The Last Summer.

Hi, everyone! It has been quite awhile since my last post, but I’m finally back. I hope all of you are doing well. 

Although I am still not at a point where daily posts can resume, the time has definitely come for me to share some of the newer developments in my weight loss journey. The last few weeks have been interesting on so many different levels, and I’ve learned a lot. 

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There’s A First Time For Everything.

For me, one of the scariest things to experience in life is boredom. Ever since childhood, I have wanted the day to day goings on of my life to remain forever fascinating. I always have to be learning something new, seeing something I haven’t seen before, or doing something I’m not entirely comfortable with in order to truly be at peace.

Even though it isn’t always possible to make each and every day the funnest day ever, it is relatively easy to keep life fresh by choosing to expose yourself to new things on a regular basis. Just as in life, I sometimes grow tired of eating the same foods or doing the same workouts, so in order to make sure that I stay on track, it’s important that I switch things up as much as possible.

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with various things in the kitchen. After all, maintaining a well balanced, reasonable diet is a major factor in anyone’s weight loss journey. In an effort to discover new dishes to fall in love with, I spent last Sunday afternoon tackling something I had never prepared before: Asparagus.

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Hey, At Least I Tried…

Today was the first official “celebration day” of my new diet and lifestyle.

I say “celebration day” instead of “cheat day” because I don’t view this particular concession of my diet as an opportunity to cheat. Yes, I am allowed one serving of food that has been “banned” from my day to day diet, but the goal has always been to adhere to my diet as much as possible each and every day.

If I find myself waking up on a holiday, my birthday, or a super special occasion worth celebrating, and I simply cannot take another breath without having one of my “banned” foods… fine. However, I have already made up my mind to be extra mindful about the choices I make on those particular rare days.

However, it is precisely this kind of mindset that got me into trouble at dinner this evening.

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Going Plant-Based: Am I Surviving So Far?

Before we jump into today’s topic of discussion, can I just point out the absurdity of it being 10:00 at night, yet 90 degrees Fahrenheit?! This is totally unacceptable. 🥵

Anyway…

Today, I thought I would drop in and provide a little update on how my recent diet changes have been going.

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I Think I Got Carried Away…

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope all of you enjoyed your weekend (I know I did!). 🙂

Usually, Mondays are super rough for me. I typically have the hardest time coming off of a weekend, but today really surprised me. Instead of moping around with the Monday blues, I’ve had TONS of energy. Thank you, new diet.

In addition to feeling really good about starting a brand new week, I felt particularly inspired to try something new. What better way to experiment in life than in the kitchen?

Recently, I purchased a bag of frozen butternut squash. I wanted to turn it into a nice, velvety soup to accompany whatever protein I end up having for dinner this week. However, that isn’t exactly what ended up happening…

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Saying Hello To My New Diet

In the great words of Shakespeare’s Juliet, “Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.”

This week, I’ve said goodbye to many foods and drinks. Some were old favorites that I will surely miss, but most were items that I’ve been meaning to eliminate from my diet for quite awhile. 

As much as I’ve tried to avoid giving certain foods their pink slips, I have finally come to the conclusion that their dismissal is a critical, unavoidable step to creating the body I desire.

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Running With Scissors: Why I’m Suddenly Cutting “Everything” From My Diet.

This is the moment that I’ve been dreading for a really long time.

In my mind, it is the point of no return. I’m either going to go all the way in or accept an early defeat. As tempting as it is to want to forfeit, I simply can’t. 

I don’t know. Maybe I’m too stuck on the images in my head, obstinately charging ahead with overambitious plans and no safety net.

Or… perhaps this is the exact type of attitude that will carry me through. Perhaps my goals aren’t unrealistic and far fetched at all. 

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I Can See The Light: A Month Two Review + A Thank You!

Now that I have embarked on the third month of my weight loss journey, it is time to take a look at the last 30 days. 

For anyone who is trying to lose weight or meet a particular fitness goal, I highly recommend keeping notes about your physical progress, as well as your mental/emotional ups and downs as you go along.

Although pictures of bodily changes may speak louder than words, nothing can replace the benefits of being able to go back and trace your various changes over time. After all, improving your health and transforming your body is just as much a mental feat as a physical one. 

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Let’s Eat: Korean BBQ Chicken + Vegetable Fried Rice + Gamja Jorim

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you may have noticed that specific meals are rarely mentioned in my posts. The reason for this is that my diet has been as basic as basic gets lately.

When it comes to food, I am sometimes a creature of habit, so I never thought it would be very interesting for you guys to hear me eat the same thing over and over and over again. And even though I don’t mind eating the same things, I don’t particularly find it fun to write about the same old stuff day in and day out. 😴

However, I finally have a treat to share with you: Korean BBQ Chicken, Fried Rice, and Gamja Jorim (Korean braised potatoes).

Yum. 😋 🇰🇷

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Barely There, Don’t Care

Before I jump into anything else, I’m so sorry for missing my last two posts!

But you know how you wake up one day and you have all of these wonderful plans, only to end the day wondering, “What the heck just happened?” Well, that is exactly how my weekend went.

One minute, I was trying to binge watch Homecoming (the Julia Roberts show on Amazon, not the Beyonce doc… although I do have to watch that still), and the next minute everything went haywire. *Sigh*

Never mind all of that though! I’m back and everything is all sorted, so there shouldn’t be anymore interruptions to our normal programming. 🙂

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