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Wow – how is it already February? Does anyone else feel like January flew right by? It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to just chat with you guys about random things that are on my mind, so I thought today would be a good time for a virtual coffee date. Or rather, a green tea date, since that’s what I’ve been drinking lately.

My Designed to Fit Nutrition meal plan is going really well! In addition to having a custom meal plan designed exactly for my goals and personal macronutrient targets (which is awesome), I’m loving that this plan is getting me out of a food rut and encouraging me to try new things!

For example, this week’s plan includes some chips from Food Should Taste Good. The company has a bunch of regular tortilla chip options – some of which I’m pretty sure I’ve tried before – but I chose these delicious sweet potato ones when I saw them at the store.

I especially love the ingredients in these chips – all of which I can say, spell, and recognize! No funky syrups or chemicals here!

And I know I mentioned these chocolate sea salt RX bars already, but I just want to reiterate how much I’m liking them. I need to figure out how to buy these in bulk for cheap (I wonder if Costco has them?) because I can see myself continuing to eat them after the four-week meal plan is over.

This week’s meal plan also includes protein Cheerios, which I hadn’t ever tried before. They are SO tasty and I love having them for a little something sweet in the evenings! Also, apparently I’m a big dummy because I opened the box upside down.

Seriously. Who does that? Fabio is always teasing me for opening packages the wrong way, and this time I had to admit that he’s right. Woops.

And lastly, I’ve been loving snacking on fresh berries this week! Delicious.

So, how am I feeling? Honestly, a little frustrated. I feel like I’ve been doing everything I normally do to lose a little weight (first with the Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse and now this), but for some reason I’m still at the top end of my normal weight range (and some days even a little above that). I know I gained some weight around the holidays, but for some reason no matter what I do I’m having trouble getting back down to what was once my “normal” weight. Maybe that’s just part of getting older? Maybe I put on more weight around the holidays than I realized and I have to work extra hard to lose it? And if so, what else do I need to do? Whatever is going on, it’s super annoying because I feel like I’m working out hard and eating well (not even sneaking any chocolate!) and I’m not seeing any results. I’m trying to remind myself that the scale just shows a dumb number and that I should focus on how I feel, and I keep repeating the mantra that this month’s choices are next month’s body. While that works some of the time, some other times I’m just like what the heck?! Sigh. Any other motivating/inspirational words of advice you guys have would be much appreciated today.

As I mentioned, my bachelorette party is coming up at the beginning of March! (Hence all this weight talk. Sorry.) I recently bought myself this bathing suit online, and I’m checking the mail every day to see if it’s arrived yet. I’m not sure it will work because the bottoms are rather “cheeky,” but I love the pattern and the design so I wanted to give it a shot.

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Also, I’m aware this bathing suit is stupidly expensive, but I figured I would wear it for the bachelorette party trip, wedding festivities (there’s a pool on-site at the venue, and we’ll be taking my family’s boat out), and honeymoon, so if it works out then it will be worth it to have a nice suit I really like.

I am also on the hunt for a cute white dress to wear out, and for now I bought myself this one, though I’m aware that with an $18 price tag it’s probably not going to work. 😉 If it doesn’t, I will return it and try this one, and I was also considering this one, this one, this one, or this one. Any thoughts/preferences/ideas for me? I’m thinking I want either and off-shoulder dress or one that’s actually separates (a top and a skirt), so if you’ve seen anything floating around the interwebs please pass along a link!

Then again if nothing works, at least I have this dress from my engagement party in NYC. This one is still cute, right?

So we will see!

I’ve been experimenting with protein powder lately, per the recommendation of the DTF meal plan I’m following. Having a protein shake after a workout isn’t something I’ve done in a long time (if ever? maybe in college?) and I’m still trying to figure out the timing of when I should drink it. Right now I usually eat half a banana and the shake in the car on my way to work since otherwise I would have to wait until after I shower, get ready, and arrive at my desk (which can be an hour or more after the workout). It can be a little inconvenient, but it’s working for now!

Don’t worry, I was at a loooooong red light when I took this. Safety first!

Fabio and I are running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler again this year with some of our friends. I plan to talk about this a bit more on Friday, but I’m pretty nervous since it’s the first race I’ve done post-foot surgery. I have a whole bunch of feelings related to this, but for now I will just say that our training has started, and I’m excited/nervous to see how it goes!

