Hello everyone! I am completely exhausted today but I’m OK with that. I had an awesome weekend so it was totally worth it. When I weighed on Friday morning, I was down a couple more pounds. That’s two weeks in a row that I showed a loss. I was so relieved. I know that I can do this and it was nice to show progress. I went to New Orleans this weekend so I knew that I wouldn’t be eating great. In the past, if I went out of town, I just had a free for all. I would get three different snacks at every gas station and I would eat horribly for every meal. This time, I allotted myself a little freedom but I didn’t go crazy. I set up explicit guidelines for myself that allowed me to eat cheat meals/snacks but only if I earned them. I exercised all weekend, brought my own snacks and didn’t cheat every meal. Of course I had some good food that is bad for you but I don’t think I’ve ever been so well behaved on an out of town trip. I was so proud of myself. I may not lose weight this week but so far in August, I’ve proved to myself that I can still do a fantastic job. I haven’t been myself these past few months and it’s time to get back to the me that I know I can be. I’m running at 100% today and have no excuses to cheat this weekend so I should make some nice progress. Remember, it’s always going to be a struggle so never give up, even if you get discouraged.
I wanted to share a quick and yummy alternative to the greasy, fried chicken Buffalo sandwiches that you get in restaurants. I actually have to give Cassandra credit for this because she makes these all of the time. Tyson sells breaded chicken patties. They are 200 calories which isn’t great but it’s certainly better than the alternative. You can microwave them in a minute or so. Take these, get you some low calorie bread or a low calorie bun and then add hot sauce and a light ranch style dressing or sauce to the chicken and you have a makeshift Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. Making this at home could easily save you 300-400 calories and it’s delicious.
As I said, I had a busy weekend. I didn’t take too many pictures in New Orleans but I did put one that I took on the balcony that had a photobomb from someone that went with us. I think Cassandra had a great birthday and we all had a blast. We came home from New Orleans on Saturday, I had time for a quick jog and then my friend Nish treated me to an AMAZING night. We went to the Old Skool Summer Fest at the Amp in Tuscaloosa and we got to see Salt-N-Pepa (I didn’t take that picture. It came from al.com). We danced the night away. It was so much fun. I went for a long swim yesterday, drove to Bessemer for lunch with Jordan and then had a delicious dinner at my parent’s house. I know I’m always crazy busy. In fact, it’s going to get worse when school starts and I have two classes. I also just picked up a tutoring job on Tuesday and Thursday evenings that will add even more to my schedule but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. I love to stay busy and I never want to miss out on an opportunity to experience something. I will always be willing to see a friend or family member, go out of town or do something I’ve never done. Life is way too short!
I hope you all have a great week!
Good luck with any goals that you have and never stop starting over.
Roll Tide, y’all.
“I added rain to your ocean
What did it do, it meant nothing to you
You made grief my chief emotion
Why’d you have to do what you thought you had to do
I don’t know if I’ll be back again
Turns out they were right again
Get back to what you know
Get back to what you do
Gotta get back to me, ooooo
If it’s true home is where the heart is
I guess now I’m homeless
Get back to what you know
Get back to what you doGotta get back to me without you…” Back To Me Without You-The Band Perry