So I gained a few pounds. There. I said it. This can be expected with so many changes happening like an engagement, a new house…planning a wedding. Yes, it is a happy time, but also a stressful time. To deal with all this stress, I do what I always do…I eat my feelings. The month of May was a whirlwind of cookouts, birthdays, and celebration. I drank more than usual, I ate lots of burgers and hot dogs (with buns), and I indulged in dessert…a lot. Though I kept up with my regular gym schedule, the shift in my eating habits caused me to put on some extra fluff. It’s not a lot, but it’s enough to make me uncomfortable. The wake-up call was when I tried on my bridesmaid’s dress for a wedding this coming August. I knew it would have to be altered no matter what, since my top half is three sizes smaller than my bottom…but when I tried it on, it was just a bit too snug. Yep, baby got back.
I’m glad I didn’t hold back on the celebrating part, but that’s not what caused this weight gain. It was the trips to the vending machine at work, the late night treats while I was home alone and overwhelmed by all there was to do around the house. The stress-eating.
Now that the excitement has fizzled and the celebrating has died down, I can get back on track. We have chosen a wedding venue, which has significantly reduced my stress level, and I feel like I can finally see the horizon. The weather continues to get better every day (except for the layer of yellow pollen everywhere inside and out), and my body naturally craves lighter meals this time of year. I’m not going to follow a specific diet, but I gave myself a few key rules to lose this extra weight:
- no processed foods
- minimal grains, if any…and only in the morning
- only natural sugars like maple syrup and honey, but kept to a minimum
- EAT ALL THE VEGGIES!
- EAT ALL THE PROTEIN!
- GRILL ALL THE FOODS!
These rules have worked for me in the past, so I’m going to try my best to make it work again. I’m also trying really hard to wait for my hunger cues and listen to my body. It’s extremely difficult to remember to be aware of these things 24/7!
Sorry for the extra-long post…but let’s get to the whole point…the food! I haven’t participated in WIAW since Mother’s Day, so it’s been over a month! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of these things I’ve been eating lately:
I am obsessed with sunny side up eggs in the morning. I sometimes eat them with some toasted Ezekiel bread to sop up the yolk, or I just top them with sprouts and have at it. So good.
I had a lot of dill leftover from a recipe, so I ended up using it on my eggs with some goat cheese. Such a great combo!
I bought these cherries for a day at the beach last weekend and have been enjoying them as a sweet snack at work. I forgot how good they are!
Loving the smoothies as usual…this one especially:
Energizing Blueberry Maca Smoothie: 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tsp maca powder, and 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder.
Speaking of smoothies, I’ve had a few questions about the things I add to my smoothies. I always add chia seeds, ground flax, and just recently, hemp hearts. These things give an extra boost of nutrition and also make it more filling.
Sweet potatoes at work! I love buying the microwaveable kind because they’re so easy. I just put a little coconut oil on it and it’s like dessert for lunch.
That’s it! Thanks to Jen over at Peas and Crayons for hosting this week’s What I Ate Wednesday!
What have you been eating?