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today! Have a great hump day!

Question of the day: Have you seen any white dresses that would be good for my bachelorette party?!? Anything else I absolutely need for my trip?

 Posted by on February 1, 2017

  10 Responses to “Coffee Date – Feb. 1”

  1. Ah I’m running the Cherry Blossom 10 miler too! It’ll be my first race and I’m super excited. I think you + Anne – fannetasticfood – somehow convinced me!

  2. I’ve totally been there with the frustration of the weight loss. I count macros also and that was the only thing that helped me lose weight. But, then I plateaued and couldn’t lose for the loss of me. Finally I started tracking my sugars and I’ve lost about a pound gradually over the past 2 weeks. I love fruit so this is just a temporary thing until April when I get married but I try to keep my sugars (including fruits and veggies) under 35.
    You look great already so I’m sure that is why you’re not seeing the scale budge. Go based on how clothes fit though! Don’t get discouraged, just keep being healthy.

  3. You should check out bcbg! I wore a white skirt and crop top from bcbg for my bachelorette party in Vegas last June and while it was a bit pricey I ended up wearing the separates on a number of occasions including on our honeymoon. Looks like they still have them on bcbg.com. On the weight front, my coworker and I just had this same convo. I am attributing it to less cardio/movement in winter months because of gross weather.

  4. In regards to your “how I’m feeling” section – when I was getting ready to get married, I felt the same way! I was trying so hard to “be good” and lose that little bit of extra weight/look awesome for the big day. I was working out 5-7 days a week (a few days with a personal trainer), I wasn’t sneaking treats, I tried a bunch of different eating healthier plans like the 21 day fix and low carb diets. Nothing made a big difference. It was so frustrating, and honestly, I was sad at my wedding that while people were saying “oh you look beautiful” no one was saying “wow you look so thin” (effed up…I know). You know what’s funny? Since I got married, and the stress of everything has gone away, I look and feel so much better. I eat whatever I want and work out 5 days a week because I want to (not because I feel obligated) and I’ve lost weight, gained muscle and feel fantastic. All that stupid pressure and trying to micro-manage everything just made me feel worse. The LESS I think “I have to do this, I have to eat this, I have to look this way” and the more I’m like “whatever. balance. enjoy life” the best its been, for my health, my weight, and my heart. The best advice I would give is to say just try to enjoy this time and don’t put extra pressure on yourself to look a certain way. You’re naturally a healthy person who is a healthy weight. Just keep doing you, relax, and enjoy life. Everything goes by so fast, and its stupid to waste your time worrying about it.

    • Thanks, Erika. I think your advice is spot on. I’m a big believer in positive energy and think that what you put out into the world comes back to you, so I know that the stress and pressure isn’t helping. It’s so hard to let myself just relax and loosen up my expectations, but I’m going to try working on it. Thanks again!

  5. I hear you on your frustrations! I enjoy your blog so much, not only because you’re such a good writer but you are so easy to relate to. I have had similar challenges and still am working on the right solution for me. Last year I started crossfit and counted macros before my wedding and lost about 4 pounds (yeah ugh), but it did take a few weeks for that to happen so give the macros some time. Unfortunately for me I haven’t had much continued success so I was looking for a different approach. I listen to Terry and Heather Dubrows Dr and Mrs Guinea pig podcast and heard how he is a big fan of a restricted diet/cleanse type reset to kick off a weight loss effort. I had mixed feelings but felt like I’d try anything within reason, so I secretly did the 3 day refresh last month from Beachbody… I only have done T25, I’m not really into the BB stuff, but I liked their “refresh” because thankfully I still could eat some real food with it. After seeing literally zero movement on the scale in 6 months, the refresh dropped 4 pounds in 3 days, and the days after I only went back up 1. Since then I feel like I’m much better at eating less food overall + more vegetables. It really reshaped my approach and my cravings completely changed, and since then I’ve lost another 2 pounds. Hopefully it keeps going. I think you’re doing everything right at this point, and getting older is soooo much of it, but I wanted to give you something else to explore! Regardless you know you are really fit and look great, so I don’t think you need to do anything crazy!

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