Habits to Break. Habits to Start.

Habit. Such a weird word and kind of fun to say. The word “habit” has a negative connotation in my mind. Until now I’ve only seen a habit as something to break like biting my nails or in my case breaking my food habits. Well, they’re both my case. I’m a life-long nail biter.

Yes, there are a lot of habits in my life to break, but I want to re-wire my brain to get excited about creating healthy habits like eating a fat loss friendly breakfast every day.

I’ve identified the habits I’d like to change in my daily routine as well as new habits I’d like to create. I’m giving myself a week to form new habits and replace the old and unhealthy ones.

Habits to Break:

  • skipping breakfast
  • sleeping in / not setting an alarm /
  • late night snacking
  • indulging in dessert every day
  • procrastinating
  • sitting down 95% of my day

Habits to Form:

  • Eating a fat-loss friendly breakfast every day, not just weekdays.
  • Waking up early / setting an alarm / not lying in bed looking at my phone
  • Healthy Swaps
    • whole wheat bread > white bread
    • whole wheat pasta or zoodles > white pasta
    • lean meat > red meat
    • corn tortillas > flour tortillas
    • Halo Top > Häagen-Dazs
  • Eliminating late night snacking
    • This one is more of a mindset than something physical to do, but I’ve got ideas on how to curb my late night cravings.
  • Indulging with dessert once a week.
  • Making a list of things I need to do and want to do and working through them in a timely manner.
  • Incorporating moving throughout the day.
    • This one will take some work. I drive 25 – 30 minutes to work, sit at a desk or table, and then I come home and sit and crochet. There’s not even a flight of stairs in my daily routine!
    • I’m going to have to get creative when incorporating movement during the day, but I believe I’ll start with walking around the building every hour or so.

Yikes! That’s a big list of habits to change as well as habits to form! I really want to take my time and cement these new lifestyle habits. Who knows how long it’ll take, but I’m up for the challenge.

Do you have any habits you’re ready to swap out?

Whole 30 Week 1

I’ve completed my first week of Whole 30!! I’m really proud of myself for sticking to the program and not cheating! I’ll be honest, the week went by really really slow. Did this have anything to do with Whole30? I’m not sure. Maybe?

I definitely underestimated how much food we’d need for the week. I’m used to buying what I thought was a lot and then hitting a few restaurants here and there. Having to have something prepared for every meal was a real eye opener. We had to run to the grocery store a couple of times to have enough food!

I want to share a detailed account of what we ate this week so I can remember what I liked and how we ate it.

SUNDAY

  • Breakfast: Black Coffee & an Apple Pie Larabar
    Sundays are our busiest mornings. We’re at church from 6ish-1:00ish. #churchstafflife. I have a really bad snacking habit on Sunday mornings. It’s going to be a big habit to break.
  • Mid morning snack: Lemon Bar Larabar
    If eating two Larabars keeps me away from the Donuts and out of the snack baskets, so be it.
  • Lunch: Dry Salad (hadn’t figured out salad dressing at that point) with chicken (cooked in olive oil and seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder) and bell peppers, Surprisingly delicious even without salad dressing.
  • Afternoon Snack: Pineapples and Strawberries
  • Dinner: Pan seared prime rib (cooked in olive oil and seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder), roasted sweet potatoes, and roasted broccoli.

MONDAY

  • Breakfast: Coffee with a scoop of coconut milk (unsweetened) and Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash
  • Mid Morning Snack: Pineapples and Strawberries
  • Lunch: Dry Salad (still hadn’t made salad dressing #facepalm) with chicken, bell peppers, and leftover roasted broccoli
  • Dinner: Burrito bowls with Fajita Chicken and bell peppers for Luke and Ground Turkey Taco Meat for me. I used this homemade taco seasoning mix and this Cilantro Lime Cauli-rice recipe. Delish!

TUESDAY

  • Breakfast: Sweet Potato Hash and a cup of coffee with a scoop of unsweetened coconut milk
  • Mid Morning Snack: Pineapples and Strawberries
  • Lunch: Salad with chicken, bell peppers, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette
  • Dinner: Leftover Burrio Bowls

WEDNESDAY

  • Breakfast: Sweet Potato Hash with a few bites of cinnamon bananas and a cup of coffee with a scoop of unsweetened coconut milk
  • Lunch: Chicken, green beans, and roasted sweet potatoes
  • Snack: Apple with a scoop of Almond Butter
  • Dinner: My new obsession – Coconut Curry. I used this recipe and I want to eat it every day.

THURSDAY

  • Breakfast: Key Lime Pie Larabar
  • Lunch: Salad with chicken, bell peppers, strawberries, blueberries, and homemade balsamic viniagrette
  • Dinner: Leftover Coconut Curry
  • Snack: Apple Bake – Apples, cinnamon, almond butter, ghee, and pecans. YUM.

