Mastering Bun-free Burgers.

For many, burgers are the quintessential summer food. Versatile, easy, quick, and cheap, burgers are usually a crowd favorite at any backyard barbecue. No matter what kind of taste you crave, there is surely a burger out there that has your name written all over it.

However, if you are like me and you prefer to keep your diet as low carb as possible, the traditional bun-hugged burger may not suit your needs. Since giving up bread and many of its wheat-filled cousins, I have had to reimagine many of my favorite dishes. This includes the good old fashioned hamburger. 🍔🍟

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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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I Couldn’t Believe My Eyes.

Happy Friday, everyone! 🙂

For today’s post, I am finally going to share the good news that I’ve been holding back. Despite meaning to talk about this as early as last week, other things kept popping up, pushing today’s announcement to the back of the bus.

Drumroll please… 🥁🎶😬

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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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Doin’ It For: The Chance To Become A Rower.

I bought a rowing machine about two and a half years ago.

At first, I was so excited about it. Boy, did I have some high and mighty plans for that thing! I can still remember how I basically stalked UPS every single day until its box arrived at my doorstep, and how quick I was to drag it into my room to put it together.

This was not long after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. My (then) boyfriend and I had spent those few weeks watching various events together (but not without lightheartedly bickering over whose home country would win more medals– For the record, mine won). ☺️

Some of the events we watched were long-time favorites of mine like track, gymnastics, swimming, and diving. However, my boyfriend watched several sports that I had never spent time looking into before. First, there was rugby sevens, which I ended up loving. But then there was rowing, which left a favorable impression on me that has lasted until today.

But let’s get back to talking about that clothes rack– Ahem! I mean, my rowing machine. 😏

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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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