I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, and so I’d like to share some of my thoughts with you and see what you think. Actually a lot of “the thoughts” are really questions, so maybe you can help me find the answers to them
I’ve been trying to lose weight since I was a young teenager. I always tried one form of diet or another and was never happy with my weight. At some point, my Junior year in college, I got really close to my goal weight. I could “smell” the finish line – I was really really close. I was becoming a lot more confident in how I looked, which in turn made me happier in many aspects of my life. Unfortunately, I was also working out twice a day and counting every carb gram I was consuming (yeah, it was the low carb craze at the time and I fell victim to it) – so I was also hungry… often. Anyways, I’ve clearly come a long way since those days. I eat pretty well balanced meals and don’t even think about quick fix diets. I know better now. The thing is I’m also about 15 lbs heavier today from my Junior year of college… and I really want to smell that finish line again.
Here is my question – is it worth it fighting so hard to “get there”? I’m trying to rationally think how my life would change if I got to my goal weight. I know my husband would not love me more (luckily he already thinks I’m hot 😉 ) and I know my friends and family would not care one bit – they already think I’m fit and healthy and just want me to be happy. I may approve of my body more, but is over-analyzing and judging every food choice for the rest of my life “worth it,” especially since this so often makes me unhappy in the process. I definitely struggle with answering this question because I don’t think I’m doing anything drastic at this point (I stopped counting calories, allowing myself treats, etc.), and I can’t turn off my desire to look hot in a pair of shorts or a bikini. Are you at your goal weight? How did your life change by getting there? Are you happier? Was the journey to get there, and the diligence required to maintain this weight, worth it? If you’re still trying to lose weight – why are you doing it? How do you think your life will change when you get to your goal weight?
Ok, enough deep talk – let’s get to FOOD 😉
Breakfast – oikos, 1/2 banana, juicy peach, Bear Naked continental divide blend trail mix + coffee
Mid-morning snack – cashew cookie larabar:
How can something with just 2 ingredients taste so good?
Office treat(s) of the day – homemade banana bread (amazing!!!) + a brownie
Lunch: sweet potato/ organic kidney beans/ avocado/ light mexican cheese quesadilla
We ordered a pitcher of sangria, which was let’s just say much needed after a long day of work 😉 The sangria was light and fruity and totally hit the spot!
I wanted to keep dinner on the lighter side given my office treats earlier in the day so I ordered the mesculin field greens salad – field greens with goat cheese, tomatoes, candied walnuts in a citrus vinaigrette. I asked for the dressing on the side, and added some grilled chicken to it.
The salad probably had a whole chicken on it, but it was SO good! The goat cheese was so creamy, the candied walnuts were perfectly roasted and sweet and the dressing was great too! I ate every bite despite the fact that really there was way too much chicken. I just couldn’t stop eating – it was too good! You’ll be definitely seeing more trips to Scoozi on the blog (we’ll be living minutes away from the restaurant after the move).
For dessert the girls decided to walk down the street to J.P. Licks. I LOVE J.P. Licks. It’s absolutely my favorite ice cream shop and the only time I allow myself, with no hesitation, to order the full fat ice cream. The coconut almond chip is my favorite, but this time I decided to branch out (just a bit) and order 1/2 of my fave and the other 1/2 of maple butter walnut. This is a small cup.
OMG – this is definitely my new favorite combo! Creamy, nutty, de-licious!!! I was a happy girl when this picture was taken. 😆
Unfortunately I was unable to get a photo of the lovely ladies, so check out Tina’s recap of the night
Hope your day is going well! Happy Thursday