FRIDAY

  • Breakfast: Lemon Bar Larabar and Coffee
  • Mid Morning Snack: Small Apple
  • Lunch: Taco meat with homemade seasoning and diced zucchini
  • Dinner: Coconut Chicken Curry with yellow bell pepper, pan roasted red potatoes, roasted broccoli, and cauli-rice. I mixed everything together in a big bowl and it was amazing. Yep. I made curry again and it was phenomenal. 

This night was the first night I wasn’t craving something sweet after dinner!

SATURDAY

  • Breakfast: Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon (Whole30 approved) and green bell pepper
  • Mid Morning Snack: one plum
  • Lunch: Leftover taco meat with diced zucchini and a spinach salad with strawberries, pineapples, and blueberries.
  • Snack: Pecan Pie Larabar
  • Dinner: Leftover Coconut Chicken Curry with roasted broccoli and cauli-rice.

Whew! That’s a lot of food!! That was a lot of time spent in the kitchen! I love to cook, but I can honestly say that this past week was the most time I’ve ever spent at the stove. I felt like a modern day pioneer woman making every meal and not relying on restaurants.

Here’s to week two! I’ll take more pictures this week- JJ

Dealing with Regret

It was almost at this time last year that I started focusing on losing weight and taking my health seriously. I did well for a few months, then basically quit trying from Thanksgiving to now (4 ish months).

It’s become really hard for me to distract myself from the thoughts of regret of not sticking to my program or making some sort of effort to make healthy choices. If I would’ve stuck it out and maintained my weight loss, I could go into summer with a new bathing suit; be a size or two smaller; and probably try on something, purchase it, and walk out of the store confidently with a J Crew bag on my shoulder.

Instead. I’m back at where I started only this time, tack on the feeling of regret.

I really could cry just thinking about it.

It’s more than buying certain size clothes or a new bathing suit. It’s that I’ve robbed myself of new experiences and a sense of accomplishment. Instead of being proud of myself for completing something huge (like setting a goal and reaching it), I’m more self conscious than ever that I failed and that things could look totally different this summer if I would’ve only made smarter, long term choices.

How am I dealing with this regret? Not well. Some days, it really takes a hold of my mind and spirit. Some days I’m able to distract myself with a crochet project or any other task. Unfortunately, the regret, as crazy as this seems, discourages healthy choices and encourages ice cream and pizza. You would think it would be the opposite, right? It’s like I wrote about months ago, shame is not proper motivation. Just like shame, anger, sadness and regret aren’t motivators either.

I’m going out on a limb here. I can’t be the only one who has weight regret. Let’s come together and encourage each other to work past the regret and shame and start fresh. Each day can be a new opportunity.

I need as many opportunities as I can get to finally get it right. I want to lose weight in a way that’s going to set me up for success long term. I want my habits to change.  It’s time. Who’s with me?

Investing in Myself

Last year Luke and I bought our first house dream house. It’s that perfect blend of old and modern. It’s got old wooden floors and charm, but new bathrooms. I just love it. I wish that I could invite you all over for a cup of coffee and plant health seminar – I’m the one who needs the seminar on keeping my plants alive btw.

While I’m lost in color schemes and dreaming big on curating the perfect details for each room, it got me thinking about how I should have the same approach with my overall health. I’m spending a lot of time, energy, and money on making this house represent my ideal lifestyle, filling it with things that will reflect the kind of person I want to be. I can do the same thing with ME!

I can spend time, energy, effort, and money into making me the person I want to be.

It may be a stretch to link decorating your house with eating well, but it totally connects for me. I’ve lived in a lot of different places, but I’ll only live in one body.

It’s odd for me to put my physical health on the same level as picking out a couch or where to hang a picture because I’ve never done that before. It’s easy for me to see myself as not worthy enough to be taken care of.

When you’re on a weight loss journey and lifestyle change, you can link anything to your feelings about food.

Just like filling your house with things you love while you’re on a budget takes time and careful planning, so does health! I’d be crazy if I expected my home to be decorated perfectly, reflecting who I want to be in one day or one week. True design takes time to figure out what you like and what you don’t like. True health takes time, planning, and commitment.

You don’t give up on a room design because you can’t have that expensive tufted leather sectional at the moment. You wait, you plan, you save, you watch for it to go on clearance or when there’s a sale (obvs). Same goes for me in my body. Time is an investment.

Speaking of decorating, here are some pictures of the little decorating I’ve done. I’ve got some fun ideas for my house that will happen (hopefully) soon!

Joyfully,
JJ