what I see in the mirror. I also hope it is motivation to continue, and motivation for readers.
One last thought. I had to go shopping for our vacation because we get invited to many dressy occassions. I was "sick" to my stomach (and sick of my stomach) while shopping. I purchased two pairs of dress slacks in a 16, but it was tight . . . TIGHT! I bought two extra large blouses that were decent, but not completely my style. I felt lost. I am going to lay my feelings about the clothing industry. I like classic design and style . . . think Audrey Hepburn in a 16-18. I love capris, sailor shirts, white shirts, ballet slippers, riding boots, blazers, cardigans, pearls. I don't want to dress with extremely wild and bold prints with bedazzles and chains because it is not me. All I saw from the stores were too "wild" for my tastes. And that made me sad. So sad that I've realized I can't keep doing this to myself. My hubby works in an industry that requires a lot of face time with a lot of people. And I have to play the part with having my body in shape and my clothes on point. And short of designing and sewing my own clothes, I need to get my body on par with what is out there.
What are your New Year's goals?